Seeds planting Art

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GENERAL INFORMATION: International call for any kind of artworks and creative projects dedicated to the plants world. The organizer invites the production of works and proposals dedicated to a species whose seeds the Svalbard Global Seed Vault preserves, even unknown but indispensable ones. Information about species that are conserved in the Seed Vault can be found on the Seed Portal webpage Search.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE: All authors of any nationality who have reached 18 years of age at the competition expiry date can take part in the competition. Individual authors, collectives and formal corporations can enter. No registration fee is required.

ARTISTS SUBMISSIONS: Artworks are to be submitted by email to:

DEADLINE for the submissions: August 31st, 2022.

EXHIBITIONS VENUES: Digital Gallery. Selected artworks will be displayed at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault during week
41. The organizers plan to make a digital exhibition of e.g. between ten and twenty works to be used at events and meetings in Svalbard and - if possible - at other occasions related to the mission of Artistsforplants and

to the mission of the Svalbard Global Seed

Vault, within the framework of the 2022 Call Seeds Planting Art launched by Artistsforplants and only if accompanied by full credits.

will remain property of the artists who produced them. Submitting their works, the Artists accept and allow that their artworks can be published by Artistsforplants and the Svalbard Global Seed Vault and its partners The Norwegian Ministry of Agriculture and Food, the Global Crop Diversity Trust and
the Nordic Genetic Resource Center in their websites and social media channels within the framework of the 2022 Call Seeds Planting Art and various related activities, and without any further authorizations.
Rights to use and publish the works will be automatically transferred free of charge and
in non-exclusive form.

Moreover, selected artworks will be displayed by the Svalbard Global Seed Vault and
its partners accompanied by full credits, specifying that they have been created in response to the

Call Seeds Planting Art.

SELECTION COMMITTEE: the Jury will be composed by leading experts from different fields, from arts to environmental and social sciences.

Svalbard Global Seed Vault

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Residency 23 - 'Understanding intelligence'

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What is intelligence? Can intelligence be owned, given or lost? Does it arise from our genes or our environment, or some mixture of both? Who can be thought of as intelligent and who is excluded from this category? How have science, society and art historically been dealing with intelligence - and how could they?

Residency 23, Understanding intelligence,  invites a multidisciplinary group of artists, scientists, and others to explore concepts and constructs of intelligence.

Intelligence seems to be a key value in human societies, especially in modern Western ones. It is often presented as a cornerstone of what it is to be human: a primary characteristic of our species. However, the study of other-than-human creatures has brought discussions about intelligent pigs, crows and octopuses to the dinner table, sometimes only to suggest that these animals are intelligent exactly like (or even more than) humans. When a capacity of mind is regularly denied of animals, especially of farm animals, one wonders if this is not least to soothe consciences around humans’ habitual behaviour towards other beings.

Once it comes to structuring human societies, specific concepts of intelligence and intelligence testing procedures penetrate several institutions: education systems, professional bodies’ examinations and assessment, healthcare systems’ definitions of intellectual disability, legal measures relating to mental health, intellectual capacity and individual responsibility. Further, notions of intelligence shape and are shaped by popular culture, for instance through portrayals of geeks, geniuses or the neuro-atypical. This is not without controversy. Intelligence measures and testing (for example via IQ scores) have operated historically to exclude, discriminate against and harm humans themselves, most specifically people already marginalised by their presumed gender, race, ethnicity or sexuality.  Concepts of intelligence and procedures for measuring intelligence have thus legitimately been under scrutiny for more than a century.

This residency asks how constructs of intelligence are measured, used and abused, and how changing understandings of human and more-than-human worlds might require radical redefinitions. Through creative engagement with concepts of human and other-than-human intelligence, intelligence testing and the resources of existing research projects, the residency aims to stimulate new understandings of intelligence through dialogue and creative activity. The residents will explore questions of control, freedom and access, and how lines are drawn between the pathological and the normal, nature and culture, and human and animal. 

Residency 23, Understanding intelligence is developed in collaboration with the University of Oslo (UiO) research project Historicizing intelligence: Tests, metrics and the shaping of contemporary society, which is based at the Museum of Cultural History, at its department Museum of University History (MUV).  Historicizing intelligence examines how the scientific research object “intelligence” and related testing technologies have come into being through transnational exchanges, how they have acquired various roles and functions in Norway, and how intelligence measurements are woven into relations of authority and legitimacy. Residents will have the opportunity to engage both with a multidisciplinary research team of historians, social anthropologists, science and technology scholars, jurists, and educationalists, and with materials in the historical collection on intelligence testing at the University of Oslo.

