Call for papers, workshops, art and exhibitions – Balance-UnbALaNce conference 2016, Columbia – deadline 10 October 2015

Balance-UnbALaNce 2016

— Arts + Sciences x Technology = Environment / Responsability —

“Data Science + Eco Action”

May 9 to 11, 2016
University of Caldas, Manizales, Colombia

Call for participation

Balance-Unbalance (BunB) is an International Conference designed to use art as a catalyst to explore intersections between NATURE, SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY and SOCIETY as we move into an era of both unprecedented ecological threats and transdisciplinary possibilities.

The Balance-Unbalance conference will bring artists together with scientists, economists, philosophers, politicians, management and policy experts, sociologists and engineers from across the world with the intent of engendering a deeper awareness and creating lasting intellectual working partnerships in solving our global environmental crisis.

“We are living in a world reaching a critical point where the equilibrium between a healthy environment, the energy our society needs to maintain or improve this lifestyle and the interconnected economies could pass more quickly than expected from the current complex balance to a complete new reality where unbalance would be the rule and human beings would need to be as creative as never before to survive. Environmental problems, economic uncertainty and political complexity have been around for a long time. What was different before was the speed and depth of transformations compared with today’s sudden changes. The frequent occurrence and severity that certain weather and climate-related events are having around us is increasing, and the ability of human beings on modifying adjacent surroundings as well as distant places have turn into a power capable of altering the planet […] The arts could play a major part in helping the global society to understand the magnitude of the crisis we are facing, and in promoting the awareness around environmental matters. it could also be a very good vehicle to disseminate proposals able produce changes in our behavior and decisions, influencing our chances for the future. Artists could promote inter and transdisciplinary actions focusing on our responsibility regarding the turning point we are living in defining the future of -human- life on Earth.” (Dr. Ricardo Dal Farra, Balance-Unbalance founder).

The theme for BunB 2016 is “Data Science + Eco Action”.
How can we extract knowledge from large volumes of environmental and related data? How that can be used in benefit of the human society? What should we change in our thinking and in our behaviour? Individual vs community vs global: What matters? Why big or complex data is so relevant to our daily life? How the capture, analysis, curation, sharing, storage… and control of large data could rapidly change our world? What positive sides does it have? What not so positive, and even risks does it have? What data science has to do with humanitarian organizations? And with electronic art?

We want to inspire explorations of how artists can participate in this major challenge of our ecological crisis. We need to use creative tools and transdisciplinary action to create perceptual, intellectual and pragmatic changes. We want to discuss our proposals for the future from a diversity of cultural perspectives and socio-economic situations with open minds.

The 5th edition of the BunB conference will be held from May 9 to 11 of 2016 in Manizales, Colombia. It will be produced by the Department of Visual Design of the University of Caldas, with support of the International Image Festival.

Balance-Unbalance is seeking for papers, transdisciplinary workshops, artistic activities and exhibitions, posters and panels considering to propose, analyze and discuss specific projects and actions that could help us to face the serious environmental crisis. BunB 2016 is also open to host a diversity of virtual components allowing global accessibility and significantly reducing the carbon footprint of a major international conference.

The official language of the event will be English but Spanish submissions are accepted. Keynotes and paper (oral) presentations in Spanish will be -simultaneously- translated to English. Workshops won’t be translated.

Deadline for submissions: October 10, 2015 (midnight, Colombia’s time)
Notification of acceptance: November 30, 2015
Papers (max 8 pages)
Posters (proposal in 2 pages)
Panels (proposal in 3 pages)
Artistic activities and exhibitions (proposal in 3 pages)
Transdisciplinary workshops (proposal in 3 pages)
Virtual projects (proposal in 3 pages)
In addition, a selection of short papers to be published in the Leonardo journal under a special section devoted to Balance-Unbalance, will be also announced shortly.

Submissions will be only accepted via EasyChair:
Templates will be provided soon. All submissions in Spanish must include an abstract in English.

Previous Balance-Unbalance editions:
BunB 2010:
BunB 2011:
BunB 2013:
BunB 2015:

Please direct any questions about submissions to: submissions.bunb2016 [at]
General inquiries to:
bunb2016 [at]
Balance-Unbalance 2016 website:

Balance-Unbalance 2016 organizers and management committee:

Dr. Ricardo Dal Farra. Director, Balance-Unbalance Conference
Dr. Felipe C. Londoño. Director, International Image Festival
Dr. Adriana Gómez. Academic program co-chair
Dr. G. Mauricio Mejía. Academic program co-chair
Dr. Walter Castañeda. Artistic activities and exhibitions program chair
Dr. Leah Barclay. Virtual projects chair
Prof. Liliana Villescas. Transdisciplinary workshops chair
Prof. Carlos A. Escobar. Keynotes program chair

Paula López. Production manager
Cristina Sabogal. Associate production manager
María C. Hurtado. Communications and registration manager
Paula Henao. Administrative coordinator