Ways of Machine Seeing workshop 2017: call for proposals

Research and Innovation Development Office

Category: Calls

29 March 2017

Anglia Ruskin's Cultures of the Digital Economy Research Institute (CoDE), the Cambridge Digital Humanitites Network, and Cambridge Big Data are holding a three-day workshop around the theme 'Ways of Machine Seeing'.

The workshop will build on the themes of the BBC programme Ways of Seeing. The updated themes for the digital age, according to the call text, are:

  • The impact of photography on our appreciation of art from the past

How do these ways of seeing influence our historical view of images, and our search towards modern technologies? How does virtual photography (in video-games and CGI) influence our production and understanding of physical photography?

  • The portrayal of the female nude in the tradition of European art

How might we further develop understanding the relation between computation, technologies of vision and politics of representation? Have practices of self-representation been changed by the advent of new technologies: the ubiquity of the camera-phone, the social network, and the ‘quantified self’?

  • Realism and the invention of oil paint

How does a technology for image-production become a form, and how then does it become an instrument for visual hegemony?

  • How advertising and publicity relate to the tradition of painting

What changes in our understanding of this relationship if we look at technologies which were unimaginable in Berger’s time, by analysing for example, the role of algorithmically-driven recommender systems in major digital platforms in shaping and reflecting both cultural ‘tastes’ and the economic logics of advertising?

The organisers seek proposals from those wishing to give: paper presentations; technical demonstrations; static, dynamic or performative artworks (including films); or poster presentations.

Deadline for proposals: 17 April 2017

More detail, and an application form, is available through the Digital Humanities Network event page.

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