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sIREN Conference 2017: Arts and Digital Practices

ECA – Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland

30 – 31 May 2017

Submission deadline: 30 March 2017


sIREN 'Art and Digital Practices Conference' will explore digital
practices and their social impact in contemporary artistic contexts.
It seeks to create an interdisciplinary platform of communication
among artistic practices, technologies, theory, artistic collaboration
and digital media.

The plethora and availability of digital tools and practices have
transformed the ways art is created, perceived and disseminated. This
had a distinct impact on how research is conducted across the arts and
humanities as a whole, from practice-led to process-focused and
people-centered research. To this end, an interactive format of
hands-on workshops, papers and a performance session will lay the
foundations for a creative dialogue among artists, theorists,
academics and practitioners. The aim is to debate on key practical and
philosophical challenges that contribute to the broader discussion of
what it means to use digital tools as a form of artistic inquiry.

This conference will provide an arena for academics across disciplines
for extending the debate of interdisciplinary practices and their
appropriate methods as well as their potential. We welcome and
encourage proposals for papers across a wide range of related subject
areas – such as fine and digital media art, architectural design,
music and sound studies, geography, anthropology, cultural and film


The intersection of art and science
Digital arts and urbanism
Data analysis in art practice
Computation and creative processes

The intersection of art and science

Testing the boundaries between scientific method and artistic
experimentation. We intend to discuss the role of the artist in
blurring this discursive separation, and examine emergent forms of
such interdisciplinary practice.

Digital arts and urbanism

Approaching "digital urbanism" through exploring the themes of
multiculturalism, sustainability and community, contemporary
mobilities, digital art and design processes. We want to investigate
how digital arts form part of the political dynamics of urban space
and contribute in digital place-making.

Data analysis in art practice

Surveying artistic methods that rely upon the production or mapping of
data-sets. We are interested in systems, tools and approaches for
identifying patterns in creative processes and shaping this data into
material form.

Computation and creative processes

Investigating the role of computer technology in forming and mediating
creative practice. In particular, we aim to address some of the
issues, challenges and opportunities, arising from the present
ubiquity of computing devices.

Call for presentations

The conference will include research papers, position papers,
performance presentation, installation/exhibitions and a concert. It
will lead to an online publication and serve as a springboard for new
research collaborations.

We would like to invite contributions that in some way address these
topics in the broadest way possible. Proposed contributions may take
the following formats:

20 minute research papers
10 minute position papers

this might be grounded in personal practice or activism, more
polemical, work in progress

20 minute performance presentation

practice-led presentations that include some aspect of performance/work

Generally proposals should include all of the following details of the
proposed contribution:

the name(s), affiliation(s), email(s) of presenter(s)
title of paper/performance presentation
abstract/performance description (max 300 words)
a full list of any technical requirements and other resources
a short bio (max 150 words)

Submission deadline: March 30th 2017
You will be notified if your submission has been successful by April 15th 2017

We are looking forward to hearing from you.

Please send your proposals to:

Papers/presentations and conference proceedings will be peer-reviewed
and published with DOIs.

Successful applicants will have the opportunity to attend hands-on
workshops. There will also be a closing concert on the 31st.

Confirmed keynote speakers/workshop organisers are:

Nicolas Donin (IRCAM, Paris), Peter Sinclair (Locus Sonus Sound Lab),
Jen Southern (CeMoRe, Lancaster University), Trevor Wishart (Institute
of Sonology) and Chris Speed (ECA, Design Informatics).

Please note that there are no charges for registration and attendance.
Lunch, coffee breaks and a closing drinks reception are included.

Have a question? Please email

Academic committee:

Prof Richard Coyne, Prof Chris Speed, Dr Jules Rawlinson, Dr Martin
Parker, Dr Owen Green, Mr Yati Durant

Hosted by sIREN (student-led Interdisciplinary REsearch Network) team:
Eleni-Ira Panourgia, Katerina Talianni, Dara Etefaghi, Tina Krekels,
Jack Walker, Roxana Karam

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