Rarotonga: Call for Participation Announced

“Oceania is vast, Oceania is expanding. Oceania is hospitable and generous. Oceania is humanity rising from the depths of brine and regions of fire deeper still, Ocean is us. We are the sea, we are the Ocean, we must wake up to this ancient truth …”    
Epeli Hau’ofa

"… suffer a sea-change, into something rich and strange."        
William Shakespeare
As a liquid continent Oceania images itself through the ocean, te Moana-Nui-a-Kiwa, a connective space of currents, vortices, drifts, suspensions, sediments, tides, foams, and flows that resists fixity, performing in-flux. Oceania, that collection of large-ocean nations, is particularly sensitive to the effects of anthropogenic and highly politicized climate change: as the sea warms, acidifies and plasticises, and as sea levels rise and storm energies intensify, the ecologies and economies, the social, political and architectural structures, as well as the geographical limits of islands come increasingly under threat. Yet there is also, now, a sea-change: as communities affirm their place in the closed loop ecosystem of the planet and adopt ecologically sensitive practices, as materials begin to be designed or utilised as resource flows within closed loop systems, as low-carbon energy systems begin to power vehicles and buildings, and green infra-structures and urban agricultures start to contribute to a more ecological urbanism, so our cultures shift.
In this second Oceanic Performance Biennial, Moana HurihangaSea-change: Performing in a Fluid Continent, we ask how Pacific-oriented performance studies and practices can disturb, provoke and extend thought and action in relation to the seascape and it’s attendant social, cultural, political, economic, and ecological effects: performance acts here as a lens through which to see-change, a public presencing through performativity. We call for performance practices – actions, performances, events, installations, exhibitions, films, workshops – that foreground the rich and strange, that lens or activate change in our thoughts, actions or relations. We explore the ocean as origin, immersive medium, life-support system, and mirror - Ocean is us
We call for participants and visiting correspondents for our performance program and our performance hui/symposium.
All submissions should be by the following link – you can load text, images and provide links to urls etc:
See www.emergentecologies.net/OPB for updates etc
PERFORMANCE PROGRAMME: 24 July – 1 August 2015: Rarotonga
stage 1 abstracts due: 1 September 2014
stage 1 abstracts peer-review and notification: 29 September 2014
stage 2 detailed proposal due: November 2014
stage 2 peer-review and notification: December 2014
Abstract: Please submit an abstract for performance, installation, &/or event proposals using the link above.
PERFORMANCE HUI/SYMPOSIUM: 24-28 July 2015: Rarotonga
stage 1 abstracts due: 1 September 2014
stage 1 abstracts peer-review and notification: 29 September 2014
stage 2 full papers etc due: 17 November 2014
stage 2 peer-review and notification: February 2015
Abstract: Please submit an abstract for full papers, kora [pecha-kucha style presentations], round tables/panels/workshops.
Full papers: these may be submitted subsequent to acceptance of abstract. along with an abstract or subsequent to acceptance of abstract—both will be peer-reviewed. Papers will have 20-minute presentation slots within the symposium event with discussion thereafter. More informal or performative methods of presentation are encouraged.
Kora [pecha-kucha style presentations]: 400 seconds of still or moving images: include a short description of around 200-300 words and a bio of 50-100 words with contact information and affiliation.
Round tables / panels / workshops: Include an abstract of around 500-1000 words that outlines the theme, and the individual papers for panels; a bio of 50-100 words with affiliations of each of the participants and chair/moderator; and contact information for the organizer/s. These will have 90 or 120 minute time slots within the symposium event.
Virtual: online presentations or digital installations will be considered for inclusion in the event program.
We invite international collaborators – artists, designers, academics, writers, activists – from outside of the Pacific to act as Local and Visiting Correspondents as they publish entries (short updates, interviews, texts, images and videos, other forms of provocation or participatory documentation, artwork and artifacts, as well as, of course, scholarly papers ) online on the Fluid States LOG. The call for Local and Visiting Correspondents is also now available here.

The Call for students to participate in a roundtable or student performance event will be issued in late February 2015. QUERIES TO: Janine Randerson, Masters of Performance and Media Arts programme leader, AUT: jranders@aut.ac.nz

Tags: Environment Ecology and Performance  History Tradition and Performance  Identities Bodies Corporealities in Performance   Indigeneity and Performance  Performance Studies in the Pacific  

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