Friday, December 12, 2008

Call for Bracket - sound, video, photo, etc.


Please submit unpublished work (images, text, sound, video) addressing the theme of On Farming, including: urbanisms, emergent architectures, landscape interventions, crop circle mappings; irrefutable evidence; visionary manifestos for the future; apocalyptic scare tactics; survival strategies and recipes. Please indicate which sub-theme your submission applies to.

Upload submission proposals as a PDF in the form of:
- 1000-2000 word text with images / drawings
- Design images (built or unbuilt) / drawings with 300-500 word description
- Video
- Audio

Feb 2, 2009 - deadline

Jury Review: February 2009

Notification and Editing: March 2009

Book release: October 2009
Please see the Submit section to upload your submission

Please contact us for audio and video submissions.
The first edition of [bracket] is centered around the theme of farming. Once merely understood in terms of agriculture, today information, energy, labour, and landscape, among others, can be farmed. Farming harnesses the efficiency of collectivity and community. Whether cultivating land, harvesting resources, extracting energy or delegating labor, farming reveals the interdependencies of our globalized world. Simultaneously, farming represents the local gesture, the productive landscape, and the alternative economy. The processes of farming are mutable, parametric, and efficient. From terraforming to foodsheds to crowdsourcing, farming often involves the management of the natural mediated by the technologic. Farming, beyond its most common agricultural understanding is the modification of infrastructure, urbanisms, architectures, and landscapes toward a privileging of production.

With a global food crisis looming, even the traditional farm's impact on land, resources, and economics is in need of re-visioning. Other innovations have led to a growing number of people investing in shares of a local farmer's crop, reducing trips to the supermarket and the cost of shipping food. Energy farming has seen immense diversification in the last decade with essential innovations in renewable energies such as wave farms, wind, tidal, solar, and even piezoelectrical. Investment in wind power alone rose from an $8 billion per year plateau from 2002-2004 to more than $18 billion annually on average for 2008-2010, with most of the growth in North America and Asia. Information farming has also seen an incredible rise in the last 5 years and, in fact, could be architecture's newest building typology, the "data campus." Google recently completed a 30-acre server farm in Oregon on converted agricultural land. And Yahoo has recently purchased 50 acres of land in Quincy, Washington for a massive internet data-processing facility.

What are the logistics governing these examples of farming? How has technology informed the public realm of these processes? How are different forms of farming modifying our regions, cities, buildings, and landscapes?

Fish farms, server farms, energy farms, urban farms, information farms, wikipedia, facebook; our contemporary daily life owes so much to the resourceful, convenient intelligence of collectivity. How is it shaping or how could it shape our cities and buildings? How are these developments shaping our natural environment? And what are new potentials for these typologies? These are the issues and questions that designers and writers are asked to respond to.

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Saturday, December 6, 2008

Double Vision - Pittsburgh

Call for Artists: "Double Vision"
Exhibition: March 7, 2009 - April 18, 2009
Deadline for Submissions: February 2, 2009

LUKE & ELOY GALLERY currently reviews images for the gallery's exhibition "Double Vision" scheduled for March 7, 2009 - April 18, 2009.

We are interested in artists who use a variety of art and craft media to express contemporary issues (Multi-Disciplinary Artists.) All media combinations will be considered including but not limited to painting, sculpture, art jewelry, mixed media, paper, textiles, clay, metal, wood, glass, photography, video and performance.

All artwork must be one-of-a-kind originals or limited edition pieces created by the artist. We are especially interested in unusual combinations, eg: audio/painting, video/jewelry and the like. Mass produced pieces are not acceptable. Wall or ceiling hung work must be tightly wired for hanging; no saw tooth bars, please.

All artwork submitted for review and exhibition must be for sale and remain at LUKE & ELOY GALLERY throughout the exhibition. A gallery commission on all sold works will apply. Artists are responsible for delivery (and insurance) of work in transit to and from the gallery. Work that is not hand-delivered but shipped must also be accompanied by appropriate return shipping costs in the form of a prepaid FEDEX, UPS, or US mail return label (or a check in the appropriate amount .)

Eligible to submit are US artists 18 and older. Students currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate art programs are also welcome to apply.

