CFP: PhoneHome: 2017 XX Chile Biennale of Architecture & Urbanism: UNPOSTPONABLE

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Call for Papers:

PhoneHome: 2017 XX Chile Biennale of Architecture & Urbanism: UNPOSTPONABLE

How can art, architecture and design engage with issues of involuntary expulsions and incarcerations that demand critique as well as active and empathetic engagement? What does it mean to inhabit such limits and limitations?

P-Lab (Performance in practice Laboratory) of CXI (UTAS Creative Exchange Institute) in association PSi P+Dwg (Performance Design Working Group of Performance Studies International) seeks video submissions for PhoneHome, a curated exhibition at Chile’s XX Architecture & Urbanism Biennial (Valparaiso: 26 October – 10 November, 2017)

We live in an age where those crossing borders, experiencing conflicts and seeking refuge/asylum become unhoused and confined in the punitive and un-homely environments of detention centres and refugee camps, which have been created in the name of ‘safety and security’.

In the 1982 movie E.T., the Extra-Terrestrial needs to “phone home” in order to be rescued, and constructs a communication device from electronic components found around its hosts’ house. Exemplifying a stranger in a strange land – exiled from its own home – the detained alien (hailing from beyond the known world) is yearning to return and make connection with family, community and domicile.

35 years later we inhabit an age where countless humans are forced to leave their homelands and seek asylum elsewhere: finding themselves defined as ‘aliens’ and confined in unhomely refugee camps and detention centres. What does this mean for those of us who are relatively secure in our location, for whom locale is critical to our research and practice?

This installation incorporates videos, created by artists, architects and designers, which play on mobile phones embedded within replica models of a refugee cabin. These ubiquitous devices, no longer tethered to place (such as home), are now linked to individuals who transmit globally. As a body extension, such portable phones are also a means for situating, orienting, documenting, representing, conveying and resisting a life lived: inherent to what Lebanese artist, Rabih Mroué, calls the ‘Pixelated Revolution’.

The notion of ‘phone home’ as a spatially improvised communication device, provides the means for integrating issues of mediation, alienation and detention in performative statements that aim to be actively discursive. The selected projects (peer-reviewed by an international  panel) will be arranged within the exhibition space so as to impact on the observer’s body: itself viewed as inherent to the installation.


Exhibition Design

The concept is to have a row of uniform structures each with its own interior world responding to the brief.

A row of identical architectural models of emergency housing cabins, based on those housing Syrian refugees in Jordan, sit within a mirror-lined niche recessed into a wall in the gallery, which reflects the cabins in a mise-en-abyme, while also reflecting the viewer who has to peer closely in order to gaze at the videos inside.

Each of the selected works will be exhibited within one of the architectural models, which are scaled around a mobile phone and constructed from white acrylic. Inside is a mirror box framing the phone screen upon which a looped video plays. The spectator peers in through the barred windows to see the video reflected within as a distinctly constructed world.

 The cabins are viewed by those who are compelled to kneel in order to peer through the bars and comprehend the moving images accompanied by a soundscape heard on headphones. While seeing their own eyes reflected, the viewers are simultaneously observed as figures forced to bow to the particular positioning of the cabins.

Artists who wish to be included should submit the following information by 4 August:

  • The artist(s) full name, role in the project (e.g.: architect, designer, composer) and any institutional affiliation.
  • A Title and 100-150 word description of the proposed video.
  • Initial footage and/or storyboard to demonstrate the intent for the visual and sonic contribution in the exhibition.
  • A website and/or portfolio of creative work

Proposals will be refereed by an international panel.


