Cross Media Arts 2016

Країна: Португалія

Місто: Évora

Тези до: 13.05.2016

Дати: 24.06.16 — 25.06.16

Область наук: Культурологія;

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Організатори: Fórum Eugénio de Almeida


XMEDIA ARTS aims to reflect on artistic disciplines involving social practice and their respective transdisciplinarity.
How have multiple artistic practices, designed to benefit the larger society, like those of the Russian Constructivists in the early twentieth century or the Environmental and Feminist art movements in the sixties, developed synergies among themselves and other areas of knowledge? Within this context, the concepts of multidisciplinarity, interdisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity have evolved, in which the social theme and the main goals of the respective artistic practices are more important then any disciplinary boundary.
Although the vanguards of the second half of the twentieth century have reused such early century avant-garde strategies, they go beyond the earlier models by developing related critical theory. This type of artistic practice includes collaboration between creators and disciplines, as well as involving public participation. Thus, the exclusive authorship of the artist is decentralized and a new status is established in which public attitude changes from passive, as a mere observers of an artistic work, to participatory.
This expansion of artistic production to include a public dimension also triggers a variety of theories and practices that deepen the inherent citizenship of the artist. As a result, a relationship between the ethics and aesthetics in such practices contributes to the emergence of an artistic culture focused on producing multiple forms of social innovation.
XMEDIA ARTS presentations will come from various fields of art including architecture, visual arts, design, theater, dance and music, as well as multimedia and audiovisual media. Presenters are experts from a wide variety of national and international academic institutions, as well as from relevant cultural organizations. Although the conference main themes are - sustainability, contextuality, minorities and citizenry - its knowledge knows no bounds. Therefore, artists and researchers are invited to present their work in one of these subjects or any combination of these.
This conference will be advertised through a variety of media at all higher education institutions in Portugal

and internationally. As foreign presenters return to their home institutions we hope that an international diffusion of ideas presented at the conference will result. To further that aim XMEDIA ARTS will document on video all presentations, discussions, among other events, as well as create a digital journal of the conference proceedings. Every document will be accessible for online consultation.




Participants are invited to submit art and research projects directly developed with diverse groups of people, based on relational methodologies, or simply dealing with the thematic in question. Understanding the four pilars of sustainability – environment, social, cultural and economic, the most important characteristic of these artistic practices should be the use of art as a way to make people aware of the importance of a balanced relationship between human beings and the environment, in its diverse levels, and trying to encourage people to act as agents of social transformation for improving life quality. Therefore, we expect to receive research that is produced in relation with ecological, social, biophysical, cultural, historical, economic and activist dimensions understanding life as a whole where everything is intertwined.


Participants are invited to submit art and research projects concerning social engagement with any community or group based on diverse relational forms. The most relevant aspect in this kind of practice is the use of a specific media, or transmedia work, as a way to enter into the social tissue while simultaneously producing intersubjectivity around the power of art to intervene in a variety of socially problematic situations. In this sense we expect to receive research involving experimental artistic practices from a wide spectrum which are concerned with an art context and the use of symbolic aspects for social representation, as well as more expanded works departing from the art field in an attempt to blend more fully with everyday life.


Participants are invited to submit art and research projects focusing on and working with a group of people who, due to their physical or cultural characteristics, can be thought of as living in situations of discrimination or inequality. Certain sectors of society promote decreased self-worth and self-respect for some individuals based on their sexual orientation, dis/ability, social status, or age, among others. This makes them often the object of stereotypes that belittle and cheapen them, taking away from them any importance and suitability as participating and competent subjects. In this context, we are looking for art projects and case studies that might be added to the field of activism, capacitation and empowerment of these minorities.


Participants are invited to submit socially-based art research projects and practices which encourage active or passive participation with a diverse audience in helping to build social and cultural equity. Every form of knowledge, especially art, is crucial for the development of a society with political, social and cultural identity. The artistic practices that spring in this context may result from individual, collective or institutional agencies. Therefore, we look forward to research focusing on the role and potential of the artist acting independently or collectively through organizations dealing with public culture. Among many issues involving art and citizenry, we expect works related to concepts of community, social justice, and any forms that empower people with a sense of belonging to a common body.

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