Raquel Herrera
Since 2002
Works in Barcelona Spain

BIO
Digital art writer and researcher.

Focus on:

- Digital narrative. Essay "Tempus Fugit: interactive storytelling" recently published by FundaciĆ³ Espais (Spain). Young Communication 2002 Award by UCM University and Art Criticism Award 2003 by FundaciĆ³ Espais.

- New media aesthetic paradigms. Regular contributor to Artnodes (http://wwww.uoc.edu/artnodes), art, science & technology space.
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METANARRATIVE(S)? WEBSITE UPDATED


The Vth Symposium on Art & Multimedia Metanarrative(s)? took place in Barcelona January the 28th & 29th. Debate about narrative media history, narrative &/ vs database, videogames and social narratives for the public raised during these two intense and exciting days.

Now, to know more about Metanarrative(s)? you can check the updated website with full version papers, works and multimedia art research.

Highlights>

Selection of works from George Legrady.

"Storylines vs gameworlds: landscaping as narrative device" by Espen Aarseth.

"Desire versus destiny: the question of payoff in narrative" by Glorianna Davenport.

"Qu'est-ce que la fiction variable" by Gregory Chatonsky.

Selected papers from Dominic Arsenault, Olli Leino and Miguel Sicart.

Selected works from David Crawford, Connor McGarrigle, Calin Man, Valentina Nisi, Geoffrey Thomas & Marina Zerbarini.

Raquel Herrera

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CONVERSATION METANARRATIVE(S)?


The Vth Symposium on Art & Multimedia/Metanarrative(s)? will be held soon (28th-29th January 2005, Barcelona, Spain).

As a "warm-up exercise", we the coordinators of the symposium (media art historian and curator Antoni Mercader + me) have published an online conversation about the origin of the symposium and the term "metanarratives".

Please check it at> http://metanarratives.blogspot.com

You can also check the invited speakers at>http://www.mediatecaonline.net/metanarratives

Hoping to have your feedback about this project :>

Raquel Herrera

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WEBLOG METANARRATIVE(S)


It is already online the new weblog on Metanarrative(s), reflections on the artistic direction of audiovisual and multimedia narratives and syntax. This weblog will work as a preview and a space of commentaries and criticism on digital narrative before the 5th Symposium on Art and Multimedia in Mediateca Caixaforum (Barcelona, January 28th-29th 2005). We are looking forward to seeing your comments!

Links:

Weblog Metanarrative(s)> http://metanarratives.blogspot.com/

5th Symposium on Art and Multimedia: Metanarrative(s)? International meeting on the artistic direction of audiovisual and multimedia narratives and syntax>
http://www.mediatecaonline.net/5jornades/eng/index.htm

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Metanarrative(s) CALL FOR Paper & Works


5th Symposium on Art and Multimedia
Mediateca CaixaForum (Fundacio "la Caixa")

Metanarrative(s)?
:: international meeting on the artistic direction of
audiovisual and multimedia narratives and syntax ::

Barcelona, Spain, January 28-29 2005
http://www.mediatecaonline.net/mediatecaonline/jsp/index.jsp

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dead-line for proposals (both papers and works): 1 November 2004

Context:

The Fifth Symposium on Art and Multimedia is dedicated to 'digital metanarrative' from any focus, from all points of view. The organizers' intention is none other than to create and help flourish possibilities of acquiring greater knowledge in this experimental domain, in which we feel that guidance of the art form (in the sense of providing proper direction to it), is crucial.

We have opened two calls aimed at gathering texts and works related to research and experimentation in narrative or non-narrative forms that set out to go beyond the limits established today, and that have been developed in the field of art and audiovisual and multimedia communication, coming to be known as 'metanarratives' ('meta' in the sense of 'after').

We have started up this website to collect the proposals, and a weblog that will encourage communicative participation. We will also facilitate the live presentation of selected papers and works during the course of the Symposium to be held next January 2005.
1. Call for papers
All authors of theoretical research related to digital metanarrative are invited to take part in the 5th Symposium on Art and Multimedia with any papers on new forms of narratives in the Internet Age. Issues like the modification and questioning of the traditional (Aristotelian) concept of storytelling (account of effective causality, temporal and spatial cohesion etc...), will be central themes at the conference. We seek:

* theoretical reflections on digital narrative(s)
* online documentation on multimedial art

We are looking for papers that respond to the following questions:

What do we mean by digital narrative(s)?
What kind of changes has the new technological concept brought about in narrative approaches?
To what syntactic particularities has this lead?
Can we speak of post-narrative or metanarrative models?....

