ISSTA 2017 International Festival and Conference on Sound in the Arts, Science and Technology

Sept 7th-8th 2017

Dundalk Institute of Technology

Dundalk, Ireland

Website: http://issta.ie/call-for-submission-2017/

 

Keynotes

Peter Kirn (Editor–in–Chief, CDM: Create Digital Music) http://cdm.link/

Dr Theresa Dillon (Artist–Researcher, Professor of City Futures at Watershed and University of the West of England, Bristol) http://www.polarproduce.org

 

Deadline for submissions

Submissions are due Monday 3rd April. Notifications will be sent by Friday 9th June.

 

ISSTA 2017: Sound–Makers: technologies, practices and cultures

Creative audio and visual practices are increasingly moving from the digital sphere into the ‘real’ world––moving from bits to atoms (Ishii and Ullmer, 1997)––as physical computing technologies continue to become more widely affordable and accessible. Custom–made and repurposed controllers, gestural interfaces and intentionally hackable or reconfigurable instruments now support the creation and control of music and audio-visual media outside the mouse and keyboard paradigm and beyond normative models based on previously–established practices.

These technologies are increasingly being championed by grassroots movements which are driven by the designers, makers and creators who build and use them. Maker groups, festivals and social spaces––frequently more diverse and inclusive than established communities within academia and industrial R&D––have emerged to engage new creators and audiences through music, visual and sound art performances. Spanning disciplines such as controllerism, modular synthesis, interface design, circuit bending and live sound art, many practitioners and researchers are increasingly looking beyond code, bringing, integrating sensors and soldering within their classroom, stage and studio practices.

The Irish Sound, Science and Technology Association (ISSTA) invites makers, creators, performers, thinkers and researchers to come together to share their insights on this emerging field.

Perspectives on our call may include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • New creative approaches using self-designed or hacked controllers
  • Maker movements and the democratisation of technology
  • The gendering of maker spaces/hackspaces and/or other questions of inclusivity or exclusion
  • Communities and maker spaces/hackspaces: chronicling experiences of establishing maker spaces and scenes
  • Open culture and creative technologies: sharing code, technologies and practices
  • Making/hacking and sustainability: installations and electronic music practices using recycled equipment
  • The Global West (or North) and the rest? Differences in global experiences of maker culture and spaces
  • Maker/hacker approaches and developments in education

We welcome the submission of papers, artworks, compositions/performances and workshops on these ideas and related topics for presentation at the 7th ISSTA International Festival and Conference on Sound, 7th-8th September 2017, at Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT).

Full call and submission details here: http://issta.ie/call-for-submission-2017/

 

Location

Equidistant between Belfast and Dublin, with excellent flight, public transport and motorway connections with both cities, DkIT is an education hub for creative technologies in Ireland’s Eastern Corridor region.

 

Call conditions

Submissions are due Monday 3rd April. Notifications will be sent by Friday 9th June.

The call is open to all practitioners regardless of nationality.

Participants are responsible for their own travel and accommodation and, where relevant, transport of materials; as a small, subscriber–funded organization, we are unable to provide artists’ fees but we do aim to keep registration fees as low as possible. Registration for ISSTA 2017 is required for participation.

 

Registration Costs

Registration fees are as follows:
• Professional: €70 (€40 registration + €30 ISSTA membership)
• Postgraduate student: €50 (€30 registration + €20 ISSTA membership)
• Undergraduate student or unwaged: €25 (€15 registration + €10 ISSTA membership)
• Non-members €80

 

Chairs

Chair of ISSTA 2017: Dr Niall Coghlan

Chair of Papers/Posters: Dr Caroline O’Sullivan

Chair of Workshops: Rory Walsh, Kelly McErleane

Chair of Sound Art/Installations: David Stalling, Kieran Nolan

Chair of Music: Dr Neil O’Connor, Claire Fitch

 

ISSTA board

President: Dr Linda O Keeffe (Lancaster University)

Vice–President: Dr Brian Bridges (Ulster University)

Treasurer: Dr Jacqueline Walker (University of Limerick)

Secretary: Dr Alan Dormer (University of Limerick)

Web/PR Editor: Dr Stephen Roddy (Trinity College Dublin)

