— The 10th International Conference on the Histories of Media Art, Science and Technology

The 10th International Conference on the Histories of Media Art, Science and Technology – RE:SOURCE – will celebrate Media Art History and the role that its main agents have had in the multiple developments of art, science and technology over the past 60 years. 

The main historical theme of the conference will represent the core of the event, which connects it to the MAH conference series. This will be integrated by a number of sub themes including, but not exclusively, the following: 

> Memory. How to create future memories: documentation, preservation and new technologies: media art conservation, preservation, documentation, archival research, role of researchers in curatorial practice. 
> Climate Actions, Environment and Public Humanities: public media art that addresses climate emergency and social topics; 
> Pioneers: media art history pioneers past and present, artists, curators, new technologies;
> Media art history outside and inside the museum: curation, museology, cinema, games, media arts museums); re-enacting of exhibitions, new technologies and curatorial practice. 

The title “RE:SOURCE” refers to a specific sub theme specifically introduced in the MAH Venice edition of the conference series. This theme will be centred on climate issues and ecological sustainability considered in all their ramifications analysed through the lenses of Media Art History.

RE:SOURCE will host four days of paper sessions, panels, workshops, exhibitions, performances, poster sessions and keynotes, each track being focused on sub-themes sessions that will include topics such as the environment and the city, sustainable urbanism, social changes, water politics (hydropolitics), and renewable alternative resources. 

Venice and its lagoon are a UNESCO World Heritage site constantly facing scientific, environmental, cultural and socio-economic challenges around climate issues. In addition to seasonal flooding and mass tourism, the urban fabric of Venice is challenged by rising water levels. This fragile ecosystem, continuously being under threat, has been the subject of many studies and plans which are aiming at protecting and enhancing the site through integrated policies for sustainable development, but now more than ever more social awareness and involvement are needed. In this context we see Media Art History as an active agent that would encourage and facilitate new conversations about this timely issue, where Venice can be seen as a small reflection of the bigger climate issues that are happening globally. 

What motivated the name RE:SOURCE for the 10th International Conference on the Histories of Media Art, Science and Technology is the notion of sustainability and inclusion: through this conference we want to tackle timely issues on the ongoing climate emergency, both historically and in connection with current environmental studies and methodologies applied to new media. At the same time we want to offer a new way of thinking about resources, and look for new strategies, actions and approaches to overcome the current alarming circumstances. 

Wednesday 13th – Saturday 16th, September 2023

The event will be hybrid, online & offline.
The physical event will take place in Venice city centre (venue to be announced soon)

Abstracts Submission: October 15th December 31st, 2022
Notification of acceptance: Early March 2023
Final papers submission: Mid-October 2023

Conference chair: Francesca Franco
Project manager: Clio Flego

Conference Advisory Board
Ken RINALDO, Ohio State University (US); Everardo REYES, Université Paris 8 (FR); Pau ALSINA, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (ES); Dolores STEINMAN, University of Toronto (CA); Luz María SÁNCHEZ, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (MX); Claudia SCHNUGG, Johannes Kepler Universität Linz (AT); Ryszard KLUSZCZYŃSKI, Łódź University (PL); Morten SØNDEGAARD, Aalborg University (DK); Angélica PIEDRAHITA, University of Monterrey (MX); Paolo GARBOLINO, IUAV University of Venice (IT); Emanuele ARIELLI, IUAV University of Venice (IT); and more…

MediaArtHistory Board (Steering Committee)
Dr. Andreas BROECKMANN, Leuphana Universität, (DE); Dr. Andres BURBANO, Universidad de los Andes (CO); Prof. Dr. Sean CUBITT, Goldsmiths University (UK); Prof. Dr. Oliver GRAU, Danube University Krems (AT); Prof. Dr. Inge HINTERWALDNER, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (DE); Prof. Erkki HUHTAMO, UCLA – University of California, LA (US); Machiko KUSAHARA, PhD, Waseda University, (JP); Prof. Dr. Katja KWASTEK, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (NL); Prof. Dr. Gunalan NADARAJAN, Ann Arbor Art and Design, University of Michigan (US); Prof. Dr. Chris SALTER, Concordia University and Hexagram, Montreal (CA); Prof. Dr. Paul THOMAS, University of New South Wales (AU)

For more information about the programme, events, submissions, venues and partnership please contact resource2023@gmail.com

More info coming soon!