Call: online, mobile & unplugged social networking

THE SOCIAL – ONLINE, MOBILE AND UNPLUGGED SOCIAL NETWORKING
CALL FOR CONFERENCE SUBMISSIONS

Futuresonic 2008
Urban Festival of Art, Music & Ideas
1-4 May, Manchester, UK

Futuresonic 04

(Took this picture of Tapio Makela playing “Schminky” at Futuresonic 2004)

The Futuresonic international conference and the Social Technologies
Summit invite proposals for talks, presentations, workshops and
session themes. Submissions of innovative formats for social
interaction and experimentation are encouraged.

The conference theme is The Social – Online, Mobile and Unplugged
Social Networking.

The Futuresonic conference is a place where important international
discussions take place. Over recent years hype about social software
and web 2.0 has raged largely unchecked. The conference will bring
together leading figures to unpick the hype around the latest
technological zeitgeist, broaden the debate, and propose and explore
a critical understanding of social technologies.

Deadline for conference submissions — 5pm 18th December 2007

http://www.futuresonic.com/submissions-conference

See also — A GBP 5000 commission plus many other opportunities are
available
in the Futuresonic 2008 Art, Music & EVNTS calls for submissions.

http://www.futuresonic.com/getinvolved

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THE CONFERENCE

Futuresonic brings 500 opinion formers, futurologists, artists,
technologists and scientists from the digital culture, music and art
communities to Manchester for four days of seminars, workshops and
events.

At the heart of the festival is the internationally-acclaimed
Futuresonic conference, and its focal point the Social Technologies
Summit.

http://www.futuresonic.com/submissions-conference

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CONFERENCE THEME
THE SOCIAL – ONLINE, MOBILE AND UNPLUGGED SOCIAL NETWORKING

Digital culture burns bright with a vision of being not in isolation
but in groups, placing the relations between people first. Beyond the
hype lies ever greater isolation and conformity. Join us as we go in
search of the social.

The 2008 conference will explore the theme of The Social – Online,
Mobile and Unplugged Social Networking. The conference will also mark
40 years since people took to the streets of Paris in 1968 calling
for society to be abolished, and will assess the claims of todays
digital culture as a potential catalyst of radical change amidst
wider currents of radicalism.

Computers have become social interfaces for sharing digital media and
collaborating to build online communities and folksonomies. Social
technologies create an extension of social space, and new ways for
people to come together, meet and share in today’s society. As well
as social software such as MySpace, Flickr, YouTube and FaceBook,
there are technologies created and maintained by social networks,
such as communities of developers and users working collaboratively
with open source tools, or that enable people to connect with each
other in public places, or that bind people together in their
everyday lives.

The Social Technologies Summit will explore the new social spaces and
the social implications of technologies for the many different kinds
of people who make, use and are affected by them.

Some proclaim the death of email. Life is supposed to be ‘more
social’ – easier to communicate, the world at our finger tips, more
sharing, more social. But this is a time when we see how electronic
communication can isolate us, as more and more people drown in a
deluge of email that generates stress, even reducing IQ.
Additionally, ‘online communities’ are based upon an artificial
equivalence between ‘users’ which obscures power relationships and
issues of ownership.

In all parts of the globe people are seeking to open up or hold onto
places to meet and communicate freely, online and offline. In India
we see emergent kinds of community media, in South Korea new social
uses of the mobile internet, and in Brazil the spread of ‘cultural
hotspots’.

Join us as we go in search of the social today.

http://www.futuresonic.com/submissions-conference

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CALL FOR CONFERENCE SUBMISSIONS

Futuresonic now invites submissions to the Futuresonic conference and
the Social Technologies Summit.

Proposals for talks, presentations and workshops plus also session
themes are invited. Submissions of innovative formats for social
interaction and experimentation are encouraged.

For details on submitting to the conference visit
http://www.futuresonic.com/submissions-conference

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BOOKING INFORMATION

— If you want to meet the creative thinkers, artists, programmers,
digital media experts, scientists, industry specialists, hardware and
software developers, marketers, political thinkers and activists

— If you want to find out about new technologies and their impact on
tomorrow’s society

— If you are looking for new and exciting ways to create, do
business and interact

Then sign up early to the Futuresonic conference and the Social
Technologies Summit.

Email Your Name, Address and Contact Details to
ideas2008@futuresonic.com to receive full conference details and
priority booking options.

CONFERENCE PASS

Early Bird Delegate Pass
GBP 60 (must be bought by February 1 2008)
Advance Delegate Pass
GBP 100
Delegate Pass (on the door)
GBP 150
Students/Concessions
GBP 30

Further discounts available for group bookings.

A limited number of pay-what-you-can Day Passes will be available on
each day of the conference.

The Conference Pass includes access to all festival events.

Email your name, address and contact details to
ideas2008@futuresonic.com and we will send you full details on
Futuresonic Conference 2008 as well as priority booking options.

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FUTURESONIC 2008

Futuresonic has 4 strands: Art, Music, Ideas and EVNTS. Currently in
its 12th year, the festival occupies the orbits of both music and
digital culture.

A focus in recent years has been presenting artworks in unexpected
city spaces, and on social art and social technologies.

Futuresonic now invites artists, thinkers and makers to get social
and present new types of collaborative social experience at
Futuresonic 2008.

This is a time when we see how electronic communication can isolate
us, as more and more people drown in a deluge of email that generates
stress, even reducing IQ; and it is 40 years since people took to the
streets of Paris in 1968 calling for society to be abolished.

Join us as we go in search of the social today.

Web 2.0…
I take part
you take part
he takes part
we take part
you all take part
they profit.
(Slogan from Paris ’68, remixed)

http://www.futuresonic.com

Futuresonic is supported by Arts Council England North West and
presented in association with Imagination at Lancaster, Lancaster
University.

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