Sounds, Images and Data 2015, hosted at New York University, Reinhardt School is a conference that analyzes the role of the artists and curators in creating new experiences and aesthetics in the 21st century. By mixing a series of contemporary technologies, big data, social media practices and innovative approaches both to curating and artistic practices, contemporary creators and commentators are envisaging and constructing a different world where different strands collide. These practices could be defined as convergent, but they actually bring a complexity to the field of studies that cannot be subsumed under an homologating system, rather it appears to produce multiple and sometimes contradictory aesthetics.

The conference will analyze the following themes, but will be open to a wide range of proposals in the field that tackle the issues from a variety of perspectives.

  • Curating Sounds, Images and Big Data
  • Artistic Practices in Sounds, Images and Data
  • Theories of Sounds, Images and Data
  • Aesthetics of Sounds, Images and Data
  • Convergence or Divergence?
  • Experimental Practices of Sounds, Images and Data
  • Sounds, Images and Data in Relation to Traditional Practices

The aim of the conference is to bring together artists, theorists, scholars, sound engineers, experts in data visualization, historians and curators. The conference speakers will present papers that respond to the themes of sound art, images and big data and that will range from artistic practices, historization processes, aesthetics and curatorial studies, spanning from the fine arts to contemporary media arts, cultural representations and including archiving practices. The conference is also opened to areas of conceptualization, aesthetic and philosophical analyses of sounds, images and data.

All information for abstract submissions and registration can be found here.

The conference website is here.