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ITCH issue 10 - Submissions for creative journal


Deadline:
Wed Feb 29, 2012 17:00

Artists working in any medium and writers expressing themselves in any form or genre are invited to submit work for the tenth issue of ITCH Online.

The dictators and the freedom fighters, the princesses and the plain-janes, the CEOs and the cleaners, the surburban yuppies and the shanty-town dwellers, the diamonds and the destitute, the slumlords and the paupers – will the inequalities never end? Does social justice mean equality? What kinds of equalities are possible and desirable? In all things or in some things? Which types of equality should be guaranteed, and how? What are the struggles to make life more equal and what kinds of success can or have they achieved? What would equality look like if it happened? What does inequality look like while it's happening? Is equality true democracy or pure anarchy; a nice ideal or a workable reality-in-the-making? Which promises of equality were the most outrageous and empty: those of capitalism or communism? Even when the two lines are perfectly equal – exact in dimension, shape, weight and colour – isn't there always one on top of the other? Is inequality natural or constructed? What are the narratives and experiences of (in)equality that shape global culture and society (financial meltdown, cold wars) as well as the small moments of everyday life (its your turn to cook supper!)? Measuring portions of cake, those who get to eat it and have it, those who can do neither. Forget the cake, anyone fancy a game of master and servant? The typography of 'not equal to' has a Z embedded in there somewhere (and F and N, too, plus a couple of Ts). Two lines touched by an intersection that says: NO! A railway crossed, a highway bridged: a very simple map. A pair of crosses, an incomplete hashtag (no access to Twitter?), a record of days in a prison cell? A finger across lips: a culture of secrecy, a symbol of censorship (the ultimate show of power exercised)?

What does ≠ mean to you?

You are free to interpret this theme in any way that you wish, to speak to or against it, to explore or ignore it. ITCH welcomes visual, verbal and multimedia work. More details on our submissions page.


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ITCH e.09 ∞ Infinite submissions welcomed


Deadline:
Sun Jul 31, 2011 15:00

Intertwined arms, self-embracing, reaching across, beyond and back again. A race track for formula one Ferraris or electric toy cars? A number, defeated, exhausted, collapsed upon the floor? Everything is everything, what is meant to be will be? As seen from the heavens: two people kissing? Ying and yang, before they worked out the summarised symbol? Winding roads and hairpin bends? Universal time? The totality of space? A sophisticated chignon? Doubling back on the self, trying to rerun old scenes from a life already lived and passed? A looping riff from some gloomy old blues tune? All the numbers that could ever be counted? Things promised and then revoked? A pair of lips twisted into a snarl? A thousand clichéd tattoos? A doughnut; a diet? A waist cinched into a corset? Forever and ever, amen?
What does ∞ mean to you?
You are free to interpret this theme in any way that you wish, to speak to or against it, to explore or ignore it.
Submissions will be open until 31 July 2011. Visit http://itch.co.za/submissions for details.


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ITCH e.08 seeks writing & other creative material


Deadline:
Mon Feb 28, 2011 12:00

Artists working in any medium and writers expressing themselves in any form or genre are invited to submit work for the eighth issue of ITCH Online.
||| So many straight-up lines of different widths standing to attention and rigid-like. ||| Stripes!!! ||| On tigers, zebras, jumpers, socks and hats. ||| The bars of a prison or a cage? ||| Codes for commodities? Yes, we know that. ||| Roads less-traveled (the high road? The low?); parallel universes, analogous narratives. Side by side but never intersecting? ||| Welts on the skin of someone's back – applied amorously or with vengeance? ||| Fences and boundaries; the edges of an enclosure. ||| Telephone or electricity poles dug deep into the ground, reaching into the sky and stretching to the horizon. ||| Have you earned your stripes, soldier? ||| A forest: trees reaching their fingertips up and their roots down, growing alongside one another like life long friends. ||| Human beings lined up in a queue, waiting and waiting (For a bank teller? Emergency food rations?) ||| Skyscrapers: modernity and the concrete-and-glass race to touch the heavens. ||| The lines of a notebook put on its side. ||| Japanese text, running vertically down a blank page. ||| Pinstripes on the suit of a banker rushing to a meeting. ||| A bundle of sticks. ||| Candles without flames. |||
What does ||| mean? How would you respond to this "theme"? You are free to interpret ||| in any way that you wish, to speak to or against it, to explore or ignore it.
ITCH publishes a wide variety of creative material made with words, images or multimedia. For more information, visit http://www.itch.co.za/submissions
Submissions for this issue will be open until 28 February 2011.


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Submissions for ITCH e.06 online journal


Deadline:
Sun Jun 06, 2010 00:00

Artists working in any medium and writers expressing themselves in any form or genre are invited to submit work for the sixth issue of ITCH Online. The "theme" is:

i

Me, me, me - you, you, you? Where does the self fit in to the ways in which creative work takes shape? Of all the lovely words that start with it - i-nformation, i-nquisitiveness, i-deologies, i-nterventions, i-dentities, i-diosyncrasies, i-tchiness, i-ntrospection, i-ntentions (good or bad) - which is most i-nteresting to you? How do questions of 'i' i-nfluence (ooh, there's another good one) your i-nteractions (again!) with the outside world? What is i-nner space, and what is outer space? What is the boundary between the two? How could a dot hovering above a column represent the complexities of self i-dentity, those battles between id and ego? What kinds of things do people do all by themselves, alone, just 'me, myself and i'? What does this little letter represent? What names, places, practices and experiences might it i-nspire? What is the line between i-diocy and i-ntellegence? What does 'i' mean to you?

You are free to interpret this theme in any way that you wish, to speak to or against it, to explore or ignore it.

Submissions for this issue will be open until 6 June 2010. Visit http://itch.co.za/submissions if you have any questions.


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ITCH online journal seeks Writing, Visual, Sound Art, Multimedia


Deadline:
Fri Jan 15, 2010 00:00

Artists working in any medium and writers expressing themselves in any form or genre are invited to submit work for the fifth issue of ITCH Online. The "theme" is:

?

What the ???? Questions are marked by a sign that can furrow the brow and send the mind on a mission for answers. Be they rhetorical, theoretical, existential, practical, emotional, educational or mundane, questions surround our lives and saturate the experience of being human.

Why? When? Where? How? Whom? What?

Sometimes we ask these things and sometimes we do not. When do we ask these things and when do we not? How and why are questions expressed, how and why are they not? What are your big questions and little mysteries? What are the one-word answers, the lengthy diatribes, the evasions and explications that accompany the queries and uncertainties that dog your experiences?

How do you mark the question?

You are free to interpret this theme in any way that you wish, to speak to or against it, to explore or ignore it, with words, sounds and/or images. Poetry, prose, essays, book reviews, short stories, unclassifiable writing, photography, graphic design, sound art, visual work, animations, short films, drawings, paintings, and more, are welcomed.

Submissions for this issue will be open until 15 January 2010.

See http://www.itch.co.za/submissions for full guidelines.