Identifying Successful STARTS Methodologies’ Conference: Call for Papers

Art leads to new Science- Roger Malina

‘Identifying Successful STARTS Methodologies’ is an interdisciplinary research project, led by Dr Denise Doyle at the University of Wolverhampton, UK, in collaboration with the EU STARTS (Science+ Technology+Arts) Prize and Ars Electronica, Austria. This project is (1) investigating the methodological features of successful art-science-technology collaboration; (2) and analysing the forms of knowledge which art-science-technology collaborations produce. Emphasising both theory and practice, we invite research papers and practice-based submissions that address the possibilities of ‘catalytic artistic thinking’ for  inter/antidisciplinary knowledge production, or which consider the possibilities of collaboration for engaging with shared socio-material problems- particularly in view of the Anthropocene paradigm and discourses on ‘contemporary nature’.

We invite submissions on four broad themes, which correspond to various aspects of our research into contemporary artscience – technology practice: Collaborations, Translations, Histories and Ecologies. Additionally, the conference includes a panel for research/practice that fall directly under the remit of the STARTS Prize and the wider STARTS Ecosystem.

(1) Collaborations

The theme focuses on the practical, organisational structures of art-science-technology and which models work best for successful collaboration (i.e., flat, ‘lateral’ collaborations). Submissions may address any of the following:

  • art-science-technology and industry; art-science-technology and policy; models of artscience-technology collaboration; anthropologies of art-science-technology/creative labour; hierarchies of knowledge production; interventions/residencies in the laboratory environment; the problem of inter/antidisciplinarity

(2) Translations

Translations concerns the problem/creative potential of the misunderstandings, slippages and disagreements which occur through art-science-technology collaboration, as well as question of how technology might mediate and/or facilitate dialogue between the arts and the sciences. Submissions may address any of the following:

  • language and art-science-technology; disseminating art-science-technology; curating artscience-technology; art and data visualisation; art and artificial intelligence

(3) Histories

Histories emphasises the multiple historical functions of art-science-technology, addressing both historical lineages of art-science-technology and the possibilities of using art-science-technology for writing and/or engaging with broader historical questions. Submissions may address any of the following:

  • geneaologies of art-science-technology; exhibition histories of art-science-technology; global histories of art-science-technology; art and cybernetics; the computer and the arts; histories of VR art and AI art; histories of artistic-research practice; media archaeology; digital archaeology; new media conservation

(4) Ecologies

Ecologies poses the ‘ecological’ question in the context of art-science-technology, providing a forum for discussion on how art-science-technology collaboration might respond to the challenges of the Anthropocene, as well as how it might itself be understood as an ‘ecology of practices’. Submissions may address any of the following:

  • art-science-technology and climate science; art-science-technology and the circular economy; art-science-technology and the question of ‘contemporary nature’; digital and media ecologies; the problem of waste/technological obsolescence; human subjectivity; the question of non-human agency; organicism; cybernetics; cosmotechnics; new materialisms.

Academic Papers, Artist Papers, and Workshops/Panel discussions are invited.

300 word Abstracts due by the Sunday 151h March 2020.