Call for Papers at CAA 2012 in LA on New Media Related Panels

I want to draw your attention to the fact that there are going to be several 2.5-hour New Media related panels at next year’s CAA, which have calls-for-papers currently underway, and I’d like to take this moment to highlight several of those that you might be interested in, including the NMC Sponsored Panel: Magic & Media Chaired by Mina Cheon & Lisa Paul Streitfeld.

For the FULL Call for Papers at CAA in LA as well as the process and deadline for submitting proposals, download the PDF located online at:

New Media Caucus Sponsored Panel: Magic & Media
Chaired by Mina Cheon, Maryland Institute College of Art;
and Lisa Paul Streitfeld, Independent Curator

This panel investigates the relationship between magic and media in the age of new-media culture. From freak (reality) shows, horror flicks, and scholarship of vampiricism to new agey re-creations of religious cults, online spiritual healing, and pop-star worship, we live in an age where the often separated ideas of magic and media intersect in phantasmagoric ways, exposing fragments of our chaotic humanity, cultural diversity, and indefinable limbo existence. Caught in the cobweb of dreams, desires, and realities (and virtuality), art- ists and culturalists are asked to respond to the mass-media culture that fuels the aesthetic of the unknown, expanding vocabularies on dark magic that resides in our everyday life, and to challenge the ta- boos that limit the spirit of our time. The panel welcomes performative texts and performance-based presentations as well as academic papers and artist research work.

Design Education 2.0: Teaching in a Techno-Cultural Reality
Chaired by Ashley John Pigford, University of Delaware

The role of digital technologies in design practices continues to expand the potential for design processes to manifest in extraordinary ways. State-of-the-art technologies are increasingly off-screen, interactive, and part of our daily lives­ involving electronics, programming, hardware, and other physical computing technologies. Exhibitions like Design and the Elastic Mind (MOMA, 2008) and Decode: Digital Design Sensations (V&A, 2009), and books like Digital by Design: Crafting Technology for Products and Environments, showcase this potential through the integration of design thinking and new media and underscore an expanded definition of design practice in contemporary culture. This session is designed to attract educators across the design disciplines, (i.e. experience design, industrial design, graphic design, advertising and new media), who are questioning how to teach students to understand design as an application of creative process, in relation to off-screen technological media, from an interdisciplinary perspective. Potential topics include: Design for Multi-Sensory Experiences, Interaction Design, Aesthetics and Psychology of Interface Design, Contemporary Material Culture and Programming for Designers.

Other 2.5 panels at CAA in Los Angeles with related to New Media that you may be interested in include:

  • Mobile Spectatorship in Video/Film Installations
  • Gendering the Posthuman
  • Information Visualization as a Research Method in Art History
  • Mobile Art: The Aesthetics of Mobile Network Culture in Place Making
  • Momentum: Women/Art/Technology
  • Politics of the Panoramic: Spectacle, Surveillance, Resistance
  • Flights of Perception: Aerial Vision, Art, and Modernity

Again, please download the PDF for full details regarding the process: