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Science Gallery Lab Detroit Accepting Proposals for Second Exhibition

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Michigan State University’s Science Gallery Lab Detroit, or SGLD, is accepting proposals for DEPTH, an exhibition that will explore the power and complexities of water.

“We want DEPTH to ignite conversations around our future relationships with water,” said Mark Sullivan, assistant director of Science Gallery Lab Detroit. “Water is a multifaceted topic with a range of research areas and lenses through which it can be examined.”

Proposals should match SGLD’s three core goals: to connect, participate, and to surprise and have relevance. Submissions should target SGLD’s to its core audience of 15-to-25-year-olds and should invite interaction and exploration. As seen in its inaugural exhibit HUSTLE and in other initiatives, pieces range from installations to ideas for workshops or events.

“From the essential role water plays in supporting life and rejuvenation, to ecosystem studies of water systems like the Great Lakes and to ways of resolving issues of water quality and access, water creates complex and multifaced conversations through both art and science,” Sullivan said.

The curatorial team for the open call includes Sullivan; Rachel Frierson, director of programming at the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy; Seitu Jones, McKnight Distinguished Artist and Loeb Fellow in the Harvard Graduate School of Design; Elizabeth LaPensée, Guggenheim Fellow and assistant professor of media and information, and of writing, rhetoric and American cultures at Michigan State University; and Tawana Petty, data justice coordinator for the Detroit Community Technology Project.

Deadline for applications is Oct. 5, 2018, at 11 p.m. EST. Provisional exhibition dates are June 2019 through Aug.2019. The exhibition will be free and open to the public.

Developed in partnership with MSU, SGLD is the first Science Gallery in the Americas. SGLD aims to unlock the creative potential of 15-to-25-year-olds by taking emerging research and ideas from the worlds of art, science, design, and technology, and presenting them in connective, participative and surprising ways. The pioneering Science Gallery was developed at Trinity College Dublin in 2008.

  • Caroline Brooks and Teal Amthor-Shaffer via MSU Today

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