Call for Submissions: “Future of Water”

Science Gallery at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, is seeking proposals for an upcoming major exhibition and series of workshops and events on the theme FUTURE OF WATER. ARC’s Holly Bynoe reminds us that this is a topic close to the heart of Caribbean artists far and wide. The deadline for submissions is Friday, July 15, 2011. This theme will form the basis for a major exhibition and series of events at the Science Gallery, to run from October 20, 2011 till January 20, 2012.

Science Gallery asks “What is the future of water? What innovations might help us to acquire new sources of water, or help us to conserve it? What is our relationship to water? What will a water-scarce future look like? What creative ways are there of envisaging this? With Dublin facing likely water shortages in the coming decades, the exhibition could help audiences to inform and involve themselves in the complex global and local issues around water, and the choices this city is likely to face in the near future. How can the works on exhibition link the local to the global?”

Description/Guidelines: Science Gallery invites proposals that look at the cultural and social aspects of water, at the relationship of first world to developing world, at narratives of the future, designed objects and systems for water, provocative inquiries into water as a commodity versus a common good, water as energy, ‘virtual water’, and water in the city. Proposals might play on the bodies of water in and around Dublin, as well as internationally. Science Gallery welcomes proposals for both existing and new work from artists, designers, engineers, scientists and everyone in between, in any and all media. Submitted projects will be evaluated on criteria including: relevance to the theme (FUTURE OF WATER), science and technology interest, artistic interest, potential to engage a broad public with the exhibition theme, track record of the participants, costs, and ability to deliver the project.

Each project needs to delivered within a maximum budget of up to €7,000, however a higher budget may be made available in exceptional circumstances. Previously, many participating artists have secured financial support from local arts and government sources or other funding bodies. Our budget for events is considerably smaller than that for exhibitions, therefore cost-effective events, or events with potential to cost-cover through ticket sales (or other income streams) are more likely to be accepted. We are also looking for digital proposals. If your idea is a web-based or mobile phone application, or can be reworked digitally, then let us know. Submissions must be received no later than Friday 15 July 2011 to be considered for inclusion. Science Gallery will contact those selected for inclusion by 1 August 2011.

FUTURE OF WATER at Science Gallery is part of a larger 3-year international project, StudioLab, funded under the Framework 7 programme, with partners including Harvard University’s Idea Translation Lab, Media Lab Prado, Ars Electronica, the Royal College of Art, London and Le Laboratoire, Paris.

Here is a direct link to the application form.

Image: Cuban artist Teo Malta’s “Rebelión del agua.”

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