The Transdisciplinary Imaging Conference at the Intersection between Art, Science and Culture

Abstract Deadline: 29/01/2016


Our contemporary quotidian lives are becoming increasingly indebted to virtual platforms for social exchange and cultural mediation. The ubiquity of social media has necessitated the birth of virtual graveyards; frozen digital reliquaries marking the cessation of our online busywork. Museums and culture conservationists are hurriedly digitising material fragments of the Anthropocene in an anxious contest against time and entropy. In this world the family photo-album is no longer an object but a well pool of dematerialised data.

  • To what extent has time’s unrelenting persecution of matter and, by historical virtue of necessity, culture, been circumvented in the digital age?
  • What is time to the dematerialised image?
  • Does the cloud and distributed data networks shift the agency of time as it shifts the image?
  • Has the duration of the gaze been supplanted by a sequence of fleeting glances as the mechanics of our biological bodies struggle clumsily to fix upon a new frenetic landscape of hypermediated imagery?

The figurative freezing of digital data is a far cry from the corporeal terminus we have historically conceived of as death. In its epitaphic state even the digital graveyard is full of life; of reading, relaying and revival. Even these (a)temporarily static fields of data serve to nourish a complex bio-digital ecology that decomposes, blooms and flourishes in a new non-terrestrial time, unbound by the phenomenal cycles of the stars. The age of information has given rise to a new breed of temporality whereby nothing ever dies but is only defrag’d, retrieved, restored and remixed. The Transdisciplinary Imaging Conference is calling for papers that explore how this new temporality informs and plays out across contemporary visual culture.

Participants are asked to address aspects of the atemporal at least one of the following areas:

  • the still image
  • the immersive image
  • the sound as image
  • hypermediacy and the iconic character of the image
  • politics of the image and/or image making in a transdisciplinary context
  • life sciences and bioart in relation to the living image
  • distributed and networked image
  • The trans-scalar image(inary), from the nano to the astronomical image
  • Artificial and computer vision
  • moving still
  • image as time, real-time and glitch-time
  • archival, permanency and immediacy
  • aesthetics and proliferation of the image

The conference invites papers that respond to the above provocation in areas related to: Media Arts, Painting, Drawing, Curating, Installation, Film, Video, Photography, Computer/data Visualization/sonification, Real-time Imaging, Intelligent Systems and Image Science.