DISTRACTION OPEN CALL : LIVE AT SCIENCE GALLERY MELBOURNE
WHEN WE ARE BOUNCING AROUND THE FLASHING PINBALL MACHINE OF EXISTENCE - IS OUR WAYWARD ATTENTION A WAY OF COPING WITH THE CHAOS?
Science Gallery Melbourne invites proposals for their 2025 exhibition-season DISTRACTION, which will plug into the streaming torrent of content and the places our brains go when we want to focus on anything but the thing. You know… that thing you’re supposed to be doing right now?
With a hundred tabs open and endless avenues to explore, Science Gallery Melbourne invites submissions exploring the playful ways we distract ourselves from the more serious parts of life. We have access to more than we can ever absorb, how do we harness the cacophony of content and find meaning within it?
With the aim of keeping it light and avoiding the doomspiral, some potential key perspectives / starting points / sub themes include (but are not limited to):
- Technology, video games, digital augmented realities
- Perceptions of time
- Information overload, memes
- Boredom, stimulation, daydreaming
- Work vs leisure, who gets to decide what is productive?
- Focus, attention
- Mindfulness, emotional regulation
This open call invites you to propose installations and research projects that can operate in a shared-space group exhibition context in a non-traditional gallery environment, where the light and sound conditions aren’t constant.