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FYI: 5CYBERCONF - Call for Participation

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*                         Call for Participation                       *

                Fifth International Conference on Cyberspace
                      June 6th to 9th, 1996. Madrid, Spain
          Hosted by "Fundacion Arte y Tecnologia de Telefonica"

5CYBERCONF is an international conference that addresses the social, 
political and cultural implications of cyberspace from a critical 
standpoint and encourages discussion between theoreticians and 
practitioners. Hosted for the first time in Europe, this fifth edition 
of CYBERCONF considers computer-human interface breakthroughs, our 
fascination and weariness with disobedient technology, the role of 
synthetic behaviour in virtual design, and the increasing importance of 
cross-cultural contributions to the electronic community.

In the 90s cyberspace has reached a critical mass. The tools to 
construct and navigate virtual worlds are becoming increasingly 
affordable, intuitive and widespread. The rise in bandwidth and dropping 
prices have provoked the exponential growth of the online population (or 
is it the other way around?). As the net becomes a mainstream hit, how 
has the transition from science fiction to reality changed cyberspace?

*      CONFERENCE FORMAT        *

5CYBERCONF is scheduled to start on Thursday afternoon, June 6th and 
take place over three and a half days. There will be 8 keynote speakers, 
18 plenary sessions, special events, a videoconference link-up and a 
banquet dinner on Sunday June 9th. All sessions are designed to foster 
discussion. Presentations will be in English and Spanish with 
simultaneous translation. The six themes are:

How are the boundaries of the computer-human interface disappearing? Is 
the "window onto the world" metaphor exhausted? Can we unframe our 
synthetic worlds? What can replace the cartesian grid as a reference for 
non-linear worlds?

Who is leaving cyberspace and why? What are the different forms of 
cyber-sickness? Is the body rejecting interfaces that ignore it? What 
are the old and new psychological disorders manifested in or caused by 
cyberspace? What are the different forms of cyber-tiredness? How can we 
counteract the disenchantment brought about by the unfulfilled promises 
of the cyber-hype industry? Who is buying the media's portrayal of 
cyberspace as dirty and dangerous? Who is winning the battles to control 
or dominate access?

When will the predicted death of "outmoded" dualisms finally happen? Is 
accepting our own cyborgness the only way to explore post-humanism, or 
are there other, as-yet-unimagined, ways? How do we create new languages 
to describe unprecedented experiences? How has the language of 
cyberspace changed since the first CYBERCONF?

Are there digital ethnic groups? How can ceremony and language be used 
in the retro-colonization of cyberspace? Can the international economic 
system be de-virtualized? What kinds of non-digital virtuality are 
there? What are the experiences of new online communities in countries 
where access is relatively recent, and how are their contributions 
changing the time and space of cyberspace? Who are the new marginals? 
The "Global Village" and other myths.

What is seductive about technology out-of-control? What would be the 
uses of a "personal dis-organizer"? What is technological correctness? 
How will our ethics be transformed by the ability to "undo" our virtual 
actions? Will artificial intelligence finally deliver an automaton that 
disobeys? What is cyber-pain? (and where to find it).

Can cyberspace behaviour be "rendered" (as in designer-behaviour)? What 
constitutes interesting behaviour? Will synthetic behaviour change what 
we mean by normal behaviour? What is the virtual equivalent of the 
Undead? What proposals challenge the dead/alive binary (videogames, 
military simulators, etc.) as the primary paradigm of virtual 

*      CALL FOR ABSTRACTS       *

To submit an abstract for the potential inclusion of your paper in the 
5CYBERCONF programme, please follow these format guidelines:

Title of the paper
Institutional affiliation, if any
Chosen 5CYBERCONF theme (from the list above)
Abstract, 500 words maximum
Brief biography, 100 words maximum
Audiovisual equipment requirements
Contact information (email preferred)

There are two ways to submit: 1) Email 5cyberconf@ceai.telefonica.es 
with the subject "5CYBERCONF Submission" or 2) mail both a printed copy 
and a PC or MAC diskette to the address given below. 

The selection will be done by an international and a local committee 
made up of academics, theorists, artists and technicians in the field. 
Submission of an abstract indicates the submitter's intention and 
capability to write and present the corresponding, full length paper, if 
chosen. Papers will be alloted a half hour for presentation and may be 
in English or Spanish. Please be advised that the selection committees 
will not consider abstracts that are not formatted as stated above nor 
papers that have been previously published. 

