[Call for papers] The 11th Consciousness International Reframed Conference: MAKING REALITY REALLY REAL

In cooperation with the Planetary Collegium, University of Plymouth, England, TEKS – Trondheim Electronic Arts Centre, Trondheim, Norway, is hosting the 11th Consciousness Reframed International Research Conference, with the title of MAKING REALITY REALLY REAL. The conference will be part of Norway´s new biennial for art and technology, Meta.Morf, that takes place in Trondheim from October 7 to November 7, 2010.

The Consciousness Reframed conference series was founded by Roy Ascott at the University of Wales in 1997. Consciousness Reframed is a forum for trans-disciplinary inquiry into art, science, technology, design and consciousness, drawing upon the expertise and insights of artists, designers, architects, performers, musicians, writers, scientists, and scholars, usually from at least 20 countries.

Making Reality Really Real
The status of our reality is uncertain. We know that the material world experienced through our senses is a representation of quantum phenomena that can be observed at another level of resolution. But are sub-atomic particles in turn representations of something beyond, something that approaches the really Real? Virtual Reality and the Metaverse provide a vivid and consequential normality that may come to render the material world largely obsolete for those who live largely online or in cyberspace. Until recently, we adapted our sensibilities to fit into separate boxes, — real, virtual, spiritual, and so on — which we saw as serving separate ontologies. That separation has now merged into a continuous flow, in which telecommunications, computing, nano technology, and pharmacology play significant roles. How might the artist address these issues, and how might the arts explore them further?

Presentations and papers are invited from artists, scientists and theorists in all fields!

- Deadline for Abstracts (no more than 500 words): May 9, 2010.
- Notification of Acceptance by May 23, 2010.
- Full papers deadline July 11, 2010.
- Date of Publication release October 7, 2010. Publisher, TEKS.
- Conference date, Making Reality Really Real, November, 4 – 6 2010

The Conference will be accompanied by a publication of full papers due to be released at the opening of Meta.Morf, October 7, 2010. Publisher, TEKS.

Abstracts should be submitted as an attached document in Word (docx) or Rich Text (rtf) by e-mail to: teks@teks.no.
The subject line should be tagged Making reality really real.

Submission Requirements
Include in your submission the title of the proposed paper, full name(s) of author(s), institutional affiliation(s), and your mailing address, including email/mobile/phone and URL as applicable. Five key words, and a short biography of 100 words maximum are also required. Your Abstract must be accompanied by a declaration of intention to attend the conference. We encourage submissions to include relevant images. However, the total file size of the abstract submission should not exceed 2 MB.

Abstracts will be acknowledged on receipt, and authors will be notified of acceptance by May 23, 2010.

Submission of Full Papers
Your paper (no more than 2500 words) will be required by July 11, 2010. Papers received after this date will not be published. Full details of copy-ready requirements will be supplied at the time of acceptance.

Presenters Fee
In order to be included in the Abstracts publication, Conference Programme, publicity and announcements, the registration fee for presenters will be 150 € and includes the Book of Abstracts along with a copy of the Conference Proceedings.
Details of how to pay the registration fee will be given on the registration form available at the time of acceptance.


Best regards,
Roy Ascott, President Planetary Collegium
Espen Gangvik, Director TEKS


Street Phtography

An interesting article on The Guardian's website today about street photography and the problems experienced by photographers who face police harassment for working in public spaces. An organization called I'm A Photographer, Not A Terrorist, has been created to counter the repressive tendencies that arise from anti-terrorism laws and fears about pedophilia. There is a large amount of material on Flickr dedicated to street photography and a number of forthcoming publications dedicated to the practice. There's also some interesting stuff at AmericansuburbX.

There will be a seminar entitled "Urban Images: Re-imagining the City Through Moving Images" at the Academy of Art in Oslo from 9 - 11 September. The organizers are now calling for abstracts for short presentations. The Urban Images symposium focuses on the field of artistic film and video related to architecture and urban space. The main objective is to bring together an interdisciplinary group of artists and scholars in order to provide an opportunity for debate on the relationship between the development of the architectural imaginary through avant-garde movements and contemporary production in time-based media. The program is structured in four thematic sessions with specific focus on moving images’ influence on urban architecture, urban architecture relationship to avant-garde film, the city as a source for artistic film and video, and reflections on urban architecture in recent film and video art. 

Send abstracts by 1. May to Marit Paasche or Synne Bull.


Visual Notes on Lithuania

9th Fort, Kaunas

Monument commemorating the prison of the interbellum years, the forced labor camp of the soviet occupation times, and the concentration camp of the Nazi years. Here more than 30.000 jews perished

Statue of the legendary Gedeminas, founder of Vilnius

Gallery of Contemporary Art, Vilnius destroyed by ice floes

Lecture at Art Academy on Vilnius as an "Object of Nostalgia"


Nigel Henderson

See parallel post on Nigel Henderson at Jewelsh - and a small selection of Henderson photographs at the Tate Collection online.