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Published on Thursday, May 31, 2018 by Anastasia Giardinelli

Summary

The project Arts, ecologies, transitions. Building a common reference wishes to accompany certain notable developments in the field of the arts as well as theoretical discourse on art and which, rejecting the confinement of art to the realm of ‘civilizational oversupply’, are attentive to questions arising from current ecological, economic and social crises as well as the crisis of representation we also currently experiencing. As part of this project, a call for papers is hereby launched for two symposia entitled Encounters: Arts, Ecologies, Transitions. These symposia will focus on current proposals dealing with radical positionings of the artistic ‘transition’, in which the ecological shift is generating new artistic forms, practices and works.

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The project Arts, ecologies, transitions. Building a common reference (http://www.labex-arts-h2h.fr/arts-ecologies-transitions.html?lang=fr) wishes to accompany certain notable developments in the field of the arts as well as theoretical discourse on art and which, rejecting the confinement of art to the realm of ‘civilizational oversupply’, are attentive to questions arising from current ecological, economic and social crises as well as the crisis of representation we also currently experiencing. We propose to use the notion of transition – extensively explored in the field of political ecology - to address developments that fall outside of the transformations or discontinuities commonly examined in modern or postmodern art. Such ‘transformations’ and ‘discontinuities’ are rather of a formal nature, while the transitions we are referring to here go as far as redefining even the concept of art itself.

As part of this project, a call for papers is hereby launched for two symposia entitled Encounters: Arts, Ecologies, Transitions, which will take place in Paris on 11-13 October 2018 and in May 2019. These symposia will focus on current proposals dealing with radical positionings of the artistic ‘transition’, in which the ecological shift is generating new artistic forms, practices and works.

With regard to ecology in the sense of environmental questioning, proposals dealing with deep ecologies, activist practices and, more generally, non-instrumental ecologies are of interest in the framework of this call for papers. Adopting a Guattarian perspective, the intention is to shed light on other types of ecology in the aesthetic field. Thus the remit includes political, social (including post-colonial perspectives or questions on gender), mental ecologies or those related to technical milieu to designate the various ways in which the today's art redefines the processes of subjectivation and the emergence of collectives, questions affects or the relationship to the body and takes a critical look at the concept of authorship. The call for papers will be receptive to proposals implementing the conjunction of all possible ‘ecologies’ – aligned with an ecosophical approach. Finally, it also addresses diachronic perspectives that demonstrate the historical emergence of the questions of transition. Taking into account the year in which the first symposium will be held, marking in France the fiftieth anniversary of the revolts of the 1960s, current issues may be considered in the light of historical artistic questions that triggered and prefigured them.

Proposals for papers may come from theoreticians or artists. We will also welcome proposals from formal or informal collectives or aesthetic proposals emerging from environmental, social and political struggles[1]. Presentation formats can combine theorists and practitioners or presentations from collectives. Generally speaking, out of the ordinary formats are welcomed.

Themes (not exhaustive):

  • Questions on artistic expression, exploring the relationship with the environment as well as contiguity with everyday life experiences or citizen actions: in situ performances and performances interacting with the environment (in cities, gardens or forests etc.), walks, works involving disabled performers, artistic practices with new audiences, experiences of deep listening, ecosomatic practices questioning individual and social bodies in their relationship to standards…
  • Investigations into modes of artistic production: on forms of subsidisation other than public or private, on the Commons, on the various forms of degrowth and DIY, on alternative technology practices.
  • Aesthetic experiences of nature, aesthetic questioning on climate crises, on an animal and vegetable ethics, on the overcoming of anthropocentrism etc.
  • Artivist practices of all kinds, related to environmental, social, political, technological issues, whistle-blowers, forms of activism etc.
  • Seeds of 68: analysis of the contributions of modernity or post-modernity artists of the past with regard to current questions of transition.
  • Ecosophies of art and esthetico-ethical approaches.

Encounters: Arts, ecologies, transitions

International symposia

Labex Arts-H2H, MUSIDANSE, TEAMeD/AIAC (University Paris 8)

11-13 October 2018 and May 2019, Paris

Submission Guidelines

Proposals can involve all arts and media (music and sound art, fine art, visual and applied arts, dance, cinema, theatre, photography, multimedia, circus performance, street arts, architecture, literature, sound poetry etc.) as well as all forms of production (institutional art, independent art, popular art, social art, media art etc.).

Proposals must be sent no later than 15 June 2018 to Roberto.Barbanti@univ-paris8.fr, isabelleginot@individus-en-mouvements.com, Makis.Solomos@univ-paris8.fr. They must include: a) an abstract (4,000 characters maximum); b) a note on the background of the individual and/or collective presenting the proposal.

Official languages: French and English.

The symposium will be accompanied by artistic events.

Scientific and organisational committee

Roberto Barbanti, Joanne Clavel, Agostino Di Scipio, Isabelle Ginot, Guillaume Loizillon, Kostas Paparrigopoulos, Carmen Pardo Salgado, Julie Perrin, Cécile Sorin, Matthieu Saladin, Makis Solomos, Lorraine Verner

[1] See for example the architects' column published in April 2018 to support new architecture projects from radical environmentalist grouping, the Zadistes of Notre-Dame des Landes.

Places

  • Paris, France (75)

Date(s)

  • Friday, June 15, 2018

Keywords

  • Arts, écologie, transition, activismes

Contact(s)

  • Makis Solomos
    courriel : Makis [dot] Solomos [at] univ-paris8 [dot] fr

Reference Urls

Information source

  • Makis Solomos
    courriel : Makis [dot] Solomos [at] univ-paris8 [dot] fr

To cite this announcement

« Encounters: Arts, ecologies, transitions », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Thursday, May 31, 2018, https://calenda.org/442935

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