See/Saw 2: Difference
Difference has long been reduced to oppositional binaries contained within singular narratives: Good versus Bad, Low versus High, Real versus Fiction. We are so tired of this - today, difference is just normal. Our attention lingers on the other, the strange, weird, odd, off, bizarre, and absurd. Differences are proliferated and masked so that we may stand out and fit in. We agree to disagree, notice and produce differences ranging from large to small, fall in and out of step to syncopated rhythms.
The longer we look, the more everything seems a little weird. Discerning difference has always been tied to our focus, we acclimate to subtleties and nuances between pieces and wholes, pieces and pieces, wholes and wholes, and so on. But while our differences seem more and more pronounced and measured, our vocabulary lags behind – we use weird interchangeably with strange, strange with off, off with odd, etc. What are our new ways of describing, reading, measuring, and producing difference? What problems, rules, and environments do we operate under to produce it? If we construct identities through our differences, what does our communication of these differences – our fetishes and our niches, shared in secret and in public, alone and in groups, over media and in-person – say about our values?
This issue of See/Saw aims to facilitate a loose encounter with difference, under all its various terms and aliases, through the guise of expanding and defining our general and specific differences. We invite you to get weird in the form of images, critical essays, and other traditional means of discourse, as well as those on the periphery – audio files, memes, fictions, niches, and fetishes.
Please send abstracts of 500 words or less as a single pdf to firstname.lastname@example.org following the convention name_title.pdf.
While any length of essay is accepted, typically only essays of 4000 words or less are accepted.
Supplementary images and texts may also be submitted and should be attached as separate files.
Audio files must be submitted via external platform, such as Vimeo, Soundcloud, or YouTube.
See/Saw uses footnotes and all works should be cited according to Chicago Manual of Style.