Open Call Details

DISPOSABLE

SCIENCE GALLERY Melbourne
Under Review
Open Call Type 
Exhibition
Open from 
25th September 2018, 12:00pm AEST to 14th November 2018, 11:00pm AEDT
Results by 
21st December
Keywords 
consumerism
waste
Pollution
digestion
recycle
reuse
ecology
opportunity
sustainable

EXTENDED DEADLINE TO 14 NOV.

The lid has been lifted on human wastefulness, but what next?  Following the lead of Australian cult-hero, the bin chicken, we delve into our garbage and find opportunities within our disposable culture.

While the global waste statistics are sobering, we are now seeing emergent ecologies that thrive on human wastefulness, drinking water recycled from toilets and furniture made from coffee grounds. Waste brings new opportunities, human innovations and creative solutions. Science Gallery Melbourne will highlight experimental and creative ways to tackle our ever growing excess of waste through transdisciplinary and collaborative practices in its third pop-up program. 

Would you wear a plastic bag? Would you eat food out of a dumpster? Would you drink your own urine?

We are on the hunt for transdisciplinary, interactive and hybrid works to be part of our 2019 festival season program, which will include outdoor installations, pop-up gallery exhibits, performances, experiments and workshops. Locations will include The University of Melbourne's Parkville and Southbank campuses, along with unique sites throughout Melbourne suited to selected works.

Potential subthemes

  • Disposable culture and consumerism
  • Single-use plastic, e-waste and food waste
  • Wasted ideas and information
  • Emerging and speculative ecologies that survive on our waste
  • Digestive biology and sewage systems
  • Creative solutions to pollution and waste
  • Recycling and reuse
  • Carbon-neutral and zero waste practices

Curatorial team

DISPOSABLE will be curated by a Science Gallery Melbourne curator with the support of a curatorial advisory team of experts and a panel of young people.

Curatorial selection will focus on site-specific and pop-up works that would suit a festival season. Works should, wherever possible, incorporate carbon-neutral and sustainable approaches. Check out our tips on what makes a good open call submission.

If you are a scientist or research who would also like to collaborate on DISPOSABLE, please contact us here.

Budget

Proposals may be new or existing works, and will be funded up to a maximum budget of $7,000 AUD, which should include all artist fees, materials, equipment, shipping, travel etc. Please note that these are maximum amounts and we enthusiastically welcome proposals that come in below the maximum budget.

One outstanding site-specific outdoor installation will be commissioned with a budget of up to $60,000 AUD, with a focus on experimentation and interaction.

Running alongside the open call for DISPOSABLE is Science Gallery Dublin's PLASTIC. Works can be submitted to both open calls. 

Questions

Hello, am wondering if outdoor installations need to be installed onsite at Science Gallery Melbourne, or can they be installed anywhere in the city? Thanks in advance, Nadine 

Hi Nadine - we are still building the new Science Gallery Melbourne (opening 2020) and encourage you to suggest site specific locations for your proposed work within Melbourne. 

The link isn't working here -

Check out our tips on what makes a good open call submission here.

 

Thanks Jasmine - we've now updated the link

I would like to participate in "Disposable" because I have a particular interest in the choices that we make that effect the Future. My primary practice is to use common objects to explore the intersection between the natural world and technology, because 99% of the materials are used it almost carbon nuetral and matrially not expensive.

I completely understand the need for a budget when considering an application. However my installations are site specific so the main costs would be crating, shipping, artist fee and transportation from Canada to Australia and back - so yes, size does matter.

For the past 4 years I have steadily been enshrouding discarded small appliances and single use plastic (as we once prepared our dead for burial), to created a substantial roster of 'elements' to incorporate into installations that are flexable in size.

For example: http://anna-gustafson.com/objectlessons: at the moment I have enough enshrouded remote controls to 'wallpaper' 600 squre feet - 1 foot on center, but your site may only call for half twice that amount, (I am continuing to enshroud).

