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IMMA International Summer School is seeking applications for a programme of online engagements over three weeks in June and July 2021. This programme of seminars, discussions and workshops is free and will feature a range of national and international artists, theorists and educators. Focusing on the theme of ‘containment’ they will explore how mapping, border regimes, architecture and the politics of incarceration inflect contemporary culture and how art and artists explore, question and engage with this subject.

Applications will be accepted from 25 March – 22 April 2021.
For more information please refer to the ‘How to Apply’ section further down this page.

Containment is a fundamental feature of the human condition; our earliest experience is of being held and contained by another. Containment can enable us to feel safe but it can also be experienced in terms of confinement and separation. Containment can be applied to how we conceptualise space, material and data, how we ‘map’ our surroundings or claim territory, and how we think through lines, categories and borders. Containment can be a political strategy (such as US foreign policy during the cold war) or a strategy for social control; in fact the logic of containment continues to animate current border regimes and technologies worldwide. Strategies of containment also underpin the politics of incarceration and detention, as well as informing recent public health measures in response to the pandemic.

Some of the ideas that will be explored include the uses of mapping as a strategy of both appropriation and resistance; the role of borders and border technologies; carceral capitalism; containment and public health; architectures of containment; containment as a psychic state; cognitive mapping and figure-ground apprehension.

Two fundamental questions underpin this year’s Summer School; What role does containment play in the way we conceive of and organise the world around us? and, how can art and artists reflect on and critique these cultural, social, and cognitive strategies of containment?

To explore these questions, we are bringing together a range of contributors – artists, writers and educators – including architectural historian Beatriz Colomina, artists Lawrence Abu Hamdan,  Romuald Hazoumè,  Jackie WangEmma Wolfe-Haugh, Rajindir Singh and Alice Feldman, RESOLVE collective, artist and scientist Sarah Kariko, and writer and educator John Wilkins.


How to Apply

Participation is based on a letter of intention stating why you wish to take part in the Summer School (400 words max). Please include name and contact details.

Application period is 25 March – 22 April 2021.

Application is via email to Lisa Moran, [email protected] and Nathan O’Donnell, [email protected]

More Details

Participants will attend online seminars on 22, 24, 25, 29 June, 1 – 2 July from 6.30pm – 8.00pm (GMT) and a keynote event on 3 July from 12.00pm – 5.00pm (GMT). The seminars and keynote event will be open to members of the public and they will be recorded. There will also be a number of electives including reading groups and curator talks between 22 June and 2 July.

Participants will take part in an intensive workshop between 5 – 8 July and a closing event on 9 July. Participants will also be required to undertake reading in advance and to take part in discussions and project work over the course of the programme.

This programme is free and will be delivered online in English. Reliable internet access is essential.

Note: This is a provisional schedule, some dates/times may be subject to minor adjustment.


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