Monthly Archives: January 2017


EXCLUSION: 2nd Biennial PARSE Conference
CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS – Panels, papers, performances, screenings, collaborations and workshops.
The second biennial PARSE conference at the Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts, University of Gothenburg, Sweden November 15-17, 2017 takes as its point of departure the question of EXCLUSION.
How does exclusion operate at a local, national and international level both within the arts, in education and within cultural production more generally? How does one get to imagine oneself as an artist of any discipline – in terms of race, class and access to education? Within the arts, how can we improve access to learning and the formation of experience – and what can we model from other disciplines in this respect? How do images of exclusion – from media images of stranded civilians in Aleppo to molecular images of diseases untreated due to pharmaceutical drug finance and distribution – circulate as both knowledge and neutralisation? What are the politics of access? Do strategies and infrastructures of inclusion simply replicate and reinforce individualised imaginaries within broadly hierarchical social structures, particularly as artistic habits of production are increasingly exported as economised knowledge production to non-Western parts of the world?
Both within and far beyond the field of cultural production, people are excluded from territorial, subjective, environmental and imaginative spaces, be they national or virtual. The weight of the world, as Pierre Bourdieu would have it, is slighted against the vast majority of people living upon it. What forms of research and which actions can be taken within the artistic and pedagogical environment that hold open spaces of contact and forms of rights?
The PARSE conference on exclusion welcomes individual and collective proposals on the theme of exclusion from all disciplines. As well as the arts (visual art, design, performance, music, architecture, craft, etc.), we are particularly interested to learn from the social sciences, natural sciences, law, medicine as well as from the professional sphere. We welcome proposals for presentation nodes and are interested in all forms of presentation. 


The deadline for proposals is February 10, 2017, however, we recommend early submission.
Please include:
(i) an abstract / summary description of the proposed contribution (300 words)
(ii) a recent CV of participant(s)
(iii) an indication of technical or other requirements for the contribution / presentation.
We are open to all formats:
Panels, performances, screenings, workshops, rhetorical statements, design proposals, sonic interventions, hearings, plans, public actions, etc.
(For events it is especially important for us to have a clear sense of any technical or spatial requirements.)
Suggested duration for contributions:
We are open to suggestions for durational events as part of the conference: these may include formal panels of around 90 minutes, ongoing installations, performances, screenings or individual papers of 20 minutes.
If you have a collective suggestion, please contact conference curator Andrea Phillips at
Each proposal will be peer-reviewed by three experts drawn from the PARSE research network with reference to:
(i) relevance to the overarching thematics of EXCLUSION
(ii) potential in developing a dialogue across the disciplines
(iii) originality of contribution
All contributions will be recorded for archive purposes and may be used as part of future PARSE publications.
A selection of contributions will be further developed for publication through the PARSE Journal in consultation with, and with permission of, the authors.
For more information, please visit our website:

Media Lab Doctoral Seminar January 26th: Kata Szita

Welcome to the Media Lab Doctoral Seminar on Thursday January 26th from 17:00–19:00, room 429 at Miestentie 3 (Otaniemi), 4th floor.

DOM-L0003 Doctor of Arts at Media Lab Seminar
Responsible  teacher: Prof. Lily Díaz-Kommonen

Presentation by PhD candidate at the University of Gothenburg and visiting researcher at Aalto University Department of Media Kata Szita:

Watching Movies with Hands: Smartphones and Cognitive Experience


Smartphones are often described as something that extends the user’s body, but what does this contact mean in terms of film experience? The emerging discipline, which deals with the application, advantages and drawbacks, social and economic effects of mobile usage is often limited either to user behavior (such as forms of communication or consumption) or to the interface (interface design, affordances), but rarely focuses on the cognitive impact of the user-device interaction. Using interdisciplinary approaches, in my doctoral thesis I attempt to turn the spotlight on how this interaction affects film and video experience, and how it requires new viewing strategies from the users’ side, and potential new strategies from the content producers’ side.

The thesis borrows concepts from cognitive, behavioral, and developmental psychology in order to describe how spectators evolve with the new media environment, and what factors inform this development for a generation in the age of digital cinema and portable screens; it applies semantic and media archeological points of view to highlight the way smartphone interfaces remediate older media (among others the cinema screen); it turns to ecological psychology, game studies, and concepts around haptic interfaces to define the immersive and interactive nature of film experience within various virtual and physical spaces; and lastly, presents the empirical findings—the impact of smartphone film experience on physiological responses.

