Thursday Club, London – open call – deadline 4 August 2008


The Thursday Club is an open forum discussion group for anyone interested in the theories and practices of cross-disciplinarity, interactivity, technologies and philosophies of the state-of-the-art in today’s (and tomorrow’s) cultural landscape(s). The Club is supported by the Goldsmiths Digital Studios (GDS) and the Goldsmiths Graduate School.

Originally set up in October 2005 by GDS as a more informal setting for research discussions, it has grown to include 193 members: artists, technologists, scientists – in fact, a growing diversity of people from different communities worldwide, that are connected via a mailing list and online forum.

Most importantly, there are regular meetings in ‘real’ space at the Ben Pimlott site of Goldsmiths, University of London. Anyone can attend these events. By keeping these meetings free, informal and open to all, we provide a platform for diverse and open ended discourse, for people who perhaps would not have the opportunity to discuss ideas outside of their chosen discipline.

The Thursday Club brings together people from diverse fields and degrees of expertise, aiming to initiate discussion and debates among postgraduate students, researchers, academics, artists, theorists, and other cultural practitioners.

Since it focuses on interdisciplinary practices, the Club is interested to experiment with innovative formats of presentation that are appropriate to the nature of the subject. We particularly welcome the proposal of round table discussions, panels, screenings, ‘hearings’, live gigs and performance lectures. We are also interested to platform experimental work-in-progress of both practical and theoretical nature.

Submission Materials

1. A Title and 300 word abstract of your proposal

2. A 1,000 word proposal that will substantiate your abstract as well as include information regarding issues of methodologies and format of presentation; also, this should explain why you think that the Thursday Club is an appropriate forum for the presentation of your work.

3. A 200 word biog

4. Your contact details: name, address, email, telephone number

5. Any relevant links to your work

6. A jpg of your work (if relevant)

Please send any submissions by email to Prof. Janis Jefferies ( j.jefferies [at] ) and Patrick Tresset ( ma701pt [at] ) writing ‘Thursday Club Submission’ as a Subject.

The deadline for the submission of proposals is 10AM, ON MONDAY 4 AUGUST 2008.

The submissions will be reviewed by the Thursday Club Board.


Dr. Tim Blackwell
Department of Computing, Goldsmiths; co-Head, Live Algorithms for Music Network.

Maria Chatzichristodoulou [aka Maria X] PhD Candidate Goldsmiths Digital Studios; Visiting Lecturer Goldsmiths; Curator.

Kelli Dipple
Webcasting Curator Tate

Prof. Janis Jefferies, Thursday Club Convener
Professor of Visual Arts, Department of Computing, Goldsmiths; Co-director Goldsmiths Digital Studios; Director Constance Howard Resource and Research Centre in Textiles; Curator; Artist.

Alex McLean
PhD Candidate Goldsmiths Digital Studios; Sound artist.

Myrto Karanika
MFA Student Goldsmiths Digital Studios.

Dr. Sarah Kember
Reader in New Technologies of Communication, Department of Media and Communications, Goldsmiths; Writer.

Nanda Khaorapapong
MFA Student Goldsmiths Digital Studios.

Prof. Carrie Paechter
Professor of Educational Studies, Goldsmiths; Dean of Goldsmiths Graduate School.

Artist; AHRC Fellow Goldsmiths Digital Studios.

Patrick Tresset
PhD Candidate Goldsmiths Digital Studios; Artist.

Prof. John Wood
Professor in Design, Goldsmiths.

Matthew Fuller
Reader, Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths; Writer.