Meanwhile, in Kyrgyzstan

Monday 29th November, 2021 - Bruce Sterling

The Nomadic Image 2022
The Seventh Transdisciplinary Conference on Imaging at the Intersections of Art, Science, and Culture

23 – 25 September 2022

Virtual and in-person, Naryn, Kyrgyzstan

ABSTRACT SUBMISSIONS: Deadline 15 March 2022


The Seventh Transdisciplinary Imaging Conference will be held in the Central Asian republic of Kyrgyzstan, a country where equestrian nomadism remains a powerful cultural signifier. In Deleuze and Guattari’s nomadology, the nomad pursues pure lines of flight across the steppe, desert, or ocean: smooth, continually shifting spaces that stand in opposition to the striated, enclosed world of the settled State. Similarly, images traverse and produce unbounded, uncharted spaces whose circumference shifts, expands, and dissolves. Confounding distinctions between arrival and departure, every return of the image is a phantom, as illusory as the belief that the earth returns to the same spot after orbiting the sun. Heterogeneous and dynamic, de-territorialised and de-territorialising, how do the image’s nomadic flights construct and reflect the textures of the everyday?

In a hybrid online and in-person event hosted by the University of Central Asia on its Naryn campus, the conference offers an exciting opportunity for international participants to connect with Kyrgyz and other Central Asian creatives and scholars, and to explore experimental imaging cultures at the crossroads between East and West, and hypermodernity and tradition.

We invite abstracts for i) written papers for a peer-reviewed volume of conference proceedings to be published by the University of Central Asia; ii) panel discussions; iii) we also encourage creative practitioners to address the conference theme in more informal talks that present their work.

Submissions are invited from practitioners and theorists in Media Arts, Painting, Drawing, Curation, Installation, Film, Video, Photography, Design, Contemporary Craft, Speculative Fictions, Creative Non-Fiction, Data Visualization, Real-time Imaging, Intelligent Systems and Image Science.

Papers, panel discussions and talks should address the theme of “the nomadic image” from any angle, in one or more of the following areas: • traditional and contemporary nomadisms • migration and diasporas • hypermediation and post-truth• everyday aesthetics • the contemporary gaze • transnational imaginaries • gender and identity • data visualisaton and coded realities • augmented and virtual reality • non-visual imaging • embodiment and performance •

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Please submit your abstract by 15th March 2022

Conference Founder and Series Chair: Hon. Prof. Paul Thomas, University of New South Wales, Faculty of Arts, Design & Architecture
Co-Chairs 2022: Soheil Ashrafi, University of Central Asia, and Michael Garbutt, University of New South Wales, Faculty of Arts, Design & Architecture