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Strange Altars #1, Food

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Issue #1 - Food is now available in print! The Limited Print Edition is a numbered edition of 250, with each semi-hand-assembled and embellished. There is a PDF download of the print issue available as well. We are still working on the Digital, Boxed, and (tentative) Audio Editions, so bear with us. Some content is exclusive to each format (or several formats), so if you are looking for a specific person's work and don't see it in the Print Edition, have no fear! Heck, we are still working on the Contributors page of the website, but if we waited until everything was ready, I am afraid we would never have gotten this creature to print. I am overflowing with gratitude to everyone who has been involved with and interested in being a part of this project. It would not exist without you, and your generosity and enthusiasm is humbling.      

One Year of Descriptive Phrases from New York Times Obituary Headlines: 2013 (via murketing/Rob Walker)

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murketing:
One Year of Descriptive Phrases from New York Times Obituary Headlines: 2013, read by “Alex” option on NaturalReader Free 3.0. One Year of Descriptive Phrases from New York Times Obituary Headlines: 2013 was originally published in HiLobrow. It was a one-shot spinoff to the project “Where Were You?” Some copies of the 2013 edition of the “Where Were You?” zine are available here.
 

TODAY is the initial deadline for submissions to Strange Altars!

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If you want to be involved but your submission is not complete, don’t worry; this is a preliminary call to get a sense of what the pieces of the whole may be, and to begin layout for the multiple versions (so it is okay to submit a draft, proposal, rough idea, sample, etcetera at this point— just get in touch TODAY with what you do have)! Additional details here: http://us8.campaign-archive2.com/?u=0b1f4e96ba7034bbe850af829&id=447c566d26 And here: http://us8.campaign-archive1.com/?u=0b1f4e96ba7034bbe850af829&id=b1650aa7f1

Question: Audio Contributions

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I saw a call for sound artists/producers? I'm interested in any way I can contribute
mollybroxton: Hi! Strange Altars is a mixed media zine that will (eventually) have a print version, a web-based/digital version, an audio version, and an object-based/boxed version.In addition to music/songs (easily included in web-based and audio version, but we are working on ways to ‘include’ these in print and boxed editions as well), we are also looking for ambient/atmospheric noise tracks to accompany visual art and images for the web-based version of the issue, and for narrators to read text-based content for an audio version of the issue.We want to really push against the boundaries of what a magazine can be, and figure out new ways of sharing creative work (and to foster cross-media collaboration to create a richer, more immersive experience of each type of work). Also please feel free to email info@wearehermits.com with any questions or for more information.Thank you.

Question: Audio Contributions

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The initial deadline of April 15th is a very, very preliminary deadline, just to get an idea of what the pieces of the whole might be so that we can start mocking up layout for both print and online/digital editions (and to start pairing up sounds with images, images with text, etc where applicable)— so if you are interested and have a loose idea or proposed content that doesn’t yet exist, please don’t let the submission deadline steer you away!

TWO WEEKS TO GO: Call for submissions!

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Issue #1 of Strange Altars is in the works! The theme of the first issue is FOOD and the (initial/draft) deadline is April 15, 2014. Please keep in mind that “FOOD” is a very broad and loose theme, and that sustenance and appetites (or lack of, or denial of) color so many things. We are each privately laboring, creating intimate, personal work and sharing it with strangers who we ‘know’. Strange Altars celebrates not only the act of private creation, but also the impulse to share and the craving for intimacy. Leonard Cohen said “let’s be alone together; let’s see if we’re that strong”; Strange Altars proposes the opposite side of the same coin: let’s be together, even while we are alone. Strange Altars is a semi-anual zine that hopes to re-imagine what it can mean to experience creative work shared by others: writing that you hear, pages you want to taste, animation you can hold. Each issue will exist in three versions: digital, print, and boxed (more “object-based”?), with some content exclusive to each format, due to the physical/technological limitations of each type of media, so please do not feel obligated to think within the confines of “printable on paper” when considering material for submission. Serial/sequential/multi-issue material is also welcome. It will take some time to figure out how to translate the work into publication. The April 15th deadline is just to get a loose idea of what the pieces of the whole will be. Please send questions, inquiries, complete submissions, and proposals to info@wearehermits.com. Please only submit work that you have authored/created and (in the case of previously published material) which you have permission to re-publish. For completed work (if relevant and applicable to the media/format):
  • Label files with name + numeration (e.g. lastname_firstname_1.jpg)
  • Date the work and include title
  • Include a short description or statement about the work (if desired)
  • Attach an artist/author bio (if desired)
  • Include a link to your website (if desired)

Question: Digital Edition

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What sort of format would the digital version of we are hermits be? PDF or HTML? (or other?)
mollybroxton: In theory, the digital version of Strange Altars will also be available in more than one form: a live/web-based version, a downloadable PDF, mobi/ePub for readers, eventually/hopefully interactive iBook? I am looking for contributions that run the gamut from audio, video, animation/moving images, comics, writing, paintings/drawings/prints/photographs to actual physical objects and ephemera (and materials/media that I am forgetting/am not familiar with/have not yet imagined!), so I hope to be forced to push the limits of how (and to what degree) each can be experienced through different formats. For example: Does the boxed edition include a flip-book instead of video? How can visual works be better/more meaningfully handled as far as image descriptions for a digital text-only reader version?

Call for Submissions

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Issue #1 of Strange Altars is in the works! The theme of the first issue is FOOD and the (initial/draft) deadline is April 15, 2014. Please keep in mind that FOOD is a very broad and loose theme, and that sustenance and appetites (or lack of, or denial of) color so many things. The idea of FOOD as a big and juicy concept was perhaps prompted by a question (about “affection”) posed by sexartandpolitics, and by a piece of writing by eatdrinkdie. We are each privately laboring, creating intimate, personal work and sharing it with strangers who we ‘know’. Strange Altars celebrates not only the act of private creation, but also the impulse to share and the craving for intimacy. Leonard Cohen said “let’s be alone together; let’s see if we’re that strong”; Strange Altars proposes the opposite side of the same coin: let’s be together, alone. Strange Altars is a semi-anual zine that hopes to re-imagine what it can mean to experience creative work shared by others: writing that you hear, pages you want to taste, animation you can hold. Each issue will exist in three versions: digital, print, and boxed (more “object-based”?), with some content exclusive to each format, due to the physical/technological limitations of each type of media, so please do not feel obligated to think within the confines of “printable on paper” when considering material for submission. Serial/sequential/multi-issue material is also welcome. It will take some time to figure out how to translate the work into publication. The April 15th deadline is just to get a loose idea of what the pieces of the whole will be. Please send questions, inquiries, complete submissions, and proposals to molly@wearehermits.com. Please only submit work that you have authored/created and (in the case of previously published material) which you have permission to re-publish. For completed work (if relevant and applicable to the media/format):
  • Label files with name + numeration (e.g. lastname_firstname_1.jpg)
  • Date the work and include title
  • Include a short description or statement about the work (if desired)
  • Attach an artist/author bio (if desired)
  • Include a link to your website (if desired)