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Plastik, a bi-lingual (French-English) online journal on art & science published at Institut Acte (CNRS and UniversitÃ© Paris 1 Sorbonne), is announcing the following openÂ call for articlesÂ for its upcoming 4th issue on â€œArt and biodiversity: sustainable art?â€ (deadline:Â June 15, 2013Â â€“ the call is also available in French languageÂ here):
â€œInterest in ecology and sustainable development is unprecedented, as isÂ to the increasing concern overshadowing societyâ€™s well-being. With theÂ news of massive deforestation and the scarcity of water resources, weÂ are continually reminded of how animal and vegetable species areÂ endangered. Itâ€™s clear that the need to respect the environment isÂ shared by all but that natural resources are being exhausted throughÂ conflict of interest and contradictory action. As a result living andÂ endangered organisms are affected by a kind of universal heritage value, as if representing the memory of an uncertain future.
Since the â€™60s, artists have testified to, and denounced, through theirÂ work, the ravages that human activity has brought on a planetary scale.Â With art interventions that have taken place in nature or have been anÂ actual part of a landscape, the concepts of the environment, of site and territory, have become more visible in the art world. By demonstratingÂ the physical properties of the material, and of the living, suchÂ artworks â€“ whether perennial or ephemeral, in natural or developedÂ spaces â€“ actively call for the spectatorâ€™s participation, alternately asÂ observer, walker, or explorer in a double game with the attitude of theÂ artist him/herself. To what extent have the new contours ofÂ spatialization in an artwork and artâ€™s modus operandi in generalÂ contributed to the change in the way we look at the natural world? WhatÂ impact has it all had on increasing the general publicâ€™s awareness, andÂ of protecting our environment?
Between the esthetic and ethics, art and the science of the living, theÂ 4th edition ofÂ Plastikwill present an evaluation of the perimeters ofÂ action and the meaning of artistic practice dealing with the subject ofÂ safeguarding biodiversity. The ties between environmental issues andÂ artistic creation will be tackled from the point of view of the real asÂ well as the symbolic scope of such practices, between the implementation of an ecological, imaginary approach, and social commitment. We will try to understand the propositions revealed by artworks which entertain a relationship to the balance at play between the living and the extinction of species. What kind of response do such artworks develop in relation to this new challenge, launched by scientists, as being of the greatest interest for humanity? Is it ecological art or ecologically-made art? Can one talk of eco-gestures in art? Through their experience as researchers, artists, critics, or exhibition curators, the authors will gather together a collection of testimonials and studies, questioning the procedures in order to understand how the preservation of biodiversity has become the subject of todayâ€™s most significative artworks.â€
The editors of this journal are â€œasking:
– Are researchers, and artists, in the face of environmental challenges:Â the new crisis managers?
– Notions of creation and destruction, safeguarding and conservation
– Reevaluating nature, landscape, and territory
– Eco-art, the green esthetic, neo-naturalism, sustainable art?
– Collaborative environmental intervention
– Animal ethics in artistic practice, abolitionism and welfarism
– The eco design approach, and individual commitment?
– Implementing art and eco-gestures : exploration-fiction, surveying,Â plantations, collecting, ethnography, gentle intervention
– Museums, institutions and their ecological responsibilitiesâ€
Admission criteria for articles
Authors are invited to propose texts of between 10 000Â and 20 000 characters/signs (not including spaces). Contributions can contain up to 10 images with a resolution of 72 dpi.
Images should be sent separately, with mention of their place, title and source. The same goes for pictures and other illustrations under format image. The first page must contain: the title of the article, the name of the author(s), their affiliation, email and postal address, a summary of 10 to 15 lines and a list of keywords characterizing the contents of the article.
Deadline for articles:Â Please send your articles by emailÂ before June 15, 2013, toÂ AgnÃ¨s FOIRET,Â agnes.foiret-collet@univ-
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