Call for Artistic Creations and Scientific Contributions for the Group Exhibition: Cosmonauts of Inner Space

We are hosting a very fascinating Call for a Group exhibition at Belgium. The exhibition will take place simultaneously with exhibitions and performances in other big cities, like Athens and Tokyo.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: 05 April 2018

Cosmonauts of Inner Space

“In my writing I am acting as a map maker, an explorer of psychic areas, a cosmonaut of inner space, and I see no point in exploring areas that have already been thoroughly surveyed”.

―William S. Burroughs

 

Introduction

Ever since the beginning of human history, we can bear witness to the eternal desire of the human beings to explore and, consequently, to understand themselves, the society and the world around them either by artistic or scientific research (and in many cases by combining the two). This exploration always involves, as Pedro Conceição states, three critical elements: the explorer, a location and a means (or technology) for reaching particular locations. It is in the combination of these components and in the encompassing ideological context that we can see the continuity between the earlier seafarers around the earth, the cosmonauts venturing into the space, and the cybernauts of the new inner space of an infocosmos.

In this long line of explorers, we must add and emphasize the importance of the “cosmonauts of inner space” and their inner journeys within humans, which are an integral part of the human exploration and a basic parameter of the questions explored by this project.

The exhibition focuses on the dialectical relationship between the different loci of the human quests, the conjunctions and disjunctions between the inner and outer space, the microcosm and the macrocosm, the private and the social, as well as on the different ways/means of approaching them.

As an initiative point, the exhibition aims to explore the dialectic relationship between the “microcosm” and the “macrocosm”, with conceptual emphasis on the inner voyage or the assumption of a figurative trip inside the human body.

Western thought, especially since the Enlightenment era, has been based on the separation of the scientific and artistic fields, and the creation of the contradiction among the art vs science, practice vs theory notions, which has led to necessary conventions for the practical seeking of knowledge, but they often are quite artificial.

However, besides the dominant paradigm of each era, there are always other approaches too. As for the oppositions between inner vs. outer space and microcosm vs. macrocosm, some scholars argue that there is no contrast; that there is symmetry and isomorphy. Some others maintain that there is even unity or lack of boundaries between the antitheses’ terms as, for example, as expressed in the phrase “As Above, so Below, As Within, so Without”, or as Yuri Lotman says, boundaries unify exactly as they divide. Additionally, other scholars, like Paul Wells, maintain that there is no theory without practice, no practice without theory and thus, there must be an ongoing exchange between the different fields.

The exhibition wishes to explore and discuss all the viewpoints and approaches of the internal travel in any way the participants see fit to approach it, as, for example, in relation to biology, philosophy, psychology, sociology, technology, spatial sciences, etc.

Bearing all the above in mind and motivated by the desire to initiate an in-depth dialogue which will include artistic as well as scientific and theoretical aspects, we will not limit the participations providing a priori a narrow definition of the notion of the “internal space” as this differs depending on the approach that one chooses: for example, it is different according to the framework of psychology and it acquires other parameters in the context of the private versus the social space. Therefore, any artist who would like to participate may define the assumption of internal travelling according to his or her own research approach and interests.

Purpose of the project:

  • To initiate an in-depth dialogue between artists, scientists and theorists concerning the issues mentioned above.
  • To transfer this dialogue from the limited space among the specialists of each field, to a broad, worldwide audience, by making it known and approachable.

Possible topics to be addressed

The following list presents some indicative topics to be explored but the exhibition is by no means limited to these:

–           The dialectical relationship of our need to understand ourselves and the need to understand the world.

–           “Travel” inside the human body

–           The relationship between the microcosm and the macrocosm.

–           The dialectical relationship between art and science involving the internal trip and the methods of acquiring knowledge.

–           Art in Science – Science in Art: conjunctions and disjunctions

–           Science and science fiction: mutual loans.

–           Theoretical/Philosophical approaches.

–           Technological innovations and applications as means to approach a trip inside the human body or any “internal space”.

–           Scientific breakthroughs.

–           The quest of knowledge of the self and of the world. History, approaches, methods.

–           Personal quests and experience.

Call for artists

Information about the Artworks submission:

Artists wishing to participate may submit their application in PDF, which has to include:

Complete name of the author, Title of the artwork, Type of expression, Technique, Dimensions and Brief presentation of the artwork in no more than 500 words.

Brief biography of the artist, covering life and former exhibitions, in no more than 500 words.

The application has to be sent electronically to the email address: cosmonautsbe@gmail.com cosmonautsbe@gmail.com.

Deadline: 25 March 2018

Call for papers

We also welcome proposals for articles that shed light on the research of the works suggested or that communicate research and questioning in relation to the project’s rationale. Our aim is to publish them online. Depending on the availability, some selected articles will be presented in a conference during the exhibition.

Information about the Articles submission:

Abstracts extension has to be between 200 and 500 words, in PDF or Word format.

Brief biography no more than 200 words, in PDF or Word format.

The application has to be sent electronically to the email address: cosmonautsbe@gmail.com.

Deadline: 25 March 2018

Idea/Concept: Spyros Verykios (Ionian University)

Curatorship: Ilia Katsaridou (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)

City and time of the exhibition: Brussels, June 2018

 

For any further information or questions, please contacts us:  cosmonautsbe@gmail.com

Please find attached the call below:

Cosmonauts-of-Inner-Space-Call-for-participation-Belgium

 

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