Call??for??book, performance, and film??reviews???????e-misf??rica??9.1 ??? ???On the Subject of Archives???
Invited editors: Marianne Hirsch and Diana Taylor
e-misf??rica??invites scholarly??reviews??of books, performances and films??for??its Spring 2012 issue, titled ???On the Subject of Archives.??? Please see below??for??a list of books open??for??review; we welcome additional suggestions.More than a repository of objects or texts, the archive is also the process of selecting, ordering, and preserving the past. But in recent years, the term ???archive??? has become increasingly capacious, interchangeable with ???save,??? ???contain,??? ???record,??? ???upload,??? ???preserve,??? and ???share??? and with systems of organization such as a ???collection,??? ???library,??? ???inventory,??? and ???museum.??? ???Archive??? in the digital age seems to magically transcend the contradictions between ???open??? and ???closed,??? democratic and elitist, the curated selection process and the do-it-yourself upload. But have the logics of intelligibility shifted to bring the unspoken and the unthought into public awareness? How have the power structures behind archival practices been transformed through technological and creative innovation over the past decades? What are the continuities that persist in the present? How have the boundaries between archival subjects and archival objects been reconfigured in the process? Do ???live??? acts, such as performances, resist the archive? Or does the archive produce its own special kind of performances? This special issue of??
e-misf??rica??explores how scholars, artists, and activists throughout the Americas are using and theorizing ???archives??? to rethink the politics of what is saved (remembered), and what is discarded (forgotten), and are, in the process, redefining the representational forms through which the unthought and the unspoken are made intelligible. e-misf??rica??is the biannual, peer-reviewed, online journal of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, and is edited by Jill Lane and Marcial Godoy-Anativia. ??Each issue is organized around a theme that explores the relationship between performance and politics in the Americas. The journal publishes scholarly essays and multimedia presentations by artists, activists, and intellectuals, as well as??reviews??of books, performances, and films. This issue will be published in June 2012. We welcome contributions in Spanish, English, and Portuguese. All reviews??should be 750 words (up to 1500??for??pieces covering more than one??book, performance, or film).??For??further submission guidelines, past issues and examples of multimedia presentations please visit??www.emisferica.org.
Please submit review proposals by??February 1, 2012 via email firstname.lastname@example.org, and include "e-misf??rica??9.1" in the subject line. Proposals should include a brief description of the work and the author's approach to it (150 words); a short author bio (150 words); and a link to a previously published writing sample, or an unpublished writing sample as an attachment. All final texts will be due March 15, 2012.
Convocatoria para rese??as de libros, performances y pel??culas ???????e-misf??rica??9.1 ??? ???Sujetos de/al archivo???
Take a walk and let your phone give you fresh insights into your surroundings and your community. That's the idea behind the ongoing project Sediment.
Sediment presents a series of GPS interactive walks around Victoria Park in (Bristol, England) that can be used on mobile devices. Over the past four years the walks have been available during the local Art on the Hill, Windmill Hill/Victoria Park art trails (www.artonthehill.org.uk). Because they were originally authored in a program called mScape they were only available on Hewlett Packard iPaq handheld computers. Now I???m in the process of transferring the walks over to the Apple iPhone and Android phones, thanks to an exciting new program called AppFurnace available from local interactive company Calvium (www.appfurnace.com).
The first walk is available now as a free download. It focuses on the Victoria Park Action Group (VPAG) and the community that surrounds the park. The walk itself works in a similar way to TomTom. The GPS signal follows you and as you enter predefined areas you can hear interviews about the work of VPAG from member Andrew Campbell, and discover more about Mrs Brown's Cafe from owners, Emily and Elliot. Also included will be the latest news from the park, including the dates of VPAG events as they become available. This information will be continually updated. With additional input from members of the Action Group, and hopefully the wider community, the App will take the form of a location-based magazine.
This project continues, and will encompass the fascinating story of the park???s foundation, its historical significance as a focal point for the community, and the landmarks that have long-since disappeared. Historian, Barb Drummond, provides the narrative.
The online versions of these location-based walks still exist at:
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Kathryn Clark is a former urban planner turned artist-activist. She writes of her foreclosure quilts, “The first quilts I made are of neighborhoods with some of the highest foreclosure rates in the United States. They are spread across the country to demonstrate that no region is immune. The quilts are pieced together using the patterns of actual block layouts seen in the chosen neighborhood. I reference the blocks to RealtyTrac to find foreclosed lot locations that have occurred over a span of nine to twelve months.”