The empirical section of the thesis seeks answers to how audiovisual footages, such as mobile-distributed movies, commercials, and videos can communicate in the most effective way. In this experiment volunteers are asked to watch approximately 8-10 minutes’ footages of a set of English-speaking commercial movies on a smartphone, while their eye movements, heart rate, skin conductance, and pupil dilation is measured in correlation with their eventual interaction with the device/video player application. The experiment is being designed to measure what effects the screen size, the physical connection between the user’s body and the device, the multiple viewing options that mobile video players offer, and most importantly, the active environments in which smartphones are typically used have on attention, engagement, and the feeling of presence.

Opponent: Jelena Rosic

SzitaKata Szita is a visiting researcher at the Department of Media at Aalto University, and a PhD candidate in Film Studies at the University of Gothenburg with an interest in neurocinematics, cognitive film studies, and empirical methods like eye tracking. In her PhD thesis she uses these approaches to describe the relocation of cinema onto smartphones, and investigates the role of social development in adapting to the newest viewing conditions. Besides having an extensive practical experience in filmmaking and television production, Szita holds a Master’s degree in Cinema and Media Studies and received her undergraduate education in Sociology and International Relations.

See the full Mlab seminar schedule for the Spring 2017 semester:

European University in St.-Petersburg: ”After Post Photography”

European University in St.-Petersburg:
”After Post Photography” conference 

Submission deadline: 22.1.2017.

With the third edition of After Post-Photography we will continue to explore how photographic images and realities – whatever they may be – are interconnected. We share the post-photographic critique that these connections are by no means stable as concepts such as indexicality suggest. Yet in particular the practices of using and perceiving photographic images treat the images as if they indeed were imprints, records, representations or models of realities. With the conference After Post-Photography 3 we aim in particular at reconsidering and reflecting how notions such as indexicality and the truth of the photographic image retain their validity and importance even after they were deemed obsolete.

The conference is intended as platform for multidisciplinary research within the domains of visual, cultural, scientific and technical studies, and the approaches to the specific subjects can be of historical, empirical or theoretical nature. The papers could address topics such as, but are not limited to:

  • Reconsidering the history and historiography of photography.
  • History of photography as a history of practices.
  • Applications of photographic processes for producing non-photographic images.
  • Photographic aesthetics for non-photographic images.
  • Applications of photography for memory, remembrance, and reconstruction.
  • Analog features in digital photography.
  • Pre- and post-production in photography and film.
  • Representing temporality by the means of photography and film.

In particular we encourage papers dealing with the mobilisation of photography by way of smart phones, tablets, drones, dash and body cams. We would like to discuss in more detail how the relation between the picture and the depicted change with these tools; we are interested in contributions that shed light upon the practices of how the resulting images are perceived and processed; and we would love to know more about the role and recording of metadata of all sorts inextricably connected to these images.

Please submit your application including a short summary of your paper (250-400 words) in English using the following link no later than 22 January 2017. NB that you should register at Easychair website to be able to submit your application. There is no participation fee.

We consider the possibility of on-line participation. Working languages of the conference are Russian and English. The conference materials are planned for publication.

Organizing committee: Maria Gourieva, Friedrich Tietjen, Natalia Mazur, Daria Panaiotti, Olga Davydova

Conference dates: 19.–20. May 2017.

CFP 2017 Приглашение

JAR12 is online – Journal for Artistic Research (JAR)

JAR12 is here

Journal for Artistic Research (JAR)

The online, peer-reviewed journal for the publication and discussion of artistic research.

JAR is open-access, free to read, and to contribute.

We are very proud to announce our twelfth issue with the following contributions:

Cécile Colle and Ralf Nuhn (FR), ’cONcErn: towards a of art, for art, and through art’; Anik Fournier (NL), ‘Rudimentariness: a concept for artistic research’; Joe Graham, Steven Dickie and Chantal Faust (UK), ‘ANCHORAGE: a phenomenology of outline’; Lisa Stuckey (AT), ‘Haunted by last season’s video letters: amateur films performing spectrality’; Jan Schacher and Patrick Neff (CH), ‘Moving through the double vortex’.

Keywords include: amateur film-making, spectrality, mesology, conceptual art, touch, sensate thinking, drawing research, phenomenology, corporeality, interdependence, performance.

Have a look at the full issue here.

Michael Schwab’s editorial for JAR 12 focuses on the role of the abstract, opening it out from its very important functional role in published research in general to consider its role in the specific context of artistic research: “What concerns me is that, in an artistic context, the abstract, like any other element of an articulation, needs to be problematised – that is, challenged regarding its artistic status. Take the title as an example: it is utterly clear from the history of art that the name of a work may make it. (Can you imagine Felix Gonzalez-Torres’s Perfect Lovers without the title?) In the same vein, an abstract is not immune from affecting the meaning of an article and can be deployed as a powerful device.”

Read the full editorial here.

