Call for Contributions
The ALMAT Symposium calls for artistic research contributions in the following two categories:
1. Contributions exploring the symposium's theme and the questions arising from it. This may include:
- What are the material qualities specific of algorithms and algorithmic practices? How does the algorithmic become malleable as material?
- Are there particular affordances of the algorithmic?
- How does algorithmic agency unfold, how can it be observed, formulated, or communicated? Which alternatives to traditional concepts such as control/controller could be formulated?
- How does the reconfigurative "intrinsic" or "speculative" movement of algorithms extend to or retroact on the artist or recipient, how does it shape their interactions?
- How can artistic experimentation with algorithms be communicated to an audience, how may it help sensitise and empower people to take ownership of the algorithmic?
- Which are the thresholds of heteronomy/autonomy, what makes an algorithmic practice become generative?
- What are philosophical, technological, aesthetic or artistic consequences of acknowledging the agency of algorithms?
2. Contributions that explicitly refer to the research, the experiences and the case studies of the ALMAT research project. Contributions may be commentary, continuation, critique or, more in general, a response to one or more aesthetic and theoretic manifestations and artifacts reflected in the project's documentation. The project's (ongoing) documentation is an online hypertext starting at the Continuous Exposition. In particular, we identified a number of works (see right) that are good candidates for responses, as they will be visible or audible during the symposium.
Artistic research aims at expanding the spectrum of what can be "stated" about artistic practices and how, questioning the primacy of a distant-objective written or spoken discourse. We thus welcome proposals that use a variety of formats or hybrid formats, which may include presenting fixed-media, live-performance, the inclusion of video, displaying objects, lecture-performance, etc. Any format suitable to the submitted work is
Nevertheless, the symposium is principally an exchange among the participants, and not a "concert" or "exhibition" that separates performers and audience. Therefore all contributions should include a more "propositional" aspect that actively triggers and engages in the discussion on the symposium's themes (category 1), or that allows a correspondence with the selected work or artifact (category 2).
Contributions will be allotted 10, 25, or 40 minutes time for presentations during the conference depending on their content and format.
Applications should include:
- An extended abstract (max. 1000 words). Besides a description of the contribution, the abstract should contain:
- A clear description of how the proposal will contribute to the symposium. For a contribution in category 1, the application should state how the contribution is related to the symposium's questions and themes. In category 2, applications should state to which experiences/works/artefacts the submission responds to.
- An indication as to what length the presentation should be. Three choices are possible: 10, 25 or 40 minutes. We reserve the right to propose a different duration, when we are fitting the various contributions together for the symposium programme.
- An archive (max 20MB upload) containing any additional image, sound or documentation material. This archive might contain:
- If applicable, a detailed technical description in a separate .pdf file. The document should clearly list which equipment needs to be provided by the local organisation and which is brought by the applicant, describe or depict the setup, and state how much space and time is needed for set up.
- Links to additional online resources, if available.
All application should be submitted through the EasyChair portal.
The acceptance of a contribution will not only depend on reviews, but also on their technical requirements and feasibility. Keep in mind that ALMAT has a limited budget and that therefore works that require excessive resources on the organisers' part may not be accepted. It is fundamental that the proponents are ready to bring their own equipment and minimise their reliance on the local organisation. Further, in exceptional cases, the organisers might ask for adaptations of the submitted proposals in order to ensure feasibility and overall balance of the event. When in doubt, you can also get in touch with us in advance to discuss available of equipment through ALMAT. We are also happy to give feedback on preliminary submission ideas, if you communicate them to us ahead of the deadline. We can be reached at <firstname.lastname@example.org>.