The SloMoCommittee is pleased to announce SloMoCo, an experiment in refiguring the conference form via global collaborations in collective knowledge-production, cybernetically informed learning-making structurations, and telematically mediated field practice. There are five categories: talk/papers, practice-works, micro-residencies, and seminars or courses, and an experimental category. On the SloMoCo website, you will find a list of MOCO topics as well as SloMoCo special topics.
SloMoCo will host events across three phases. Each phase has its own deadline. You may propose activities that stretch across phases or become active during different phases; in this case submit only one application for the first phase your submission engages.
SloMoCo is accepting submissions in the following formats. These may be helpful in articulating how your project may relate to SloMoCo; if not, perhaps the experimental category is for you. If you’re not sure where your work might fall, don’t hesitate to reach out.
For examples of projects, please see what Spring participants have contributed to our proceedings, the SloMoCo Manifold. SloMoCommittee is curating an are.na channel that bring more disparate references into resonance with the SloMoCo project. Finally, the MOCO proceedings from previous conferences in the ACM Digital Library is a wonderful source of pr0jects engaging movement and computing that are of perennial interest to the MOCO community.
SloMoCo offers micro-residencies to single or team artists-researchers proposing a research/creative question, vector, proposition, speculation, or practice. SloMoCommittee will help micro-residents to engage with and draw on the MOCO community in order to assemble the resources to incubate, iterate, and articulate these propositions. While many residency programs provide practitioners with the opportunity to work intensively, hermetically, and esoterically, consider how the durational aspirations of SloMoCo may afford other modes of working extensively, promiscuously, and exoterically.
Microresidencies run for an entire phase. At the end of the phase, you’ll be able to apply to extend your micro-residency a second phase. You may indicate a custom duration for your micro-residency; in this case please articulate your reasoning.
SloMoCommittee will work with micro-residents to help assess how SloMoCo can provide support for the ongoing project. Potential examples of support include WIP showing, workshops, amplifying calls for collaborators, brokering proposals to institutional MOCO affiliates for local space use, etc. In the Spring, micro-residents had an in-person exhibition opportunity at a public art exhibition.
Microresidents will be grouped into cohorts and assigned a SloMoCounselor who will act as an intermediary between your project an the committee, arrange and organize support for your project as it is helpful, and facilitate cohort check-ins.
Microresidents are assigned a presentation slot among presentations and performances, which they can use however they find the opportunity useful to their practice.
Talk/paper presentation event
SloMoCo maintains the effectiveness of traditional modes of knowledge dissemination such as the paper and the talk. Talk/papers in SloMoCo may build towards a submission for 2022 MOCO ACM publication, or perhaps they venture into modes more playful, experimental, or provocative.
There is no pre-given form for texts. While authors may choose to conform to ACM formats typically observed within MOCO, texts will be published to our SloMoCo Manifold instance via GoogleDoc. Manifold, an e-publishing platform created by scholars at CUNY and the University of Minnesota Press, allows for media embeds and other expressive more-than-textual interventions; we encourage authors to consider allowing these affordances to inform their work.
Like typical conference formats, paper authors will present their work alongside related works in a telematic session. Unlike traditional conferences, we encourage authors publishing a version of their research on the Manifold ahead of their presentation so that the community can engage asynchronously. After their presentation, authors are invited to revise based on relevant comments and engagement and publish a subsequent version (Manifold affords unique versioning/iterative abilities).
For submissions, we follow more flexible humanities and arts style protocols: asking only for a short abstract. In an additional section, you will describe how you imagine your work presented as part of SloMoCo. Following arts & humanities models, authors may also submit roundtables and panels organized around thematic areas. In the case of panels, each author should submit their abstract separately but indicate their inclusion in a pre-organized panel.
Roundtable submissions may be singular, but overarching themes and authors/collaborators they would like to include in the roundtable.
Practice Works: Performance, Installation, Workshop
SloMoCo invites proposals for practice works, a loose umbrella term that includes artistic-creative production and experimentation including but not limited to performances, installations, and workshops. In general, practice work submissions will be more fully composed than residency submissions.
SloMoCo is especially interested in highlighting interactive practice works. Over the last year, the art and performing arts worlds have modulated their practices with screen-based and networked modes of convention and convocation. How can somatically informed art-creation practices leverage telematics in ways which do not simply make up the zoom room as a black box? Without the control of the blackbox or gallery, how do immersive installation practices translate into people’s homes? What toolkits, techniques, and pedagogies are sufficient for exploring these new areas.
An experimental submission may include some aspects of different categories, or none of the above. Please indicate in your proposal why your work does not fit in the above categories.