(ANNOUNCEMENT) BVI - Open Call
We’re delighted to open up submissions for:
✳: 🎀 𝐵𝓇𝒾𝓁𝓁𝒾𝒶𝓃𝓉 𝒱𝒾𝒷𝓇𝒶𝓉𝒾𝓃𝑔 𝐼𝓃𝓉𝑒𝓇𝒻𝒶𝒸𝑒: 🎀 :✳
...a book-length anthology with an online ~digital sibling~ exhibition & hybrid launch event in August.
For the culmination of SPAM’s year-long project Brilliant Vibrating Interface: Queering the Post-internet through Poetics & Practice, kindly funded by the Edwin Morgan Second Life Awards (for more info, see here), we are calling for submissions of unpublished work by queer practitioners working with text with a connection to Scotland that can include, but is not limited to:
transmedial tantrums / electronic writing / code poetics / osmotic enquiries / time-based collage / binaural brb ballads / fungi fanfic interfaces / augmented reality art writing / usb elegy / platonic point-and-click adventure / lurker lyric / strawberry vibes / manifestos for a queer utopia / asemic writing / treaties on pearlescent poetics / archival fugue / blender sculptures of the video box / glitch grammar / slippery terrains in the echo chamber / a florilegium of remixed reddit responses / ode to the body becoming hologram / hyperlink-laced concrete poetry / the computer’s first christmas card / pleasure pixellated / cringe confessionals / lossless Nessie’s onomatopeix / landfill barbie drabbles / semantics of froth / cuteness in the cloud / variables on orbit crumbs / intertextual imprints / geocities' architexture / digitaxis / dance-literature / the lud(th)ic(c)
This anthology offers a space to provoke a queer questioning of hybrid text in our post-internet environment in the year 2023. Uniting several concerns of Edwin Morgan’s work—queerness, experiment, hybridity and technology—this anthology hopes to trace the liquid pixels, folds and veils of various kinds of interface: from language to the ever-present digital screens of our lives. How do societal strictures on queerness influence content and form? How can queerness be expressed within the ever-widening gyre of a rainbow capitalist hyper-queer euphoria and lawmaking that devastates queer communities and undermines human rights? What new worlds, sanctuaries, and utopias can hybrid work and post-internet poetics allow us to explore?
Drawing upon Edwin Morgan’s passion for poetry in dialogue with the visual, the anthology and accompanying digital exhibition will give space to queer writers and multi-disciplinary practitioners with a Scottish connection to re-imagine and dream how technology, poetics, and hybrid writing can create more abundant, queer and playful digital worlds.
Work created or developed from the workshops that have been running as part of the Edwin Morgan Second Life Prize is highly encouraged!
We also welcome submissions from those beyond the writing sphere, with space to present multimedia work, the sonic & visual, as well as text.
For more inspiration, or if you missed any of the workshops, head to our BVI page, where you can access all the workshop handouts.
Submissions are open between Wednesday 22nd March 2023 – Saturday 22nd April 2023, and are max 4 x A5 pages or 5-10 minutes duration (reading pages/sound/vid/e-lit reading or gameplay time).
You can send your submissions with the subject header 'Brilliant Vibrating Interface' to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Image by Ian Macartney