Please submit to LUKE & ELOY via mail only and include:
* Artist entry form (available here: ENTRY FORMS)
* up to 20 digital images on CD (clearly labeled with artist's name),
* image descriptions,
* artist's resume,
* artist's statement,
* prepaid return shipping label
* $25 entry fee,
* a SASE.

Artists selected for exhibition will be informed promptly after the submission deadline, their informational and background materials will be kept at the gallery for promotional use.

Deadline for Submission: February 2, 2009
Work delivered to Gallery: By February 20, 2009
(Please call or email ahead if dropped off personally)
Exhibition Opening: March 7, 2009 11 am - 5 pm
Last Exhibition Day: April 18, 2009 11 am - 5 pm
Return of unsold work: Artists are responsible for arranging pick up of unsold works. Pick up must be made during the 2 weeks immediately following the closing of the exhibiton (April 20 - May 1, 2009) unless other arrangements have been coordinated with the gallery Director.

Mail submissions to: Luke & Eloy, 5169 Butler St., Pittsburgh, PA 15201.
Do not send original artwork to the gallery unless coordinated with the Director. Delivery address for artwork will be given to the artist upon acceptance into an exhibition and will depend on size of work and storage considerations.

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Friday, December 5, 2008

Service Learning Call

Student Learning for Social Change: Interdisciplinary Community-Based Research
How can higher education most effectively prepare future citizens for the enterprising work necessary for social sustainability and advancement? In this book, we advance interdisciplinary public or community-based research as a transformative higher education strategy to answer this call. Partnerships that involve citizens and public leaders, diverse faculty and students in collaborative community-based inquiry and action hold promise for a unique combination of pedagogical, scholarly, and public outcomes necessary for facing 21st century challenges.

Increasingly, community-based research (CBR) projects are growing beyond disciplinary boundaries, responding to the reality that the real issues being addressed in the community necessitate multiple perspectives, knowledge bases, and even methodologies. Disciplinary diversity can include multiple academic disciplines, and can also include different community sectors. Such public interdisciplinary projects raise new practical and pedagogical challenges. But the growing experience base suggests that they hold potential for creating path-breaking approaches to multifaceted societal issues while at the same time educating future leaders.
This book will explore and offer models and practical strategies for interdisciplinary CBR projects as undergraduate pedagogy. The ways in which interdisciplinary CBR projects can contribute at once to student learning, community, and scholarly outcomes will be discussed. Special attention will be given to innovative strategies for students’ learning in this unique public and interdisciplinary context - including learning contexts (e.g., learning communities, community-campus collaborative networks, novel learning structures, communities as learning contexts), student preparation strategies (e.g., course sequences, orientation approaches, gateway experiences), mentoring approaches to prompt deepening civic development, and techniques for advancing interdisciplinary deliberation and innovation. Illustrative case studies, including an array of academic disciplines, community sectors, and pressing issues will provide readers with diverse examples of the transformative potential of interdisciplinary CBR projects. Student learning outcomes assessment, as well as assessments of community impacts and social change outcomes will be included and reflected upon to inform best practice development. Strategies for planning and implementing interdisciplinary CBR projects will be provided, including perspectives from the different partners in such ventures.
Invitation for Proposals
Proposals (1000 – 1500 words in length) are invited that detail contribution(s) to advancing understanding of interdisciplinary CBR as undergraduate pedagogy and as a social change agent. Invitees are encouraged to share this call for proposals with community partners; collaborative proposals are encouraged.
Development of this book project will be an interactive and collaborative process. Initial proposals will be reviewed by the editors and will result in invitations to a working conference on interdisciplinary community-based research. The working conference will facilitate exchange and collaboration among participants and will result in plans for book chapters. This book project is an initiative of the National Community-Based Research Networking Initiative, supported by a three-year grant from the National Corporation for National Service Learn and Serve America Program.
December 15, 2008 Proposals for working conference due.
January 15, 2009 Proposal review completed and invitations issued to working conference.
April 18-20, 2009 Working conference on interdisciplinary community-based research, culminating in chapter plan.
September 1, 2009 Chapter draft due.
October 15, 2009 Feedback on chapter drafts to authors.
December 15, 2009 Final chapter manuscripts due.
Please submit proposals electronically to Beth Paul ( and Trisha Thorme ( We look forward to working with you on this important project.
Beth Paul, Vice Provost, The College of New Jersey
Trisha Thorme, Assistant Director, Community-Based Learning Initiative, Princeton University

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