Call for Art: The Work of Imagining: Art in the Age of “Apocalypse”

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Call for Papers
February 28, 2017
New York, United States
Subject Fields: 
Area Studies, Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Black History / Studies, Fine Arts, Government and Public Service

Call for Art

Jesse Phillips-Fein

Shanté Paradigm Smalls

Part of the Reparations365 Series @Jack
JACK Theatre, Brooklyn NY

The Work of Imagining: Art in the Age of “Apocalypse”

From the the demonization of “impractical” third parties and candidates, the mainstreaming of Donald Trump’s white supremacy, and the celebration of centrist Hillary Clinton as a “solution,” the 2016 US presidential campaign and election demonstrated a dearth of creative discourse about democratic politics and dissent.  But this dearth exists within a larger context and set of preoccupations about the “end of the world.” How do we live, create, and think about the world in the middle of an(other) “apocalypse”? How might we imagine the end of the world as a possibility and an opening, rather than as the final destruction of the Earth and its inhabitants? What do you do and make when the world you imagined you lived in goes away?

What are the ways art, performance, theory, discourse, argument, and community-building might shift and expand our political and social imaginations?  How can certain forms of creativity, sociality, and introspection help us survive our ongoing “apocalypse”? We call on artists, performers, political thinkers, organizers, intellectuals, and community members to contribute to this multimedia and multi-disciplinary performance. We especially invite submissions from NYC-based organizations and individuals.

Topics might include:

Protest and Dissent

Apocalyptic art




Creating alternate worlds

Dystopias, utopias




Race and Ethnicity
Disability Politics

Trans and Genderqueer art

Black Lives Matter


Women and Girls

Immigration and art


Surveillance State


Black Girl Magic

Indigenous resistance

Muslim art worlds/activism

The undocumented

This call is open to all forms and genres of art including:

Fine art





Visual Art

Digital Art and Media

Live performance



Deadline for submission is February 28, 2017

Call with artists in March 2017

Performance: May 28, 2017

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Contact Info: 

Jesse Phillips-Fein

Shanté Paradigm Smalls, PhD