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AMMERMAN CENTER FOR ARTS AND TECHNOLOGY, CONNECTICUT COLLEGE
“AESTHETICS AND CREATIVE PATHWAYS”
THE 13TH BIENNIAL SYMPOSIUM ON ARTS AND TECHNOLOGY
MARCH 1 - 3, 2012
For complete information: cat.conncoll.edu/sym2012/
Commission Information:  www.conncoll.edu/CAT/sym2012
On-Line Submissions: www.conncoll.edu/CAT/sym2012/signup.cfm

The 13th Biennial Symposium on Arts and Technology brings artists and
researchers together to share ideas and present new works, research
and performances in a variety of formats. The symposium will consist
of commissioned works, paper sessions, panel discussions, exhibitions,
concerts, installations, film screenings and multi-media performances,
all addressing one or more forms of fusion between technology and the
arts.

The aim of the symposium is to create a forum for multi-disciplinary
dialogue at the intersection of arts and technology and in particular,
this year, to discuss issues related to aesthetics ensuing from these
artistic processes. Participating theoreticians, artists and
researchers are encouraged to relate their work to a wider context and
engage in critical debate. We are encouraging all presenters and
artists whose works are being shown or performed to speak about their
work at the symposium.

Furthermore, Connecticut College will be celebrating its centennial
(1911 - 2011) throughout the upcoming academic year and we therefore
welcome works that incorporate themes with reflective elements
spanning a longer period of time. In addition, the Center seeks
submissions in the general areas of interactivity, new media,
innovative uses of new technologies in the arts, compositional and
artistic processes, technology in arts education, interdisciplinary
topics in arts and technology including combinations of: art, music,
video, film, animation, theater, dance, immersive and interactive
systems, computer science, and other pertinent topics.

SUBMISSION CATEGORIES
All submissions must be in one of the following formats. Instructions
for electronic submissions will be available on the symposium web site
— cat.conncoll.edu/sym2012/
PDF document including the information listed in the corresponding
submission category below.
Video/audio/image files in common, platform independent formats.
Video/Audio/Data DVD/CD, or hard copies of papers, visuals etc. (by mail)

PAPERS
Papers should address scholarly work in a field related to Arts and
Technology. A two-page extended abstract or complete paper must be
submitted by the due date. Upon acceptance, a revised 4-8 page paper
must be submitted as a PDF for publication in the Symposium
Proceedings. All rights will remain with the author. Paper authors
will give oral presentations during the paper sessions. Proposals for
special sessions and panel discussions are encouraged and some papers
maybe grouped into sessions thematically. Special session proposals
should include topic, description and names of possible contributors.
Panel proposals should include names of prospective panelists and
topic. Both should address the general areas of the symposium and have
potential to engage the symposium audience.

MUSIC
Music submissions (including composition, performance, theory,
interactivity, algorithmic approaches, signal processing) are
encouraged. The type of work to be submitted could be in one of many
forms including works for instruments, electronic sounds and digital
media, interactive performances or works for electronic sounds alone.
Submissions may span the entire range from live performance to “tape
only” works. Each piece should not exceed 15 minutes in length.
Musicians, dancers and actors may be available for live performance
pieces. Submissions are limited to two per composer and each
submission must include a one page description/abstract for
presentation at the symposium, complete technical, equipment and
performance needs, accompanying scores (and/or recordings) as
appropriate.

ART
Visual art submissions exploring the use of everyday technologies as a
creative expression within a community/public space context;
time-based media, digital art, web art and other technology-based or
technology-oriented art forms are encouraged. Also of interest are
proposals for workshops, technical demonstrations, panel discussions
on interactive studies and/or multi-media studies in an
interdisciplinary context. Submissions must include a one-page
description/abstract of the work for presentation at the symposium and
relevant visual materials.

DANCE/THEATER
Computer-generated or computer-aided dance compositions and theater
works are being solicited for live demonstrations or for digitally
recorded presentations. Specially produced dance or theater videos are
of particular interest as opposed to concert tapes or other archival
uses of video. Also of interest are proposals for workshops,
demonstrations of software for dance or theater notation,
choreographic analysis, interactive studies and/or multi-media studies
of performance in dance and theater. Performances may be accepted, but
will depend on the technical needs and financial considerations.
Submissions must include a one-page description/abstract for
presentation at the symposium, complete technical, performance and
spatial needs, plus a DVD or web site that shows the work under
consideration.

VIDEO/FILM
Submissions of short video or film works that include a significant
“technology” component in their creation, aesthetic or theme are
encouraged. The “tech” involved may be “high” or “low” ranging from
digital animation and motion capture work on the “high-tech” end to
various methods of digital production and networked distribution on
the “low end.” Submissions must include a one page
description/abstract for presentation at the symposium plus a DVD or
web site that shows the work under consideration.

COMMISSIONED WORKS
Proposals for new, original, multi-disciplinary works will be accepted
for a “Commissioned” category. Each project must be created by a team
consisting of two or more members, and must combine at least one area
of creative expression with a major technology component. We
anticipate awarding a total of 2-4 commissions with each up to $3000.
In celebration of Connecticut College’s centennial, we especially
welcome commission proposals that have a longer-term retrospective
look within their own themes. Those interested in submitting a
commission proposal should also see the complete commission guidelines
document available on the symposium web site. The proposed project
must not have been previously published, performed or exhibited.
Awards will be granted at the discretion of the Program Committee.
Submissions not accepted for the commissioned category may also be
reviewed for the general submissions category upon request of the
submitting team.

IMPORTANT DATES
Oct 14, 2011: Commission Submission Deadline
Nov 1, 2011: Commission Acceptance Notification
Nov 1, 2011: General Submission Deadline
Dec 1, 2011: General Acceptance Notification
Jan 15, 2012: Final Paper (pdf) Submission Deadline
Feb 26, 2012: Start of Residencies for Commissioned Works
March 1 - 3, 2012: Symposium at Connecticut College

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology
Connecticut College
270 Mohegan Avenue, BOX 5365
New London, CT 06320 US
ph: 860)439-2001
fx: 860)439-5311
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web: cat.conncoll.edu/sym2012/

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