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<nettime-ann> OPEN CFP: 21st Consciousness Reframed Conference


CFP: The 21st International Consciousness Reframed Conference (2019)




CITAR-Research Center for Science and Technology of the Arts is pleased to announce the 21st International Consciousness Reframed Conference, to be held at Universidade Católica Portuguesa - Porto, from June 6-8, 2019. 


Titled «Sentient States: Bio-mind and Techno-nature», Consciousness Reframed is a forum for trans-disciplinary inquiry into art, science, technology, and consciousness, drawing upon the expertise and insights of artists, designers, architects, performers, musicians, writers, scientists, and scholars, from many countries. Consciousness Reframed conferences have taken place in Australia, Austria, China, England, Egypt, Germany, Greece, Norway, Portugal, and Wales.




Topics for the 2019 Consciousness Reframed Conference


The conference will look at the nature of artificial thought, and forms of intelligence in nature - charted through aspects of transdisciplinary creative practice and theory in our planetary culture.


Just as new paradigms of feeling and communication are beginning to form around our interaction with life at all levels of our perception, from plants and trees to fungi and bacteria, we may see matter as inhabited mind, media as necessarily moist, and technology as a tool of the Tao.


Thought is spreading through all our systems, places and products. We need cities  that are not only smart but sensitive: schools that think, roads that remember, buildings that feel. art that is as much extra-sensory as interpersonal.


Our consciousness is both reframing and reforming.



About the Conference Hosts


CITAR ( is committed to the development of artistic research informed by practices and concepts inscribed in human-driven impulses of our postdigital era, the challenges and possibilities of the digital arts and humanities, in tandem with the complexity of analogue art forms and technologies. Pressing issues in the digital and traditional arts and humanities have stimulated our commitment to inquiries and goals articulated in four focus-based areas: Sound and Music, New Media Art, Cinema and Cinematic Art, and Heritage and Conservation-Restoration.


Portuguese Catholic University - Porto ( 


Planetary Collegium (



Acceptance Policy


Submissions will be done using EasyChair: ( 


We will accept proposals for:

. Paper (15 mins - a presentation of a single paper by one or more authors - 500 word abstract).


. Panel or Roundtable (45 mins - a proposal for a complete panel or group presentation on the same general topic - 250 word overview plus 500 word individual abstracts).


. Installation (provide description of installation, as well as technical needs - 500 word abstract)


Once your abstract is accepted, and you register for the conference, your communication will appear in the Conference Program and your abstract will be published in the Book of Abstracts.


If you intend to have your full paper published, you should send a full version of it by the end of February. Proceedings of the Consciousness Reframed conference will be published in Technoetic Arts Journal of Speculative Research. The best 10 papers will be invited to publish in CITARJ - Journal of Science and Technology of the Arts. The organizing committee will send you detailed information about this process once your abstract is accepted.


For the Installations, the host will provide basic technological needs such as Internet, projectors, power cords, sound systems, and cables. Specific and/or specialized equipment needs should be provided by the artists. We are not responsible for shipping costs.





Submissions open: November 16th, 2018.


Submission of Abstracts for Conference closes at midnight (HAST) on December 28, 2018. Review will follow a peer-review process, using EasyChair.


Acceptances sent out: January 30th, 2019.


Registration: Early registration will close March 15th, 2019.


English is the official language of the conference. All submissions should be written in English.


Presenters must attend to be part of the conference or festival program.


Authors can submit as many proposals as they want, but a maximum of two will be accepted for presentation.


Submissions are done using easychair:




Organizing Committee


André Baltazar – CITAR, School of Arts, Universidade Católica Portuguesa - Porto 


André Sier - Artist, Guest lecturer at UÉvora and FBAUL, PhD student Planetary Collegium.  


António Cerveira Pinto - Artist, writer, curator, consultant and cultural programmer


Cristina Sá - CITAR, School of Arts, Universidade Católica Portuguesa - Porto


Roy Ascott - President of the Planetary Collegium, director of Consciousness Reframed Conferences


Rui Torres - University Fernando Pessoa.




Scientific Committee





Keynote Speakers


Roy Ascott - President of the Planetary Collegium, UK, director of Consciousness Reframed Conferences

Victoria Vesna - UCLA, USA

Marta de Menezes - Artist, Cultivamos Cultura, PT

Laura Beloff - IT University of Copenhagen, SE



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