Call for Submissions, SOS Edition ︎ Call for Submissions, SOS Edition ︎
Call for Submissions, SOS Edition [late March, 2020]
It’s only been four weeks since we put out a call for submissions for the Spring issue, but that call now lies curled in a blissfully ignorant state of optimism (i.e., early March 2020). As perhaps some of you may have noticed, a few circumstances regarding our education have been tweaked slightly to accommodate for what may be the end of global capitalism. Accordingly, v.1 is rescrambling itself once again—this time, hopefully, serving as a community sketchpad, something closer to the whiteboard-and-EXPO-markers that, along with many other things, you can’t currently access.
Our “running submissions” policy this year is accelerating. Now, we’ll be posting pieces here on our website as fast as they come, instead of in semesterly printed compendiums. This v.1 “SOS” period will ideally provide as much of a modest spiritual antidote as we can manage for each other for now; in the long run it can serve as a time capsule of this time and ourselves.
We know you’re out there!!! (In there?) So please send us:
- diary entries
- annotated recipes
- quests for solitude
- quests for intimacy
- moments of catharsis you’ve found in:
Your contributions can refer explicitly to the crisis and quarantine or not—distraction, escape, and fantasy have never been this crucial. What you choose to share in this time, whatever it may be, is important to us! Two things: unless you need to go long, please go short (up to 500 words?), just because our editorial capacities are a little unpredictable right now. And please include images if you can. Even mostly images if you want. Submit through this Google Form, or email us with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In a recent e-mailed letter, curator Sohrab Mohebbi writes: “There is no contemporary art in quarantine—yet there are decisions to be made towards an aesthetics of a tolerable life and to make it better, different, and less intolerable.” We see this endeavor in meme accounts and guerilla-style essays. The extended RISD community has already proved its commitment to solidarity; our humblest desires are to create an archive of the enduring (deep breath) radical imagination that we are (are we?) capable of.
Irina V. Wang