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PhD research programme in the Arts and Humanities

The Neue Galerie Luzern–Swiss Academic Association (NGL–SAA) together with the Planetary Collegium, University of Plymouth, UK, has created a new PhD program.


Embedded in the quality of the educational work achieved by the Planetary Collegium, University of Plymouth, and the objective to promote knowledge of and deep engagement with all aspects of the arts, society and culture, the PhD program attracts scholars from these different fields of cultural practice:

–Curators, art educators, artists, scientists, cultural activists, cultural intermediaries, change agents, designers, and policy-makers in an international context
–Cultural workers who work as academic experts in science and governance, and related areas of philosophy, sociology, geography, cartography, policy analysis and law, as well as stakeholders from the public cultural sector or art and media institutions
–Artists and mediators who are directly involved in composing, designing, imagining, interpreting, or manipulating signs and symbols in order to create music, television programmes, films, art, clothing, graphic designs, images, and other forms of texts
–Researchers in the arts and social sciences, cultural practitioners from public, profit-oriented or non-profit cultural institutions, networks, galleries, museums and theatres, the performing arts, architecture, and educational institutions
–Researchers who are interested in the production, spatialisation and dissemination of knowledge which includes ecological, ethical as well as practical philosophical approaches to the risks and opportunities that science and technology entail. Continue reading

Art and Biodiversity: Sustainable Art?

[plastik] 4

[Plastik Art & Science] # 4

Ed. Agnès Foiret, online since February 15 2014 :

The 4th issue of the partly bilingual (French-English) Art & Science Journal [Plastik], published by University Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, is out. The five articles available in English are marked in red color below:

 Table of Contents :

- Art, culture et préservation de la biodiversité / Anne Teyssèdre
- Peut-on établir un lien entre l’évolution des concepts en écologie et les productions  artistiques et  culturelles d’aujourd’hui tournées vers l’idée de nature, d’environnement et de développement durable ?  / Corinne Matheron
- La Pratique de l’art écologique - The practice of ecological art /  Sacha Kagan
- Regards sur ces artistes bio contemporains / Loïc Fel et Joanne Clavel
- L’exposition comme biote / Bénédicte Ramade
- Art et environnement : prolonger la question de l’habiter / Nathalie Blanc et Emeline Eudes
- GR2013 / Cécile Bourne-Farrell
- Recyclages narratifs et autres désenclavements épistémologiques / Gentiane Bélanger
- Exsiccata ou la rhétorique de l’herbier
/ Eugénie Denarnaud
- Le vivant végétal à la mesure du temps / Elisabeth Amblard
- La Licorne de la liberté / Frédéric Triail
- Biodiversity in the Multifaceted Uncertainty of the Knowledge Economy: the case of ecoLAB / Lorena Lozano
- Sculpted by the Milieu – Frogs as Media
/ Jens Hauser
- Stratégies d’adaptation dans l’Anthropocène : une promenade et une carte / Karen O’Rourke
- Devenir et divertissement : fondements d’une métaphysique négative par l’usage de la cruauté. L’animal en jeu dans Ecce Homo / Chloé Royac et Renaud Subra (CRYS)
- Vile Bodies / Ronald Binnie
- Texte-miroir, vers son monde de vie ou l’hypothèse de la reine bleue / Benjamin Arnault
- An artist’s role in biodiversity loss: a case study /  Sara Gevurtz

Institut ACTE – CNRS UMR 8218
Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne
47 rue des Bergers 75015 Paris – France
plastik [dot] art [dot] science [at] gmail [dot] com

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Arts and Ecology: emerging uses for digital technologies

Digital Creativity is a journal devoted to the intersection of the creative arts and digital technology. Concerned with both the practical and the theoretical, Digital Creativity offers a unique forum to researchers and practitioners involved in the interdisciplinary nature of making or using digital media in creative contexts. They include such disciplines as fine art, graphic design, illustration, photography,
printmaking, sculpture, 3D design, interaction design, product design, textile and fashion design, film-making, animation, games design, music, dance, drama, creative writing, poetry, interior design, architecture, and urban design.


