The first International Conference on Transdisciplinary Imaging at the Intersections between Art, Science and Culture.


“New Imaging: transdisciplinary strategies for art beyond the new media”.

Takes place on 5 – 6  November at Artspace, 43/51 Cowper Wharf Rd, Sydney, NSW 2011.

Extended Deadline for Abstracts:  July 2nd,  2010

A profound shift is occurring in our understanding of postmodern media culture. Since the turn of the millennium the emphasis on mediation as technology and as aesthetic idiom, as opportunity for creative initiatives and for critique, has become increasingly normative and doctrinaire. Mediation and the new media arts have in fact become the new medium of critical and pedagogical discourse: like water is for fish, like culture is for cultural studies, mediation is a concept that is taken for granted now because it is itself the medium in which we think and act, in which we swim. We need a concept that is amphibian, and that can leave its medium. The concept we propose is a remediated apprehension of the image: an active image and activity of imaging beyond the boundaries of disciplinary definition, but also altering the relations of intermedia aesthetics and interdisciplinary pedagogy. This concept will need to incorporate a vibrant materialism of the image’s sensory and cognitive strata and an evanescent immaterialism of its affective qualities. Rather than locate our conference in the space of negotiation between disciplines or media (the “inter-“), we propose the opposition, transit and surpassing of the interdisciplinary by a “transdisciplinary aesthetics”, and its conceptual and physical practice of a “transdisciplinary imaging.”

The aim of the conference is to bring together artists, scholars, scientists historians and curators.

The conference will explore areas related to: Painting, Drawing, Film, Video, Photography, Computer visualization, Real-time imaging, Intelligent systems, Image Science.

Participants are asked to address at least one the following areas in their abstract:

  • remediated image
  • hypermediacy and  the iconic character of the image
  • politics of the image and/or image making in a transdisciplinary context
  • life sciences and bioart in relation to the living image
  • distributed and networked image
  • table top scale to nano
  • machines and computer vision
  • perspectival image
  • image as speculative research and critque
  • illusion, process and immediacy
  • aesthetics and the proliferation of imaging


You are invited to submit an abstract for an individual paper relevant to a conference theme as described above. The deadline for abstracts is June 25, 2010. Abstracts for individual papers should be no longer than 250 words. Please provide full contact details with your abstract.

Refereeing of papers will be done by members of an expert review panel (to Australian DEST refereed conference paper standards). All selected peer reviewed papers will be published in the online conference proceedings.

Please submit by email to conference organizer Julian Stadon

Conference chairs:

Associate Professor Su BAKER and Associate Professor Paul THOMAS

Conference Committee

Brad BUCKLEY :: Brogan BUNT :: Ted COLLESS :: Ernest EDMONDS :: Petra GEMEINBOECK:: Julian GODDARD :: Ross HARLEY :: Martyn JOLLY :: Daniel MAFE :: David THOMAS


March 31  Extended call for abstracts; July 2nd  deadline for call; July 31  peer reviewed abstracts notified; November  5  –  6  Final papers for conference 3000 words; January 6  Final Papers for refereeing; 
1  March  refereed papers returned to be published.

Conference Partners

Conference Sponsors

Australian National University, Curtin University, Queensland University of Technology, RMIT University, University of Sydney, Sydney College of the Arts, University of Technology Sydney, University of Wollongong.