There is no aural privacy in shared space. You can’t close your ears to what is happening around you. You can’t help but listen, even if you are not listening in. In the sense that you are always attuned to your soundscape, you are always absorbing the noise of the world. It penetrates your body and changes you.
But what about its absence? What about silences, erasures, gaps in the soundsphere? What of the ideas suffocated before they can be spoken? How do we absorb these omissions? How do we interpret them? How do we hear beyond the heard? What kinds of attention might be shaped around listening, together?
Something Other invites submissions that explore silences and noise in relation to each other. We invite experiments in writing that are in dialogue with art, performance and everyday life, such as scores, scripts, memories of real events, half-scrawled documentation, drawings done in the dark, summonings of the future, interpretations of a stranger’s dreams.
We are interested in the poetic, the performative and/ or the fictionalised (rather than poems, performance and/ or fiction) to be presented in two (overlapping) ways: as chapters in an online publication of performative writing, and live performance of digital texts.
We welcome submissions in all formats, including text, image, video, and experiments in between. Our only constraint is our publishing platform (WordPress). We are open to ideas. We are interested in writing that has a critical engagement with the real world, as well as with language as a material.
Contributors who are based in or have easy access to London are also invited to perform their submissions at our live event, Something Other Live, on Tuesday 20 March 2018. SOL is a free, un-ticketed event, with all proceeds raised for a nominated charity. Our nominated charity for ‘On Silences and Noise’ is Streetwise Opera.
Please send submissions to email@example.com by 10am on Monday 26 Feb 2018. If you have any questions, please get in touch via the same email address.
Something Other is a collaborative project hosted by Mary Paterson, Maddy Costa and Diana Damian Martin.