[NetBehaviour] open call -- Art and biodiversity: sustainable art?
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Wed Apr 17 14:27:42 CEST 2013
Art and biodiversity: sustainable art ?
open call deadline June 15th 2013
Interest in ecology and sustainable development is unprecedented, as is
to the increasing concern overshadowing society's well-being. With the
news of massive deforestation and the scarcity of water resources, we
are continually reminded of how animal and vegetable species are
endangered. It's clear that the need to respect the environment is
shared by all but that natural resources are being exhausted through
conflict of interest and contradictory action. As a result living and
endangered organisms are affected by a kind of universal heritage value,
as if representing the memory of an uncertain future.
Since the '60s, artists have testified to, and denounced, through their
work, the ravages that human activity has brought on a planetary scale.
With art interventions that have taken place in nature or have been an
actual part of a landscape, the concepts of the environment, of site and
territory, have become more visible in the art world. By demonstrating
the physical properties of the material, and of the living, such
artworks – whether perennial or ephemeral, in natural or developed
spaces – actively call for the spectator's participation, alternately as
observer, walker, or explorer in a double game with the attitude of the
artist him/herself. To what extent have the new contours of
spatialization in an artwork and art's modus operandi in general
contributed to the change in the way we look at the natural world? What
impact has it all had on increasing the general public's awareness, and
of protecting our environment?
Between the esthetic and ethics, art and the science of the living, the
4th edition of Plastik will present an evaluation of the perimeters of
action and the meaning of artistic practice dealing with the subject of
safeguarding biodiversity. The ties between environmental issues and
artistic creation will be tackled from the point of view of the real as
well as the symbolic scope of such practices, between the implementation
of an ecological, imaginary approach, and social commitment. We will try
to understand the propositions revealed by artworks which entertain a
relationship to the balance at play between the living and the
extinction of species. What kind of response do such artworks develop in
relation to this new challenge, launched by scientists, as being of the
greatest interest for humanity? Is it ecological art or
ecologically-made art? Can one talk of eco-gestures in art? Through
their experience as researchers, artists, critics, or exhibition
curators, the authors will gather together a collection of testimonials
and studies, questioning the procedures in order to understand how the
preservation of biodiversity has become the subject of today's most
We'll be asking:
- Are researchers, and artists, in the face of environmental challenges:
the new crisis managers?
- Notions of creation and destruction, safeguarding and conservation
- Reevaluating nature, landscape, and territory
- Eco-art, the green esthetic, neo-naturalism, sustainable art?
- Collaborative environmental intervention
- Animal ethics in artistic practice, abolitionism and welfarism
- The eco design approach, and individual commitment?
- Implementing art and eco-gestures : exploration-fiction, surveying,
plantations, collecting, ethnography, gentle intervention
- Museums, institutions and their ecological responsibilities
[Plastik] est la revue de l'Institut ACTE
CNRS - Université de Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne.
Admission criteria for articles:
Authors are invited to propose texts of between 3 000 and 10 000 worlds.
Contributions can contain up to 10 images with a resolution of 72 dpi.
Images should be sent separately, with mention of their place, title and
source. The same goes for pictures and other illustrations under format
image. The first page must contain: the title of the article, the name
of the author(s), their affiliation, email and postal address, a summary
of 10 to 15 lines and a list of keywords characterizing the contents of
Deadline for articles:
Please send your articles by email before June 15, 2013.
plastik.art.science at gmail.com
Institut ACTE - CNRS
Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne
47 rue des Bergers 75015 Paris - France
olga.kisseleva at univ-paris1.fr
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