TWO Thousand + NINE
Two Thousand + NINE
<<< 4th international symposium focusing on user-generated-content >>>

The edition of Two Thousand + NINE once again ran in parallel with the Sonorities Festival of Contemporary Music (, hosted by the Sonic Arts Research Center, Queen's University Belfast ( The festival is the longest-running new music festival in Ireland that presents cutting-edge new music and features some of the most thought-provoking and controversial musicians.

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(this page will have excerpts of video recordings of the symposium)



Original Call for papers/presentations:

Dissemination of “content” has dramatically been challenged by environments such as Facebook, Youtube and Second Life as these introduce notionally open platforms that live off content created by users. Although user generated content has fulfilled the engagement requirement of many social networking environments, a question emerges in relation to the role of creative practice in a context which promotes malleable, transitory and user-led media. In a world of post-personalisation, digital media is faced with issues of locality, context and mobility. Although numerous applications have been built on creating environments within which personal preferences, approaches or visions can be implemented, the question of how design processes and creative practice strategies address these new media is still unanswered.

- How do notions of open form and interactive media relate to user-centred interaction design?

- What does the shift from object to environment imply for contemporary artistic practice?

- How can we develop design strategies for addressing rich media environments which incorporate user-generated, locative and sensor-based content?

The Two-Thousand + NINE Symposium invites researchers from fields as diverse as music, architecture, design, philosophy, dance or technology to address the interface between creative practice and user-led content in new media.


The original call was posted here on WordPress.





Date: Saturday, 16th of May 2009

Location: Sonic Arts Research Center/Belfast,

Closing Concert with Pauline Oliveros, 8pm


Keynote Speaker

Professor Steve Dixon (Brunel University)

Steve is an internationally renowned researcher in the use of computer technologies in the performing arts, and is co-director of the AHRC-funded Digital Performance Archive, which established the largest online searchable database in the field.
His 800-page book Digital Performance (MIT Press, 2007) is the most comprehensive study to date, providing a detailed history and analysis of the field and proposing bold new theoretical arguments. It has been acclaimed in scholarly reviews as ‘Herculean’, ‘stunning’, ‘groundbreaking’, and ‘seminal’, and it has won two international awards: the Association of American Publishers Award for Excellence in Music and the Performing Arts (Professional/Scholarly Publishing Awards); and the Lewis Mumford Award for Outstanding Scholarship in the Ecology of Technics, (Media Ecology Association).

Personal Web Page


Downloadable Documents

Schedule of the day (Presenters' names, titles and times of presentations)

Prorgamme of the day (Booklet with presenters' abstracts and short bios)


All queries should be directed to:
f r a n z i s k a     s c h r o e d e r
f.schroeder [at]

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