All papers will be published in a bilingual edition of the proceedings, 
which will be available in late 1996.

*           DEADLINES           *

Deadline for reception of abstracts: February 15, 1996
Notification of selection for presentation: March 15, 1996
Deadline for registration: May 1, 1996


The registration fee will be waived for those presenting a paper in 
5CYBERCONF. In addition, a limited number of grants are available to 
those presenters who demonstrate financial need. These grants cover the 
costs of travel, accommodation and a per diem.

*      FEES & REGISTRATION      *

The registration fee for attending 5CYBERCONF is US$200 (US$100 for 
students). For detailed information on how to register and information 
on travel and accommodation, please contact Susie Ramsay at 
5cyberconf@ceai.telefonica.es or at the address given below. Please note 
that registration is on a first-come, first serve basis and attendance 
is limited to 140. Late registration will be available as space permits 
and at an extra charge.

*           LOCATION            *

5CYBERCONF will take place in the comfortable, modern auditorium of the 
Art and Technology Foundation situated in the heart of Madrid. The 
historic building that houses the Foundation is within walking distance 
of sites of interest such as the Plaza Mayor, la Puerta del Sol and the 
Prado Museum. Madrid has a lively street life and is famous for its tapa 
bars, Flamenco scene, sidewalk cafes and all night festivities. June is 
usually warm, sunny and dry.


Carolina Cruz Neira (Spain)
Manuel de Landa (Mexico-USA)
Antoni Muntadas (Spain-USA)
Avital Ronell (USA)
Allucquere Rosanne Stone (USA)
Florian Roetzer (Germany)


Performance by Guillermo Gomez-Pena.
Private screening of David Cronenberg's new film "Crash" based on the 
J.G. Ballard novel.

The list of keynote speakers and special events is preliminary; more to 
be added. Please visit our Web site for more information and updates on 


Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Chair
Susie Ramsay, Coordinator
Allucquere Rosanne Stone, Goddess of Cyberspace


Fundacion Arte y Tecnologia de Telefonica
Candido Velazquez-Gaztelu, Chair
Roberto Velazquez Martin, Manager 
L. Ishi-Kawa, Curator and Assistant Manager.


Alex Adriaansens, V2 (Netherlands)
Roy Ascott, CAIIA (UK)
Annick Bureaud, Art-El, ASTN (France)
Andrea Di Castro, CNA (Mexico)
Lorne Falk, Independent (USA)
Monika Fleischmann, GMD (Germany)       
Eduardo Kac, U. of Kentucky (Brazil)
Derrick de Kerckhove, McLuhan Institute (Canada)
Machiko Kusahara, GCL, NTT (Japan)
J. Seijdel & G. Strengholt, Mediamatic (Netherlands)
Roger Malina, Leonardo, ISAST (USA)
Marcos Novak, U. of Texas (USA)
Allucquere Rosanne Stone, U. of Texas (USA)
Jeffrey Shaw, ZKM (Australia)
Gerfried Stocker, Ars Electronica (Austria)
Christine Tamblyn, Florida International U. (USA)

*        LOCAL COMMITTEE        *

Montxo Algora, Art Futura
Carlota Alvarez Basso, Reina Sofia Museum
Xavier Berenguer, U. Pompeu Fabra 
Daniel Canogar, Independent
Fernando Castro, Instituto de Estetica y Teoria de las Artes
Estrella de Diego, U. Complutense
Javier Echeverria, U. del Pais Vasco
Pedro Garhel, Espacio "P"
Antonio Golderos, Telefonica I+D
Francisco Jarauta, U. de Murcia
Jose Jimenez, Instituto de Estetica y Teoria de las Artes
Emilio Lopez-Galiacho, Arquimedia
Jose Antonio Mayo, Realidad Virtual S. L.
Karin Ohlenschlaeger, Proyectos Culturales
Maria Pallier, Independent


Fundacion Arte y Tecnologia
Gran Via, 28. 2 planta
28013 Madrid, Espana
Tel. 34-1-542-9380
Fax. 34-1-521-0041 
Email 5cyberconf@ceai.telefonica.es

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Subject: 5CYBERCONF call for participation