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Dark Places: Call for Research Projects by Artists or Scientists

 

Dark Places
Call for Research Projects by Artists or Scientists

Deadline for submission: 14 April 2006

The Arts Catalyst and SCAN wish to commission a number of projects by artists or scientists that culturally and/or politically interrogate a scientific site or body of ideas in the UK.

Dotted around the UK, often in improbable settings ­ underground or in unremarkable rural settings ­ and unseen by the public, are scientific research institutions that are pushing the frontiers of investigation.

Dark Places will result in a series of artists' or scientists' projects - which could be film, installation, exhibition, talks, guided tours, publications, etc ­ that take the lid off sites or ideas on the cutting edge of science.

We are looking initially for proposals for research projects.  Arts Catalyst and SCAN will select 3 or 4 proposals, which will be awarded budgets of £500 - £1000 for an initial research phase.  Should Arts Catalyst and SCAN then decide to proceed with the proposals, they will fund-raise for, produce and promote the resulting projects.

Examples of sites* in the UK might include:
JET Nuclear Fusion Research, Didcot
Porton Down, Wiltshire
Boulby Mine, nr Scarborough
Jodrell Bank, Manchester
National Oceanography Centre, Southampton
Greenham Common
The Wellcome Sanger Institute, Cambridge
Aldermaston, Berkshire
John Innes Centre, Norfolk
Rothamsted Research Institute, Harpenden
The Nanotechnology Institute, London

These are, of course, not exclusive and you can choose any site or sites in the UK as your focus.  Residencies or site-specific work might be a component of your proposal, but this is not a requirement.

The sites might have a historical relevance, but your project should address the work in the current climate.

* Please note that the sites named have not necessarily been approached at the time of writing.

We welcome proposals from artists, particularly those with activist or scientific/ technological interests, and scientists with cultural and political interests.  Specialists in other areas are also welcome to submit proposals.

Submit your initial idea, with a statement about your work, on 1 side of A4, attaching no more than 2MB of images (if relevant) to:

darkplaces@artscatalyst.org

If you wish to discuss your ideas further please send your queries to Helen
Sloan info@scansite.org

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