Earth Rites: Imagination and Practice in Sci-Arts Eco-Cultures
University of Washington Bothell
May 19-21, 2005
Call for Proposals
Earth Rites: Imagination and Practice in Sci-Arts Eco-Cultures investigates issues and practices involved in building sustainable eco-cultures through the intentional engagement of both the sciences and the arts. The Earth Rites conference will examine connections between sci-arts and local communities and address how our sense of place, location, history, memory and embodiment are made manifest in art-making and scientific practices. The conference seeks to advance discussion and research on the productive linkages between culture, science, art, and the environment and how these connections emerge as viable eco-cultures.
Themes and Questions:
What defines ‘environment’?
What are ‘eco-cultures’?
What is environmental art practice? How can it engage, merge, or diverge with and from sustainable scientific practice?
How is the inquiry process in science comparable to that of art making? How can scientists and artists productively collaborate? What constitutes points of intersection for scientific practice and art making?
How can critical conceptions of nature and culture inform contemporary practice?
What cultural frameworks—economic, social, religious—have historically influenced access to environmental resources?
How do the arts act as vehicles for civic engagement?
What are the intersections between transformational learning, community leadership, art, and bioregionalism?
How can indigenous approaches guide these emerging practices and relationships to the land?
How can current discussions in both aesthetics and science help us understand some of the challenges of ecological restoration?
How can art, ecology, and spirituality help us create new paradigms for community?
The location and environment of the host site are an important thread in the fabric of the conference. Situated near a functioning wetland at the University of Washington, Bothell, the venue is also part of the Cedar/Sammamish watershed, Water Resource Inventory Area 8 in the Puget Sound basin of Washington State, as well as part of the larger and transnational Cascadia bioregion. Project organizers seek to cultivate meaningful community responses locally and regionally, and explore and expand upon relevant models of practice for the bioregion and beyond. We invite scholars, community leaders, artists, adult learners, youth and others to share ideas and practices that utilize traditional academic and artistic methods, as well as non-traditional and indigenous approaches.
Individual Papers: 20-minute paper proposals that address issues of sci-arts, environmental art, etc. Please submit a 300 to 500-word proposal and biography.
Roundtable: Discussions comprising four participants focusing on a specific topic related to theory, organizational models or practice. Please submit a 500-word proposal with qualifications and/or experience of all participants.
Performance: Presentation of short theatre, dance, spoken word, or other pieces. Submit 300-word proposal, biography and additional information. Please include length, required technical support if appropriate, number of participants, etc.
Workshops: Hands-on discussion. Please submit 300-word proposal, biography and additional information. Please include time (up to 1.5 hours), technical or other requirements, min/max number of participants, etc.
Media Room: Display materials including videos, internet sites, CD ROMs, DVDs, fine art, poster presentations. Please submit a 100 to 300-word proposal or sample, and biography
Outdoor Exhibition: Temporary site exhibits. Please submit 100 to 300-word proposal or sample, and biography
Deadline for submission of proposals: October 30, 2004
For further information, please contact Kanta Kochhar-Lindgren at the address below.
President of Art Culture and Nature, Assistant Professor, Performance Studies, University of Washington, Bothell.
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