posted : Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

posted : Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Call for Participation: Audio Portraits of Place

To make a map is to create a visual register of place. A scale image. A pocket sized mirror of reality.

To actively use a map is to make connections, create possibility, to travel in the mind and perceptually join people, places and ideas together.

‘Mapping’ is an attempt to represent multiplicity. To give form to concepts, ideas, journey’s, even time.

An audio map is the playing out of sounds, ideas, field recordings, footage and imaginings from a geography this creates a new topography- a new map. A map that connects sounds to place and then forges connections between places. This process is enabeling. It connects people and ideas; situations that seemed singular become multiple.

In 1961 Gordon Cullen published a book called ‘Townscape’ which explores the visual effects in the grouping of buildings, the juxtapositions of which have often emerged spontaneously and over time. What is the audio equivalent of a townscape? Can we collectively map an aural ‘townscape’ for the 21st century? Since Cullen’s book was published there has been significant shifts in attitudes to town planning and architecture with the introduction of large shopping malls and ideas like zoning, the pervasive use of materials- slate paving, concrete, sheet glass, stainless steel. What would our collective recordings tell us about the kind of architectures, towns and villages we inhabit today? The economics of locality, the march of global capitalism, the sonic environments produced by these situations?

Help to build an audio map by sending a recording for live broadcast during the Architecture Triennale Lisbon.

Please record a 20 minute journey that helps us to imagine your place or maps a locality. For example: Walking past a street market, up an escalator to the mall, jump on a bus, get off at the park. Or walk down the road turn left onto the beach, walk along the beach, turn right into forest….
Your recording might capture local languages, music, cultures sounds and spaces.

Submissions could include: A 20 minute field recording, field recording with commentary, Interviews or conversations recored in situe or whilst walking, street names and directions, broader interpretations welcome…

Selected works will be broadcast and streamed by between 20 and 22 of September.

All participants will be credited with weblinks.

Deadline for submissions : 9th September

Please fill out the form

Please send your audio file through to
File format: MP3 > 320 kbps
File name: give the same name as the title of your piece.

ECOS/ECHOES is a non commercial art and culture project. The copyright for submitted files remains with the artists. A selected number of submissions may be presented on the website as a public archive. The legal model we work is the Creative Commons License.

Jennie Savage //

Nuno Torres //

radio //

posted : Monday, August 12th, 2013

Call for Papers: Thinking with a Camera During Revolutionary Times

CFP: Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) conference 
March 19 - 23, 2014 
Seattle, USA
Paper proposals are sought for the following panel to be submitted for consideration to the SCMS 2013-14 Program Committee:

WORKING TITLE: Thinking with a Camera during Revolutionary Times: Generative Visualities in the Middle East

DESCRIPTION: As recent images from across the Arab world have revealed a renewed investment in political visibility, we ask what does this interface between street politics and online activism mean for the way we make sense of images of resistance? In an effort to refine our assumptions about the political significance and efficacy of the documentary image, we compare and contrast recent innovations with historical modalities in ways that highlight the generative possibilities of “thinking with a camera,” aesthetic differences notwithstanding. While the region is undeniably beleaguered by simplistic representations, these practices illuminate possibilities for different ways of knowing the region as well as rethinking what constitutes the political.

Please e-mail a 250-300-word abstract, along with a brief biographical statement and a 5-entry bibliography, by August 18 to:

Mark Westmoreland -  
Terri Ginsberg -

posted : Monday, August 12th, 2013

Call for applications: Director and Chief Curator, Visual and Digital Arts

The opportunity
The Banff Centre is looking for a Director/Chief Curator, Visual and Digital Arts to envision, lead and manage the implementation of all Visual and Digital Arts programming at The Banff Centre, including the studio residency and work study programs, the Walter Phillips Gallery and the Banff International Curatorial Institute. The department is currently assessing its facilities and staffing to better support artists working in digital and experimental technologies such as video, sound art, interactive storytelling and mobile apps among others. This review is in its early stages and the direction of this facility enhancement will be determined in part by the successful candidate in response to the demands required, today and tomorrow, by contemporary arts practice. The successful candidate will be highly collaborative in style and have an expressed interest in developing innovative and cross-disciplinary programming and research.

