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CFO: Call for Organisms
Parliament of Biodiversity at the Multispecies Salon II
November 20-23, 2008
San Francisco, California
The Multispecies Salon is a special event and art exhibit in conjunction with the American Anthropological Association’s annual conference in San Francisco. We are conducting a biodiversity survey of sorts that will bring together organisms living in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. We seek to represent creatures that are thriving in our yards, greenhouses, skinner boxes, and aquariums as well as those that are failing in our built landscapes. We invite school children, biologists, and hobbyists to participate in the Parliament of Biodiversity by bringing organisms from the intimate spaces of labs and homes into the public space of the art gallery. This parliament of creatures will highlight the ways that plants, animals and fungi are brought into and excluded from human social worlds. Working to bring fragile organisms into a foreign space, we will attend to issues relating to care, contact and contagion.
If you would like to participate send an email with a description (250 words or less) and a photograph of the organism you would like to bring to the parliament: firstname.lastname@example.org
Submission deadline: September 1st, 2008
If your submission is accepted, the curators will work with you to ensure that the basic needs of your organism will be met for the duration of the show. While our aim is to showcase creatures that are already living in the San Francisco Bay area, we will accept submissions from people who are committed to safely transporting organisms from farther a field. We will also consider displaying non-living representations of multi-species assemblages in sculpture, painting, video, music, and other media. People who submit successful submissions will be invited to become “spokespeople” for nature—to deliver a 5 minute presentation about their non-human(s) at the biodiversity parliament on Saturday, November 22nd. We will consider submissions to the parliament after September 1st on a case-by-case basis.