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Call for Proposals: RF 2018: Hybrid Labs Symposium

Call for Proposals

RF 2018: Hybrid Labs Symposium

May 30 – June 1, 2018
Aalto University, Espoo, Finland
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Deadline – extended to 5 March, 2018
APPLY NOW: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=hls2018
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http://hybridlabs.aalto.fi
Hybrid Labs is the third edition of Renewable Futures conference that aims to challenge the future of knowledge creation through art and science. The HYBRID LABS will take place from May 30 to June 1, 2018 at Aalto University in Espoo, Finland, in the context of Aalto Festival. Celebrating 50 years of Leonardo journal and community, the HYBRID LABS conference will look back into the history of art and science collaboration, with an intent to reconsider and envision the future of hybrid laboratories – where scientific research and artistic practice meet and interact.

Our three-day media event medley includes:

May 30, 2018 – Exhibition Opening
Opening Programme features Oslofjord Ecologies Extended exhibition opening. The exhibition is based on results of artistic research processes following common workshops, field trips and earlier exhibitions and performances linked to the Creative Europe project Renewable Futures and the Nordic collaboration Hybrid Labs. Curated by Kristin Bergaust on behalf of Art in Society research group at HiOA, this cross-disciplinary exhibition includes contributions from visual arts, art and science, theatre, performance, design, visual culture, art didactics and urban research.

May 31, 2018 – Renewable Futures Conference
Renewable Futures conference will begin with keynotes addressing HYBRID LABS topic from different broader perspectives. Parallel tracks of presentations will discuss the future of HYBRID LABS, art and science collaboration, focusing on five main topics: hybrid practices (in art and science), hybrid storytelling, hybrid fabrication, hybrid reality, and hybrid economies.

June 1, 2018 – Collaboratory Day, Celebrating Leonardo’s 50th Anniversary
Collaboratory day and Leonardo birthday celebration includes guided tours of several of the Otaniemi campus laboratories and a workshop on collaboratory methods during the morning followed by afternoon keynote, sauna, and dinner. The topic of the keynote will be about Arts and Science collaboration and planetary healing. Also throughout the Lab tours, we want to stress the heritage aspects of the spaces, the campus and innovative aspects of art and science collaboration.
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Keynote Speakers:

  • Roger MALINA / Executive Editor, Leonardo Publications at M.I.T Press / Professor, the University of Texas at Dallas.
  • Nina CZEGLEDY / Artist, Curator and Educator on Art, Science and Technology / Leonardo Community, Toronto, Canada
  • + others – to be confirmed

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More info: http://hybridlabs.aalto.fi/hls-2018-cfp-hybrid-labs-symposium-2018/

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Registration:

Early Bird fee until 15 April, 2018.

Early Bird Full Price: 68 EUR (normal price 86 eur).
Early Bird Student Price: 42 EUR (normal student price 56 eur).

Included: Coffee and Snacks, Sauna and Dinner (Lunch is not included).

REGISTER AT: https://eage.aalto.fi/?f/en/HLS2018

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CALL FOR PROPOSALS

We welcome submissions by academic researchers, designers, artists, scientists, students, social entrepreneurs, visionaries and other creative thinkers and practitioners to submit their proposals related to the topics (below).

List of Topics

  • hybrid practices – combining art and science, technology and ecology, digital and biological in research and education
  • hybrid storytelling – heritage and storytelling for linking virtual with the material domain of everyday life
  • hybrid fabrication – innovative maker trends in art and design practices
  • hybrid reality – interventions into the uncritical excitement about virtual reality, artificial intelligence and machine learning
  • hybrid economies – artistic practices in-between sharing and selling, networking and fabricating

Submission Guidelines

The proposals could be submitted for the following forms of presentations:

  • academic papers (full / short)
  • artistic presentations (performative lectures / performances / participatory sessions)
  • poster sessions

The conference proposals should include:

  • Title and abstract (250 words max – text fields ‘Title’ and ‘Abstract’), mandatory;
  • five to six keywords (text field ‘Keywords’), mandatory;
  • short biography: 100 words (text field ‘Comments’), mandatory;
  • you can also upload a file containing any additional relevant information, optional;
  • please indicate in your abstract if you want to submit pictures or videos (max 100Mb) as part of your final submission.

Deadline for Conference Proposals (Abstracts) – February 19, 2018
Notifications of acceptance – March 2, 2018
APPLY NOW: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=hls2018

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Conference Submissions – for Selected Abstracts:

After receiving the notifications, the selected participants will be asked to submit their Full/Short Papers (working version – for pre-review), Posters (layout) and Artistic Presentations (Slides) by May 14, 2018.

1. Full/Short Paper Submission:
If your abstract for full/short paper will be selected, you will be asked to submit full/short paper for pre-review before the conference (working version). All papers must be original and not simultaneously submitted to another journal or conference:
– Full papers are up to 6000 words long including references and the presenter must prepare 20+10 minutes presentation.
– Short papers are up to 3000 words long including references and the presenter must prepare 10+5 minutes presentation.

2. Artistic Presentations:
Presentations should be prepared as powerpoint or keynote slides.

3. Posters:
Posters should be made in A1 format, and submitted as PDF.

Publication

Shortly after the conference, the selected participants will be asked to submit their final version of the paper for peer-review. The submitted papers will undergo the double-blind peer-review process to be published in Acoustic Space journal series (Vol. 18, 2019).

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When submitting your final papers, you should keep in mind the following:

  • Your name. Delete your name from the first page or where ever it is mentioned in the paper.
  • Acknowledgements. Please delete or mark “Acknowledgements removed”, if you have acknowledgements or thanks to those who helped you with the paper.
  • Document properties. Please don’t send word or similar documents, because it might include personal information in the document (for example in Word, go to file à properties).
  • Send your paper in pdf-format.
  • Self-citation. Please anonymize your references or citations to your previous works.
  • Images and Videos. Please hide all such information that can reveal you in videos or images you are sending along with your paper.