Requirements:
- BA or similar in Art History, Music History, Fine Arts, Philology, Philosophy and Humanities, Documentation Science, Audiovisual Communication, Design studies or similar.
- Students enrolled on a recognised Master course
- Students enrolled on a Doctorate course

Documentation:
We need the following documents before 1 November 2004 at metanarrative@lmi.ub.es:
- Abstract of the paper, min 500 max 1000 words, sent by e-mail in Word, Openoffice or ASCII format
- Brief list of the used sources
- Author's current CV and contact details (email, telephone, address, fax etc).
- An additional written document with the author's motivation and future projects.

Selection:
A jury of three representatives of 'Mediateca' and 'Grup Recerca VALL' of the University of Barcelona will select six papers and notify the authors prior to 1 December 2004.

The selection criteria are the following:
1. Relevance to the call and its objectives
2. Relevance to the current research panorama in this field
3. Originality
4. The author's motivation and prospects for the future

The authors of the selected papers will be invited to Barcelona to present them personally at the 5th Symposium on Art and Multimedia at 'CaixaForum' of "la Caixa" Foundation, 28 and 29 January 2005. On the day of their presentation, invited authors will receive 600 euros (residents in Spain 400 euros and residents in Catalonia 200 euros) to cover travel and accommodation expenses.
The dead-line for the complete version of the selected papers is 15 December 2004. The final format will be of the author's choosing: text, hypertext or hypermedia. Papers will be accessible to users of the Mediateca website for an indefinite period of time.

2. Call for works or experiments on digital metanarrative

We seek artistic research works in which the challenges and benefits of narrative or metanarrative renewal are presented, and also those non-narrative creations which may contribute to fostering the debate on digital narrative.
* Artistic works based on the notions of digital narrative.
Key words: digital narrative, media narrative, electronic textuality, electronic books, art on CD-ROM or DVD, on-line narratives, weblogging, web-based stories, community creation, digital environments, video games, narratology, ludology.
* Artistic creations approached from a non-narrative position that question the narrative structures in advanced (expanded) communication.
Key words: web art, net art, mail art, software art, communication aesthetics, information aesthetics, digital architecture

WHY NOT TAKE PART!?

Documentation to be sent to metanarrative@lmi.ub.es:
- The work and/or exact references of where and how it may be consulted.
- An additional text by the author

Deadline:
1 November 2004

Selection:
The selection criteria will include:
- Pertinence to the call.
- Relevance in the current panorama of artistic practices.
- Originality in the twofold sense of the word:
- that it is an original work by the author,
- that it stands out for its form and/or content.
- Motivation and future prospects expressed in the documentation

A jury of three representatives of the Mediateca and of the VALL Research Group of the University of Barcelona will select six works. The decision will be notified to the authors prior to 1 December 2004.

The authors of the selected papers will be invited to CaixaForum to present them personally. Works will be presented publicly at "la Caixa" Foundation's CaixaForum in Barcelona during the 5th Symposium on Art and Multimedia on 28 and 29 January 2005. On the day of their presentation, invited authors will receive 600 euros (residents in Spain 400 euros and residents in Catalonia 200 euros) to cover travel and accommodation expenses.

The selected works or their URL will be accessible to users of the Mediateca website for an indefinite period of time. If the author so desires, the Mediateca will host the work on its server.

5th SYMPOSIUM on ART and MULTIMEDIA
Mediateca CaixaForum de la Fundacio "la Caixa"
http://www.mediatecaonline.net/mediatecaonline/jsp/index.jsp
Av. Marques de Comilles, 6-8
08038 BARCELONA
Catalonia, Spain
<M> Espanya

Information and address to send papers and works:
VALL Research Group
Attn. Cilia Willem
metanarrative@lmi.ub.es

University of Barcelona
Pg. Vall d'Hebron, 171
Edifici Llevant, despatx 005
08035 Barcelona
Catalonia, Spain

tel. +34 934 035 065 / +34 934 034 413