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Thu Sep 18 10:29:13 CEST 2008
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Greetings to all.
This is the first of several communiqués regarding the Digital Art and
Culture (DAC)2009 conference. The 2009 conference will occur in
mid-December, 2009, on the campus of the University of California,
Irvine, in sunny Orange County, just south of Los Angeles.
Primarily, this communiqué is an invitation for you to be involved - as
a delegate, as a speaker, as a performer, as a reviewer, as a theme
leader as an event organizer, or in any other capacity. The first three
categories are self-explanatory, the paragraphs below explain the
others. Right now, the most pressing issue is the Call for Themes and
Theme Leaders. Further down: some details of the calendar and the event
- provisional, as they must be at this point.
DAC is an international conference series established in 1998. I'm very
pleased to have the opportunity to direct this iteration of DAC. I hope
that it is a high point in the tradition of engaged and topical,
intellectually rigorous, interdisciplinary, mid-scale, horizontally
structured events which makes DAC, in my opinion, special.
I have been involved in the world of digital art and culture for 25
years, and active in the development of interdisciplinary approaches to
practice, discourse and pedagogy. Along with my art practice and
writing, I edited an early 'new media reader' (Critical Issues in
Electronic Media, SUNY Press 1995), organized an early exhibition of
interactive installation (Machine Culture, SIGGRAPH'93). More recently I
designed and established the Arts Computation Engineering graduate
program at UCI. Further details of my work can be found at
I will send such notices regularly to the DAC09-announce list. Every
attempt will be made to keep them brief and succinct - though this one
does go on bit. Please forward this email as you see fit. This posting
is the first large-scale test of the newly created list, and of the
newly created email address dac09dir at uci.edu. The address list is
compiled from previous DAC lists and related email lists. Apologies in
advance for any for multiple and inappropriate postings. (See below to
subscribe, unsubscribe, or notify of duplicate addresses etc.) Please
notify us at dac09inf at uci.edu if you do not get this posting :)
I look forward to seeing you at what promises to be a dynamic and
Themes and Theme Leaders
In the interests of an optimally diverse, relevant and topical
conference, DAC09 will have multiple themes. I invite all to propose
Themes for DAC09. The conference will be organized around selected
themes. I hope thiss trategy will generate an event which is responsive
to contemporary concerns while remaining focused. I personally hope to
see themes proposed in the following areas: Software Studies/Media
Archeology, Digital Art and Culture Pedagogy,
Neuroscience/Cognition/Interaction Design, Mobile Media Practices, and
other areas. Please do not hesitate to propose in these, related and
quite different themes. I am keen to support new areas of inquiry
relevant to DAC, especially themes which go beyond the usual
Euro-American academic/disciplinary preoccupations. Some massaging of
themes may be necessary. It may be necessary to subdivide themes which
receive many accepted papers. Conversely undersubscribed themes may have
to be merged or not included.
Call for Themes/Theme Leaders:
To propose a theme title and 100 word outline is required. Note that
acceptance of a proposed theme commits proposer to functioning as theme
leader. Responsibilities will not be arduous but will include oversight
of review process for that theme, cooperating with organisers in
designing conference timetables, and identifying and organising panel
Deadline for theme proposals, 15 October 2008. Send to DAC09Dir at uci.edu
with DAC09Theme as subject line.
Call for reviewers
A subsequent communiqué will include a call for proposal and paper
reviewers, when the themes are confirmed.
Call for Event Producers
Proposals for Exhibition Curation and Music/Performance Event
Productions are requested. This might include touring existing
exhibitions/productions or specially organized events. An
organizer/producer for Variety Night Producer is also sought.
Send to DAC09Dir at uci.edu with DAC09Events as subject line.
Call for VaRiEtY Night Talent.
Do you juggle remotes, play telematic tennis, compose epic poetry about
database structures? Do you have a robot that does card tricks or DJs,
or an AI system that composes and performs poetry? Please propose your
act for variety night. : Already confirmed: the multi-talented Perry
Hoberman will sing some of his cycle of media-arts ballads, including
the soon-to-be smash hit 'Motion Capture'.
