Application- Emerge 2020: A Festival of Futures
Eating at the Edges
March 21, 2020
Mesa Arts Center

Emerge 2020 invites artists, scientists, innovators, activists, farmers, and cookers of all skills to join us in producing interactive artworks, exhibits, and performances that playfully explore what it means to Eat -- and not just anywhere, but rather at the Edge(s). We are curious: What does it mean to eat, as a human or non-human, in a time of increasing environmental precarity? What alternative forms of food production, distribution, and consumption could flourish at the edges of society, at the edge of what is known, or at the edge between possibility and fantasy? What new forms of eating, or edge-blurring, are necessary to create a culinary world where deliciousness is not the purview of the well-to-do, but accessible to everyone? We especially encourage submissions that respond to the design aspirations of the New American University by leveraging place, fusing intellectual disciplines, and/or being socially embedded.

From the future of urban farming to the preservation of the family farm, from the future of “artificial” food to the economic disparities impacting access to whole foods, from the role of eating words, images, or actual foods in art or art-making, to the power of food as culture — we invite exploration of where the edges live, and how thinking of edges through the whole-bodied act of eating offers new insights into how to make a better future for all.

Inspired by our format of Eating and Edges, Emerge 2020 calls for pieces/works to be shown at our main Saturday event (to be held March 21, 2020, at the Mesa Arts Center); we are also interested in pieces that could appear in locations across the Phoenix metropolitan region. Please note: we will not be able to provide on-site technical support or security for installations that occur away from the main event location.

About Emerge
Arizona State University’s Emerge, the festival of futures, interweaves art, science, and technology to explore the future in evocative ways. Produced by the School for the Future of Innovation in Society, Emerge has pushed the envelope of performance, technology, and critical thinking for the last eight years by building, sharing, and experimenting with visceral experiences of the future. Emerge is excited to partner with the Mesa Arts Center for the 2020 festival.
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