OPEN CALL - Nonhuman
Four to five hundred years ago Copernicus and Galileo 'removed' the
Earth (and humanity) from the centre of the universe. In Western Philiosophy
this coincides with the 'epistemological turn' away from cosmology. Western
civilization through the enlightenment and into the modern age has continued to
place the human experience at the center of existence. Postmodernism, for
example, has reveled in human subjectivity, almost to the point of denying all
In response to recent cultural and
scientific developments Art Laboratory Berlin is initiating an open
call for art works, texts and cooperative works with artists, scholars
and scientists on the general theme of non-human
Recent philosophical works by
i.a. Graham Harman, Quentin Meillasoux, Isabelle Stengers and John Gray have questioned the
solely human role of subjectivity that has formed the core of 'humanism' over
the past five centuries.
We suggest a
new multiplicity of viewpoints and an exploration of non-human intelligence,
agency and subjectivity, that make up our planet (and
Possible topics could
- Perspectives under threat - non-human
viewpoints during the great species die off.
- 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 mere 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?
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
deadline for entries is 15 December, 2014.
Chosen proposals will form part of our 2016-17
submit your proposal by email to:
application should include a proposal (not longer than 5 pages), a CV 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 links. In rare exceptions proposals
may be accepted by post, if a request is first sent by
email. Please title the subject line: POST
Photo credit: Differential intake of
coloured substances by slime mould Physarum
polycephalum in laboratory implementation of
Kolmogorov-Uspenskii machine. Courtesy of Andrew Adamatzky. Adamatzky A.
"Physarum Machines" (World Scientific, 2010).
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