[NetBehaviour] Last week of submissions: Virtual art / institutions and communities CFP

Gabriel Menotti gabriel.menotti at gmail.com
Mon Apr 18 16:01:05 CET 2022

Hey folks!

This is the infamous gentle reminder that this is the last week of
submissions for the Museums Without Walls conference and exhibition. It
would be great to get a proposal from you, and any help sharing the call is
highly appreciated!


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Call: Museums Without Walls – Conference & Exhibition

An inquiry into virtual art / institutions and communities

Queen’s University, Ontario, August 15-17 + Online


Submissions: https://forms.gle/Y9SKgiKg6u2Wzm1L6

Deadline: April 23

The global pandemic has laid bare the technological crossroads where
cultural institutions find themselves in the early 21st century. By
promoting a superabundance of ‘content’ and multiplying the transversality
of connections, digital networks have increasingly undermined the authority
of museums as sites for memory preservation, collection stewardship, and
discourse reproduction. All the while, new media systems keep promising to
expand the museal apparatus and radically transform the ways in which art
institutions can perform their mandates and operate within society.

Has the modern project of the museum finally come to its terms? Can future
forms of socio-cultural institutionality be found among online databases,
simulated environments, social media communities, smart contracts, and
other computer platforms?

These questions invite us to reclaim notions of virtuality from the
technopositivist buzz and revisit the long history of relationships between
museums and media. In the spirit of critical and social museology – and
particularly interested in non-Western perspectives –, the Museums Without
Walls conference seeks to open a space for the discussion and exercise of
new configurations for art and cultural institutions.

We are looking for proposals of papers, talks, workshops, publications,
exhibitions, websites, movies, and other forms of artworks that engage with
subjects such as:


   Museums and/in virtual realities

   Uses of new and old media systems and VR/AR/XR for cultural access and

   Online / virtual exhibitions, arts residencies, and other forms of
   public outreach

   Technopolitics in/of galleries, libraries, archives and museums

   Art institutions as discursive, knowledge, and informational frameworks

   Interfaces for art and artifact collections

   Museum projects in simulated, digital, and gaming environments

   Publications and merchandise as extensions of institutional activities

   Printed, broadcasted, and streamed exhibitions

   Audiotours, videoguides, and other interactive forms of mediating artist

   Cultural management and curatorial strategies in the age of computer

   Possibilities of collaboration and dissent enabled by online platforms

   Counterpublic appropriations and the unsettling of museal spaces

   Performances of monumentality using media and XR technologies

   The mediation of absences and struggles for re/depatriation

   Multi-user web platforms as exhibition sites (Mozilla Hubs, New Art
   City, common.garden, etc)

   Public repositories of museal data (Google Arts & Culture, Smithsonian
   Open Access, Scan the World, etc)

   Rogue 3D scanning and other digital bootlegs

   Art institutions in the ‘metaverse’

The Museums Without Walls conference takes place at Queen’s University,
Ontario, between August 15-17. The conference will intersect with the
Summer Institute: The Curatorial  organized by the Agnes Etherington Art
Centre and Queen’s Screen Cultures and Curatorial Studies program, and it
will be completely free to attend and participate. A number of online
activities will precede and follow the event.

Submit your proposals by April 23 using the link:

Proposals consist in an abstract/synopsis (100-250 words), short author’s
bio (100 words), and links to supporting material. When submitting, please
indicate whether your proposal is for presentation online and/or on site at
Queen’s, during the days of the conference. For workshop and artwork
proposals, please include links to relevant documentation as well as
technical and installation requirements. Submit any questions to
museusemparedes at gmail.com.

Museum Without Walls is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities
Research Council of Canada.
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