Call for Artists :: Deadline Extended to 30 September 2015
Sparks is a European project that aims to promote the concept of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) amongst citizens and other stakeholders in 29 European countries. Sparks is looking for artists to create artistic visions of new technologies in health, medicine and wellbeing. The organising committee expects a diversity of artistic, speculative design and exemplary ideas, as well as disruptive out of the box thinking to make such future developments more tangible. This is a unique opportunity to question, provoke and interrogate this area of research through artistic and scientific discourse. The selected three artists will work at Ars Electronica with futurologists and scientists on the development of their artistic vision on technology in health, medicine and wellbeing.
One of the most prominent advocates of the movement to prove that the physical, mental, and spiritual discipline is for people of all shapes and sizes is Jessamyn Stanley, a Durham, North Carolina–based writer, body-positive advocate, and yoga teacher. Stanley, who began practicing yoga in 2011, has amassed more than 82,000 devoted Instagram followers.
Her fans are primarily women who eagerly click “like” on her photos, such as the one above where she demonstrates the challenging “Feathered Peacock Pose.” Stanley’s execution of the move demonstrates her strength and flexibility—which people may not anticipate because of her size.
On June 27 th the Abortion drone will fly for the first time packages of abortion pills from Frankfurt an der Oder in Germany to Słubice in Poland.
The campaign is a collaboration between Women on Waves; Cocia Basia, a Berlin based abortion support group for Polish women; Feminteka Foundation from Warsaw and the 8 th of March women’s rights informal collective “Porozumienie kobiet 8 marca”.
The Abortion drone will mark the different reality for Polish women to access to safe abortion services compared to other women in Europe. In almost all European countries abortion is legal, only in Poland, Ireland and Malta abortion is illegal and women’s rights are still violated.
The drone will start its journey at 11 AM from “Am Winterhafen” in Frankfurt an der Oder and fly to Słubice. There will be opportunity for the press to ask questions after the landing of the abortion drone in Poland. The exact location will be announced the night before the flight.
Morwell-based artist Pezaloom lives with early-onset Parkinson’s disease and his latest artistic venture dopa-kinesia explores the breakdown in control that his body is experiencing.
Since being diagnosed with the disease much of his work in performance art has focused on the exploration of the physical and mental conditions of his illness, and the state of decay in the connection between his mind and body.
For this exhibit, Pezaloom has immersed his entire body in 160 kilograms of petroleum jelly to represent the debilitating heaviness, restriction, and slowness of the movement he experiences. The resulting self-portraits are powerful declarations that represent the artist’s immobility.
Dopa-kinesia challenges the idea of the body in art and destabilises the myths and misconceptions surrounding the disease.
Venue: No Vacancy Gallery
Location: The Atrium at Federation Square, Melbourne