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15 - 22 July 2014

1. SymbioticA
2. Opportunities
3. Conferences, Talks & Symposiums
4. Exhibitions, Theatre & Events
5. Stuff We Like

1.a SymbioticA related activities

New Masters Programme at UWA run by SymbioticA!
Master of Biological Arts - coursework and dissertation This degree is unique in the world! It is dedicated to interdisciplinary research, learning and critique of life sciences. It is designed for experienced art practitioners, scientists, or humanities scholars who wish to engage with creative bioresearch.

Key features:
Cross-disciplinary experimentation in art and science Engages in wet biology practice in a biological science department A new means of creative inquiry and artistic investigation Comprises Art and Science units and a major project and dissertation Run by SymbioticA - a leader in Biological Arts with world renowned academics

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The Cannery Arts Centre, Esperance, WA
19 July - 31 August, 2014
Presented by Art On The Move (supported by The Department of Culture and the Arts Western Australia) Adaptation comes to Esperance! From the microbe to the macro, and everything in between, Adaptation is an artistic research project partnership between SymbioticA and the City of Mandurah.
The participating artists responded to their environmental concerns through biology and scientific methods, and went beyond didactic or descriptive artworks to those that challenge the viewer to think about the broader issues surrounding the Lake Clifton site in Mandurah (home to the trombolites).
Opening: 18 July, 6pm, Cliffs Gallery, Cannery Arts Centre, Esperance

Biotechnologies, Synthetic Biology, A Life and the Arts Web companion of the Leonardo ebook Meta-Life. Co-edited by Oron Catts and featuring papers from Oron Catts and Ionat Zurr's research.

Nerves in Patterns on a Screen

Devon Ward
Runs until 22 July 2014
Paper Mountain Gallery, Perth Western Australia Nerves in Patterns on a Screen is a speculative exhibition by Devon Ward that investigates the levels of care and control that humans maintain over microscopic life in order to generate knowledge. Traditionally a hierarchical order is maintained during laboratory experiments, whereby someone observes and something is observed. This project explores how biological technologies that digitally record the activities of life can be re-framed as a means of destabilizing this order. Instead of extending of our perceptual boundaries, the limits of the observational tools are shown.Living neural tissue is employed as both medium and agent in this project.
Digital animations are choreographed and corrupted by the electrical signals of neurons as our technological gaze is disrupted by the agency of life. A collection of chapbooks accompanies the digital, featuring typographic collages and biodigital poetries that cut up the rules of language. These works ruminate on the imposition of symbolism on both digital and biological life, creating a biosemiotic exchange in which an electrical impulses are imbued with meaning.
Nerves in Patterns on a Screen is the culmination of Devon’s research while pursuing a Master of Biological Art with SymbioticA at the University of Western Australia. During this research, he engaged with scientific laboratory practices, drawing inspiration from the unpredictable and sometimes chaotic experiences when working with wet biology. The outcome, Nerves in Patterns on a Screen, explores the digitization of life processes and the materiality of the digital.

1.b SymbioticA Friday seminar series

Public Workshop with Tom Mirovski

Date: 18 July 2014
Time: 3:00pm
Location: SymbioticA
Speaker: Tom Mirovski

Through the Richter Research Abroad Fellowship from Occidental College, Tom Mirovski is conducting a creative research project at SymbioticA. Inspired by Burroughsian cut-ups, Deleuzean becoming, and Dadaism, his aim has been to use red, green, and blue fluorescent bacteria to generate artifacts, word-collages, biopoetry, and other explorations.

Public talk with Darren Moore (Title & Abstract TBA)

Date: 25 July 2014
Time: 3:00pm
Location: SymbioticA
Speaker: Darren Moore

Darren Moore is a drummer, composer and electronic musician born in Edinburgh, Scotland. Having lived his formative years in Perth, Australia, he graduated from the Western Australian Conservation at Edith Cowan University with a Bachelor in Music (Jazz Performance) in 1997. He has since lived and worked professionally as a musician in Perth, London, Melbourne, Sydney, and Singapore.

