Call for proposals – Feeding the insatiable – a creative summit – November 9-11 2016

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Date: May 08, 2016
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Feeding the insatiable

real and imagined narratives of art and energy for a troubled planet
a creative summit

November 9 -11 2016
Dartington Hall, Devon, England

Encouraging all manner of energy generation through creative intervention and invention and new approaches to scientific enquiry including the quirky, the impossible, the micro and the personal. Encouraging debate – practical, philosophical, metaphysical, and theoretical – bringing creative minds from many disciplines to bear on these pressing issues.

Who is it for?

This is an interdisciplinary event; we anticipate proposals and participation from artists, writers, designers, engineers, industry professionals, philosophers, ecologists, and all those interested in new approaches to energy, energy policy and ecosophy.

Of course, all are welcome.

Topics of interest

Not intended to proscriptive or prescriptive, this list of topics suggests the areas we are likely to explore. However we are open to all relevant ideas, from the philosophical to the most practical and pragmatic.

visioning change
imaginative and invented narratives and technologies
micro-generation and body-derived energy
plant and other organic power generators
transformational potential of art
beyond communication
energy and metaphor
message and instrumentalisation
slow art, process
non-literal big data visualisation
envisioning the profound
aesthetics of art/science
using imagination for social change
emotion / science
sensible / actual
new ways of seeing
new ways of knowing
evolving meaning
celebrating authenticity and ethos
energy in the animal world
exploring chasms between artists and industry
energy futures and questions of design
ethnographics, big data, climate change, understanding
Types of submission

Submit any ideas that inspire you and which you think may have a place during this event. Given its deliberately constrained scope and size, there will be limited slots available, so please inspire us.

We are interested in submissions that embrace the following formats. Note that in each case we will add time for Q&A, but please think about how interaction with the audience can be built into your offer. Formats might be:

academic paper presentations lasting no more than 20 minutes (with 10 minutes for Q&A) panel discussions, live interviews, and other discursive formats, lasting between 30-50 minutes. There is potential to broadcast these live.

presentation of artwork, indoor or outdoor
walking and other outdoor activities, particularly ones that engage with theoretical or philosophical thought in addition to their creative content
workshops, lasting 90 minutes (please indicate how many participants you can support)
if you are geographically distant, you can send papers for inclusion in the publication only. These submissions will be considered along with all others, on the understanding that you are unable to attend the event itself. There will be a nominal registration fee to help cover publication costs.
The deadline for submission is 22.00 GMT on May 8th, 2016. We are requesting 250-word abstracts or outlines, which must be submitted through the event website at We are unable to accept any submissions after the deadline.