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In 2008, a car park in a forgotten corner of Dublin was transformed into a living experiment that would bridge art and science, unleashing their combined creative potential. A groundbreaking initiative pioneered by Trinity College Dublin, Science Gallery is a new kind of space where art and science collide – a porous membrane between the university and the city.

Since opening in 2008, over 1.3 million visitors to Science Gallery have experienced over 26 unique exhibitions – ranging from living art experiments to materials science and from the future of the human race to the future of play. Primarily oriented towards young adults between the ages of 15 and 25 years old, Science Gallery develops an ever-changing programme of exhibitions, events and experiences fuelled by the expertise of scientists, researchers, students, artists, designers, inventors, creative thinkers and entrepreneurs. Science Gallery focuses on providing programmes and experiences that allow visitors to participate and facilitate social connections, always providing an element of surprise.

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OPPORTUNITY

BLOOD at Science Gallery: A Call For Proposals


Deadline:
Wed May 28, 2014 17:00

Location:
Dublin, Ireland

Calling all artists, scientists, and designers: hot-blooded, blue-blooded, or just bloody interested in BLOOD.

Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin requests proposals for works to be included in a new exhibition entitled BLOOD. From the subcutaneous to the cultural, BLOOD seeks to investigate to blood across diverse realms of human and post-human endeavour. From cutting edge research in immunology and genetics, to bioart works that use the medium of blood, to mythical stories of vampires, we will explore the materiality of BLOOD through science, medicine, body and bioart, kinship and religious beliefs and its many symbolic and cultural meanings.

We are interested in everything from the internal dynamics of blood cells and their diseases, to themes such as racism, eugenics, bio-politics, popular cultural tropes such as vampires, gender, performance, ritual and religion.

Why do we love vampires but fear needles? Why do we ‘see red’ when our blood ‘boils’? What are the positives and negatives of our fascination with this crimson, coagulating oxygen carrier? Coursing in our veins, blood connects, sustains and fuels life, yet it also harbours disease and infection. It fascinates and it is feared, floating between transcendence and abjection.

We kindly invite you to contribute to this exciting project and let different disciplines bleed into one another. We are out for blood!

IN PARTICULAR WE WELCOME PROPOSALS:

– on blood, i.e. exploring blood via conceptual, polemic and textual inquiry.

– made with/from blood, i.e. exploring blood via artworks employing blood as a medium, such as paintings, performance and body art.

– on blood on film: i.e. exploring representations of blood in film.

– made in/of blood, i.e. bio-artistic manipulations of blood at the discrete level.

– exploring the Health/Physiology/Disease of blood – its properties, diseases, circulation. We are especially interested in serology, haematology and pathology; blood count, transfusions, blood types and blood vessels; logistics of storing and donating blood.

– exploring blood as a source of genetic material.

– foregrounding the Baroque celebration of blood and the Gothic ominous blood; Baroque rapture and Gothic rupture.

– on bloody hell!, i.e. foregrounding various psychological and psychosomatic effects of blood: catharsis, uncanniness, abjection.

– investigating the tension between blood as a biological substance and a cultural entity.

– investigating the often contradictory cultural meanings of blood.

– on life-blood, i.e. exploring blood as a life-giving substance, marker of individuality, a basic life force, token of the sacred. We are interested in both forensics and religious doctrines on blood.

– on one blood, i.e. exploring blood as the common denominator, token of communal bonds and social solidarity. We seek to explore blood as a ritual, seen through the lens of anthropology and ethnography. Last but not least, we would like to draw attention to the altruistic premise behind blood banks and blood donations.

– on bad blood, mixed blood, blue blood, i.e. exploring blood as a token of difference, boundary, otherness – associated with gender, race, religion, nationalism and social class. We welcome proposals which foreground blood-based nationalism as a source of conflict and displacement. We would also like to hear proposals exploring the prejudice behind blood libel accusations in Eastern Europe.

– investigating the bio-political aspect of blood as an exploitable commodity embodying social and political tensions whereby the very integrity of the human body is at stake and subject to state power. We are interested in submissions harnessing the captivating power of pop cultural tropes such as vampires.

– on future blood, i.e. looking towards the future of the human body; investigating the role of blood in new posthuman landscapes of the future; producing self-mutating assemblages of the organic, the inanimate and the technological.