He is an active member of the Singapore musician scene and is regarded as one of the most creative voices in the scene, straddling jazz, experimental, popular, installation work, and composing music for theatre and dance. He curates the CHOPPA experimental series and has recently released two solo albums on his own label, Caol Records. In addition, Darren tours internationally performing at major festivals and club circuits in Asia, Australia, Europe and the US. His most recent highlight was a performance with the Tim O' Dwyer Trio at the prestigious 2010 Montreux Jazz Festival.

Darren is currently the Programme Leader of BA(Hons) Music Programme at LASALLE and is currently a Doctorate of Musical Arts candidate at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia, his research looks at the adaptation of Carnatic Indian rhythms to the drum set.

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1.c SymbioticA residents

Darren Moore
July 2014

Meghan Moe Beitiks
May-August 2014


May-August 2014

Tom Mirovski
May-July 2014

Soichiro Mihara

Nov 2013 to August 2014

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2a. Opportunities: Employment, Education, Residencies, Funding & Prizes


Scientific Delirium Madness, 2015

Scientific Delirium Madness is a collaborative initiative of Leonardo/The International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology (ISAST) and Djerassi Resident Artists Program (DRAP).
Empiricism and intuition are not mutually exclusive.  The goal of the project is to explore and expand how the creativity of scientists and artists are connected.

At its heart is a month-long residency in July of 2015 for six (6) artists and six (6) scientists at Djerassi’s 585-acre retreat in the coastal Santa Cruz Mountains, south of San Francisco.  The program will also include public and academic forums, published blogs and articles in LEONARDO/ISAST’s journal published by MIT Press.

Scientists selected must be involved in significant art-related research and/or be practicing a form of art and/or have original ideas on how to integrate aspects of art and science.  This includes but is not limited to poetry, playwriting, fiction, creative non-fiction, choreography, music composition, media arts/filmmaking, sculpture and photography.  By the same token artists selected will have a track record of work driven by the influence of biology, chemistry, physics, math, environmental or agricultural science.  A strong sense of play and experimentation is essential.
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Banff Centre, Alberta, Canada
19 January - February 27, 2015
The Food Water Life residency asks artists to explore concerns such as biodiversity; environmental sustainability; social economy; human rights; and envision a new world of tomorrow. Artists working across all mediums who share a deep interest in these issues are invited to gather, brainstorm, and create with Lucy + Jorge Orta. Financial aid is available.
Deadline for applications: 16 July, 2014

The Hodder Fellowship
Princeton University Visiting Fellow
The Hodder Fellowship will be given to writers and non-literary artists of exceptional promise to pursue independent projects at Princeton University during the 2015–2016 academic year. Potential Hodder Fellows are writers, composers, choreographers, visual artists, performance artists, or other kinds of artists or humanists who have "much more than ordinary intellectual and literary gifts"; they are selected more "for promise than for performance." Given the strength of the applicant pool, most successful Fellows have published a first book or have similar achievements in their own fields; the Hodder is designed to provide Fellows with the "studious leisure" to undertake significant new work.

Hodder Fellows spend an academic year at Princeton, but no formal teaching is involved. A 77,000 USD stipend is provided for this ten-month appointment. Fellowships are not intended to fund work leading to an advanced degree. One need not be a U.S. citizen to apply.

More information:
Applications submission: September 15, 11:59pm EST through the Princeton Jobs site at, requisition #1400347


Human Mircobiome Commission
The Eden Project is seeking to commission pieces of work for an upcoming exhibition that will explore the unfolding story of the human microbiome providing new ways of understanding and linking human health and planetary health in a rapidly-changing world.  
Our body is a community containing many trillions of useful microbes which all work together to keep us healthy (forming, feeding and defending us). We are an ecosystem in the same way as a rainforest is. How does our ‘microbiome’ work? What happens when it goes out of balance? How can we help keep it in balance? How can we apply these lessons to the planet we live on as well as the world within us?
We invite proposals for new work, but are also interested in existing pieces that relate to the subject. We would help and encourage artist/scientist collaborations. We welcome proposals in all variety of media (digital, film, sound, textiles, ceramics etc....)

