[LEAuthors] LEA cfp - RE:SEARCHING OUR ORIGINS: Critical and Archival Histories of the Electronic Arts

nisar keshvani nisar at keshvani.com
Sun Mar 7 03:12:37 EST 2004

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LEA Special Issue: RE:SEARCHING OUR ORIGINS: Critical and Archival 
Histories of the Electronic Arts

Guest Editors: Paul Brown <Paul at paul-brown.com> and
Catherine Mason <cs.mason at hart.bbk.ac.uk>

The Leonardo Electronic Almanac (ISSN No: 1071-4391) is inviting papers

The mid to late 20th Century has become a popular topic for 
humanities research in recent years.  Many projects are attempting to 
re-discover and re-contextualise the somewhat neglected field of 
history of art and technology.  International histories of electronic 
and digital arts are now beginning to be written and voice given to 
the pioneers of these artforms. Additionally, with contemporary 'new 
media' artforms such as video and net art enjoying high prominence at 
present, much discussion is taking place about the foundations of 
current practice and about reception of electronic arts in cultural 
institutions, including curatorial practice as well as archiving and 
conservation issues.

This special issue of LEA seeks to report on international projects 
and initiatives working to recover, document or construct critical 
and historical contexts for the electronic arts.

Topics of interest might include (but are not limited to):

- Origins of electronic and digital arts
- Key transition points, for example - from analogue to digital
- Art and technology collaborations
- Educational/access initiatives
- Critical analyses
- Cultural analyses
- Acquisition and conservation issues
- EtcŠ

For the LEA February 2005 issue, we invite contributions from 
artists, practitioners, curators, theorists and historians that 
engage with histories of the electronic/digital arts and 
art/science/technology collaborations. These can include:

- full papers
-  works in progress
- artists' statements
- museum and gallery initiatives
- etcŠ

Under three levels of submission:

- Fully refereed papers
- Shorter work that may be sent to peer review and
- Personal reminiscences and experiences that may be editorially 
selected and not peer reviewed.

The guest editors are members of CACHe: Computer Arts, Contexts, 
Histories, etcŠ a major research and archiving project based in the 
School of History of Art, Film and Visual Media at Birkbeck, 
University of London and funded by the UK Government's Arts and 
Humanities Research Board.  CACHe is documenting and contextualising 
the early days of computer arts in the UK from its origins in the 
1960s to 1980, when the first "User Friendly" systems began to 
appear. http://www.bbk.ac.uk/hafvm/cache/

LEA encourages international artists / academics / researchers / 
students to submit their proposals for consideration. We particularly 
encourage authors outside North America and Europe to send proposals 
for articles/gallery/artists statements.

Proposals should include:
- 200 - 300 word abstract / synopsis
- A brief author biography
- Any related URLs
- Contact details


1 May 2004 - submission of abstracts
31 May 2004 - short-listed candidates informed
31 Sept 2004 - Contributors to submit full papers for peer review

Deadline for abstracts: 1 May 2004

Please send proposals or queries to:
Paul Brown <Paul at paul-brown.com> or
Catherine Mason <cs.mason at hart.bbk.ac.uk>

Nisar Keshvani
LEA Editor-in-Chief
lea at mitpress.mit.edu

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