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Art & Technology: In the Age of Information

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Liverpool, UK - 1-3 July 1998

Conference Announcement and Call for Contributions

1. Conference Idea

We live in a world that depends increasingly on electronic 
communication technologies.  The global diffusion of these 
technologies is creating what has been called the virtual 
planet.  The new technologies promise to restructure every 
aspect of modern life, from science to art, from education to 
entertainment, from business to politics.  Fundamental changes 
are already taking place in the way we experience and think 
about the world.  Among these changes are: Information and 
images take the place of conventional knowledge; the 
reconstruction of the world in terms of recombinable "bits" of 
information; the substitution of transient parts and fragments 
for stable wholes; the emphasis on speed and motion rather than 
static structures; the dissolving of traditional divisions in 
social and cultural life, e.g., between art and technology.

Art has always reflected major changes in science and 
technology.  Photography is one example of a technology that 
can be said to have redefined art.  Photography introduced new 
ways of seeing and form-making.  Cinema revealed further 
possibilities of visual form.  The new electronic technologies 
- computers, video, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, 
cybernetics, robotics, TV, etc., - dramatically extend our 
capacity to create new worlds of form and in-formation.  Art 
can be seen as a running commentary and reflection on these 
technological developments.  No longer concerned with simple 
representation, art draws attention to itself as a form-making 
activity and so raises fundamental questions about the ways in 
which we construct our world and about our role in the 
construction process.  It's this revealing of the world as a 
source of in-formation that brings art and technology together.

2. Call for Contributions and Participation

This conference is aimed at a wide range of participants. In 
addition to academic specialists in areas such as Art Theory 
and History, Cultural/Media Studies, Sociology, Philosophy, 
Psychology, and Literature, we would like to invite artists, 
technologists, art critics, art teachers as well as interested 
members of the public to take part in this conference. Indeed, 
one of our main aims is to create discussion among these 
different groups about art and technology in the age of 

Contributions for this conference are therefore invited from 
all the different groups mentioned above. The form of such 
contributions is negotiable. While we invite the academic paper that 
will analyse the art-technology-information relationship in 
conceptually imaginative and provocative ways, we also invite 
contributions that will express and explore the conference theme 
in visual forms e.g., demonstrations, small exhibitions, 
performances, computer installations, etc. If you are not sure 
about the appropriateness of your intended contribution, please 
feel free 
 to contact one of the organisers informally (see contact 
details below).

3. Possible Conference Themes

The conference themes will depend on the contributions 
submitted. These might include discussion of questions such as:
-  What does the art-technology relationship mean for the 
   ways we construct and represent our world?  What does the 
   history of art tell us about changes in this process?
-  What exactly are the new electronic technologies, e.g., 
   hypermedia, hypertext, digitalisation, video, virtual 
   reality, etc.?  How are they used in art?
-  What is Art in the Age of Information?
-  What does the meeting of art and electronic technology 
   mean for our experience of space and time, e.g., 
   cyberspace, hyperspace?
-  What are the implications of the new electronic 
   technologies for the public showing of art, e.g., the 
   electronic museum?
-  What are wider implications of electronic technology for 
   the dissemination of art in mass society?
-  What do the new sciences of information (e.g., information 
   theory, cybernetics, chaos theory) have to say about 
   recent developments in art and electronic technology?
-  Art and the Machine.
-  The Aesthetics of In-formation.
-  Technology and the art of performance.
-  Techno-Aesthetics.
-  Technology, art and time.
-  Hybridity, technology and art.

This is by no means a definitive list and other ideas are more 
than welcome, especially if they promise to deepen our 
understanding of the art-technology relationship in the terms 
we have outlined here.

4. Conference Speakers

Conference speakers will include:
Paul Crowther, Oxford University.
Ron Day, literary theorist/information specialist, San 
Francisco, USA.
Dan Fern, Royal College of Art, London.
Martin Kemp, Oxford University.
Celia Lury, Goldsmith's College, London University.
Suhael Malik, Goldsmith's College, London University.
Mike Michael, Goldsmith's College, London University.
J. Hillis Miller, University of California at Irvine, USA.
Nicholas Royle, Stirling University.
Roy Stringer, hypermedia architect, Amaze Ltd.
Mark C. Taylor, Williams College, Massachusetts, USA.

5. Organisation of the Conference

a) Organisers
The conference is organised by:
Toby Jackson (Curator of  Education, Tate Gallery 
Fiona Candlin (Tate Gallery Liverpool/Department of Visual 
Arts, Keele University) 
Robert Cooper (Professor of Social Theory and 
Organisation, Centre for Social Theory and Technology, 
Keele University)
Olaf Boettger (Centre for Social Theory and Technology, 
Keele University).  

Questions about contributions to the conference should be 
addressed to:
Toby Jackson			Robert Cooper
Tate Gallery Liverpool		Centre for Social Theory and Technology
Albert Dock			Darwin Building, Keele University
Liverpool L3 4BB		Staffs ST5 5BG
United Kingdom			United Kingdom
Tel: ++44 (0)151 709 3233	Tel: ++44 (0)1782 583421
Fax: ++44 (0)151 709 3122 	Fax: ++44 (0)1782 584272
				Email: mna13@keele.ac.uk

Further information and latest updates are available on 
the WWW pages of the Centre for Social Theory and 
Technology at:

b) Place and Time
The conference will take place at:
Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts 
Mount Street
Liverpool L1 9HF
United Kingdom

from 4.00pm on Wednesday 1st July, to 5.30pm on Friday, 3rd 
July, 1998.

c) Submission Deadlines
We require five copies of a one-page abstract of your 
contribution by Saturday, 31st January, 1998. If you are 
unsure about the suitability of your contribution, please 
contact one of the organisers well before this date. Five 
copies of your abstract should be sent to:
Toby Jackson
Art & Technology Conference 1998
Tate Gallery Liverpool
Albert Dock
Liverpool L3 4BB
United Kingdom

You will be notified by the end of March 1998 if your 
submission has been accepted. 

d) Costs

(i)  200 pounds sterling full rate for conference attendance, 
accommodation and meals
(ii) 130 pounds sterling full rate for conference attendance and meals
(iii)120 pounds sterling concession for conference attendance, 
accommodation and meals
(iv) 80 pounds sterling concession for conference attendance and meals

Please note the following important points:
* All payments must be made in cheques in pound sterling, 
  made payable to "Tate Gallery Liverpool".
* All concessions require evidence of status (e.g., 
  photocopy of student card).
* All rates above are valid for payment before 31st  May, 
  1998. For payments after this date, the above rates 
  will be increased by an administration fee of 30 pounds 
* Conference fees are non-refundable after 31st May, 1998. 
  You can, however, send a replacement delegate in case 
  you cannot attend the conference.
* Resident fees include bed and breakfast and all meals 
  from registration on Wednesday, 1st July, 1998, at 
  4.00pm to finish of conference at 5.30pm, on Friday, 3rd 
  July, 1998.
* Non-resident fees include lunch and dinner for the 
  period of the conference.
* If you feel unable to pay the full rate, please contact 
  Toby Jackson or Robert Cooper in confidence.

Olaf Boettger
  Centre for Social Theory and Technology - Keele University, UK
                email O.Boettger@keele.ac.uk 
       WWW - http://www.keele.ac.uk/depts/stt/home.htm