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[ecrea] CFP: MIRAJ Special Issue 7:2 Transnationalism and South Asian Artists’ Moving Image
Wed Jan 25 19:13:35 GMT 2017
Public Programme & Research Assistant | Graduate School
Editorial Assistant | Moving Image Review & Art Journal (Wednesdays)
University of the Arts London**
Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon Graduate School
16 John Islip Street | London | SW1P 4JU
(g.grigorjevaite /at/ arts.ac.uk) <mailto:(g.grigorjevaite /at/ arts.ac.uk)>
*please note that I work part-time
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*Moving Image Review & Art Journal*
*/Transnationalism and South Asian Artists’ Moving Image/*
*Call for Papers | Deadline: 1 March 2017*
The uncontestably global ecologies of contemporary moving image art have
invited some deliberation on questions of regional aesthetics, identity,
circulation and transnationalism. Yet such discussions have mainly taken
place in the context of exhibiting ‘non-western’ art in the western
world. Contradictions still persist in the project of destabilizing
assumed hierarchies within the Euro-American art world (in the most
recent Documenta XI and Venice Biennale, for example) whilst artists of
the global South gain currency primarily by meeting the expectations of
‘western’ art markets. Furthermore, Euro-American art historical
discourse remains negligent of film and video art’s legacies from the
South, including experimental film and screen-based arts. As a
consequence, moving image art by ‘non-western’ artists is either caged
into essentialist frameworks founded on mythical notions of
‘authenticity’, or stirred into the melting pot of contemporary art
without due attention to their particular cultural and aesthetic
contexts. This /MIRAJ/ issue, therefore, engages with the
particularities of film and video art practices from South Asia, and
leverages these in theorising the relationship between regional, global
and transnational moving image cultures.
To address some of these gaps in scholarship, this special edition of
MIRAJ focuses on the circuits of production, exhibition and authoring of
South Asian artists moving image in order to chart key theoretical
terrains of ‘regional’ practices in a global context. We solicit
articles from artists, critics and curators who work within and outside
South Asia, that highlight conceptual frameworks and offer insights on
the multi-layered relationships between ‘home and the world’, region and
identity, aesthetics and translatability, cultural specificities and
contexts of classification/consumption/circulation. We invite articles
that build upon foundational work in South Asian moving image art and
film histories as well as transnational art practices and aesthetics.
We are particularly interested in articles that address the following:
·Theories of film and video art outside of the ‘national’ framework that
are attentive to influences, collaborations and exchanges across
geographic and political regions.
·Examples of significant regional exchanges and collaborations between
artists and filmmakers from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
·The relationship between region, identity and moving image practice in
·The aesthetic pre-cursors (in a pre-cinematic sense) that influence
contemporary moving image art in the region, including investigations of
·Experiments in film and video art that emphasise ‘indigenous forms’.
·Transnational curatorial practices that work with and around the
·Historicising South Asian moving image art in the post-medium context.
·Spectatorship and post medium/ multi-media art in/from South Asia.
·South Asian artists’ moving image engagement with science, political
activism, environmentalism, urbanism etc.
·South Asian artists’ moving image hybridity with alternate media
genres, such as experimental film, documentary, and digital media.
·Digital media and the exhibition and distribution of ‘regional’ moving
·Digital archives and curatorial practices in/about South Asian film &
We publish the following types of writing: scholarly articles (5000-7000
words); opinion pieces, feature articles and interviews (3000-5000
words); review essays of books, individual works, exhibitions and events
(3000-5000 words). Scholarly articles will be blind peer-reviewed and
feature articles and review essays can be peer-reviewed on request.
Articles submitted to /MIRAJ/ should be original and not under
consideration by any other publication, including online publications.
We do not publish articles by artists about their own work, nor reviews
by curators or venues about their own exhibitions.
*Please submit completed manuscripts only. *
*Send all contributions by e-mail in Word format to the Editorial
Assistant: (miraj /at/ arts.ac.uk) <mailto:(miraj /at/ arts.ac.uk)>.*
*Deadline for completed articles: 1 March 2017*
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