3. Conferences, Talks & Symposiums
4. Exhibitions, Theatre & Events
6. Stuff We Like
1.a SymbioticA related activities
SymbioticA farewells Cecelia Cmielewski who worked as manager for the last two and half years. We wish her best of luck in her future endeavors.
Tissue Engineering/ In Vitro Meat Workshop
College of Arts and Sciences - Kennesaw State University GA USA
March 24, 2014 - 10:00am to 5:00pm and Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 10:00am to 5:00pm
Admission Fee: Free
Opportunity for visitors at the Atlanta Science Festival to take part in a tissue engineering workshop with Oron Catts. Limited capacity. Please send a CV and a paragraph describing your interest to email@example.com
with subject line: In Vitro Meat Workshop by March 12.
Oron Catts: Growing Neolifism
The Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy, New York
Wednesday March 19 2014 7-9pm
The Sanctuary for Independent Media will host a presentation by Oron Catts who will speak about "Growing Neolifism," and his work with The Tissue Culture and Art project. Co-sponsored by iEAR Presents!
My Brain Is in My Inkstand: Drawing as Thinking and Process
Until 30 March 2014
Cranbrook Art Museum Bloomfield Hills Michigan USA
This Exhibition brings together twenty-two artists and makers from regions as widespread as the United States, the Caribbean, Europe, Australia, and South Africa to redefine the notion of drawing as thinking process in the arts and the sciences alike. Exploring the contemporaneity of drawing in visual art and design practices beyond the traditional interaction of pencil and paper, the exhibition connects aesthetic fields as varied as philosophy and mathematics, diagrammatic reasoning and rock carvings, performance and basketball, social networking and music, microorganisms and furniture design, eco-art and skateboarding. Featuring The Mechanism of Life After Stephane Leduc (Oron Catts, Ionat Zurr, Corrie Van Sice) and new works in progress by Benjamin Forster: 1. Towards taxonomy 2. a) Tracing (Aspect A : Surveillance) b) Tracing (Aspect B : Wifi) c) Tracing (Aspect C : Cab Charges).
Dinner’s ready, Aalto Course
4 April to 30 May 2014
Aalto University Finland
The Dinner’s ready! program is a series of open lectures, discussion events, visits, hands-on workshops and a final event, where agents with art, science and/or gastronomy background set the table using their different competencies and viewpoints. The ethics, aesthetics, ecology, gastronomy, arts, technologies and economies related with food and it´s production, consumption and conservation are frequent topics for everyday debate. Workshops run by Oron Catts and others.
Call for participation
22nd – 27th of May 2014
Location: Biofilia - Base for Biological Arts, Aalto University Helsinki, Finland
(In collaboration with the Finnish Society of Bioart and Bio:Fiction Vienna Austria)
Making_Life is a series of three consecutive work periods over the course of 12 months. The first period will take place between 22nd – 27th of May 2014 in Helsinki, the second is planned for November 2014 in Vienna, and the third, in May 2015, will take place again in Helsinki. The goal of Making_Life is to enable practitioners to critically and in an informed manner, engage with the socio-cultural, political and ethical ramifications of synthetic biology through art. We will select a group of international multidisciplinary participants composed of artists, designers, engineers, scientists and students who will cooperate within this bottom-up devised program. The methods will shift from workshops, laboratory sessions and field trips, to forums, seminars and lectures.
The first working period is led by Oron Catts with the support of Marika Hellman of Biofilia and selected guests.
Please download the application form: http://bioartsociety.fi/Making_Life_AF.pdf
and submit by 15 March 2014 to firstname.lastname@example.org
Nerves in Patterns on a Screen
Opening Friday 11 July 2014 6:00pm
Paper Mountain Gallery
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 reframed 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
The Rights of Rock Art: Human Entanglements with the Lives of Artefacts
7 March 2014
Sven Ouzman, Centre for Rock Art Management and Research, University of Western Australia
Rock art is one of Archaeology’s most varied, visible and theoretically-informed artefacts. But this ‘artefact’ (Latin: arte + factum ~ ‘thing made by [human] skill’) is not simply brought into the world by human agency. Rather, rock art is both constitutive of human-ness and leads its own life. More than simply visually spectacular imagery, rock art embodies a complex and multi-sensorial entanglement of human-stone relationships. An emerging issue for research and curation is what our human obligations towards rock art are beyond anthropocentric notions of knowledge and conservation. I propose to probe this and related issues using ancient and modern Indigenous rock arts from northern Australia and southern Africa.
Sven Ouzman's research interests include rock art, graffiti, heritage politics, Indigenous knowledge, intellectual property issues, landscape, creolisation & cross-cultural contact, monuments, origins, and understandings of time. His research in Australia, Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa has led to documenting over 2500 rock art sites- producing 234 site reports and conducting 7 excavations. Details of his publication output and curatorial work can be found at: Assoc/Prof Sven Ouzman UWA Staff Profile http://www.uwa.edu.au/people/sven.ouzman
Suspense and Suspensions: Materials and Dialogic Tension
14 March 2014
Miik Greek and Chris Malajczuk
Artist Miik Green and nanotechnologist Chris Malajczuk collaborate on art projects. Although from diverse backgrounds, they converge to explore ideas about about resistance, transformation and limbo. They will present select works from 2011 - 2014, discussing life and its conservation, revealing the unseeable and approaching materials as scientist and artist. Their current series of Premographs (Latin for pressure/picture) looks at materials under tension, where cells, arteries and dendritic forms seem to emerge under stress. Green draws links here to arts practice - between resistance and revelation - where Malajczuk sees these as an invitation for instability.
Miik Green is a multidisciplinary visual artist living in Perth, Western Australia. Green draws his inspiration from the microscopic aspects of nature, and is currently involved in cross-disciplinary artistic collaborations that integrate the fields of science, mathematics, chemistry and physics. The strength of his practice lies in his ability to translate microforms such as fungi, coral, seed pods, diatoms, blood cells and radiolarian, into paintings and sculptural pieces, while preserving the integrity of the original form.
Green is a PhD candidate at Curtin University and recipient of an Australian Postgraduate Award and Curtin Research Scholarship. He is represented throughout Australia by Flinders Lane Gallery (Melbourne) and Linton & Kay Contemporary (Perth). Green has completed a Bachelor of Arts (Hons, 1st Class) through Curtin University, a Bachelor of Visual Arts, Painting at Edith Cowan University in Western Australia and an Advanced Diploma of Industrial Design through the WA School of Art and Design. miikgreen.com
Chris Malajczuk is a PhD candidate within the Biomolecular Modelling Group (BMMG) based at Curtin University, where he previously attained his bachelor's degree in Nanotechnology (First Class Honours). Malajczuk's research explores atomic-scale biophysical mechanisms specifically involved in solvent cryoprotection and more recently protein transport within the central nervous system. He was an invited guest at the 2013 CECAM conference 'Coupling between protein, water and lipid dynamics in complex biological systems' hosted by the Swiss Institute of Technology in Switzerland, and was an Australian representative at the inaugural International Summer School for Young Scientists at Tomsk State University (TSU) in Russia in 2011. He is a current recipient of the Australian Postgraduate Award and Curtin Research Scholarship.
Night Shift: Exhibition floor talkDate:
21 March 2014
Free Range Gallery **Note venue off campus
Join artist Shannon Williamson at Free Range Gallery for a discussion on the theme of 'shift-work' and it's influence on her recent drawing practice. Made in response to her dichotomous role as both artist and sleep scientist, 'Night Shift' explores intimate and personal accounts of the shift worker's bodily experience through drawing.
Exhibiting in solo and group shows in New Zealand, Australia and America since 2001, Shannon Williamson's multi disciplinary practice focuses on the language of the body and human anatomy. Shannon graduated from the University of Canterbury, School of Fine Arts, New Zealand in 2009 with a BFA (Painting major with 1st class honours) and completed a Graduate Certificate in Adult Sleep Science in 2012 at the University of Western Australia where she now works as a Sleep Scientist. Since relocating to Perth, Shannon has been an artist in residence with SymbioticA (2012) and the Fremantle Arts Centre (2013).
1.c SymbioticA residents
Nov 2013 to August 2014
For more info: www.symbiotica.uwa.edu.au/residents
2a. Opportunities: Employment, Funding & Prizes
Finnish Society of Bioart residency opportunities
We are glad to announce also this year the availability of three residency stipends for members of the Finnish Society of Bioart to go and work at the Kilpisjärvi Biological Station. The stipend includes 300 Euro per person after receipts related to residency costs and 8 days of free accommodation at the station.
There is the possibility to extend the stay by paying the station prices for members of around 13 Euro per day.
Please send your application including:
* a brief CV
* a brief work/research proposal
* preferred time and duration within 2014
to email@example.com Deadline: Friday 21st of March
CATALYST COMMUNITY ARTS FUND
Community Arts Network WA (CAN WA) manages this fund to support projects that facilitate and support Western Australian community-determined arts and culture activities. Funding is available in four categories and applicants can apply for up to $15,000 (depending on the category). Download the guidelines and application forms at canwa.com.au/doing/catalyst
. The deadline for applications is 30 March 2014 for projects starting after 1 July 2014. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
or call (08) 9226 2422.
Call for Proposals
2014 Fuller Challenge Cycle
Recognised as "Socially-Responsible Design's Highest Award", the Challenge invites activists, architects, artists, designers, entrepreneurs, students and planners from all over the world to submit their innovative solutions to some of humanity's most pressing problems. A $100,000 prize is awarded to support the development and implementation of one outstanding strategy.
Entries will be accepted until April 11, 2014
Australian Antarctic Division: 2014 Antarctic Arts Fellowship
Each year the Australian Government offers accomplished arts, social science and humanities professionals the opportunity to travel to Antarctica under the Fellowship program, managed by the Australian Antarctic Division. The Antarctic Arts Fellowship aims to promote, to a broad audience, the uniqueness of Antarctica and Australia’s important research, conservation and management endeavours in the area. Applicants should propose work that shows originality, innovation intellectual merit, and which is easily identifiable with Antarctica or Antarctic activities.
Applications close 30 March 2014
Laser Art residencies in Finland
Lares is a research project funded by TEKES. It is part of the Feelings-program that focuses on Finland being a leading country in business driven by intangible values. In our project we try to tackle our research goals by bringing artists and laser technology experts together in a laser-art-residence in Lappeenranta. We operate in the field of creative economy and research questions consider how creativity happens and how an artist creates value to the piece one is working with. Furthermore, we study the boundary conditions for combining business and art.
Applications close: 31st March 2014
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
R.D. Mullen Fellowship
Science Fiction Studies announces the sixth annual R.D. Mullen Fellowship supporting research in the J. Lloyd Eaton Collection of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, and Utopian Literature at the University of California, Riverside. Awards of up to $1500 are available to fund research in the archive during the 2014-15 academic year. Students in good standing in graduate degree-granting programs are eligible to apply. We welcome applications from international students.
Applications should include a cover letter explaining the candidate’s academic experience and preparation, a CV, a 2-3 page proposal outlining a specific and well-developed agenda for research in the Eaton archive, a prospective budget detailing expenses, and two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the candidate’s academic work. A list of previous winners, with summaries of their projects, may be found here: http://bit.ly/1e2x2Tm
Applications to: Professor Rob Latham at <email@example.com
Deadline for submission is 31 March 2014
From the Laboratory to the Studio: Interdisciplinary Practices in Bio Art
May 19–June 20, 2014
School of Visual Arts (SVA) New York City
Four undergraduate studio credits
Coming to the fore in the early 1990s, Bio art is neither media specific nor locally bounded. As an international movement, several sub-genres exist within this overarching term:
– The iconography of molecular matter and reproductive technologies
– The employment of computer software, systems theory and simulations that investigate evolution, artificial life and robotics
– Projects with wet-lab mediums, including tissue engineering, plant breeding, and ecological reclamation. Of particular importance to bio art is to summon awareness of the ways in which altering nature also transforms social, ethical and cultural values in society
This residency takes place in the Fine Arts Nature and Technology laboratory located in New York City's Chelsea gallery district, equipped with microscopes for photo and video, skeleton, specimen and slide collections, aquariums, and a library. Demonstrations include microscopy, plant tissue engineering, molecular cuisine and the production of micro eco-systems. Field trips and visiting speakers will include artists, scientists and museum professionals. Students may work in any media, including the performing arts.
