Saturday, July 31, 2010

[Yasmin_discussions] Fwd: amberConference 2010 - call for papers

relevant to our hybrid city discussion


call for papers

*amberConference invites**papers** **around the theme **"DATACITY"***

deadline:* **1st of September 2010**

This is an international call for *amberConference* which will be take place
in the frame of *amber'10 Art and Technology Festival*. The selected papers
will be presented at amberConference in 6th-7th of November 2010 in ─░stanbul
and will be published in the Conference Book.

*important dates:*

· Up to 500 word abstract to be submitted by *1st of September 2010* (((
for submission: )))

· Notification of acceptance *15th of September 2010*

· Registration deadline *1st of October 2010*

· Conference *6th and 7th of November 2010*

· Deadline for final revised paper submission *30th of December 2010*

· Proceeding book will be published in 2011

*registration fee:*

international student : 60 Euro
local student : 60 TL
internationan non-student : 100 Euro
local non-student : 100 TL

*the theme:** **

For the first time in history the World's urban population has outnumbered
its rural counterpart. Cities have become the predominant habitat of
humanity. The requirements of rapidly growing cities, coupled with the
contemporary technological possibilities bring about new urban reality that
is data. amber'10 takes up the relationship between city and data as its
festival theme.

It is no accident that the rise of statistics as a science coincided with
the rise of the modern city as a social form during the industrial
revolution. When statistical methods of data production and measurement
coupled with reproductive techniques such as photography and printing, the
modern city entered into imaginary circulation simultaneously with its
double, its image. From its beginnings, the modern city emerged both as a
reality and a representation that were interrelated in such a manner that it
became hard to tell one from the other.

In this historical process, contemporaneous with the Enlightenment and
Industrial capitalism, the ability to understand the city became conditional
on processing and thinking through the data it produced. Data has become a
crucial factor in urban social relations and politics.

The capacity to produce and process all kinds of data has increased
tremendously with the rise of new technologies in the last three decades.
Capitalist parliamentary democracy, as it exists today, demands
transparency, efficiency and absolute security as the conditions of its
mechanism and has at its service the wide possibilities offered by new
technologies to meet these demands. This coupling brought about the
strategic importance of data in today's World. We know and define the city
through the images made up of its data. The collection, storage and
processing of the vast amount of data has become an everyday practice that
is both visible and invisible, threatening to some and absolutely beneficial
to others in a field ranging from law to ethics, human rights to health.

With the theme title Datacity, amber'10 proposes to define the modern city
as a data cluster in addition to however else the city form may be defined
today. We call on artists to interpret the life forms, production and
consumption patterns and politics of the Datacity from the vantage point of
arts and technology.

New technologies play an ever-increasing role in the social life and
administration of cities in various forms and functions. Branded as "smart
cities", modern urban spaces are now equipped with cctv cameras, GPS and
mapping systems, computerized infrastructure management systems along with
the ever-multiplying number of personal electronics and gadgets all
operating on global digital communication networks.

With objectives ranging entertainment and administrative strategy to pure
profit and public security, this network of networks tracks and traces
anything that is processed digitally and continually creates a massive
circulation of digital data that emanates from the operation of very many
animate and inanimate things in the city. The city and its data are now
heavily implicated in each other from aesthetic, technological, political,
economic and sociological angles.

In light of this new state of things, amberConference proposes to begin by
the beginning and ask the question: What is the new urban reality under the
reign of data? and what is data in the context of the city? For a through
rethinking of the pair datacity from the above angles, we invite
researchers, thinkers and artists from relevant disciplines to submit
presentations of no more than 4000 words by considering the following
subject headings.

· The politics of data and contemporary Urban governmentality.

· Politics of data circulation and use.

· Contemporary security and surveillance discourse.

· Legality and legitimacy of data collection and use.

· Political economy of data generation.

· Value of metadata in a data-driven society.

· The notion of Smart cities and urban management.

· Datazen: the consumer in a transurban dwelling pattern.

· Urban mundane and serendipity in the digital age.

· Urban artistic sensibilities in the digito-technological age.

· City as a "space of flows": Networked urban topology as an art material.

· Spatial experience and ambient information processes

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