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[Commlist] Call for MIX 2019: Experiential Storytelling
Tue Jan 29 13:17:18 GMT 2019
CALL FOR PAPERS AND PRESENTATIONS - *DEADLINE MONDAY 4 FEBRUARY *
After the success of the last four MIX conferences, MIX 2019 returns to
the beautiful surroundings of Bath Spa University’s Corsham Court Campus
in Wiltshire between 1st and 2nd July 2019. This year’s conference will
be a more intimate, single strand version, curated for a smaller
audience to give time and space to instigate conversations around
digital writing with a focus on experiential storytelling, including
immersive technologies and new forms of publishing, from transmedia and
poetry film to virtual reality to AI in storytelling. Confirmed speakers
include publisher, Maja Thomas
Innovation Officer, Hachette Innovation Program; Thomas Zandegiocomo,
Artistic Director Zebra Poetry Film Festival, Berlin; Guy Gadney, CEO of
To Play For and Charisma.ai <http://charisma.ai/>, a storytelling
platform powered by artificial intelligence, Dr Donna Hancox, transmedia
and digital storytelling scholar, and writer and activist Nikesh Shukl
Bath Spa University is the UK’s foremost provider of creative writing
programmes at undergraduate, masters and PhD level and MIX is
well-established as an innovative forum for the discussion and
exploration of writing and technology. MIX has attracted an
international cohort of contributors from the UK, Australia, and Europe
as well as North and South America. MIX is situated within the
international research centres, the Centre for Cultural and Creative
in collaboration with the Centre for Media Research
Creative Writing Research Centre
and the online magazine of writing and technology, The Writing Platform
A conference where creative writing and media creation intersect with
and/or are dependent upon technology should be as interdisciplinary as
possible, and that’s what we are aiming for with MIX 2019. The
conference will host a vibrant mix of academic papers, practitioner
presentations and keynotes.
Experiential storytelling encompasses works that foreground the
experience of the audience or reader. Works that offer authentic and
often personalised experiences are becoming increasingly prevalent and
this year MIX offers opportunities to think about what that might mean
for digitally-mediated narratives. Additional themes for this year’s
conference include immersion and publishing; we define these themes
broadly and are interested in how new forms of storytelling can respond
to and learn from emerging works that explore the potential of immersive
technologies. Our Ethics of Storytelling panel will be curated and
chaired by writer Nikesh Shukla, and we’d like to encourage a broad
range of responses on that theme. We are also interested in new models
of publishing across Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Mixed Reality,
Ambient Literature, as well as the influence of the grammars of film and
theatre on new forms of storytelling.
Within the single-strand programme there will be four themed panels. We
would like to encourage the submission of research papers and
artist/practitioner presentations on the following topics;
* *Emerging forms of digitally-mediated narrative*, including projects
that use artificial intelligence, machine learning, algorithmic
writing practices and locative-aware narratives.
* *Poetry film*, including the future of poetry film, current
developments in social media sharing, current developments in poetry
film content and practice.
* *Immersive technologies and narrative*, including Extended and
Mixed Reality, VR, Augmented Reality, and Ambient Literature
* *Ethics of Storytelling*, including accessibility and appropriation,
but also issues around technology and ethics, i.e embodiment in VR,
algorithmic bias in cultural works that use AI, etc.
We are interested in work that takes a wide variety of forms, including
digital fiction, poetry film, text-based digital art, collaborations
between writers and technologists, hybrid and cross-media practice,
transmedia practice, as well as our on-going themes of the future of the
book, new forms of publishing, convergent media cultures. We’ll also
look for papers and presentations on ambient literature
<https://ambientlit.com/>, including mobile, locative, pervasive and
other site-specific forms.
Papers that deal with pedagogy specific to the panel themes are also
Alongside scholars and researchers, artists, creative writers and
creative technologists are especially encouraged to submit proposals.
We are looking for proposals for 15 minute papers/ presentations or 60
minute panels (composed of three 15 minute papers with time for q&a).
Please submit 300 word abstracts for each paper/presentation you are
proposing by Monday 4th February 2019.
Please include a 100 word biography (include biographies of all other
speakers if you are proposing a panel).
Please submit via our website.
When you submit, please select which one of the following topics your
Emerging forms of digitally-mediated narrative
Immersive technologies and narrative
Ethics of Storytelling
We will let you know whether your submission has been successful by the
end of February 2019.
For queries on your conference submission, email (mix /at/ bathspa.ac.uk)
<mailto:(mix /at/ bathspa.ac.uk)>
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