Open Fields is a forum of arts, theory, and creative practices taking place April 28-30, 2010, at the University of Technology, Sydney and Serial Space Gallery Chippendale, Sydney.
OF was conceived as an alternative approach to academic conference conventions: it is unthemed, multi-format, cross-disciplinary, and entirely programmed according to the interests and nature of proposals. It is a unique opportunity for theoretical research, spoken word, poetry reading, music recital, experimental music, workshops, film script readings, diorama, slide shows, theatre, movement, and all manner of offerings to sit, stand, or otherwise be beside each other, with all the feedback, stimulation, engagement, and space in between.
We understand the beauty and blessing of limitation and obstructions to clarify, provide parameters, and direct engagement. But what we aim to achieve is an unforced environment where uncompromised or experimental or unfinished or vague or fringe work might be aired; where those certain precious elements that might appear somewhat irrelevant and in danger of deletion might be brought to light, the relevance of their attraction sought. This might be an ideal forum to sketch out theoretical work, to experiment with standard forms, to engage with others outside your familiar sphere, and to connect with a wider network of researchers, practitioners, artists, musicians, students and academics.
We wish to invite you to present your thoughts, works in progress, the work of another; or propose a program item (such as an obscure film, unexposed poet etc) in the spirit of creativity, stimulation, and cross-pollination. This may take the form of an exhibition, installation, paper, presentation, performance, recital, round-table discussion, seminar, or any combination you wish. You do not need to be creative, or creative-practice based - we simply encourage you to take the opportunity to take part in something you may not normally find in the academic sphere.
Featuring self-catering, a program of nightly performances and events at Serial Space gallery (http://serialspace.org/ ), the Rizzeria zine machine (http://www.rizzeria.com/ ), and pre-disseminated conference abstracts/proposals/materials to enable more ready engagement on the day!
Applications are open until the end of February.
To apply, find our application form at: https://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?hl=en&formkey=dEdqR1kwcHBhS0ZNZUhUZkUyWUNrNGc6MA
Registration for contributors and attendees will open in March, 2010.
For more information, visit: openfieldssydney.wordpress.com for updates on who we are and outlines of material applicants are engaging with (eg. Translation, Poetics of Screenwriting, W.G.Sebald, Theories of the Archive, Transience and Ruins, ...).
Email us with any queries at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please feel free to forward this to any and all who might be interested in partaking in the event, even if remotely from overseas.
All the best!
(Adam Lippmann, Emma Fraser, Jessie Lymn, Thomas Lee)
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