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 acc
elerating. 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:

  • instructions
  • observations
  • poems
  • prayers
  • plans
  • diary entries
  • annotated recipes
  • quests for solitude
  • quests for intimacy
  • moments of catharsis you’ve found in:
    ⦾ artworks
    ⦾ music
    ⦾ movies
    ⦾ texts

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 v1@risd.edu

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.

—editors, v.1

Elizabeth Burmann
Tiger Dingsun
Angela Lobel
Irina V. Wang
Asher White
Ariel Wills

  1. Call for Submissions
  2. 3.29.20 Irina V. Wang
  3. Let Yourself Be Lifted Jackie Scott
  4. Art Is Everything Jen Liese
  5. Two Poems Ella Rosenblatt
  6. Living Room Dance Party Ariel Wills
  7. On Walking When Walking Is Advised Against Keavy Handley-Byrne
  8. Untitled Cita Devlin
  9. Ads in Corona Hannah Oatman
  10. COVID-19 and Communitas Elaine Lopez
  11. A Time for Pie Elizabeth Burmann
  12. How to Stay Motivated When You’re Stuck at Home Clarisse Angkasa
  13. Coerced Harmony (A Tour) Hammad Abid
  14. Zooming In and Out Tongji Philip Qian
  15. [Form] Ciara Carlyle
  16. Hi.txt Dan Luo
  17. A poem about boredom, a composite Maixx Culver-Hagins
  18. Eyewitness News Tristram Lansdowne
  19. Distance Maps Marcus Peabody
  20. Therapeutic Suggestion Maria Aliberti Lubertazzi
  21. Keep Your Heart Six Feet Away From Mine (and other moments) Arielle Eisen
  22. Twenty Instructions for COVID-19 Charlott Isobel Dazan
  23. Cuerno 1 y 2 Yan Diego Estrella Wilson
  24. A Monolith of Grief Regarding the Absence of Touches, or Letter to a Future Lover García Sinclair
  25. Coronavirus by the Thousands Drew Dodge
  26. Two Poems Kathryn Li
  27. Beds Are Burning Aleks Dawson
  28. Still Lifes Yidan Wang
  29. Fragments of Seva Jagdeep Raina
  30. Packing Up and Staying Woojin Kim
  31. Chronic Pain and Fermentation Ralph Davis
  32. Quarantine Letters Hannah Moore
  33. Sounds of Silence: An Isolation Soundscape Dara Benno
  34. 14 Day Detox for Designers Erica Silver

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