Call for Entries

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION – FLOW FORT KNOX – JUNE 24TH 2017

FLOW is an event series produced by the Coaction lab in association with the Intermedia MFA and New Media undergraduate programs at the University of Maine. This years event is in collaboration with the SCANZ 2017 Energy + Ocean, international biennial and Intercreate, an organization exploring art, science, culture & technology. Last year’s event took place at the Thomas Hill Standpipe in Bangor ME and this years FLOW Fort Knox event will take place on June 24th 2017 at the historic Fort Knox and Penobscot Narrows Bridge and Observatory in Prospect ME, across the Penobscot Bay from Bucksport ME.

Fort Knox, a civil war era fort that never saw battle, serves as a ripe metaphor for exploring the unique history of this location near the mouth of the Penobscot bay. The Penobscot river is the longest and most extensive river in the state of Maine and is home to the Penobscot Nation. We will creatively explore the deep roots of this historic site as well as the unique architectural features of Fort Knox and nearby Penobscot Narrows Bridge and Observatory. An array of artists, scientists, historians and local cultural groups are invited to participate and collaborate to create a multi-sensory / multi-perspective experience. Sculpture, Installation, Dance, Performance, Music / Sound, New Media, Projection Mapping and many other hybrid art forms will be included in FLOW 2017.

Inter / Transdisciplinary collaborations / teams or individuals interested in opportunities to collaborate are highly encouraged to apply with an individual or group proposal.

The deadline to submit your application is Monday, April 3rd 2017 at 11pm est.
All artist or team proposal submissions must include the following:

An updated resume / CV (3 pages or less)
A link to an online portfolio of work
An artist’s statement (1000 words or less)
An initial project description / idea (1000 words or less)
Images or sketches / visualizations outlining your idea.
Please email your application documents to submissions@coactionlab.org


The Coaction Lab is dedicated to the compulsive exploration of un/stable relationships between organisms, environments and technology; examining site specific histories, stories and inspiration. We analyze the symbiotic worlds of bio & ecological art, biomimicry, interactive systems, 2D & 3D prototyping, biosensors and multi-sensory data translation.  This is an array of constantly evolving investigations into the myriad collisions of life and technology. Within the borders of the University, this lab which is dedicated to collaboration between the Arts, Humanities and Sciences, has begun new partnerships with the schools of Marine Sciences, Molecular & Bio Sciences, Engineering, Art & Theatre.  Outside the University, we have begun collaborations with the City of Bangor Water District, Bigelow Labs, The Maine Science Festival, the University of Sussex in Great Britain and with the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) in France. The lab develops ways for students to get hands on experience outside of the classroom both locally, nationally and internationally, by establishing connections between their research agendas and the needs / missions of individuals, ecosystems and organizations in need.

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