January 29, 2019

Call for submissions: 2019 New Media Caucus symposium and exhibition

Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan

Matilda Aslizadeh, Resort, 2016. HD video, 26:40 minutes. Three-channel video installation. Courtesy the artist and Pari Nadimi Gallery.

In September 2019, the University of Michigan Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design will host the New Media Caucus 2019 symposium and exhibition, Border Control. Symposium and exhibition events will take place in Ann Arbor at the Stamps School of Art and Design (2000 Bonisteel Blvd.) and Stamps Gallery (201 S. Division St.).

Guest curator: Allison Collins, Media Arts Curator, Western Front

Borders and boundaries, both tangible and ephemeral, are closely tied to the ways in which humanity has always made sense of the world, and of its place in it. Our current moment is one in which this certainty is being undermined as many borders are being challenged and contested. Borders can be mental, physical, geographical, political, social, ethical, legal, economic, environmental, digital, real, imagined, visceral, and emotional. How do you navigate borders in your own practice or research?

The New Media Caucus seeks to bring together artists and scholars to critically engage relevant topics. Some of the processes calling contemporary borders into question are:

–Climate change is rapidly collapsing even our most basic understanding of the world, as the ecosystems around us are transformed, shifted, and even extinguished at an unparalleled pace.
–Accepted notions of demographic, political, and economic boundaries are called into question by displaced populations and algorithmic filter bubbles.
–Techno-scientific developments and new philosophical concepts challenge the separation of human from non-human life and intelligence.
–Intersectional discourses which contest existing categorizations and hierarchies of gender, race, ability, and class.

Submission information
Fees: Symposium registration fee is TBD, but will not exceed 150 USD. There are no fees to submit to or participate in the exhibition.

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