[transmediale] call for papers - club tm - Conf: Splendid Isolation

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club transmediale.05 [BASICS]
international festival for electronic music and related visual arts berlin
04.-12. Feb. 2005




CTM.05 Conference:[ Splendid Isolation]
Urban and Rural Flows and Counterflows in Electronic Music and Related Media

10.-12. Feb. 2005, Berlin, Germany

The relationship between communication technologies and the city has been a
long and complicated one, where the density of communicative activity has
often been taken as defining characteristic of urban life.  By contrast,
rural areas have been idealized and marked by the relative absence of these
technologies, a perception which tends to obscure the social and spatial
consequences of communication technologies there.  Out of this dichotomous
set of associations has emerged a constellation of forces, ideas, images and
experiences which have defined both the city and rural zones in unique and
singular ways.

The history of art and music bears many traces of this productive tension,
in which being immersed in city life and rural hermitage act as polar
opposites. Popular music has been identified with contrapuntal movements
that fluctuate between the celebration and derogation of both the rural and
the urban. Within this interplay, various technologies, in particular
electronic communication, have provided the principle forms of mediation
between urban and rural areas, bridging and binding people and places in
multiple ways and creating new hybrid territories situated within a shared
mediasphere.  In this context, the challenges of cultural production in and
between rural and urban regions continue to be inflected by the specific
demands of electronic/digital production, distribution and consumption.

This conference intends to address topics relating to the many debates and
discourses produced by the intersection of cultural production, electronic
arts/media, and social relations in urban and rural settings. We encourage
artists, practitioners, journalists, writers and academics to participate in
what promises to be provocative conference. In keeping with the overall
theme of transmediale and club transmediale [BASICS], which investigates the
aesthetic and ethical foundations of a hyper-potential culture, papers
should address, but need not be restricted to, the following frameworks:

* (Exo/Endo)Polis: electronic music, urban/rural dynamics, and cultural
* Refashioning Networks: circuits, nodes,communities, scenes and subcultures
and extended milieu
* Mediations: the rural/urban digital nexus, imagining/representing nature
in the city/the city in nature; electronic music and the experience of
* Counterflows: fluctuating movements between urban and rural music
* The Best of Both worlds: bridging the urban/rural divide
* Splendid Isolation: productivity between seclusion, media networking and
boredom; sound cultures beyond the major metropoles
* Perforating the Mainstream: marketing the margin
* Opposing Urbanity: f(r)actions of rural subcultures in the metropolis
* The City and Its Other: critiques from the centre and periphery, speaking
from and to rural and urban perspectives


The conference will be held in English.

Abstracts should be no longer than 250 words and are due by November 15,
2004. Panel proposals and project presentations are also welcome.

Papers should be kept to 20 minutes, including audio and visual clips.
Please notify us at to what audiovisual equipment you will need..

Please submit them to: conference at clubtransmediale.de
or mail them to:

club transmediale
Schoenhauser Allee 167c
10435 Berlin

Please notify: Mailing costs are borne by the entrant. Submitted materials
will not be returned. Packages from abroad containing additional materials
(CDs, DVDs etc.) will only be accepted with customs declaration forms
completed correctly. Packages dispatched from outside the European Union
must bear the following information: indication of the content plus the note
"Not for trade - temporary loan for festival. Value = 0".


funded by the Haupstadtkulturfonds, Berlin

club transmediale
international festival for electronic music and related visual arts berlin

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