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Recycling Images: Adaptation, Manipulation, Quotation in the Digital Age

Mon Sep 30, 2013 00:00

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Call For Papers

EKPHRASIS. Images, Cinema, Theatre, Media
Vol. 10, Issue 2/2013
Recycling Images: Adaptation, Manipulation, Quotation in the Digital Age

Having long played an essential role in the development of art, media and culture, recycling has emerged also as a field of theoretical explorations. The idea of recycling is understood here in a wider sense, as a production means and critical thinking tool, as an instrument for approaching and reclaiming—equally with deference and irreverence—the established cultural models.

Adaptation, remix, manipulation, remediation, quotation, serialism, appropriationism, simulations, mash-up, cut-and-paste, or simply copy-paste are different manifestations of the same idea of recycling and are all part of what was called the “Re- culture”. Such diversity proves that recycling—as a concept and as a means—is not linked to a specific artistic trend, media, technique or time period.

The main consequence of the practice of freely borrowing and recirculating sources is the undermining of established values such as originality, uniqueness, authorship and copyright. So, instead of narcissism and hermetic construct, recycling relies on networking and borrowing, on adaptation, free reference and intertextual commentary. In this process, both the sources recycled and the resulting products are seen not as terminals, but as networked nodes, as open narratives ready to be incorporated and reinterpreted in a new, recyclable discourse.

Ekphrasis is seeking papers that address the theme of recycling in the larger context of the digital age. How notions such as adaptation, manipulation, quotation are mobilized by artists and scholars nowadays? Does the act of recycling images have been altered as a result of the recent developments of new media technologies? What role the new recycling methods play in cinema, visual arts, literature and mass media? What are the goals, expectations, means and limitations of recycling images in the digital age? Is recycling a possible catalyst for the emergence of new technologies and mediums? How recycling images acted upon the development of new audiences?

Topics may include, but are not restricted to:

-Adaptation and quotation in film, art, literature and mass media
-Medium revisited and residual media
-Remediation and accessibility
-Valuable, available, tactical cultural models
-Recycling as a locus of cultural exchange
-Mix, remix, mashup
-The use of found footage and their artistic impact
-Ownership, accountability, copyright
-Empathy, epigonism, fake
-Cross-disciplinary/inter-disciplinary recycling process
-Originality, postmodern relativism and new forms of recycling
-Transfer between high and low cultures
-Appropriation and (media) manipulation
-Strategies, patterns and platforms of recycling
-Global, local and cross cultural fertilizations
-Nostalgia and the memory of images
-Recycling and cultural institutions: cinema, museum, archive
-Retro chic
-Piracy, activism, hacktivism
-Oldies but goldies

Guest editors: Horea Avram and Claudiu Turcuş

Abstracts of up to 300 words are due by September 30th 2013.

Final submission is due November 20th 2013.
The articles should be written in English or French (for English, please use the MLA citation style and documenting sources).

For the final essay, the word limit is 5000-8000 words of text (including references).
Please include a summary and key-words
The articles should be original material not published in any other media before.
Graduate students are particularly encouraged to submit papers.

Please send all correspondence to horea.avram@gmail.com and turcus_claudiu@yahoo.com

Ekphrasis is a peer-reviewed academic journal, edited by the Faculty of Theatre and Television, “Babes-Bolyai” University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

For more information and submission guidelines, please visit:



Fri Jun 07, 2013 07:00 - Sat Jul 13, 2013

Toronto, Canada

An exhibition of web-based artworks by international artists @ InterAccess Electronic Media Arts Centre, Toronto

Curated by Horea Avram (CA/RO)

Artists and works:

Angie Waller (US), The Most Boring Places in the World (2009)
Jon Thomson & Alison Craighead (UK), A Short Film About War (2009/10)
Stéphane Degoutin & Marika Dermineur (FR), Googlehouse (2008-ongoing)
Marco Cadioli (IT), Over Data (2010)
Noah Pedrini (US), AnthroPosts (2007-ongoing)

Googleheim proposes five projects that critically explore the tensions between transiency and permanence of the image in the context of contemporary art and media technology.

Googleheim - Part web search engine, part modern art museum. One as a post-postmodern worldview facilitator and a sophisticated mechanism of mass data delivery and control, the other a modern system of artistic legitimation, cultural preservation, and selective promotion of values. This exhibition takes Google and Guggenheim as reference points for two distinct but converging models of creativity and theoretical reflection.

The exhibition is a way to critically problematize this encounter by keeping in focus the important implications of the image and of the image making in defining the contemporary cultural habits, artistic thinking and individual/collective identities.

Googleheim is, therefore, a way (among many possible others) to reflect and comment on the intricate dynamics between image as an active instrument and image as a closed visual organization, between data traffic and memory, between online and offline experience, between local values and global demands, between real-time and delay, between update and obsolescence, between immediacy and permanence and, inescapably, between real and virtual.


Exhibition Dates: June 7 – July 13, 2013
Opening Reception: Friday, June 7, 2013 at 7pm.

InterAccess is located at 9 Ossington Avenue, Toronto, ON, Canada, M6J 2Y8.

About InterAccess:

InterAccess is a public gallery, teaching facility, and production studio dedicated to the creative use of technology and new media culture. In 2013, InterAccess celebrates our 30th anniversary and we look forward to the next 30 years of producing and presenting electronic and digital art.

InterAccess receives operating support from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Toronto Arts Council, in addition to generous contributions from InterAccess members, donors and partners.

For more information about Googleheim, please contact:

Laura Berazadi
+1 (416) 532-0597 ext. 23