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Organicism, Open Systems, and Technology in Feminist Art (New York, Feb. 15-18, 2017), Deadline Aug. 30

  • Dates: 04 – 30 Aug, 2016
  • Location: New York, New York, United States
  • Contact: Susanneh Bieber
  • Email: bieber@arch.tamu.edu
  • Phone: 202 441 0682
For the CAA session “Organicism, Open Systems, and Technology in Feminist Art” we seek papers that shed new light on the theoretical origins of process, growth, and collaboration in feminist art that derive from the sciences. We are particularly interested in how women artists re-conceptualized scientific theories of organicism and open systems, and notions of technological progress in support of their social and utopian aims. We welcome papers focusing on feminist practitioners in art, architecture, and design working in the US and internationally.  The scientific theory of open systems put forth by biologist Ludwig von Bertalanffy, for example, became a model for artists conceptualizing an ever-changing relationship between humans and their social, political and “natural” environment. Also rooted in the natural sciences, notions of organicism were taken up by many twentieth century designers, architects, and urban planners, including Frank Lloyd Wright and Buckminster Fuller. They conceived human-made structures and new technologies in analogy to naturally growing forms. Among other questions, this session asks: How did feminist artists incorporate science and technology as theory, process, or media to convey ideals that were in many ways opposed to the notion of scientific objectivity undergirding a rationalized, male-dominated society? In what ways did women’s involvement with the art and technology movements of the 1950s and 60s impact their subsequent feminist practices? How did women artists engage with the utopian rhetoric centered on science and technology in the context of the space race or New Left criticism of the military-industrial-complex? Please submit a paper abstract (250 words max.), CV, and session participation form by August 30 to Susanneh Bieber, Texas A&M University, bieber@tamu.edu, and Christine Filippone, Millersville University of Pennsylvania, cfilippone@millersville.edu See http://www.collegeart.org/pdf/2017-call-for-participation.pdf for more information including the session participation form (last page of the pdf).
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