Exhibition: Call for Submissions at Science Gallery, Dublin

Science Gallery Dublin are seeking proposals for up to 20 works for our IN CASE OF EMERGENCY exhibition. Proposals may be new or existing works, and will be funded up to a maximum budget of €2600, which should include all artist fees, materials, equipment, shipping, travel etc. Please note that these are maximum amounts, not targets.

Open for submissions until the 28th May. To find out more, go here.

Please note that in addition to this standard open call for proposals, we are running a smaller call seeking up to four original works to be developed in collaboration with leading Irish research institutes.

What’s the difference between a collapse, a downfall, or a downright apocalypse? How will it all end, and why do we love to wonder? Ice or fire, zombies or bombs? Out with a bang or a whimper?

IN CASE OF EMERGENCY is supported through SFI’s (Science Foundation Ireland) Discovery Programme and will explore why the disastrous can be devilishly entertaining, and whether there’s any truth to these dismal predictions. Join doomers, designers, and doctors as they lay out the top threats to our world, evaluate how likely they are, and spell out exactly what we can (hopefully) do about it.

Keywords: apocalypse, catatrophic, disaster, prepper, survival, emergency

Potential directions & topics:

Global catastrophic risks & existential threats to humanity,
Plagues, pandemics, and resilience of health infrastructure and epidemic-management systems,
Antibiotic resistance,
Collapse of essential communications/ IT infrastructure,
Geological catastrophes,
Astronomical threats: solar storms, gamma ray bursts, meteorites, comets, etc,
Ecological catastrophe, e.g. desertification,
Rising multimorbidity and its impact on health services,
6th extinction,
Systemic/social collapse e.g. failed states, linguistic extinctions, anthropology of abandoned sites,
Design & engineering to prepare for catastrophe,
Pop-culture and literary fascination with apocalypse e.g. zombie films, post-apocalyptic fiction, “wish fulfillment” literature,
Psychology of disaster narratives,
Collapse of empires and colonies,
Destruction of humanity by artificial intelligence,
High-tech accidental apocalypse, e.g nanotechnology-induced disasters or engineered weaponised viruses,
Decline, e.g. post-growth world, shrinking nations and birth rates, ‘Limits to Growth’,
De-extinction and collapse-undoing,
Avoiding catastrophe,
Doomers, preppers, survivalists and millennialism,
Emergency preparedness, disaster management, epidemiology & logistics,
Avoiding economic panics, flash crashes, herd behaviors or market failures,
The role of arts and culture in times of crisis,
Please share with anyone who would be interested.

Joanna Crispell, research coordinator
T: +353-1-896-4882 | @JoannaCrispell

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