CFP: Artistic practice as an alternative to news media

alternativemediaHosted by the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research and Analysis of the Media – CARISM – IFP – University of Panthéon-Assas, Paris II,10-11 June 2015 

This international conference looks at the emergence of political and artistic alternatives to mainstream information such as sit-ins, graffiti, flash-mobs, occupy movements, paintings, dance, music and photography. It also questions ways that actors and artists seize media contents and environments as a modality of contestation or to give them new echoes and meanings.The analysis of these artistic and political performances entails a critical understanding of the renewed forms that now shape public debates. The recourse to alternative expressions to tell differently the news and “everyday happenings” is therefore seen as an effective way to represent society differently. These performances become one tool to resist mainstream media narratives accused of being “anonymous” and “industrial”. The artistic act thus becomes an act of resistance that can take several shapes and forms. This conference questions the permeable frontiers between art, artistic and political performances and cultural industries to better understand how these “worlds”interact with one another.

The conference organisers are particularly interested in proposals that showcase artists’ work (including testimonies and projections). Possible topics include but are not limited to:

Art, information and public debate

Performances, resistance, arts and politics

Art, militant performances and re-enactment

Relations and ambiguities between art and news media production

The temporalities of art, media and artistic performances

The rise of new information technologies within the context of both artistic and media practices

Proposals for 20-minute presentations should include a title, an abstract (300-500 words), the name and institutional affiliation of the presenter and a concise biography (100 words). All submissions and inquiries should be sent by November 15, 2014 to:, and/or

Deadline for the submission of proposals: November 15, 2014

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