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Urgent issue of The Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge

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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS:
URGENT ISSUE OF THE SOCIETY FOR THE DIFFUSION OF USEFUL KNOWLEDGE: TILTING

Deadline: March 31, 2020

COVID-19 is an irrefutably global provocation that is currently reconfiguring nearly every aspect of life on Earth. The non-linear spread of the virus’ impact, which exceeds and differs from the rate of infection, has amplified and magnified already latent conditions of precarity, injustice, and inequality. It has been declared a pandemic, the etymology of which is pan + demos, meaning “all people,” but it is not affecting all people equally. These uncertain socio-political circumstances demand agile, dynamic, and multifaceted responses. In their recent book Now, the agents of The Invisible Committee call for us to generate desirable social and political worlds through an improvisatory tilt.[1] They advocate for strategic action that cuts transversally across vertical hierarchies and horizontal networks—privileging neither, in favour of an “intelligence of the situation.”[2] They encourage us to tilt our approaches to organizing in the face of urgent situations with good faith, careful attention, and decisive action.

Decisive and unprecedented actions are being implemented by individuals, organizations, businesses, and governments. Shared concern over the spread of COVID-19 has unsteadied and inverted our world. Accordingly, as a public gallery within a university we ask: how to acknowledge this pandemic as a “matter of concern,” while responding to its broad-ranging effects across our networks of artists, writers, and cultural workers as a “matter of care”?[3] An urgent and provisional response comes in the form of TILTING, a special digital issue of the Blackwood’s publishing platform The Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge (SDUK). TILTING will index participants’ responses to this especially unstable moment and create expedient means for the Blackwood to support those who have been unmoored from their sources of financial resources.

This special issue, TILTING, seeks to take up themes that have animated the Blackwood’s program and mandate throughout the last several years: questions of connectivity, the challenges of public and private space, community and/in isolation; imperatives to re-structure modes and methodologies of care, including revaluing care work, confronting collective care responsibilities within colonial and capitalist structures, and engaging with the infrastructures, aesthetics, contestations, and radical possibilities of mutual aid; responses to the precarization of art, labour, and life; interest in what modes of knowledge production, circulation, and re-distribution are vital to us now, and how these networks might take new form. These urgencies continue to drive Blackwood programming (and this forthcoming publication), supporting and activating artists, curators, and writers who incite us to be responsive, critical, and answerable.

We recognize that time is tight, resources are scarce, and struggles are intense. As a university gallery with access to public funding and institutional supports, the Blackwood has responsibilities to our communities, employees, the university, and the future of the gallery. The temporary suspension of some of our operations has left us with a small but useful surplus of unspent funds. We will endeavor to maintain this special publishing initiative over the months to come in order to circulate perspectives on the crisis and to support artists and writers who have lost jobs, exhibition and publication contracts, and other sources of income. This publishing initiative evokes triage as one mode of doing in times of crisis.[4]

  1. The Invisible Committee, Now (Los Angeles: Semiotext(e), 2017), 158.
  2. Ibid.
  3. María Puig de la Bellacasa, Matters of Care: Speculative Ethics in More than Human Worlds (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2017).
  4. See Greig de Peuter and Christine Shaw, “Gathering Arrows: Deleuze’s Return,” in TOPIA, Vol. 16 (Fall 2006) 150–153.

Fees:

$500 per contribution. 18 contributions per issue.

Eligibility and need:
This call is open to applicants who self-identify as being in financial need due to the COVID-19 pandemic and/or other structural factors. We request that applicants make decisions about whether to submit based on an honest assessment of personal needs, with respect for the art community and the resources available at this time. We urge those benefitting from financial security to refrain from submitting.

Deadline: March 31, 2020

Production Schedule:

The urgency of the situation requires an unusually expeditious and judicious production schedule. Once selected, all contributors will be asked to respond to the following timeline:

March 31:        Submissions due

April 3:             Contributors contacted

April 6–9:         One round of editorial feedback

April 9:             T4As and invoices submitted to Blackwood

April 10–17:    Copy-edit and design

April 20:           Digital issue launch

Deadline: 
03/31/2020

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Photography Practicum | Media + Production

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Overview

As part of the Photo Services team, Photography Practicum participants learn through exposure to a wide range of projects under the supervision and mentorship of Banff Centre staff and faculty.    

What does the program offer?

Practical skills are developed through exposure to all types of photography and to different areas of Banff Centre including the arts, leadership, mountain culture, and conference business.

This unique position allows each individual to gain real world experience in a high production environment where the quality of work and level of service are paramount. These skills will be applied in studio and on-location for diverse Banff Centre projects. The program strives to fill in the gaps left after formal education by providing a real-world work environment with training and skill building.    

Who should apply?

Do you have a keen interest in a career in photography, a willingness to learn, and a desire to broaden your experience? If yes, we'd love to hear from you! 

As well as being passionate about photography, applicants should have formal training/education in photography as well as an understanding of all the basics of composition and exposure, and lighting for studio and location. Applicants should be familiar with a variety of cameras and have experience using Photoshop or other image processing programs.

Although participation in this program will enhance the technical skills of any photographer, those interested in pursuing a career in commercial photography will find this program especially valuable. Strong communication skills both verbally and in writing are essential. 

Photographers from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply, with a special invitation to individuals of Indigenous descent.

Eligibility

As this program exceeds six months in length, enrolment is limited to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada. This is due to changes made by the Government of Canada to international student visa regulations, effective June 1, 2014. 

Prizes: 

Application fee: $65

Indigenous applicants: $35

*The Tuition fee is covered 100% by financial assistance from Banff Centre.

Successful applicants will receive a daily living allowance while part of the program. Practicums are responsible for their own room and board costs but are eligible for subsidized Banff Centre housing based on availability.