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Artist fee (variable): up to £10,000 (please note this is a maximum, not a target) Deadline for submission:  18th July 2014

VIDA 16.0 Art and Artificial Life International Awards
21 May – 31 July 2014.
VIDA is the first international contest dedicated to supporting the arts and artificial life. Over the fifteen years since it was established by Fundación Telefónica in 1999, VIDA has promoted a creative convergence of art, science and technology. With a total of €82,000 in prizes, VIDA 16.0 welcomes the participation of artists of any nationality who offer new ways of understanding artificial life through their work.
The guidelines of the awards and the entry form can be found on the website of VIDA:

July 2014
The Summer School explores the interdisciplinary relationship between art, life and environmental sciences through hands-on exercises, combining theory and practice in an informal environment, e.g.: seminars, debates, visits, and the creation of artworks with biological media. The activities will address issues such as the cultural representations of technology and science, ethical concerns and the evolution of bioart as a cultural phenomenon. One week program with the opportunity to exted the stay for one or two additional weeks to develop an art project in a collaborative environment. This year’s main focus will be on the concepts of origin and limit.

Museum of Natural History, Vienna
23 - 25 October, 2014
Submit your SHORT FILM about synthetic biology.
Bio-fiction explores the emerging field of synthetic biology from different disciplinary angles including science and engineering, social science, cultural studies, amateur biology, film makers, artists and designers. We will have presentations, panel discussions, do-it-yourself biology demos, performances, art work and of course film screenings. It features short films on any aspect of synthetic biology, including documentary films, animation, (science) fiction etc.
Submission deadline: 31 August, 2014

Akbank Sanat International Curator Competition 2014 Akbank Sanat International Curator Competition provides support for emerging curators, reinforce interest in curatorial practices, and encourage new projects in the field of contemporary art. Developed and coordinated by Basak Senova, the competition has an application-based process. A reviewers system is incorporated to the evaluation process of the competition. The content and the quality of the proposals along with the reports of the reviewers are evaluated by an international jury consisting curators. The winning curator is given opportunities to realize the proposal as an exhibition that will take place in the first half of 2015 at Akbank Sanat Art Centre, Istanbul, accompanied by an exhibition catalogue and additional activities. The curatorial fee, the exhibition production, travel expenses of the curator/s and artists, the production of the catalogue and the additional activities will be covered by Akbank Sanat.
Application Deadline: 10 September, 2014


Director of Programming - Artistic and Education Department The Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal Canada's premier museum dedicated exclusively to contemporary art, the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal plays a major role in promoting Québec, Canadian and international artists.
Reporting to and working closely with the Director and Chief Curator, the Director of Programming plans, organizes, directs and oversees the activities of the various sections of the Art and Education Department: the Permanent Collection, temporary exhibitions, travelling exhibitions, public programs, conservation laboratory, multimedia events, education services and technical services. The Director of Programming is involved in shaping museum policies, particularly those pertaining to programming, collections, conservation and related research. He/She organizes exhibitions, plans and manages the Musée's acquisition program and exhibition catalogue content, and develops a cultural action program. Together with the Director and Chief Curator, the Director of Programming develops the Musée's collections, oversees scholarly research on works and exhibition content, and administers the financial, material and human resources of the Art and Education Department.
Application Deadline: 17 August, 2014
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2b. Opportunities: Call for Papers & Proposals


Aesthetics After Finitude
Conference ///\\\ Exhibition
5 - 6 February 2015
Two day, single session conference
Hosted by the National Institute for Experimental Arts(NIEA) UNSW, Sydney, Australia Keynote Speakers:Reza Negarestani and Mohammad Salemy.
This conference and exhibition address the problem of a non-, post-, trans- or inhuman aesthetics: an ‘aesthetics after finitude’ that is capable of investigating the cultural, technological and ecological demands of a rapidly dehumanising present. As well as being formulated in response to the urgency of the human situation at the beginning of the twenty-first century, this call to develop new trajectories for artistic, poetic, and sonic practice arises alongside the recent and profound shift in contemporary philosophy attributed to thinkers such as Quentin Meillassoux, Ray Brassier, and Reza Negarestani, whose work seeks to divest philosophical writing of its critical and subject-bound dimensions, while giving full weight to a politicised aesthetic: a rigorous, speculative modality of thought.
Due: 15 August 2014

