Please do have a look at the new summer term programme of Curious Matters with talks on pictures in the megapixel range, neon, a visit to the Ruin Lust exhibition at Tate Britain and a workshop on wolves and werewolves.
Hope to see you there.
Dr Petra Lange-Berndt, Dept. of History of Art, UCL
A themed Special Issue of Journal of Visual Culture
Issue Guest Editors: Laine Nooney (Stony Brook University) and Laura Portwood-Stacer (New York University)
Deadline for Proposals: 15 January 2013
The Editors are currently seeking proposed contributions for a Special Issue of the *Journal of Visual Culture* on Internet Memes and Visual Culture, to be published December 2014. The term *meme*, a portmanteau of * mimesis* and *gene*, was minted in 1976 by British ethologist and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins. Dawkins proposed the meme as a “unit of cultural transmission,” a self-perpetuating cultural phenomenon analogous to the gene as a replicator of biological data. Almost 40 years later, the term “meme” has become the coin of the realm within Internet subcultures, particularly on microblogging and social network platforms. In these contexts the designation “meme” identifies digital objects that riff on a given visual, textual or auditory form. For a digital object to become a meme, it must be appropriated, re-coded, and slotted back into the Internet infrastructures it came from—memes require continued user adaptation. Thus, memes are co-constitutive with the user practices of creative (re)production that are default modes of communicative interaction on major social media platforms such as Facebook, Tumblr, Reddit, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube. Memes are frequent objects of analysis among scholars of contemporary digital culture, socio-linguistics, fan culture, and social networking, wherein they are assessed as forms of generative vernacular communication and art-making that defy traditional models of top-down capitalist consumer control of mass media forms. Yet the speed, volume and insularity of meme-making often frustrates aesthetic, formal and techno-infrastructural scholarship on memes and meme distribution.
NODEM 2012 Hong Kong
“Future Culture: [In]tangible Heritage | Design | Cross Media”
5 – 7 December 2012
A special session will be held as part of NODEM 2012, organised by DIHA (Digital Intangible Heritage in Asia).
The aim of this special session is to provide a platform for museum curators, educators, digital media specialists, linguists, designers and others in these related industries to present the challenges in their respective fields with a view to promote opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration. We believe that collaboration at this level will spark major breakthroughs in highlighting awareness of intangible heritage in Asia.
Project abstracts are invited on all aspects from the following sub-fields including, but not limited to:
- curating intangible heritage in museums
- interface and design of digital media for the exhibition of intangible heritage
- meaning-making and the interpretation of intangible heritage exhibitions
- the role of language and cultural knowledge repositories in the conservation of intangible heritage
- innovative ways of accessing intangible heritage resources
Submissions are welcome from researchers, developers, curators and exhibition designers. Please submit your abstract (300 words) to firstname.lastname@example.org by 1 August 2012. Participants will be notified about the status of their submission by 1 September 2012.
For more information, click here.