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Networks of Experience: Art and (Dis)Embodiment

Toronto, Canada
Organization: OCAD University
Categories: Digital Humanities, Graduate Conference, Gender & Sexuality, Women's Studies, Miscellaneous
Event Date: 2019-03-15 to 2019-03-16 Abstract Due: 2018-11-15


Networks of Experience: Art and (Dis)Embodiment

Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories Graduate Student Conference Conference Date: March 15 - 16, 2019
Location: OCAD University, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto, Canada

Any encounter between an audience and a work of art is experiential. Beyond this universal dimension, much contemporary art asks more of its viewers than just viewing. These works engage multiple modes of observation, sensation, participation, reflection, and (dis)embodiment that have the power to affect and engage bodies in new and adaptive ways.

Art that demands physical attention, emotional labour, or visceral reactions crosses into new territory and invites varied modes of experience, including those of memory, haunting, and tradition. It can lead the audience to a deeper understanding of practices that affirm experiences from the past, as well as experiences of the Other that aim to dismantle Western colonialism. In this context, experience turns from an act of recognition of a meaning intrinsic to the object, to a meaning that is grounded in the encounter between the artist’s experience and that of the spectator. Keeping open the multiple threads of experience , this conference invites investigations of experience in contemporary art, across its various embodied practices: artists’ lived/personal experience as embodied in their art; the experiences of spectators and audiences; and experience as cultural legacy/history, including experiences of colonialism and decolonization.

The 2019 Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories Conference invites proposals for academic papers/practices from Graduate students, independent scholars, and artists.

Topics for discussion include, but are not limited to:

?  Internalization/Affect of embodied experience vs. disembodied experience
?  Institutional spaces and the shaping of experience (museums, galleries, schools)
?  Individual and/or collective experience
?  The sublime in contemporary art/media/design
?  Differently embodied experience: disability and contemporary art/media
?  The ethics of performance art and audience response (control/manipulation)
?  Sites, venues, locations of experience
?  Trauma, violence, memory as frameworks for shared experience
?  Virtual spaces, alternate realities, and re-embodiment
?  Affect and emotion: psychoanalytic readings of aesthetic experience
?  Tradition as method and process; working through experience
?  Craft as embodied experience and site of resistance
?  Experiences of transgression and subversion in contemporary art
?  Transcendence and mystical experience(s)
?  Atmosphere, ambience, and the designed environment
?  Translating lived experience: (auto)biography and auto-fiction
?  Experiential situations: from happenings to relational aesthetics
?  Documenting/documents of experience

The conference invites theoretical reflections, case studies, and/or performances on questions of (dis)embodied experiences in the discourses of contemporary art history, design history, new media studies, critical theory, visual arts, and art criticism.

Proposal/Abstract Deadline: November 15, 2018

Announcement of Acceptance: December 14, 2018

Please submit proposals to: ocadugraduateconference@gmail.com

What to submit: a 250-word abstract of your paper/practice, along with a short biography. Please submit texts as .doc or .pdf files.

Drafts of papers due: February 22, 2019


Madeleine McMillan