CfP: Pōneke/Wellington symposium 2021

Note: Due to the recent rise in COVID-19 alert levels, the CfP has now been extended to a new deadline for submissions to Friday, October 1, 2021. In case Wellington will be at alert level 2 or higher we will be hosting the symposium in an online format.

Indeterminate Infrastructures – Objects, signals and architectures is the 10th ADA Network symposium, taking place in the form of a one-day symposium on Saturday 4th December 2021 with an accompanying exhibition in Pōneke/Wellington. Contemporary media have been continuously shaped by the indeterminate infrastructures they rely upon, with creative practice resonating with or intervening in these often ambiguous architectures. The theme aims to encourage creative and critical contributions to the symposium, examining what lies beyond these infrastructures and exploring how creative media and art practices unfold into wider ecologies of media and materialities within digital networks.

Indeterminate Infrastructures – Objects, signals and architectures welcomes proposals for contributions to the symposium that engage with the theme of ‘Indeterminate Infrastructures’ within the wider field of media art in Aotearoa/New Zealand and its surrounding critical discourse. For this year’s symposium, we are looking for contributions in the form of kōrero, performances, and artworks to be shown in the two-day exhibition in collaboration with the School of Music and Creative Media Production.

Call for kōrero & performances

For the kōrero, we are looking for proposals responding to the above theme in the form of :

  • Artist Talks (10 minute presentation)
  • Short Provocation (5 minute presentation)
  • Panel Discussions of more than three people (5 minutes per presenter + 5 minute discussion)

For the performances we welcome the following proposals:

  • Short Day Performances (short interventions suitable for the day programme, 5–10 minutes)
  • Evening Performance (performance pieces for the Pyramid Club night, 20–30 minutes)

For kōrero and performance proposal submissions, please e-mail your name, contact information, title, and a 150–300 word abstract referencing how your work relates to the symposium theme and what category/categories you see your work fit within as well as any technical requirements to adasymposium2021@ada.net.nz before end of day September 17, 2021 Friday, October 1, 2021.

Call for artworks

For the exhibition we are looking for artworks that will be on show for the duration of two days (3–4 Dec) at the facilities of the School of Music and Creative Media Production at Massey University Wellington. We welcome pieces that connect to the theme Indeterminate Infrastructures – Objects, signals and architectures by intervening within the blurry area of creative practice that interrogates the infrastructures of both physical and digital spaces. For proposing an artwork, please e-mail your name, contact information, title and a 150–300 word abstract outlining your artwork, media, format/duration and the technical/spatial install requirements to adasymposium2021@ada.net.nz before end of day September 17, 2021 Friday, October 1, 2021.

ADA has limited travel grants and support for artworks submitted to the exhibition. Please indicate in your submission whether you would require financial support to install/exhibit your artwork and/or would benefit from receiving one of our limited travel grants for contributors from out of town.

Please email any requests for additional information to adasymposium2021@ada.net.nz.Further details of the Indeterminate Infrastructures – Objects, signals and architectures symposium format, programme, registration and accommodation options will be announced by the end of October 2021 November 2021.

About ADA

ADA is a network of creatives researching the expanded field around media, new media, electronic and the digital arts. The ADA Network was founded to enable communication between artists, curators, teachers, critics, theorists, writers and the interested public.  Aotearoa Digital Arts (ADA) presents the 2021 symposium at COCA Massey University and Pyramid Club in Pōneke Wellington on Saturday, 4th December 2021 with support from Creative New Zealand and the School of Music and Creative Media Production.

Since the first instalment in 2003, ADA symposia have a formidable reputation for critical collegial exchange within the expanded field of digital and media arts. The full-day symposium at Massey University is complemented by a co-curated night programme at the artist-run venue Pyramid Club.