Proposal for a special issue of Digital Creativity Vol 25 No 4

Call for papers

In this special issue, they explore the emergent practice known broadly as ‘Arts & Ecology’, a set of practices in which arts practice engages with the natural world.
Practice might be issues-based or activist in nature, or may simply have a desire to reflect upon or engage directly with nature or ecology. This special issue of the journal seeks writers, theorists, practitioners, and other researchers who can reflect on this practice and on emerging and emergent uses of digital technologies within it. Can it be said that there is a new awareness of and a newly-emergent practice of nature writing? Are ecological artists using technologies in different ways? Do
ecological pressure impact upon how we use, develop and fuel our technologies? Can renewable energy play a part in a technological arts practice? Are digital technologies changing the ways in which people can engage with the natural world? How are cultural practices remixing the digital world with the more-than-human and other-than-human worlds? We welcome philosophical and/or theoretical reflection as well as detailed descriptions of practice or critique.

Important dates:
Abstracts are due on May 1, 2014
Short/long papers are due on: July 10, 2014
Final, revised papers are due on: August 23, 2014
Expected publication: November, 2014

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USA: Art exhibition about climate change, coal and superfunds

In the new exhibition ‘Altered State’, which runs at the Holter Museum in Helena, Montana, until 13 April 2014, the popular American painter Monte Dolack takes a look at controversial topics such as climate change, coal, superfund sites, and the effects of extractive companies moving into Montana’s wild spaces.

Reposted from Culture|Futures.

Monte Dolack is a well-known and popular artist in Montana, and with this new exhibition, he still tries to speak to a wider audience, he told Darby Minow Smith from Grist magazine, though he is touching on a much more controversial topic than anything else he has produced over the 40 years he has been working as a visual artist.

» Monte Dolack’s home page and online gallery:

Holland: Conference on the future sustainability of European culture organisations

The conference ‘The Future Is Not What It Used To Be’ aims to develop a range of practical strategies and tactics for the future sustainability of European culture organisations.

Reposted from Culture|Futures.

‘The Future Is Not What It Used To Be’ is a three-day, interdisciplinary working conference on 2-4 April 2014, presented by Trans Europe Halles, Melkweg and P60, taking place in Amsterdam and Amstelveen, The Netherlands.

The idea of the conference is to explore how cultural organisations can meet the needs of the future: What are the prospects are cultural organisations operating in a future of reduced resources and a changing European society?

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Edith Cowan University Western Australia, on Feb. 19th, 2014.
The aim of this Colloquium is to establish a dialogue between creative arts and critical studies researchers, scholars and students, around the idea of working with nature, as proposed by Warwick Mules in his book, With Nature, to be launched at the colloquium. Working with nature is the counter-practice of remaking material things in resistance to the “denaturing” of the world by globalisation. By working with nature, things become reconnected to nature in an open, creative matrix of possibilities, more closely related to the earth. Earthed things give meaning back to the world to counter the meaninglessness of a globalising world of total value exchange. These ideas have been proposed in Warwick’s book, With Nature: Nature Philosophy as Poetics through Schelling, Heidegger, Benjamin and Nancy (Intellect, 2014).
Confirmed speakers include Glenn Albrecht, Oron Catts, Rod Giblett, John Ryan, Nandi Chinna, Gregory Pryor, Paul Uhlmann and Perdita Phillips. Includes the launch of Warwick Mules’ With Nature followed by a launch of 3 poetry books by Glen Phillips.
Registration is $25 and includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.
More information here.
Climate is culture