– on non-human blood e.g vertebrates vs invertebrates, unusual blood such as horseshoe crabs

CURATORIAL TEAM

Jens Hauser - Art curator, writer and video maker

Professor Luke O Neill - was appointed to the Chair of Biochemistry at Trinity College Dublin in 2008, where he leads the Inflammation Research Group. He is also Academic Director of the Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute.

Professor Shaun McCann - Professor of Academic Medicine, School Of Medicine, TCD

Professor Clemens Ruthner - Professor of Germanic Studies, TCD Co-ordinator of European Studies Option: Cultures of Memory and Identity in Central Europe

Lynn Scarff - Director, Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin

KEY INFORMATION

DATES

May 28th, 5pm: Deadline for proposals
October 23rd, 9am-12pm: Media preview
October 23rd, 6-8pm: Launch party/ member and supporter preview
October 24th: Exhibition opens to the public
January 25th: Exhibition finishes

BUDGET

We are looking for up to 30 works for the BLOOD exhibition. Two outstanding projects may be funded up to the amount of €10000 and the others may be funded up to the amount of €4000. Please note that these are maximum amounts, not targets. We are happy to write letters of support for applicants seeking funding from elsewhere.


OPPORTUNITY

STRANGE WEATHER: Open Call


Deadline:
Fri Feb 14, 2014 23:59

Location:
Dublin, Ireland

STRANGE WEATHER

HOW CAN WE MODEL AND EVEN GENERATE WEATHER?

Calling all future forecasters, weather hackers and planetary visionaries, Science Gallery is seeking project proposals for our upcoming summer exhibition, STRANGE WEATHER.

STRANGE WEATHER is a curated exhibition that will bring together meteorologists, artists, climate scientists, cloud enthusiasts and designers to explore how we model, predict, and even create weather.

How has the human experience of weather changed over millennia, and how will it change in the next 50 years? Will future weather be more, or less predictable and controllable? Should we attempt to prevent a future of STRANGE WEATHER, or embrace it? From floods to droughts and from local transition towns to global geoengineering schemes, weather is of greater concern than ever. What consequences and opportunities will arise from the changing weather of our planet?

Curated by CoClimate, this exhibition will challenge audiences with novel visions of a global culture adapting to extreme weather, and zooms in to explore how STRANGE WEATHER will affect daily commutes, the governance of our cities, and even our fashion choices.

We are interested in works that offer a participative and interactive visitor experience for a broad age-range of visitors, especially those aged 15-25. We seek projects that inform, intrigue, provoke dialogue and engage audiences directly, making the complex and emotional topic of extreme weather and climate change more relevant to everyday experiences. In particular, we are looking for projects that connect massive planetary-scale systems to personal, localised and individual lived experience.

We are interested in receiving proposals on a wide variety of topics including, but not limited to:

–Tools for predicting and preparing for severe weather, climate change, and environmental change.

-Climate change and the everyday: projects that respond to the consequences of climate change. e.g. how will climate change affect fashion, entertainment, transportation and education?

-Examples and critiques of weather manipulation and GeoEngineering.

-Tools for mapping the planet: from satellites, to ocean drones and weather balloons.

-Designs that mitigate environmental change: architecture for migrating species, water management for more severe flooding, smog and air quality detection and prevention.

-Future scenarios for cities, governance and culture on a changed planet.

-Works that show how weather information is collected, compiled and disseminated.

-Exhibits that speak to the social, cultural and political implications of strange weather and climate change.

-Participatory experiences, field trips, site visits and workshops.

-Scientific experiments that utilise data/participation from visitors.

-Forecasting, not just of weather, but of many kinds of environmental patterns and change.

-Your amazing project that is relevant to the theme ‘Strange Weather’.

CURATORS & ADVISORS

CoClimate - www.coclimate.com

Michael John Gorman - Director of Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin

Martin Peters - Irish Centre for High-End Computing

Gerald Fleming - Met Éireann

To submit a proposal, visit sciencegallery.com/strangeweather. Please address all queries about making an application to help@sciencegallery.com. The open call will close at 12 midnight on Feb 14th 2014.

Science Gallery is a registered charity and not-for-profit organisation. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of STRANGE WEATHER, please contact clodagh.memery@sciencegallery.com.