CFP: The Dark Precursor: International Conference on Deleuze and Artistic Research 2015

This call for papers looks really interesting and has a great list of invited speakers. The full call is below and more information can be found here.

The Dark Precursor: International Conference on Deleuze and Artistic Research 2015

Orpheus Institute, Ghent, Belgium – 9 – 11 November 2015

The philosophy of Gilles Deleuze and/or Félix Guattari has become increasingly relevant to the field of artistic research. It acts as a key reference for many artist-researchers, who engage with knowledge across academic and non-academic fields of practice. At the same time, the term artistic research remains suspended in its definition in order to highlight immanent modes of knowledge creation. The extent and depth of Deleuze and/or Guattari’s influence on this emerging field is largely unchartered, nor has their philosophy been evaluated from the perspective of artists who work at the borders of philosophy. DARE 2015 is the first international conference entirely dedicated to the relation between artistic research and Deleuze and/or Guattari’s philosophy, and welcomes both artistic presentations and scholarly papers that investigate this relation.

Art plays a crucial role in the philosophy of Deleuze. He dedicated a substantial part of his oeuvre to literature, theater, painting, cinema and music. Importantly, he understood art as a mode of thinking, irreducible to and imbricated with philosophy and science. Like art, philosophy and science are both creative practices; and like philosophy and science, art is research in the sense of continued experimentation and infinite learning. Moreover, and independently of his writings on the arts, Deleuze created philosophical concepts that are open to different kinds of reflections and appropriations by artists and artist-researchers.

Choosing as its title the concept of ‘dark precursor,’ the conference reflects the duality and openness inherent to artistic research. Deleuze appropriated this expression from meteorology, where it designates a stage in a cloud-to-ground lightning sequence. The stepped leader, as the dark precursor is technically referred to, develops when the charge separation within a stormy cloud is so strong that the surrounding air is ionized and becomes conductive (plasma). Thus, a charge transfer ensues from the top of the cloud to its base, and from there, a flow of negative charges begins making its way towards the ground. Along the path that now connects the cloud and the ground, a much stronger flow of positive charges travels freely from the ground upwards, generating heat. In one thousandth of a second, the air surrounding the return stroke becomes five times hotter than the sun surface and the incandescence produces the brilliant flash we see of the lightning.

The notion of the dark precursor concerns the question of how a communication between heterogeneous systems, ‘of couplings and resonance,’ occurs without being predetermined. In relation to artistic research we ask how to compose these resonances, how to create new couplings that are not accidental but rigorous and at the same time indeterminate. How to create in the midst of a primordial difference?

We encourage artist-researchers and scholars to experiment with all modes of presentation and to submit outlines in all areas of interference between Deleuze and/or Guattari’s philosophy with artistic research. For instance, presentations may address questions about the creative act in artistic practices and trans-disciplinary research (music, film, painting, writing, new media, etc.); the genesis of forms and processes of individuation (dark precursor, diagram, abstract machine, assemblage, haecceity, fold, etc.); the production, validation and dissemination of knowledge in artistic research (dramatisation, experimentation, metamodeling, rhizomatics, schizoanalysis, etc.); styles of thinking (image of thought, form, sign, utterance, code, etc.); the ethico-aesthetic paradigm and its politics, subjectification and universes of value (becoming-x, habit, life, nomadism, double capture, micropolitics, resistance, etc.)

In line with the theme of the ‘dark precursor’, we are particularly interested in receiving proposals for scholarly and artistic presentations that exceed simple interpretations and representations of either Deleuze and/or Guattari’s philosophy or an artistic practice at hand.

DARE 2015 welcomes presentations ranging from academic to artistic in modalities, including performative, collaborative, interactive, visual, new media, installations etc. Proposals, written either in English or French, should be submitted through the conference online submission system.  Scholarly presentations are limited to 30 minutes including Q&A, while duration and form of artistic presentations will be considered case by case.

To submit your outline of presentation, please visit: dare2015.exordo.com and follow the simple on-screen instructions provided (you will be required to setup an account first). The outlines should not exceed 500 words and include the title, followed by not more than five keywords. Artist-researchers should include a physical description of the artistic presentation they propose, specifying for instance, the number of people involved, its dimensions and duration, materials, technical requirements, etc. The outlines may be supplemented, uploading separate files to ‘Ex Ordo’. The attached files should:

  • not exceed 5 in number
  • not exceed 2GB each in size
  • be in any of the following file formats:
    • Images: PDF, TIFF, JPEG, GIF, BMP, PNG
    • Audio: WAV, AIFF, FLAC, MP3
    • Video: AVI, QuickTime, MP4
  • be clearly named after the submitting author and their sequence number from 1 to 5. For example: LASTNAME_Firstname_1.pdf
  • be listed by file name in the text of the submission

A short list of references may be attached as PDF, preferably formatted in Chicago Referencing Style.

The closing date for submissions is Monday, 1 June 2015.

After the submissions are closed, the Editorial Board will peer-review submissions and notify authors by Friday, 17 July 2015.

Accepted authors are kindly requested to promptly confirm their participation and submit by Tuesday, 1 September 2015 a final version of their outline of presentation and short CV, that will be published on the DARE 2015 website alongside the conference programme. Requirements for each presentation are negotiated with individual authors at this stage.

All accepted abstracts will be published open-access on the conference website and presentations at DARE 2015 will be video recorded for documenting and archiving purposes. A publication of the conference proceedings is in planning.

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