More info about the Acoustic Space, peer-reviewed journal series:
http://acousticspacejournal.com

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Conference website http://hybridlabs.aalto.fi
Submission link: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=hls2018
Proposal submission deadline February 19, 2018
Notifications of acceptance March 4, 2018
Deadline for selected abstracts May 14, 2018
REGISTRATION TO CONFERENCE: https://eage.aalto.fi/?f/en/HLS2018

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COMMITTEES

Conference Chair
Prof. Lily Díaz

The Local Conference Organisational Board
Prof. Lily DIAZ-KOMMONEN / Head of Research Department of Media, Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Espoo, Finland
Prof. Rasa SMITE / Liepaja University / RIXC / Riga, Latvia
Prof. Kristin BERGAUST / Oslo and Akershus University, Norway
Nina CZEGLEDY, Leonardo Community, Toronto, Canada
Juhani TENHUNEN / Aalto Studios, Espoo, Finland
Saara MÄNTYLÄ / Department of Media, Aalto University, Espoo, Finland.

The International Scientific Board of Renewable Futures Conference
Prof. Lev MANOVICH / Cultural Analytics Lab / The Graduate Center, City University of New York, USA
Ph.D. Jussi PARIKKA / Winchester School of Art / University of Southampton / UK
Ph.D. Geoff COX / School of Communication and Culture, Aarhus University, Denmark
Assoc. Prof. Laura BELOFF / IT University, Copenhagen / Finnish Bioart Society, Helsinki, Finland
Prof. Ursula DAMM / Bauhaus University Weimar, Germany
Dr. Vytautas MICHELKEVICIUS / Nida Art Colony, Vilnius Academy of Arts, Lithuania
Ph.D. Margrét Elísabet ÓLAFSDÓTTIR / Art Education at the University of Akureyri, Iceland
Assoc. Prof. Ilva SKULTE / Riga Stradins University, Latvia
Dr. art. Piibe PIIRMA / Tallinn University / Estonian Academy of Arts, Tallinn, Estonia
Ph. D. Raivo KELOMEES / Estonian Academy of Arts, Tallinn, Estonia
Prof. Miško ŠUVAKOVIĆ / Faculty for Media and Communication, University Singidunum, Belgrade, Serbia
Dr. Ellen PEARLMAN / Parsons / New School University, New York, USA
Ph.D. Chris HALES / Assist. Prof. and Study Director of New Media Art Doctoral Programe, Liepaja University, Liepaja, Latvia
Raphael KIM / PhD Student, Media and Arts Technology, Queen Mary University London, UK

Venue
Aalto University, Otakaari 1 x, Espoo Finland

Contact
lily.diaz@aalto.fi / saara.mantyla@aalto.fi

Sponsors
NORDPLUS
Aalto University

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Please note that this call was updated after its first publication.

Media Lab Doctoral Seminar November 23

Welcome to the Media Lab Doctoral Seminar
TIME: Thursday November 23, from 16:00–19:00
LOCATION: Aalto University Harald Herlin Learning Centre, Otaniementie 9, Espoo (Otaniemi), 1st floor room 116 (Johanna meeting room).

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

Presentations by Professor Jari Saramäki, Dept. of Computer Science, and Khalil Klouche, doctoral student at Media Lab. See abstracts below.

The seminar is open for all. Welcome!


Mobile phones, social networks, and patterns of interaction

by Professor Jari Saramäki

Abstract: The world is run by networks – from networks of biological processes inside our cells to the neural networks of our brains, and very importantly, to the social networks that we are all part of. Many of the most important, disruptive technological changes of the recent decades have been driven by our need to form and maintain social ties: mobile telephones, the Internet, social media platforms. However, science has only lately started to uncover the large-scale features of human social networks. I will present a series of discoveries on human social networks, obtained with the help of Big Data on mobile phone communication between millions of individuals. I will focus on the importance of weak ties, the persistence of the ways how we structure our social networks, and the tendency for similar people to communicate with each other, and discuss the implications of these findings.

file_crop1_1157679_y_384Prof. Jari Saramäki (born 1971) is an internationally recognised scholar working in the fields of complex systems and networks (ISI Web of Science: 80 publications, 3505 citations, h-index 27 / Google Scholar: h-index 35, 7460 citations). He received his PhD in 1998 in engineering physics, studying low-temperature quantum phenomena. He has also worked in data mining and telecommunications industries. He has been appointed an invited professor at École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, France (May 2017), visiting scholar at the University of Oxford, UK (fall 2010) and visiting professor at the Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium (Sept 2008). He has been one of the pioneers of the temporal networks framework and is well-known for work in social networks and computational social science.


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Entity-based Affordances for Fluid Information Practices

by Khalil Klouche

Abstract: In the early 90s, document linking and embedding was described as the new hypermedia structuring paradigm, and the world wide web was quickly spreading, fueled by the miracle of the hyperlink. Since then, users are guided from one source of information to another via fixed references determined by the content creators, and rely on search engines when they need personalized access points to the information space. Although the same paradigm has subsisted so far, it is not suited to the current reality of information access, which brings both challenges and technical opportunities, and makes for an appropriate time to think of an alternative information seeking paradigm.

The amount of available information keeps on growing, and access points provided by conventional query-and-response search engines – the ten blue links – are too narrow to offer a sensible overview of available material related to a given query. We need options for broader and more personalized access to information, as well as support for making sense of it. Thankfully, new technologies in information retrieval create opportunities to address these problems and rethink on-line media access and structuring. As entity search and recommendation become a reality, the user’s information trail relies less on documents linked explicitly by content creators. Users have now the opportunity to finely steer their progression within the information space, in accordance to their immediate needs, understanding and inspiration. Related information and overview of the data can be computed on the fly to suit the very specific needs of each user at any time during the exploration, providing constant access to more detailed or more general information, new directions and branching topics.

My research explores interaction techniques designed to support entity-based information exploration, and grounds it in available literature. The main contribution is a design template describing the hypercue, an interactive representation of entities that provides personalized access points to information, and which serves as a complement to the hyperlink. Hypercues create opportunities to flexibly discover, store and share information, and gain insights of the data. The Hypercue design template consists of a minimal set of affordances that ensure all important features for supporting exploratory search can be addressed, while leaving enough design space to facilitate integration within a variety of systems.

HIIT_OtaniemiKhalil Klouche is a doctoral student at Media Lab Helsinki and a researcher in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) at the Computer Science department of University of Helsinki. He holds a master’s degree in interactive design from the University of Applied Sciences of Western Switzerland. His research focuses on the design, development and evaluation of novel interactive systems to access and explore information.