From the Laboratory to the Studio: Interdisciplinary Practices in Bio Art will be led by artist Suzanne Anker, Chair of the BFA Fine Arts Department at SVA; Brandon Ballengée, bio-artist; and Joseph DeGiorgis, marine biologist. In addition, visiting speakers have included artists, scientists and museum professionals including Kathy High, Ingeborg Reichle, James Walsh, Jennifer Willet, Ellen D. Jorgensen, Oliver Medvedik, William Myers and Paula Hayes.
A portfolio is required for review and acceptance to this program. Residents who wish to borrow equipment from the Fine Arts Digital Lab are required to submit proof of insurance with rental endorsement, listing SVA as a co-insured. Participants will be held responsible for payment of any loss, theft or damage incurred to the equipment. Affordable housing is available, as are opportunities to display work.
Priority deadline for applications: April 1
Early application is highly recommended
2b. Opportunities: Call for Papers & Proposals
CALL FOR PAPERS
ARCTIC MODERNITIES: AN INTERNATIONAL INTERDISCIPLINARY CONFERENCE
September 15–18, 2014
UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø, Norway
The Arctic Modernities Conference will investigate the impact of modernisation and modernity on the Arctic as a cultural formation from a variety of perspectives across the humanities: literary, visual and cultural. We particularly welcome papers addressing three nodal points that are often interlinked within discourses of Arctic modernity: gender, indigeneity and ecology. Gender may be seen as key to an understanding of modernisation processes in the Arctic, while indigeneity and ecology are inextricably linked in discourses of Arctic modernity that respond to the complexities and risks of Arctic developments, globally as well as locally. All three nodal points provide the possibility of critique and a necessary focus on the grey zones ignored in much present-day decision making about the Arctic. The perspective on the Arctic may be both external/touristic and internal/indigenous, based on residency and intimate local knowledges.
Due: 10 March 2014
CALL FOR PAPERS
Affective Habitus: New Environmental Histories of Botany, Zoology and Emotions
5th ASLEC-ANZ Biennial Conference, Humanities Research Centre, Australia National University
19-21 June 2014
Perceptions, values and representations of our relationship with the physical environment have been read anew in the Anthropocene century through the lens of ecocriticsm and affect theory. At present we are witnessing a turn in ecocritical theory to the relevance of empathy, sympathy and concordance, and how these move across flora and fauna; yet ecocriticism has not thorougly considered whether human and non-human affect are reducible to a theory of the emotions. This conference both seeks to refine that turn and to address the interdisciplinary shortcoming, while articulating the expansion of the analysis of the humanities, ecocritically. Invited speakers include Tom Griffiths, Eileen Joy, Michael Marder, John Plotz, Elspeth Probyn, Ariel Salleh, Will Steffen and Gillen D’Arcy Wood.
Submission of abstracts (c. 200 words) to 2014EHC@anu.edu.au by March 30 2014
CALL FOR ENTRIES
New Technological Art Awards Foundation Liedts-Meesen @zebrastraat Ghent, Belgium 2014
During the last few years, Zebrastraat Ghent has developed into a stimulating knowledge centre with a strong interest in art. Every two years, Update/ the New Technological Art Award (NTAA) tries to fill a gap in the mainstream art world by paying attention to the technological developments which impel our global culture. NTAA selects and presents creations in which culture-forming technology plays a central role. Whether low or high tech, or intuitive or experimental, these creations always make us attentive to the innovative trends of our times. The exhibition of achievements of the selected winners is a compass that orients you to the relevant and innovative use of technology in the artistic sector.
Deadline for the submission of entries: 31 March 2014
CALL FOR PAPERS
Philament Issue 20: Humour
Philament invites postgraduate students and early-career scholars to submit academic papers and creative works for a forthcoming issue on the theme of Humour.
Suggested themes include: Parody, Humour and politics, Psychology of humour, Humour in the humanities, Humour and truthfulness, Black humour, Cultural humour, Irony and sincerity, Humour and emotions, Forms of humour and Humour and feminism.
Submissions close March 31 2013
CALL FOR PAPERS
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: 31 March, 30 June, 30 September 2014
CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS AND PERFORMATIVE WORKS
The Deep Listening: Art/Science conference organizers welcome applications for the second international conference on Deep Listening. This conference provides artists, educators, and researchers an opportunity to creatively share ideas related to the practice, philosophy and science of Deep Listening. Developed by composer and educator Pauline Oliveros, Deep Listening is an embodied meditative practice of enhancing one’s attention to listening. Deep Listening began over 40 years ago with Oliveros’ Sonic Meditations and organically evolved through performances, workshops and retreats.
