Feeding the insatiable
real and imagined narratives of art and energy for a troubled planet
a creative summit
November 9 -11 2016
Dartington Hall, Devon, England
Encouraging all manner of energy generation through creative intervention and invention and new approaches to scientific enquiry including the quirky, the impossible, the micro and the personal. Encouraging debate – practical, philosophical, metaphysical, and theoretical – bringing creative minds from many disciplines to bear on these pressing issues.
Who is it for?
This is an interdisciplinary event; we anticipate proposals and participation from artists, writers, designers, engineers, industry professionals, philosophers, ecologists, and all those interested in new approaches to energy, energy policy and ecosophy.
Of course, all are welcome.
Topics of interest
Not intended to proscriptive or prescriptive, this list of topics suggests the areas we are likely to explore. However we are open to all relevant ideas, from the philosophical to the most practical and pragmatic.
- visioning change
- imaginative and invented narratives and technologies
- micro-generation and body-derived energy
- plant and other organic power generators
- transformational potential of art
- beyond communication
- energy and metaphor
- message and instrumentalisation
- slow art, process
- non-literal big data visualisation
- envisioning the profound
- aesthetics of art/science
- using imagination for social change
- emotion / science
- sensible / actual
- new ways of seeing
- new ways of knowing
- evolving meaning
- celebrating authenticity and ethos
- energy in the animal world
- exploring chasms between artists and industry
- energy futures and questions of design
- ethnographics, big data, climate change, understanding
Types of submission
Submit any ideas that inspire you and which you think may have a place during this event. Given its deliberately constrained scope and size, there will be limited slots available, so please inspire us.
We are interested in submissions that embrace the following formats. Note that in each case we will add time for Q&A, but please think about how interaction with the audience can be built into your offer. Formats might be:
- academic paper presentations lasting no more than 20 minutes (with 10 minutes for Q&A)
- panel discussions, live interviews, and other discursive formats, lasting between 30-50 minutes. There is potential to broadcast these live.
- presentation of artwork, indoor or outdoor
- walking and other outdoor activities, particularly ones that engage with theoretical or philosophical thought in addition to their creative content
- workshops, lasting 90 minutes (please indicate how many participants you can support)
- if you are geographically distant, you can send papers for inclusion in the publication only. These submissions will be considered along with all others, on the understanding that you are unable to attend the event itself. There will be a nominal registration fee to help cover publication costs.
The deadline for submission is 22.00 GMT on May 8th, 2016. We are requesting 250-word abstracts or outlines, which must be submitted through the event website at http://artenergysymposium.info/proposal-form/. We are unable to accept any submissions after the deadline.