Fulbright Arctic Initiative -ohjelman haku auki!

Fulbright Arctic Initiative –ohjelman toinen hakukierros on nyt auki arktisten asioiden parissa työskenteleville tutkijoille, ammattilaisille ja taiteilijoille!

Ohjelma tarjoaa oivan mahdollisuuden arktisten asioiden parissa työskenteleville asiantuntijoille päästä mukaan ainutlaatuiseen kansainväliseen tutkimusyhteistyöhön. Mukaan valitaan yhteensä noin 12 arktisten asioiden asiantuntijaa, jotka työskentelevät yhdessä 18 kuukauden ajan. Ohjelmaan voivat hakea asiantuntijat Arktisen neuvoston jäsenmaista eli Yhdysvalloista, Kanadasta, Tanskasta, Suomesta, Islannista, Norjasta, Venäjältä ja Ruotsista. Ohjelmaan valitut stipendiaatit tekevät tutkimusyhteistyötä muodostaen arktisen asiantuntijaverkoston keskittyen kahteen ennalta määrättyyn laajempaan arktiseen teemaan. Osana ohjelmaa stipendiaatit muun muassa kokoontuvat seminaareissa sekä suorittavat vaihdon yhdessä osallistujamaassa (suomalaiset vierailevat Yhdysvalloissa).

Lisätietoa ohjelmasta, tarkempi kuvaus teemoista ja hakuohjeet suomalaisille hakijoille: http://www.fulbright.fi/fi/fulbright-arctic-initiative

Twitter: https://twitter.com/FulbrightFIN/status/893399125093478400
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fulbright.center.finland/posts/10155620646892059

Haku ohjelmaan päättyy 16.10.2017.

Call for proposals: RIXC Art Science Festival 2017 and Open Fields II Conference

 
RIXC NEWS

Call for proposals

RIXC Art Science Festival 2017
and Open Fields II Conference
October 19 – 21, 2017, Riga


DEADLINE for submissions: May 15, 2017
http://festival2017.rixc.org/
RIXC is annual Riga based international festival for digital art, science and emerging technologies, which this year takes place in October 19 – 21, 2017, in some of Riga’s most significant contemporary art venues – kim? Contemporary Art Center, RIXC Gallery, as well as in the Art Academy of Latvia, and the Latvian National Museum of Art.

This year’s festival programme will include the Open Fields Conference, the annual gathering for international scholars and artists working at the intersection of arts, humanities and science. The Open Fields aims to raise the discussion on the changing role of art in society, its transformative potential, and relations to the science. Taking place in the framework of RISK CHANGE Creative Europe’s project, this year’s conference will primarily focus on highly relevant topics in post-media society such as “migrating cultures”, “augmented and virtual reality” and “neomateriality and post-digital”. The conference will also explore broad spectrum of other important themes including “data aesthetics”, “digital archives”, “techno-ecological practices”, etc.
In connection to the conference, the Festival Exhibition will take place presenting the most innovative approaches in artistic research practices. The exhibition will be presenting emerging and established artist work, individual artistic expressions and collaborative art-science explorations, outcomes of the field-work and creative laboratory experiments, researches originated within the academia and critical independent artist views. By showing such a huge variety of high quality contemporary artwork, RIXC Festival Exhibition once again aims to manifest the diversity of art practices, which not only create new aesthetics but are profoundly involved in social, scientific, and technological transformations.
The programme will also feature broad programme of satellite events including audiovisual performances, Books Overview PechaKucha presentations by authors-conference participants, young artist exhibition, as well as workshops exploring biometrics and augmented/virtual reality and mapping the migrating cultures by using data visualization.
CALL FOR PROPOSALS: DEADLINE – May 15, 2017

Currently, we have announced the Call for Proposals with the deadline of May 15, 2017. We welcome to submit the abstracts for the CONFERENCE and proposals for the EXHIBITION with regards to the following THEMES:

reconsidering:

  • augmented and virtual reality
  • 360-degree video and interactive narratology
  • biometrics and immersive environments

mapping:

  • migrating cultures
  • artistic research practices
  • techno-ecological practices

investigating:

  • neomateriality and post-digital
  • digital art archives
  • data aesthetics


Welcome to submit your conference proposal consisting of:
– keywords 5–6, an abstract 250 words, biography of the author(s) 200 words each.

DEADLINE for submissions – May 15, 2017

APPLY FOR THE CONFERENCE here > : http://openfields2017.rixc.lv 
APPLY FOR THE EXHIBITION here > : http://exhibition2017.rixc.lv
Festival curators: Rasa Smite and Raitis Smits

Organized by RIXC in collaboration with the Risk Change EU Creative Europe project partners and Nordplus academic partners Liepaja University, Aalto University and Oslo National Academy of the Arts.

Contactsrixc@rixc.org, +371 67228478 (RIXC office), +371 26546776 (Rasa Smite)

Support: The State Culture Capital Foundation of Latvia, Riga City Council, The Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia.

http://festival2017.rixc.org/

1st EAI International Conference on Technology, Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Education

JULY 14, 2017, Canterbury, United Kingdom

Call for Workshop papers:

Holonovels – New Frontiers for Engaging Arts and Sciences in Future-Oriented Design

This workshop encourages creative contributions that take the form of original narrative fiction, such as science fiction prototypes (SFP), design fiction, scenario based design, or related contributions. To form a focal point, we are asking authors to use the STAR TREK ® HOLODECK® as inspiration for their stories and discussions. In general, a HOLODECK – a space in which simulations of people, objects and environments that seem to be real can be created and can be interacted with – is a plot device to frame stories and discussions. The Holodeck is an imaginary concept, but we hope that its futuristic nature will motivate ideas that will be transferable to our own world, enabling discussion that range from concepts for new technologies to concerns about their societal or ethical use.

