INTIMACY at Science Gallery Dublin

When : October 2018
Where : Ireland
Application Deadline : 9 May 2018
Application Fee : None
Stipend : Accepted proposals will be given up to €2000 to create work

Science Gallery Dublin is seeking proposals for up to twenty works for INTIMACY, a free exhibition that asks what human connection is made of. INTIMACY will examine the science and art of connection between humans, bringing together neuroscience, art, behaviour, belief and trust. We’ll find closeness in surprising places and probe how INTIMACY can emerge between friends or opponents, across time and cultures, or amongst networks and groups. With electronic communication ever more pervasive, INTIMACY will examine how all this interconnectedness may disrupt traditional notions of togetherness, opening new avenues for connection, or killing off intimacy altogether.

We are looking for works that explore the themes on intimacy in surprising and unusual ways. Provisional exhibition dates are October 2018 to February 2019.

INTIMACY will examine the science and art of connection between humans, bringing together neuroscience, art, behaviour, belief and trust. We’ll find closeness in surprising places and probe how INTIMACY can emerge between friends or opponents, across time and cultures, or amongst networks and groups. With electronic communication ever more pervasive, INTIMACY will examine how all this interconnectedness may disrupt traditional notions of togetherness, opening new avenues for connection, or killing off intimacy altogether. Does absence really make the heart grow fonder? What does it mean when bodies are ‘in sync’?  Does intimacy have a language? From FOMO to frenemies and oxytocin to online dating, we’ll find out what INTIMACY means in the 21st century.

Subtopics we are particularly interested in:

  • Spaces for intimacy (including unexpected ones e.g. between sporting opponents, prisoners, commuters; or in social gatherings, etc)
  • Scales and types of intimacy (non-binary, sense of belonging, circumstances of common loss or danger)
  • Neurohumanities and the neuroscience of empathy, connection and trust
  • Small-audience performance and immersive theatre
  • Togetherness including perception, imitation, joint action, learning and memory, behavioural revision and novelty
  • ​The role of societal and cultural contexts
  • Autonomy, authority and threats to intimacy
  • Measuring and optimising Intimacy (are we heading toward a quantified self?)
  • Sociological aspects of intimacy
  • Generational differences in approach to intimacy
  • Online relationships
  • Creative interventions and designs that facilitate or cultivate intimacy

https://opencall.sciencegallery.com/intimacy