Residents will also have the opportunity to engage with work on human-animal relationships that is part of the research project MEATigation: Towards sustainable meat-use in Norwegian food practices for climate mitigation, based at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, and partly at the University of Oslo.

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Prize Summary: 
3000 NOK stipend
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This residency is free of charge and offers comfortable accommodation for non-Oslo based residents in central Oslo. Local residents will continue to live at their usual address. The residency community will regularly come together at PRAKSIS and other locations, and at events and meals.

Selected international participants receive a stipend of 3000 NOK (approximately €300) towards additional costs.


Rådhusgata 19, 0158 Oslo, Norway

Entry Fee:

Fee Detail: 
75 NOK application fee
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Call for proposals “Creative practices as a tool to work with heritage. Theater, performance, live art” Summer Symposium




Call for proposals “Creative practices as a tool to work with heritage. Theater, performance, live art" Summer Symposium

Oslo, Norway, July 28 - August 4

Deadline: June 1st


We warmly invite you to take part in the Summer Symposium organized by the Nordic Summer University. Our section will be focusing on the Nordic-Baltic regions’ heritage and all kinds of performative practices which will be considered as a tool to interpret, redefine and appropriate heritage.

This focus seems to us important and relevant for at least two reasons. Firstly, today many researchers consider heritage as a process and even as a performance. Secondly, the interaction between heritage and art opens up new possibilities, ranging from the inclusion of the body and perception to the chance to discover something for one's own experience.

Future participants can propose both theoretical presentations (up to 30 minutes) and practical workshops (up to 90 minutes). Possible topics include, but are not limited to: 

site-specific theater and performance in historical sites or on historical topics

embodied knowledge and body memory

theater and performance in museums

historical reenactment

performative commemoration

interventions in a city space

connection between urban environment and people, social practices

heritage as performance

Since our Study Circle was created specially for Nordic Summer University, we are eager to focus on cases and topics dedicated to the Nordic-Baltic regions and will prioritize applications connected to this geography.

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Repression – Expression // Violence – Creative Resistance





This residency seeks to create a space for exploration and community between artists whose creative practices respond to experiences of conflict and oppression. It is underpinned by PRIO’s ongoing research project INSPIRE which investigates creative practice and activism in contexts of war.

About the residency
The 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine has once again brought the reality of war into sharpened focus - against a backdrop of ongoing conflicts around the world that continue to devastate the lives of individuals and communities. 

Creative practices engage the imagination, poetics, innovation, critical thinking and powers of expression - potential defences and resources for addressing the trauma of war and building new futures. This residency will probe the ways that creative practice can enable new ways of seeing, understanding and relating in response to individual and collective experiences of violent conflict and oppression. It will ask how creative practices can counteract the many ways that the realities of conflict and oppression are silenced: can establish platforms for new local and global narratives, and create space for dialogue, response, critique, and supportive affirmation. It has been in planning since May 2021, but its purposes now feel more urgent than ever.

Selected residents will form a temporary community of around eight local and international participants. The residency will involve group activities, as well as time for independent work. Collective activity is likely to include: creative exchange around the residency theme, workshops, talks, walks, sharing and listening, and visits to relevant places and institutions in Oslo.

The residency intends to end in an open house and informal sharing of the process and work that has been discussed and developed throughout the residency. Other potential outcomes and activities will be decided by the group throughout the residency period.

The residency will take place with PRAKSIS in Oslo over 4 weeks. A collaboration between PRAKSIS and the Peace Research Institute in Oslo (PRIO), it has been developed in dialogue with artist Motaz Habbash, who will join throughout the residency. The residency is supported by Kulturrådet, Oslo Kommune, and the Research Council of Norway through the PRIO INSPIRE project.

About Motaz Al Habbash
Motaz Al Habbash is a Palestinian artist who has lived in Norway since 2014. Motaz works as an artist, producer and curator. In his art, exclusion and the search for identity are themes he frequently works with. Motaz is co-initiator and project manager for "Here and There", a mentor programme supporting artists who are newly arrived to Norway. In this programme, Motaz guides newcomers to establish themselves financially and creatively within the art community in Norway. The aim of the programme is to find concrete solutions – by building bridges between artists, institutions and mentors – that contribute to actual artist participation in the cultural field.

