invitations

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 explore with us. 

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.

Enjoy!

Our current invitations for you

1. View current exhibit open call
Submit to Tiger Birth: Origins of Sea Free. This is 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 now.
Submit to the artefact archive

3. Attend an artefact workshop
This winter, join the Sea Free Science Team to translate the whispers you hear into artefacts.
Attend an artefact workshop

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Seeking: Sea Free Receivers to submit their artefacts

Tiger Birth: Origins of Sea Free, on view August-September 2023 at Engine, is a collaborative, immersive exhibit of a selection of Sea Free artefacts inspired by one of Sea Free’s creation stories: the Tiger Birth. 

The Tiger Birth creation story speaks to shedding the binaries of our identities and embracing our multiplicities. Exhibited artefacts made by Sea Free receivers will reflect the themes present in this origin story and recontextualize them with moments of intersection from our own world.

For this open call, the Sea Free Science Team invites you to use the Tiger Birth 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?

What is a Sea Free artefact?

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.

Criteria and process for submission:

  • How do I know if I’m a Sea Free receiver? How does one hear Sea Free and engage in artefact making?
    • Remember, anyone can hear Sea Free, and anyone can make artefacts. We invite you to use this site (our digital garden) to inspire and connect you.
    • If you’re still not sure, you’re welcome to attend one of our public artefact making workshops which will answer these questions and more or email damaya@seafree.space.
  • What is the Science Team’s criteria for artefacts? You can find that here.
  • We also invite you to review the Tiger Birth origin story and/or respond to the questions above.
    • Here is a playlist – inspired by the Tiger Birth Origin Story – to use with your artefact making.
  • Accepted media:
    • At this time, the Science Team can only accept works on paper, shadowboxes, books and collage. These are the forms of art we currently know exist in Sea Free, and we would like to encourage using their formats in our world.
  • How do I submit? Click here to go to our submission form.
  • Each artefact must be submitted with a written story and/or audio file. You must do that through our application portal as well. An audio file example from our current archive is here.
  • If your artefact is not selected for this particular exhibit, you will still have the opportunity to add it to our online artefact archive. You can choose this option when you submit.
  • If your artefact is selected for this exhibit, you can view our sample lending agreement (link coming soon).
  • If you have any further questions, you can email Sea Free Science Team Member Damaya Swan at Damaya@seafree.space.

Click to submit to the current open call

    Accepted mediums: at this time, the Science Team can only accept works on paper, shadowboxes, books, and collage. These are the forms of art we currently know exist in Sea Free, and we would like to encourage using their formats in our world.

    You may only submit ONE work, but you can submit up to three images of that work if needed - in order to provide detail shots or views from a different angle. Weight of works are limited to 25lbs.

    Note: If your artefact is selected for this exhibit, you will be asked to sign a lending agreement in order for us to exhibit it. You can preview a sample of that agreement here.

    Sea Free Receiver (Artefact Maker)

    I would like my submission to remain anonymous in the exhibit (we still need your name for internal administrative purposes, but will keep it withheld publicly)


    Media

    Dimensions

    Weight

    Artefact Story

    Both the Sea Free Science and Creative Teams are committed to accessibility in the arts which is why our exhibits and digital garden have visual, written, and audio features. We ask that you either provide a written story (artist statement) to accompany your artefact in the exhibit or an audio sample of the same. You can find a sample artefact audio file from our current archives here.

    Remember to speak about how this artefact relates to Sea Free, its Tiger Birth origin story, exploring our multiplicities, or anything else from the current invitations page [link]. We want to know the story of this artefact and how listening to the songs and stories of Sea Free connected you to similar waypoints in our own world.

    Limit 500 words (or 3 mins for audio files)

    Written artist statement - you must provide a written statement here if you don’t include an audio file below. Limit 500 words.


    Audio story - you must provide an audio file here if you didn’t include a written story above. Limit 3 mins.

    Installation information and questions:

    Additional details and acknowledgements about this work.

