Special issue of Culture Machine vol. 11;
edited by Sarah Kember and Joanna Zylinska (both at Goldsmiths,
University of London)

This is a call for papers and non-papers alike. It is open to artists,
intellectuals, writers, philosophers, analysts, scientists, journalists
and media professionals who have something to say about the media that
extends beyond the conventional forms of media analysis. It is also a
call for enacting a different, creative mode of doing ‘media studies’.
Taking seriously both the philosophical legacy of what the Kantian and
Foucauldian tradition calls ‘critique’, and the transformative and
interventionist energy of the creative arts, we are looking for playful,
experimental yet rigorous cross-disciplinary interventions and
inventions that are equally at home with critical theory and media
practice, and that can make a difference – academically,
institutionally, politically, ethically and aesthetically.

This creative media project arises out of an attempt on our part to work
through and reconcile, in a manner that would be ‘satisfactory’ on both
an intellectual and artistic level, academic writing and creative
practice. This effort has to do with more than just the usual anxieties
associated with attempts to breach the ‘theory-practice’ divide and
negotiate the associated issues of rigour, skill, technical competence
and aesthetic judgement. Working in and with creative media is for us
first and foremost an epistemological question of how we can perform
knowledge differently through a set of practices that also ‘produce

‘Creative media’ functions as both a theme and a methodology for us here
then. Our aim is to produce an issue ‘about creative media’ by means of
a variety of creative media. We are therefore seeking works which are
situated across the conventional boundaries of theory and practice, art
and activism, social sciences and the humanities. Such works can take a
variety of forms – essays on, polemics with regard to, and performances
of what it means to ‘do media’ both creatively and critically. They can
also incorporate a variety of media, from moving and still images,
through to podcasts, wikis and tweets, to creative writing and
traditional papers. (And yes, language also counts as a medium.)

Executive summary (of sorts)
We are looking for surprising, inventive and original work on media that
does something different, is equally at home with critical theory and
media practice, and plays with the medium of the media.

Deadline for submissions: 15 October 2009

Potential contributors are encouraged to contact the editors prior to
this date to discuss their possible submissions.

Please submit your contributions by email to:
Joanna Zylinska & Sarah Kember:
<> & <>

All contributions will be peer-reviewed.

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