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Date: Wed, 30 Jan 2019 09:00:26 +0100
From: The Hmm <info(a)thehmm.nl>
Subject: !! Call for essays !!
Dear plain text'er
For our new season, we're looking for research!
In 2019 we are commissioning seven original essays for The Hmm platform
that engage with digital visual culture, both in its niche manifestations
and in the broad, mainstream reality of the internet.
We are looking for essays that make connections between different types of
knowledge and domains, such as media theory, art, politics and
leglislation, technology, and pop culture. In relation to the 2019
thematics of The Hmm, the topic of the essay should fall within one of the
following four categories:
♥ NICHE ♥ From the very beginning, the internet has been the place for
niche content—but increasingly we see that the niche becomes the norm.
What are the dynamics between niche and popular culture? Between the niche
♥ PLATFORMS ♥ What influence do large platforms —such as YouTube,
Facebook, Instagram, and Adobe— have on what we make and how we share
images? Which assumptions underlie the algorithms that we use every day?
♥ GRAMMABLE ♥ Online platforms shape our physical environments and
ensure that we take into account how our ‘offline’ world will look
online. To what extent do artists alter and shape their work in relation to
the online platforms where it will (hopefully) be shared?
♥ DIGITAL PERSONA ♥ Through digital visual culture, our faces, bodies
and lives are exposed and monitored like never before. The deployment of AI
technology includes AI influencers, humanoid robots and sophisticated chat
bots. How are our relations with AI and our habituation to bots advancing?
Is there an acceptance of the ‘false’ and if so, what does this mean?
Visit our website for a more extensive description:
♦ To submit, please send us a short bio (max. 100 words) and an outline
of what you’d like to write about (max. 200 words).
♦ The final essay must be written in accessible, non-academic English and
be between 1000-1500 words. We strongly encourage the use of images.
♦ Please note that if your contribution is selected, we’ll be expecting
a first draft at the end of March. You will work together with an editor
from The Hmm team on the final text.
♦ The selected contributor will receive a fee for the text.
Send submissions to info(a)thehmm.nl with ‘Call for essays’ in the
DEADLINE: February 18, 2019
This series of essays is kindly supported by the Creative Industries Fund.
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