An international conference, Centre for Intermedia, University of Exeter, UK, 26-29 March 2009
CONFIRMED KEYNOTE SPEAKERS*:
• Matt Adams, Blast Theory http://www.blasttheory.co.uk/
• Tim Etchells, Artistic Director, Forced Entertainment http://www.forcedentertainment.com/
• Adrian Heathfield, Professor of Performance ands Visual Culture, Roehampton University http://www.adrianheathfield.com/
• Lynn Hershman-Leeson, media artist http://www.lynnhershman.com/
• Hugo Glendinning, photographer, AHRC Fellow in the Creative and Performing Arts, University of Exeter http://www.hugoglendinning.com/
• Ken Goldberg, artist, Professor, Industrial Engineering and Operations Research (IEOR),, UC Berkeley and Director, Berkeley Centre for New Media http://goldberg.berkeley.edu/index-flash.html
• Mike Pearson, Professor of Performance Studies, University of Wales, Aberystwyth http://www.aber.ac.uk/~psswww/shared/general/pearson.htm and Mike Brookes, artist http://www.mikebrookes.com/
• Paul Sermon, media artist, Professor of Creative Technology, University of Salford http://www.paulsermon.org/
• Michael Shanks, archaeologist, The Omar and Althea Hoskins Professor of Classical Archaeology, Stanford University http://www.stanford.edu/~mshanks/
• Marianne Weems, Artistic Director, The Builders Association http://www.thebuildersassociation.org/
• Krzysztof Wodiczko, Professor of Visual Arts, Massachusetts Institute of Technology http://architecture.mit.edu/people/profiles/prwodicz.html
CALL FOR PAPERS:
The conference will engage with a wide range of disciplines, art and performance practices, technologies of presence, theory and modes and practices of documentation. Key questions may include:
• What are the chief signifiers of presence?
• How is presence achieved through theatrical performance?• What makes a memory come alive and live again?
• How are practices of presence connected with senses of self and identity?• Is presence synonymous with 'being in the moment'?
• What is the nature of the ‘co-presence’ of audience and performer?• Does presence imply distance?
• Where does performance practice end and its documentation begin?
• In what tense does documentation take place?• Can technology produce presence?
• Is presence a form of immersion?
• Is documentation theory or practice?
• What happens when documentation becomes time-based and ephemeral?
• Where does practice end and its documentation begin?
• In what tense does documentation take place?