PSi#23 “OverFlow” (Hamburg, Germany) > Open call

The conference theme “OverFlow” takes a reverse view on the political tropes customary in “times of crisis” – “OverFlow” focuses on abundance, transgression, and leakage instead of the usually evoked themes of lack, restriction, and loss. The event takes place in the context of the performing arts triennial Theater der Welt (“theater of the world”), which, in 2017, is dedicated to Hamburg harbor with its history of cosmopolitism and colonial trade, of boom and bust, of immigration and emigration. The sprawling harbor scenery (partly globalized commercial and tourist hub, partly local post-industrial decay, partly contested social space) is set to provide the backdrop to a great variety of site-specific performances. It also has a history of storm tides and of being literally overflowed.
The organisers invite contributions by both scholars and artists that critically engage with “flow” and/or deal with the various facets of “OverFlow” in performative practices, aesthetic phenomena, and performance art. This also includes performance studies perspectives from different artistic and academic fields (in the humanities and social sciences) on the political, ethical, and social dimensions of overflow, spillage, and abundance, e.g. in:

  • politics: “being rendered superfluous,” post-colonialism and cultural imperialism, migration, borders and border controls, etc.

  • society: abundance, expendability, and needlessness, cultural transformations and appropriations, the diversity of gender, ethnic and religious affiliations, etc.

  • economics: critique of capitalism, financial crises, the “affluent” and the post-growth-driven society, etc.

  • media/technology: data streams, memory space, big data, computerization of everyday life, information overload and redundancy, etc.

  • ecology and the environment: waste, high tides and tsunamis (“harbor wave”), factory farming, nutrition (obesity, alcoholism) etc.               

Contributions may consist of individual papers, panels, roundtables, open spaces, lecture performances, praxis sessions, workshops, performances, installations, etc. The organisers would like to encourage formats that “overflow” a strict distinction between art and academia or that reflect the status (and responsibility) of the arts in the so-called “knowledge-based societies.” What kinds of knowledge, practices, and forms of critique regarding social, ecological, political, ethical and cultural processes do the arts produce? What kinds of findings or other forms of awareness do they trigger? What kind of “surplus” or “disruption” can be found in “artistic knowledge” or, for that matter, “artistic research”?

Deadline (extended): 21 October

Find all details online