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BEM Bad Emser Medienkunsttage (Media Arts Conference, Bad Ems, Germany) May 30th - June 1st 2003, CALL FOR PAPERS

Call for Papers

Kunstlerhaus Schloss Balmoral is an institution of the Foundation for Culture in Rheinland-Pfalz. It promotes contemporary art through the allocation of residential fellowships to international artists. The Kunstlerhaus further aims to reach the public through events such as lectures, seminars, concerts and exhibitions.

From May 30th to June 1st 2003 Kunstlerhaus Schloss Balmoral and the Institut fur Kunstwissenschaften der Universitat Koblenz-Landau, Campus Koblenz are planning an international Media Arts Conference, the Bad Emser Medienkunsttage (BEM). Examining the topic of art and media, the conference focusses on the altering influence which contemporary media culture has exerted on art and society and the question whether new technologies can bring about new subjects and ideas. Interdisciplinary in its approach, this event will be open to the public.

The aim of the conference is to create a platform for young academics, researchers and media artists to introduce their views on contemporary art to a broader academic audience and to promote the discussion between academics and artists.

The speakers will be selected by a call for papers; the conference lectures and abstracts together with other interesting proposals submitted will be published in print and/or online.

Parallel to the conference Kunstlerhaus Schloss Balmoral shows the exhibition ”art bytes”. This show presents works at the interface between new technologies and art, documenting the dissolution of borderlines between new media and traditional art forms.

The main focus of the Media Arts Conference Bad Ems is on

1. Who ‘owns’ the new virtual rooms? What would an adequate
presentation look like in museums, galleries, public spaces or at home?
2. To what extent do new technologies influence our conception of art?
What effects do they have on artistic content and form?
How are these new kinds of art to be judged in terms of quality?
3. How does the use of new technologies change our perception?
4. What effect does this have on society?

Researchers who would like to give a paper at the Media Arts Conference Bad Ems should send a short abstract (max. 1 page) about the proposed topic, a short curriculum vitae and a bibliography
by 10 March 2003 to:

Dr. Daniele Perrier
Kunstlerhaus Schloss Balmoral
Villenpromenade 11
D-56130 Bad Ems
Reference BEM
You can also address an email to bem@balmoral.de

For more information, please visit our web site www.balmoral.de

The Media Arts Conference will be organised in cooperation with
Monika Fleischmann / Wolfgang Strauss, directors of Media Arts Research Studies,
MARS Exploratory Media Lab, Fraunhofer Institut fur Medienkommunikation, and
Prof. G.C. Tholen, Institut fur Medienwissenschaften, University of Basel.

We are looking forward to your proposals.

Best regards

Dr. Daniele Perrier
Kunstlerhaus Schloss Balmoral

Prof. Dr. Ludwig Tavernier
Director Institut fur Kunstwissenschaften
Universitat Koblenz – Landau, Campus Koblenz