Keynote speaker: Gene Dolgoff – The Man Behind the Holodeck

http://educateinnovate.org/2017/show/keynotes

Topics
In more detail, topics we would be particularly interested in receiving ‘holonovels’ on (but not limited to):
· Artificial Intelligence
· Simulated and Virtual worlds, Telepresence
· Virtual – Augmented – and Mixed Realities (VR, AR, MR)
· Haptic technologies
· Cyberspace dramas, Narrative Environments
· Human Factors, Human-centred Design, User Experience
· Virtual Staging, Screenwriting techniques (e.g. screenplays, storyboards)
· Game design
· Social, political, legal, art or business applications

The holonovel should be essentially seen as a new medium, to be considered not just by engineers and scientists but also by artists and designers. This will ensure that many perspectives, affordances, boundaries and opportunities of this new medium can be considered before such technology actually exists. Therefore, we encourage contributions that cross professional boundaries, especially between the arts and sciences. Although papers based around fictional narratives are encouraged, we do not want to limit the content of the contributions, so we also welcome papers looking at aspects of the development of “holodecks” from any perspective.

Paper Submission:
· Workshop Paper Submission deadline – 1 May 2017
· Workshop Notification deadline – 1 June 2017
· Workshop Camera-ready deadline – 12 June 2017

The proceedings of the HOLODECK WORKSHOP will be published together with the proceedings of TIE 2017 by Springer and made available through LNICST. Papers must be formatted using the guideline from the guidelines from Author’s kit section.

More information:
http://educateinnovate.org/2017/show/home
http://educateinnovate.org/2017/show/HOLODECK

(*STAR TREK, HOLODECK and related marks are trademarks of CBS Studios Inc.)

Best Regards,
Conference Workshop Chairs,

Tiina Kymäläinen
Human Factors, Virtual and Augmented Reality, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd.
Jim Hensman
Serious Games Institute, Coventry University

Nida Doctoral School 2017 – Tweezers and Squeezers: Methodological Approaches and Research Methods in Art, Design & Architecture

Please read below about this year’s Nida Doctoral School (NDS) intensive course for DA and PhD students.

NDS is a wonderful opportunity for doctoral candidates to focus on their doctoral thesis development. There are 4 places for Aalto ARTS students and costs will be covered on ARTS School level.

You will find more information and the link to the Application Form by scrolling down.


Tweezers and Squeezers: Methodological Approaches and Research Methods in Art, Design and Architecture
Third Nida Doctoral School intensive course for DA and PhD students in art, design, architecture, humanities and the social sciences

21-26 August 2017
Nida Art Colony of Vilnius Academy of Arts, Lithuania

Application deadline: 31 March 2017

VAA Nida Art Colony, Neringa, Lithuania, 2016. Dronography by Robertas Narkus
 
Theme
The third Nida Doctoral School (NDS) will bring together a multidisciplinary group of practice and theory-based doctoral candidates researching different topics in the context of the visual and performing arts, design and architecture, sharing the common goal of completing a doctoral degree, to discuss and develop the methodological framework of their research projects. NDS will provide a platform for dialogue and the exchange of ideas, as well as a space for sharing feedback and peer support. The aim of NDS 2017 is to focus on research methods and on the development of methodological skills and approaches, and to provide critical feedback from distinguished international tutors.

Finding suitable methods and framing the methodological approach is one of the biggest sources of anxiety and uncertainty for doctoral researchers, especially practice-based, when developing and implementing a research plan. Could I treat my art or design practice as the main method? How should I write about my methodology? Or, as Henk Slager calls it, ‘methodicy’*? How should I safeguard myself and my audience from methodological excess? Does my methodological approach help or limit me in doing my research? When should I think about it: when starting or when concluding my research and thesis? What is the relationship between theory and practice in my research, and which philosophical/theoretical school should I refer to in order to base my argument?

Format
The third NDS will take place on 21-26 August 2017. Each day will include one-hour-long presentations by invited speakers and tutors, followed by one-hour-long discussions. The rest of the day will be dedicated to doctoral student presentations, followed by discussions and feedback (one hour per student). Invited speakers and tutors will act as respondents to the student research development work. The programme will also include slots for individual consultations.

The students are expected to participate in presentations and discussions, and to prepare for the course by studying a reading list compiled by the invited speakers and tutors and provided in early June. In addition to the discussions around the overall topic of the School, students are asked to prepare a 30-minute presentation of their own research and practice, with a special focus on their methodological approach. In these sessions, students will receive feedback from their peers on other doctoral programmes, as well as from the invited speakers and tutors of the School.

Invited Speakers and Tutors
In 2017, NDS has the pleasure to welcome three INVITED SPEAKERS:
–        Dr Joanne Morra, Reader in Art History and Theory, curator of the Doctoral Platform at Central Saintt Martins, University of the Arts London, founding principal editor of Journal of Visual Culture;
–        Dr Marquard Smith, academic, curator, commissioner, programmer, and Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Visual Culture, currently Programme Leader for the MA Museums & Galleries in Education at UCL Institute of Education;
–        Prof Juha Suoranta, social scientist and public intellectual, professor at the University of Tampere, author of ‘Artistic Research Methodology. Narrative, Power and the Public’ (with Mika Hannula and Tere Vadén, 2014), ‘Rebellious Research’ (in Finnish with Sanna, Rynnänen, 2014).

Dr Joanne Morra is a Reader in Art History and Theory at Central Saint Martins (CSM), University of the Arts London. She runs The Doctoral Platform at CSM, and is the Founding Principal Editor of Journal of Visual Culture. She has published widely on modern and contemporary art, in, for instance, New Formations, Art History, Journal of Modern Art, What is Research in the Visual Arts (eds. Holly & Smith). Joanne has edited many collections, including ‘The Limits of Death’ (MUP 2000), ‘The Prosthetic Impulse: From a Posthuman Present to a Biocultural Future’ (MIT 2006), ‘Visual Culture: Critical Concepts in Media and Cultural Studies’ (4 volumes, Routledge 2006), ‘Acts of Translation with Bal’ (Sage 2007). Recent activities include the exhibition ‘Saying It’ (Freud Museum London 2012), ‘Intimacy Unguarded: Autobiography, Biography, Memoir’ (with Talbot, 2013), ‘50 Years of Art and Objecthood’ (with Green, Sage 2017), and ‘Inside the Freud Museums: History, Memory and Site-Responsive Art’ (I.B. Tauris 2017).

