Call for Entry: Atlas of Affects

Call for Entry: Atlas of Affects

Ongoing Opportunity

Slought invites your participation in “Atlas of Affects,” an exhibition in the Slought galleries of material traces, media artifacts, artistic projects, written texts, and other representations of the pandemic, opening in late September 2020. Anyone is welcome to contribute to the archive, so long as their submission concerns an affect of this moment. By “affect,” they mean a personal experience—such as fear, anger, disgust, shame, desire, joy, or love—that is reflective of societal trends and political realities. Join Slought in archiving your affective experience of the pandemic by sending submissions to info@sloughtfoundation.org along with a short contextual description.

Perhaps the most universal response to the experience of confinement, mass death, and state violence is the desire to document it, represent it, and, in so doing, remember the offense. In part, the news media does this for us; we are not in danger of forgetting the global scale and elongation of these crises, at least not yet. But what journalism has largely failed to cover is the space, time, visuality, and feeling of the crisis itself. Events are, of course, unfolding all around us, their occurrence traced in our diaries and correspondences; in the recollection of friends and family members lost to the virus; in the anguish of everyday decisions about risks of exposure; in the financial ruination and desolate downtowns left in its wake. Still, we wonder: who is recording the emotions and affective experiences of this moment in time? The stories of pain, isolation, struggle and solidarity?

By invoking the geography and spatiality of the atlas—rather than the indexical logic of the library or card catalogue—Slought gestures to the ways in which the pandemic has unleashed global processes of loss and dispossession that are at once non-linear and unending. They also envision this “Atlas of Affects” as a way to resist the delusions that Patricia Lockwood describes as the continuing effects of the virus itself. “Everyone had suffered a falling-out with time,” she writes, reflecting on how the virus has profoundly interrupted individual and collective processes of remembering and making meaning. Although this archive will, like all archives, be necessarily incomplete, they hope it will nevertheless provide a sense of clarity and aid in mapping both the banal and the traumatic dimensions of everyday life.

Is there a deadline?

Slought envisions this archive as ongoing and open to submissions (multiple from one person, even) over the course of the pandemic. For this reason they did not list a deadline in the original call for submissions. Slought recognizes, however, that for those creating original works, it can be helpful to have a deadline. For this reason, they ask that the first round of submissions to “Atlas of Affects” be sent by September 20, 2020.

Learn more about this opportunity on Slought’s website

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