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Call for papers: ‘TABOO – TRANSGRESSION – TRANSCENDENCE in Art & Science’

Text by CLOT Magazine

Anatomy of an Interconnected System, Marguerita Pevere (2018). Image still

The fourth international conference, “Taboo – Transgression – Transcendence in Art & Science”, will take place November 26–28, 2020, in Austria, hosted by the University of Applied Arts Vienna. Including theoretical and art practice presentations, TTT2020 continues to focus (a) on questions about the nature of the forbidden and aesthetics of liminality as expressed in art that uses or is inspired by technology and science and (b) on the opening of spaces for creative transformation in the merging of science and art.

TTT is at the forefront of the current artistic developments at the intersection of art and science. With a strong theoretical focus, it’s becoming one of the most exciting showcases to discover transgressive art forms. TTT invites artists, researchers, thinkers, and writers exploring the liminal territories of art and science to submit abstracts for papers, posters and talks.

Submissions are welcome from all art and research fields and cutting-edge technology in arts-based research. Suggested, but not exclusive topics, are those associated with Biopunk, hybridity and aesthetics of mutation; Cyborg, augmentation and bοdy modification; Post-gender, transgressive identities and social models; Psychopharmacology, somatotechnology, and post-humanism; Chemistry of the mind, natural healers, and mind enhancement; Biotechnology, DIYbio, and biohacking; Ethology, human and nonhuman; Evolution, genetics, and extended evolutionary synthesis; Cyber-eroticism, sex technology, and techno-lust; Biopolitics, displacement, and resistance.

The conference’s language is English. Proposals are submitted for consideration to the scientific and artistic committee members.

Developments in science and technology that seem to enhance the borders of our experience of worlds and selves revealing sometimes the fragility of social values, should be contemplated. Identities, ideologies, multiplicities, worlds, and visions are accepted and rejected, invented and destroyed: what are the forces behind and beyond? We propose critique within transdisciplinary where science, arts, and humanities meet in a research quest in an attempt at reframing and reconfiguring what there is. Through immersion in the complex realm of limits and liminalities, one might trace the historical and trans-subjective structures filtering our experience of worlds, ultimately opening up space for transformations through the interaction of art, science, and the humanities.

The deadline for proposals is March 31, 2020.

(Photo credit: Performance by Margherita Pevere “Anatomy of an Interconnected System” at BioCuerpos Perfor|m|ados, TTT2018 Satellite Physiological Bioart- Body Performance Live Art Event, curated by Adam Zaretsky and Alejandro Chellet, November 9th, 2018, Mexico City. Image by Cecilia Vilca)
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