CALL FOR PAPERS CAA Conference 2018

Data Publics seeks paper proposals for a session at the
 CAA 106th Annual Conference

Data Publics: Art in the Age of Platforms

The acceleration of data constitutes one of the most powerful transformative forces in the world today. Platform companies, e-government programs, and social media sites are offering almost unfiltered access to millions of lives as well as to all the creative ideas and activities that form the basis of today’s publics. A kind of “dataism” seems to be emerging as the new religion that one needs to embrace in order to be part of the production and accumulation of value, whether driven by new modes of environmental data gathering or mining and quantifying previously unquantifiable categories such as trust, appreciation, and attitude. This panel explores the relationship between these developments and contemporary art practices. How is contemporary art enlisted in shaping new public experiences, attitudes, and expectations around a data-driven world? How does artistic experimentation interfere in the political, economic, and cultural conditions of data generation, data analytics, and dataveillance? Can art facilitate new forms of publics to emerge beyond the techno-capitalist vision of an information society? We invite scholars, artists, and curators to submit papers that engage with such questions through specific case studies and/or broader theoretical perspectives.

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Please send your paper proposal (abstract: max. 250 words) directly to:

The deadline for submissions is 14 August 2017.


    Hosted by:
    College Art Association (CAA)

    21st – 24th February 2018


    Los Angeles Convention Center