Lancaster University, 20-22 June 2019

 Call for Papers

 

We nooses tous des bastardi elettronici che usano lingue globali

Ours Lingages. The internet is my language mother. I speak with a voice that’s not my own, I speak in other voices, not my voice. We are all e-strangers, all nomads that use globish bastard languages. We are the alienated translated (wo)men in-between code and emotion, in-between our wish to be visible and our longing for intimacy. L’entre-deux = void. Can’t we be ‘with’ instead? (Annie Abrahams)

Digital artist and performer Annie Abrahams highlights how living in the digital world transforms not only the language(s) we speak, but also our relationship to language(s) and the relationship between languages, together with our relationships to other people. ‘Networked language practices […] are simultaneously local and transnational’, observes at the same time Jannis Androutsopoulos (2015). The digital space makes it easier for human languages to circulate, coexist, interact, and mix in a fluid and flexible fashion - linguistic borders are not removed, but they have shifted and become more porous.

Language is never alone. Of necessity, digital texts are composed in at least two ‘languages’ and exist by means of perpetual back-and-forth processes of translation between them: a ‘so-called natural language, which is addressed to humans […]; and computer codes, which (although readable by some humans) can be executed only by intelligent machines’ (Hayles 2006). Hayles goes on to argue that ‘in our computationally intensive culture, code is the unconscious of language’.

How can we be ‘with’ languages in their plurality, rather than just in-between them and lost in translation? Digital arts and literature have explored the potential of programmable media to play with and perform linguistic complexity and fluidity both across human languages and between human and machine languages. Everyday users are no less inventive and adventurous in their practices, as they acquire linguistic fragments from the flux, integrate them into their interactions, and create their own hybrid modes of expression.

Following up on our first symposium in March 2018, Multilingual Digital Authorship, this conference will focus on projects, works, and any form of creative digital artefacts online or offline, including anything from individual tweets, instapoems, and status updates to interactions and more complex projects, artworks that consciously experiment with linguistic cross-fertilization – or on the contrary, highlight the dangers of linguistic standardization seeking to supress hybridity. The objective is to explore the creative, cultural, and political potential of encounters amongst digital technologies, languages, and creative practices.

 

The conference will include an evening of performances open to the general public and will be accompanied by a thematic issue of ZeTMaG.

A selection of the conference papers will be published in a journal special issue.

 

Three types of proposals are therefore invited. Please indicate in brackets in the title if the proposal is for a Paper, a Panel, or a Performance

Paper / Panel

20-minute individual conference papers or 

panels including three or four papers

Submission format:

Individual papers: 200-word proposal, with author affiliation and a 100-word bio-bibliography

Panels: 100-words summary on the overarching objective, with a 150-word abstract for each paper, including author affiliation and a 100-word bio-bibliography for each author

Please submit your proposal on EasyChair by Friday the 

27th of January 2019.

Digital Performance

Performances with a digital component

of 10-20 minutes in length, to be presented on the first evening of the conference,

open to the general public.

Please submit a 200-word description of the work and the equipment and space required, together with a 100-word biography of the artist(s) (if available, include link to website/previous work).

Please submit your proposal on EasyChair by Friday the 27th of January 2019.

Digital Artwork

to be published in a thematic issue in the experimental digital art magazine 

ZeTMaG on 

Language(s)-Space(s),

to be launched at the conference.

 

The magazine can accept text, photo, audio, audiovisual formats. (Other formats might be possible, please contact the editors.)

Please send a brief description of the proposed work to ZetMagLab.

Submission of final works by 31st May 2019.

Lancaster University, 20-22 June 2019

 Call for Papers

 

We nooses tous des bastardi elettronici che usano lingue globali

Ours Lingages. The internet is my language mother. I speak with a voice that’s not my own, I speak in other voices, not my voice. We are all e-strangers, all nomads that use globish bastard languages. We are the alienated translated (wo)men in-between code and emotion, in-between our wish to be visible and our longing for intimacy. L’entre-deux = void. Can’t we be ‘with’ instead? (Annie Abrahams)

Digital artist and performer Annie Abrahams highlights how living in the digital world transforms not only the language(s) we speak, but also our relationship to language(s) and the relationship between languages, together with our relationships to other people. ‘Networked language practices […] are simultaneously local and transnational’, observes at the same time Jannis Androutsopoulos (2015). The digital space makes it easier for human languages to circulate, coexist, interact, and mix in a fluid and flexible fashion - linguistic borders are not removed, but they have shifted and become more porous.

Language is never alone. Of necessity, digital texts are composed in at least two ‘languages’ and exist by means of perpetual back-and-forth processes of translation between them: a ‘so-called natural language, which is addressed to humans […]; and computer codes, which (although readable by some humans) can be executed only by intelligent machines’ (Hayles 2006). Hayles goes on to argue that ‘in our computationally intensive culture, code is the unconscious of language’.

How can we be ‘with’ languages in their plurality, rather than just in-between them and lost in translation? Digital arts and literature have explored the potential of programmable media to play with and perform linguistic complexity and fluidity both across human languages and between human and machine languages. Everyday users are no less inventive and adventurous in their practices, as they acquire linguistic fragments from the flux, integrate them into their interactions, and create their own hybrid modes of expression.

Following up on our first symposium in March 2018, Multilingual Digital Authorship, this conference will focus on projects, works, and any form of creative digital artefacts online or offline, including anything from individual tweets, instapoems, and status updates to interactions and more complex projects, artworks that consciously experiment with linguistic cross-fertilization – or on the contrary, highlight the dangers of linguistic standardization seeking to supress hybridity. The objective is to explore the creative, cultural, and political potential of encounters amongst digital technologies, languages, and creative practices.

 

The conference will include an evening of performances open to the general public and will be accompanied by a thematic issue of ZeTMaG.

A selection of the conference papers will be published in a journal special issue.

 

Three types of proposals are therefore invited. Please indicate in brackets in the title if the proposal is for a Paper, a Panel, or a Performance

Paper / Panel

20-minute individual conference papers or 

panels including three or four papers

Submission format:

Individual papers: 200-word proposal, with author affiliation and a 100-word bio-bibliography

Panels: 100-words summary on the overarching objective, with a 150-word abstract for each paper, including author affiliation and a 100-word bio-bibliography for each author

Please submit your proposal on EasyChair by Friday the 

27th of January 2019.

Digital Performance

Performances with a digital component

of 10-20 minutes in length, to be presented on the first evening of the conference,

open to the general public.

Please submit a 200-word description of the work and the equipment and space required, together with a 100-word biography of the artist(s) (if available, include link to website/previous work).

Please submit your proposal on EasyChair by Friday the 27th of January 2019.

Digital Artwork

to be published in a thematic issue in the experimental digital art magazine 

ZeTMaG on 

Language(s)-Space(s),

to be launched at the conference.

 

The magazine can accept text, photo, audio, audiovisual formats. (Other formats might be possible, please contact the editors.)

Please send a brief description of the proposed work to ZetMagLab.

Submission of final works by 31st May 2019.