An open call:
Art Laboratory Berlin is initiating an open call for art works, texts and cooperative works with artists, scholars and scientists on non-human subjectivities.
Recent philosophical works by Graham Harman [known for his work on Lovecraft] [and others] have questioned the solely human role of subjectivity that has formed the core of ‘humanism’ over the past five centuries. [and suggested there may be] a new multiplicity of viewpoints of non-human intelligence, agency and subjectivity, that make up our planet (and beyond).
Possible topics could include:
* Perspectives under threat - non-human viewpoints during the great species die off. [which is a dubious claim]
* Bacterial viewpoints - how microbes communicate, interact and experience the world.
* Non-human perspectives - intelligence and agency in animals, plants, bacteria.
* Re-definition of intelligence, agency and sentience in ways that are not anthropomorphic.
* What do some of these perspectives make of Homo Sapiens? e.g.- 90% of the cells in our body do not have human DNA - we are a host, a topography, for billions of bacteria and fungi.
* How about agency (and even intelligence) beyond life - virii or crystals for instance.
* Are complex data systems, algorithms, artificial intelligence beginning to have points of view, and forms of agency that are beyond human comprehension?
Art Laboratory Berlin is seeking submissions and proposals predominantly for exhibitions, performances and workshops, but is also interested in cooperation with scholars and scientists for the production of a series of lectures, texts and a symposium.
The deadline for entries is 15th December, 2014. Chosen proposals will form part of our 2016-17 programme, Please submit your proposal by email to: [email protected] and please title the subject-line: POST RQST.
The application should include a proposal (not longer than 5 pages), a C.V. and work portfolio (not longer than 10 pages). We ask that you keep the size of attachments altogether under 5Mb. For video or other large files we encourage the use of Web links.