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GCSTA 2021 : [e]motion · I Graduate Conference on Science and Technology of the Arts


When Dec 9, 2021 - Dec 10, 2021
Where Porto, Portugal
Submission Deadline Jul 15, 2021
Notification Due Jul 31, 2021
Categories    art   arts education   heritage   conservation and restoration

Call For Papers

I Graduate Conference on Science and Technology of the Arts
December 9-10th 2021 · Porto, Portugal

Extended Call for Papers
Deadline for submissions: July 15th 2021
Acceptance notification: 31st July 2021

Keynotes and Artist talk
Doug Bailey
Marc Leman
Sasha Litvintseva & Beny Wagner

More info here:

Our relationship with the body and the material world has been transforming following processes of digitalization that were in motion before COVID-19 but, as consequence, were potentially accelerated. It is urgent to foster research on what is the place for physicality and (i)materiality in our time. In this context, the 1st Graduate Conference on Science and Technology of the Arts will focus on the intertwinement of notions of motion and emotion through interdisciplinary approaches from and towards the arts and/or heritage. Please see below detailed descriptions of these fields.

Contributions from the fields of Artistic Practices (Cinema, New Media Art, Digital Art, Music and Sound in particular), Artistic Studies and Cultural Studies, Heritage Studies and Conservation and Restoration are welcome, in multiple formats: papers, performances, artworks and installations, posters, audio-visual and digital essays.

This conference aims to explore and discuss works covering the following themes/topics:

1. [e]motion

It is through our bodies that we understand ourselves, others, the lived world (Merleau-Ponty, 2002). Significant relationships established between body and environment underpin perceptual and affective experiences from which individual concepts, prepositions, and discourses, grow. Physical impressions are blended with cognitive processes as we think, understand, feel through our living (moving!) bodies, as claimed by embodied cognition theories (Varela et al., 2016; Leman, 2016).

In this domain we aim to focus on the role bodily movement assumes as expressive/emotion inducer and mediator of physical and virtual experiences, evoking the concept of motion as a link between past, present, and future, which unfolds in space and time upon the succession of previous positions, and is common to all living forms. Research and artworks centred in motion, emotion, technology, as well as their intertwinements are encouraged, in line with the following topics:

Body poetics
Expression in movement
Place and memory
Gesture and sound
Motion and emotion
Motion and imagery
Presentiality and virtuality
Participatory approaches in heritage making
Sensory augmentation of artistic practices
Technological mediation and interfaces
Virtual archaeology and conservation

2. commotion

The acceleration of the processes of digitalization, in its present condition, leads to a social acceleration that is responsible for the compression of the present (Rosa, 2013), towards a state of constant and non-stop production (Crary, 2018). The contemporary overexposure to information and images causes innumerous cognitive and emotional transformations (Stalder, 2018), following the project of an economic system based around the production of isolation (Debord, 1967).

With the increase of screen time, propelled by addictive content and algorithms that foster the visibility of emotional and controversial content, our consciousnesses (and our data) become the main asset of the attention economy. Therefore, our ability to develop and engage with communitarian and collective structures and relationships is reduced. At the same time, following Stiegler (2018) proposal of the technological pharmakon, technology might provide the tools and perspectives to critically transform its negative impact into a critical practice of education and resistance. Theoretical proposals and artworks that critically analyse the digital commotion and/or propose forms to expand the forms of contemporary experience, e.g. according to the following topics:

Affect theory and philosophical perspectives on mind-body problem
Emotional and cognitive effects of the digital
High-speed society and acceleration of information flows
Collecting now
Digital heritage
Individualism and posthumanism
Liquidity and transparency
Shrinking alternative futures
Critique of the apparatus(es)
The digital pharmakon

3. onward motion

The disturbances caused by the COVID-19 pandemic had a significant impact on multiple sectors of activity worldwide, including arts and culture. Either by exposing underlying fragilities or by questioning established practices, the pandemic forced museums and other cultural institutions to reconsider audience and public engagement, both online and offline (Grupo de Projeto Museus no Futuro, 2020). Faced with a bleak scenario regarding the recovery of international tourism – a force that has been placed at the heart of growth strategies in its association to cultural heritage (Waterton, Watson, Silverman, 2017) – the focus was shifted to national and local publics. Even so, the acceleration of processes of digitalization, potentialized by the pandemics, resulted in the accentuation of socioeconomic inequalities, behind issues of technology and internet accessibility, affecting cultural and civic participation. Nevertheless, the online pandemic enabled the discussion of emergent topics, at a global level, such as climate change, gender and racial inequality, and (post)colonialism, revealing inherent tensions between cultural localisation and delocalisation processes. Moving forward pandemic times, how can cultural institutions support equality and representation from/within increasingly glocal communities (Robertson, 1995; Gikandi, 2001)? What can be the role of artists and a growingly number of different heritage practitioners (Clark, 2019) to promote participation, inside and outside physical spaces? How can (cultural) heritage contribute to social and economic resilience through the promotion of sustainable practices (Culture 2030 Goal Campaign, 2019)?

We encourage discussion through the submission of essays, papers, case-studies, practice-based research and/or artworks related to the following topics:

Artistic creation and cultural participation in (post)pandemic times
Conservation and holistic perspective in the 21st century
Community engagement and heritage education through the arts
Curatorial activism and empowerment through the arts
Artistic creation as heritage making
Artivism, politics and ecology
Equality and representation in cultural
Heritage justice
Topography of the possible

Guidelines for submissions
- Formats for submission include papers, performances, artworks/installations, posters, audio-visual and digital essays;
- All presentations should be 20-minute duration (in the case of audio-visual and digital essays, performances and other artistic presentations, authors are free to manage time to include an introduction of the work before its presentation);
- All abstracts must be submitted and presented in English or Portuguese;
Proposals should be comprised of an abstract (about 300 words, max. 5 bibliographical references), biographical note (about 100 words), 4-6 keywords and contact and affiliation information of the author(s);
- In the case of performances, artworks/installations, audio-visual and digital essays, a max. 400-word document should be provided presenting the logistic requirements for the presentation (e.g. space, materials, equipment). (NOTE: The organization only provides means for presenting audio-visual and digital essays in conference rooms);
- Authors of practice-based and artistic proposals should be able to assemble their works and provide all technological material for his/her performance, artwork or installation;
- Proposals should be sent through the online form available in the website;
- Questions may be addressed to

Evaluation of the proposals will follow a double-blinded peer-review process. Practice-based and artistic proposals will be object of analysis considering logistic requirements in order to guarantee their fulfilment.

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