Call for Work: Comparative Media Arts Journal, Issue 8 | Invisibility

Yani Kong's picture
Call for Papers
February 29, 2020
British Columbia, Canada
Subject Fields: 
Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Fine Arts, Film and Film History, Popular Culture Studies, Communication
Issue Eight: Invisibility (escaping notice)

Call for Papers / Works  

Silence, unseen, unspeakable, inapreciable, faint, concealed, unheard, impalpable. These are terms that fall within the semantic realm of invisibility. How do we begin to speak about, create alongside, sit with, and/or reflect on what cannot -by definition- be reified?  

Invisibility offers the opportunity to retrospectively observe and chronicle what goes (un)intentionally ignored. On the other hand, to acknowledge invisibility is to deterritorialize our sight, to be open to experience what is around us without hierarchizing the senses. Verónica Gerber Bicecci (2010) writes:

At the root of what is not visible and what is not said, there is a form of <<zero>>. An intangible space where everything that has been denied to us, including the things we do not want to know, happen. [...] Even though white represents the absence of everything and the nothingness, white can only exist when all colours of the spectrum are present. White produces a space that, paradoxically, like invisibility, is an everything of which we perceive almost nothing. Being without being present, seeing without being seen, looking at the world from the outside being inside.

Bicecci suggests that invisibility can only exist as part of a whole, a whole which can only be experienced partially. Borrowing from Bicecci’s concept of invisibility, the Comparative Media Arts Journal invites case studies, creative projects and other explorations that illuminate, bend waves around, or investigate what is hidden, unexplored.

We are looking for submissions from scholars, artists, and writers that explore or respond to the questions: What may escape our notice? What lays beyond the margins of our attention?  

Submissions may address but are not limited to the following subjects: undercurrents, hauntology, inaudible frequencies, the unseen, the unsound, the non-human, the inbetween (liminality), placemaking, colonization, lost in translation, unwitnessed histories, the archive, the witness, margins, absence.

We Invite the following types of contributions:

  • Scholarly Papers
  • Case Studies
  • Exhibition Reviews
  • Performance Reviews
  • Interviews
  • Sound investigations with written documentation
  • Field notes and creative investigations
  • Documentation of completed artist projects or works in progress

Submission Process:

  • Submissions should be no less than 500 words and no more than 5000 words
  • Submissions should follow Chicago Style in text citation (Author/year)
  • Submission Deadline: February 29th, 2020
  • Please submit your paper in MS-Word (*.doc or *.docx) format.
  • Please submit your image files in .jpg format, 300dpi

Email submissions to with the subject heading ‘Attn: Issue 8’

Please note: image rights are the responsibility of the author/artist to secure.

Contact Email: