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THE LUCIFER EFFECT: Encountering Evil 

Open Call for Entries

(14. 10. 2011 – 2. 1. 2012)

DOX Centre for Contemporary Art is pleased to announce an open call for entries to THE LUCIFER EFFECT: Encountering Evil exhibition. Inspired by the work of a leading American psychologist, Philip Zimbardo, the exhibition reflects the issues of contemporary society with regards to the latest research in social psychology, which shows on the one hand, how easily people turn evil and on the other hand, how “ordinary” people may turn into heroes.

Exhibition Dates: 14, 2011 - 2 January, 2012
Deadline: 1. 10. 2011, 1. 11. 2011, 1. 12. 2011
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In his book The Lucifer Effect Philip Zimbardo analyzes how good people turn evil. He describes seven steps, which are enough to make a good person turn into a bad one. (For Evil’s Seven Step Seduction Scenario by Philip Zimbardo please see http://lucifereffect.dox.cz). Based on this scenario Zimbardo suggests differents strategies of fighting evil, some sort of a first aid against the Lucifer Effect. The main principles can be summed up as follows:

• Avoid humiliating others. Beware of the idea that your group is always right while the others are worse and always wrong.

• Be wary of authority. Do not obey authorities, if this is in conflict with your conscience.

• Assume responsibilty for your actions.

• Speak out! If you are silent to evil, you take part in it.

• Defy evil. Do not wait for others to stand up to wrong-doing.

The ideas that are to prevent spreading of evil help to form „heroic ideals“, which inspire potential heroic acts. Philip Zimbardo’s currrent Heroic Imagination Project aims to serve this objective.

Artists working in any media are encouraged to send their written proposals reflecting the above stated topics by email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
by 1 October 2011, 1 November 2011 or 1 December 2011.
The call is open to artists interested in traditional exhibition formats as well as to those working in new media and public space, both physical and virtual, as these constitute a significant part of the exhibition. Technical specifications must be included in the proposal. The following formats will be accepted:

• projects working with social networks & web
• smart phones applications
• texts
• videoart
• animations
• comics
• photography
• street art (graffiti, public space interventions, happenings, etc.)
• billboards, posters
• and others.

A jury consisting of art critics, theoreticians and professionals will select 3 proposals in each category. The selected works will be displayed at DOX Centre for Contemporary Art or in a public space, on the website of DOX Centre for Contemporary Art and on www.ceskapozice.cz.