amberConference 2010 - call for papers

The second international conference of amberConference will be held in conjunction with the amber’10 Art and Technology Festival, on 6,7 November 2010 in Istanbul, Turkey. The aims and scope of this conference are to create a platform of discussion and dissemination for the various themes and topics in which Science, Art and Technology converge.

The theme for this year’s event is ‘Datacity’.
Up to 500 word abstract to be submitted by 1st of September 2010

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New technologies play an ever-increasing role in the social life and administration of cities in various forms and functions. Branded as “smart cities”, modern urban spaces are now equipped with cctv cameras, GPS and mapping systems, computerized infrastructure management systems along with the ever-multiplying number of personal electronics and gadgets all operating on global digital communication networks.

With objectives ranging entertainment and administrative strategy to pure profit and public security, this network of networks tracks and traces anything that is processed digitally and continually creates a massive circulation of digital data that emanates from the operation of very many animate and inanimate things in the city. The city and its data are now heavily implicated in each other from aesthetic, technological, political, economic and sociological angles.

In light of this new state of things, amberConference proposes to begin by the beginning and ask the question: What is the new urban reality under the reign of data? and what is data in the context of the city? For a through rethinking of the pair datacity from the above angles, we invite researchers, thinkers and artists from relevant disciplines to submit presentations of no more than 4000 words by considering the following subject headings.
# The politics of data and contemporary Urban governmentality.
# Politics of data circulation and use.
# Contemporary security and surveillance discourse.
# Legality and legitimacy of data collection and use.
# Political economy of data generation.
# Value of metadata in a data-driven society.
# The notion of Smart cities and urban management.
# Datazen: the consumer in a transurban dwelling pattern.
# Urban mundane and serendipity in the digital age.
# Urban artistic sensibilities in the digito-technological age.
# City as a “space of flows”: Networked urban topology as an art material.
# Spatial experience and ambient information processes