[NetBehaviour] LEA Special Issue: Wild Nature and the Digital Life

marc marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Mon May 16 18:00:57 CEST 2005

*LEA Special Issue: Wild Nature and the Digital Life *
** Worldwide Call for Submissions *
Guest Editors: Sue Thomas and Dene Grigar *
digitalwild at astn.net
The Leonardo Electronic Almanac (ISSN No: 1071-4391) is inviting  papers 
[and artworks] themed around Wild Nature and the Digital  Life.

Wild nature has traditionally been perceived as the preserve of the 
physical world and may seem to have little to do with the abstract 
spaces of the digital. But what can be described as "wild nature" at a 
time when much of the earth's land is being annexed by cities, brought 
into production, and turned into tourist meccas or eco-excursions?  How 
are humans reinventing "the wild" digitally?   What is the relationship 
between humans and wild nature, and has it changed with the advent of 
the computer technology? Is the notion of wild nature limited to the 
physical world, and if not, then where else can we find it? How do those 
who are most immersed in the digital integrate it with the physical?

While a critical response to these questions is highly encouraged, we 
are equally interested in the wide-angle view and in the intimate. 
Specifically, we welcome essays, interviews, reports and other genres of 
writing that speak to the ways in which we reconcile and integrate the 
relationship between wild nature and the digital life; that address the 
part that wild nature plays in our work; looks at the ways the 
functionality of our body in the digital compares with the way it works 
in the mountains, in the ocean, or other physical spaces; and explores 
the changes that the wired life has brought about to our domestic and 
professional habitat, how it may have changed our health, or shifted our 
understanding of ecosystems and of other species on this planet and 

Topics of interest might include (but are not limited to):
- Projects combining art and natural history
- Art and nature collaborations
- Telematics and consciousness
- Historical context
- Connectedness studies
- Embodiment theory
- Emergence studies
- Anthropology and social networks
- Ecology and the environment
- Natural magic and spirituality
The twin conceptual territories of bits and atoms are closer than they 
may at first seem. This call invites papers and works that explore ways 
in which the wired sensibility has led us full circle towards an 
enhanced engagement with wild nature.

LEA encourages international artists / academics / researchers / 
students / practitioners / theorists to submit their proposals for 
consideration. We particularly encourage authors outside North America 
and Europe to send proposals for essays / artists statements.

As part of this special, LEA is looking to publish:
- Critical Essays
- Artist Statement/works in the LEA Gallery
- Bibliographies (a peer reviewed bibliography with key
texts/references in Digital Life)
- Academic Curriculum (LEA encourages academics conducting course
programmes in this area to contact us)
Expressions of interest and outline should include:
- A brief description of proposed text (300 words)
- A brief author biography
- Any related URLs
- Contact details
In the subject heading of the email message, please use "Name of 
Artist/Project Title: LEA Wild Nature and Digital Life - Date 
Submitted". Please cut and paste all text into body of email (without 
attachments). Detailed editorial guidelines at: 

Deadline for expressions of interest: 8 July 2005
Timeline (please note the timeline is subject to changes)
8 July 2005 - submission of abstracts
22 July 2005 - short-listed candidates informed
2 September 2005 - contributors to submit full papers for peer review
3 - 30 September 2005 - Peer Review Process
1 - 21 October 2005 - Authors to make changes
November 2005 - Ready to publish papers
Please send proposals or queries to:
Sue Thomas and Dene Grigar
digitalwild at astn.net
Nisar Keshvani
LEA Editor-in-Chief
lea at mitpress.mit.edu

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