February 20, 2012

Critical Animals 2012 – Proposals NOW OPEN

Angela Woda and Jade Cantwell, Empirical Adventures through an Architectural Wonderland, Critical Animals 2011. Photo by Luke Kellet

Critical Animals are now calling for proposals for participation in their 2012 symposium.


 Critical Animals is a forum for curious individuals who are critically engaged with creative and experimental art practices. It is an opportunity to present ongoing research and work collaboratively with other students, writers, artists, designers and thinkers.

Critical Animals aims to strengthen the links between practice and theory with a flexible definition of research that encompasses creative, experimental, interrogative and practice-lead approaches.

The symposium is particularly interested in promoting and facilitating cross-disciplinary and collaborative approaches. In assessing your proposal we will consider how your work may form interesting conjunctions with other artists and thinkers.

This is Not Art and Critical Animals will take place in Newcastle, NSW from 28 September to 1 October 2012.

 Papers, Panels, Presentations and Projects

We are looking to receive proposals from artists and researchers who are investigating or putting into practice specific areas of theory and philosophy – from explorations of form and methodology, to theoretical explorations of contemporary issues. We welcome research material and reflections on poetics, politics, aesthetics, practice-lead research, ecological art and ecopoetics, architecture, design, museology, critical theory, social history, hybrid and multi-arts practices and the intersection of art with other disciplines or the everyday.

Experimental and non-traditional presentations are encouraged. Papers and Presentations generally allow for 20 minutes per artist, plus discussion. Critical Animals invites also artists to perform or share their work.


In your proposal please outline your practice, your project (if applicable) and the way in which you’d like to present it. Where possible, be specific. Take up to 500 words. We’re also looking for artists who can be involved in cross-festival events and panels with artists from the other TiNA programs.

1 – In your proposal please include:

– Name

– Phone Number

– Email Address

– Website (if applicable)

– University or Institution (if applicable)

– Short Bio (25 Words)

– A Bio Pic (300dpi with credits where applicable)

If you have any great images of your work please feel free to add them as well. Please note that all images supplied may be used for both Critical Animals and TiNA publicity.

2  – Have you applied to other This is Not Art Programs? If so, which?

National Young Writers Festival

Crack Theatre Festival

TiNA special project proposal

Would you like to programmed across other TiNA Festivals? Again, which?

Are you involved in any events happening around TiNA?

If you would like to be involved with Critical Animals but you do not have a proposal, contact us with details on your interests or areas of expertise and how we might use your skills in the festival.

Submit proposals, ideas and any questions to critical.animals@gmail.com.

You can download a PDF of these application guidelines HERE

We look forward to hearing from you!