ISEA2015, Vancouver, Canada

10 - 14 August, 2015
The 21st International Symposium on Electronic Art invites proposals for artworks and performances, call for papers, posters, workshops and tutorials, and panels that consider the ISEA2015 theme: Disruption.
ISEA2015’s theme of Disruption invites a conversation about the aesthetics of change, renewal, efficiencies and game-changing paradigms. We look to raw bursts of energy, Davids and Goliaths, reconciliation, error, and the destructive and creative force of the new. Disruption contains both blue sky and black smoke. When we speak of radical emergence we must also address things left behind. Disruption is both incremental and monumental. Anachronisms; earlier versions. The moments of peace and crisis: the state of things now and a moment ago; the proud Luddites and the insecurity of change; the unstoppable giants, now only shells. ISEA2015 will include a gallery exhibition as well as works that engage with other sites in Vancouver.

Call for Papers

Call for works:
Deadline for Call for Papers / Workshops: 20 December, 2014

Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies (INCS) 2015 MOBILITIES Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA
16 - 19 April, 2015
The nineteenth century has long been understood as an era of industrial growth, scientific discovery, technological innovation, and imperial expansion. Such sweeping global transformations relied on a complex web of relations between humans and machines, individuals and systems, ideas and practices, as well as more efficient and frequent movement across increasingly connected networks of space. From railroad travel to advances in shipping, from the movement of immigrants, enslaved laborers, scientists and colonial settlers, to the circulation of ideas, bodies, and/as commodities, nineteenth-century mobilities challenged and reconfigured the very constitution of subjects, nations, and cultures across the globe. We seek papers that investigate the various mobilities and exchanges of the nineteenth century. What did it mean to be mobile (or immobile) in this period? How were political, scientific, and cultural ideas exchanged in new ways? How did people maintain and create new networks and affiliations? How might notions of a more mobile sense of nature, the world, and the self influence our understanding of this era?
For individual papers, send 250-word proposals; for panels, send individual proposals plus a 250-word panel description.
Proposals Deadline: 15 November, 2014
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Issue 24 Fibreculture Journal: Entanglements: activism and technology

This themed issue explores the entanglements that arise due to frictions between the philosophies embedded within technologies and the philosophies embedded within activism. Straightforward solutions are rarely on offer as the bringing together of different philosophies requires the negotiation of acceptance, compromise, or submission (Tsing 2004). This friction can be disruptive, productive, or both, and it may contribute discord or harmony.
In this special issue, we seek submissions that respond to the idea that frictions between technologies and activists may ultimately enhance the ability of activists to take more control of their projects, create new ethical spaces and subvert technologies, just as it may also result in tension, conflict and hostility.
By dwelling in between and within these frictions and entanglements – through strategic and tactical media discourses as well as the very concept of an activist politics within technology – this special issue will elucidate the context-specific nature, constraints and possibilities of the digital environments that are co-habited by activists from proximate fields including social movements, human rights, ecological and green movements, international development, community arts and cultural development.
Issue Editors: Pip Shea, Tanya Notley and Jean Burgess Abstract deadline: August 20 2014 (no late abstracts will be accepted) Article deadline: November 3 2014 Publication aimed for: February 2015

5th Meeting of the Organisation of Phenomenological Organisations
Perth 2014 Phenomenology and the Problem of Meaning in Human Life and History Murdoch University, Perth, WA
8 - 12 December, 2014
The problem of meaning is at the heart of phenomenological inquiry. Indeed, it can well be argued to be at the heart of philosophy as such. After all, without meaning there is no sense to be attached to either beauty or truth, either justice or the good. OPO V will take the problem of meaning, and especially its relation to human life and history, as its central focus. Taking meaning as irreducibly plural in character (for there to be meaning at all is for there to be a multiplicity of meanings), OPO V will also give special emphasis to pluralism in philosophy, and to phenomenology's own pluralistic tendencies – a tendency exemplified in the work of the Australian phenomenological pioneer, Alexander Boyce Gibson, Professor at the University of Melbourne from 1935-1966.
Submission Deadline: 1 September, 2014

