Media-N Conference Edition, Chicago 2010

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This edition of Media-N celebrates the successes of the New Media Caucus at the 2010 CAA Conference in Chicago, featuring image and video documentation of the events, papers from the panels, a review from the Live Cinema Summit, and an outline of the Tenure Track Roundtable. The expansiveness of topics and diversity of offerings reflects upon the growth of the Caucus itself, and its emerging leadership role in representing the multi-faceted, complex and ever-changing character of the new media field in education, research and practice. Special thanks to all involved: Paul Catanese, NMC President, the NMC executive team and event organizers, NMC and CAA members who attended the events, and the panel chairs and authors who contributed to this edition.

Please also note our new Call for Papers:

Dynamic Coupling
Total immersion in new media practice: What happens when a shared life blurs with shared research?

Guest Edited by Jessica Westbrook

Thursday, September 16, 2010

There is a history to artists coupling domestically and collaborating professionally: John Cage and Merce Cunningham, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Charles and Ray Eames, Ed and Nancy Kienholz, Christo and Jean Claude, Gilbert and George, Niki de Saint Phalle and Jean Tinguely, Annelise and Joseph Albers are just a few examples of couples sharing a life and sharing a practice. This level of commitment and collaboration brings with it not only an air of romance and intrigue, but also points out the obvious potential for collaboration (broadly speaking) and interpersonal connection to produce something substantial (dialogue, skill, intensity, ambition, outcome) that is exponentially greater than individual parts. How has this kind of "dynamic coupling" translated into current new media practice? This call for submissions asks for insight on new media couples who share a practice and share a life. How immersive can it get? What do these new media couples make, and how do they work? What happens when a shared life blurs with shared professional research? Are there philosophical motivations in the decision or inclination to work as a couple/collaboratively (e.g. feminist, open source, post-structural perspectives, etc)? How do couples present and talk about projects? Does this shared practice extend into the classroom and/or inform a teaching/co-teaching philosophy?

Authors and artists are invited to submit articles, papers, case studies, interviews, and project documentation in response to the theme. Notice of acceptance and/or further requests will be made in late September 2010.

Jessica Westbrook, Assistant Professor, Department of Contemporary Practices, School of the Art Institute of Chicago jessicajessicawestbrookcom