Open Call Details

DISPOSABLE

SCIENCE GALLERY Melbourne
Live
Open from 
25th September 2018, 12:00pm AEST to 6th November 2018, 11:00pm AEDT
Results by 
21st December
Provisional Season Dates 
June to October
Keywords 
consumerism
waste
Pollution
digestion
recycle
reuse
ecology
opportunity
sustainable

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.

Potential subthemes

  • Disposable culture and consumerism
  • Single-use plastic, e-waste and food waste
  • 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.