Or  http://anna-gustafson.com/plastic-is-the-alien-invasion-we-created, is a study for "Under the Burden We Create"  - a purpose made fishing net, suspended from wall to wall in the gallery, is swollen with enshrouded plastic containers and looms over visitors. How large is the gallery?

I look forward to hearing your thoughts and ideas.

Thank you,  Anna

 

Hi Anna - thanks so much for sharing your idea and we encourage you to submit a proposal. We are currently building our new Science Gallery Melbourne (which opens in 2020) and will therefore be using multiple site specific locations in Melbourne for DISPOSABLE. These will include temporary locations at the Parkville and Southbank Uni of Melbourne campuses and outdoor pop-up galleries. 

Hi. I just submitted my proposal for the DISPOSABLE event. But, the submission page did not submit my proposal until I checked the "Existing project" under the "Stage of development". It is while my project is not an existing one. What should I do now? Even when I try to edit it now, it does not allow me to deselect it.

Thanks so much for letting us know Mehrdad. Unfortunately we haven't received your submission, so could you please re-submit?

Hi there. I am currently working on a proposal for this exhibition and was wondering if you could provide any information about where the site-specific work will be installed in Melbourne. 

Hi Cody - as we don't currently have a gallery yet, we will work with successful applicants to find an appropriate location in Melbourne for the work. Locations will include Parkville and Southbank campuses at Uni of Melbourne and pop-up locations within Melbourne. 

what is the maximum number of images you are able to attach to your application?

Hi Jasmine, You can upload a total of 6 images. You can also provide links to images hosted elsehwere in the project description. 

Beautiful! Thanks heaps

In the budget - regarding artist fees, should your application reflect industry standards set out by the Australian National Association for the Visual Arts or 5-10% of the overall budget depending on the experience of the artist? Thank you

Hi Jasmine - we are supportive of you setting your own artist fees as part of your proposal 

Hi - I was wondering if you had dates yet?

thanks Julie

 

Hi - the season will be from late July to September, with specific dates to be confirmed soon.

Hi 

Can I please confirm the exhibition dates if submission successful, finding it hard to locate these on the site.

Regards

Laura

Hello Laura - the season will be from late July to September, with specific dates to be confirmed soon.

Hello!

I am a jewellery artist who predominantly works with recycled and found objects, does this festival support small scale pieces like jewellery? 

 

Thanks! 

Hi Lucy - this link provides some useful tips regarding what makes a great submission for Science Gallery exhibitions. 

 

hello - I was wondering. In the budget it says Science Gallery will provide 'installation costs' - does this include plinths, tables etc to display the work on or do you need to include a separate amount for custom plinths etc in your budget? Thank you

Hi Jasmine - many thanks for your question. Mounting and installation costs will be covered by SGM and do not need to be included in your budget.

Good Day.

I'm struggling to confine to the max world limits (200 mouth words) Are these values absolute or can one go slightly overboard with say an extra 10-20 more mouth words?  

Danke Mucherly.

Hi Marc - these a suggested limits and you can add a few extra words if required.

Hi Andrey - you are very welcome to include photos or video as part of your submission

Hi there,

We have a question about the suitability of our proposal to the theme. We are considering submitting a proposal around the waste of water in the farming landscape, a topical issue given the current drought in NSW. Our biological/architectural installation would illustrate how water is conserved and cycled within healthy soil, and will be created in collaboration with farmers whose innovative methods have enhanced the water-holding capacity of their farms. We see this is as an interesting angle on the issue of waste and disposable culture, because mainstream agriculture is degrading landscapes to the extent that they resist water penetration – not only does much needed rainfall often go to waste, it does immense damage when it can’t soak into the ground. By contrast, in a functional natural system there is no such thing as ‘waste’…

Does this concept fit within the scope of the proposed program, given that we are not directly addressing garbage, consumer culture, etc. ? We can connect it to subthemes like ‘disposable culture’, ‘digestive biology’, ‘creative solutions to waste’, and feel confident we can meet the other relevant criteria and values, but would really appreciate hearing if the curators/organisers would welcome a proposal along these lines. 

many thanks!

