Rewire: Call for Papers

You can find the submission system here: Rewire OpenConf


Call For Papers is now closed – this page is only for reference

Hosted by FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology), Liverpool. In collaboration with academic partners: Liverpool John Moores University, CRUMB at the University of Sunderland, the Universities of the West of Scotland and Lancaster, and the Database of Virtual Art at the Dept. for Image Science.

Following the success of Media Art History 05 Re:fresh in Banff, Media Art History 07 Re:place in Berlin and Media Art History 09 Re:live in Melbourne, Media Art History 11 Rewire will host three days of keynotes, panels and poster sessions.

Media Art History 2011 – Rewire will increase the voltage and ignite
key debates within the internationally distributed network of
histories, which takes account of the questions surrounding
documentation and methodologies, materiality, and agency. Rewire aims
to illuminate the global phenomena of media art. Given Liverpool’s
historic role as a center of British industry and its leadership in
the sector of digital culture, we shall explore the relationship
between the industrial revolution and the information age with respect
to media art around the world. Considering the international scope of
the histories of media art, science and technology, Rewire is also
listed as part of the “McLuhan in Europe” programme, and will take
place concurrently with The Asia Triennial in Manchester and Abandon
Normal Devices, the North West’s festival of new cinema and digital
culture which returns to Liverpool in September 2011.The reviewers
especially welcome proposals for presentations that
resonate thematically with these events.
We are looking for original research on:

  • The relations between art, science, technology and industry, both
    historically and now
  • New paradigms and alternative discourses for media art and media art
    history, such as, for example, craft, design, social media, or
  • Local histories and practices of media art
  • The heritage of British industry and computing and its global
    contributions to media art
  • Colonial experiences and non-Western histories of media art, science
    and technology
  • Media art history in relation to the biological, biomedical and
    ecological sciences
  • Relations between the histories of media art and those of computing
    and new technologies
  • Writing art history in a technologised and scientific culture,
    including the documentation of media art and how it is changed in a
    technologised and scientific culture
  • How the field of science and technology studies (STS) can offer
    useful models for new paradigms for art history

General papers will be accepted. The conference will be delivered in a range of formats, from panel discussions to Pecha Kucha sessions and video poster presentations, as well as a small number of invited speakers. The programme will include competitively selected, peer-reviewed individual papers, panel presentations, and poster sessions, as well as a small number of invited speakers.

Keynote Lectures, by internationally renowned, outstanding theoreticians and artists, will deliberate on the central themes of the conference and will include the Roy Stringer Memorial Lecture, held annually by FACT in memory of Roy Stringer, an early pioneer of digital media, champion of multimedia industries in the North West and Liverpool, and former Chair of the Board at FACT. The conference will also include dedicated forum sessions for participants to engage in more open-ended discussion and debate on relevant issues and questions.