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Wednesday, Dec. 03, 2003 at 3:40 PM
Seeking submissions for issue #3 of the Journal of Aesthetics and Protest.
3.Analysis behind #3
4.Who we are
1. Manifesto #3
As a magazine, we are a bully pulpit- we are announcing, “Engage with the complexities of possibility through reality. In this way, we will become the better world.”
Our analysis holds that this is a moment of obvious horror and dormant dreams. This need not be! Now is the time for a blossoming of practical theory. Now is the time for the neighbors to be talking to neighbors. Now is the time for culture to popularize bio-diesel, green architecture, social justice, and conversation throughout the vast sweep of nations. Now is the time to figure out how pass along and activate the dusty catalogue of ideas so as to make the catalogue anew. Now is the time to take the collective knowledge of artists, activists, writers and researchers and build what Michael Albert and others have called "a movement of movements."
As we participate in this "movement of movements" we will not march under one banner, some of us will not even attend marches. We will not agree on everything, we won't speak one language; we won't dance to the same music. Nonetheless we are able to communicate through difference; we have learned to listen our allies' divergent ideas of justice and dreams, to act strategically so as to facilitate our continued possibility. (Our vectors act without compromising our differences. As such they do not circumvent the growth of boring power and its aim which is to disallow our futures- we are aware, and as such we are all strong).
The third issue of the Journal creates a personal and cultural lexicon so as to actualize this possibility.
Departures for authors, activists, anarchists, androids, artists, Argonauts...
NOTE: We are always interested in unsolicited submissions, however these are areas we are particularly looking to cover…
NOTE 2: We are always interested in unsolicited submissions. The following list are just suggestions. Please read the Manifesto and Analysis to see where we’re at.
Articles referencing culture- a poetry of nuances.
- Exploration of projects that keep community alive;
activist organizing, dance cultures, music scenes, community halls, Lions Clubs, Rotarians. Cultural projects that get different people talking, making, dreaming, acting. Either over a period of years, one weekend, or a moment, how do you do it?
- "Alive culture:" A critical analysis of the academic field of cultural-studies -or- "How the commodification of culture creates false consciousness about the reality of existence."
- "Alliance building." "Alliances in action." “Networked art”
- How personal mythology and ideology, theories and illusions effect (for better or worse) the ways people concretely interface with the world.
- Journalistic accounts of individuals navigating the social world.
- Talking through disagreements. Giving words to interpersonal issues. Art that fleshes out or navigates disagreements
- Typologies of criticism; a discussion of the ways that people discuss the material world. What are the most vital issues within criticism today, and why?
- Expanding the art canon- equality of creation and representation.
- Changing culture from the bottom up.
- When art goes on the road.
Articles discussing the nature of political imagery
- Can progressives "win" with Schwarzenegger-like "image politics?"
- The reality of grassroots door to door- style organizing versus the organizing accomplished through "Mediated" Michael Moore/ Ad Busters/Ruckus Society/ELF "spectacular" image productions.
- Image and Ideology - the role of seduction in building political movements.
- Pragmatism versus idealism in art or political imagery.
- Communities that discuss and manage their own communally created images in order to effect social change.
- Extant Utopias and utopian technologies and how they functioning today.
- Social Education.
- Extant outlaw communities.
3.Analysis for issue #3
Strange Days Indeed!
We are staring down the barrel of an election year with ambivalence and fear. Ambivalence because positive social change rarely comes from the ballot box. Fear because of the quality of fuckers in power at this moment.
With the paralysis of the WTO in Cancun and the inability of the Bush Administration to raise a multinational mercenary force, the 90's Washington Consensus is collapsing. Nonetheless, the American Establishment continues its course towards a "privatized commons" of groups separated by xenophobia, wage gaps, polluted mountains, deregulation, surveillance cameras, and rotten ideas.
Since our last submission call, the globalization movement has continued to make headway despite increased state repression- many of the movement’s basic assumptions (if not its critique) have become mainstream in correlation to the increased mania of the Bush Administration. We posit that this continued growth is due, at least in part, to conversations and coalitions that continue on at the community level. We also recognize the still as-of-yet untapped creative and political potential in the grass roots.
Towards the goal of fleshing out and strengthening instances of inter-human possibility and understanding conflict- our third issue is interested in tracing the ways that both individuals and communities meet with one another. This Journal issue delves into to the social sphere to create a lexicon where each instance describes a nuance of cultural/political relationships or in social organizing.
In addition, the third issue will be released as the presidential race of 2004 ramps up. We hope to publish several topical articles whose content falls within our distinct purview.
4.Who we are
The Journal of Aesthetics and Protest is an internationally distributed print and web magazine (www.journalofaestheticsandprotest.org). We are interested in the intersection of art/activism/and theory in media.
Send submissions to: sparkle(at)c-level.cc
Please get you submission ideas to us as soon as possible. Submissions received after December 25th will be considered for issue 4. The Journal’s editorial staff will review all submissions.
Once an article or proposal is submitted, we'll respond in some way. Through a series of drafts and revisions, together we'll have a complete piece for print.
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