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***DEADLINE EXTENDED***OPEN CALL for June Bioculturealities Symposium and Festival


OPEN CALL: Bioculturealities Practical Symposium + Performance Festival

MARSH (Materializing & Activating Radical Social Habitus) invites proposals for our grand opening symposium and performance festival, inviting public collaboration, research, and performance.

The Bioculturealities Practical Symposium and Performance Festival is scheduled for June 9-16, 2019. Deadline for proposals is February 11, 2019 MARCH 1, 2019. Please find a downloadable PROPOSAL FORM on the MARSH website HERE (form also below).

RESOURCES document (information about the site, its spaces and capabilities) can also be found on the MARSH website HERE.

MARSH (6917 S. Broadway, St. Louis) is a laboratory site for practical research into and as forms-of-life (habitus) both cultural and biotic. Where our (in)human bodies entangle, at an identified site/situation from which our embodiments and social bodilies can be seen to emerge, performativities are both compulsory and intentional, conditioned and designed. How do we intervene in and materialize ourselves and each other, our diverse and speciated directives, our multiplicit and shared eco-and-cultural-logics? How do we inhabit and materialize “realities” through difference, (in)decision, (e)motion, conception, collaboration, and meaning-making?

As MARSH opens (up), its establishing personae (Beth Neff, Esther Neff, Kaia Gilje, and others) desire to both clearly state our ethics and to remain porous to the vast complexities of value(s) and desires present in and presented by persons, paradigms, and other bodilies. We take a stand against racism, capitalism, patriarchy, colonialism, and extractive-coercive forms of (in)human(e) operation, yet this stance must be activated, enacted, not simply stated. How can we directly embody and perform other-wisely, realistically yet idealistically, intentionally enculturating while moving in considerate correlationship and response? This first year of programming is both wide-open and specific, an attempt to provide resources that stimulate and ground experimental, practical, performative research and provisionally navigate the conditions and contexts that currently (in)form mindsets, ethics, habits, needs, abilities, and other elements of biocultural praxis.






Bioculturealities Practical Symposium and Performance Festival will take place June 9-16, 2019 at MARSH, located in Carondelet, St. Louis at the site of the former L&S Cafe. The form of the project will involve participants living, eating meals, and working together over the course of this week (Sunday, June 9 through Sunday, June 19). Participants also share a workshop and/or a public performance, situation, presentation, or other form of gathering during this one-week period.


To propose, please respond to the following questions (some or all) and e-mail responses to: by FEBRUARY 11, 2019.


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Are you able to be in St. Louis for the entire week of June 9-16?


Where would you be coming from (city/country/neighborhood if you are located in St. Louis)?


If we are only able to provide transportation, room, and board, would you still be able to participate? (this symposium is free but we may not be able to offer any stipend or honorarium past the provision of practical resources)


What form of project, performance, presentation, workshop, or other public/interactive process are you proposing? Please describe in as much detail as you can.


Please read the information about resources and site capabilities here at MARSH (see RESOURCES document); how does your work/processes/project interface practically with the site, situation, concepts, and contexts of this Practical Symposium and what resources/technical support/space/time would you need?


Are you interested in/able to work as a participant in this project as a whole, or does your project include “discursive” and habitus elements, including (for example) food preparation and clean-up for meals, set-up/clean up for performances, work in the garden, etc? Please describe any caretaking or well-being processes that you may be interested in offering to other members of the group or that are already a part of your proposed work.


Are you interested in/able to contribute work towards the functioning of the festival as a whole while you are here, or does your project….




Please describe any living stipulations you have, including diet, access, comfort with co-habitation with 5-8 other people


What are some of your core interests, ethics, practical foci, methods, values? How are you aligning your biotic and cultural habitus with these?


Please feel free to contact us with any questions, concerns, or to discuss your proposal! Esther, Beth, Kaia:


NOTE: There is no fee to apply but if you are able to support this symposium/festival and the renovation of MARSH to open this Spring, please consider donating >$5 via GoFundMe or PayPal. The full cost of this project and preparing the guest apartment, kitchen, garden, and performance space is $21,000. THANK YOU.

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