Banff Research in Culture 2016 / The Banff Centre
May 30 to June 24, 2016
Application Deadline: December 16, 2015
Application information can be found at: https://www.banffcentre.ca/programs/banff-research-culture-energy
Program Director: Jeff Diamanti
Our lives revolve around energy. From driving our cars—or bikes—to work, to eating food and heating our homes, energy in some form or another conditions the quotidian at every scale. Energy grounds the daily, the quarterly, the annual, and the epochal. Futures trading in New York and Chicago makes the extremes of weather a fiscal crisis for working families hard pressed to pay their utilities, while the growth rate of nations bends to the capacities and supply of domestic and international energy markets. Since the industrial revolution, our lives have been fueled by the social and physical energy available from coal, oil, and natural gas. No longer dependent on the rhythms and limits of organic energy, such as wood, water, and animal power, fossil fuels have simultaneously made the modern, globalized economy possible, and redefined the social history of energy in the meantime. What Leibniz called the living force has become, since the systematic mechanization of fossil fuels in the 19th century, the fundamental force of modern history.
“On Energy” invites participants in the fields of visual art, architecture, design, literature, humanities, social sciences, and physical sciences to consider energy, its conceptual, corporeal, and cultural development since its thermodynamic invention, and the sort of materialism that can emerge when energy is redefined in a postindustrial capitalist society. This residency asks artists and researchers to collectively address energy’s historical figures and futures, its visual and social economy, and its capacity to disfigure, since energy is not a thing, but rather a representation of the force embedded in matter and the relations between materials. Over four weeks of intense workshops, discussion groups, studio time, and individual research, we will consider the cultural, political, and historical components of energy, explore new ways to artistically and conceptually figure energy in history, as well, examine the social and physical forms energy might ground in the future. While participants are expected to arrive with interests and ideas particular to their own research and artistic practice, the collective aim of “On Energy” is to reimagine energy in the long view, and to establish the possibilities and limitations of energy in its current shape.
Banff Research in Culture
Banff Research in Culture (BRiC) is a research residency program designed for scholars engaged in advanced theoretical research on themes and topics in culture. BRiC is designed to offer researchers with similar interests from different disciplinary and professional backgrounds an opportunity to exchange opinions and ideas. Participants are encouraged to develop new research, artistic, editorial, and authorial projects, both individually and in connection with others.
During the residency, participants will attend lectures, seminars, and workshops offered by visiting faculty from around the world. The residency will help to develop new approaches toward the study and analysis of culture, as well as creating lasting networks of scholars who might use this opportunity as the basis for future collaborative work.
The Banff Centre is a world-renowned facility supporting the creation and performance of new works of visual art, music, dance, theatre, and writing.
Who Should Apply
We look forward to receiving compelling and original proposals from thinkers, researchers, architects, writers, curators, humanists, social scientists, and artists. This program is open to current PhD researchers and post-doctoral researchers (faculty up to tenure) beginning their careers. Artist applicants must have completed formal training in visual arts and demonstrate a commitment to professional practice.
(Note: Our aim is to offset applicants’ cost of participation in BRiC as much as possible; organizers will be seeking funding to do just this)
Application Deadline: December 16, 2015
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