October 19, 2013 – February 2, 2014

Climate is cultureThe Cape Farewell Foundation in Canada announced details today of four-month cultural engagement on one of the most pressing issues of our time— climate change. The Carbon 14: Climate is Culture Exhibition + Festival will take place between October 2013 and February 2014, encompassing multifaceted programs, including a major exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum’s (ROM) Centre for Contemporary Culture, a performing arts festival with The Theatre Centre, and a rich series of public programs and events. As the centrepiece, the Carbon 14: Climate is Culture exhibition at the ROM opens October 19, 2013 – February 2, 2014. The exhibition will include collaborative projects by: Zacharias Kunuk + Ian Mauro, Myfanwy MacLeod + Janna Levitt, Mel Chin, Lisa Steele + Kim Tomczak, Sharon Switzer, Minerva Cuevas, Melanie Gilligan + Tom Ackers, Donald Weber, David Buckland + Tom Rand, and Jaco Ishulutaq. The exhibition was produced by Cape Farewell Foundation in partnership with ROM Contemporary Culture and is curated by David Buckland and Claire Sykes. Continue reading

Sustainable Transformation of Global Society

Friday 30 August, 2013, Navigating Ecological Times, Whitechapel Gallery, London

A study afternoon of presentations and discussion on art practice and sustainability with artists Lise Autogena, Fernando Garcia-Dory and Tamás Kaszás and led by curators by Maja and Reuben Fowkes. This symposium looks at the challenges of living in ecological times and the sense in which the current political, economic and environmental predicament might also offer opportunities for a sustainable transformation of global society. How have artists sought to navigate the dilemmas of living and working in a world system that seems chronically out of touch with ecological realities and can they, through their practice and approach to the world, act as guides during times of crisis?

‘Navigating Ecological Times’ is realised through the River School and supported by the EU Culture Programme. Maja and Reuben Fowkes are art historians and curators whose interests in the field of art and ecology are manifest in their curated exhibitions, symposia and writings, which have explored key ideas and practices around green curating, environmental art history and the sustainability of contemporary art. Their work also focuses on the theory and aesthetics of East European art from the art production of the socialist era to contemporary artistic responses to the transformations brought by globalisation.

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Call for papers

Deadline 15 September 2013

Arts Conference : “Spectres of evaluation, rethinking : arts/comunity/value”, Footscray Community Arts Centre in Melbourne, Australia, 6-7 February 2014

The making of art seems to be haunted by spectres of evaluation, with competing claims and judgments about the limits, uses, and value of art. This international conference will examine critical approaches to evaluation and value in relation to community-engaged arts practice. Through diverse and creative formats and a range of local and international speakers, these  conversations also explore the relationship between established community arts practices and the appearance of new forms of collaboration and engagement across a range of disciplines, from participatory design to social practice. This conference is the culmination of a 3 year Australian Research Council-funded Linkage project “Towards an Integrated Approach for Evaluating Community-based Arts” with investigators Dr Lachlan MacDowall (University of Melbourne), Dr Martin Mulligan (RMIT University), Frank Panucci (Australia Council for the Arts) and Dr Marnie Badham as Research Fellow (University of Melbourne).

The Spectres of Evaluation conference committee is now inviting abstracts for presentations, workshops and panel presentations connecting themes around critical approaches to evaluation of community-based arts including negative value and potential for harm, network theories, dialogic methods, and new aesthetic language, the use of creative, participatory and democratized methods in cultural measurement, the re-presentational practices such as exhibition, evaluation, critical writing and curating involving community-based art, the value of art as labour and the role of the artist in society, the competing lenses of evaluation: perspectives from political, health, justice, international development, education, or arts sectors, the alternative systems of value in community-based arts: gift exchange and reciprocity, creative commons, feminist economies, peer assessment, crowd funding, and risk assessment and the implications of new technologies, open source hacking, digital research methods and communication, and data visualization on arts evaluation practice.

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Metabody Conference

24-31st July 2013 in Medialab Prado, in Madrid

The Metabody project is directed by the artist, philosopher and activist Jaime del Val, and coordinated by Reverso, an experimental architectural structure containing laboratories of embodiment and perception that will tour 9 european cities. Between July 2013 and July 2018, with a 2 million euros grant from the European Commission and throughout 25 events and continuous research, Metabody will elaborate a critical study of Information Society, proposing new technological paradigms that highlight the changing interrelated differences of bodies and environments (metabodies), against the paradigm of disembodied information and aesthetics of control. Continue reading