Dear sir or madam,

we would be grateful if you could disseminate the following Call for Papers through the mailing list.

Best wishes,
Lara F. Portolés Argüelles
(on behalf of the Organizing Committee)


Dear colleague,

we are pleased to inform you that the Art Matters International Conference 2014 which will be held on December 11-12, 2014 at the University of Barcelona has opened the Call for Papers.

[Spanish and Catalan versions here:]

The materials and technologies of the contemporary art invite us to reconsider, not only the role that these play in the articulation of artistic practices, but also the theoretical frameworks that demonstrate the role of the materiality itself inside the Art History. These premises involve new methodological challenges and important epistemological transformations in the examination of art; challenges that must be analysed, discussed and contrasted with the long and fertile tradition of art studies. Fundamental problems such as the distribution of the agencies involved in the investigation and the artistic practice, the lines of temporal causality, the interconnection between materialities and discoursivities, the role of the technology and the society, the spatiality and location of the art, gain relevance from the suggested challenges.

Art Matters congress hopes to give space for those researches that, coming from the academy and the professional practice, rebuild the relation between art and its materiality: contributions focused on theoretical, methodological and epistemological reconsiderations and, specially, empirical studies centered on art routines and infrastructures.  

Perspectives such as Media Archaeology, the Actor-Network Theory or the New Materialisms contribute decisively to the possibility of blurring or even erasing preconceived ontological distinctions –inoperative today-, and traditionally supported by the framework of our modernity. We are alluding to established dichotomies such as subject/object, matter/discourse, theory/practice, social/technological, expert/non-expert that lay out important onto-epistemic challenges to overcome. The interest of the congress is precisely to connect these new perspectives with the tradition of history, theory and art practice, starting always from both the reflection and the experience with the routines, the infrastructures and the art fields.       

Problems to discuss:

  • Researches about art infrastructures: museums, art galleries, centres of production and investigation, archives, exhibition and distribution displays, art market dynamics.

  • Investigations about objects and artistic practices: new materials, technologies inside the art field, production processes, distribution, conservation and preservation of the art and the media, etc.

  • Other art histories and narratives: “minor” or divergent histories, linear narratives, emergency of novelties, relational temporality and spatiality, forgotten geographical areas, etc.

  • Onto-epistemic and methodological art frameworks: human and non-human agency, relations between practice and theory, experts and non-experts, trans/inter/meta/non-disciplinarity, etc.

Those people interested in participating are invited to send, before 31st of October, 2014 (included) a communication proposal to this email address for its following evaluation.

Proposal format (two separated documents):

1. Communication proposal:

  • Format .doc, .docx, .rtf

  • Communication title

  • Communication abstract (300 words maximum)

  • Between 3 and 5 keywords.

2. Information about/the auhtor/authors:

  • Format .doc, .docx, .rtf

  • Name and surname

  • Institutional affiliation (in case of having it)

  • Email address

  • Brief curriculum (100 words maximum)

  • Information and contact person (only if the communication is presented by more than one author).

  • Communication title

Notification of the communication acceptance will be published on 10th November, 2014.

Further information (Scientific Committee, Programme, Keynotes, venue, etc.) will be published here:

You can also send an e-mail to:

Help us disseminate! Feel free to send this e-mail to anyone who you think might be interested.

Best wishes,
The Organizing Committee

Lara F. Portolés Argüelles
PhD Candidate IN3 - UOC
MediaTIC (Roc Boronat, 117 C.P.08018 Barcelona)
(+34) 934505420 / (+34) 659763624