 

 

 

Hi Laura - your installation idea does indeed fit with our proposed subthemes. Please feel free to submit a proposal.

Hello Science Gallery,

I'm torn between two ideas I have for Disposable and have two questions.

Can artists submit more than one proposal? If not, it would be good to submit the one that is best suited to your ideas.

My preferred idea falls more into the fine art realm, is not interactive, is very science-based and deals with our disposable culture in a more oblique and indirect way. It does not present new ways to use waste. The other idea is more design based, could well be interactive and presents an idea that could one day make practical use of waste in a new, surprising and very useful way.

It seems from your Call Out that you are after ideas that align more with the second option; would this be right?

Thanks,

David

Thanks for your questions David - you are very welcome to submit multiple proposals. We also encourage a multidiscipinary approach - however, it is not crucial that the artwork is interactive.

Hi there,

Our question is regarding the theme of the program and whether our proposal is suitable. We are considering submitting a proposal around the waste of water in the farming landscape, a topical issue given the current drought in NSW. Our biological/architectural installation would illustrate how water is conserved and cycled within healthy soil, and will be created in collaboration with farmers whose innovative methods have enhanced the water-holding capacity of their farms. We see this is as an interesting angle on the issue of waste and disposable culture, because mainstream agriculture is degrading landscapes to the extent that they resist water penetration – not only does much needed rainfall routinely get wasted, it does immense damage when it can’t soak into the ground. By contrast, in a functional natural system there is no such thing as ‘waste’…

We would like to know whether this concept fits within the scope of the proposed program, as we are not directly addressing garbage, consumer culture, etc. We can connect it to subthemes like ‘disposable culture’, ‘digestive biology’, ‘creative solutions to waste’, and feel confident we can meet the other relevant criteria and values, but would like to be certain that our proposal fits with the theme in the eyes of the curators/organisers.

Many thanks!

 

 

hello there, 

could an application include two artists?

thank you

Hi Farah - multiple artists/ collaborators can be included as part of a single proposal. Many thanks!

Hello,  

1. RE: Biography/CV - Will I also upload my artist CV?

I'm finding hte 100 word limit for my biography a bit challenging, especially to then fit links to previous works.

 

2. RE: image/s

my proposal is for a new work and as such there are no images - do you want me create something that fits the theme of this new work?

Do you want images from other works I have done in the past?

 

 

 

Hi Jen - please feel free to provide a web link to a more comprehensive CV, if you have one. Images can be sketches of your proposed idea or examples of relevant work.

Hello,

Your limits for the images to be uploaded are less than 2 MB and smaller than 240 x 240 pixels. The images I've uploaded already are about 1.5 MB, but have more pixels than this. They seem to be saved though. Will this be OK?

Regards

David

Thanks David - your images have uploaded correctly and are suitable for submitting.

Hello I am trying to submit my application, but I'm not sure if it is working??

The screen refreshes with a message in bold "Please make sure your profile is up to date" and then in bright pink "Click here to tell us about yourself".

I have clicked there and updated my profile.... but each time I try to submit it comes back to this same message.

can you please confirm that my project application has indeed been submitted correctly?!

thanks :) 

Thanks Jen - we received your application 

Hello, my application would not upload returning a notification saying Error- The website encountered an unexpected error. Please try again later. After numerous attempts I am getting the same message and still am unable to upload my application

still open ?   Im in the American continent   time zone 

Hi there, I did not see this open call had been extended until yesterday and am just wondering if there is any chance a late application would be accepted?

I had previously started writing my application before other commitments arose but am close to having it finished and would appreciate the opportunity. Thanks for taking the time to respond