February 29, 2016


This year the Critical Animals festival will be presented as part of the TiNA festival in Newcastle, NSW from Thursday 29 September to Sunday 2 October.

We are now calling for Proposals for our festival in 2016. This year’s Madness of Many symposium (M.O.M) draws on the idea of collective consciousness. Creative relationships between individuals, the incubation of ideas and the evolution of collaboration in spaces: from online gaming, to political and artistic movements. We want you to let us into your world, into your mind and your creative process, to explore the dynamic threads between ideas, their creation and what is bound to their execution.

“… That sounds fine, wonderful – real nonsense. Do more. More nonsensical, more crazy, more machines, breasts, penises, cunts, whatever – make them abound with nonsense. Try and tickle something inside you, your “weird humour.” You belong in the most secret part of you. Don’t worry about cool, make your own uncool. Make your own, your own world. If you fear, make it work for you – draw & paint your fear & anxiety.”

Sol Lewitt to Eva Hesse, April 14th, 1965

If this sounds like a dialogue that you could have with your creative compatriots then we want to know about it. We’re thinking Marina Abramović and Ulay in the 80s, Frida and Diego, Batman and Robin – what is it about the desire to share our ideas which gives these relationships their impetus and makes their products so enthralling and significant?

 Critical Animals is all about bridging the gap between the evolution of thought and its physical or theoretical manifestation. We are very open to various and innovative critical and creative expressions. The This Is Not Art Festival is produced in participation with The National Young Writers Festival, Crack Theatre Festival and the Critical Animals symposium. Unsure which under which festival your idea fits? Get in touch – we’d love to hear from you.

Download the Call for Proposals info pack and start writing! Submit proposals and ideas via our Proposal Form by the 31st of March, 2016. Any questions should be emailed to us at criticalanimals@gmail.com. Please feel free to circulate this CFP to your networks and creative hubs. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

If you want any more inspiration, watch Luis Buñuel’s Surrealist classic, written in collaboration with Salvador Dali: Un Chien Andalou (1928) Warning – graphic content.

Julia, Laura & Justine.

Critical Animals