    My work is 2-dimensional and I will deliver it to the venue ready to hang (framed if necessary, with hanging wire across the back - taking into consideration the weight of the object).

    My work is a 3-dimensional shadow box that can hang on a wall and I will deliver it to the venue ready to hang with a wire across the back, taking into consideration the weight of the object.

    My work is a 3-dimensional shadow box that may need a table or pedestal (no guarantees).

    My work is a book and will need a table or pedestal; I understand this is an interactive exhibit and thus visitors will be touching my book.

    My work is a lightweight work on paper such as a collage or drawing and I authorize the Sea Free Creative Team to hang as they see fit without impacting the work. If I am concerned about “weathering” over the course of the exhibit, I will deliver it to the venue with a lightweight frame with a clear glass or acrylic overlay and hanging wire attached to the back.

    Other opportunities for submitted artefacts:

    The Sea Free Science Team is building an archive [link coming soon] of artefacts to be shared in our digital garden, as well as a permanent collection of the physical works themselves. Please see the options below in regards to these other opportunities. Check as many boxes as apply to your preferences. These are just boxes to check so we know your preferences and can open a dialogue with you. You’re not agreeing to anything by checking these boxes except that you’re interested in being contacted about these opportunities. You can decide any of these things later on too and let us know by emailing team member Damaya Swan at damaya@seafree.space

    Yes, I may also like to add my artefact to the seafree.space digital archive if it is selected for this physical exhibit.
    Yes, I may like to add my artefact to the digital archive even if it’s not selected for this particular exhibit.
    I’m interested in receiving information about permanently donating my artefact to the Sea Free Science Team’s collection regardless of whether or not it is selected for this exhibit.

    General Rules and Conditions

    Acknowledgements for submission to this exhibit

    By submitting this application, you agree to allow the Sea Free Creative Team, under the direction of Lead Artist and Sea Free Science Team builder/gather N.M.Chin (also Nicola M. Chin, Nico Chin, and Nico M. Chin), to use all the above information and materials provided for promotion, both on the Sea Free website (seafree.space) and for social media posts (both our own and partnering organizations), based upon acceptance into the exhibit.


    By sending your application, you agree that the submitted artefact(s) are your own work, you own all rights to the work, and you take full responsibility for the content, including the likeness of recognizable individuals. The actual artwork will remain the property of the artist; our mission is to promote artists and their work. We will not use your image(s) for any other purpose without your express consent and permission.


    By submitting your application, you acknowledge that you will not receive monetary compensation upon acceptance into this exhibit. We will not use your image for any other purpose beyond this exhibit and the marketing of this exhibit without your permission as a contributing artist. You will be credited wherever and whenever your submitted image or work is used or exhibited in a public forum, with the possible exception of wide angle views of the exhibit where your work is not foregrounded.


    If accepted, you will be asked to sign an Artwork Lending and Exhibit Agreement in order to exhibit with us; you can view a preview of that agreement here [link coming soon]. This agreement defines similar terms to those mentioned here, but in a more thorough and detailed manner. In that agreement, you and your work are referred to as “Contributing Artist” and “Artwork(s)”, while The Sea Free Science and Creative Teams may refer to you as a “Receiver” or “Sea Free Receiver” or “Receiver of Sea Free” and your works as “Artefact(s)” for the purposes of this larger ongoing community art project and its promotion.

