CFP: “No Template: Art and the Technicity of Race” [MEDIA-N, Journal of the New Media Caucus] (updated deadline for submissions Jul. 31, 2020)

Media-N CFP – No Template: Art and the Technicity of Race

UPDATED Deadline for submission of abstracts: July 31, 2020

A decade ago, Beth Coleman and Wendy Hui Kyong Chun introduced the concept of race and/as technology.* Turning to Heidegger’s notion of techne as prosthesis or skill, Coleman and Chun imagine race itself as a technology that can be leveraged, a tool for navigating systems of power. This distances race from its mythological status as biological fact, creating a critical framework that returns historical agency to the individual and helps us understand how race and ethnicity function in the visual–and technological–world.

Recently, the concept has received renewed attention as the intersections between race and ethnicity and the technological have come to the fore in popular discourse, raised by issues ranging from representation in film to bias in facial recognition. Critical work by scholars such as Simone Browne and Lisa Nakamura and the Precarity Lab has also continued to interrogate the technicity of race and its relationship to other technologies, both historical and contemporary. Artistic research and practice on the subject, however, has often been either neglected or instrumentalized as illustrative of a larger debate.

This special issue of Media-N responds to the urgent need to examine the state of dialogue on race and/as technology in art practice, history, and criticism. It will feature a ten years on reflection on the concept by Beth Coleman, opening discussion onto the way this framework has shaped, and has been shaped by, art of the past and present.

We seek contributions that explore how art sheds light not only on the relationship between race, ethnicity, and the technological, but on race itself as, in the words of Coleman, “a disruptive technology that changes the terms of engagement with an all-too-familiar system of representation and power” (178). Issues to consider include, but are certainly not limited to:

The impact of the race and/as technology hermeneutic on artistic research and practice of the past decade.

The influence of visual technologies and aesthetic practice on discourses surrounding sociohistorical concepts like blackness and brownness.

The imaging of historical and/or contemporary flows of migration and diaspora.

International communication media and tensions between the global/local.

The use of visual technologies to negotiate power between citizens and the state.

Light and color bias in the material/processes/procedures of photography, film, and digital media.

Bias and violence in both the inputs and outputs of artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Anxieties about race and visual truth sparked by technologies ranging from DNA testing to deepfakes.

Ethnicity and surveillance capitalism after 9/11–and/or the long tail of surveillance capitalism inaugurated under trans-Atlantic slavery and European colonialism.

Submissions addressing artistic practices from any time period or region are welcomed from scholars, critics, artists, designers, scientists, media-makers, and interdisciplinary researchers from across the humanities and sciences.

*See Beth Coleman, “Race as Technology,” Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies 24, no. 1 (70) (May 1, 2009): 176-207; and Wendy Hui Kyong Chun, “Race and/as Technology, or How to Do Things to Race,” in Race After the Internet, eds. Lisa Nakamura, Peter Chow-White, and Alondra Nelson (New York: Routledge, 2012), 38-60.

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Media-N, Journal of the New Media Caucus (ISSN: 1942-017X) is a scholarly, invitational, and double blind peer-reviewed journal. The journal provides a forum for scholarly research, artworks and projects, and is open to submissions in the form of papers, reports, and reviews of exhibitions and books on new media art. Media-N is an English language journal, and all submissions must be received in English adhering to the standards set by the 17th edition of the Chicago Manual of Style.

TIMELINE:
July 31, 2020: UPDATED Deadline for submission of abstracts.
August 1, 2020: Notification of accepted proposals and invitation to submit paper.
December 15, 2020: Projected deadline for submission of final papers.

ABSTRACT GUIDELINES:
Please send your proposal by email with the following information combined into a single document:
-Proposal title, and a 300-500 word abstract, plus 1-2 images if desired.
-Please include your name, email, and title/affiliation on abstract.
-A condensed CV (no longer than 3 pages).
NOTE: Materials should be submitted in English, as a Word document or PDF.
File should not exceed 5MB.

SEND INQUIRIES & SUBMISSIONS TO:
Megan Driscoll, Special Issue Guest Editor: md@megandriscoll.net 
Johanna Gosse, Executive Editor: johannagosse@gmail.com

JOB: Program of Art and Technology @ CalArts

Full Time Faculty Position MFA Art and Technology

The School of Art at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) invites applications for a full time faculty position in the Program of Art and Technology. The MFA in Art and Technology is a unique studio based program within an Institute that offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the performing, visual and musical arts.

