Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Helvete - Call For Art

Incipit: Open Issue
Helvete: A Journal of Black Metal Theory (Vernal Equinox 2012)
Curated pages by Amelia Ishmael

The curator of  Helvete, a new journal of black metal theory, invites visual artists to submit works for the journal’s inaugural issue. Paralleling the thematic call for articles, the theme for this issue’s curated pages is open in two senses. Firstly, it is an open issue in that all submissions appropriate to the journal’s general theme will be considered. Secondly, the curator encourages contributors to consider the topic itself open just as the first issue of a periodical publication is its opening. Thus, submissions that interrogate the problematics of beginning and genesis—or of openings, apertures, holes, etc.—at the conjunction of black metal and visual art will be given priority. Helvete is an open access electronic and print journal dedicated to continuing the mutual blackening of metal and theory inaugurated by the Black Metal Theory Symposia. Not to be confused with a metal studies, music criticism, ethnography, or sociology, black metal theory is a speculative and creative endeavor, one which seeks ways of thinking that “count” as black metal events—and, indeed, to see how black metal might count as thinking. Theory of black metal, and black metal of theory. Mutual blackening. Black metal as a language of contemporary art practices a transmodality between sound and vision, mutually blackening both art and metal, and thus pushing the limits of contemporary academic genres by definition. 

Entries will be accepted through August 1, 2011.
Artists will be notified of decisions in November 2011.
The project is scheduled for publication in March 2012.

To Submit
Proposals may be sent to the curator at
Each artist may submit 3 original images. Each file should be in jpg format, 1 MB, 300dpi, and at least 1000 pixels across. Files must be titled with your last name, first initial, "underscore" and the correlating number to match the entry form. (Example: IshmaelA_Blackened1.jpg)

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