It’s that time again. Events around the world are heating up, from the refugee crisis to Brexit to the US elections, there’s a heck of a lot going on right now. The editors at Metapsy are interested in receiving creative, unique, and non-academic (as in: don’t send us your papers) submissions around the theme of intensification. Check out what we wrote about this six week publishing cycle in the Letter from the Editor:
For the next six weeks our publication will be examining the theme of intensification as creative response to cultural crisis. Intensification implies a new way of seeing—not at objects but through them. Transparency is a mode of perception that involves us in the world and permits that world to speak to us, perhaps with us as we also learn to listen. It may apply to any creative, artistic, intellectual or physical activity.
The cultural philosopher and poet Jean Gebser used the word “intensification” as a marker for growth, being, and presence. Distinguishing it from mere expansion, which implies an event or process that can be measured or quantified, Gebser saw an intensification of consciousness as one that led us back to our own primordial and spiritual natures and forces us to pierce through the limitations of the rational mind. Intensification implies clarity, transparency—seeing through without the need to dissolve the boundaries that constitute our lived experience—and most of all, diaphany.
For the next seven weeks—as the political election heats up and our world’s political and ecological crisis continues to come into focus—Metapsy will explore this theme through writing, artwork, and mixed media.
Themes and Prompts
We are especially interested submissions—artistic, visual, audible, literary, philosophical and otherwise—pertaining to:
- Transparency as an expression of “intensification”
- Relations in networks: biological, digital, and nonhuman
- Technological disruptions and their relation to the human life world
- Political revolution, restructuring, and new modes of relating
- Surges of creativity as response to crisis
- Art and aesthetics as doorways for intensified consciousness
- From supernovas to singularities (to be interpreted by the reader) and…
- The spiritual dimension
Please see our submissions page to read more about our process and send us your work. We look forward to hearing from you!
— The Metapsy Editors