I insist upon my right to be multiple
I insist upon my right to be multiple
Even more so, I insist upon
The recognition of my multiplicity
All things encompassed in one
I really do insist that others recognise my inherent multiplicity
What I no longer do
Is take pains to explain it or defend it
Moses Sumney, also also also and and and
Seeking: Sea Free Receivers to Share Their Artefacts and Reflections
Who do you become when your multiple
identities snap into place?
What is it like to birth your self – in all your contradictions, glories, failures and beauty?
Who/what/how would you be if you didn’t have to choose your identity from the ends of binaries?
You are invited to wander and wonder.
We invite you to explore what we’ve learned about Sea Free thus far and use these offerings to play with your own connections to Sea Free. Then, we invite you to make artefacts of your experiences and share them with us.
If you are looking for more information on how to connect to Sea Free, or how to make an artefact please visit our Artefact Archive. If you are new to Sea Free altogether, we invite you to start with Jorge’s letter.
Our current invitations for you
1. View current exhibit open call
Submit to Tiger Birth: Origins of Sea Free. Our first immersive, Sea Free Artefact Exhibit.
View current exhibit open call
2. Submit to the artefact archive
Take part in building this digital garden by submitting your artefact to our online archive.
Submit to the artefact archive
3. Host a workshop
Let’s explore Sea Free together and develop a workshop with your arts and culture organization.
Host a workshop
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Call for Art!
Hosted by the Sea Free Science Team, Sea Free Creative Team, and in collaboration with Engine in Biddeford, Maine.
We are now accepting Artefacts for consideration for a summer 2023 exhibit at Engine in Biddeford, Maine. This will be a collaborative, multimedia, immersive, and interactive exhibit which will feature themes and works that relate to one of the origin stories of their universe: The Tiger Birth Story.
You’re invited to explore your connection to Sea Free by making an artefact for this open call – the first in our ongoing collaborative art program.
Inspiration: For this open call, the Sea Free Science Team invites you to use the Tiger Birth story to create artefacts exploring:
Who do you become when your multiple
identities snap into place?
What is it like to birth your self – in all your
contradictions, glories, failures and beauty?
Who/what/how would you be if you didn’t have
to choose your identity from the ends of binaries?
On Artefact Making:
The Sea Free Science team is connecting people to the songs and stories emanating from a parallel universe where humans evolved without binary identities. Humans in that universe, Sea Free, enjoy a range of multiple identities of all kinds and are more free to change and present themselves in their full contradictions and beauties. We receive and deepen this connection to their universe in order to explore new depths of love and courage in our own.
One of the ways Sea Freesians explore this kind of freedom is through the practicing of their art forms which often blend physical art objects with storytelling. We call this process Artefact Making. The Science Team has created this open call for art made in a similar manner and inspired by stories received from Sea Free.
At this moment, we can only hear Sea Free, so there are no actual physical things from their universe that we have to study. We only have songs, stories, and messages – sometimes jumbled or incomplete – to work with. But because we have so much to learn from their universe, and one of the ways we learn best in our world is through art, science, and storytelling, we have created a process by which we can learn from Sea Free and reflect.
That process is called artefact making. Science Team member Dr. Meg Moody explains that “Artefacts are a portal – a site of translation, reflecting themes from Sea Free to similar waypoints and experiences in our own universe. Through this process we build deeper connections to our own world and each other.” Visit our Artefact Archive for more information on how to connect with Sea Free and how to make an artefact.
Helpful steps and info to create work for this open call:
- If you have not done so already, we invite you to read Jorge’s welcome letter. There, you will learn more about Sea Free and our creative research process.
- Then, head over to our artefact archive to familiarize yourself with current examples from our archived artefacts and review some of our artefact-making guidance.
- Once you have a better idea of what an artefact is or can be, we would love for you to review the Tiger Birth Story. The Tiger Birth creation story speaks to shedding the binaries of our identities and embracing our multiplicities. Exhibited artefacts will reflect the themes present in this origin story and recontextualize them with moments of intersection from our own world.
- Impact Story: you will notice in our artefact archive and also our current invitations page, when you go to submit, that artefacts are not just the physical artwork, they are also the accompanying impact story—which can be submitted in written or recorded form (ex: Brook Trout Impact Story audio). This is 2-3 paragraphs that describe the impact of Sea Free on you that you hope to convey through this artefact. Some people find it easier to write the story before making the physical work and that’s totally fine! Together, the physical work and the story will help you and the audience reflect on a connection to Sea Free. We learn from those reflections to spread healing, love, and a deeper exploration of our own world. And further, maybe we can enact some much needed transformation!
