The next New Media Caucus Symposium will take place from September 30th-October 2nd 2022 at Virginia Tech and will focus on the theme of "Future Bodies."

The New Media Caucus (NMC) is an international non-profit association formed to promote the development and understanding of new media art. We represent and serve: artists, designers, practitioners, historians, theorists, educators, students, and scholars. Recognizing new media art to be inherently interdisciplinary, multimodal, and evolving, we support and advance a wide range of inquiry to catalyze further evolution of the field.

The NMC is committed to extending and sustaining the diversity of our community, board, and membership, to promote an environment of equality, inclusion, and respect for difference. We prioritize inclusion as an ongoing collaborative process of growth that we continually address, both within the Caucus and in our field.


Future Bodies will present a constellation of new interdisciplinary research and practice in new media that considers the role of bodies, broadly conceived, in our collective future.

As both material and metaphorical entities, bodies are at once subject to historical context and act as agents in forging new horizons of experience. Future Bodies will convene conversations around a set of interrelated questions about how bodies shape and intersect with art, technology, data, ecology, and history. We invite participants to explore how specific bodies, as sites of tension and contestation, are rendered, identified, and understood, and in turn, how they enable us to imagine and instantiate new futures inside and outside of established systems.


Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant research university located in Blacksburg, VA, nestled in the Appalachian Mountains of western Virginia. The symposium will be co-hosted by the School of Visual Arts, the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology, and the Moss Arts Center.

Symposium events will take place at the Moss Arts Center, the Armory, Henderson Hall, and the Creativity and Innovation District Live Learn Community building, and the Lyric Theater.


The Future Bodies symposium will take place from September 30th-October 2nd 2022.

The keynote address will be on September 30th at 10am EST at the Lyric Theater in downtown Blacksburg. It will also be live-streamed.

Click here for a downloadable schedule of the symposium.


Participating Artists:


micha cárdenas

Free and open to the public.

micha cárdenas, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Performance, Play and Design, and Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she directs the Critical Realities Studio. Her book Poetic Operations, forthcoming from Duke University Press, proposes algorithmic analysis to develop a trans of color poetics. cárdenas’s co-authored books The Transreal: Political Aesthetics of Crossing Realities (2012) and Trans Desire / Affective Cyborgs (2010) were published by Atropos Press. She is co-editor of the book series Queer/Trans/Digital at NYU Press, with Amanda Philips and Bo Ruberg. She is a first generation Colombian American. Her articles have been published in Transgender Studies Quarterly, GLQ: Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, AI & Society, Scholar & Feminist Online, the Ada Journal of Gender, New Media and Technology, among others.

This keynote address is made possible by UVA Arts & the UVA Office of the Provost and the Vice Provost for the Arts at the University of Virginia, with a contribution from the Virginia Tech Women and Minority Artists and Scholars Lecture Series.


Click here to register!

Registration Costs

$220 - In-person General Registration
$150 - In-person Non-Institutionally Supported, Underemployed or Experiencing Financial Hardship
$150 - Remote Everyone
$90 - In-person Full-time Student

The New Media Caucus (NMC) invites participants in the 2022 Future Bodies Symposium & Exhibition to apply for scholarships to offset the cost of attendance. Preference will be given to applicants with demonstrated need, as well as those who promote our mission of diversity and inclusivity.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning on July 1 and ending on July 15, 2022. Applicants must provide a 300 word (maximum) application statement and a short biography (100-200 words).

Applications are now closed. Decisions will be forthcoming by the end of July.

This opportunity is funded in part by the Institute for Society, Culture and Environment at Virginia Tech.


The deadline for submissions for both the symposium sessions and the exhibition is midnight March 31, 2022. Submission types include: artworks, symposium panels, individual paper/research presentations, workshops, artist talks, and experimental presentations. To submit work, fill out the appropriate Google Form listed below. Please check the submission forms for detailed submission requirements.

Note that you may submit work to both the symposium and the exhibition.


Full Call For Proposals (pdf download)

Submission Forms

Submissions have now closed.

Committee Members

Steering Committee: Co-Chairs: Jessye McDowell, Zachary Duer, and Meredith Drum. Members: Chelsea Thompto, Johanna Gosse, Mat Rappaport, Martin Calvino, Mona Kasra, Nick Bontrager, Rebecca Forstater, Victoria Bradbury

Exhibition Committee: Chair: Martin Calvino; Members are Constanza Salazar, Jennifer Zaylea, Jessye McDowell, Meredith Drum, Mona Kasra, Nate King, Zachary Duer

Symposium Committee: Co-chairs: Chelsea Thompto, Johanna Gosse

Secondary Reviewers for Exhibition: Abishek Narula, Adam Eddy, Amanda Lechner, Blake Carrington, Caleb Flood, Caroline Voagen Nelson, Clint Sleeper, Chris Kojzar, Deb Sim, Dustin Dennis, Eden Unluata-Foley, Jonah Brucker-Cohen, Kim Lyle, KT Duffy, Lydia Moyer, Liz Flyntz, Mariam Eqbal, Peter Bussigel, Rachel Clarke, Rene Cepeda, Rebecca Forstater, Sam Blanchard, Tacie Jones, Thomas Tucker

Secondary Reviewers for Symposium: Adia Sykes, Alejandro T. Acierto, Helen Star, Jessye McDowell, Meredith Drum, Robert Derr


Travel and Lodging

Getting to Virgina Tech

By Air

Roanoke Regional Airport is the closest airport to Blacksburg. It is approximately a 40 minute drive from the airport to Blacksburg.

Bus to Blacksburg from ROA Airport

The Smart Way bus travels from the Roanoke Regional Airport to the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg. The fare is $4.00 each way, payable in cash (the drivers do not carry change) at the time of boarding the bus.

Blacksburg Transit

While Blacksburg is a small town, there is a municipal bus system, Blacksburg Transit.

Blacksburg Area Hotels

The Inn at Virginia Tech

Residence Inn

Hyatt Place

Parking for the Symposium

The most convenient parking location for symposium events is the North End Center Parking Garage. Visitors may park on levels 1 and 2 for a $6 daily charge paid at the garage. See the map below.

For additional options on campus, please see the Virginia Tech parking information for contactless visitor parking through ParkMobile.

For additional parking options in the town of Blacksburg, please see this guide to downtown Blacksburg parking.


For additional information, please inquire at: futurebodies@newmediacaucus.org