Call for Papers: Mainframe Experimentalism (book)]

Subject: Call for Papers: Mainframe Experimentalism (book)]
From: Katharine Norman (
Date: Mon May 30 2005 - 19:02:34 EDT

saw this on Rhizome, maybe of interest to some on this list. Apologies
if it's already been posted. Not sure if it is an entirely American
focus book or if they are looking wider. hmm.

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Subject: RHIZOME_RARE: Call for Papers: Mainframe Experimentalism (book)
Date: Sun, 22 May 2005 13:08:59 -0700
From: Douglas Kahn <>
Reply-To: Douglas Kahn <>

CFP: Submissions for book on experimental arts and mainframe computing
in 1960s and 70s

Mainframe Experimentalism: early digital computing and the experimental
arts, edited by Douglas Kahn and Hannah Higgins.

We invite proposals for an interdisciplinary collection on the encounter
of artists, musicians, poets and writers, media and filmmakers working
within avant-garde, experimental and artistically innovative traditions
with mainframe computers and institutionally-bound digital technologies
during the 1960 and 1970s.

We are interested in three classes of materials: (1) substantive
accounts of artistic engagements, critical motivations and contexts,
institutional and collaborative settings within the social, political
and cultural transformations of the period; (2 discussions of
representations of computing during the period by individuals who would
be of direct interest to artists, and (3) original documents, including
unrealized plans.

Topics might include the digital work of John Whitney, Jackson MacLow,
Stan Vanderbeek, John Cage and Jerry Hiller's HPSCHD, OULIPO-related
computer literature, among many others.

The editors have already assembled papers by Benjamin Buchloh (Columbia
University) on Alison Knowles' House of Dust poem, Hannah Higgins
(University of Illinois-Chicago) on the intermedia aspects of the House
of Dust, Douglas Kahn (University of California-Davis) on James Tenney
at Bell Labs, Christoph Cox (Hampshire University) on Alvin Lucier’s
North American Time Capsule, Owen Smith (University of Maine) on Dick
Higgins Computers for the Arts, and Edward Shanken (Savannah College of
Art and Design).

Please send 600 word proposals for essays of approximately 50,000
characters (including spaces) and/or publication of documents by July 1,
2005, to Hannah Higgins <> Department of Art History,
University of Illinois at Chicago, or Douglas Kahn
<>, Program in Technocultural Studies, university
of California, Davis.

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