Verging: Technologies/Practices/Aesthetics in Contemporary Documentary
Two-day Symposium (March 18th – 19th), Downtown Toronto

Keynote Speaker: Jonathan Harris (Network Effect & number27) 

The PhD program in Cinema and Media Studies at York University, Toronto, in conjunction with the Department of Cinema and Media Arts’ Future Documentary Lab, welcomes papers and panels discussing the current landscape and changing language of documentary practices across technologies, aesthetics, and audiences. We invite scholars, practitioners, curators and media workers to present. The Symposium intends to interrogate the evolution of documentary in our wired and digital world. We will gather work from traditional documentary, across interactive storytelling, and through augmented and virtual realities. We will ask how and if commercial, artistic, activist, and educational practitioners can and are working together. 

Jonathan Harris is an award winning interactive artist and computer scientist, known for his work with data poetics and storytelling. The co-creator of We Feel Fine, the director of The Whale HuntI Love Your Work, among many others, Harris’s works have redefined documentary storytelling in the digital age. The winner of three Webby awards, his work has also been recognized by AIGA and Ars Electronica. 

The conference organizers welcome, and highly encourage, individual papers, panel suggestions, and alternative presentation formats (workshops and demonstrations) across all disciplines related to the conference theme and to the keynote speakers’ research. Presentations will be 20 minutes in length. 

POSSIBLE THEMES INCLUDE [not limited to]:

  • Projection spaces and/or spaces onscreen; questions of installation
  • Cross-disciplinary use of virtual reality (i.e., sciences, medicine, artillery technologies) in artistic and cross-artistic practice (i.e., fine arts, dance, theatre)
  • Classical narrative storytelling vs. non-representational forms
  • Temporality and spatiality
  • Questions of distribution: How do you exhibit for a collective audience? Influence/responsibility of private and/or public funding
  • Historical events’ effects on the cultural & aesthetic standards of documentary practice
  • The praxis and ethics of documenting refugees across borders
  • Addressing the demarcation between documentary filmmaking practices and pedagogy
  • Pedagogical uses, potentials, complexities of VR and/or interactive  

Submissions must be sent by Friday, February 19th by 5PM to verging2016@gmail.com, with the required subject line “Proposal [last name] [first name]”. 

Please send the following:

  • An abstract (.pdf format) of no more than 300 words (introducing your research objectives, theoretical framework, and methodology)
  • A brief bio of 100 words. Be sure to state your name and affiliation
  • Please include a working title and partial bibliography of 2-3 sources
  • List equipment needed, if necessary 

Notification of accepted abstracts/panels will be sent by Friday, February 26th. For further inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact: verging2016@gmail.com.

See PDF for more information.

French papers welcomed.

 

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