5th Annual International Conference on Advances in Biotechnology (BioTech 2015)
Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur Conference dates: 13 – 15 March, 2015
Theme: Biotechnology is a field of applied biology that involves the use of living organisms and bioprocesses in engineering, technology, medicine and other fields requiring bioproducts. The concept encompasses a wide range of procedures for modifying living organisms according to human purposes - going back to domestication of animals, cultivation of plants, and "improvements" to these through breeding programs that employ artificial selection and hybridization.
This multi-disciplinary conference aims to provide a challenging forum and vibrant opportunity for researchers and industry practitioners to share their original research results and practical development experiences on specific new challenges and emerging issues.
Full Paper Submission Deadline  12th September 2014 Final Paper (Camera-Ready) Submission Deadline: 14 November 2014 Early Bird Registration Deadline: 16 January 2015 Late Registration Deadline: 13 February 2015 More information:

Evental Aesthetics
We welcome both full-length articles (4,000-10,000 words) and Collisions (1,000-2,500 words). Collisions are brief responses to aesthetic experiences that raise philosophical questions, pointing the way towards suggestive discussions rather than necessarily arguing for particular answers.
Deadlines: 30 June, 30 September 2014

Society for Phenomenology and Media, 17th Annual Conference
25 - 29 March, 2015
San Diego
Doctoral students are invited to submit proposals, but should note that SPM limits the number of papers from students. Conference abstracts and panel proposals submitted are peer reviewed. Papers accepted and presented are published in Glimpse, the annual publication of SPM.
Deadlined for abstracts and Proposals: 15 October, 2014!info


Mars One Request for Proposals for 2018

Mars lander payloads Mars One has invited universities, research bodies, and companies around the world to propose different payloads.
“We are opening our doors to the scientific community in order to source the best ideas from around the world,” said Arno Wielders, co-founder and chief technical officer of Mars One. “For anyone motivated by human exploration, there can be no greater honor than contributing to a manned mission to Mars.”

The lander will be built on the same platform that was used for the 2007 NASA Phoenix mission. Mars One contracted Lockheed Martin, who also built the Phoenix spacecraft, to develop the mission concept study for the 2018 lander. This mission will act as a staging point for the first-ever human mission to the red planet in 2025.

One payload spot on the unmanned lander mission in 2018 will be given to the the winner of a global university competition. This is an incredible occasion in which you would be able to see your own experiment fly up to Mars in just four years time. Proposals can include technology demonstrations, scientific experiments, or any other topics.
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3. Conferences, Talks, Workshops and Symposiums


Australasian Association of Bioethics and Health Law Conference
2-4 October 2014
The University of Western Australia
The intersections of health, bioethics and law raise challenging questions. Advances in medical science and technology, increasingly sophisticated diagnostic and therapeutic interventions and changing social circumstances reveal new ethical dilemmas.  How do we go about making sound decisions in the face of these challenges? How do patients decide on their treatment or on participation in research? How do substitute decisions makers make decisions? How do clinicians decide on the treatment to offer?  How do governments make decisions on health policy and funding priorities?  Who makes decisions about the allocation of scarce resources?  How do we protect the rights of the vulnerable? How do courts exercise their power to protect vulnerable people in health care settings?

