How many teeth do you actually need to survive? Does flossing extend your life? What kind of bacteria live in your mouth? Why would you snog someone but not share their toothbrush? How do your teeth affect your job prospects?
In 2016 Science Gallery London are diving into the orifice with artists and scientists to explore the visceral space of the mouth, and everything inside it.
We put our mouths through endless daily rituals – they are prodded, poked, and re-aligned, brushed, scraped and refined. But this remarkable portal to our gut is also the gateway to self-expression and communication. Our mouths are powerful tools that can inspire everything from love and ecstasy to fear and loathing. From fillings and tooth tattoos to split tongues and pierced lips, mouths provide visual cues about who we are, and where we have come from.
Open wide and sink your teeth into a season of events, activities and installations that will leave you gobsmacked.
Science Gallery London’s 2016 pre-opening season explores the mouth as a key portal to our lives, our unique identities, and self-expression. Season events, activities and installation will be held in and around Guy’s campus at Kings College London, with other campus venues to be confirmed.
For our open call we’re especially interested in projects that explore themes and topics including:
- The salivating mouth – spit is an essential part of your mouth, facilitating speech, taste, and even protects your teeth.
- Healthy / unhealthy mouths – exploring the bacterial residents and their impact on our mouths
- Sensational mouths – from pain to pleasure, our mouths are sensational spaces, testing and responding to our surrounding environments.
- Changing mouths – encompassing the evolution of the mouth, development and how the architecture of the mouth affects communication
- The unique mouth – how our mouths and their contents make us physically, socially and culturally distinctive, providing a platform for self-expression.
- Future mouths – scientists are now able to re-grow teeth for mice from stem cells. What will mouths of the future be like?
- Animal mouths – Herbivore, carnivore, omnivore, invertebrate. We’re open.
WHAT MAKES A GOOD SCIENCE GALLERY OPEN CALL PROPOSAL?
We are especially looking for projects that match Science Gallery’s three core aims: to Connect, Participate, and Surprise. Some tips for strong proposals:
- We love works that invite the visitor to participate, create and discuss.
- Great projects bring together art and science in a creative way. We generally avoid paintings about science or science that is evaluating art.
- Relevance to our core target audience of 15-25 year olds is a factor in curatorial decisions. We are also interested in ideas that engage our hyperlocal audience and local residents.
- Defying categories is good (“it’s kind of a hybrid sculpture, event, installation-puzzle, with a crowdsourced edible citizen-science archive, plus a performance component that will portray a speculative future organism…”)
- A true connection to the theme is a must - avoid shoehorning an unrelated work.
- Collaborations are great!
- Ask questions! If you’re unsure about an aspect of your proposal, email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Have a look at our Pinterest board for some visual inspiration: https://uk.pinterest.com/SciGalleryLon/mouthy/
PLEASE BEAR IN MIND
Science Gallery London does not currently occupy a physical space. For this call we are especially interested in temporary, pop-up style activities, workshops, performances and installations, and digital collaborations.
- Gina Czarnecki – Artist
- Saoirse O’Toole – Clinical Researcher and Dentist, Dental Institute, King’s College London
- Andrea Streit – Associate Dean for Research, Dental Institute, King’s College London
- Abigail Tucker – Director of Postgraduate Research, Dental Institute, King’s College London
- Daniel Glaser - Director, Science Gallery at King’s College London
Submissions will be reviewed by the curatorial team who will respond to you by 1 April 2016
We are looking for up to 15 events, activities, workshops, performances and artworks for this season. Proposals will be funded up to a maximum budget of £2500. Two outstanding original works may be commissioned with a higher budget of up to £5000. Costs should cover all artist fees, travel and materials. Please note that these are maximum amounts, not targets. We are happy to write letters of support for applicants seeking funding from elsewhere.