Friday, 23 April 2010

Permanent Public Art Work – UTSC Instructional Centre

The Doris McCarthy Gallery, UTSC: Call for Applications
Deadline for expressions of interest

An Instructional Centre is being built at the University of Toronto Scarborough, marking an exciting new phase of campus expansion and a bold new addition to a campus that already boasts internationally celebrated architecture. With an expected completion date of March 2011, the new facility will support the emergence of UTSC as a vital hub for cultural and intellectual activity in the eastern region of the Greater Toronto Area.

Thursday, 22 April 2010

The New British Sculpture: Reviewing the persistence of an idea, c.1850-present

Henry Moore Institute
16 February 2011, 10am-6pm
British sculpture has been frequently singled out as an area of outstanding cultural expertise. Numerous major exhibitions and accompanying catalogues, including British Sculpture in the Twentieth Century (1981), Un Siècle de Sculpture Anglaise (1996) and Sculpture in 20th-Century Britain (2003) have subscribed to the idea of a distinct ‘strand’, ‘school’ or ‘family’ of artistic endeavour. This idea has been presented as having been rejuvenated by a cycle of Oedipal renewal in which successive groups of younger artists have been seen to overthrow the practices of the previous generation. Among British sculpture's recent enfants terribles are the ‘Young British Artists’ of the 1990s, the 'New Sculptors' of the 1980s and the ‘New Generation’ sculptors of the 1960s who ousted such established figures as Moore and Hepworth. It is a story not only of ostensible generational succession, but also a story of a lack of continuity and a lack of recognition of the recurrence of similar claims for sculpture.

Stimulus Respond

We are currently soliciting contributions for the next edition of Stimulus Respond, called Master. Contributions might be literally or abstractly related to Master, and we encourage, as always, creative and experimental approaches to the theme. In congruence with Stimulus Respond's undisciplined approach, we welcome submissions from new and established contributors from within, between, and beyond such fields as cultural studies, anthropology, literary criticism, fashion, creative writing, politics, visual cultures, architecture, theatre, film and screen studies, sociology, media and communications and philosophy.

The Carnival of Death: Perceptions of Death in Europe and the Americas

An interdisciplinary conference organised by Maria-José Blanco and Ricarda Vidal, Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London.
Deadline for submissions: 21 June 2010
Conference dates: 24-26 Feb 2011

Venue: Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London
In the most general terms death is defined as the final and irreversible cessation of the vital functions in an organism, the ending of life. However, the precise definition of death and the exact time of the transition from life to death differ according to culture, religion and legal system.

The essential insecurities and doubts over the nature and state of death have affected cultural production since the beginning of civilization. Likewise our attitude towards death is characterised by anxieties and ambiguities. ‘On the one hand the horror of death drives us off, for we prefer life; on the other an element at once solemn and terrifying fascinates us and disturbs us profoundly,’ writes George Bataille. Death can be ‘a consummation devoutly to be wished’ to say it with Hamlet, or ‘a wonderful gain’ to quote Schopenhauer. But while philosophers and poets explore the dark attraction of death, in everyday life we push all thought of it aside. Death, and above all our own death, must not impinge upon the living.

Bolton One

Deadline 30 April 2010
The University of Bolton, Bolton Council and NHS Bolton are seeking to commission an artist to create an integrated large-scale artwork, or a number of smaller artworks.

The artwork(s) will be integrated into the design of the new building, giving a unique opportunity to work alongside the architect and engineers. The new building is due to be completed and opened in 2012.

A short-list of artists will be selected, who will be paid a stipend of £800 to create a model of their proposal, together with a detailed budget. The total budget for the winning design should not exceed £50,000.

To obtain more detailed information pack, please call 01204 903378 or email:

Wednesday, 14 April 2010

The Digital Humanities: Beyond Computing

Special issue of Culture Machine, vol. 12;
edited by Federica Frabetti (Oxford Brookes University)

The emerging field of the Digital Humanities can broadly be understood as embracing all those scholarly activities in the humanities that involve writing about digital media and technology as well as being engaged in processes of digital media production and practice (e.g. developing new media theory, creating interactive electronic literature, building online databases and wikis). Perhaps most notably, in what some are describing as a ‘computational turn’, it has seen techniques and methodologies drawn from Computer Science – image processing, data visualisation, network analysis – being used increasingly to produce new ways of understanding and approaching humanities texts.