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"Call for Artists: Technology and Difference"
2003-05-26 until 2003-06-30
Leonardo Electronic Almanac, MIT
Cambridge, MA, USA United States of America

Irina Aristarkhova will be the Guest Editor for LEA's Special Issue: Technology and Difference. The Leonardo Electronic Almanac (ISSN No: 1071-4391) is inviting papers that address the complex relationship between technology and difference. Technology is often conceived as an ability to "create", "innovate", "make"; all that which differentiates: 'man' from 'nature'; human from animal. It is seen as a path to 'God(s)' and 'community', sociality, spirituality, and consciousness.

It plays out sexual difference in its separation of human creative ability from 'natural reproduction', though this separation has been radically challenged by the recent reproductive technologies and legal issues associated with the notion of ownership of biological matter.

Cultural differences are enacted in differentiations of 'technologically advanced' from 'technologically backward' cultural traditions, often evidenced in statistics on use and proliferation of such technologies. There are significant differences how cultures approach this question of 'technology' both in art and science, albeit they are rarely presented and poorly understood.

In the past few decades, however, a new optimism has been propagated of a technology that is said to operate as a de-differentiating force: it builds bridges, it unites, it globalizes (for better or for worse), it brings us closer. It goes beyond 'old' differences: ethnic, sexual, cultural, animal, towards 'new' differences between human and (intelligent) machine, human and post-human, human and transgenic or artificial species.

They call for papers that critically address, but are not limited to, the following topics:

-Technology and sexual difference: concepts, history, aesthetics; notion of ownership in reproductive bio-technologies, cultural differences in figurations of gender and technology.

-Technology and animal / species difference: responsibility and bio-technology; animal Otherness and bio-tech research; transgenic aesthetics and definitions of human.

- Technology and cultural / ethnic difference: politics of the local; different cultural approaches to technology; new media art and cultural / geographical specificity.

LEA encourages international artists / academics / researchers / students to submit their proposals for consideration. They particularly encourage authors outside North America and Europe to send proposals for articles/gallery/artists statements.

Proposals should include:

- 300 word abstract / synopsis
- A brief author biography
- Any related URLs
- Contact details

Deadline for proposals: 31 June 2003

Please send proposals to:
Irina Aristarkhova
uspia@nus.edu.sg

or

Nisar Keshvani
LEA Editor-in-Chief
lea@mitpress.mit.edu


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