sIREN Conference 2017: Arts and Digital Practices
ECA – Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland
30 – 31 May 2017
sIREN ‘Art and Digital Practices Conference’ will explore digital practices and their social impact in contemporary artistic contexts. It seeks to create an interdisciplinary platform of communication among artistic practices, technologies, theory, artistic collaboration and digital media.
The plethora and availability of digital tools and practices have transformed the ways art is created, perceived and disseminated. This had a distinct impact on how research is conducted across the arts and humanities as a whole, from practice-led to process-focused and people-centered research. To this end, an interactive format of hands-on workshops, papers and a performance session will lay the foundations for a creative dialogue among artists, theorists, academics and practitioners. The aim is to debate on key practical and philosophical challenges that contribute to the broader discussion of what it means to use digital tools as a form of artistic inquiry.
This conference will provide an arena for academics across disciplines for extending the debate of interdisciplinary practices and their appropriate methods as well as their potential. We welcome and encourage proposals for papers across a wide range of related subject areas – such as fine and digital media art, architectural design, music and sound studies, geography, anthropology, cultural and film studies.
Themes to explore include:
- The intersection of art and science
Testing the boundaries between scientific method and artistic experimentation. We intend to discuss the role of the artist in blurring this discursive separation, and examine emergent forms of such interdisciplinary practice.
- Digital arts and urbanism
Approaching “digital urbanism” through exploring the themes of multiculturalism, sustainability and community, contemporary mobilities, digital art and design processes. We want to investigate how digital arts form part of the political dynamics of urban space and contribute in digital place-making.
- Data analysis in art practice
Surveying artistic methods that rely upon the production or mapping of data-sets. We are interested in systems, tools and approaches for identifying patterns in creative processes and shaping this data into material form.
- Computation and creative processes
Investigating the role of computer technology in forming and mediating creative practice. In particular, we aim to address some of the issues, challenges and opportunities, arising from the present ubiquity of computing devices.
Celia Lury (Director of Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies, University of Warwick) ‘Composing methods: on the limits of problem spaces in a time of rendition’
Nicolas Donin (IRCAM, Paris) ‘Literal translations? How computer-assisted scoring of soundfiles is affecting the aesthetics of contemporary music’
Peter Sinclair (Locus Sonus Sound Lab) ‘Locus Sonus Audio in Art. From collective to individual and back’
Jen Southern (CeMoRe, Lancaster University) ‘Art and Mobilities in Unstable Landscapes’
Trevor Wishart (Institute of Sonology) “Sound Loom / Composers Desktop Project” software tools for (non-realtime) sound sculpting.
Kristina Andersen (STEIM, Amsterdam) “Hypothetical Instruments” building non-functional instruments and other machines for creative expression.
Chris Speed (ECA, Design Informatics) “Re-imagining the city as a value platform” reimagine the city as a platform for smart contracts using GPS and the cryptocurrency Ether.
Papers/presentations and conference proceedings will be peer-reviewed and published with DOIs.
Successful applicants will have the opportunity to attend hands-on workshops. There will also be a closing concert on the 31st.
We are happy to announce that there will be no charges for registration and attendance.
Lunch, coffee breaks and a closing drinks reception are included.
Have a question? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
We are looking forward to hearing from you.
Prof Richard Coyne, Prof Chris Speed, Prof Peter Nelson, Dr Jules Rawlinson, Dr Martin Parker, Dr Owen Green, Mr Yati Durant
Hosted by sIREN (student-led Interdisciplinary REsearch Network) team:
Eleni-Ira Panourgia, Katerina Talianni, Dara Etefaghi, Tina Krekels, Jack Walker, Roxana Karam, Deirdre Harnedy
The conference main venue is:
Hunter Theatre O17
Edinburgh College of Art
74 Lauriston Pl, Edinburgh EH3 9DF
A map with workshops, concert and main venue can be downloaded here.
30th May – Day 1
9:30 – 12:30 Workshops
12:00 – 13:30 Registrations & Lunch
13:30 – 15:50 Bodies – Digital Culture – Spaces – Dr Owen Green chairing
Locus Sonus Audio In Art. From collective to individual and back – Dr Peter Sinclair
Textual Maps – The Body as Site – Jonsson & Bogers
Grasping Elapsing 3.1 – Williams
Revealing the Invisible City: Comprehending the human-city bond through data visualization and sonification – Barahona, Cui, Estevez, Huang & Talianni
Neu Collective Consciousness – Kaushal
15:50 – 16:00 Coffee break
16: 00 – 19:00 Digital Tools – Prof Chris Speed chairing
Art and Mobilities in Unstable Landscapes – Keynote by Dr Jen Southern
Glass Gateways – Kelly & Mann
SilkRoad – Digital/Analog. Creating public art intervention in the context of education and technology – Farr
Language or medium: the malleable structure of art making in a digital environment – Kearney, Escobar and Vilaneau
‘The Perfect Circle’: Using robotics as a creative tool in contemporary design and art practices – Tirupattur
The Metaphysical Potential of Networks – Clayton
31st May – Day 2
9:00 – 9:20 Coffee
9:20 – 10:50 Digitisation in art practice – Dr Sophia Lycouris chairing
‘The Ritournelles of Digitisation in Art’- Yildirim
Exploring social issues and cultural knowledge through machinima – Baxter
Digital Vivisection: The Technologic Consumption of Human Anima – Gangwisch
Scientific methods and creative processes for wearable technologies: from invention to innovation – Tenuta & Testa
10:50 – 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 – 13:40 Digital arts and urbanism – Prof Richard Coyne chairing
Composing methods: on the limits of problem spaces in a time of rendition – Keynote by Celia Lury, Director of CIM
The Art of Transformation: Using Virtual Space for Cultural Organizing – Boot & Michaels
Hyperlocal Imaginaries – McAndrew & Sermon
Digital art in public spaces: New urban landscapes – Del Puglia
Exploring the Intersection of Spatial Practices and Technology with Critical and Creative Methods: Some Experiences and Suggestions – Wood
Exploring & Sharing People’s Emotional Bond with Places in the City – Stals
13:40 – 14:30 Lunch Break
14:30 – 16:40 Computation and Creative Processes – Prof Peter Nelson chairing
Literal translations? How computer-assisted scoring of soundfiles is affecting the aesthetics of contemporary music – Keynote by Dr. Nicolas Donin
Digital interactions: Sound and three-dimensional forms – Panourgia, Wheelaghan & Yang
The Laptop Tour: Redefining Classical Music Performance Spaces – Coleclough & Forshee
A joynt magnetism of three heavens: compositional & computational approaches to sonifying alchemical data – Roberts
Sorted 2.0 – Hignett
16:40 – 17:00 Coffee break
17:00 – 18:00 Round Table session – Dr Martin Parker chairing
19:30 – 21:00 Closing Concert
Pixi Dust – Yati Durant & Jules Rawlinson, PixiVisor & Analogue Modular Synthesis
/sɪv/ – Marcin Pietruszewski, algorithmic script for spectro-temporal signal scattering
Jess Aslan – Synth, drum machine and laptop based electro-instrumental experimentation
Two Thirds of a Good Thing – Dave Murray-Rust & Jules Rawlinson, Laptops & Controllers