MIGC 2016 Call for Creative Work

The 11th Annual Midwest Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference (MIGC)


KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Dr. Levi Bryant (Collin College)

University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
February 19–20, 2016
Extended Deadline: December 14, 2015

“Do you see the slightest evidence anywhere in the universe that creation came to an end with the birth of man? Do you see the slightest evidence anywhere out there that man was the climax toward which creation had been straining from the beginning? ...Very far from it.”

― Daniel Quinn, Ishmael

What is meant when we consider something to be in process?  

The process suggests movement along a sequence of conditions: it is the fermentation of an ancient ale, linguistic migrations,  the grind to level 90, interactive fictions, the nodes of grassroots journalism, rotted infrastructures, the recovery of New Orleans. To exist within process is to be undetermined. If the anticipated ends are repeatedly achieved, however, a process becomes convention over time. In other words, whether perceived as a dynamic undulation and recombination of qualities or a persistent practice, the process are those conditions that constitute becoming.

When we recognize that something is in process, how do we negotiate the currents of its past, immediate, and potential states? When we speak of the process in scholarship, we are discerning what Bryant refers to as the “entanglements” of its components and how they influence one another (Democracy of Objects, 32). As the academy increasingly resembles the experimental sandbox, we find ourselves with opportunities to jump in, get dirty, and extract these relationships.

This year’s Midwest Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference (MIGC) will host a series of events that will help us pause, extract, and dissect the “entanglements” that comprise the uncertain terrain of the Process, focusing on the various processes that move, compose, and become the world in an effort to open new opportunities to reveal new perspectives. MIGC invites submissions across disciplines, fields, and media that engage with the concept of being In Process. As a consideration that spans the academy and our communities, we request proposals that highlight work that, from a critical standpoint, focuses upon a specific process or set of processes distinct to one’s scholarly pursuits. Proposals may also focus on particular elements such as figures, formulas, structures, or objects that factor prominently within a process.

MIGC invites creative submissions that respond to our theme of In Process which may take the form of film, performance, poetry or fiction reading, dance, music, or art installation pieces. Accepted submissions will be shown, performed, or displayed throughout the conference. Artists whose work is displayed in the main conference hall will have a scheduled “walk and talk” where conference attendees will be able to look at the work displayed and speak with the respective artists about their piece. Select submissions will be performed and shown at our Creative Showcase Event on Friday night, February 19th, at Microlights film and independent art/house in Riverwest (seats 60). Those who wish to present on a panel with a written talk about their art might consider applying to our CFP on our website instead. All artists are encouraged to attend the entire conference. 

Presentations should preferably be between 5-10 minutes, although longer time slots are available and will be considered as well. A question and answer period will be scheduled for all artists and presenters, so artists should be present. Please include a 250-word description of your project in relation to the theme In Process and, if possible a small sample of your creative work (.mp3, .jpeg, .tif, .avi, .mp4, .doc(x), or PDF files, or a link to a website). Please send your sample via email tothemigc@gmail.com. Proposals must be submitted below by December 14th, 2015.

If applicable, please be sure to include space requirements as well as all necessary materials or equipment in your submission.

Possible areas of inquiry may include but are not limited to:

  • Ecological processes and resource management

  • Effects of social policies and civic structures upon communities

  • Transitions of identity, gender, race, and/or creed

  • Procedural and generative works of text, image, and/or sound

  • Theoretical considerations of engineering or manufacturing processes

  • Computational logics and structures; data visualization

  • Elements of a form or materials in tension with one another

  • Film development and video production