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Open Call: Biofriction 2020

Text by CLOT Magazine

Mestic, Jalila Essaïdi

Hangar, Bioart Society, Kersnikova Institute, and Cultivamos Cultura are leading Biofriction, a Creative Europe project devoted to supporting Bioart and Biohacking practices. 

Hangar is a centre located in Barcelona for art research and production. Their mission is to support visual artists and creators during the different phases of their art production processes as well as to contribute to the best development of their projects. Bioart Society is a Helsinki-based association developing, producing and facilitating activities around art and natural sciences, emphasising biology, ecology and life sciences. Kersnikova Institute is a not-for-profit cultural institution for artistic, technical and educational activities. Cultivamos Cultura/Ectopia is a laboratory located in Lisbon and Alentejo, hosting artists from different backgrounds interested in exploring the intersection of art and science. It fosters the development of collaborative projects involving artists and researchers from different fields.

Biofriction refers to the combination of biology, biotech, fiction, and arts as surfaces of friction, with particular attention to the emancipatory potential of biotechnology through interfaces in the context of artistic practices. Within the framework of Biofriction, biology is not only understood as the natural sciences that study life and living organisms. Still, it is also understood as a field of discourse beyond the living world itself.

The open call is addressed to projects in the field of bioart, biohacking, experimentation with biomaterials and bioodesign, with a special emphasis on transhackfeminism as an approach to re-politicize feminism through (bio)practice. Possible topics include (but are not limited to) decolonizing technologies, Queer, Feminist, Xenoecologies, Biopolitics, Necropolitics and Environmental Struggle, Biosurveillance and countertactics; Bioexperimentation based in open culture; Bio_sonic agencies; Measurements and material-discursive practices of (bio)mattering and engaging (bio)practices. 

The deadline is January 29, 2020. 

(Media courtesy of Jalila Essaïdi)
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