Full Bleed aspires to feed the passions and curiosities of contemporary artists, designers, illustrators, and critics.
Launching in Spring 2017, the new critical journal will offer an intellectually diverse forum for insight and argument about art and aesthetic experience, visual and material culture, and design. It is a project of Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore. This call for submissions is open to all.
We seek essays, polemics, belle lettres, design, and artwork from contributors around the world. We are partial to criticism that emanates personality, plays with form, and casts an aesthetic spell of its own. We encourage contrarian argument on fundamental questions of value. We also invite rumination on the art-making life and creativity.
For our inaugural issue we are especially interested in artwork and criticism that concerns migration, exile, and statelessness. Send us writing and works about homelands lost and found, the movement of peoples (past, present, and future), or work that explores these and related themes.
We are still planning the publication. Below, however, is a list of possible recurring columns and departments. Feel free to submit ideas for any of these or other features you think we should consider:
Contentions: Debates between two or more thinkers who disagree about a given aesthetic or cultural dispute, dilemma, or condition impacting people today.
Criticism: Ambitious critical essays on cultural phenomena, ruptures, pathologies, or changes that are of active concern to living artists and designers. Also, critiques of artworks, salient exhibits, or developments in design disciplines.
Graphic essays: Illustration or writing that relies heavily on drawing or the conventions of comics.
Cartography: Original maps, floor-plans, or charts that display information in surprising ways.
Photographic essays: Images that challenge visual cliché, cultural prejudice, and entrenched belief. Documentation of acute social problems around the world.
Studio Life: Annotated photographs of the studios, hubs, and shared spaces in which creative people work.
Fixes: Diagrams, sketches, or descriptions of innovations that would improve systems of cultural exchange and the well-being of humanity.
Encounters: Personal accounts of cultural and travel experiences.
Work: Essays about getting by, or not, in the twenty-first century.
Branded: Commentary on consumer culture and marketing.
Please email abstracts or project descriptions (no more than 200 words), or work samples, along with a brief biography, to email@example.com, between now and January 1, 2017. Editorial decisions will be made by faculty and students at Maryland Institute College of Art. Alternatively, e-mail completed works by February 1, 2017. Thank you.