Call for Proposals: Radical Practices at ABsence: Awkward Bastards 2

ABsence: Awkward Bastards 2 (AB2) is a symposium taking place at mac, Birmingham on 23 March 2017 bringing together artists, activists, thinkers, and producers to rethink ideas around diversity. AB2 is a collaboration between DASH, mac and LADA. 

AB2 is inviting proposals from artists, activists, academics and others to present 5 minute provocations for the Radical Practices open mic session at the symposium.  We particularly encourage proposals which speak to and reflect the spectrum of diversity in the UK including issues of race, disability, gender and gender fluidity, the experiences of refugees, Roma and other marginalised and displaced peoples, issues of class and privilege, old age, mental health and chronic illness.

Radical Practices provocations can take any form – a manifesto, a rant, a performance, an illustrated slide show. Ideally provocations will be accompanied by a representative image or series of images. Provocations must be no longer than 5 minutes.

We plan to present 10 provocations on 23 March, selected by the AB2 organisers from proposals received.

Radical Practices provocateurs will receive a £40 honorarium, a complementary ticket to the symposium, and lunch.

To submit a proposal for Radical Practices please send an email to Mike Layward at DASH by Monday 19 December 2016.

Please put Radical Practices in the subject line and include the following information:

  • your name 
  • your contact details 
  • a title 
  • a brief description of what your provocation will be about and why (maximum 150 words) 
  • how you propose to present your provocation (eg a rant) 
  • a representative low-res image 
  • a short biography

We will let you know if we are able to present your provocation by Monday 9 January at the latest.

Banner image credit:

Noemi Lakmaier, You Are Welcome. Image: Joy Stanley & Thomas Williams

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