Dr Marquard Smith is Programme Leader for the MA Museums & Galleries in Education at UCL Institute of Education. He is an academic, curator, commissioner, programmer, and Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Visual Culture. Recent exhibitions curated include, ‘The Global Archive’ (London, 2012), ‘Jordan McKenzie: An Englishman Abroad’ (Istanbul, 2014), and most recently ‘How to Construct a Time Machine’ (Milton Keynes, 2015). Marq writes on artistic research, practice-based research, archives, arts education, and most recently on experimentally in ‘MaHKUscript: Journal of Fine Art Research’. He is author, editor, and co-editor of over 20 books and themed issues of journals including ‘What is Research in the Visual Arts?’ (Yale UP, 2008), ‘Visual Culture Studies’ (Sage, 2008), ‘The Erotic Doll: A Modern Fetish’ (Yale UP, 2013), ‘The Prosthetic Impulse’ (The MIT Press, 2005). Marq’s previous academic roles include: Head of the School of Art and Design History, Kingston University, London; Research Leader and Head of Doctoral Studies in the School of Humanities at Royal College of Art; and Founding Director of the Institute for Modern and Contemporary Culture at University of Westminster, London.

Prof Juha Suoranta is a Finnish social scientist, and public intellectual. He is currently Professor at the University of Tampere. In total, he has published 38 books, such as ‘The Integrated Media Machine I: A Theoretical Framework’ (co-edited with Mauri Ylä-Kotola, Sam Inkinen and Jari Rinne), 2000; ‘Architecture: Theory, Research, and Practice’ (with Seppo Aura and Juhani Katainen), 2001; ‘Artistic Research. Theories, Methods, and Practices’ (with Mika Hannula and Tere Vadén), 2005; ‘Artistic Research Methodology’ (with Mika Hannula and Tere Vadén), 2014.  Suoranta has published extensively in the fields of education, political sociology of education, radical adult education, critical media education, and critical pedagogy. In his writing, Suoranta is interested in bringing together ideas and material from various disciplines, including media and cultural studies, sociology, educational studies, literature studies and literature.

Three TUTORS will guide the students through the course:
–        Dr Sofia Pantouvaki, scenographer and Professor of Costume Design at Aalto University;
–        Dr Mika Elo, Professor of Artistic Research, Head of Doctoral Programme, Vice-Dean for Research at the University of the Arts Helsinki, Academy of Fine Arts;
–        Konstantinas Bogdanas, artist and Associate Professor of Visual Art at Vilnius Academy of Arts.

Dr Sofia Pantouvaki is a scenographer and Professor of Costume Design at Aalto University. Her background includes over 80 designs for theatre, film, opera and dance productions in Europe, as well as numerous curatorial and exhibition design projects. She is co-author of ‘History of Dress – The Western World and Greece’ (2010), editor, ‘Yannis Metsis – Athens Experimental Ballet’ (2011), and co-editor of ‘Presence and Absence: The Performing Body’ (2014). She is editor of the academic journal ‘Studies in Costume and Performance’, project leader for ‘Visual Aspects of Performance Practice’ and the Vice-Head of Research for OISTAT Costume Design Group. Costume Curator for World Stage Design (2013), and Associate Curator for ‘Costume in Action’ (WSD2013). At Aalto University, she founded ‘Costume in Focus’ and is Principal Investigator of the research project ‘Costume Methodologies’ funded by the Academy of Finland (2014-2018). Sofia has taught and lectured internationally. Her recent research focuses on performance costume, fashion and costume curating, the potential of new materials and embodied technologies in costume practice, and clothing in the concentration camps of the Second World War.

Dr Mika Elo is Professor of Artistic Research at the University of the Arts Helsinki. His research interests include theory of photographic media, philosophical media theory, and artistic research. He participates in discussions in these areas in his capacity as curator, visual artist and researcher. In 2009-2011, he worked on the research project ‘Figures of Touch’ (figuresoftouch.com). In 2012-2013, he co-curated the Finnish exhibition ‘Falling Trees’ at the Biennale Arte 2013 in Venice. He is also a member of the editorial board of the ‘Journal for Artistic Research’.

Konstantinas Bogdanas studied painting at the State Institute of Art (now Vilnius Academy of Arts). He currently lectures on visual art at the Academy. Since 2012, he has supervised doctoral students’ practice-based research. Bogdanas has been exhibiting since 1986. In his artistic career, he focuses on concept-based artwork, andcombines different media (objects, installations, performances, photographs), the most important of which, however, is the medium of language. Formally speaking, Bogdanas is mainly concerned with questions of identity. He questions abstract notions, such as art, nation and perception, as well as the personal understanding of the self. The key words in his work are (non)coincidence, (in)adequacy, (un)necessity, (non)fruition, (un)usefulness, (non)understanding, (in)capability. The most important, though far from obvious key words, are artificiality and vulnerability. An element of humour is present, only it is not so striking; it always succumbs to existential doubt. His ‘poste restante’ posture of silent waiting and non-involvement should also be conceived as a conceptual work of art.

NAC Academic Board members will also contribute to the course.

What is Nida Doctoral School (NDS)?
In Nida, we explore unorthodox approaches to research. Through making, performing, writing and discussing, we test the possibilities for generating knowledge outside the conventional venues and models of academic research. NDS participants are offered a possibility to position their own research and practice within a broader field of research approaches. NDS aims to open up the horizons for experimental development by intersecting with a diversity of disciplines and experiences. The goal of NDS is to provide time, space and a conceptual framework for participants to gain an insight into their field of research, as well as to broaden and diversify their outlook and methodological tools.

Nida Doctoral School is an international programme designed and organised by the Nida Art Colony of Vilnius Academy of Arts, and Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, for doctoral students in the visual and performing arts, design and architecture. In 2017, the University of the Arts Helsinki is joining the organisers’ team.

NDS is tailored for doctoral students in the visual and performing arts, design and architecture. However, some limited places are intended for students within the humanities and social sciences, if their research is related to the arts, design and architecture. The programme comprises seven day-long intensive courses, organised once a year, and 1-6 month-long doctoral residencies which are part of the international Nida Artist-in-Residence Programme (the annual application deadline is 15 March).

Tuition, Funding and Costs
There is no tuition fee. Free accommodation and catering are provided for selected applicants from Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, University of the Arts Helsinki, and Vilnius Academy of Arts. In addition, Aalto and UniArts students are provided with a travel grant. Other participants are expected to cover their accommodation and catering costs, which amount to 300 Eur/person in a double room, and travel costs.

