Networked_Performance

Networked Utopias and Speculative Futures

Special Issue for the Fibreculture Journal: Networked Utopias and Speculative Futures :: Editors: Susan Ballard, Zita Joyce and Lizzie Muller :: Call for Proposals — Deadline: February 20, 2011

Since most of history’s giant trees have already been cut down, a new Ark will have to be constructed out of the materials that a desperate humanity finds at hand in insurgent communities, pirate technologies, bootlegged media, rebel science and forgotten utopias. — Mike Davis “Who Will Build an Ark: The Utopian Imperative in an Age of Catastrophe” in Telepolis

For many centuries the dawn of the new millennium – the year 2000 – epitomised the future to come. The twentieth century raced eagerly towards this most dazzling of dates fuelled by the cult of modernity and the turbo-charged transformations of globalisation and digital communication. Now, a decade past the threshold of what was meant to be the future, we look up, blinking, and find ourselves gazing at a terrifying void. This particular set of historical circumstances means that we are living in a time where our present actions are steadily destroying our own future. This issue of the Fibreculture Journal asks, as we struggle to imagine what the next decades may bring, is this any time to think about Utopia?

The rhetoric of utopia is well-worn territory, explored from one magnificent boundary to the other, and now requires new treatments according to the impact of networked cultures and digital media. Historically, utopian societies are often portrayed as physical spaces, bordered and isolated in some way from other social structures. However, the utopian effort to make things better has been a core activity for networked communities and social groups operating both on and offline. In the techno-utopian world of the 1990s communities formed around the emergence of the world wide web. These moments of intensive thought formed genealogies for our current dreams of the network. New tools of networked cultures and digital media open up possibilities for imagining, mapping, reaching towards, narrating, and critiquing models of the future. In the space between ever-hopeful techno-futurism and the realities of a world forever changed by the pursuit of the resources required to fuel it, how can the concept of networked utopias help us speculate on the future?

This issue of the Fibreculture Journal brings together studies in networked communities with novel, historical and creative approaches to utopia in order to examine the productivity of future-thinking from our present location. The network may be technical and interpersonal, a mesh of servers and routers, connectivity, participation, creation, and support. It may exist in the physical location of its infrastructure, in a shared no-place of communication, or both. It is as much a body as an event. What then is the relationship between an idealistic transcendent no-place, and the embodied realities and contingencies of the changing world in which our selves and our technologies are actually located? How have current practices broken down this opposition between virtual and real? We ask: is it possible to create more sustainable narratives out of the current moment, and explore imaginative solutions on the verge of near-future crisis?

We invite papers that look at the convergence of technology and foresight; forethought, imaginings, and speculation. We seek research that explores the future worlds, experiences, technologies, peoples and events of networked technology. We are romantics dreaming of wishworlds; networked utopias and connections hovering between time, place, and being.

Topics and papers might include discussions of:

– internet DIY
– experimental communalism (on and off-line)
– economic collectivism
– studies in prototypes
– speculation on alternative futures in media arts
– grass roots community organisation: free software, DIY, neo-liberalism, survivalist modes
– the technological sublime
– the Internet of Things
– communities and architectures formed around media technologies
– radio as a harbinger of things from the future
– technofeminist utopias / cyberfeminism / feminist science fiction
– social / ethical / experiments
– the technosublime
– studies in futurism (past/ historical/ present)
– speculation and future imagining
– digital speculative objects, prototypes, thought experiments etc.
– the deficiency of the actual
– the space race
– dystopia
– hope
– cloaning, cloaking and invisibility
– deferring the future
– apocalypse
– curation of/ for the future
– speculative social / ethical / technological experiments – either real (lived) or imagined, fictionalised or proposed
– networked community formation or disintegration
– the angel of history – historical networked utopias
– dreams of ubiquitous connectivity, of communication and connection
– transcendent myths of wirelessness
– Web 3.0, 4.0 5.0…
– re-enactments and wistful thinking
– imaginary museums
– industrial utopias: the Ford Motor company, The Bata shoe factory, Phillips’ forbidden city
– The EPCOT centre
– cold war science fictions
– incomprehensible technologies
– robots
– military research & development
– information design
– open-source cultures and ‘free’ media
– biospheres
– cities of the future
– optimism and cynicism in post war culture

All contributors and editors must read the guidelines before working with the Fibreculture Journal.

Important Dates:

Abstract deadline: February 20, 2011
Article deadline: May 30, 2011
Publication aimed for: November, 2011

email correspondence for this issue:

Susan dot Ballard at op dot ac dot nz
lizzie at lizziemuller dot com
zita dot joyce at canterbury dot ac dot nz