12th Transgenic Technology meeting

on behalf of the International Society for Transgenic Technologies (ISTT)
6-8 October 2014, workshop 9-10 October, 2014 Edinburgh, Scotland
All attendees welcome who are involved in research programs involving the generation of genetically-modified animals or who are involved in the characterisation and phenotyping of transgenic animals. The program should be of interest to scientists, group leaders, postdoctoral researchers, facility managers, technicians and PhD students working directly or indirectly with genetically-modified animals. We invite you to participate and contribute to this conference where we will discuss the latest technology developments, the newest applications and strategies in biology, biomedicine and biotechnology, using transgenic animals. Companies and institutions with an interest in this field are kindly invited to participate and share their latest technologies.
Immediately following the meeting, on October 9th-10th, 2014, we will be hosting a workshop which for the first time is focusing on zebrafish. The zebrafish is an increasingly important model organism for developmental and disease-oriented research, and recent technical developments (TALENs, ZFNs) will further broaden the impact of this increasingly powerful model in biomedical science.  We will organise a two-day hands-on workshop that will cover basic zebrafish husbandry as well as a variety of transgenic techniques.

Knowledge / Culture / Economy International Conference University of Western Sydney, Parramatta Campus
3 - 5 November 2014
The conference will assess the shifting roles of knowledge, culture and economy in contemporary and historical scenarios of globalisation, production, consumption, expenditure, crisis, governance, technological change and reckonings with nature.
It will bring together theorists and practitioners from a wide range of backgrounds and knowledge institutions to debate these issues. Particular themes are:
Asia Pacific Cultural Economies, Cultures of Finance, Economic Diversity, Digital Life, Fragile Environments.


Festival of Dangerous Ideas, Sydney, Programme just released Russian punk-rock activist group imprisoned in 2012 will join Salman Rushdie, Steven Pinker, and others in this year's programme.


18 - 19 August, 2014
Kaupunkiverstas / Urban workshop, Helsinki, Finland Organic Cinema, a project by the World Wilder Lab, invites you to a 2-day workshop about plants, data collecting and arduino based electronics. The workshop is open to anyone interested in the topic. What if we can see and hear what plants talk about? What if we can pick up their whispers - signals, and make them audio-visual? By using latest sensor technologies, Organic Cinema explores how local flora and fauna react to various outputs from their immediate environment. Organic Cinema is an interdisciplinary art & research platform, inspired and informed by scientific research on the intelligence of plants and cutting edge development in sensor technologies. The aim is to encourage the public to have a deeper look at their immediate natural environment – even the invisible one.
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Climate Whirl Workshop
29-31 August 2014
Hyytiälä Forestry Field Station, Juupajoki, Finland University of Helsinki / Department of Forest Sciences and Department of Physics, Capsula and Institute of Art and Subjective Science invites students and professionals of science, life sciences, arts, design, crafts and architecture for a three day workshop at Hyytiälä Forestry Field Station The workshop starts as an expedition into the forest and the SMEAR Research Station in Hyytiälä, in central Finland. It continues as a journey into the soil, into the trees, into the clouds and the hovering matter in between, finally leading the participants into the realm of smallness.  We will investigate the experiments and data production archieved at the forest-research station of Hyytiälä. We will develop our own experiments and take samples of the invisible. On the way we will collect berries, data, aerosols and questions and try to trade and communicate them. As this communication ideally would be mutual between the harvesters and the harvested we might have to develop new languages. Beside that we are going to have a tea with a tree. Please send an email to by Tuesday 24th June, to register to the workshop. Title " Climate Whirl Workshop 2014" and your name.

Going Nowhere, The People's Weather Report
21 - 23 November, 2014
Now more than ever, climate change is one of the most pressing issues facing our planet. Last year was one of the hottest on record, and yet climate change skeptics continue to pump rhetoric into the atmosphere as quickly as we destroy it. It is easy to feel overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude and concerned by the polarizing conversation. The People’s Weather Report is a global response to the enormity of climate change from a very personal perspective: YOURS!
We are looking for participants to take part in this global project. The People’s Weather Report hopes to recruit 300 'weather reporters' from around the world. We ask writers, artists, scientists, politicians, gardeners, thinkers, adults and children to create their own weather report (3-5 minutes) and record it from backyards, offices, schools, governments, town squares, national parks or even up a tree. We hope to receive reports that spark ideas, challenge perceptions and reveal the awe and beauty of nature. Your contribution could be personal (describing how the weather impacts you), political (a call to arms in relation climate change), poetic (an artistic and esoteric response to the weather), or scientific (reporting on actual weather conditions). Your weather report should connect with your concerns, beliefs and ideologies within your local context.
Weather Report Submission Deadline: 13 October