Deadline: 
03/25/2020
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Mortem: Death research for artists

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Mortem is a residency for artists interested in death to explore the concept from many points of view and to meet the people who work with death regularly. The residency will facilitate daily excursions led by deathcare workers, historians, artists, curators and biologists.

Outline
Artist talk: We invite you to give a private artist talk to share your work with the group.
Momentum Moris:  Vanitas in art history, a guided tour of the collection at the National Gallery of Canada
Paliative care: Talk with a death doula.
Home funerals and vigilling.
Green burials and coffin building
History of death rituals and body disposition practices
Guided tour of the Beechwood Cemetery
Burial: Visit a funeral home to learn about standard burial processes and crematorium
Anatomy: Visit a University anatomy lab to find out what happens to bodies donated to science
Collect recently deceased birds with FLAP
Tour of the National Museum of Nature’s large skeleton collection in the archives
Haunting: Seminar lead by paranormal investigator.

Deadline: 
02/28/2020

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Fee Detail: 
$1300
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Mycophilia

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Mycophilia is a residency for artists who want to learn more about mushrooms. The residency will involve daily excursions into forests, biology laboratories, collections and farms with guidance by the knowledgeable people who work there.

Outline

You are invited to give an artist talk to introduce your practice to the group (talks)

Wild mushrooms of the Gatineau Forest (foray)

Photograph spores with Scanning Electron Microscope and dissecting microscope (lab visit)

Lichen of the Chelsea Cemetery (foray)

Foraging fungi for food and color (foray)

Mycology in contemporary art (lecture)

Spore printing and microscopy (workshop)

Fungal tree relationships (Lecture on Mycorrhizae)

Visit to a research laboratory to learn about plant/fungi signaling

Ottawa Mycological Circle collection and identification (foray and study group)

Fungal DNA sequencing with the Museum of Nature (lab visit)

Biosonification of live mushroom cultures in the lab and the field

Visit to the Canadian National Mycological Herbarium

Visit the Shiitake Grove at the Forest and Farm

Deadline: 
05/20/2020
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Adventure Filmmakers Masterclass | Mountain Culture

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Join award winning, industry leading faculty Michael Brown and Keith Partridge for this hands-on, technical skill- and- theory-based masterclass. The program builds upon the foundational knowledge delivered in our Adventure Filmmakers Workshop (AFW) to provide AFW alumni as well as experienced adventure filmmakers with an advanced course. 

Participants will attend this masterclass with a project in mind, with intent to share it for peer review and critique. Participant projects will also benefit from one on one consultation with faculty and guest speakers during the residency. The project in mind may be at the story idea stage, have raw footage, or be in post-production. During the masterclass, participants will also shoot and edit new projects centred around outdoor and adventure exercises in order to dive deeply into sound, camera techniques, editing, and more. Throughout the week participants will gain the tools required to navigate the complexities of producing quality films – from an idea to a final screening master.

The residency will centre around outdoor and adventure shooting exercises in order to dive deeply into sound, camera techniques, editing, and more. Participants will gain the tools required to navigate the complexities of producing quality films – from an idea to a final screening master.

Individualized interaction with our accomplished faculty, Michael Brown and Keith Partridge, and group collaboration with colleagues will allow participants to thoroughly explore the creative, editorial, and technical aspects of the filmmaking process and hone their current projects.

What does this program offer?

The Adventure Filmmakers Masterclass builds on the ideas presented in the Adventure Filmmakers Workshop. The program will help participants build confidence in their skills, re-energize their creative drive, and answer the inevitable questions that arise as we sink our teeth into the real work of making a film.

This masterclass provides an opportunity to cross-pollinate with peers and get inspired by world leading creatives who will provide invaluable top-end insight. With on-location adventure sports elements; we will examine the worlds of the vertical camera, environmental landscape and adventure wilderness, and help develop the necessary skills to operate within these environments with high-grade equipment. 

Who should apply?

The Adventure Filmmakers Masterclass is an ideal fit for those who need a creative boost or are in the thick of dealing with the filmmaker’s equivalent of ‘writer’s block’. 

Applicants demonstrating an advanced level of proficiency via their show reel and previous finished films, and who have a project that would benefit from story and character development and peer critique in this immersive masterclass, are encouraged to apply. AFW alumni status is a desirable pre-requisite, although not compulsory. Past participants of other equivalent film schools/programs are also welcome.

Participants should expect to carry a pack of up to 15 kilos over forest terrain and to access a local sport-climbing area.

Application Deadline: March 25, 2020
Dates: June 08 - June 14, 2020

 

Prizes: 

Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, financial aid up to 30% is available to cover tuition (meal plans and accommodations are not eligible).

Deadline: 
03/25/2020
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Submerge

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Aquatic wildlife and human relationships with watersheds

Submerge is a research residency for artists interested in water. The week long residency will facilitate 12 – 15 workshops, lectures and excursions lead by scientists and ecologists who work with water.

The program will focus on biodiversity and ecology but also feature lessons on history, infrastructure and physics.

Outline of activities:

We invite you to give a private artist talk to share your work with the group.

Tour a working hydro electric dam.

Workshop on Underwater sound recording.

Visit the Hogs Back Lock keeper and learn about how the canal works.

Visit the Water & Ice Research Laboratory to learn about diatoms, freshwater microbes and microplastics.

Test water for traces of pesticides with Environment and Climate Change Canada.

Sail the Ottawa River on a 29 foot sailboat.

Visit University Labs that study drinking water purification.

Attend a talk on contemporary artists who work with water.

Explore the Gatineau River with the River Keeper.

Talk to the Director General of Oceans Management at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

Collect pond water samples and view micro-organisms under a microscope.

Attend a series of demonstrations of the physics of water.

 

 

Deadline: 
02/28/2020

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