Topics: UNTANGLE: The Future Past of Media Art; UNSUSPICIOUS: The Politics of Aesthetics; UNCUT: Time-Based Art.

UNNEEDED CONVERSATIONS – Theory and Practice of Art is an international conference to be organized every year by the Faculty of Fine Arts – University of Porto (FBAUP). This first edition will take place in May 2010 in the city of Porto, Portugal.

The 2010 edition of UNNEEDED CONVERSATIONS will focus on three main discussion topics – UNTANGLE: The future past of media art; UNSUSPICIOUS: The politics of aesthetics; UNCUT: Time-Based Art – which are are definitely at the core of contemporary art practice.

After the conference, a book will be printed – UNNEEDED TEXTS | Vol. one – with all the papers presented and further documentation on the conversations, talks and exhibitions included in the program. The book will be divided in three different chapters, following the three topics of this year’s UNNEEDED CONVERSATIONS.

A call for papers to be included in this book is now open. Only texts in English will be accepted.

The papers must be sent by e-mail, texts@unneeded.virose.pt, before the 22th May 6th June, 2010.

The papers will be blind-peer reviewed by a panel of international referees and we hope to announce the selected texts until mid-July.

Electronic submission guidelines

Files in Rich Text format (rtf) sent by e-mail, between 3000-5000 words+ 300 words abstract, using Humanities Style citation style with notes in the end. Please include a 50 words author’s bio.Images in b&w (the images can be included in the rtf document); if the paper is accepted author(s) will be asked to send full resolution images (300 dpi, jpeg or tiff).

The cover page of the paper must include: the title of the paper; the complete names and institutional affiliations (if applied) of all authors, and the email address for the all authors.

For any questions regarding the conference or the book please contact Ana Reis, areis@unneeded.virose.pt.

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