Send to DAC09Dir at uci.edu with DAC09Variety as subject line.
Call for miscellaneous suggestions and support.
Ideas regarding events, geographically and temporally local tie-ins,
sponsorship, constructive suggestions and offers of assistance gladly
received. Send to DAC09Dir at uci.edu with DAC09misc as subject line
DAC09 will be a three-day event preceded by evening registration and
Days will be structured with three sessions -
Morning Plenary Session: 9 -12
Panels1: 1.15-2.45 ( 2 or 3 parallel sessions)
Break : 2.45 - 3.30
Panels2: 3.30 - 5 ( 2 or 3 parallel sessions, closing plenary on last day)
Each day will include an optional evening event, ~ 7.30-10.30
(Morning coffee, Lunch and afternoon break will be catered and included
Closing Banquet will be included in full registration).
The morning plenaries will involve at least one presentation
representing each Theme, and may include other relevant presentations.
Afternoon sessions will be panels or 'roundtables' organized around
Themes, with each theme being represented in a session, two consecutive
sessions on one day, or sessions across more than one day - depending on
paper acceptances etc. I want to ensure that DAC2009 is maximally
generative, so I want to support discussion, both formal and informal.
Opportunities will be available to timetable roundtable discussions, I
will do my best to ensure that question/discussion times will not be
abandoned and breaks will be long enough to allow informal discussion.
Evening 0 - registration and reception (exhibition opening?)
Evening1 - Variety show. Continuing in the spirit of the show and tell
night in Perth07, his will be an informal soireé of presentations by
registrants, headlined by Perry Hoberman singing his cycle of Digital
Culture Ballads, including his (soon to be) smash hit 'Motion Capture'.
Proposals for acts and presentations in any format (from juggling
remotes to telematic tennis) are welcome.
Evening2 -Music/Performance event
Evening3 - Banquet/Harbor Cruise
Deadlines and Key Dates (Provisional)
(AFAIK, the US is the only country to observe a month-day-year date
convention. In order to reduce calendric confusion, all dates for DAC09
will be in the format '1oct08'.)
Theme proposals - 15oct08
Website up and call for paper proposals - 1jan09
Call for paper proposals (abstracts) - 1Jan09
Deadline for paper proposals (abstracts) - 1apr09
Invitation to submit papers (based on submitted abstracts) - 1jun09
Advanced Registration opens - 1jun09
Paper deadline - 1aug09
Notice of Paper Acceptance - 1sep09
Formatted paper delivery deadline - 1oct09
Conference - Dec 13-16 (or thereabouts)
Communication, Information Management, Contacts.
This year we are building a web based automated information system which
automated online submission and review process and online registration
by credit card. Website address will be publicized soon. It is planned
that proceedings will be online. Registrants will receive proceedings
and other documents on a DAC09 datastick at registration. Dedicate email
addresses have been created for DAC09:
DAC09adm- Dustin Utt - for inquiries regarding delegate correspondence,
registration, accommodation, catering and campus/facilities liaison.
DAC09inf - Ward Smith - for inquiries regarding website, submission and
review process, proceedings, information management, etc
DAC09dir - Simon Penny - organisational and committee business only
Simon Penny, Professor of Arts and Engineering - University of
Director, DAC09 (Digital Arts and Culture Conference, December, 2009)
University of California Council on Research 'Humanist at Large'
Founding Director - Arts Computation Engineering (ACE) interdisciplinary
Office/Post: Building 522 Room 3000, UCI Irvine, CA 92697-2790
Director -ACTION lab for robotics and embodied interaction
Professor - Studio Art, Claire Trevor School of the Arts.
Professor - Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Henry Samueli
School of Engineering.
Professor - Informatics, Bren School of Information and Computer Science.
In order to do interdisciplinary work, it is not enough to take a
'subject' (a theme) and to arrange two or three sciences around it.
Interdisciplinary study consists of creating a new object, which belongs
to no one. Roland Barthes
The main point to realise is that all knowledge presents itself within a
framework adapted to account for previous experience and that any such frame
may prove too narrow to comprehend new experiences. Neils Bohr.
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