The PHOTOSTATIC RETROFUTURIST is seeking submissions. Issue no. 1 will
appear in 1997.
PhotoStatic Magazine began publishing in 1983 as a magazine of graphic
artwork produced on the xerox machine. Over a period of some years, its
originally narrow scope grew to embrace all machine-based art.
PhotoStatic gradually acquired a committed if modest following, and grew
to incorporate reviews, essays, humor and other provocative writings
which reflected its milieu: that of the exchange-driven and
do-it-yourself international zine and cassette networking movements of
the 80s. Our acquisition of a personal computer in 1987 helped to refine
and redirect these energies.
To reflect changes in editorial direction and our own personal growth,
the magazine was renamed Retrofuturism in 1989. Our attitude had become
distinctly suspicious of a perceived fine-art/popular culture polarity
(so-called high vs. low art), preferring instead to work in the
ill-defined space between pop culture and art, most satisfied when we
were found difficult to categorize, somewhat confusing perhaps, but
provocatively so. The most interesting work, it seemed to us, came from
places were there was a certain nurturing tension, a perhaps chaotic
ferment of conflicting notions, evidence of the continually present
future and past in dialog with each other to outline a fleeting present.
We propose a new series using the combined names to begin in 1997. The
publication will be called The Photostatic Retrofuturist. We will retain
many of our previous interests, emphases and techniques, with an
appetite for adding new ones. We will remain not-for-profit and small in
circulation. Contributors of published work will receive a copy of the
issue in which their work appears. The Photostatic Retrofuturist will
not be copyrighted, although at the maker's discretion, individual works
within it might be.
Content is a very important consideration in our selection process. The
merely beautiful will occasionally do, but only if it transcends itself
in some way (we will know it when we see it). More likely of interest to
us are works that exhibit some cultural vibe, make some observation,
critique some point, observe some tendency, or ring with a certain sense
of immediacy and relevance.
We will trawl for work internationally and from all levels of
accomplishment. We care much less about resumes and show records than we
do about how your contribution resonates with our sensibility.
The emphasis will be on graphics (designs, photographs, collages, etc.)
and essays (theoretical, personal, humorous, etc.). The publication's
printed manifestation will be black and white, 600 dpi (Machine: a
PostScript-capable Xerox DocuTech 135). An electronic version may come
online in PDF form posted to newsgroups or on a website, but that will
happen later. It is our hope that the website will evolve into a meeting
place to post submissions and commentary and to develop ideas. E-mail is
my preferred method of correspondence, but neither p-mail nor telephone
will be shunned by any means.
Issue no. 1 will appear as soon as sufficient material is collected
which meets our criteria, and so, its appearance it at least partially
up to you.
SUBMIT Graphics and Texts: Page size: 7x8.5 inches (179x217mm). Black
and white only until further notice. Paper submissions accepted, i.e.,
collages, photographs, paste-ups, manuscripts. We will not return your
work unless it is accompanied with a self-addressed sufficiently stamped
return mailer. Keep in mind that your graphic will be reproduced at 600
dpi (approximately 75 lpi halftone for grayscale). Computer file formats
(Macintosh): FreeHand, Illustrator, Photoshop, PageMaker, QuarkXPress,
Extreme 3D, xRes, tiff, gif, jpeg, EPS, PostScript, and any file formats
supported by the above. Please include all fonts and linked graphics
used in your electronic files. Contact us if you need help with
technical issues; we'd be happy to help you. Text formats: any popular
word processor format. PC files are also accepted in the above listed
formats. Send on floppy, Zip, or CDrom to: Static Output, P.O. Box 8832,
Iowa City IA 52240-8832, USA. E-mail ahead before attaching large files
You may contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
or (SASE requested but not required): Static Output, P.O. Box 8832, Iowa
City IA 52240-8832, USA
or telephone: 319 358 1053
Correspondence and contact of any kind is welcome and encouraged.