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"Call for Artists: Submissions - Locative Media"
2005-02-11 until 2005-03-07
Leonardo Electronic Almanac, MIT
Cambridge, MA, USA United States of America

The Leonardo Electronic Almanac (ISSN No: 1071-4391) is inviting papers [and artworks] that deal with the emerging data-based spatial practice of Locative Media. Across a broad range of contexts the interface between data environments and location has emerged as a central concern, reversing the trend towards digital content being viewed as placeless, or only encountered in the amorphous space of the internet. Artists have long been concerned with place and location, but the combination of mobile devices with positioning technologies opens up a manifold of different ways in which geographical space can be encountered and drawn.

An emerging field of creative practice is coalescing around artists and technologists who are exploring the use of portable, networked, location-aware computing devices for social interfaces to places and artistic interventions in which geographical space becomes a canvas.

Submissions are sought which foreground not the technologies but rather issues to do with participation, perception and process they raise. What is Locative Media's relationship to dominant logics of representation, and how does it forces a reassessment of accustomed ways of representing, relating to and moving in the world? How may methodologies within Media Art and other disciplines be developed to meet a convergence of geographical and data space? How can collaborative or user-led mapping and cartography offer new possibilities for community organisation? What metaphors are available for these new kinds of spatial experience other than mapping and navigation? How may artists respond to the abstraction inherent in Locative Media as a data-based form, and look beyond the reductive understanding of location that comes from Geographic Information Systems - in which place is considered as a set of geographic coordinates or a wireless cell - to explore, for example, context, co-location and material embodiment? What is the relationship between this emerging critical art practice and both the surveillance and control technologies it deploys and wider mechanisms of domination? What taxonomies of Locative Media projects can be discerned, and how may terminology evolve to meet this new interdisciplinary environment?

Locative Media is in a condition of emergence, simultaneously opening up new ways of engaging in the world and mapping its own domain. For this issue, submissions that present the exploratory movements of Locative Media in historical context are of equal interest to submissions that offer a snap shot or polaroid of its current state of emergence.

Topics of interest might include (but are not limited to):
- Antecedents and historical context
- Taxonomies of Locative Media projects
- Art and technology collaborations
- Social applications
- Critical analyses
- Cultural analyses
- Scalability and ownership issues
- etc M

LEA encourages international artists / academics / researchers / students / practitioners / theorists that engage with locative media to submit their proposals for consideration. We particularly encourage authors outside North America and Europe to send proposals for essays / artists statements.

As part of this special, LEA is looking to publish:

- Critical Essays
- Artist Statement/works in the LEA Gallery
- Bibliographies (a peer reviewed bibliography with key texts/references in Locative Media)
- Academic Curriculum (LEA encourages academics conducting course programmes in this area to contact us)

Expressions of interest and outline should include:

- A brief description of proposed text (300 words)
- A brief author biography
- Any related URLs
- Contact details

In the subject heading of the email message, please use "Name of Artist/Project Title: LEA Locative Media Special - Date Submitted". Please cut and paste all text into body of email (without attachments). Detailed editorial guidelines at: http://mitpress2.mit.edu/e-journals/LEA/submit

Deadline for expressions of interest: 7 March 2005


7 March 2005 - submission of abstracts
11 March 2005 - short-listed candidates informed
1 April 2005 - contributors to submit full papers for peer review

(please note the timeline is subject to changes)

Please send proposals or queries to:
Drew Hemment

Nisar Keshvani
LEA Editor-in-Chief

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