CREATIVE TIME: 2014 Summit Stockholm
14 - 15 November, 2014
On Friday, November 14 and Saturday, November 15, over 35 artists and other thought leaders will present their work at the Creative Time Summit Stockholm, a collaboration with the Public Art Agency Sweden, at Stockholm’s Kulturhuset. This year’s Summit will focus on expanded public practice and the global rise of nationalism, xenophobia, and surveillance. To learn more, read our newly posted curatorial statement by co-curators Nato Thompson (Creative Time) and Magdalena Malm (Public Art Agency Sweden).


Artist and Animals: a survey
Survey for artist Dr Yvette Watt. Are you an artist who works with animals, or has worked with animals in your artwork? If so, take the time to complete the following survey and/or refer it on to any other artists of relevance to the research. Watt is interested in responses from artists who use or represent animals in their work in any way. The survey will be used as the basis for research that is investigating the recent significant rise in interest in and use of animals as subject matter for artists.
The survey takes about 15 minutes and closes on 20 July 2014.

4. Exhibitions, Theatre & Events

Home Body
City Art Depot, Christchurch, NZ
27 June - 18 July 2014
Shannon Williamson
“My techniques range from tightly controlled, pre-meditated technical drawings through to performative, highly expressive gestural works which embrace chance mark-making and the raw physicality of my media. The media I use act as metaphors for the body, bodies and bodily processes in their ability to respond, in physically diverse ways, to external variables such as application pressure and friction or the introduction (or deprivation) of water. While their visceral properties provide connotations of the living body, their temporary and often fragile properties also speak of mortality and transience. These are the fabric of my practice, which is driven by a desire to visualise the intimate dynamics within and between bodies with a recurring focus on proximity, synchrony and misalignment between two or more bodies.” – Shannon Williamson, 2014

Small Things Considered
Laurence Miller Gallery, NYC
8 July - 21 August
Laurence Miller Gallery is pleased to present small things considered, our summer exhibition featuring more than fifty small works by three dozen picture makers, both masters and emerging.

Pace Gallery, Menlo Park, California
22 May - 23 August, 2014
Tara Donovan
The exhibition surveys work by Tara Donovan from 2000 to present and features large-scale installations recently included in museum exhibitions in the U.S. and abroad. For the last 20 years, Donovan has used simple, mass-produced materials and objects to explore the transformative effect of their accumulation and aggregation. The result has been a body of work that creates through perceptual phenomenon otherworldly environments, invented topographies and seemingly organic structures from inorganic materials.

Deadhead - A Floating Sculpture

Vancouver Maritime Museum in Heritage Harbour
14 June 2014 - 2 September 2014
Cedric Bomford with Nathan Bomford and Jim Bomford Deadhead is a large-scale sculptural installation mounted to a barge and towed by a tug to different locations along Vancouver's waterways. Created by Cedric Bomford in collaboration with his father Jim Bomford (a retired engineer), and brother Nathan Bomford (an artist and builder), the sculpture is constructed primarily from salvaged materials, with some sections wrapped in photographic murals. A curious marine outpost, Deadhead’s enigmatic spaces are designed for public access. This floating artwork begins its life on the water with summer moorage in Heritage Harbour at the Vancouver Maritime Museum from June 14 to September 2, 2014.

The Human Factor
Tuesday 17 June  - 07 September 2014
Hayward Gallery, London's South Bank
International artists confront the question of how we represent the 'human' today.
The Human Factor surveys how artists over the past 25 years have reinvented figurative sculpture, looking back to earlier movements in art history and drawing on contemporary imagery. The artists engage in dialogues with modernist, classical and archaic models of art. Across their work, the figure is a catalyst for exploring concerns from political violence and mortality to sexuality and voyeurism.

