Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Digital Arts and Culture 2005

The conference which has a special place in my heart is Digital Arts and Culture: DAC. It was last held in Melbourne in 2003, and now it is back in Europe, Scandinavia even, and in Copenhagen in December. Lisbeth and Susana are conference chairs, Raine is program chair, and here's the Call For Papers:

Digital Arts & Cultures (DAC) Conference 2005: "Digital Experience: Design, Aesthetics, Practice"
December 1st - December 3rd, Copenhagen, Denmark.

The 6th DAC conference will be held at the IT University of Copenhagen,
Denmark, from December 1st to December 3rd 2005.
Researchers and practitioners from all related disciplines are invited to participate in this event and to exchange ideas, theories and experiences regarding the state of the field of digital arts, cultures, aesthetics and design anno 2005.

The DAC 2005 conference invites critical examinations of the field of digital arts and culture, which challenge existing paradigms. We call for papers which examine both theoretical and hands-on approaches to digital experiences and experience design. Since the inaugural DAC in 1998 much has happened, and research has matured from early investigations into the problematic nature of new media towards questions of emergent dynamics, user centered design and various forms of interactivity. At the same time, the realization has grown that users of digital media not only are active participants, but also have to be taken into account at all stages of the
design and production of digital experiences How do practitioners (programmers, artists, designers etc.) cater for this kind of active and demanding user? What kinds of experiences can we create? How can these experiences inform us? How do we as academics analyse and evaluate digital experiences? DAC has always been interested in exploring the ways in which digital media do things that traditional media cannot. We believe that the focus on 'experience' in DAC 2005 will illuminate the possibilities of digital media beyond the functional possibilities of 'usability'. What are the aesthetic and cultural implications of digital design as experience?

For suggestions of more specific topics of the papers, see the

We call for submission of full papers only. It is possible to submit either a full-length paper (max. 10 pages) or a short paper (max. 4 pages). We also invite invitations for self-organised preconference workshops.

All papers will be reviewed by an independant review committee, which will provide written feedback on each paper.

Submission of full paper (long & short) & workshop proposals: August 8th Submission of camera-ready papers: October 28th

Conference organiser, academic officer: Tasha Buch, IT University of Copenhagen (
Conference chair: Lisbeth Klastrup, IT University of Copenhagen (
Conference chair: Susana Tosca, IT University (, currently on maternity leave)

- we look forward to meeting you at DAC 2005!

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