Deep Listening relates to a broad spectrum of other embodied practices across cultures and can be applied to a wide range of academic fields and disciplines.
Due: 2 April 2014
CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS
1st Global Conference: Augmentation
Wednesday 3rd September - Friday 5th September 2014
Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom
Augmented humans often star in our favourite science fictions: from the cyberpunk heroes of William Gibson's Sprawl Trilogy to the villainous Darth Vader of George Lucas's Star Wars, fictional augmented characters teach the viewer what it means to live augmented lives. And yet, cyborgs and other types of augmented individuals are not just found in science fiction. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (and the CDC), some 11 million Americans, or 4.6 percent of the nation, had at least one type of medical implant in 1988. While medical implants like heart valves and pacemakers were first introduced in the early 1950s, we can trace human augmentation as far back as ancient Egypt through the use of dental implants. The medical implant industry expects sales of implantable devices in the United States to approach 52 billion dollars in 2015. But more than big business, human augmentation is big culture.
300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 4th April 2014
CALL FOR PAPERS
The Sixth International Conference on Science in Society
UBC Robson Square, Vancouver, Canada, 10 - 11 October 2014
This annual event seeks to create an interdisciplinary forum for the discussion of the past, present, and future of the sciences. Contributions range from broad theoretical, philosophical, and policy explorations, to detailed case studies of particular intellectual and practical activities at the intersection of science and society.
Due: 15 April 2014
CALL FOR PAPERS
FLUID: 28th Annual Conference for the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts
October 9-12, 2014
The concept of fluid in the arts, sciences, and humanities evokes multiple, overlapping definitions that work across and around the edges of disciplinary boundaries. Fluid can describe the property of flow, particles that move freely among themselves and that form and deform under pressure. It can refer to liquids both bodily and cultural, for example, blood and capital. It evokes anything that is not solid, fixed, or stable.
Abstracts due: April 30 2014
CALL FOR PAPERS
5th New Materialist Conference
25-26 Sept 2014 Barcelona
The theory of new materialism is traversing many disciplines of knowledge: from quantum physics to art theory. This allows a search for a common ground for interdisciplinary studies. In addition, these theoretical approaches are proving themselves as a suitable “ethic-onto-epistemological” framework (Barad, 2007) that permits the examination of social phenomena from multidimensional perspectives, alongside offering new ways to theorize and challenge the divisions between matter and discourse, nature and culture, etc. However, the methodological parameters of these approaches remain underdeveloped and somewhat unclear especially when related to feminist theories and politics. New materialism has been coined as a “third wave feminist epistemology” (van der Tuin, 2009) in the present globalized information society, and it is because of this that a profound reassessment of some of the core research concepts is needed if these ways of theorizing want to configure themselves as an alternative to social constructivist approaches specifically in the context of digital cultures and political engagement. To these methodological concerns, we have included ‘gender’, ‘politics’ and ‘the digital’ because of their centrality in scholarly debates produced in feminist journals and scholarship. The terms also remain key for contemporary feminist practice. Can we still consider gender as a key concept for feminist politics? How is social change conceived of and produced within a new materialist framework? How is digital inter-connectedness affecting/affected by new materialisms, and most importantly different forms of life?
Abstracts due: 1st May 2014
CALL FOR PAPERS
The 6th Conference of the Beyond Humanism Conference Series: Posthuman Politics
Mytilini 25-28 September 2014, University of the Aegean
What does the notion of “posthuman politics” entail? How would world politics, in global, local, environmental and personal/bodily scales, benefit from a posthumanist approach? We would like to explore the notion of relationality and connectivity among spaces and times for a new definition of posthuman politics based on non-dualistic practices that calls into question the dominant rationalistic, humanistic tradition. We would also like to explore the current state-of-things, opening up the discussion to the consequences of contemporary military practices such as the use of drones or ubiquitous surveillance, as well as contemporary economic practices and the conditions of current global capitalism. How has what Donna Haraway called Cyborg Politics, over 25 years ago, evolved in the meantime? Has post-cold-war philosophy and political economy led societies away from the norm of equality as much as from the appreciation of difference? Is posthumanism the philosophy of a new economy that has overcome modern capitalism? Does transhumanism lead to a new phase of neoliberal economics, or can it open up new fields of political ecology and relationality?