About PRIO
The Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) conducts research on the conditions for peaceful relations between states, groups and people. Founded in 1959, the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) is an independent research institution known for its synergy of basic and policy-relevant research. In addition to such research, PRIO conducts graduate and post-graduate training and is engaged in the promotion of peace through conflict resolution, dialogue and reconciliation, public information and policyn making activities.

Researchers at PRIO seek to understand the processes that bring societies together or split them apart. They explore how conflicts erupt and how they can be resolved; investigate how different kinds of violence affect people, and examine how societies tackle crises and the threat of crisis. PRIO hosts the Centre on Culture and Violent Conflict (CCC), which is devoted to the study of relations between culture and violent conflict and is anchored in the arts and humanities. The residency was developed in collaboration with CCC director Cindy Horst and coordinator Sara Christophersen, who will assist in facilitating the residency.

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What we offer
The residency offers participants a space to meet, work and engage in creative exchange. Activities and events will be developed in dialogue with the residency group, with residents actively contributing to the collective experience by leading sessions and sharing insights into their creative practice. The residency will facilitate an open space for reflection, discussion and individual or collective creation. The participating artists’ activity and event programme will be additionally supported by invited guests and speakers. Weekly meals encourage discussion, debate and friendship. On weekdays PRAKSIS will provide lunch at PRAKSIS HQ. Dinners for all residents plus invited guests are held weekly.

This residency is free of charge and offers comfortable accommodation for non-Oslo based residents in central Oslo. Local residents will continue to live at their usual address. The residency community will regularly come together at PRAKSIS, PRIO and other locations, including for events and meals. Those who have no other means of attending may apply to receive a stipend to support their participation. Our team is also happy to support applications for external grants wherever possible.

Residents are responsible for their own travel and any further costs. Two to three places are available for international residents. Further places may be offered subject to securing support. Approximately five spaces are available to local residents.

One or two stipends are available for interested candidates who can only participate if provided with a stipend. Please mark the box on the application form if you can ONLY participate if you receive a stipend.

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Nature Scribbles and Flesh Reads





This residency proposes a process of collective research into relationships between body and environment, through an investigation of the impact of chemicals and toxins on human and non-human bodies.

Kajsa Dahlberg writes:
I still vividly remember the childhood sensation of visiting my grandmother’s tiny fabric store in the (then) working class neighborhood of Majorna in Göteborg. I would suffer immediate physical reactions: itchy eyes and throat, nausea and fatigue – plus an emotional conflict between the comfort I felt in the company of my grandmother and the messages coming from my body, telling me, “Get out!” Even as a small child I was able to sense the significance of the shop and its contents as a place that was simultaneously familiar and deviant, even threatening.

This residency sets out to investigate environmental pollution and its unequal effects on all things living and non-living from the perspective of transcorporality – a concept developed by Stacy Alaimo to describe the ways that human and non-human bodies are “intermeshed with the dynamic, material world, which crosses through them, transforms them, and is transformed by them.”

We are all exposed to a material world that is constantly moving in and through our bodies. In this respect the body could be seen as the scientific instrument through which we register our environment. When overexposed, the body autonomously sets boundaries, and in this process, it also describes the world from which it emerges. It is one way of being in touch; of being in a reciprocal relation to the world.

An example: Parallel to the growth of the petrochemical industries since World War II –i.e. the beginning of what has been named the Anthropocene Epoch– more and more people experience bodily reactions to "normal" amounts of environmental toxins. These toxins come from an increased use of agricultural fertilizers and pesticides. Synthetic materials such as particle board, plastics, food additives. Chemicals used by the textile industry.

Throughout the course of the residency participants will be invited to question the ways in which their bodies become registers of their environments. Questions guiding this enquiry include: What is the threshold between that which is toxic and that which is not? How do we, the residency group, register the Anthropocene in our bodies and by what normative standards? What is a normal body? In what instances do our intensities and sensitivities become strengths that help us see the world as habitable and animate? What opportunities arise when we have non-normative experiences of the world?

To understand ourselves as trans-corporal subjects for the duration of the residency means not only to put emphasis on the possibilities and limits of our own corporeal selves, but it also entails acknowledging that the marks left across bodies are not equally distributed. They are informed by the conditions under which one works and are connected to the landscapes one inhabits. This opens up questions such as: whose bodies sustain the most extreme impacts of contemporary industrial production? In what ways does pollution extend beyond geopolitical boundaries and how are these ongoing material interactions gendered, racialized and reverberated by massive inequality?