Position objectives
– Leads the Visual and Digital Arts department, envisioning a compelling future for programs that meet the ambitions laid out in the overall strategic plan of the Centre
– Develops new programming of a high artistic calibre that meets the needs of Canadian and international artists and curators in the 21st century and increases the reach of our nationally and internationally renowned programs
– Leads the curatorial direction of the Walter Phillips Gallery and manages The Banff Centre’s collection of approximately 2,000 works
– Creates an environment where visual and digital artists can experiment and push creative boundaries to build on existing artistic knowledge and facilitate personal growth and development

– Oversees a group of onsite staff with expertise in studio facilitation across artistic disciplines, curatorial research, exhibit preparation and production, publications, and collections management
– Creates the annual program plan and puts required funding and resources in place to bring the Visual and Digital Arts vision to life
– Draws on his/her own network of contacts within the visual arts community to form a roster of exceptional sessional creative faculty
– Ensures the Walter Phillips Gallery’s reputation is enhanced as an institution of artistic excellence so that it is positioned at the forefront of contemporary art
– Responsible for the Banff International Curatorial Institute, which supports research and professional development opportunities in the curatorial field
– Develops an active program of dissemination of the results of studio activities and exhibitions through print and electronic channels
– Works with the VP Arts and Directors of Film & Media, Theatre & Dance, Literary Arts, Music and Indigenous Arts to develop inter-disciplinary projects

– Has excellent knowledge of current art practice and a comprehensive understanding of art education and professional development at the post-secondary level
– Displays familiarity with funding sources to identify and support the application for grant opportunities
– Possesses at minimum a master’s degree in Art History, Curatorial Studies, Fine Arts or a related field
– Has worked at least five years in a leadership role in a visual arts context
– Experience with major capital projects is considered an asset

Special requirements
– Candidates offered a position with the Centre, in this capacity, will be required to obtain a criminal record check through the local R.C.M.P. detachment, verifying a clear record before a final job offer can be made
– This position requires flexibility in schedule, working occasional weekends and evenings
– Travel is required

Employment terms & benefits
– This is a permanent salaried Management/PSP position, subject to a 12-month probationary period, based on 37.5 hours per week
– Salary commensurate with level of education and experience
– The Banff Centre offers a competitive and comprehensive benefits package to all of its full-time salaried employees. For more information, please visit our benefits page.

Application process:
We are accepting applications for this position until a suitable candidate is found.

If this opportunity matches your interest and experience, please submit your application online via The Banff Centre careers website:

posted : Monday, August 12th, 2013

Assistant Professor in Animation job opening at University of California Santa Cruz

Department of Film and Digital Media

Assistant Professor in Animation

The Film and Digital Media Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites Filmmakers and Media Artists to apply for a tenure track position in the field of animation, to be appointed at the rank of assistant professor. We seek to hire an individual who is making an ongoing contribution to the advancement of experimental forms of documentary, narrative, and/or media arts and design practices and who will add to the department’s strengths in the criticism and the creation of socially engaged fiction and nonfiction work. The ideal candidate will demonstrate a broad understanding of the scholarly fields of animation studies, critical histories of animation (including documentary animation), film and media theory, and visual art practices. We have a strong interest in candidates with expertise in bridging areas of animation, visual art, interactive media, and gaming technologies. Areas of research and teaching might include 2D, 3D CGI, Stop-Motion and/or digital animation, character animation, immersive interactive installations, virtual environments, mobile platforms, and convergences of design, media arts, science, and technology. 

The Film & Digital Media Department offers a Ph.D. designed to challenge traditional borders between creative and critical practice; an M.A. in Social Documentation aimed at training documentarians in creative and scholarly approaches to social change, media representation, and marginalized cultures; and a B.A. which emphasizes both critical studies and production. Our curriculum addresses the history, theory and production of film, television, video and digital media across a range of global and historical contexts. The program currently serves approximately five hundred undergraduate majors, eighteen doctoral students, and fifteen master’s students. The Film & Digital Media Department is in the Division of the Arts, which also includes Departments of Art, History of Art and Visual Culture, Music, Theater Arts, the M.F.A. Program in Digital Arts and New Media, and Ph.D. programs in Music and Visual Studies. There are opportunities for scholarly, creative and teaching connections in these areas, as well as with colleagues and programs in the Humanities and Social Sciences divisions and the School of Engineering where we have strong connections with the department of Computer Science and its faculty members specializing in computational narrative, cinematography and gaming. We also jointly host a markerless motion capture studio and several Kinect sensors for teaching and research related to animation and gaming. The Arts Division supports faculty research through the Arts Research Institute; the campus supports research and teaching with grants awarded by the Committee on Research, the Committee on Teaching, and other groups.

