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Open Call | Matrix of the Not Yet



In a world ruled by chaos and discord, where shadows play their cunning games, and our friends, allies, and loved ones grapple with despair and nihilism, we are called to envision the not-yet — "the contours of another world and another future" (T.J. Demos). It stands unconstant, a shifting blend of entropy and unpredictability, an echo of the unformed, and a playground for emergence. How might we embody the essence of all that is not yet there, yet inevitably on the cusp of becoming?


Exploring the Theme:

The Matrix: At the heart of our call is the exploration of a matrix that spans across Biological, Ecological, Spiritual, Cultural, Social, Technological, Historical, Political, and Philosophical dimensions. This matrix is a living, breathing web of connections and interdependencies, a space where different domains of life intersect and interact. It is the fertile ground from which the Not-Yet springs forth, offering a multidimensional canvas for creative and critical engagement.


The Not-Yet: The essence of the Not-Yet is captured in the dynamics of the Entropic, the Unpredictable, the Fluctuating, and the Shape-shifting. It is about the "contours of another world and another future" (T.J. Demos), where beams of light are suspended in transit, awaiting their moment to illuminate new paths. It represents the not-even-there-but-yet-to-come, a juncture where past, present, and future converge in a dance of possibility. The Not-Yet is an invitation to navigate the unknown, to find clarity amidst the darkness and noise, and to forge solidarity and hope in the face of uncertainty.


Scope of Works:

We welcome submissions that resonate with any aspect of the Matrix or the Not-Yet, across all mediums.


Whether your work delves into:

  • Futuristic Art and Media

  • Eco-Art and Sustainability

  • Art as Activism

  • Speculative Design and Critical Futures

  • Community Organizing/Workshops

  • Art And Science

  • Toolkits and Strategies


We are looking for contributions that challenge conventions, propose new understandings, and envision transformative futures. Your submission can take any form—visual, written, digital, performative, or experimental—as long as it speaks to the themes outlined above.


Submission Guidelines:

Briefly describe your work, its connection to the theme, and any logistical needs for its presentation.


Include visual, audio, or textual samples of your work (or links to such materials).

Provide a short bio highlighting your practice and any relevant past projects.


Deadline for Submissions: 23:59 EST, April 10th, 2024
Open Call Website: https://uaad.art/matrix (Application Form Included)

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