Everything was sleeping as if the universe were a mistake Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona
20 June–28 September 2014
Roni Horn
In her first monographic exhibition in Barcelona, Roni Horn uses her work to question the reality that surrounds her, her own identity, and her relationship with the environment. The works in the show include her latest sculptural installation, exhibited in Europe for the first time. The show has been conceived by the artist herself, and explores the different media and approaches that she has used over the past twenty years. It covers the major themes and formats that make up her work: sculptural installations, photographic series, process-based drawings, and a floor piece. The title of the exhibition Everything was sleeping as if the universe were a mistake is taken from Fernando Pessoa's The Book of Disquiet, published in 1935.
The exhibition is intended to offer an overall experience, like an installation made of all the works on display. Roni Horn selected the pieces with the Fundació Joan Miró and CaixaForum Madrid spaces in mind, and they can be seen as a compendium of the elements that underpin the artist's creative process: the landscape, light, words, water, presence, glass, faces, change, forms, series, spaces, the appearance of the self, and time.

Reassembling the Self
GV Art, London
16 September - 11 October 2014
Camille Ormston, Susan Aldworth, Kevin Mitchinson Reassembling the Self is an exhibition centred on a study of the condition of schizophrenia, which weaves together art, science, psychiatry and individual histories in an exploration of self, perception and the fragility of human identity. Artworks by Susan Aldworth as well as Camille Ormston and Kevin Mitchinson, two skilled artists with a schizophrenia diagnosis.

Good Morning Mr. Orwell
Nam June Paik Art Centre, Yongin-si Gyeonggi-do, Korea
17 July - 16 November, 2014
100 artists
In 1949, George Orwell published the dystopian novel 1984, depicting a dark future in which surveillance and control by tele-communication become a routine, and made a pessimistic prediction that humans will be controlled by mass media in 1984.
As a refutation of Orwell’s prediction, Nam June Paik said, "He was half-right" and directed the satellite TV show Good Morning, Mr. Orwell to show the positive utilization of mass media by means of art. On January 1, 1984, Paik linked New York and Paris live via satellite in collaboration with around 30 teams, 100 artists and four broadcasters and aired music, fine arts, performance, fashion show and comedy that cross the borderline between popular and avant-garde art in real time. Above all, these various genres of arts were edited and displayed on one TV screen. This show was broadcast live in New York, Paris, Berlin, LA, Seoul, etc. and is estimated to have been watched by over 25 million TV viewers. The pictures of Lorenzo Bianda, who was an official photographer of the New York studio of Good Morning Mr. Orwell, give witness to this encounter of the century.

Lost in Fathoms
GV Art, London
17 October 2014 - 29 November 2014
Anais Tondeur
Where two continents collided an island once stood. The 34th International Geological Congress termed the era the Anthropocene: an age where mankind has become a geophysical force impacting earth and its ecosytems in supra-human time.  Is the disappearance of the island a one-off or a direct consequence of the Anthropocene?

An International Summit on Interdisciplinary Arts and Technology
27 - 30 November, 2014
The Banff Centre Canada
Convergence is an arts summit dedicated to exploring the ways that arts practices intersect with each other and with technology in a complex physical and social ecology. The summit will explore what happens when contemporary professional practices in all forms of music, visual and digital art, film, theatre, dance, literature, or interdisciplinary arts cross-pollinate with emerging production and dissemination technologies.

5. Stuff we like

Backyard Brains RoachScope - Your Smartphone Microscope!

The Atlas of Living Australia (Atlas)
contains information on all the
known species in Australia aggregated from a wide range of data providers: museums, herbaria, community groups, government departments, individuals and universities.

MakerSpace community owned and run workshop in Newcastle Upon Tyne

FILM: Regarding Susan Sontag (2014) - NZ International Film Festival 17 July - 4 August This documentary of novelist, critic and public intellectual Susan Sontag is rich with insight and biographical details about the defining impact on her life and work of key relationships with several highly accomplished women.

Center For Deep Listening Opens In Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

Article: "Artistic Research and the Poetics of Knowledge" - Kathrin Busch

Book: "The End of the World--and Other Teachable Moments", Jacques Derrida's Final Seminar, Michael Naas

Japanese artist Megumi Igarashi was arrested on Monday for sending 3D modelling data of her vagina


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