Call for Papers:

Worldmaking as Techné: DEADLINE EXTENDED

POSTED BY: MarkDavid Hosale | Thu Dec 8th, 2011 3:12 p.m.


The editors of this book project were drawn together by a common outlook that the creation of work is the creation of concepts, joining the efforts of theory and praxis in one process (techné), and that the results of our works are the expression of an ontological proposition (worldmaking).This connection was the catalyst to host the panel discussion, The Volatility and Stability of Worldmaking as Techné, at the Inter-Society of Electronic Arts conference 2011 (ISEA 2011). Along with invited panelists, Roy Ascott, Jerome Decock, and Marcos Novak, the panel presented a wide range of perspectives on the topic that covered theory and practice in the areas of art, architecture, and music. While well received the discussion was all too short and only scratched the surface. Thus the inspiration to launch this book project comes from a desire to further explore WorldMaking as Techné in participatory works.

The book, Worldmaking as Techné: Exploring Worlds of Participatory Art, Architecture, and Music will focus on the involvement of the techné of worldmaking in participatory art practice. Such practice can be found in all areas of art, however, under scrutiny for this particular book are: interactive, generative, and prosthetic art, architecture, and music practices that depend for their vitality and development on the participation of their observers. The book editors are seeking contributions that will challenge the level of involvement and integration of the observer within the generative praxis in a technoscientific agenda. In this spirit, contributions that cover philosophical, theoretical, and practice-based research are all welcome.

Questions that could be addressed could follow, but are not limited to:

◦ What is the aesthetic and historical context for the techné of worldmaking in relation to practice in art technology?

◦ What role does a generative and/or cybernetics-inspired approach (as compared to traditional notions of making) play in your own practice/research?

◦ What are the implications of worldmaking practice in the real world?

◦ What are the pitfalls and what role do these pitfalls play in the theoretical and/or practical approach to worldmaking?

◦ What is your interpretation of

techné and/or worldmaking and how do you apply that to your practice/research?

◦ Do you see the re-emergence of the concept of techné as integrally related to the emergence of new technology in the 20th and 21st centuries? If so, then how? If not, then why not? And why discuss this now?

◦ In the current technoscientific culture do you see participatory works as being elevated to a higher level of complexity or has yet it to realise its potential?


Active Observer, Autopoiesis, Embodiment, Emergence, Generative Praxis, Machine Aesthetics, Microcomposition, Second-Order Cybernetics, Technoscience, Transvergence

Schedule and Process:

Abstract submission [500 words] will be accepted until the 5th of January 2012, followed by a notification of acceptance to be sent out by the end of January 2012. Upon acceptance full chapters [6000-8000 words] will be due in late April 2012. There will be a blind peer review process for all full chapter submissions. The book is targeted to launch in early January 2013.

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We look forward to hearing from you,

Dr. Alberto de Campo

Dr. MarkDavid Hosale

Dr. Sana Murrani