  • Call for Proposals Opens: 10 July
  • Proposals from Artists/Architects/Designers due: Friday 04 August
  • Peer Review Process (part A): approx. 07 – 21 August
  • Artist Initial Acceptances sent: 28 August (final approval dependant on submission)
  • Artist Submissions due: 25 September

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Performance+Design Working Group Meeting @ PSi#23

June 8, 14:15-15:15 in 6A
All interested in the intersection of Performance+Design as it relates to the creative arts and beyond are warmly invited to a meeting where future projects, alliances and events will be discussed and workshopped in order to further define and expand this working group.
Convened by Dorita Hannah and Beth Weinstein.
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superflu(id)ity @ PSi#23

superfluidity: P+Dwg @ PSi23_Hamburg_2
Design is too often considered superfluous to performances – aesthetic, technological and everyday – and yet, as a sensorially orchestrated phenomena, such invention can make discursively manifest the varying excesses of our time.  As cups’ excess runneth over, the superfluous-as-design performs its superfluidity; overflowing the edges and slipping between the cracks to expose fissures and faults as possibilities; forcing open new spaces.  In greeting this abundance with high-water boots, we asked how conditions of super-flu(id)ity in the social, political, environmental and/or other realms permeate our theorizing and practicing of performance design.
A dozen responses to the performance+design working group’s call were selected, and these designers, theorists, pedagogues and provocateurs will share manifestos + manifestations of their research and projects in the curated Superflu(id)ity session the first day of the PSI#23 conference in Hamburg.
Convened by Beth Weinstein and Dorita Hannah, presenters include Stephen Bain, Hadi Damien, Jasper Delbecke, Vanessa Gerotto and Laure Krayenbuhl, Shauna Janssen and Jo Paterson Kinniburgh, Gabriele Kuzabviciute and Bianca Manuel, Merav Perez, and Connie Svabo, Anja Malou Strandvad and Anja Mølle Lindelof. We will also show submissions by Mark Harvey, Ana Martinez, Jon McKenzie, and Xristina Penna.
These provocations will form the basis of a moderated dialogue regarding the future of design practices in performance, and will be followed, in the afternoon by an open, working group meeting (June 8, 14:15-15:15 in 6A), to which all are welcome.
We invite all interested in the intersection of performance + design to attend the curated Superflu(id)ity session (10:00 June 8, in 6A) and participate in the open performance+design working group meeting (June 8, 14:15-15:15 in 6A) in which we will discuss future projects, alliances and events.
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Intervening in the Anthropo(s)cene: Probes_Actions_Encounters

  • How can art, design and events contribute to redrawing maps differently to represent comings and goings, meetings and partings, in order register essential actions that incubate sociality?
  • How can we delicately probe environments in order to dislocate and then relocate our thinking about location? And how can we probe climes to critically recalibrate tempo and tempus?
  • How can we free our senses to occupy landscapes differently, not as distanced passive spectators but as immersed mobile bodies, creatively endowing our inherited environments and despoiled shores to uncover more transversal dialogues and meaning?
The objective is to explore and propose more meaningful understandings of landscapes – too often presented as distanced, picturesque and apolitical – as harbouring profoundly sonic, tactile, redolent and flavourful qualities. However, while they resonate with their own ancient spatiotemporal qualities, landscapes are more and more affected by recent histories to a point where human activities are now significantly impacting on the Earth’s ecosystems. This topical notion of the anthropocene requires we participate through greater immersive and sensory engagement with our natural environment rather than via the spectacle of a distanced vista: mindful of the part we play within the multiple and fragile ecologies of our lived world: minimizing the binary opposition between nature and culture and acknowledging that landscapes are a fabricated environments and significant public space. The fleeting event becomes a research tool for testing potential engagements between technology and geography, data and substance, intellect and perception, art events and the landscape as an event. This gathering adopts a tangential and critical approach to design by regarding the landscape as gallery, laboratory, and collaborator, thereby undertaking a form of creative acupuncture as performative intervention.
As a global warm-up to PSi#22 Performance Climates, 6-9 July 2016, at the University of Melbourne, the PSi Performance+Design working group (PSi_P+DWG) is organizing a 5-day international symposium/workshop in Tasmania, hosted by UTAS Creative Exchange Institute, June 29th – 3rd July: arriving in Hobart 28th and departing 4th July.
Details about the event are being posted Intervening in the Anthropo[s]cene: Details.
Outcomes of this collaborative event will be performatively shared at PSi#22 during the Performance+Design working group session. At PSi#22 we will also hold a PSi_P+DWG meeting to brainstorm future events, research, projects, and platform (physical and virtual) to support a dynamic working group.
Please join PSi to submit your paper for the PSi#22 conference.
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