ISSTA International Festival and Conference on Sound in the Arts, Science and Technology

ISSTA International Festival and Conference on Sound in the Arts, Science and Technology: Temporary Autonomous Zones

Sept 7th–9th 2016 (Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland)

Ulster University and partner venues

Call for Papers, Compositions, Artworks and Workshops: Deadline: April 4th

Website: http://issta.ie/call-for-submission-2016/

Keynotes:
Professor Leigh Landy (De Montfort University, Editor of Organised Sound)
Dr Liz Dobson (Yorkshire Womens’ Sound Network, University of Huddersfield)

Headline Workshop:
Gregory Taylor (Education R&D, Cycling 74 software: makers of Max)

Installations, Artworks, Concerts, Papers, Panels, Workshops

FESTIVAL/CONFERENCE THEME: TEMPORARY AUTONOMOUS ZONES

One of the reasons we value sound as a perceptual and phenomenological event is that it allows for the creation of new types of sensory engagement with space. Creative processes of sounding allow us to design different types of sound worlds; places which can become autonomous zones. Lefebvre, in his seminal text The Production of Space, alludes to the concept of autonomous zones or imagined spaces; places which are imagined and created by community.

The idea of how we create and respond to autonomous zones is the subject of this year’s ISSTA festival as it comes to Northern Ireland for the first time, fostering a range of artistic, technological and academic interventions in Derry/Londonderry entitled Temporary Autonomous Zones 2016. A Temporary Autonomous Zone (TAZ), as defined by the poet and anarchist cultural theorist Hakim Bey, is more than just a distinct space; it is a space in control of itself in that it does not recognise outside authority.

We look forward to inviting artists, scholars, technologists and other practitioners to Derry/Londonderry to investigate and play with some of these questions. From the historic autonomous zones of the 17th–century walled city of Londonderry to the autonomous commune of Free Derry (1969–72) to the highs, lows and contradictions of becoming the first UK City of Culture and even to its contested name and identity, we hope that Derry/Londonderry will offer a stimulating context for sharing participants’ work and ideas.

We are seeking works of art, research papers, performances, compositions and workshops that engage with the concept of autonomous zones and the social spaces of sound and technology.

Categories:

PAPERS (and POSTERS)
Acoustic Ecology
Acoustics
Circuit Bending
Computational Musicology
Computer Music
Digital Audio and Digital Signal Processing
DJ Practice
Electroacoustic Music
History of Sound, Science and Technology
Interfaces for Music or Sound
Laptop Music
Live Electronics
Live Sound Reinforcement
Music Perception
Music Recording and Production
Music/Audio software
Noise Music
Psychoacoustics
Recording Engineering
Sound Art and Media Art with a Sonic Focus
Soundscape Art/Studies
Sound Diffusion and Spatialization
Sound Engineering
Sound Synthesis and Design
Sound, Science and Technology Education/Pedagogy

To submit:  1-page abstract (approx.. 500 words) including whether paper or poster submission.

INSTALLATIONS/ARTWORKS
Interactive Sound Art
Site-specific Sound Art
Sound Art Installation

MUSIC
Circuit Bending
Computer Music
DJ/Scratch Music
Electroacoustic Composition – fixed-medium or real-time
Laptop Performance
Mixed Composition for electronics and performers
Noise Music
The call is open to all practitioners regardless of nationality. Participants are responsible for their own travel and accommodation. Registration for ISSTC 2016 is required for participation.

Registration fees are as follows (current ISSTA members pay only the registration fee):
Professional: €70 (€40 registration + €30 ISSTA membership)
Postgraduate student: €50 (€30 registration + €20 ISSTA membership)
Undergraduate student or unwaged: €25 (€15 registration + €10 ISSTA membership)

Submissions are due April 4th, 2016. Notifications will be sent by June 4th, 2016.

Full call details here: http://issta.ie/call-for-submission-2016/

Partners:
Irish Sound, Science and Technology Association
Ulster University: School of Creative Arts, Research Graduate School (Arts) and the Arts and Humanities Research Institute
FabLab NI and the Nerve Centre (Derry/Londonderry)
Outreach workshops supported by the Garfield Weston Foundation
The Spatial Music Collective