Binary / Non-Binary

Black or white, on or off, male or female, digital or analog, zero or one. A binary viewpoint divides the world cleanly and everything is in one category or the other, as two alternatives existing in opposition. The non-binary viewpoint opens the world up to a multiplicity of categories, rejecting the simplification and contrasting nature of the binary position and yet must include both the single and the infinite.

How do artists exemplify these concepts today and how do they co-exist ?

The world is not black and white but full of greyscale and colour and even ultra- and infra- colours beyond the range of our human eyes. Where does the spectrum lie in terms of scientifically definable code, digital geometry, astrometrics, consciousness, sexuality, spirituality, artificial intelligence and the technological singularity?

GESTE Paris 2018 invites works for its third forthcoming exhibition

Binary / Non-Binary


Although based in Paris we positively welcome international submissions from around the world.

GESTE Paris is committed to experimental processes and invites photo-based artworks from outside the normal bounds of photography.

The 2018 exhibition will include works by Constantin Brancusi, Frederick Sommer, Pierre Molinier, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Ned & Shiva Productions, Francis Ruyter, Olaf Nicolai, Tom Butler, Ghost of a Dream, Zean Cabangis, Elger Esser, CJ Heyliger and others.  The Curators are Shiva Lynn Burgos (US/France), Georg Bak (Switzerland) and Alisa Phommaxahay (France/Laos) and for the first time GESTE is hosting an Open Call to widen the scope of participation.

The International Jury includes Raina Lampkins-Fielder (museum curator and multimedia artist), Marc Lenot (mathematician, economist and art critic), Brandei Estes (Head of Photographs at Sotheby's London), Nadja Sayej (reporter and cultural critic) and other notable figures from the diverse worlds of science, art, academia and artificial intelligence.

The jury will select a number of winners from all submissions and these works will be included in the exhibition GESTE Paris 2018. Binary / Non-Binary.  GESTE Paris will pay such reasonable printing and framing costs as necessary to enable the works to be exhibited after consultation with the submitting photographer. Works will be for sale on the basis of equal sharing after costs at prices to be mutually agreed between GESTE Paris and the submitting photographer. Unsold prints will be available for collection in Paris at the end of the exhibition or returned by post if the photographer sends a stamped and addressed envelope.

ALL appropriate submissions will be included in the exhibition as a digital slideshow.

The categories are SINGLE IMAGE (up to 3), GROUP or SERIES (2-6) and VIDEO or FILM (1 per entry)

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Please note:  All submissions must be made online through  If you do not already have a free Picter account you may easily set one up. We chose the Picter platform because it offers artists the opportunity to enter open calls in a simplified and organized way and is covered by EU data protection. You can upload your artist profile and images here:



  • Submission Deadline: 23:59 October 19, 2018 CET

  • Public Winner Announcement: October 26, 2018

  • Exhibition opens: November 5, 2018


Binaire / Non-Binaire

Noir ou blanc, on ou off, masculin ou féminin, numérique ou analogique, zéro ou un. Un point de vue binaire divise le monde proprement, comme deux alternatives existantes dans l’opposition. Le point de vue non binaire ouvre le monde à une multiplicité de catégories, rejetant la simplification et la nature contrastée de la position binaire, tout en incluant à la fois l’unique et l'infini.

Comment les artistes illustrent-ils ces concepts et comment coexistent-ils aujourd'hui?

Le monde n'est pas noir et blanc, innombrables sont les niveaux de gris et de couleurs et même d'ultra et d’infrarouges au-delà de la perception optique humaine. Où se situe le spectre en termes de code scientifiquement définissable, de géométrie numérique, d'astrométrie, de conscience, de sexualité, de spiritualité, d'intelligence artificielle et de singularité technologique?

GESTE Paris 2018 invite les œuvres photographique et video pour sa prochaine exposition

Binaire / Non-Binaire