Research Approach
This investigation “moves through” bodies both literally and metaphorically, inviting multi-disciplinary perspectives. Applications are welcomed from potential participants whose approaches may be historical, nonhuman, medical, ecological, legal, geological, personal,  political or otherwise relevant to the residency agenda. Kajsa Dahlberg hopes to bring together a group of collaborators from diverse backgrounds to focus on a process of collective learning, research and the sharing of experience. 

The residency’s key foci will be; on the ways that the interactions of material worlds and bodies become visible; on the variable politics of representation that inflect those processes; on the relationships between the body as instrument, registering the world that surrounds it; and the physical registrations that artists make via images, sound and the reorganisation of matter.

Through the residency, participants will engage with spaces and things, seasides and roadsides and each other, through presentations, readings and talks, physical and imaginative exercises, queerfeminist discourse,affect theory, crip theory, environmental activism and/or much more.

Potential Outcomes
The residency aims to bring together aspects of the residents’ collective research into a publication or another form, to be launched at Index in Stockholm – most likely alongside Dahlberg’s upcoming solo presentation at the gallery (dependent on Covid and/or other contingencies).

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What PRAKSIS Provides
This residency is free of charge and offers comfortable accommodation for non-Oslo based residents in central Oslo. Local residents will continue to live at their usual address. The residency community will regularly come together at PRAKSIS and other locations, and at events and meals.

Selected international participants receive a stipend of 3000 NOK (approximately 300 euros) towards additional costs.

Weekly meals encourage discussion, debate and friendship. On weekdays PRAKSIS will provide lunch at PRAKSIS HQ. Dinners for all residents plus invited guests are held weekly.

Oslo has a vibrant and adventurous arts landscape. PRAKSIS will provide residents with information and links to the city’s cultural scene, informing them about exhibitions, talks, performances and other events. PRAKSIS seeks wherever possible to connect participants with relevant organisations and individuals in Oslo, introducing the residency community to Oslo creatives in various spheres, including curators, writers, and artists.

Residents are responsible for their own travel and any further costs.

Three places are available for international residents. Further places may be offered subject to securing support. Approximately four spaces are available to local residents.

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OPEN CALL Scene:Bluss Bedbug Edition





For all sleepwalkers, insomniacs, hypersomiacs, pill-poppers and sloth-like creatures. This is a call to you:

Scene:Bluss – The Bedbug Edition will center around the bed as catalyst for a collective imagination, a place from which to question modes of production and making sleepwalking a working method. A furniture both loved and feared, underappreciated and over-used, the bed will be our starting point to gather at ‘The School of Sleep’ in Porsgrunn, Norway.

The two week project-based residency will consist of a series of workshops, talks and experiments with invited guest teachers. Some of our suggestions for 'The School of Sleep' is : a lullaby choir, sew-your-own-bedspread-workshop, a nightmare spa, text production in groggy state and an 'all nighter' at the local bar.

All these experiments will be used to generate performative material that we will assemble together. At the end of the two weeks, during PIT (Porsgrunn International Theatre Festival) June 17-20, we will perform and share what has been developed with the festival audience.

During the residency participants will develop questions and share working methods within a frame where sleep is not an eight-hour dependency. So now we ask: Can sleep be something to be interrupted, questioned, manipulated?

Practical info:

This year there are 10 available residency spots.

Bedbug edition : 'The School of Sleep' is 8th - 20th of June

The residency will support:
- Travel costs
- Simple accommodation
- Food
- Artist Card, that provides 50% of all performances during PIT

Invited speakers and workshops for the period will be confirmed shortly.

About and more info:

Scene:Bluss is an annual, artist run, experimental platform to show and talk about artistic work and a place to test out and share ideas. This year's Bedbug edition is led by playwrite and poet Runa Borch Skolseg and dancers and choreographers Alexandra Tveit and Marie Ursin. The goal is to generate immersive and collective projects. Scene:Bluss collaborates with PIT, Porsgrunn International Theater Festival,

Scene:Bluss Bedbug Edition is an opportunity for you to reflect on your performance fantasies through the framework of a collective project with a theme and a group of organizers. We want to think together by working together and work together by thinking together.

“We are not looking for a cure for sleeplessness, although we welcome this as well, we are more drawn to states of the in-between, overlapping time perceptions and excerpts of this horizontal history with its rituals and mysteries. Basically, we are not trying to improve anything, we just want to take a closer look at what is already there with a nightly attention.” - Runa, Alexandra and Marie

We are looking forward to hearing your horizontal stories,

Runa, Alexandra and Marie


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