Call for Papers

“After Post-truth”
2nd Interface Politics Conference

Critical approaches to creativity in the age of multi-truth. The perspective of art, design, grassroots technology, pedagogy, activism, user cultures and other collective practices.

Conference dates: November 28-29-30, 2018
Submission deadline: June 1, 2018

BAU – Design College of Barcelona
Carrer Pujades 118
08005 Barcelona
Catalonia, SPAIN

Organized by GREDITS – Academic Research group on Design and Social Transformation. In collaboration with Artnodes and Hangar.

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☛ See extended version of the Conference themes

Post-truth is the term coined to define a linguistic regime in which objective facts are less influential in the formation of public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief. This phenomenon can be analysed as a specific system of interfaces where a whole set of communicative, technical, social, political and economic issues converge.

Contributors from diverse disciplinary backgrounds are invited to submit communications that address this theme through a high variety of possible angles:

  1. Mutations in the semiotic production of truth in the current social and technological context:
    1. Critical theory and research about “veridiction contracts”
      New notions of realism.
      Ways to establish shared criteria for trust.
      A semiotics of suspicion.
    2. The symbolic efficacy of signs and the post-alphabetical society.
      Iconography as a linguistic model.
    3. Psychology of deception and cognitive prejudice.
      Post-truth as a conflict between a social bond and one based on emotional response competences.
  2. New forms of power in a networked society, the decline of public sphere and its future:
    1. Politics and mass media in the age of post-political languages and global social media.
    2. The building of the past and tradition as fraud.
    3. Algorithmic propaganda and the technological design of misinformation.
    4. Education and post-truth.
    5. The power of data: invisible hierarchies and a political critique of transparency.
      The decline of a data-based public sphere and proposals for its revitalisation.
    6. The life of objects in the anthropocene: deception, opacity and material truths of socio-technical devices.
    7. Creative and grassroots activism.
      The political agency of masks, heteronomies, and improper identities
  3. The crisis of traditional representation and new ways of seeing: the design of transparency, aesthetics of obfuscation, and user subcultures.
    1. The crisis of traditional corporate design in the age of user cultures.
      Shifts in emotional communication and designer’s responsibility.
      New non-corporate design practices (user design, unrecognisable or “brutalist” styles, camouflage, amateur professional practices, automatic design). Historicism, mannerism, revival: the use of pastiche and irony in postmodern design.
    2. The evolution of cultural industries and their criticism
      Objective fiction and new formats in TV and network cinema.
    3. Reality in drag: the evolution of the artistic/activist fake.
      Invisible art, fictions and revelations in contemporary art.
      Memes and user subcultures: the collapse of critical irony in dystopian times.
    4. The design of transparency.
      Parametric truths and fictions in algorithmic representations (objects and possible/impossible bodies, subcultures in fabrication, digitisation and maker cultures).
      New ways of seeing: the photography after Google.
    5. Technological disobedience, rebellion and sabotage.
      Counter-production of data.
      Infrastructure design for counter-surveillance and obfuscation.
      Machines to deceive other machines.
      Sabotage of capture devices.
      Artificial intelligence and its cultural biases.
      Blockchain technologies and the automatisation of trust.
      Ethics and aesthetics of trolls and bots.
    6. Learning from the copy: manipulations, versions and fakes as learning tools.

Submissions (more details in Proceedings)

Submission should be sent by June 1, 2018 (included) to callforpapers@gredits.org and must include:

1. An English abstract:

  • PDF format
  • unsigned (for blind peer-reviewing)
  • no more than 500 words
  • 5 keywords (according to the topics of the call)

The abstract may include:

  • a Catalan and/or Spanish version
  • a short bibliography

2. The author’s bio (in either English, Catalan or Spanish) which must include:

  • academic affiliation
  • author’s email
  • links to author’s work, academic or personal webpage
  • a photo portrait of the author.

The organization will email the authors of accepted papers, starting July 15, 2018. Final papers will be due by October 20, 2018.

All accepted papers will be published in the official proceedings of the congress, to be available online and under a Creative Commons license.

A selection of accepted papers will be published in a special issue of the Artnodes journal in 2019.

Further inquiries about the congress and the submission process should be addressed to callforpapers@gredits.org