2010 World Telekinesis Competition

Center for Serious Play
University of Washington Bothell

Bothell (WA) USA. June 4 - June 25, 2010


Noxious Sector Arts Collective invites submissions for the 2010 WORLD TELEKINESIS COMPETITION, to be held at the Center for Serious Play at the University of Washington Bothell (Bothell, WA) from June 4 to June 25, 2010. Participation is not geographically-dependent -- teams may participate from their home locations, in North America and Internationally.



The WORLD TELEKINESIS COMPETITION is a forum for speculative action -- an organized tournament in which teams from around the world engage in psychic competition to remotely influence the behavior of a candle. Matches are played by lighting a candle at the centre of the official game board, at an agreed-upon time, signaling the beginning of the game. A match lasts for one hour, or until the game candle is extinguished, whichever comes first. In the event of a tie at the end of one hour, the match goes into sudden death. The object of the game is to have the wax from the candle drip onto the opposing team's side of the game board. This objective is to be accomplished by remote telekinetic influence. The winning team will be awarded the World Telekinesis Competition trophy, which they will get to keep until next year's competition.


In order to qualify for competition, teams must submit the following:

  1. A statement of interest or method;
  2. A list of three (3) members who comprise the team, as well as a concise biographical statement for each team member;
  3. A medium-resolution (2MB) image of each team member;
  4. A team name and an associated team logo (medium resolution).

SUBMISSIONS should be sent by email to: noxious@noxioussector.net with ATTN: WORLD TELEKINESIS COMPETITION as the subject line.


Please Note: Competitions will be scheduled during weekends between June 4th and June 25th. While every attempt will be made to accommodate scheduling requests made in advance, final scheduling of matches is at the discretion of the event organizers.


Submissions and other inquiries should be directed to: noxious@noxioussector.net


2010 brings the 3rd annual World Telekinesis Competition, and a number of new developments. This year's WTC is sponsored by the Center for Serious Play at the University of Washington Bothell, an institute dedicated to the examination of innovative forms of speculative and virtual interaction. At the suggestion of the Center, all matches from the 2010 World Telekinesis Competition will be live-streamed to the web, for virtual audiences as well as for potential team interaction. As with former years' competitions, team profiles and match results will be made available on the WTC website, as well as in a print catalogue that will be produced following the competition. Catalogues will be made available for free online, or for a modest purchase price through Perro Verlag Books By Artists. As always, the team determined the winner of the 2010 World Telekinesis Competition will be awarded the WTC trophy, to be returned in 2011 for the subsequent year's competition.


Noxious Sector is a formalized forum for informal inquiry. Dedicated to the exploration of questions of the imaginative, the paranormal and the absurd, Noxious Sector attempts to redefine the meaning of artistic possibility through extended propositions that challenge consensual norms while also provoking stimulating forums for dialogue and discourse. This year's WTC will be organized by Noxious Sector members Ted Hiebert and Doug Jarvis.

ClickFor a downloadable version of this Call for Participation click here
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