The Art and Technology curriculum is centered on the student’s studio practice, creative research and an exchange of dialogue between peers, visiting artists and faculty. Technical instruction is offered in the creative use of computer programming, digital media and sound, immersive installation, interactive media and hybrid performance. This wide range of instruction is augmented with critiques, lectures and seminars that set out to challenge conventional ideas about what constitutes an art practice in the 21st century.

Requirements and Duties:

A cross-disciplinary studio practice is required, along with a significant record of exhibitions, the ability to engage in creative research and critical theory, art history and five years of professional experience using digital technology and software. At least three years teaching experience at the graduate level within the field of art and technology is expected.

Responsibilities include:
-The successful candidate will be expected to teach a full-time workload that is the equivalent of four (4) courses per semester in the Program in Art and Technology.
– Mentoring graduate students
-Conducting mid-residency and graduation reviews
-Participating in curricular planning, admissions review and assessment for the Art and Technology program
-Attendance at program, school and Institute events
-Sustaining a vibrant exhibition record and achievement in the field of art and technology
Qualifications

-Three (3) or more years teaching at the graduate level.

-An MFA or terminal degree in a field relevant to the position
How to Apply

To apply please submit the following:

-CV
– Letter of application (include teaching philosophy)
– Names and addresses of three references
– Work samples that exhibit a technical and creative use of technology within a contemporary art practice. These work samples should include a relevant combination of the following: published writing samples, relevant websites, up to ten digital images and/or five video excerpts no longer than three minutes each.
-Brief course proposals are also encouraged.

Please submit all media and forms to SlideRoom –

https://calartsfaculty.slideroom.com/#/permalink/program/41975

Review of applications will begin immediately, and will be considered until April 6, 2018

Equity & Diversity

CalArts is proud of its diverse student body and deeply committed to supporting the cultural and artistic aspirations of all its students. A commitment to increasing opportunities for low-income students and currently disenfranchised groups is necessary, as is the desire to work to support institutional goals of equity and diversity in an ongoing way. CalArts is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

Further Information

CalArts has a multidisciplinary approach to its studies of the arts through six schools: Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music and Theater. CalArts encourages students to explore and recognize the complexity of the many aspects of the arts. It is supported by a distinguished faculty of practicing artists and provides its Bachelor and Master of Fine Arts students with the hands-on training and exposure necessary for an artist’s growth. CalArts was founded in 1961 and opened in 1969 as the first institution of higher learning in the United States specifically for students interested in the pursuit of degrees in all areas of visual and performing arts.

 

JOB: Associate Professor, American Art @ Spelman College

The Department of Art & Visual Culture at Spelman College invites applications for a full-time associate professor position in American art history/curatorial studies with specialization in African American art. We especially welcome applicants whose research addresses contemporary practice, race, gender and technology.

We seek scholars who are able to teach survey and advanced level courses while pursuing an active research/curatorial projects agenda. An ideal candidate will demonstrate a strong commitment to teaching and student advising, as well as scholarship and service on committees within and beyond the department.

 

The successful candidate will join the College’s efforts in fashioning a curatorial studies concentration and positioning curatorial studies as a specialized focus of art history. The Department of Art & Visual Culture in collaboration with the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art currently prepares the next generation of African American art historians with a specialized knowledge of curatorial studies.

The application deadline is midnight (EST) on February 28, 2018. Applicant must hold a PhD and have a strong publication profile. The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate interdisciplinary and creative approaches to teaching.

To apply, candidates must submit a cover letter of interest, curriculum vitae, two writing
samples, a sample syllabus, and contact information for three references to: Recruiter, Office of Human Resources, Spelman College.

Link: https://spelman.peopleadmin.com/postings/1418

ARTS@Spelman, which includes the departments of Art & Visual Culture, Theater and Performance, Dance Performance & Choreography, Music, the Digital Moving Image Salon, the Museum of Fine Art and the Innovation Lab, are currently in the process of re-conceptualizing the academic curriculum to best meet the needs of a 21st century liberal arts institution. Likewise, the College is planning a new arts and innovation center, which will be an interdisciplinary environment that supports and advances experimentation, collaboration, active play, research, and the imaginative use of digital technologies.

Founded in 1881, Spelman College is a private four-year liberal arts college located in Atlanta, GA. Spelman College is a global leader in the education of women of African descent.

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Spelman College is a member of the Atlanta University Center Consortium and the Atlanta