Jordan Crandall on Fri, 27 Mar 2009 18:23:34 +0100 (CET)

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<nettime-ann> Version

announcing the launch of the new online journal Version
with contributions by Benjamin Bratton, Alphonso Lingis, Masao Miyoshi,
Allen Shelton, Lesley Stern, Kathleen Stewart, Michael Taussig, and John
Version is a new online journal for short-form writing and media work. It
presents scenes, incidents, encounters, and sensory experiences drawn from
everyday life, in which concepts are not only elaborated but enacted.
Version works in close-up, cultivating moods, atmospheres, and various forms
of bodily apprehension and awareness.  It aims for a quality of intimacy,
presence, and affective charge:  a material openness to unexpected forms of
encounter.  At the same time, it works laterally, conducting transversal
operations across object-boundaries, attuned to the rhythms, flows, and
layered ecologies that constitute the phenomenal world.
Each Version editorial item adheres to the following formal constraint: a
maximum of 500 words, 5 images, or 50 seconds.
With its formal and rhetorical approach, Version embodies new patterns of
readership and network-enabled economies of attention, which can involve
time-constrained multitasking and transversal readings across media venues.
It spans specialized discourses, genre categories, and disciplinary divides,
while encouraging the reception, rearrangement and redistribution of its
material in new social networks and assemblages. It is less a bounded
publication than an editorial ecology -- a dynamic system through which
unexpected editorial properties and forms can emerge.
Version is produced by the Visual Arts Department, University of California,
San Diego; the UCSD Division of Arts and Humanities; the California
Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2); and
the Software Studies Initiative.
Editors: Jordan Crandall and Caleb Waldorf.  Website Design and Development:
Caleb Waldorf and John W. Pattenden-Fail.
Additional support provided by the UCSD Center for the Humanities; the
University of California Institute for Research in the Arts (UCIRA); the
Center for Research in Computing and the Arts (CRCA); and the University of
California Digital Arts Research Network (UC DARnet).

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