This theme addresses the question of how material and affective bodies interface with the informational environments of contemporary mixed realities involving ubiquitous, pervasive, or tangible computing as well as implementations of real-time communicational systems. How do we, as artist-engineers, software developers, interaction designers, and critical theorists articulate, analyze, and evaluate the spatial and temporal 'interlacings,' 'augmentations,' and 'hybridizations' at stake in the mixed realities of specific digital art projects? When ubiquity tends towards 'calmly' intelligent embeddedness in the various folds and events of the lifeworld, does its effect remain irrevocably prior to or beyond embodied human awareness and affect? Or does calm embeddedness rather solicit more intense forms of temporalization, affective and sensate involvement, perceptual recognition, and conceptual explicitation?
Ulrik Ekman, Assistant Professor, Department for Cultural Studies and the Arts University of Copenhagen. firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark Hansen, Professor in the Program in Literature and in Information Science+Information Studies at Duke University. email@example.com