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ArtsNow biannual conference at SUNY - New Paltz

Event Horizon: Black Holes and Post/Modern Memory

September 27-29, 2007

The truth is that we all live by leaving behind, no doubt we all profoundly know that we are immortal and that sooner or later every [hu]man will do all things and know everything.

Jorge Luis Borges, "Funes the Memorious"

What is the meaning of memory, in the age of the virtually endless electronic extension of mind represented by the Internet? To paraphrase Jean-François Lyotard, the role of historical narrative-human memory's primary mode of recounting past experience-is being eclipsed with the advent of this new, literally inhuman, 'extended memory.' Given the body's importance to memory in humans, in virtual space what becomes of the body? How and where does it reside?

So how can artists respond to this situation? How have we assimilated and how will we assimilate socially, culturally and politically the challenge and the opportunities provided by this new techno-scientific logic? What is the relationship between the new global, public memory enabled by the world wide web and the personal, private, and even ancestral narratives that we have historically depended upon as sources of identification and meaning?

Submissions are welcome in multiple artistic and/or scholarly formats. They may take the form of papers, exhibitions, or performances related to the topic. Submissions should be made electronically.

  • To submit a scholarly paper to the conference: The electronic form asks for an abstract of 250 words or less. You will also be asked to indicate any audio-visual support needed for the presentation. (Submissions may be grouped by topic into panel presentations for the conference.)
  • To submit art to the conference: The electronic submission form seeks a description of 250 words or less relating your work to the conference theme. The conference committee also seeks the URLs of any sites containing digital photographs of the object(s). The committee seeks small exhibitions in preference to individual pieces.
  • To submit a film or an installation to the conference: Complete the description section of the electronic submission form in 250 words or less indicating how your work relates to the conference theme. The conference committee also seeks the URLs of any sites containing supporting materials relating to this proposal. At a later date the committee may request films under fifteen minutes in their entirety (most formats can be supported); for films over fifteen minutes, the committee may request a five minute clip.
  • To propose individual or small-scale performances for the conference: Complete the description section of the electronic submission form in 250 words or less indicating how your work relates to the conference theme. In the appropriate section of the form specify minimum space needed for the performance and indicate any specialized technical support required. (Performance spaces with standard wash lighting and minimal furniture are easily available for theatrical, musical or dance pieces.) The conference committee also seeks the URLs of any sites containing supporting materials relating to this proposal.

Deadline for submission: April 16, 2007