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10-13 September 2017
The 21st annual Digital Research in the Humanities & Arts (DRHA) conference
hosted by The Arts Institute at the University of Plymouth
“We’re drowning (not waving) in a sea of data – with data, data everywhere, but
not a drop of information.” (US National Security Agency Website)
This major international transdisciplinary conference explores the use and
misuse of data in the digital arts and humanities: in particular, the material,
practical and theoretical challenges imposed by data and the digital turn; and
the tensions, difficulties and creative potentials that data provokes.
The conference will explore the bittersweet pain of the scholar in search of
absent data, groaning under the weight of vast data-sets or grappling with and
cleansing dirty data; the possibilities of networked communities, relationships
and identities, mediated through data storage and transmission technologies;
the manipulative power to process text and image; the seemingly unlimited
opportunities for media and culture made accessible, and sharable, and
malleable through its status as data.
We are now accepting proposals for papers, panels, workshops, screenings,
performances, installations and roundtables on the theme of DATA ACHE. You can
also propose artistic research for a group exhibition in a local gallery open
to the public or a performance for our Immersive Vision Theatre.
The conference programme will be organised in 5 distinct strands: Digital arts,
design and performance; Digital humanities; Creative and cultural industries;
Digital libraries and archives; and Digital cities and urban commons.
As significantly, DATA ACHE will create a space for conversations and
collaborations across disciplines. The conference will feature ‘long tables’,
performances, a reception, and a conference meal at the National Marine
Aquarium. There will also be a session on multi-media PhD theses, arising from
a project hosted by the British Library and EThOS. A selection of papers will
be developed into a transdisciplinary collection, edited by the organisers,
following the conference.
• Oreet Ashery – interdisciplinary artist and Lecturer in Fine Art
(Goldsmiths, University of London), showing and discussing her film work on
death, disappearance and digital afterlives
• Tim Davies – co-founder of Open Data Services Co-operative and
affiliate of Harvard Berkman Center for Internet and Society, working to
secure civic impacts from open data
• Eduardo Reck Miranda – Professor of Computer Music (University of
Plymouth) who composes with and for biosensors.
• Jussi Parikka – Professor in Technological Culture & Aesthetics
(Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton) whose most recent
publications include Digital Contagions: A Media Archaeology of Computer
Viruses (2nd edition) and Across and Beyond – a transmediale Reader on
Post-digital Practices, Concepts and Institutions.
• Jane Winters – Professor of Digital Humanities (School of Advanced
Study, University of London) who has led a range of projects including Big UK
Data for the Arts and Humanities and Born Digital Big Data
Proposals must be emailed to drha2017@xxxxxxxxx by 31st March 2017.
Further information about the submission process and general information
(including proposal forms, details of studio spaces, etc) can be found at:
Prof Sue Broadhurst,
Director of Research,
Department of Arts and Humanities,
UB8 3PH, UK
Direct Line: +44(0)1895 266588
Fax: +44(0)1895 269768