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Retrace: History of Media Arts

Oliver Grau organizer. Danube University, Vienna. Nov. 23-25, 2017.
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The 7th International Conference on the Histories of Media Art, Science and Technology titled RE:TRACE focuses on an evaluation of the status of the meta-discipline MediaArtHistories today.

More than a decade after the first conference founded the field now recognized worldwide as a significant historical inquiry at the intersection of art, science, and technology, Media Art Histories is now firmly established as a dynamic area of study guided by changing media and research priorities, drawing a growing community of scholars, artists and artist-researchers.

Immersed in both contemporary and historiographical aspects of the digital world, we explore the most immediate socio-cultural questions of our time: from body futures, information society, and media (r)evolutions, to environmental interference, financial virtualization, and surveillance. And we do so through a fractal lens of inter- and trans-disciplinarity, bridging art history, media studies, neuroscience, psychology, sociology, and beyond. MediaArtHistories is a field whose theory, methods, and objects of study interweave with and overlay other disciplines.

- MediaArtHistories – historiographies and futures of an ever-emerging field
- Institutional histories of Media Art
- Media Art & Politics (surveillance, climate, visualizations, etc.)
- Collecting media art / Media Art market
- Archiving, preserving and representing Media Art
- Re-Use of cultural heritage data, including education, learning and research
- Methodologies and research tools for MediaArtHistories with a focus on Digital Humanities
- International and local histories and practices of media art
- (Post-)Colonial experiences and non-Western histories of media art, science and technology
- Paradigm shift – Digital vs. Post-Digital Theory
- Alternative histories for Media Art in relation to newly evolving or unexpected fields.
- Models and perspectives of research fields adapted across traditional disciplinary lines.
- New symbolic architecture of digital super companies (Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, FB, Google)
The conference program will include competitively selected, peer-reviewed individual papers, panel presentations and posters, as well as a small number of invited speakers. Presentations will be delivered in a range of formats, from panel discussions to a poster session. We particularly encourage submissions by researchers from international contexts outside of Europe and North America.

Martin KEMP (emeritus professor Oxford University, British Academy, UK)
Ryszard KLUSZCZYNSKI (Universität Lodz, PL)
Morten SøNDERGAARD (Aalborg University, DAN)

Initiated by the Media Art Histories Board (Steering Committee):
Dr. Andreas BROECKMANN (Leuphana University Lüneburg, DE); Prof. Dr. Sean CUBITT (Goldsmiths University of London, UK); Univ.-Prof. Dr. Oliver GRAU, MAE (Danube University, AT); Dr. Linda Dalrymple HENDERSON (University of Texas at Austin, US); Prof. Dr. Erkki HUHTAMO (University of California Los Angeles, US); Prof. Dr. Douglas KAHN (University of New South Wales, AU); Prof. Dr. Machiko KUSAHARA (Waseda University Tokyo, JP); Prof. Dr. Tim LENOIR (Stanford University, US); Prof. Dr. Gunalan NADARAJAN (University of Michigan, US); Prof. Dr. Paul THOMAS (University of New South Wales, AU)

MAH Honorary Board: Martin KEMP, Jasia REICHARDT, Itsuo SAKANE, Peter WEIBEL, Rudolf ARNHEIM †, Douglas DAVIS †

Conference dates: November 23–25 , 2017, Krems (World Cultural Heritage) & Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW) Vienna, hosted by DANUBE UNIVERSITY and ÖAW


Austria RE:TRACE: Conference Advisory Board
Carl AIGNER (Landesmuseum St. Pölten, AT); Jose Ramon ALCALA (University of Castilla La Mancha, ES); Giselle BEIGUELMAN (University of São Paulo, BR); Beatriz Escribano BELMAR (University of Castilla La Mancha, ES); Andreas BROECKMANN (Leuphana University Lüneburg, DE); Andres BURBANO (Universidad de los Andes, CO); Valentino CATRICALA (University Roma Tre / Media Art Festival, IT); Sebastian EGENHOFER (University of Vienna, AT); Ksenia FEDEROVA (RU/UC Davis, US); Sabine FLACH (University of Graz, AT); Katharina GSÖLLPOINTNER (University of Applied Arts, Vienna, AT); Erkki HUHTAMO (University of California Los Angeles, US); Ryszard KLUSZCZYNSKII (University of Lodz, PL); Katja KWASTEK (University of Amsterdam, NL); Daniel Cardoso LLACH (Carnegie Mellon University, US); Sjoukje van der MEULEN (Utrecht University, NL); Gunalan NADARAJAN (University of Michigan, US); Gerald NESTLER (Vienna, A); Ana PERAICA (Split, HR); Christopher SALTER (Concordia University, CA); Christa SOMMERER (University of Art and Design, Linz, AT); Morten SøNDERGAARD (Aalborg University, DK); Axel STOCKBURGER (Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, AT); Gerfried STOCKER (Ars Electronica, Linz, AT); Eveline WANDL-VOGT (ÖAW, Vienna, AT).


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