Nov 20, 12:47
Trackback URL

Leave a comment

Tags


calls + opps performance livestage exhibition installation networked mobile writings participatory locative media augmented/mixed reality event new media video interactive public net art conference virtual intervention distributed second life sound political technology narrative festival tactical lecture art + science conversation social networks social games history surveillance dance music workshop urban mapping collaboration live upgrade! reblog activist wearable immersive public/private data architecture platform body collective aesthetics environment systems city identity film visualization culture telematic wireless web 2.0 site-specific ecology place webcast open source tool software text research intermedia space community audio radio nature hybrid 3-D avatar e-literature audio/visual responsive presence pyschogeography interdisciplinary media object interview physical global/ization ubiquitous theory theater biotechnology relational play code archive bioart generative news DIY robotic light place-specific hacktivism synthetic p2p cinema remix education agency interface language im/material live cinema algorithmic labor copyright simulation mashup animation perception image free/libre software multimedia artificial motion tracking voice convergence streaming reenactment gift economy machinima emergence webcam cyberreality glitch DJ/VJ tv censorship ARG nonlinear tag transdisciplinary touch recycle asynchronous fabbing semantic web hypermedia chance synesthesia biopolitics tangible app social choreography gesture unconference forking 1
1 3-D activist aesthetics agency algorithmic animation app architecture archive ARG art + science artificial asynchronous audio audio/visual augmented/mixed reality avatar bioart biopolitics biotechnology body calls + opps censorship chance cinema city code collaboration collective community conference convergence conversation copyright culture cyberreality dance data distributed DIY DJ/VJ e-literature ecology education emergence environment event exhibition fabbing festival film forking free/libre software games generative gesture gift economy glitch global/ization hacktivism history hybrid hypermedia identity im/material image immersive installation interactive interdisciplinary interface intermedia intervention interview labor language lecture light live live cinema livestage locative media machinima mapping mashup media mobile motion tracking multimedia music narrative nature net art networked new media news nonlinear object open source p2p participatory perception performance physical place place-specific platform play political presence public public/private pyschogeography radio reblog recycle reenactment relational remix research responsive robotic second life semantic web simulation site-specific social social choreography social networks software sound space streaming surveillance synesthesia synthetic systems tactical tag tangible technology telematic text theater theory tool touch transdisciplinary tv ubiquitous unconference upgrade! urban video virtual visualization voice wearable web 2.0 webcam webcast wireless workshop writings

Archives

2018

Nov | Oct | Sep | Aug | Jul
Jun | May | Apr | Mar | Feb | Jan

2017

Dec | Nov | Oct | Sep | Aug | Jul
Jun | May | Apr | Mar | Feb | Jan

2016

Dec | Nov | Oct | Sep | Aug | Jul
Jun | May | Apr | Mar | Feb | Jan

2015

Dec | Nov | Oct | Sep | Aug | Jul
Jun | May | Apr | Mar | Feb | Jan

2014

Dec | Nov | Oct | Sep | Aug | Jul
Jun | May | Apr | Mar | Feb | Jan

2013

Dec | Nov | Oct | Sep | Aug | Jul
Jun | May | Apr | Mar | Feb | Jan

2012

Dec | Nov | Oct | Sep | Aug | Jul
Jun | May | Apr | Mar | Feb | Jan

2011

Dec | Nov | Oct | Sep | Aug | Jul
Jun | May | Apr | Mar | Feb | Jan

2010

Dec | Nov | Oct | Sep | Aug | Jul
Jun | May | Apr | Mar | Feb | Jan

2009

Dec | Nov | Oct | Sep | Aug | Jul
Jun | May | Apr | Mar | Feb | Jan

2008

Dec | Nov | Oct | Sep | Aug | Jul
Jun | May | Apr | Mar | Feb | Jan

2007

Dec | Nov | Oct | Sep | Aug | Jul
Jun | May | Apr | Mar | Feb | Jan

2006

Dec | Nov | Oct | Sep | Aug | Jul
Jun | May | Apr | Mar | Feb | Jan

2005

Dec | Nov | Oct | Sep | Aug | Jul
Jun | May | Apr | Mar | Feb | Jan

2004

Dec | Nov | Oct | Sep | Aug | Jul

What is this?

Networked Performance (N_P) is a research blog that focuses on emerging network-enabled practice.
Read more...

RSS feeds

N_P offers several RSS feeds, either for specific tags or for all the posts. Click the top left RSS icon that appears on each page for its respective feed. What is an RSS feed?

Bloggers

F.Y.I.

Feed2Mobile
Networked
New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc.
New American Radio
Turbulence.org
Networked_Music_Review
Upgrade! Boston
Massachusetts Cultural Council
New York State Council on the Arts, a State agency
Thinking Blogger Award

Turbulence Works

These are some of the latest works commissioned by Turbulence.org's net art commission program.
[ openspace ] wilderness [meme.garden] A More Subtle Perplex A Temporary Memorial Project for Jobbers' Canyon Built with ConAgra Products A Travel Guide A.B.S.M.L. Ars Virtua Artist-in-Residence (AVAIR) (2007) Awkward_NYC besides, Bonding Energy Bronx Rhymes Cell Tagging Channel TWo: NY Condition:Used Constellation Over Playas Data Diaries Domain of Mount GreylockVideo Portal Eclipse Empire State Endgame: A Cold War Love Story Flight Lines From the Valley of the Deer FUJI spaces and other places Global Direct Google Variations Gothamberg Grafik Dynamo Grow Old Handheld Histories as Hyper-Monuments html_butoh I am unable to tell you I'm Not Stalking You; I'm Socializing iLib Shakespeare (the perturbed sonnet project) INTERP Invisible Influenced iPak - 10,000 songs, 10,000 images, 10,000 abuses iSkyTV Journal of Journal Performance Studies Killbox L-Carrier Les Belles Infidles look art Lumens My Beating Blog MYPOCKET No Time Machine Nothing Happens: a performance in three acts Nothing You Have Done Deserves Such Praise Oil Standard Panemoticon Peripheral n2: KEYBOARD Playing Duchamp Plazaville Psychographics: Consumer Survey Recollecting Adams School of Perpetual Training Searching for Michelle/SFM Self-Portrait Shadow Play: Tales of Urbanization of China ShiftSpace Commissions Program Social Relay Mail Space Video Spectral Quartet Superfund365, A Site-A-Day text_ocean The Xanadu Hijack This and that thought. Touching Gravity 2/Tilt Tumbarumba Tweet 4 Action Urban Attractors and Private Distractors We Ping Good Things To Life Wikireuse Without A Trace WoodEar Word Market You Don't Know Me
More commissions