UCSC operates on a schedule of three 11-week quarters per academic year and the successful candidate will be expected to teach five 5-unit courses per year, or their equivalent, in accordance with the department’s workload policy. These courses will mutually benefit students in Film and Digital Media, Art, Digital Art and New Media and the Computer Science departments. All members of the department are expected to advise and mentor students; maintain a program of creative and/or research activity; participate fully in administrative responsibilities for the department, affiliated college and the campus, including but not limited to committee work, outreach, development, and program building. The ability to contribute significantly to graduate education and the mentoring of graduate students is highly desirable. The successful candidate must be able to work with students, faculty and staff from a wide range of social and cultural backgrounds. We are especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. 

RANK: Assistant Professor Step I through III

SALARY: Commensurate with qualifications and experience 

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS: M.F.A. in relevant field of study or a demonstrated record of exhibition in museums, galleries, film and new media festivals, public television and/or publications.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: University teaching experience.

POSITION AVAILABLE: July 1, 2014. Position contingent upon final budgetary approval.

TO APPLY: Applications are accepted via the UCSC Academic Recruit online system, and must include 1) a letter of application outlining scholarly and creative background as well as current and future research plans; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) three samples of creative work. (Please upload PDFs with links to specific samples of moving image or other creative work.); 4) Sample of research paper, article or other publication (optional); 5) teaching statement (optional); 5) three confidential letters of recommendation*. Applicants are invited to submit a statement addressing their contributions to diversity through research, teaching and/or service. All documents uploaded to the UC Recruit online system must be in PDF format.

Apply at

Refer to Position #JPF00039-14 in all correspondence. 

*All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. For any reference letter provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service, career center), direct the author to UCSC’s confidentiality statement at

 Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2013

To ensure full consideration, applications should be complete, and letters of recommendation received, by this date. The position will remain open until filled, but not later than 6/30/2015
UC Santa Cruz faculty make significant contributions to the body of research that has earned the University of California the ranking as the foremost public higher education institution in the world. In the process, our faculty demonstrate that cutting-edge research, excellent teaching and outstanding service are mutually supportive. 
The University of California, Santa Cruz is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Employer, committed to excellence through diversity. We strive to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees.

Inquiries regarding the University’s equal employment opportunity policies may be directed to: Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064; (831) 459-2686. Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UCSC positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check. More information is available here or from the Academic Personnel Office (APO) at (831) 459-4300

As of January, 1, 2014, UCSC will be a smoke & tobacco-free campus.

If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact the Academic Personnel Office at (831) 459-4300


posted : Monday, August 12th, 2013

Sensate Reviewed in Anthrovision


Review by Steffen Köhn // Link

Anthropology concerns itself with experimental modes of knowledge transmission at least since the ´crisis of representation` in the 1980s. Since then, much as been written and thought about the potentials of audio-visual media and (with the advance of digital technologies)hypermedia representation. Most often, however, these discussions remained on the theoretical level and were published in the traditional formats of papers and journal contributions. Sensate (, a new peer-reviewed journal that dedicates itself to “pioneering activities in the digital humanities, scholarly publishing, and innovative media practice thus consequently tries new ways of circulation. It is a web-based, issueless journal that explicitly aims at audiences beyond the narrow confines of academia. Its content consists not of conventional articles but of multimedia documents: audiovisual ethnographies or media projects that are designed in a nonlinear way to allow varying degrees of user-participation. Much of this material originates from the Harvard sensory ethnography lab, which forms the journal`s institutional background. All pieces are provided through a new HTML 5 based publishing platform for interactive storytelling called Zeega. A zeega publication looks a bit like a PowerPoint presentation, only that the slides are not necessarily arranged in a sequential order, thus allowing the user more freedom to navigate through the document. Each slide may contain multimedia-content: text, photos, videos, or sound-files. Aside from the sometimes pretty long loading times (depending on your browser and, of course, internet connection) the navigation is fairly simple. A small map provides an overview of the document`s structure and thus serves as a kind of directory. However, I was a bit surprised about some “missing links”: the overview map does not allow you to jump directly to particular slides, and it is also not possible to return to the Sensate main page from a zeega document.

