Contingent Systems: Art and/as Algorithmic Critique

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Call for Papers
July 6, 2021
Subject Fields: 
Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Communication, Cultural History / Studies, History of Science, Medicine, and Technology

CFP: Contingent Systems: Art and/as Algorithmic Critique

Virtual Panel Series hosted by the Alberta University of the Arts (Calgary, Canada)

Deadline: Abstracts (350-500 words) due by July 6th, 2021

Contingent Systems: Art and/as Algorithmic Critique is a panel series that will explore critical intersections between creative practice and algorithmic culture. Starting on September 17th, 2021 and occurring every second Friday for ten weeks, the series will consider the ways that artists have worked, in both historical and contemporary contexts, to render the algorithmic intelligible, opening space for reflexive critique, meaningful resistance, and imaginative repurposing.

We are seeking proposals for research presentations that employ practice-based, archaeological, and/or critical approaches to creative work as a means of engaging with one or more of the following questions:

  • How are artists engaging critically with algorithmic technologies?

  • What insights can an analysis grounded in creative practice and/or art criticism provide us into the technical grounds and/or social impact of the algorithmic?

  • What methods of critique, resistance and/or repurposing might emerge from a reflexive analysis of creative practice and/or critical dialogue with works of art?

A expanded CFP, list of possible topics, and submission details can be found here:

Lead organizers: Dr. Ashley Scarlett (AUArts) & Lisa Lipton (AUArts)