In the Spotlight: Sarah Kember

On the second day of the conference, we will be delighted to hear Sarah Kember give a keynote address based on her new book iMedia: The Gendering of Objects, Environments and Smart Materials, ‘hot’ off the Palgrave digital press. Pursuing Kember’s interest in the connexions between biological life and new media, feminism and technology, the book proposes to bring in a queer feminist perspective to the current analyses of ‘smart’ objects and media, revealing how gendered our ideas and celebrations of these objects are. The book is a lively manifesto in line with her “Notes Towards a Feminist Futurist Manifesto” (2012). Elaborating on these issues, she will pose the question “What or where is the i in iMedia?” during her talk in Liège:

“If the poetics of the algorithm are not post (as in, after) human and we do not seek to substitute structure for scale, epistemology for ontology, relations for objects, environments and materials as things-in-themselves (OOPs!) then we must maintain a sense of perspective and ask who, as well as what is writing – and to what end? If iMedia are currently being unmediated, rendered transparent and autonomous in an iworld that just is/coming soon, then a queer, feminist, writerly perspective might offer the prospect of iMedia otherwise.”

Reminder: Submission of Proposals Ends Jan 11

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There is still time to send a proposal for the conference Poetics of the Algorithm. Deadline is 11 Jan.

  • You can find the CFP with submission instructions here.
  • Be sure to take a look at the great lineup of Guest Speakers and Artists here.

We are greatly looking forward to your proposals and hope to see you in Liège in June.

Update: Confirmed Speakers

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We are very pleased to announce the following confirmed speakers:
  • Richard McGuire. Comic book artist, graphic designer, illustrator, animator, children’s book author, musician, and toy designer. http://www.richard-mcguire.com/
  • Gregory Ulmer. Professor in the Department of English at the University of Florida and professor of Electronic Languages and Cybermedia at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland. http://emeragency.electracy.org/
  • Johnny (Sue) Golding. Director, Centre for Fine Art Research (CFAR). Birmingham School of Arts, Design and Media, Birmingham City University.
  • Sarah Kember. Professor of New Technologies of Communications, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK.
  • Markku Eskelinen. Independent scholar and experimental writer of ergodic prose and critical essays. Founding editor of Game Studies, the international journal of computer game research, and Cybertext Yearbook.
  • WREK (Olivier Deprez, Adolpho Avril, Miles O’Shea). Experimental artistic collective merging woodcut, installation art, performance, film, and comics. https://antiste.wordpress.com/
  • Ilan Manouach. Artist, writer, and musician. http://www.ilanmanouach.com/
  • Daniel Merlin Goodbrey. Artist, lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire in narrative and interactive design. http://e-merl.com/
  • Yannis La Macchia. Comic book artist and publisher. http://racontars.com/
  • Gregory Steirer. Assistant Professor of English and Film Studies, Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, USA.

We will be posting regular updates as they become available.

Extension of Deadline for Abstract Submissions

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Due to numerous requests for an extension for submissions to the Poetics of the Algorithm conference, the organizing committee decided to extend the deadline for the submission of abstracts until January 11, 2016.

We invite you to send proposals for workshops, roundtables, panels, performances, sessions, and paper presentations touching on aspects of the original Call for Papers. 

The process of evaluation is ongoing, and you can expect notification of acceptance by the end of February 2016.

Very much looking forward to receiving your proposals and meeting you in Liège!

Best wishes,
The ACME Research Group <mail> <web>