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(UN) REAL

Open call, closing date 1 July, 2019

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Science Gallery Rotterdam invites scientific researchers, artists and designers from a dialogue on biomedical science, art, technology and society by proposing projects for the first exhibition at Erasmus MC. The theme is (UN) REAL refers to how our concept of 'the real' is being changed by developments in biomedical research and new digital technologies, such as virtual reality and social media.

Your proposal may consist of a new or existing work of art, performance, workshop, research project or other activity. Relevant topics include: genetic and physical modification, human enhancement, regenerative medicine, mental conditions that change perception, such as dementia or synesthesia, the placebo effect, phantom limbs, (optical) illusions, dreams or virtual reality. The exciting space between the real and the unreal offers many creative perspectives. So you are welcome to surprise with topics outside of this list.

NB: The context of the exhibition is the public space of the Erasmus MC, with wide open spaces, natural light and high ceilings (15 to 20 m.), Although more intimate spaces are also available. More than 30.000 people per week move through the exhibition space on average, including patients, visitors, employees and medical students. For an impression of the building, see https://youtu.be/fEdxXx1wIbk of www6.erasmusmc.nl/themovie

The exhibition will take place from 4 October to 20 December, 2019

Keywords: genetics, illusion, human enhancement, regenerative medicine, mental conditions.

Budget
Proposals can be new ideas and developments or existing works by artists, designers and researchers. For each selected project, between 1.000 and 4.000, euros are available for realization, including all artist costs, materials, equipment and shipping. Please note: projects of a larger scale can be considered if additional partners and financing can be found. 5 scholarships are available for proposals from Rotterdam artists.

Workshops
If your proposal is selected, we expect you to participate in at least one workshop with artists, designers, scientists and young people (15 - 25 year) from Rotterdam in the summer.

Propose
Your proposal must consist of a short description (1 - 4 pages) of the proposed project and may contain references to other works, media or methods.

Send your proposal by 1 July, 2019 to: info@rotterdam.sciencegallery.com

CBK Rotterdam is committed to the Science Gallery Rotterdam, and will form part of the advisory and program council for this new exhibition space. The Science Gallery Rotterdam is based on the Science Gallery model at Trinity College in Dublin. New forms of collaboration between scientists and visual artists are being organized and shown, and innovative education programs will be developed to communicate about science and care.

The Science Gallery concept has proven itself at locations elsewhere in the world in the past ten years as a way of involving social partners in the discussion about scientific research. The program focuses primarily on young people between the ages of 15 and 25. Several universities have already opened Science Galleries in Dublin, London, Venice, Bangalore, Detroit and Melbourne. The Science Galleries work together in the Science Gallery International network, which has been invited by the World Economic Forum in recent years as a discussion partner on the impact of developments in science and technology on society. Science Gallery Rotterdam works further together with Erasmus University Rotterdam and Museum Rotterdam.

Open Call, closures 1 July, 2019

Science Gallery Rotterdam invites scientific researchers, artists, and designers to enter into a dialogue about biomedical science, art, technology, and society by proposing projects to be part of its first exhibition at Erasmus MC site. The theme is (UN) REAL, exploring how our concept of "the real" is being destabilized by advances in biomedical research as well as new digital technologies such as virtual reality and social media.

Your proposal could be a new or existing artwork, performance, workshop, research project or other activity. Relevant topics include: gene editing and human enhancement, regenerative medicine, mental conditions altering perception, such as dementia or synesthesia, the placebo effect, phantom limbs, optical illusions, lucid dreaming, or virtual reality. There is profound tension and creative possibility occupying the space between the real and unreal, so you are welcome to surprise us with proposals on topics outside of this list as well.

Please consider the context of the exhibition: the public space of Erasmus MC, which features wide open areas, natural light and high ceilings (15 to 20 m.), Although more intimate spaces are available as well. More than 30,000 people per week on average move through the space for the exhibition, including patients, visitors, employees and medical students. For an impression of the building and its garden atrium see: http://bit.ly/2VIK99U

https://youtu.be/fEdxXx1wIbk , Or www6.erasmusmc.nl/themovie

Exhibition dates will be: 4 October - 20 December, 2019

Key words
genetics, illusion, human enhancement, regenerative medicine, mental conditions

Budget
Proposals may be new ideas, early developments, or existing works by artists, designers or researchers. Funding between 1.000 and 4.000 euros may be available, including all artist fees, materials, equipment, and shipping. Please note projects or larger scale may be considered if additional partners and funding can be secured. Five grants will be made available for proposals from the Rotterdam community.

Workshops
If your proposal is selected, we urge you to participate at least in one workshop with artists, designers, scientist, and young people (15 - 25 years old) from Rotterdam during the summer.

Proposals
Your proposal should consist of a short description (1 - 4 pages) or the proposed project, which could include references to other works, media or methods. Please send your proposal by July 1, 2019 at the latest to: info@rotterdam.sciencegallery.com

Publication date: 18 / 06 / 2019

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