2Five pieces are online so far: Steven Feld offers three of his soundscape compositions: sonic explorations of places in Hiroshima, Copenhagen, and Accra. While these have been published before on Feld`s record label, the zeega document adds accompanying photographs and an audio-commentary spoken by Feld himself. Jeffrey Schapp and Klara Oehler provide a “multi-media mashup” of Marshall MacLuhan`s classic collaboration with graphic artist Quentin Fiore: The medium is the massage.By juxtaposing quotes, film clips and sound extracts from Jerome Agel`s acoustic version of the book, Oehler and Schapp convincingly translate the anarchic character of the work into a new media environment. The remaining works to be found on Sensate so far are all ethnographies of sorts: Ximena Alarcon`s Sounding underground is an acoustic exploration of the metro systems of Mexico City, Paris and London, in which commuters were invited to participate by recording (and reflecting upon) their own sound snippets. This presentation gives only a (less interactive) summary of the original web-project. Revere double exposure by Joana Pimenta is a collage of archive materials and contemporary visual research on the 100 year history of America´s first public beach. The most substantial piece, Jen Heuson`s Hearing the Hills, explores South Dakota`s Black Hills (home to Mount Rushmore, Wounded Knee and the Badlands national park) as a mythical landscape of American history. Heuston mixes a wide range of materials: touristic representations, snippets from popular culture and historical accounts and even personal memoirs in form of her private photo collection of family trips to the hills. While all the ethnographic pieces succeed in the audiovisual evocation of their subjects, they do not yet offer much in terms of anthropological theory or analysis. Yet one can vividly imagine what zeega can make possible in the future, since the platform is flexible, open-source and easy to use. Sensate thus gives us a highly interesting first impression of the possible future of web-based ethnographic representation.

Anthrovision is an electronic online journal dealing with visual anthropology and the anthropology of the visual in an emerging post-digital world characterised a diverse and constant influence of audio-visual forms of representation embedded in an increasingly complex network of media and visual communication practices. A group of interested scholars linked through the Visual Anthropology Network of the European Association of Social Anthropologists (VANEASA) decided to create this platformto give an opportunity to colleagues from interdisciplinary background to publish articles including audiovisual material and to promote innovative ways of writing within an academic framework.

posted : Monday, August 12th, 2013

Call for Papers: American History and Digital Scholarship


The Archives of American Art announces an upcoming symposium, American Art History and Digital Scholarship: New Avenues of Exploration, to be held at the Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture, in Washington, D.C., on Friday, November 15, followed by a one-day workshop at the Archives of American Art on Saturday, November 16. We seek proposals for Friday’s presentations and applications for participation in Saturday’s moderated workshop.

The purpose of the symposium is to convene scholars, archivists, librarians, graduate students, technical experts, and the public to consider American art history in a digital world. The symposium will examine ways to integrate digital tools and/or resources into the study of American art and to encourage collaboration.

Conference organizers seek original, innovative scholarship from a variety of disciplines, institutions, and research centers. The symposium will assess the potential values and limitations of technical tools in digital humanities including crowdsourcing, high-resolution imaging and dynamic image presentation, mapping, visual recognition software, network analysis, topic modeling, and data mining. Are there particular digital tools and methods that will transform research? What new knowledge can be gained? The symposium will also consider future directions in the fields of art history and digital humanities so that research centers and archives can prepare for emerging research trends and questions. Additionally, the symposium may consider the creative potential of online publishing for presenting peer-reviewed scholarship in American art.

More information at the Archives of American Art.

posted : Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Wellesley College seeks New Media Curator-Lecturer

As an integral part of an exciting new initiative funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Davis Museum at Wellesley College seeks an innovative, energetic, and ambitious New Media Curator-Lecturer at the Associate level. Located at the Davis, this position is charged primarily with curatorial duties (75%); and also has lecturing responsibilities in the Art Department at Wellesley College (25%). A three-year appointment, the New Media Curator-Lecturer is an integrated part of the Davis staff, as well as an active participant in the Art Department; s/he reports to the Assistant Director for Curatorial Affairs / Senior Curator of Collections at the Davis. 

Over three years, the New Media Art curator-lecturer’s duties will include: research and development, the staging of interventions and exhibitions, strategic collections assessment and acquisition planning, and programming at the Davis. S/he will undertake a series of interventions to situate New Media Art within the Davis and beyond the Museum walls, including unexpected sites around campus; will produce a collections assessment and new media acquisitions plan for the Davis; and will propose, undertake, and culminate the Initiative with a major exhibition and web publication. As lecturer in the Art Department, s/he will in the first year of the appointment manage and populate a year-long New Media Art seminar of readings and guest talks designed for faculty with additional sessions for students; and in subsequent years will teach two upper level student courses on New Media Art. 

Apply here

posted : Monday, May 27th, 2013