Application
Please fill in the NDS application form.
Application attachments (motivation letter, CV and portfolio) should be sent to rasa.antanaviciute@vda.lt
All application documents should be submitted by 31 March 2017.

Up to 16 students will be invited to take part on the NDS course.

Practical information regarding accommodation, travel arrangements, payment and all other issues will be sent to the selected participants in due course. You can check out the facilities of Nida Art Colony here and the programmes of previous NDS courses here.

For any other queries, please contact Dr Rasa Antanavičiūtė, Manager of NDS and Executive Director of Nida Art Colony, at rasa.antanaviciute@vda.lt

About Nida Art Colony (NAC)
Nida Art Colony is an art and meeting space, surrounded by sand dunes and seas. As a resourceful platform, it runs an Artist-in-Residence Programme, Nida Doctoral School, and initiates art, education and research projects. We aim at a creative confluence of academic and non-academic education, artistic and scientific practice, hard work and leisure.

NAC is a subdivision of Vilnius Academy of Arts, and opened in 2011. It operates all year round, receives about 700 people a year, and provides space for workshops, intensive courses, exhibitions, seminars, rehearsals, artists’ talks and screenings in its premises of 2,500 square metres. Its activities can result in presentations, exhibitions, broadcasts and publications.

NAC is located on the Curonian Spit, a peninsula dividing the Curonian Lagoon and the Baltic Sea. The spit is on the UNESCO World Heritage List as one of the most beautiful and unique cultural landscapes of Europe. It also forms Neringa National Park. Nida is 50 kilometres from the Lithuanian seaport of Klaipėda, and 360 kilometres from the capital city Vilnius.

*Methodicy: ‘[…] a strong belief in a methodology founded on operational strategies which cannot be formulated and legitimized beforehand’ (Henk Slager, The Pleasure of Research, 2015, p. 30).

Avoin kirjoituskutsu teemanumeroon: Taidetutkimus – taiteen ja tutkimuksen leikkauskohtia

Avoin kirjoituskutsu Tiede & edistys -kausijulkaisun teemanumeroon

Taidetutkimus – taiteen ja tutkimuksen leikkauskohtia

Kutsumme eri alojen taiteilijoita ja tutkijoita osallistumaan keskusteluun taiteen ja tutkimuksen yhteiskunnallisista, poliittisista ja aistimuksellisista leikkauspisteistä. Toivomme vertaisarvioituja artikkeleita, tutkimusesittelyjä ja esseemuotoisia kirjoituksia. 400 sanan abstraktit pyydetään toimittamaan 31.3.2017 mennessä osoitteeseen tiede.edistys@tutkijaliitto.fi . Sähköpostin otsikkona tulee olla “Taidetutkimus”. Toimituskunta valitsee abstraktien perusteella joukon teemanumeroon suunnattuja tekstejä, joiden kirjoittajia pyydetään toimittamaan valmiit käsikirjoitukset tutustuttavaksi 15.8.2017 mennessä. Tämän jälkeen käsikirjoitukset käyvät läpi normaalin vertaisarviointi- ja toimitusprosessin. Teemanumeron julkaisuajankohta on syksyllä 2017.

Tiede & edistys on referee-julkaisu eli kaikki lehdessä julkaistavat tutkimusartikkelit käyvät läpi vertaisarvioinnin. Käytössä on anonymisoitu referee-prosessi: julkaisupäätös tehdään kahden, ulkopuolisen arvioijan antaman lausunnon perusteella.

Tiede & edistys on Tutkijaliiton julkaisema monitieteinen ja kriittinen aikakausjulkaisu. Se seuraa erityisesti yhteiskuntatieteitä ja filosofiaa, mutta myös historiaa, kirjallisuudentutkimusta, estetiikkaa, uskontotiedettä sekä ympäristötieteitä. Vuonna 2017 Tiede & edistys laajentaa suhteellisen nuoren tutkimusalueen, taiteellisen tutkimuksen alueelle, seuraamaan erilaisia taiteen ja tieteiden kohtaamisten tapauskertomuksia, jotka voivat olla vertaisarvioituja tutkimusartikkeleita ja muita tutkimuskirjoittamisen muotoja, mukaan lukien esseistiset kirjoitukset.

Teeman toimittamisesta vastaavat Mika Elo, Tuija Kokkonen ja Maiju Loukola

LISÄTIETOJA:
http://www.tiedejaedistys.fi/ajankohtaista.html

Conference: Northern Light – Landscape Photography and Evocations of the North

Department of Media Arts and Communication, Sheffield Hallam University/ 4th & 5th July 2016

 

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

 

This conference, and related exhibition, will explore the ways in which photographic images address notions of a Northern landscape. We aim to further our understanding of current image making from across northern Europe, the Nordic regions, the Arctic and Canada through bringing together scholars and practitioners to discuss a wide range of lens based practices and critical approaches, from both contemporary and historical perspectives.
KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

 

Liz Wells, Professor in Photographic Culture School of Art and Media (Faculty of Arts & Humanities) Plymouth University and visiting professor, Belfast School of Art, University of Ulster ‘Nordic light, lands and landscape: Photographic Modes of Investigation’
Simon Roberts, award winning photographer; visiting lecturer on the European Master of Fine Art course at IED Madrid at and an Honorary Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Nottingham On photographic work made in Russia during 2004/5 – published and exhibited as ‘Motherland’ and ‘Polyarnye Nochi (Polar Nights)’
THEMES

 

THE ARCTIC NORTH: AT THE LIMITS OF REPRESENTATION THE NORTHERN LANDSCAPE AND PHOTOGRAPHY IN AN EXPANDED FIELD
SCOTLAND: LANDSCAPES OF LIVED EXPERIENCE NORTHERN ENGLAND: BETWEEN GENRE AND INDETERMINACY THE SUBLIME: UNSTABLE AND CONTESTED THE NORTHERN LANDSCAPE: CONCEIVED, ENCOUNTERED, IMAGINED THE ANIMATED LANDSCAPE

 

