Event: Launch of 'Version' Online Journal

Date: Thursday, April 2, 2009
Time: 5-7pm
Location: gallery@calit2, Atkinson Hall, UC San Diego

The public is invited to celebrate the launch of 'Version' at a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 2, at the gallery@Calit2, located in Atkinson Hall on the UCSD campus. The reception will include a presentation of the history of the development of Version by its co-editors, Visual Arts professor Jordan Crandall and postdoctoral associate Caleb Waldorf. The UCSD Division of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) is producing Version in conjunction with UCSD's Visual Arts Department, Division of Arts and Humanities, and Software Studies Initiative. Additional support was provided by the UCSD Center for the Humanities; the University of California Institute for Research in the Arts (UCIRA); the Center for Research in Computing and the Arts (CRCA); and the University of California Digital Arts Research Network (UCDARnet).

To read the news release announcing Version, click here. http://www.calit2.net/newsroom/release.php?id=1490
To visit the online journal, go to http://version.org.


Version is a new online journal for short-form writing and media work.  It presents scenes, incidents, encounters, and sensory experiences drawn from everyday life, in which concepts are not only elaborated but enacted.

The inaugural edition of the online journal includes contributions by Benjamin Bratton, Alphonso Lingis, Masao Miyoshi, Allen Shelton, Lesley Stern, Kathleen Stewart, Michael Taussig, and John Welchman.

Each Version editorial item adheres to formal constraints:  a maximum of 500 words, 5 images, or 50 seconds.  

With its formal and rhetorical approach, Version embodies new patterns of readership and network-enabled economies of attention, which can involve time-constrained multitasking and transversal readings across media venues.  It spans specialized discourses, genre categories, and disciplinary divides, while encouraging the reception, rearrangement and redistribution of its material in new social networks and assemblages.  It is less a bounded publication than an editorial ecology -- a dynamic system through which unexpected editorial properties and forms can emerge.

Version works in close-up, cultivating moods, atmospheres, and various forms of bodily apprehension and awareness.  It aims for a quality of intimacy, presence, and affective charge:  a material openness to unexpected forms of encounter.  At the same time, it works laterally, conducting transversal operations across object-boundaries, attuned to the rhythms, flows, and layered ecologies that constitute the phenomenal world.

Website Design and Development:  Caleb Waldorf and John W. Pattenden-Fail.