[ARENA] (fwd) Arts Catalyst Call for Submissions: Eye of the Storm conference

Andreas Broeckmann ab mikro.in-berlin.de
Quinta-Feira, 5 de Março de 2009 - 08:03:31 WET

From: "The Arts Catalyst" <emailer  artscatalyst.org>
Subject: Call for Submissions: Eye of the Storm
Date: Wed, 04 Mar 2009 13:56:25 -0600

An Arts Catalyst / Tate Britain Conference

Eye of the Storm
An interdisciplinary conference on scientific controversy

19 / 20 June 2009
Tate Britain, Millbank, London SW1, UK



The Arts Catalyst and Tate Britain announce an international call for  
artists, scientists, social scientists, theorists, policy-makers and  
other disciplines, to present in Eye of the Storm, a conference  
exploring scientific controversy from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Eye of the Storm aims to explore a range of controversies, from  
esoteric arguments between physicists over the structure of the  
universe, to disputes about the causes of species decline and climate  
change, and highly charged public controversies around the use of  
stem cells and the distribution of genetically modified organisms.  
When heated debates around the challenge of climate change have shown  
how abstruse uncertainties within a scientific community can be  
amplified and distorted to challenge the whole notion of human-caused  
greenhouse warming, Eye of the Storm sets out to examine the  
relationship between scientific uncertainty and public controversies  
around science.

We invite abstracts for papers and proposals for artists'  
presentations and talks for Eye of the Storm that consider questions  
such as the following: When the whole culture and ethic of science is  
based on disagreement and alternative explanations, how does this  
essential scientific uncertainty work in the quest for knowledge? How  
do scientific disputes affect political decision-making and society's  
relationship with science? As scientific and technological  
developments produce their own controversies, such as those around GM  
crops, what are the current critical controversies in and around  
science and technology? What alternative societal and cultural  
perspectives and contributions do artists and social scientists bring  
to this area? When the influential science sociologist Bruno Latour  
has worried that social science - in questioning the 'reality' that  
science examines - may have contributed to political abuses of  
science: what is the relationship between scholarship, science and  

Confirmed keynote speakers are Sheila Jasanoff, Pforzheimer Professor  
of Science and Technology Studies at Harvard University, and Roger  
Malina, astrophysicist, Director of Research at CNRS (National Center  
for Scientific Research), former Director at the Laboratoire  
d'Astrophysique de Marseille.


Please send 200-word abstracts for papers and presentations (20  
minutes maximum) to <mailto:conference  artscatalyst.org?subject=Eye% 
20of%20the%20Storm%20Submission>conference  artscatalyst.org. Artists  
may attach images (2MB maximum).

Deadline: 31 March 2009

Submission categories include: talks/papers, artists' presentations,  

Selection Committee

Michael Bravo, Lecturer, Scott Polar Research Institute, University  
of Cambridge
Bernadette Buckley, Programme Convenor, MA Art & Politics,  
Goldsmiths, University of London
Sian Ede, Director of Arts, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
Madeleine Keep, Education Department, Tate Britain
Rob La Frenais, Curator, The Arts Catalyst
Roger Malina, Chairman Emeritus, Leonardo, Director of Research, CNRS
Chair: Nicola Triscott, Director, The Arts Catalyst


Eye of the Storm is organised by The Arts Catalyst and Tate Britain  
in association with Leonardo/OLATS.

The Arts Catalyst

The Arts Catalyst is a UK-based arts organisation, commissioning new  
artist's work that experimentally and critically engages with science  
and is presented in a range of venues: art galleries, museums and  
other public spaces. Alongside the commissions programme The Arts  
Catalyst organises symposia and critical debates, artists residencies  
and participatory and schools projects.

The Arts Catalyst has commissioned more than 70 artists' projects in  
its 15 year existence, presented to a wide public in partnership with  
venues including the Natural History Museum, Imperial College, the  
Barbican Centre, the Roundhouse, the ICA, and P3 in London, Tramway  
in Glasgow, Stills Gallery in Edinburgh, the John Hansard Gallery  
Southampton, Cornerhouse in Manchester, and Gallery Oldham.

Tate Britain

Tate Britain is the national gallery of British art from 1500 to the  
present day. As such, it is the most comprehensive collection of its  
kind in the world. It houses a substantial collection of the work of  
J.M.W. Turner. More recent artists include David Hockney, Peter Blake  
and Francis Bacon. Tate Britain is part of the Tate gallery network  
in Britain, with Tate Modern, Tate Liverpool and Tate St Ives.

Tate Britain symposia bring together experts and scholars to present  
new research or to discuss aspects of a particular exhibition or  
wider issues around visual culture. Symposia, sometimes with partner  
institutions, are a focus for new scholarship and debate within  
visual culture and its political or social impacts.


Leonardo/OLATS serves the international arts community by promoting  
and documenting work at the intersection of the arts, sciences, and  
technology, and by encouraging collaboration between artists,  
scientists, and technologists. Activities of the Leonardo network  
include publication of the print journals Leonardo; the Leonardo  
Music Journal; the Leonardo Book Series (all published by the MIT  
Press); and several electronic publications.

  The Arts Catalyst commissions art that experimentally and  
critically engages with science. We bring together people across the  
art/science divide and beyond to explore science in its wider social,  
political and cultural contexts. We produce provocative, playful,  
risk-taking projects to spark dynamic conversations about our  
changing world.

The Arts Catalyst :: Toynbee Studios :: 28 Commercial Street ::  
London E1 6LS UK
email: <mailto:admin  artscatalyst.org>admin  artscatalyst.org ::  
phone: +44 (0)20 7375 3690
url: http://www.artscatalyst.org

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