Open Call Details

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Open from 
9th April 2018, 9:00am IST to 9th May 2018, 5:00pm IST
Results by 
11th July
Provisional Season Dates 

OPEN CALL: Science Gallery Dublin is seeking proposals for up to twenty works for INTIMACY, a free exhibition that asks what human connection is made of. We are looking for works that explore the themes on intimacy in surprising and unusual ways. Deadline for applications is 9th May, 17:00 Dublin time. Provisional exhibition dates are October 2018 to February 2019.

What is INTIMACY and can it be quantified, optimised, or commodified? Does INTIMACY hide in surprising places, or in plain sight? And will technology compromise the future of human connection, or bring us all together in new and exciting ways? There has never been a more important time to examine the way we relate to each other, and ask whether our definition of INTIMACY needs a reboot.

INTIMACY will examine the science and art of connection between humans, bringing together neuroscience, art, behaviour, belief and trust.

We’ll find closeness in surprising places and probe how INTIMACY can emerge between friends or opponents, across time and cultures, or amongst networks and groups. With electronic communication ever more pervasive, INTIMACY will examine how all this interconnectedness may disrupt traditional notions of togetherness, opening new avenues for connection, or killing off intimacy altogether.

Does absence really make the heart grow fonder? What does it mean when bodies are ‘in sync’?  Does intimacy have a language? From FOMO to frenemies and oxytocin to online dating, we’ll find out what INTIMACY means in the 21st century.

Subtopics we are particularly interested in:

  • Spaces for intimacy (including unexpected ones e.g. between sporting opponents, prisoners, commuters; or in social gatherings, etc)
  • Scales and types of intimacy (non-binary, sense of belonging, circumstances of common loss or danger)
  • Neurohumanities and the neuroscience of empathy, connection and trust
  • Small-audience performance and immersive theatre
  • Togetherness including perception, imitation, joint action, learning and memory, behavioural revision and novelty
  • ​The role of societal and cultural contexts
  • Autonomy, authority and threats to intimacy
  • Measuring and optimising Intimacy (are we heading toward a quantified self?)
  • Sociological aspects of intimacy
  • Generational differences in approach to intimacy
  • Online relationships
  • Creative interventions and designs that facilitate or cultivate intimacy


Proposals may be new or existing works, and will be funded up to a maximum budget of €2000, which should include all artist fees, VAT, materials, equipment, shipping, travel etc. Please note that these are maximum amounts and we enthusiastically welcome proposals that come in below the maximum budget. We are happy to write letters of support for applicants seeking funding from elsewhere.


  • Giovanni Frazzetto, Author and Researcher
  • Rachel McDonnell,  Assistant Professor in Creative Technologies at the School of Computer Science and Statistics at Trinity College Dublin
  • Ian Brunswick, Head of Programming, Science Gallery Dublin