Call for Artistic Interventions and Papers for Future Rhythms: Symposium on Educational Strategies via Art

Credit: Nataliya Chernakova


“In the 20th Century Carl Jung famously wrote that ‘mankind is in search of a soul,’ yet in the 21st Century we are arguably in search also of our body and of our minds,  subject as we are to the runaway train of rationalism, which has reduced all things  in nature to numerical values [...] This is the sum achievement of our knowledge, which has created an unknowing and uncaring financial machine, the whims of which can cause havoc in the form of wars and environmental devastation. 

Yet to get away from the crippling phenomenon of rationalization and its utterly irrational outcomes we must not look to leap into another wordly realm or to a promised future. We need, rather to jump back into ourselves, into the radically unknown and unknowable ‘present.’”

Mike Watson, from the catalogue of Jump into the Unknown, a collateral event of the 56th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, organized by Nine Dragon Heads and elucidated in an interview featured on NERO’s blog.

Future Rhythms invites visual artists, performers, VJ’s and DJ’s to present audio, visual and performance works which educate via their form. These will be presented alongside papers delivered on alternative and free forms of education.

Future Rhythms symposium on Educational Strategies Via Art asks artists to respond to the phenomena of Neo Liberalism, Social Media and the Surveillance Society. As we move fast toward an enslavement of the body and mind at the hands of an uncaring Neo Liberal world financial system we invite submissions in the form of conference papers, performances, VJ sets and apps, software and bioart which aim to aim to educate via their forms or critique the formal State-Business education system and media propaganda.

In presenting educative forms of art which are equal to the task of reclaiming the human body and mind from the clutches of the finacial machine, papers on new educational strategies are invited both from within and outside the University system. Through open discussion it is then hoped that the fundamental basis of an international artistic alliance can be formed with the intention of presenting an alternative education delivered via the art world.

Please send abstracts and images (if necessary) to:

Deadline: August 15th

Nine Dragon Heads 

Nine Dragon Heads is an interdisciplinary platform where artists from across the 5 continents work in locations that may be environmentally, economically or politically troubled, following important cultural, historical and geopolitical routes.

Initiated in South Korea in 1995 in response to the destruction of an important historical site, Nine Dragon Heads has evolved to address varying crises and transitory situations in localized and situation-specific ways.

The title of the project Jump into the Unknown refers to the inherently spontaneous nature of the International Environmental Art Symposium which will react  to the particular geographic and environmental situation of Venice and la Biennale di Venezia.

Joan of Art: Towards a Free Education 

The aim of the project Joan of Art: Towards a Free Education System is to deliver a free education system, starting from the very basis of what education is: The sharing of information. In the first stages the very notion of education will be explored so that a new system can be delivered which recognizes the value of knowledge sharing between peers and across disciplines. Finally a free accredited system will be set up in such a way that it can be delivered from anywhere in the world, growing and changing organically as it disperses via accessible communication platforms.

In this way it is intended to break the monopoly that the State-Business model has over education.

Symposium on Educational Strategies via Art
Organized by Nine Dragon Heads and Joan of Art: Towards a Free Education
S.a.L.E. Docks – Dorsoduro 26, Venice
21–22 November 2015