Bernadette Mayer’s writing experiments, from the 1970s to the present, challenge artists to change the world. We are looking for art and writing that responds to this notion and/or to Bernadette Mayer. Your response can be written, performance-based, filmed, recorded, visual. We seek responses through any medium, and encourage media projects. Consider ways in which your response might operate at the intersection of conceptual art, performance and experimental work.
Please visit our submissions page to send us your work. Deadline: April 15, 2011.
“Observing a human moment thru the eyes of honorable Big Ant, a procession is the process any organism takes as it evolves onward. Big Ant sees without seeing, each moment a wave swallowed by the next. Filmed in a moment of doubt while the moon was rising thru the window.”
After at least a decade of sustained presence, what can we say about the status of journals that promote literature online? We asked editors of some of the oldest online journals, as well as some new ones, these questions: What are online literary journals doing that print journals are failing to do? Have online journals come of age yet? Can you point to specific examples of areas where online literary journals are in a league of their own?
The future poem will be—indeed is already being—genetically modified to include sound and moving image, locative media, interactivity and new interfaces. I’m not yet enough of a codger to bemoan these changes, though the condensed and lyrical stanza seems to me a perfect technology, a zen bomb born in a word bud, dense enough to disrupt the waves of textual white noise that pass through our brains at any given moment. The fragmenting of aesthetic schools we see now will only intensify in the coming decades and the big bang of MFA programs in poetry will begin its big crunch, the proliferation of writing workshops slowly moldering into ruin. Poems will still make no money and therefore will continue to exist on the margins of society, flaring up now and again into the public consciousness but settling back more often to its hermetic life, sharpening the tools of perception, carving out the dugouts that will float from the visible to invisible world and back again, laden with antitoxins for accelerated and increasingly cybernetic contemporary life, full of notations for musical incantations that will call divinity back to the organic and interior world, a landscape that will seem more and more foreign to us as the horizon of the 22nd century approaches.
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