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ISSTA 2017 : International Festival and Conference on Sound in the Arts, Science and Technology


When Sep 7, 2017 - Sep 8, 2017
Where Dundalk, Ireland
Submission Deadline Apr 3, 2017
Notification Due Jun 9, 2017
Categories    human-computer interaction   art   arts   music

Call For Papers

ISSTA 2017 International Festival and Conference on Sound in the Arts, Science and Technology

Sept 7th-8th 2017
Dundalk Institute of Technology, Ireland


Peter Kirn (Editor–in–Chief, CDM: Create Digital Music)
Dr Theresa Dillon (Artist–Researcher, Professor of City Futures at Watershed and University of the West of England, Bristol)

Deadline for submissions
Submissions are due Monday 3rd April. Notifications will be sent by Friday 9th June.

ISSTA 2017: Sound–Makers: technologies, practices and cultures

Creative audio and visual practices are increasingly moving from the digital sphere into the ‘real’ world––moving from bits to atoms (Ishii and Ullmer, 1997)––as physical computing technologies continue to become more widely affordable and accessible. Custom–made and repurposed controllers, gestural interfaces and intentionally hackable or reconfigurable instruments now support the creation and control of music and audio-visual media outside the mouse and keyboard paradigm and beyond normative models based on previously–established practices.

These technologies are increasingly being championed by grassroots movements which are driven by the designers, makers and creators who build and use them. Maker groups, festivals and social spaces––frequently more diverse and inclusive than established communities within academia and industrial R&D––have emerged to engage new creators and audiences through music, visual and sound art performances. Spanning disciplines such as controllerism, modular synthesis, interface design, circuit bending and live sound art, many practitioners and researchers are increasingly looking beyond code, bringing, integrating sensors and soldering within their classroom, stage and studio practices.

The Irish Sound, Science and Technology Association (ISSTA) invites makers, creators, performers, thinkers and researchers to come together to share their insights on this emerging field.

Perspectives on our call may include (but are not limited to) the following:
• New creative approaches using self-designed or hacked controllers
• Maker movements and the democratisation of technology
• The gendering of maker spaces/hackspaces and/or other questions of inclusivity or exclusion
• Communities and maker spaces/hackspaces: chronicling experiences of establishing maker spaces and scenes
• Open culture and creative technologies: sharing code, technologies and practices
• Making/hacking and sustainability: installations and electronic music practices using recycled equipment
• The Global West (or North) and the rest? Differences in global experiences of maker culture and spaces
• Maker/hacker approaches and developments in education

We welcome the submission of papers, artworks, compositions/performances and workshops on these ideas and related topics for presentation at the 7th ISSTA International Festival and Conference on Sound, 7th-8th September 2017, at Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT).

Full call and submission details here:


Equidistant between Belfast and Dublin, with excellent flight, public transport and motorway connections with both cities, DkIT is an education hub for creative technologies in Ireland’s Eastern Corridor region.

Call conditions

Submissions are due Monday 3rd April. Notifications will be sent by Friday 9th June.

The call is open to all practitioners regardless of nationality.

Participants are responsible for their own travel and accommodation and, where relevant, transport of materials; as a small, subscriber–funded organization, we are unable to provide artists’ fees but we do aim to keep registration fees as low as possible. Registration for ISSTA 2017 is required for participation.

Registration Costs

Registration fees are as follows:
• Professional: €70 (€40 registration + €30 ISSTA membership)
• Postgraduate student: €50 (€30 registration + €20 ISSTA membership)
• Undergraduate student or unwaged: €25 (€15 registration + €10 ISSTA membership)
• Non-members €80


Chair of ISSTA 2017: Dr Niall Coghlan
Chair of Papers/Posters: Dr Caroline O’Sullivan
Chair of Workshops: Rory Walsh, Kelly McErlean
Chair of Sound Art/Installations: David Stalling, Kieran Nolan
Chair of Music: Dr. Neil O'Connor, Claire Fitch

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