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Balance-Unbalance 2013, Noosa, AUS, 31.05.-02.06.2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joachim Willms [Managing Director]   

Balance-Unbalance International Conference 2013,

Noosa, AUS, 31.05. - 02.06.2013,

International Call for Papers, Posters, Transdisciplinary Activities and Installations

The 2013 conference theme: “Future Nature, Future Culture[s]” aims to challenge our expectations of earth, provoke our understanding of nature and inspire our actions for a sustainable future. 

What we will be calling nature in 20, 50 or 100 years? How we will live in the future? What do we foresee for the future of human kind? How could creativity help us shape a society of understanding and interconnectedness? What role could transdisciplinary thought and action play in reimaging a sustainable future? Will there be a future with peaceful knowledgeable societies and a rich variety of cultures? What can first nation knowledge teach us about our future? There are infinite questions and limited answers, but we have the opportunity to use our intelligence and creativity to make positive changes

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Balance-Unbalance asks us to consider what we want for ourselves, our families and friends, and the future of humankind. This complex universe, vastly unknown, has been revealing that all is interconnected. Timothy Morton states that everything is connected into a vast, intertangling “mesh” that flows through all dimensions of life. No person, no animal, no object or idea can exist independently. ‘Nature’ is not an entity separate from culture - nor is ‘the animal world’ separate from humankind. Our limited knowledge of life can be expanded, but to so we need better ways to understand each other. This includes a deeper awareness of how different human societies can comprehend cultural differences and synergies. There is a dramatic need for a paradigm shift and we need to act now if we are to survive as a species. 

We want to inspire explorations of how artists can participate in this major challenge of our ecological crisis. We need to use creative tools and transdisciplinary action to create perceptual, intellectual and pragmatic changes. We want to discuss our proposals for the future from a diversity of cultural perspectives and socio-economic situations with open minds. 

Balance-Unbalance seeks to bring artists together with scientists, economists, philosophers, politicians, sociologists, engineers, management and policy experts with the intent of harnessing creative thinking to facilitate a paradigm shift for a s

We are now calling for submissions for Balance-Unbalance 2013 (CALL CLOSES ON NOVEMBER 20, 2012). You are invited to submit abstracts for papers, posters, transdisciplinary activities/panels, installations/performances and virtual presentations. Full papers to be included in the conference publication (which will be double-peer reviewed), should also be submitted by this date. 
Please make your submissions via Easychair.

Abstract template below includes details you will require for submission: 

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We are accepting paper submissions as both abstracts and full papers. Full papers will be peer-reviewed and successful papers published in the conference proceedings.  Submitted abstracts will also be reviewed for publication and presentation at the conference. Papers will be allocated 20 minute presentation slots during the conference with 10 minutes for questions and discussion.
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Successful posters will displayed throughout the conference venue with a peer-reviewed abstract published in the conference proceedings. 


This is an open format area of the conference that includes transdisciplinary workshops, creative activities or even the proposal of a panel or roundtable with specific goals and participants, always focusing on key issues related to the main theme of the conference. The transdisciplinary activities will be allocated a 90 minute session and will run in parallel to the paper sessions. Transdisciplinary activities will also have the option to publish a abstract or short paper in the proceedings. 


Although most of the artistic elements of the conference will be delivered through our partnership with Floating Land 2013, we are also considering submissions for creative works that can be installed in and around the conference venue (including outdoor locations). It is essential these creative works are directly related to the conference theme and will be managed and installed by the artist. Artist biographies and program notes will be published in the conference proceedings. 


Virtual projects such as websites, interactive installations and transdisciplinary documentation related to the theme of the conference will be considered for inclusion in our virtual program and onsite virtual showcase. Successful artists may be required to participate in a Skype forum during the virtual projects showcase.

Important Dates

September 3rd, 2012: Submissions Open
November 20th, 2012: Submissions Closed 
December 16th, 2012: Decisions advised
February 25th: Early bird registration closed
March 11th: Final papers due for publication
May 31st - June 2: Balance-Unbalance International Conference

Balance-Unbalance 2013 Registration

Early bird conference registration will open in November 2012. Noosa Biosphere will be providing a select number of scholarships to students in disadvantaged regions and UNESCO Biosphere Reserves, further information will be available to apply for these scholarships in December 2012. 

Early Bird Full Registration                $250     (Until Feb 25)
Early Bird Full Student Registration  $150
Full Registration                                  $350
Full Student Registration                    $250



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