This is a copy of the email announcement that was distributed for MelbourneDAC. It was prior to the call for papers and call for works and was a heads up. We had set a date for the event but the online management system wasn't ready to receive papers, however people were asking, so a generic announcement was made. It was also distributed so that people could pencil it into their diaries, after all to travel to an international conference requires a good 18 to 24 months notice for preparing funding applications and the like. The email was distributed to every new media, computer game, cultural theory and interent theory themed list I could find. I think it totalled 27 or so. I also sent it to over 60 individuals. The email obviously points out where and when, but also thematically contextualised the conference.
Digital Arts and Culture::2003
The 2003 iteration of the Digital Arts and
Culture (DAC) international conference series is to be held on the city campus of RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia from May 19 to 23, 2003.
MelbourneDAC:streaming wor(l)ds will bring together an international cohort of artists, practitioners, developers, theorists and teachers to define and explore major themes and ideas confronting contemporary new media practice. The 2003 event will explore the theory and practice of computer gaming, ergodic narrative, distributed and/or immersive performance environments, and streaming media with a particular focus on the real, imagined and wished for worlds that these things create.
[what is the Digital Arts and Culture conference?] DAC was founded in 1998 by Espen Aarseth as an international conference focusing on new media theory and practice in critical contexts. DAC seeks to bring together new media artists and theorists in a spirit of collaboration and exploration. It has nurtured a significant international community of young and innovative researchers, artists and scholars in the interdisciplinary field of new media, and has become the benchmark conference for research and collaborative endeavour in new media. DAC offers a forum that recognises the importance of bringing together leading practitioners from art and theory for the exchange of ideas and to develop international professional networks and knowledge economies. MelbourneDAC:streaming wor(l)ds intends to continue this role through the papers, panels, forums, and exhibition it hosts, and the innovative series of collaborative workshops and events that will be undertaken by all conference participants. The mission of MelbourneDAC is to exchange ideas and promote new developments in digital arts and culture and to ensure that all participants develop relevant and sustainable professional communities.
A call for papers will be distributed shortly.
A call for entries for the MelbourneDAC::streaming wor(l)ds exhibition will be distributed shortly.
All conference material will be published (all participants will receive their copy during MelbourneDac).
A mentoring process will be available to postgraduate students and new academics who wish to have feedback in the development of their contributions.
A moderated announcement list for all interested in receiving additional information and updates is available. Subscription details at http://monaro.adc.rmit.edu.au/mailman/listinfo/dac/
a web site containing this and other information is located at http://hypertext.rmit.edu.au/dac/
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