The Journal for Artistic Research (JAR) is an international, online, Open Access and peer-reviewed journal that disseminates artistic research from all disciplines. JAR invites the ever-increasing number of artistic researchers to partake in (and reinvent) what for the sciences and humanities are standard academic publication procedures. It serves as a meeting point of diverse practices and methodologies in a field that has become a worldwide movement with many local activities. The journal promotes experimental approaches to both writing and reading research. We welcome submissions from across and between disciplines, from artists worldwide, with or without academic affiliation.

If you are considering submitting something to the journal be sure to look at our guidelines.

JAR works with an international editorial board and a large panel of peer-reviewers.

Editor in Chief: Michael Schwab

Editorial Board: Annette Arlander, Sher Doruff, Barnaby Drabble, Mika Elo, Leonella Grasso Caprioli, Yara Guasque, Julian Klein, Jen Liese, Isidro López-Aparicio and Mareli Stolp.

JAR is published by the Society for Artistic Research (SAR), an independent, non-profit association. You can support JAR by becoming an individual or institutional member of SAR. For updates on our activities, join our mailing list.



CFP / Afroeuropeans: Black Cultures and Identities in Europe

Call for Papers

Afroeuropeans: Black Cultures and Identities in Europe

Sixth biennial network conference, University of Tampere, Finland, 6 – 8 July 2017


African European Studies and Black European Studies explore social spaces and cultural practices that are characterized by a series of contemporary and historical overlaps between Africa, the African diasporas, and Europe. The sixth biennial network conference, organized by the University of Tampere and the international Afroeuropeans – Black Cultures and Identities in Europe research network, aims to contribute to the existing scholarship in Europe with a view to establish it more firmly in its several disciplinary locations. The general theme of the Afroeuropeans 2017 conference is African diaspora and European cultural heritage. The confirmed keynote speakers are:

  • Professor Paul Gilroy, American and English Literature, King’s College London
  • Professor Elisa Joy White, African American and African Studies, University of California at Davis and Vice President, Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora (ASWAD)
  • Dr. Henry Mainsah, The Oslo School of Architecture and Design
  • LL.M Domenica Ghidei Biidu, Member of European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI)
  • Jani Toivola, Member of the Finnish Parliament

The scientific committee of the 6th Afroeuropeans: Black Cultures and Identities in Europe network conference has accepted over 30 sessions that explore the multidisciplinary nature of the scholarship and create dialogue between academics, activists and artists from around the world. Titles and descriptions of the accepted sessions and instructions for submissions can be found on the conference website Proposals that do not directly deal with the topics of the accepted sessions can be submitted under the category “Other” on the electronic form.

For more information on the conference programme and the cultural programme organized together with our collaborators, please visit the conference website

For inquiries please contact:

CFP / Art of Research 2017

aor_logo2Art of Research VI
Catalyses, Interventions, Transformations

29-30 November 2017 at Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Helsinki, Finland

Over the past two decades, the Art of Research conferences have had a significant role in promoting continuous dialogue and fruitful convergence between art- and design-related research practices. The conferences have contributed to the development of rapidly growing and spreading contemporary discourse on artistic and practice-led research – while acknowledging and engaging in multiple notions of research where diverse modes of creative practice are used as catalysts for enquiry.

The theme of this sixth Art of Research conference addresses the agency of the artist-researcher as a catalyst that challenges established ideas and produces new thinking through artistic and practice-led research. Moving on from early preoccupations within the field about ontological or epistemological foundations, this Art of Research VI Conference poses the questions:

How do artistic research activities act as catalysts in the domain of different praxes? How can ideas and/or practices of catalysis be considered within a particular research processes, or in relation to larger contexts and realms of art, politics and society?

Art of Research VI conference explores the different manifestations, articulations and emergent agencies triggered by artistic means and related methods of theorizing. In the context of artistic research, catalysis is understood as an action that causes reactions and continues to activate critical thinking that provokes further reactions. Therefore, Art of Research VI focuses on the multitude of bodies of artistic and practice-led research and their effects towards producing new knowledge, new experience, new materialities, new theoretical insights, new praxes and poetics.

We invite submissions to the conference that are original proposals on various forms of art that significantly contribute to praxis and research through art and design. As a guide to developing submissions relevant to the conference, we suggest some potential questions. The themes are not categorical nor fixed; rather, we encourage broad contextual thinking and perspectives that relate but are not limited to the following areas:

· How can artistic and practice-led research offer alternative accesses and options for challenging established epistemologies?
· How can artistic and practice-led research trigger revisions and transformations in art and design in relation to present day ethical, societal and environmental challenges, on a diversity of scales?
· How does artistic and practice-led research intervene in the realms outside the art world or academia? How does it relate to activism/artivism?
· How can artistic research enable collisions of different practices, methods and agencies?
· How is thinking at the intersection of poetics, ethics and politics transformed?
· How can the theory-practice interface catalyze new poetics or praxis in relation to a singular artistic research project or in a wider context for any field of art?
· How does the artistic/ practice-led research context challenge the ways the research is written, expressed or performed.