    **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.

    Criteria for submission to the archive

    • Your artefact is inspired by a connection to Sea Free – a universe where humans evolved without binary identities. To learn more about Sea Free visit (link to dynamics page)
    • You are able to share—in writing, audio file, or video—a few sentences reflecting on how your experience of hearing Sea Free connects into our universe and the artefact you are submitting (see a sample here (link to Brook Trout video).
    • You have either: (a) used one of the formats that we know Sea Freesians use in their art: works on paper, shadowboxes, books, or collage
    • OR (b) you have discovered a new Sea Freesian art form and can share some stories/songs you have received from Sea Free to help us learn more about this new form
    • Here are some of the design elements we have come to know Sea Freesians use that are similar to ours:
      • Spirals
      • Mirrors
      • Palindromes
      • Iconography
      • Symbols and representational illustrations
      • Interpenetration of opposites (light and dark, up and down, small and big, near and far, etc.)
    • Here are some of the conceptual elements we have come to know Sea Freesians use that are dissimilar to ours:
      • Non-linear experiences of time
      • Finding emotive nuance and insights from the close observation of a thing, person, moment, or other phenomena
      • Multiple perspectives on the same object, time, person, story
      • Deep integration of art and science (a grounding in diverse spiritualities that unlock a deeper understanding of their world)

    Ultimately, these criteria are simply a guide not a metric. We want to be transparent and clear that the Sea Free Science Team will use their research, intuition, and discretion to determine the artefacts that will enter into the archive, and/or be exhibited in our group shows. Our desire is to stay open, curious and welcoming to all, while also maintaining the integrity of our research, and deepening of our connections to Sea Free.

    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 Damaya@seafree.space.

    Go to the Artefact Archive

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    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?

    Seeking: Sea Free Receivers to Share Their Reflections

    The Sea Free Science Team is launching our first exhibit of Sea Free artefacts – the creations of Sea Free Receivers, people from our universe who are learning and growing from a connection with Sea Free. 

    Let’s start at the beginning for those just joining us:

    • Sea Free is a parallel universe where humans evolved without binary identities.
    • Who are we? The Sea Free Science Team is a small group of Sea Free Receivers – people who have heard the songs and stories of Sea Free.
    • 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 also mapping what we learn of Sea Free’s history and mythologies in our digital garden: www.seafree.space.
    • Our first exhibit – Tiger Birth: Origins of Sea Free – will take place at Engine in Biddeford, Maine during August and September of 2023. This will be a group show of artefacts created by multiple Receivers, and led by Maine-based Science Team builder/gatherer N.M.Chin.

    Prior to this exhibit, N.M. is hosting a series of workshops across Maine to invite other Sea Free Receivers to prepare artefacts for submission:

    Tiger Birth: Origins of Sea Free, on view August-September 2023 at Engine, is a collaborative and immersive exhibit inspired by the origin story of a universe parallel to our own: Sea Free. Messages, songs, and stories emanate from this other dimension and provide glimpses of a world where humans evolved without binary identities. Sea Free’s Tiger Birth creation myth speaks to shedding the binaries of our identities and embracing our multiplicities. Exhibited artefacts made by Sea Free receivers will reflect the themes present in this origin story and recontextualize them with moments of intersection from our own world.

    Sea Free Receivers are invited to create artefacts for the show by May 1st, 2023 – whether or not they attend a workshop. 

    • Works must be inspired by the Tiger Birth myth
      • Who do you become when your multiple identities snap into place?
      • What is it like to birth your self in all your multiplicities?
      • Who/what/how would you be if you didn’t have to choose your identity from the ends of binaries?
    • See here for more info on submitting works.

    If you are considering creating an artefact, we would love to have you join us for one of our workshops in Maine to play in person:

    • November 12th, 1p to 3p – Co-lab Create, Lewiston, ME
    • January 21st, 1p to 3p – Indigo Arts Alliance, Portland, ME
    • February or March, Date/time TBD – Engine, Biddeford, ME

    We will share stories of Sea Free, ways to hear Sea Free more clearly in your own life, and create a piece of art to be included in our digital museum’s archive. Each workshop will:

    • Share what we know of Sea Free so far, particularly their Tiger Birth origin myth which is the subject of our summer 2023 Biddeford exhibit.
    • Share ways to reflect on the songs and stories of Sea Free through artefact making
    • Offer some supplies to begin playing with as well as
    • Refreshments, conversation, and joy!

    Please RSVP to Damaya@seafree.space to join one of the workshops today!

    Sea Free Time Shards Map (under construction)

    Photo:
    ian dooley on Unsplash