- We also invite you to have a listen to the Tiger Birth playlist to inspire your creativity (compiled by our own Amos Hurton, explorer/gatherer for the Science Team).
- Accepted Media: For the physical component of the artefact, Sea Free Science team requests works on paper, books, paintings, collage, and shadowboxes. Size limit: 24” x 24” x 24”. Weight limit: 25lbs.
- There is no fee to submit but you are welcome to make a donation to the project through our Venmo (@Nicola-Chin-2), or Paypal account (email@example.com). Artists will retain 100% of sales—as sales will happen between the artist and the individual buyer. Neither Engine, Sea Free Science Team, nor Sea Free Creative team will be involved in the sale except to put prospective buyers in touch with individual artists.
- Deadline to submit is May 1st, 2023 (11:59pm).
- See below for submission form.
Click to submit to open call
**Funding for this exhibit, and its accompanying workshops, is provided in part through a grant award of American Rescue Plan funds through the National Endowment for the Arts and administered by SPACE gallery.
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What is the Artefact Archive?
At this moment, we can only hear Sea Free, so there are no actual physical things from their universe that we have to study. We only have, sometimes jumbled or incomplete, songs, stories, and messages to work with. But because we have so much to learn from Sea Free, and one of the ways we learn best in our world is through art, science, and storytelling, we have created a process by which we can learn from their universe and reflect. That process is called artefact making.
Science Team member Dr. Meg Moody explains that “Artefacts are a portal – a site of translation, reflecting themes from Sea Free to similar waypoints and experiences in our own universe. Through this process we build deeper connections to our own world and each other.”
The Sea Free Science team is currently collecting and cataloging artefacts from Sea Free Receivers across our world and presenting them in the artefact archive. You can find guidance on how to make an artefact there.
If you have any further questions or would like to submit to the archive, you can do so by writing to Sea Free Science Team Member Damaya Swan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Host a workshop!
The Sea Free Science Team brings workshops and exhibits to arts, culture, and humanities venues. Workshops are an intimate and transformative experience where we share ways to connect to Sea Free, explore our multiple identities, and learn how to make art inspired by the stories and art making practices of Sea Free. If your organization chooses to host an exhibit as well, we will work with you to invite local artists and/or Sea Free Receivers to prepare artefacts for submission.
My workshop experience was magical. Having a deeper appreciation of Sea Free has sparked a new phase of curiosity and awe about what’s possible. A group of lovely people connected with each other readily and deeply because of the genuine welcoming hosts and beautiful facilitation of N.M. This experience has enhanced my life and I’m so grateful. ~ Tara J.
I am finding myself increasingly drawn to messages from Sea Free…almost like a magnetic force is attracting me to exploring my multiplicities. My senses are being drawn to spotting artefacts everywhere. Within myself, I am aware that I’m not a sole identity…I have multiple aspects swirling, spiraling, revolving and evolving. I feel amplified and expanded with increased choicefulness in expressing my fulsomeness. I enter the dance of my days with more curiosity, openness and fluidity. ~ Carol W.
We would like to partner with you: Let’s start at the beginning for those just joining us…
- Sea Free is a parallel universe where humans evolved without binary identities.
- We are the Sea Free Science Team: a small group of Sea Free Receivers – people who have heard the songs and stories of this other universe.
- We are reaching out to connect with other folks who self-identify as Sea Free Receivers, in order to collect and archive the insights and lessons gleaned from Sea Free for use in our own world.
- We are in the very early stages of this research: building our team, building a database of Receivers, and collecting an archive of artefacts created by Receivers of Sea Free.
- We are always mapping what we learn of Sea Freesian time shards and mythologies in this digital garden, and we would love to have your community join us.
- We love collaborating: Enthusiastic feedback from our initial workshops have taught us that these experiences bring people together, sparking deep creativity and joy across neighbors and teams. We are eager to share the offerings of Sea Free with your community.
In each workshop, we will:
- share what we know of Sea Free so far
- explore ways to connect to their universe in our own lives
- learn how how to make artefacts inspired by a connection to Sea Free
- offer some art supplies to begin playing
- enjoy snacks and creative activities!
Please contact email@example.com to plan your workshop today!
Sea Free Time Shards Map (under construction)
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