NIRVCNottingham Institute for Research in Visual Culture

Call for papers: Cultures of the copy

On the 14 May 2015 Nottingham Institute for Research in Visual Culture will host: Cultures of the copy: creative and subversive reinventions of reproductive technology. The workshop organisers are now accepting proposals for the event.

Technology often goes unseen, acting as a background mechanism which facilitates modern life, yet responsible for altering our behaviour, social condition, visual environment and ways of thinking. Technology also normally carries with it a set of presuppositions, shaped by the design, function, and purpose of its machines and processes. But, as André Breton insisted, objects can be reassembled, their function and perception diverted to alternative ends. He saw the possibility for ‘a total revolution of the object’, diverting it to new ends. This workshop will explore the appropriation of technology, its machines and devices for social, creative and subversive ends. In particular we hope to highlight subcultural resistance, and the giving voice to individuals and communities through self-produced forms not constrained by the dictates of the so-called culture industries, as well as the forms by which artists have challenged and enhanced our view of the uses of technology in artistic practice.

Proposals which address or adapt these ideas are welcome from all disciplines.

For further details please contact Richard Wrigley.

Posted on Friday 23rd January 2015

Nottingham Institute for Research in Visual Culture

University of Nottingham
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