Call for proposals: Ammerman Center Arts and Technology Symposium – first deadline 30 Sep 2017

The Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology 16th Biennial Symposium

February 15 – 17, 2018

Keynote Address by Krzysztof Wodiczko

Featured exhibition by Natalie Bookchin

Deadline for Commission Submission Proposals: September 30
Deadline for General Submission Proposals: October 30

The Ammerman Center at Connecticut College seeks submissions for its 2018 Biennial Symposium on Arts and Technology being held February 15-17, 2018, at Connecticut College. The aim of the symposium, now in its 32nd year, is to create an inclusive forum for multidisciplinary dialogue at the intersection of arts, technology and contemporary culture. The symposium brings artists and researchers from a wide range of fields together as they present new works, research and performances in a variety of formats.

The symposium accepts general submissions as well as applications for one of several commissions, in any of the following categories: Exhibition and Installations; Site-Specific Installations and Performances; Screen Based Art; Music and Sound; Dance, Theater and Performance; Paper Presentations and Artist Talks; Workshops and Demos; and Panel Proposals.

Click here to access the full Submission Guidelines and Submission Entry Form.

New, original, multidisciplinary works in any medium may be submitted for a special “Commissioned” category; each of the 2-3 selected commissions will be awarded $3000, given a week-long residency prior to the symposium and be featured in the program. Preference will be given for proposals by teams of two or more. Click here for the Commission Guidelines for details.

All submissions are encouraged to address the symposium theme of Intersections, and the proposed thematic threads.

In keeping with the symposium theme, scholars and artists from marginalized communities from the northeast region are especially encouraged to apply, including independents and adjuncts. A limited amount of full and partial scholarships are available upon request.

It is increasingly understood that our lives are pushed, pulled and interconnected by a range of intersections among multiple factors of identity and experience including: gender, culture, race, sexuality, and economic and technological contexts, among others.

For the 16th Biennial Symposium on Arts & Technology, the theme INTERSECTIONS seeks to question categorizations, to experiment with new and emerging mediums while deferring to the original definition of Intersectionality, as coined by legal scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw in relation to the intersecting dynamics of race, class and power. The symposium will explore the infrastructures and imaginaries pushing and pulling our techno-culture into an ever more precarious relationship with the social and ecological fabric on which our intersectional beings are founded.

While we are open to any number of interpretations of this year’s wide-ranging INTERSECTIONS theme, we encourage and invite participating artists, theoreticians and researchers to relate their work to this theme through the guiding threads listed below:
Alternative futurisms: New narratives of the future being crafted and told in any medium, with an emphasis on alternatives to the story told by Silicon Valley, Wall Street and TED.

Experimental systems for awareness, equity and justice: Leveraging existing and emerging technological mediums, tools or systems for questioning power and / or promoting increased connection, awareness, equity and justice by activists and artists

Hybrid bodies: Bio-politics and borders, intersectional identities, chimeras, and cyborgs

Symposium website
Submissions website
Submissions Entry Form

For questions or further information, please contact Libby Friedman, Assistant Director, Andrea Wollensak, Director, or Nadav Assor, Associate Director.