ASSOCIATED EXHIBITION IN THE SIA GALLERY (4 –31 JULY)
Full two day conference – £60; Day tickets – £30; Students – £20 for full conference, £10 for one day; Senior Citizens – £20 for full conference, £10 for one day; Unwaged rate – £10 for the full conference

 

TWITTER – @2016northlight

Call for Participation: Open Fields Conference and RIXC Festival Exhibition

Call for Participation: Open Fields Conference and RIXC Festival Exhibition

Call for Open Fields Conference abstracts and Exhibition proposals

DEADLINE Extended: June 20, 2016

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http://festivalconf.rixc.lv

OPEN FIELDS Conference and Exhibition
in the framework of RIXC Art Science Festival 2016
Riga, September 29 – October 1, 2016
Venue:The National Library of Latvia

Open Fields is the title of this year’s international conference taking place in the framework of the annual RIXC Art Science festival in Riga. It brings together international scholars and artists, working at the intersection of arts, humanities and science. Open Fields will focus on artistic research, the changing role of arts, its transformative potential, and relation to the sciences. This call for participation invites contributions and conference paper proposals by scholars, artists, artists-researchers, art and media theorists, data designers and critical engineers, as well as doctoral students, and scientists from different Fields – biology, ecology, environment, digital technologies, renewable energy, etc., who are engaged in experiencing the transformative potential of arts.

For the exhibition and conference, we are looking for research that is located in the contested territory between academic knowledge production and independent creative practices. Open Fields will be investigating the use of data visualizations and other mappings of the contemporary. It will look into areas such as open commons, the future of social interaction, data representation and visualisation, critical design, sustainable infrastructures, eco-aesthetics, techno-ecologies, bio-hacking and other techniques of a transformative potential. No Field is excluded, yet there should always be a connection with art; it is highly likely that art works and conference papers will touch on several Fields, not one. It is such an enhanced understanding of transdisciplinarity that drives this undertaking.

Research Questions: How art and other creative practices can meaningfully contribute to the environmental, technological and scientific challenges of our time? What kind of new knowledge can be created through artistic practice that collaborates with science, technology and other disciplines? And how to deal with contemporary aesthetics, which has undergone dramatic changes during the past decades and keeps changing again as influenced by current post-media situation, data visualization and other contemporary conditions?

The Conference also will feature “Playing Fields” session on contemporary taxonomy, maintaining a connection between the exhibition and the conference. It also will include “Open Fields – Book Review” (PechaKucha) session, providing an opportunity for the speakers to present their new books for other participants and the audience.

* Conference keynote speakers:

Christiane PAUL / New School / Whitney Museum / New York
Jussi PARIKKA / Winchester School of Art / University of Southampton / UK
and others – tbc.

* Exhibition: The Open Fields conference will be complemented by the exhibition taking place in the new Exhibition Hall of the National Library of Latvia. Partly curated, partly peer-reviewed, the Exhibition will represent works by artists, artists-researchers and data designers, who are challenging the notion of art and contemporary aesthetics by moving across, bringing together and converging different knowledge, various media and diverse Fields, as well as using scientific, cultural and social data as new artistic medium, and interpreting them in a new and meaningful ways.
The Exhibition will be open from September 29 – November 6, 2016.

* Proceeding: The papers will be published in conference proceeding, which will come out in the Acoustic Space, peer-reviewed journal & book series. The call for full paper submissions will be announced during the conference.
http://acousticspacejournal.com

Conference Chair: Dr. Rasa SMITE / RIXC / Art Research Lab, Liepaja University, Latvia
Festival and Exhibition curators: Dr. Raitis SMITS, Ainars KAMOLINS, Dr. Rasa SMITE
Playing Fields session will be organized and moderated by Armin MEDOSCH / Austria

DEADLINE FOR CONFERENCE ABSTRACTS:

June 20, 2016

We welcome proposals by scholars, artists, artists-scholars, designers, PhD researchers, curators, media theorists, art historians, science philosophers, cultural innovators, bio-hackers, critical engineers and data designers, as well as scientists from different Fields – biology, ecology, environment, digital technologies, renewable energy, and others, who are engaged in the transformative potential of arts.

Conference themes include:
* investigating contemporaneity, its representation and experience in and through artistic practice and art-science research
* data visualization, and its impact on art, science and contemporary aesthetics
* art and science – challenging new ways of knowledge creation and its representation
* changing weathers – networked responses to geophysical and geopolitical shifts across Europe and the globe
* eco-aesthetics – from sustainable architecture and critical design to techno-ecological art practices

Conference proposal should consist of:
* title and abstract (250 words),
* 5–6 keywords,
* and short author’s biography (160 words).

Please submit your proposals online:
http://festivalconf.rixc.lv

Notifications: June 22, 2016

DEADLINE FOR EXHIBITION PROPOSALS:

June 20, 2016

Partly curated, partly peer-reviewed, the Festival Exhibition welcomes proposals by artists, artists-researchers, artists-engineers, data designers, as well as practice-based doctoral students, who are challenging the notion of art and contemporary aesthetics by moving across, bringing together and converging different knowledge, various media and diverse Fields, as well as by those, who are using scientific, cultural and social data as new artistic medium, interpreting them in a new and meaningful ways.

Artwork submissions should include:
* description of idea and technical requirements (1–2 pages),
* short biography and/or portfolio,
* additional material (photos/video/links/etc.)

Please submit your artwork proposal via e-mail to the address:
rixc (at) rixc.org

Additional material, if the files are larger than 5MB, should be sent via wetransfer.com.