E-mail for abstract submission: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline for abstract submission: 1st May 2014
CALL FOR PAPERS
Topologies of Sexual Difference
Luce Irigaray Circle Conference, Melbourne, Australia
Wednesday 10 December to Friday 12 December 2014
The Communication, Politics and Culture Research Centre at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia, with the support of the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne, will host an interdisciplinary conference inspired by Luce Irigaray and her thinking of sexual difference. This will be the seventh meeting of the Luce Irigaray Circle. The overall theme for the conference will be Topologies of Sexual Difference. In order to think and to experience sexual difference, Irigaray suggests that the Western tradition's conception of space and time could be reconsidered. There are at least three senses of topologies we seek to address: as the places in which bodies are and become, as ideal spaces of conceptualization, and as the designation of specific contexts. These contexts include, but are not limited to sexuality, “race”/ethnicity, gender, class, posthumanism and the animal, new materialisms, and sovereignty.
Abstracts Due: 31st May 2014
3. Conferences, Talks, Workshops and Symposiums
The role of natural immunity, drugs and vaccines against Hepatitis C
Date: Tuesday 11 March, 2014 at 1.00pm
Location: Room 1.81, Anatomy, Physiology & Human Biology Building North, University of Western Australia
Speaker: Silvana Gaudieri
Associate Professor Silvana Gaudieri completed her PhD in the area of immunogenetics at UWA and then undertook post-doctoral training at the National Institute of Genetics in Japan and Cambridge University in the UK before returning back to Perth in 2003. Her research focus has been on understanding host-viral interactions in Hepatitis C and HIV and how this relationship affects infection outcome and disease progression.
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is a global health problem with an estimated 170 million people thought to be infected worldwide. The development of new small molecules that target specific HCV proteins has revolutionised the efficacy of HCV treatment. However, these drugs are unlikely to prevent re-infection, a common occurrence in high-risk HCV exposure populations, and are financially not viable in resource-poor countries. Hence, there is a continuing need for a protective HCV vaccine. The ability to develop a protective vaccine against HCV is bolstered by the existence of natural immunity in the population that is reliant upon an effective anti-HCV immune response. The research group has been studying the signature of an effective anti-HCV response in order to inform vaccine design and this talk will present a summary of our findings.
THE ROMANTIC DISEASE: AN ART AND SCIENCE INVESTIGATION OF TB
March 24, 2014
Watermans 40 High Street
TW8 0DS Brentford UK
The Romantic Disease: An Artistic Investigation of Tuberculosis exhibition by Anna Dumitriu will culminate in a fascinating and accessible multidisciplinary symposium on World TB day 2014 bringing together the project team and advisers to tell stories of their own relationships to the disease across art, science, ethics and healthcare, with opportunities for debate and discussion.
The Annual Conference of the British Society for Literature and Science
10th-12th April 2014
University of Surrey
The ninth annual conference of the British Society for Literature and Science will take place at the University of Surrey, Guildford, on 10-12 April 2014. Keynote talks will be given by Professor Jim Al-Khalili (University of Surrey), Professor Bernard Lightman (York University, Toronto), and Professor Mary Orr (University of Southampton). The conference will finish with an opportunity to visit Down House, the home of Charles Darwin, on the afternoon of Saturday 12 April.
Conference delegates will need to register as members of the BSLS (annual membership: £25 waged / £10 unwaged).
Please note that those attending the conference will need to make their own arrangements for accommodation.
Information on local hotels, and on travel to the University of Surrey, is available on the conference website: http://tinyurl.com/pp6ubz5
If you have any questions please contact Gregory Tate (email@example.com
Life, in Theory
The 8th Meeting of the European Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts
June 3-6, 2014 Turin, Italy
The VIII European Meeting of the Society for the Study of Literature, Science, and the Arts aims to continue the conversation between science and the humanities on the implications for our projected futures of the manipulation, administration, and governance of life forms. The concept of life today no longer provides sufficient ontological ground to distinguish among different forms of life and to guide ethical, political, legal, or medical actions. Thus, a discussion across disciplinary forms of knowledge and theories of life, and the practices they authorize, is literally to confront issues of life and death.