Through these questions, the main aim of the event is to engage in a shared exploration of bold and visionary thinking across different entangling practices. Historically, the Art of Research conference has been widely appreciated as an unconventional and highly-interactive format for discussing, exhibiting and performing different modes of discourse. Art of Research VI will offer an academic framework for discussing catalyses, interventions and transformations in a diversity of art-, craft- and design-related practices.

The Conference is interested in proposals drawing from the full spectrum of artistic and practice-led research today. We encourage submissions from artist-researchers and practice-led researchers representing different art forms e.g. contemporary art, film, photography, scenography, craft, design, media and architecture. The conference themes include a diversity of perspectives that relate to the conceptualization and to the different forms and formats that artistic research can take, as well as to its contribution to critical thinking and groundbreaking change. Other questions that potential contributors see as productively challenging these themes are most welcome.

We invite full papers (5000 words maximum) from doctoral students, post-doctoral researchers and mature academics. Specifically, we invite contributions that contribute to one of the following categories:

(1) Explorative papers/presentations including works of art

This type of papers must be submitted together with works of art, artifacts, or documentation of artistic processes and must contribute to the understanding of how the visual/audiovisual and the textual are unified in research. Each submission must also include a separate description of the artwork (80 words max.) and visual material such as photographs or video (digital formats only, up to 10MB in total). The submission should also entail explanation of the related equipment required to display this material. Please note that the transportation of the artwork(s) is the author’s responsibility. The exhibition will be curated by the organizers.

(2) Methodological and theoretical papers related to the conference themes

All contributions will be double-blind peer reviewed. To facilitate the review process, authors are responsible for removing any identifying information from their submissions that might lead a reviewer to discern their identities or affiliations. The author’s name in self-citations must be replaced with “Author” in in-text citations, reference entries and footnotes. For the paper template and other practical details, see the conference web site at For more information, please contact

This is the sixth in the Art of Research conference series, the first of which took place in Helsinki in 2005. The conference is co-organized at Aalto University by the Department of Design, the Department of Film, Television and Scenography and the Department of Art, in the School of Arts, Design and Architecture.

15 January 2017: First call for papers
15 February 2017: Second call for papers
15 March 2017: Third call for papers
15 June 2017: Deadline for full papers
31 August 2017: Notification of acceptances and reviewer feedback

15 September – 20 November 2017: Registration and payment
15 October 2017: Submission of final papers
12 November 2017: Submission for exhibits (with photos & description)
23-28 November 2017: Exhibition Building
29-30 November 2017: Conference

Maarit Mäkelä, Susanna Helke and Harri Laakso (Conference co-chairs)

Submit now! 2017 Prix Ars Electronica


2017 Prix Ars Electronica
Entries for the world’s most time-honored media arts competition are now being accepted!
Submit now!

The 2017 Prix Ars Electronica will honor excellence in the following categories: Animation/Film/VFX, Digital Musics & Sound Art, Hybrid Art and u19 – CREATE YOUR WORLD.

Winners receive the coveted Golden Nica statuette, prize money of up to €10,000 per category, and a prominent appearance at the Ars Electronica Festival in Linz (September 7-11, 2017).

Information about entering as well as nominating artistic projects is available at! Submssion deadline is March 3, 2017. Participation is free of charge.

WANTED: Female Media Artists! Annually since 1987, the Prix Ars Electronica has issued a worldwide open call to men and women working in media art. But what about the percentages of female media artists who have submitted projects for prize consideration and been singled out for recognition? How have these ratios developed over the competition’s 30-year history? And for that matter, how well have women been represented on Prix juries over this time? The Prix Ars Electronica staff has taken a close-up look at this situation. You can read about their findings in the latest our Ars Electronica Blog.

We look forward to your submission and wish you every success!

The Ars Electronica Staff

Call for presentations for the 1st International Conference on Disability Studies, Arts, and Education

The 1st International Conference on Disability Studies, Arts, and Education brings together researchers, students, and members of the disability and crip art communities who share an interest in, or whose work addresses, the intersections and interplay between critical disability studies, arts, and education. The scope of the conference comprises all art forms, as well as different contexts of education, such as primary education, artist education, and public pedagogy. The conference is co-hosted by Aalto University and the University of Kansas.

Deadline for the call for presentations ends by the end of February 28th, 2017:

Please, send your proposal to the following email address:

Important days:

·      Deadline for proposals: February 28, 2017

·      Acceptance letters received by April 15, 2017.

·      Registrations and final commitments to present (presenters): August 1, 2017.

·      Registration to attend: September 1, 2017 (non-presenters).

Mira Kallio-Tavin

Mikko Koivisto