Rocky Futures cfp

Call for Proposals for:

Rocky Futures exhibition at T2M conference at Konkuk Academy of Mobility Humanities, Seoul, 25th-28th October 2023.

Rocky Futures is a collaboration between Cemore and artists collective Rocky Climates, for the 20th anniversary of Cemore.

Rocks are on the move: from tectonic plates and volcanic lava to glacial erratics, fossil fuels, stolen marbles, slippery gravel and sand stuck between your toes. The mobility of rocks shapes our worlds, and is inextricably connected to climate, from its formation on geological timescales to its extraction for fuel, and components that enable every electronic interaction. Rocks form lively relations and humans, animals and plants all shape and form geology in an ongoing shape-shifting dialogue. Injustice is also embedded in rock, in practices of extraction that exploit both human labour and natural resource. Rocks are often characterised as being stable and solid ground, but they are active and mobile agents in our rocky futures. We need to talk with and about rocks.

Rocky Climates is a collective of artists working with geological mobilities and climate. We host an ongoing series of online conversations between artists and rocks, through which we make the sensory and material qualities of rocky environments tangible for an online audience. Through this tactile engagement with rocks we explore their social, cultural, historical, political, environmental and lively mobilities.

What are the future (im)mobilities of rocks?

How can gesture or action make rockiness tangible and of immediate concern?

How might oral narratives mobilise rocks and rockiness?

In a live video event for Cemore’s 20th Anniversary, we invite artists to introduce their local rocky environments to a worldwide audience. Through live Zoom conversations with rocks, hosted from the field on laptops and mobiles, each artist will devise methods to explore physical, social, cultural, historical, political, environmental and lively mobilities, through strategies such as story-telling, touch, lens, sound and speculation.

The conversations will be available live to conference participants online, and be projected live at T2M in Seoul and at other arts venues (tbc). Recordings will be made available online with the permission of artists after the event.

To apply please send a 300 word (max) proposal for a live Zoom conversation with rocks, and link to documentation of your previous work. Deadline 22nd May, 2023.

We will provide technical and curatorial support selected artists to develop and trial their broadcasts.

Our intention is to facilitate artists to share creative research in a conference situation. The conference will not charge conference fees for participation in the video exhibition, as it would for submission of papers. We are in the process of applying for funding for artists fees, which we will pay if we can.

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