• “Space and Immortality” by AJ Artemel
  • “All the Time in the World” by Domenica Bucalo
  • “the time it takes to live a life (what's the rush)” by Mollie Caffey
  • “Embodying the borders: threads from Mexico and South Asia” by Annabel Castro + Genoveva Castro
  • “Museums: Memories of the Skin and Acts of Disembodiment” by Filippa Christofalou
  • “Unitive Sensing and Embodied Forms of Knowing” by Joshua Clayton
  • “The Body in Transportive Realism” by Karno Dasgupta
  • “Printed Volume: Physical Reading” by Mari Kroin
  • “Feminist Utopian Spaces Lexicon” by Mona Mahall + Asli Serbest
  • “Caterpillar Dreams” by Verneda Lights
  • “Floating in a Neurodivergent Cosmos of Undefined Possibility” by Irene Loughlin
  • “Unearthing the Body: Embodiment, Planetarity, and Extraterrestrial Ecology” by Conor MacVarish
  • “The Anatomy Shop” by Emily Tate Moreu
  • “No Dimension: Drugs, Dots, and Spaces of Molecular Embodiment” by Jeff Ostergren
  • “Picturing Soft Wax” by Emmy Thelander

Call for Proposals (closed)
Recent work in architecture, philosophy, performance studies, art, and biology has explored the human body in relationship to its surroundings. Artist Shūsaku Arakawa (1936-2010) and poet Madeline Gins (1941-2014) expressed the “architectural body” as a combination of the body and its architectural surrounds, or what they called “an organism that persons.” Their work proposed a new awareness of the body in, and, of space — and, arguably, a new way of life.

What can we learn from Arakawa and Gins about the body and space, on Earth and in the cosmos? What role(s) can embodiment play in understanding the world around us? What does it mean to perceive and engage with it using our full bodies?

These ideas and questions have inspired the Yale Center for Collaborative Arts and Media (CCAM)’s Spring 2023 Symposium, Ultra Space, which will bring together discussions, performances, and works of art that engage them. This Call for Proposals invites proposals for papers (such as articles, essays, or reviews), as well as creative responses (like short fiction, a selection of photographs or visual materials, or poetry) that will explore them further. Accepted authors/creators will present and discuss their work in person at CCAM as part of the Symposium, with final versions to be included in a printed volume.

Further questions for inspiration:

  • What aspects of the “overview effect” can be adapted for and embodied on Earth?
  • What are the performative potentials of weightlessness?
  • What is the role of the body in space in shaping community and culture?
  • How can we de-center the norms of Earth and the cosmos?
  • How can we consider alternative ways for how bodies understand their environment?
  • Where does the cyborg end and the environment begin?
  • How can a person’s embodied response to its environment be made perceptible?
  • What happens when architecture reorients the body?
  • What opportunities do alternative atmospheres and environments present to reconfigure our senses and sensory feedback?

Accepted works will be due for distribution to readers by Thursday, April 20 at 11:59pm ET. Each accepted author/creator will be responsible for reading and responding to two other works. 

Authors/creators will be required to present their works in person at the CCAM Symposium on Thursday, April 27, 2023.

For more information, contact us at: ccam@yale.edu or visit ccam.yale.edu