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UT ACTLab Conference Culture, Art, & Technology in the 22nd Century

From: Carl W.
Sent on: Tuesday, March 20, 2012 1:32 AM
CAT 22, The First ACTLab Conference 

Culture, Art, and Technology in the 22nd Century (CAT22)

April 13 at 12:00pm until April 14 at 10:00pm
Studio 4B, CMB Building, UT-Austin Corner of Guadalupe and Dean Keeton

The first annual ACTLab Conference Culture, Art, and Technology in the 22nd Century (CAT22) will be held April 13-14, 2012 in Austin, Texas. There will be roundtable discussions, workshops, dialogues, performances, artwork/poster sessions, storytelling, digital media, maker events, or things that fit all or none of those categories. The conference will be organized as presentations in the traditional ACTLab “end of semester” style. ACTLab encourages artists, theorists, geeks, tinkerers, practitioners, academics, curious bystanders, ACTLabbies, former ACTLabbies, friends, family, acquaintances, and anyone interested in collisions of art, technology, and culture or the ACTLab educational style, to attend.

During it's twenty active years, the ACTLab community — focused on the purpose-built studio designed to facilitate our work — grew, developed, and spread. Now there are hundreds of ACTLabbies in an informal global network, sharing experiences and stories of our time together at the inception of what would become the field of New Media. As New Media increasingly becomes mainstreamed, the character of the discipline naturally changes to reflect more traditional academic methods, and many who can proudly say “we were there” during the ACTLab’s heyday talk about how they miss the atmosphere of guts-and-glory creativity. This conference is a call to return to our roots.

Topic will include:

academic papers about culture, art, and technology in the 22nd century
demonstrations of projects
proofs of concept
performances, behaviours, happenings, disparate connections
video and audio compositions
analogue or digital computing
glitches, accidents, failed experiments
indexing, exposing, mining, leaking, annotating, or any folksonomy
mesh, distributed and de-centralized solutions
creative technologies
sentiments, recommendations, user stories, reviews, qualitative evidence
multi-modal, multi-lingual, multi-meta computing
hacktivism, dorkbot, live code
brain interface, kinetic interactions, Trans-fu, multigender
collective intelligence, consensus computing

The conference continues the mode of end-of-semester project presentations of the ACTLab program created at UT Austin and continuing at the European Graduate School EGS in Saas-Fee, Switzerland.

Main guidelines for the ACTLab Conference:

Make Stuff
Take Risks
Be Awesome

Conference info:

April 13-14, 2012

The ACTLab
Studio 4B, CMB Building, UT-Austin
Corner of Guadalupe and Dean Keeton

Contact: [address removed]

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