Notifications: June 30, 2016

* About Open Fields Conference

Following the last year’s successful launch of Renewable Futures (renewablefutures.net – the biannual travelling conference series) – this year RIXC with its European partners from Changing Weathers project, and other collaborating institutions and universities from the Baltic Sea region and Europe, are introducing Open Fields, aiming to develop it towards an annual Riga based gathering for the discussion on artistic reseach, the changing role of arts in societies, art’s transformative potential, and relations to sciences.

http://rixc.org/en/festival/

* The International Conference  Scientific Organizational board:
Dr. Lev MANOVICH / Software Studies Initiative / The Graduate Center, City University of New York, US
Dr. Armin MEDOSCH / Faculty of Media and Communications, Singidunum University, Belgrade, Serbia / Initiator of the Technopolitics working group in Vienna, Austria
PhD. Jussi PARIKKA / Winchester School of Art / University of Southampton / UK
PhD. Geoff COX / School of Communication and Culture, Aarhus University, Denmark
Prof. Kristin BERGAUST / Oslo and Akershus University, Norway
Asoc. prof. Laura BELOFF / IT University in Copenhagen, Denmark / Finnish Bioart Society, Helsinki, Finland
Dr. Lily DIAZ-KOMMONEN / Head of Research Department of Media, Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Helsinki, Finland
Dr. Ursula Damm / Bauhaus University Weimar, Germany – tbc.
Dr. Andris TEIKMANIS / Vice-rector, the Art Academy of Latvia, Riga
Dr. Vytautas MICHELKEVICIUS / Nida Art Colony, Vilnius Academy of Arts, Lithuania
PhD. Margrét Elísabet Ólafsdóttir / Art Education at the University of Akureyri, Iceland
Andrew Gryf PATERSON / Pixelache Helsinki / SERDE / Aalto University ARTS Media department, Helsinki, Finland
Regine DEBATTY / we-make-money-not-art.com, London, UK – tbc.
Dr. Piibe PIIRMA / Estonian Academy of Arts, Tallinn, Estonia
Dr. Janis KLEPERIS / Hydrogen Laboratory, Solid State Physics Institute, Latvian University, Riga, Latvia
and others – tbc.

* The venue of the conference and exhibition: the new building of the National Library of Latvia (http://www.lnb.lv/en/about-library/nll-building).

* Organizer: RIXC Center for New Media Culture.

* Partners: Conference and Exhibition is organized by RIXC in collaboration with the Art Research Lab of Liepaja University, the Art Academy of Latvia and Changing Weathers – Creative Europe’s project partners (http://www.changingweathers.net/)

* Exhibition partner: the National Library of Latvia

* Contact: rixc (at) rixc.org,

Address: RIXC, Maskavas iela 4, Riga, LV-1050, Latvia

Phone: +371 67228478 (office), +371 26546776 (Rasa Smite)

* Support: EU Program Creative Europe, the State Culture Capital Foundation of Latvia, Riga City Council, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia, and others.

Narrating the Marginal – Seminar: Call for short notes on Experiential Knowledge and Empowerment in Artistic Research

Rovaniemi, Finland. December 2016

Narrating the Marginal

Seminar: Call for short notes on Experiential Knowledge and Empowerment in Artistic Research

https://margintomargin.com/seminar/

9.12.2016: Asko ja Esko – sali, University of Lapland, Rovaniemi

Artists and makers negotiate and sustain their identities and existences through their practices in spite of the challenges they face. These narratives reveal how the qualities of life and work environments impact their art practices. Just as art-making offers ways to ‘work through’ particular life challenges, narratives offer ways to make sense of difficult circumstances. Narratives of empowerment and care come about through art practices, making and storytelling, offering women ways to cope with their realities and come to terms with the marginalities that they encounter.

Art is a medium that enables the shaping of identities of marginalised women, while it also serves as a tool to process relationships within the communities they live in. Female artists may move from one role to another, be it spouse, mother, researcher, professional, teacher, artist, maker or friend. As a result, they are continuously navigating identities and marginalities as a means to cope within their communities. This seminar will discuss how art and narratives function in social realms and what role stories play in socially sustaining artists and their making practices.

The seminar themes explore the uses of practice-based research, art process and their outcomes. Nimkulrat discusses the importance of documentation and reflection in practice-based research (2007). Practice-based, or practice-led research, is a widely used research approach in art, based on the idea that practice uniquely contributes information to research in ways that are not possible through other investigative approaches. Multiple concerns are raised around practice-based research, such as the process being predominantly dependent on subjective frameworks, thus not contributing to the generation of new knowledge (Koskinen, 2009). Yet, practice-based research has established its own path in design and the arts. A number of methodological enquiries have been published, bolstering the validity of practice-based research (Mäkelä and Routarinne, 2006; Nimkulrat and O’Riley, 2009; Mäkelä and Nimkulrat, 2011).

This seminar enquires:

  1. How do women artists define the marginal? What are their art-related coping mechanisms?
  2. How do women cope with fluid identities and how can they benefit from identity shaping processes in marginal conditions? How do they transfer themselves from one role to another? How do women artists visualise and communicate their identities within marginal conditions? Can new technologies and media enable the shaping of identities in marginal conditions?
  3. How do women artists discuss their roles within communities using art processes? Can art and its related processes empower communities? How does art contribute to interventions within communities?

The seminar presents keynote lectures from Professor Nithikul Nimkulrat from the Estonian Academy of Arts, Professor Jaana Erkkilä and Professor Eija Timonen from the University of Lapland.

Submission: Short notes of a maximum of 2000 words excluding references will be double blind reviewed and published digitally as part of the seminar proceedings. Email your short note to junior researcher Daria Akimenko (daria.s.akimenko@gmail.com) by August, 15, 2016.

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Artistic workshop and Exhibition: Call for participation

5.-8.12.2016: University of Lapland | 21.12.2016 – 12.2.2017: ARKTIKUM, KATVE 1 and 2

The seminar will go along with an artistic workshop that will take place 5 – 8 December 2016 at the University of Lapland. (Although the 6th of December is Finnish Independence Day and a public holiday, participants are welcome to continue their contributions.)  The workshop will engage local female artists and makers of different disciplines in interventions, collaborative work and installations. The working themes and questions of the workshop are similar to those of the seminar.

The artistic outcomes will be exhibited at Arktikum, galleries Katve 1 and 2, as well as in selected public locations.

Preliminary timeline:

5.12.2016 9.00-16.00 Welcome, short introductions of projects and people, constructing projects

6.12.2016 Public holiday, participants may continue working

7.12.2016 9.00-16.00 Work on the projects

8.12. 2016 9.00-16.00 Work on the projects, general sharing, planing the exhibition

Participation: If you are interested in joining the workshop you are invited to submit your CV and an abstract of not more than 500 words outlining your project proposal and artistic media. The organising committee is looking for creative and inventive projects with no restrictions on project formulations. Email your CV and abstract to junior researcher Daria Akimenko (daria.s.akimenko@gmail.com) by August,15, 2016.