Balance Unbalance Conference to be hosted by Arizona State University in 2015

Balance–Unbalance International Conference:

Water, Climate, Place: Reimagining Environments

27–29 March, 2015

Call for Papers, Posters, Panels and Creative Presentations

 Arizona State University, Tempe Campus with events across Phoenix, USA

 Balance-Unbalance, an international conference, brings multiple  disciplines together to explore intersections between nature, art, Science, new technologies, aid agencies and society with the goal of developing cross-disciplinary initiatives using innovative art and technology to advance ecological awareness and sustainability practices and to inspire wide-ranging community engagement in the face of unprecedented environmental challenges.

We are living in a world at the tipping point, where the equilibrium between a healthy environment and the energy our society needs to maintain or improve its lifestyle and its interconnected economies could collapse more quickly than expected. Today’s delicate balance is at a critical point with the potential to herald a new reality where unbalance is the rule. The conference envisions the arts as a catalyst for reimagining our current environments.

Founded by Argentinian-born artist and scholar Ricardo Dal Farra in 2010 to promote novel forms of creativity that can help solve environmental problems, Balance-Unbalance has been sponsored
by UNESCO, the Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre, Leonardo Journal: The International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology, the National University of Tres de Febrero, Argentina (2010), Concordia University, Canada (2011), Central Queensland
, and the Noosa Biosphere in Australia (2013).

Balance-Unbalance 2015 will focus on water, climate, and place, seeking dialogues and creative projects engaged with water and climate problems around the globe. Given the location of the conference, the Sonoran Desert, discussions and presentations may address water issues and climate change in the context of desert landscapes. For information on the Sonoran Desert see 1, 2, 3

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These dialogues may take the form of scholarly and creative presentations, including research papers, transdisciplinary workshops and activities, panel discussions or roundtables, sound and media art, musical performances, installations, soundwalks, and posters. It will provide a forum for the growing body of sustainability research in the arts, humanities and sciences and for creative activities inspired by environmental concerns. We welcome proposals from but not limited to artists, art and humanities scholars, scientists, engineers, economists, and policy makers to advance discussions and collaborative efforts that lead to solutions for a sustainable future.


Proposals should include the following information:

Please see the submission page for required information on each proposal type.

Categories for submission include:

Full paper
Paper abstract
Transdisciplinary workshop
Virtual project

Proposals may address a range of topics including but not limited to:

  • water access and scarcity
  • salinity and changes to water tables
  • expanding deserts
  • management of urban growth
  • urban engagement non-urban environments
  • climate change
  • climate impact on weather patterns
  • disaster management
  • climate impact on cultural practices
  • noise pollution
  • acoustic ecology
  • environmental awareness
  • community action
  • social change
  • change making



Proposal submission deadline: November 1, 2014

Notification of presenters: December 31, 2014

Submit to via the submissions page using a supplied template

The Program committee will include among other artists and academics: Ricardo Dal Farra, Sabine Feisst, Mary Neubauer, Garth Paine, and Leah Barclay.

Information on the program, keynote speakers, featured guest artists and scholars, registration, travel, and accommodation will be announced soon.

Updates on Balance-Unbalance 2015 can be found at this webiste and by subscribing to the Facebook page at : 

For additional questions please send e-mails to:

Surrounded by pristine Southwestern desert landscapes, Arizona State University is one of the largest public research universities in the United States and a leader in sustainability research.
ASU’s School of Music, School of Art, School of Arts Media and Engineering, and Art Museum of the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts
, the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability,
as well as Barrett The Honors College
, have achieved renown for their art and sustainability initiatives, offer state-of-the-art facilities and will be the locations of the Balance-Unbalance events.

Tempe, named after the Vale of Tempe in Greece, is part of the Phoenix Metropolitan area and offers a wide variety of cultural venues including the World’s First Global Musical Instrument
Museum, and the Heard Museum which houses collections of American Indian art and cultures.

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 Balance-Unbalance 2015 acknowledges the generous support of  schools of the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, the  Barrett The Honors College the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, and Barrett, The Honors College, ASU.

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