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Sensorium: Centre for Digital Arts and Technology

Symposium April 15, 2015

Sarah Sze, Night (2005)

Collapsing Constellations: Remapping Art, Science and the Planetary
Call for papers, presentations, submissions and applications

Keynote Speaker: Natasha Myers, Department of Anthropology, York University.

In our current ecological moment of crisis a collision between art and science is not only
necessary, but inevitable. Many social and environmental activists are proposing an
ecological politics that encompasses the physical in terms of a singular planetary
conception. The inaugural Sensorium: Centre for Digital Arts and Technology Graduate
Symposium, Collapsing Constellations: Remapping Art, Science and the Planetary
seeks to explore imagined and practical spaces that exist between contemporary ecologies
of knowledge - envisioning new routes for intellectual migration and pollination.

Sensorium is currently inviting proposals for presentations which revolve around these
constellations and engage critically with the multiplying intersections of art and science
within contemporary and historical practices. We are particularly interested in the
intersection of art, science and the planetary as they are concerned with climate change
and our ecological moment. This one-day symposium will offer a unique symbiotic
opportunity for emerging researchers and artists to gather, exchange, bond, and crossfertilize future landscapes for research materializing at disciplinary boundaries. If you are
an artist invested in science and technology, a scientist absorbed by art, or a researcher
engaged with collaborative or interdisciplinary investigation please consider submitting a
proposal for this exciting and collaborative event.

Potential topics/areas include, but are not limited to:

The planetary in and through emerging media
Digital cartographies and conceptions of climate change
Funktionskreis, umwelt and theories of the functional circle
Bio-semiotics, bio-philosophy, and bio-art
Critical thing theory and vibrant matter
21st century approaches to digital research and the environment
Human, animal, and planetary energy systems,
Global information networks and "the cloud"
Bodily cartographies
Deep data and deep earth
Cyborgs and the posthuman
Queer futurities

Presentational formats:
Posters, workshops, round tables, interventions/performances, presentations - traditional
and experimental - and other emerging forms will be considered. We encourage crossdisciplinary interpretations, variations and unforeseen mutations of our working themes.

We invite papers and presentations that critique, consider, and construct the intersection
of art, science, the planetary and iterations therein. Please send a 300 word abstract, along
with a working title, short biography, and contact information. If you would like to
submit a joint proposal with several researchers/artists please send only one application
that includes collective biographical and contact information. Specify the format of your
presentation, keeping in mind it should be no longer than 20 minutes in length (with 90
minutes for panels and/or round tables). The final date for submissions is 30 January,


About Sensorium:
Sensorium: Centre for Digital Arts and Technology is an experimental research centre
based out of York University that supports cross-disciplinary work in all areas that
intersect with digital media practices. Sensorium is a nexus for new ideas and
experimentation that incorporates work from diverse fields of study and creates spaces
for innovative dialogue. More information is available at: