Open Call: MSU Science Gallery – 1.5° Celsius


MSU Science Gallery is now accepting submissions to their fifth annual open call, 1.5° Celsius Exhibition, launching Sept. 2022. The open call deadline for entry is Feb. 4, 2022.

SEND YOUR PROPOSAL TO BE IN THIS EXHIBITION! graphic of dried and cracked ground with the words Open Call: 1.5 degrees Celsius over top.

Experimentation, provocation, and research are at the heart of Science Gallery’s values and programs. This exhibition will explore the impact of humankind on the earth, through the lens of artists, psychologists, storytellers, digital gamers, molecular biologists, performers, neuroscientists, designers, computer scientists, nurses, engineers, musicians, mathematicians, architects, and young people. The list of possibilities is endless. Individuals 15+ are eligible to apply to this open call. Persons under 18 must partner with someone of legal age.

Your proposal could be a new or existing artwork, performance, workshop, digital intervention, research project, virtual reality game, or other activity. We strongly recommend that you keep our target audience of young people aged 15-25 years in mind and consider including interactive or participatory elements. Learn more

ABOUT 1.5° Celsius

The Anthropocene refers to the current (geological) period distinguished by the extraordinary impact of humankind on the earth. Often, it is used to call attention to the gravest challenges of the near and distant future, involving climate, ecosystems, and people and to encapsulate the time leading, perhaps unstoppably, to the extinction of life on the planet. What steps can wetake, and how can we motivate ourselves enough to take them, to halt this epoch’s depredation of the earth? And how can we create a sustainable and respectful relationship with the earth and its ecosystems and its other lifeforms? This question looms over everything else transpiring in the physical and social world.1.5°C is the threshold set in the Paris Agreements. Consequences of a rise above this level would be severe in myriad ways. Such a rise might seem like a distant reality, but we may reach it sooner than we think. Can we stop short?Can we retire fossil fuel and turn to electrification? What has COVID shown us about the animal kingdom’s ability to respond to different levels of human activity? What role could technology play in reversing destructive trends and practices of the past? What can be learned from Indigenous cultures and practices to create a vision and sustain a gentler, more desirable impact? What kinds of social organization and collaborative practices could move us in a less catastrophic direction? These and other questions will guide the next exhibition of MSU Science Gallery, which will take place from September 2022 to February 2023.


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