[spectre] Open Call Symposium Frontiers of Solitude
milos at skolska28.cz
Wed Nov 4 10:18:41 CET 2015
Open Call for Participants
The international symposium Frontiers of Solitude, organized as part
of the eponymous art project, will offer a comparison of the opinions,
experiences, and points of view of artists, curators, and invited
guests on the theme of transitions in the landscape in which we
The symposium will search for relationships between the cultural,
political, and economic aspects of contemporary concepts and our
understandings of what is meant by such words as countryside,
landscape, and land, including the topography of transitional zones,
with an eye on both establishing and crossing over boundaries and
The term landscape can be understood to reflect our relationship with
the land. It is everywhere around us, under our feet; it is our shared
starting point; it is that which at once unites and separates us. With
this in mind, we can begin to raise questions about what is happening
to the land. How are we connected to it, how do we relate to it, what
separates us from it? How and to what extent can we understand the
land, and what do we all know and not know about it? To whom does it
belong, and how do we change it, for better or worse?
The artist, architect, businessman, scientist, farmer, and specialist
each see the land in their own terms. How can we express and capture
in human, rather than statistical, terms, both the visible and
invisible transformations that the land undergoes, both locally and
globally, with regard to the entire biosphere and climate?
Industrialization brings about mobility of people and goods, hyper-
connectivity, overproduction and urbanization, which have transformed
a large part of the 21st-century landscape into an industrial
concourse, test laboratory, and a field of conflict among people, and
between people and other living creatures. From this, there comes
about a blurring of existing, seemingly well-defined borders, zones
both separate and interconnected, with regions of safety and danger,
rich and poor, managed and wild.
Have we already entered an ideosphere of beyond imaginary boundaries?
Does contemporary art make it possible to orient ourselves within this
unstable and ever-changing territory? Do these art projects and
festivals on the theme of the Anthropocene offer fresh approaches, or
rather exploit the fascination and anxiety that is elicited by
superficial and ultimately temporary phenomena?
We encourage artists, scientists, cultural researchers,
environmentalists, and other lateral thinkers to submit proposals for
We welcome proposals until 30 November 2015.
Proposals should comprise: an abstract (250 words) and a bio/resume
Please direct proposals to: info at frontiers-of-solitude.org.
This project focuses on current transformations of the landscape and
the close connections between our post-industrial civilization and
nature. These themes are elaborated in terms of the cultural geography
and morphology of three specific areas of central and northern Europe.
The project includes residencies and workshops in selected areas of
the Czech Republic, Iceland and Norway. The project is a joint
initiative of the Školská 28 Gallery (Deai/setkání), the Atelier Nord,
and the Skaftfell Center for Visual Art, and is supported by grant
from Iceland, Lichtenstein and Norway through the EEA Grants.
More information about the SPECTRE