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International Art, Literature, Theory and Creative Media Journal
Issue 1, September 2015
Peer-reviewed works, projects, and research thematically gravitating towards: Memory, Forgetting, Trauma and the Archive; Language/Image; Gender; Art and Social Technologies; International Diaspora and Post-Colonialism; Cultural Engagement through Food; Role of Art in Peace Meditation; Performance Activism; Liminality; Space/Place; Temporary Architecture; Foreignness, Otherness and the Uncanny.
All submissions due March 15, 2015
Style guide: Text in English, other language versions will be included if provided No word limit; MLA style guide, but no indents for longer citations. MLA overview.
Call for Papers and Projects”On Contemplation”
Guest Issue Editor TBA
“There in the center of that silence was not eternity but the death of time and a loneliness so profound
the word itself had no meaning.” ― Toni Morrison, Sula
In the fall of 2013 performance artist and social chorographer Ernesto Pujol led people to walk for 24 hours repeatedly encircling St. Paul’s Chapel in lower Manhattan. Time for Us, Pujol’s performance like some of his other endeavors around the World, was performances of slow walking. The performances, monastic in resonance, were invitations to both the audience and the co-performers to a moment of deep reflection to enliven memories and undocumented narratives of place. Honoring the value of process, of dialogue, of deep reflection in city planning, architecture and product development, the critical design collective in Berlin asks, “where is the form for this content?” Thus moving beyond the aesthetic, functional and economic features to consider ecologic and sociopolitical dimensions of both the design object and the design process. Such acts and performances of deliberation recall Waiting (1975) a performance that was integral to the Womenhouse installation. Faith Wilding sat and rocked and recited the poem “Waiting” asking us to pause—to think deeply and ask how long must we wait for the end of patriarchy and the continued oppression against women. And William Pope.L (2000) chained himself to the door of the Bank of America on Wall Street and chewed pieces of the Wall Street Journal, siting, waiting, pausing—asking us to consider the dangers of a capitalism run amok.
The 01 special issue of ƎLSE: The Journal of International Art, Literature, Theory and Creative Media will honor contemplation as an important component in the creative and intellectual domains of cultural production. Critical theory has welcomed reflexivity and reflection as important categories to be examined, and this issue welcomes conversations and opportunities to interrogate the in-between space of contemplation. Remembering its Latin roots, contemplat- “to survey “or “to observe” – a place to observe + Templum- which shares the root with temple—a place cut out and reserved for the sacred. The verb contemplate relates to a moment, a break, a pause. It is also understood as a fissure or a suspension of time in the normalcy of daily life to embrace stillness (as Kant locates the relationship with time and space). Thoreau claimed that every act of daily life should be achieved with true contemplation. Walden Pond, his home, is a temple to contemplation. This issue seeks essays, artists work, manifestos, videos, sound projects and reviews that will engage in what it means to contemplate: to examine this liminal space as a realm of discovery, of self, of cultural politics, of art. We invite a range and broad interpretations of the call including:
- Contemplation as practice
– Writing as process of discovery
– Toward a pedagogy of contemplation
– Process versus Contemplation
– The relationship between the sacred and art (-ist)
– Ritual, performance, performance art and contemplation
– Contemplation and community engaged art, writing, education
– Contemplation and the art review/art writing