4. Exhibitions, Theatre & Events
Recent drawings by Shannon Williamson
at Free Range Gallery, Perth Western Australia
Opening: 6pm, 19th March
In shift-working couples the physicality of the other is often told ‘second hand’ through the movements of objects about a shared space; the shapes left in the sheets; residual pockets of body heat; notes on the pillow that say ‘sleep well’. ‘I miss you’. Individual layers of longing or loneliness can be measured by these things and also by their absence. Created in response to her dichotomous role as both Artist and a Sleep Scientist, Shannon Williamson’s recent drawings for Night Shift visualise both intimate and personal accounts of the shift-worker’s bodily experience. Night Shift explores the subject of the body from multiple points of view, from the biological responses of the shift worker’s own body to the negative space created, by shift-work, between the bodies of lovers. Employing a diverse range of drawing methods, Williamson maps her own estranged circadian rhythms while tracing a sense of nostalgia for the simultaneous bed times, sleep patterns and sex drives so easily taken for granted by
non shift-working couples.
Justin Spiers + Jonathan W. Marshall
Perth Centre for Photography, Western Australia
Until 31 March 2014
Meat Fence is a collaboration between photographer Justin Spiers and author/critic Jonathan W. Marshall. The exhibition consists of a series of images of pig hides draped on fences taken from a location in South Island, New Zealand. The work speaks to the history of land use, visual representations of the landscape, and our relation to domestic and wild animals within the postcolonial, agricultural setting.
The Romantic Disease: An Artistic Investigation of Tuberculosis
Daily 12noon - 9pm , Watermans Gallery London
Until 24 March 2014
“The Romantic Disease: An Artistic Investigation of Tuberculosis", is a new solo exhibition by Anna Dumitriu showing installations and sculptures made with strains of mycobacteria, transformed historical artefacts, and textiles that our reveal the complexities of Tuberculosis (TB) and our responses to the disease. The show explores the strange history of TB from artistic, social and scientific perspectives and covers subjects such as superstitions about the disease, its literary and romantic associations, the development of antibiotics and the latest research into whole genome sequencing of bacteria.
Encyclopedia Galatica Group Show
Until 17 April 2014
GV Art London
This group exhibition within an exhibition, features new work and revisits previously exhibited work from the last five years of the GV Art gallery programme. Towards the Common Room is the inauguration of a research project on the Gaberbocchus Press Common Room, a series of weekly discussions on art and science hosted by Stefan and Franciszka Themerson in London between August 1957 and July 1959.
Pinar Yoldas: An Ecosystem of Excess
Until 4 May 2014
Schering Stiftung, Unter den Linden 32–34, 10117 Berlin
With An Ecosystem of Excess, the Turkish artist Pinar Yoldas creates a post-human ecosystem of speculative organisms and their imagined environment. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a garbage vortex made up of several million tons of plastic waste in the North Pacific about the size of Central Europe is Yoldas’ site of interest and the birthplace for species of excess.
According to the “primordial soup” theory, life on earth began four billion years ago in the oceans, when inorganic matter turned into organic molecules.
Today, the oceans have become a plastic soup. Seeing this as a site of exchange between organic and synthetic matter, of fusion between nature and culture, Pinar Yoldas asks what life forms would emerge from the primeval sludge of today’s oceans. Her answer: An Ecosystem of Excess – a new biological taxonomy of the species of excess!
DEAF 2014 Biennale
Festival: 21 - 25 May 2014
Exhibition: 21 May - 9 June 2014
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
DEAF serves as a public forum and meeting place for young creative talent as well as established professionals, scientists and business stakeholders whose work focuses on our contemporary technological culture. Originally started by V2_ Institute for the Unstable Media in the mid 1980s; DEAF continues as an independent entity since 2012.
Knitters wanted for penguin pullovers
6. Stuff we like
The Lake's Apprentice by former Adaptation/SymbioticA resident artist Annamaria Weldon
Scientists discover new species with fatal attraction on Queensland's Gold Coast hinterland
Theory on origin of animals challenged: Earliest animal life may have required little oxygen
3D-printed 'electronic glove' could help keep your heart beating for ever:
What Tree Rings Sound Like Played on a Record Player
30,000-year-old virus from permafrost is reborn
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M309 University of Western Australia
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