m/other becomings is a collaboration between Laboratory for Aesthetics and Ecology (DK), The Association for Arts and Mental Health (DK), Kultivator (SE), Art Lab Gnesta (SE), and Bioart Society (FI).
Through durational collaborations between experimental cultural institutions, artists, and thinkers, m/other becomings will cultivate intergenerational and multispecies methodologies, make space for the investigation of domestic resistance practices, and probe technologies of reproduction, resilience, and recuperation. More on m/other becomings
m/other becomings is generously supported by Bikuben Fonden, The Nordic Culture Fund, and A.P. Møller Fonden.
About the call
The call is searching for artwork production proposals that explore reproductive futures and how life sciences transform and challenge our ideas and possibilities of reproduction and the maternal. The final work will be included in the m/other becomings exhibition during spring 2022 in Helsinki.
We accept both, new proposals or projects in the making to be finalized or developed further.
We are looking for projects which take a closer look at the im/possibilities of mothering, not as an essence, but as troubled practice and as a modest, utopian, and oftentimes exhausted precursor of hope. We want to ask what it means - and may come to mean - to make, to mend, to make space for kin in spite of and against the social reproduction of sameness and compliance, and the (bio)politics of gendered and racialized violence.
Who can apply?
Artists, researchers and practitioners as individuals or as working groups.
What we offer
We offer artwork production and fee, curatorial guidance and inclusion in the m/other becomings exhibition in spring 2022 in Helsinki. The overall budget for the production including the artist fee is EURO 10,000.-, which will, depending on the applications, be awarded to one or split between several proposals. The exhibition will have its own budget.
How to apply
Please submit your applications exclusively via our online application form. You can only submit one project per person. The application must be written in English.
Applications must include the following:
a project proposal summary for the form and a detailed description with production timeline to be uploaded
a budget with detailed breakdowns
a summary of the biography and a CV to be uploaded (maximum of 4 pages)
a portfolio with relevant works to be uploaded (maximum of 10 pages)
personal information for the form. If you are applying with a collective, name one contact person. In that case, the cv and portfolio should present the work of the collective.
The evaluation will be based on the alignment of the proposals with the themes of m/other becomings, their artistic quality and relevance and their feasibility within the financial and timeline constraints. The evaluation will be conducted by a jury consisting of members of the collaborating organisations.
Deadline for application submissions: 30.04.2021
Results of the selection process: by mid of May 2021
Finalisation of the work by the beginning of 2022
If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Overall schedule of m/other becomings
m/other becomings will start in late spring 2021 with a program organised by the Laboratory for Aesthetics and Ecology in Copenhagen in collaboration with the Center for Art and Mental Health and ARIEL - Feminisms in the Aesthetics.
During summer 2021, Kultivator will host a workshop on the project topics. The findings of the workshop will be presented in an exhibition at Art Lab Gnesta during the autumn of 2021.
m/other becomings will finish in Helsinki in the spring of 2022 with a concluding exhibition and symposia.
image from Kultivating m/other Tongues, a collaborative workshop between Kultivator and the Rural Alchemy Workshop (R.A.W.), 2019