[artinfo] (fwd) Arts Catalyst cfs: Eye of the Storm conference

Andreas Broeckmann ab at mikro.in-berlin.de
Thu Mar 5 17:02:11 CET 2009

From: "The Arts Catalyst" <emailer at artscatalyst.org>
Subject: Call for Submissions: Eye of the Storm
Date: Wed, 04 Mar 2009 13:56:25 -0600

An Arts Catalyst / Tate Britain Conference

Eye of the Storm
An interdisciplinary conference on scientific controversy

19 / 20 June 2009
Tate Britain, Millbank, London SW1, UK



The Arts Catalyst and Tate Britain announce an international call for 
artists, scientists, social scientists, theorists, policy-makers and 
other disciplines, to present in Eye of the Storm, a conference 
exploring scientific controversy from an interdisciplinary 

Eye of the Storm aims to explore a range of controversies, from 
esoteric arguments between physicists over the structure of the 
universe, to disputes about the causes of species decline and climate 
change, and highly charged public controversies around the use of 
stem cells and the distribution of genetically modified organisms. 
When heated debates around the challenge of climate change have shown 
how abstruse uncertainties within a scientific community can be 
amplified and distorted to challenge the whole notion of human-caused 
greenhouse warming, Eye of the Storm sets out to examine the 
relationship between scientific uncertainty and public controversies 
around science.

We invite abstracts for papers and proposals for artists' 
presentations and talks for Eye of the Storm that consider questions 
such as the following: When the whole culture and ethic of science is 
based on disagreement and alternative explanations, how does this 
essential scientific uncertainty work in the quest for knowledge? How 
do scientific disputes affect political decision-making and society's 
relationship with science? As scientific and technological 
developments produce their own controversies, such as those around GM 
crops, what are the current critical controversies in and around 
science and technology? What alternative societal and cultural 
perspectives and contributions do artists and social scientists bring 
to this area? When the influential science sociologist Bruno Latour 
has worried that social science - in questioning the 'reality' that 
science examines - may have contributed to political abuses of 
science: what is the relationship between scholarship, science and 

Confirmed keynote speakers are Sheila Jasanoff, Pforzheimer Professor 
of Science and Technology Studies at Harvard University, and Roger 
Malina, astrophysicist, Director of Research at CNRS (National Center 
for Scientific Research), former Director at the Laboratoire 
d'Astrophysique de Marseille.


Please send 200-word abstracts for papers and presentations (20 
minutes maximum) to 
<mailto:conference at artscatalyst.org?subject=Eye%20of%20the%20Storm%20Submission>conference at artscatalyst.org. 
Artists may attach images (2MB maximum).

Deadline: 31 March 2009

Submission categories include: talks/papers, artists' presentations, 

Selection Committee

Michael Bravo, Lecturer, Scott Polar Research Institute, University 
of Cambridge
Bernadette Buckley, Programme Convenor, MA Art & Politics, 
Goldsmiths, University of London
Sian Ede, Director of Arts, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
Madeleine Keep, Education Department, Tate Britain
Rob La Frenais, Curator, The Arts Catalyst
Roger Malina, Chairman Emeritus, Leonardo, Director of Research, CNRS
Chair: Nicola Triscott, Director, The Arts Catalyst


Eye of the Storm is organised by The Arts Catalyst and Tate Britain 
in association with Leonardo/OLATS.

The Arts Catalyst

The Arts Catalyst is a UK-based arts organisation, commissioning new 
artist's work that experimentally and critically engages with science 
and is presented in a range of venues: art galleries, museums and 
other public spaces. Alongside the commissions programme The Arts 
Catalyst organises symposia and critical debates, artists residencies 
and participatory and schools projects.

The Arts Catalyst has commissioned more than 70 artists' projects in 
its 15 year existence, presented to a wide public in partnership with 
venues including the Natural History Museum, Imperial College, the 
Barbican Centre, the Roundhouse, the ICA, and P3 in London, Tramway 
in Glasgow, Stills Gallery in Edinburgh, the John Hansard Gallery 
Southampton, Cornerhouse in Manchester, and Gallery Oldham.

Tate Britain

Tate Britain is the national gallery of British art from 1500 to the 
present day. As such, it is the most comprehensive collection of its 
kind in the world. It houses a substantial collection of the work of 
J.M.W. Turner. More recent artists include David Hockney, Peter Blake 
and Francis Bacon. Tate Britain is part of the Tate gallery network 
in Britain, with Tate Modern, Tate Liverpool and Tate St Ives.

Tate Britain symposia bring together experts and scholars to present 
new research or to discuss aspects of a particular exhibition or 
wider issues around visual culture. Symposia, sometimes with partner 
institutions, are a focus for new scholarship and debate within 
visual culture and its political or social impacts.


Leonardo/OLATS serves the international arts community by promoting 
and documenting work at the intersection of the arts, sciences, and 
technology, and by encouraging collaboration between artists, 
scientists, and technologists. Activities of the Leonardo network 
include publication of the print journals Leonardo; the Leonardo 
Music Journal; the Leonardo Book Series (all published by the MIT 
Press); and several electronic publications.

  The Arts Catalyst commissions art that experimentally and critically 
engages with science. We bring together people across the art/science 
divide and beyond to explore science in its wider social, political 
and cultural contexts. We produce provocative, playful, risk-taking 
projects to spark dynamic conversations about our changing world.

The Arts Catalyst :: Toynbee Studios :: 28 Commercial Street :: 
London E1 6LS UK
email: <mailto:admin at artscatalyst.org>admin at artscatalyst.org :: 
phone: +44 (0)20 7375 3690
url: http://www.artscatalyst.org

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