The planet seems to grow as we become entangled with each other and so too our understanding of limits, boundaries, borders and edges. They emerge in various ways and mean different things for each of us. We want to open up a discussion, hear your opinions and find how they might overlap, exclude, include, intersect and mingle.

This is an invitation to re-configure, re-draw, re-imagine, re-think and re-discover the ways in which we consider limits and boundaries, to disentangle rigid borders and challenge assumptions.

What if our boundaries have been misplaced? How do we ground them?
How do we respond to them? How do we share the planet? Can we nest instead of settle?  

Your participation can take various forms but we encourage creativity in concept, form and delivery. It doesn’t matter if you’re an artist, scientist, geographer, humanist, philosopher, researcher, rock or tree; we are eager to hear your ideas.

Here are some of the boundaries and limits of interest to us: dividing line/s between the seas, the event horizon, the limits of Universe, the in-between, inequality, history and progress, exiled states, walls and bridges, maps, the human and non-human, the digital realm, the cyborg, artificial intelligence, space-time entanglements etc. We are hoping you will enrich this list through collaboration.

The symposium, exhibition and two days of screenings will take place at Casa Maauad in Mexico City on January 13-14, 2018 and will culminate with an issue of ELSE Journal.

Send us your ideas and proposals by November 20, 2017.
Call for Applications (CLOSED)

Forms of participation

We encourage you to present:


Share your ideas with us and be creative in concept, form and delivery. Your presentation should be no more than 20 minutes long (and not a paper to be read). 


You’re encouraged to send us single channel videos on boundaries and limits lasting no more than 15 minutes. A selection of these videos will be screened on the evening of January 13th.


We invite you to present a proposal for a blackboard explaining limits, borders, edges and boundaries within the context of your practice, field of study, work or experience. You will have 15 minutes to communicate your ideas using a blackboard in remembrance of Joseph Beuys’ blackboard pieces and his famous quote "Jeder Mensch ist ein Künstler" (every man is an artist). In consequence, the result of your participation will be a piece of artwork.

This will be enduring research connected to Space-Time Entanglements and not limited to the symposium which will hopefully attract many scientists, artists, philosophers, humanists, etc.

Keynotes and Speakers

Professor Dr. James Arvanitakis, Dean, Graduate Research School, Western Sydney University, member: Institute for Culture and Society, chair: Diversity Arts Australia, board member: Public Education Foundation, academic fellow: Australia India Institute, and fellow: Centre for Policy Development. http://www.jamesarvanitakis.net

Cultural producer Tania Aedo has a long trajectory in the development of projects from the intersections of knowledge, especially art, science and technology. Since 2007 she is the director of Laboratorio Arte Alameda and she is former director of Centro Multimedia at the National Center for the Arts in México. http://www.laboralcentrodearte.org/en/recursos/personas/tania-aedo-arankowsky


Alejandra Labastida is currently the Associate Curator at MUAC (University Museum of Contemporary Art) in Mexico City, where she has worked in the Curatorial Department since 2008. In 2012, she was the winner of the Akbank Sanat International Curatorial Competition. She was the Assistant Curator of the Mexican Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale (2011), and has authored numerous publications on contemporary art.

Sandi Hilal is an architect, artist and educator. She is the co-founder with Alessandro Petti of "Campus in Camps", an experimental educational program hosted in Dheisheh refugee camp in Bethlehem that uses collective discussions and courses to transform the notions of “space” and “agency” into practical, community-driven, interventions. She is also co-founder with Alessandro Petti and Eyal Weizman of Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency (DAAR) in Beit Sahour, Palestine. In 2017 DAAR published "Architecture After Revolution" with Sternberg Press.

Ahmet Ögüt is a conceptual artist living and working in Amsterdam, Netherlands. He works with a broad range of media including video, photography, installation, drawing and printed media in order to address topics such as cultural identities and political idealogies. In 2009 he represented Turkey in the Pavilion of Turkey at the 53rd International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennial. In 2012 he founded the Silent University, an autonomous knowledge exchange platform by refugee, asylum seeker and migrant communities.


photo credit: Miguel Fernández de Castro, Territorio I, 2011.