Common Objectives Series 2 (2013)

Why ask what is to be done when it is already happening? Why write, when all around us the streets are filled with words anticipating the future? We can’t capture the essence of rebellion, only anticipate it. If the collective struggles of the recent past – from Tahir Square to Occupy, to the mass student and workers’ movements that stretch from Quebec to Chile and beyond –offer us anything more than images of resistance – more than the anger of the streets, more than the replacement of one puppet with a future stool-pigeon – they offer a challenge for art and writing to similarly shatter the codes and norms of production, to ceaselessly pour scorn on those who feed off others, and for words to celebrate the potential for the unimaginable.

Here, we announce series two: we call upon collective subjectivities, engaged in art, writing and action. We want the tears of groups smeared across the page; the blood of collectivity in every word, and the surging desire for the destruction of the status quo to gush off the page. You are the graffito that reads ACAB. You are the ruins of prisons. You are the overcoming of atomisation. You are the end of the society of control, and the beginning of self-organisation. You are the free university. You are the commune. You are the justice without which there will never be peace.

Write like the riot that dreams through you.

Open Submission
Book Works is offering up to four new commissions selected from open submission. We are particularly interested in the possibilities from individuals, groups or collective art projects producing printed material in a spontaneous or rapid manner, and we welcome proposals using various formats: from the tabloid, broadsheet, poster and the pamphlet, to web 2.0 platforms. We are not looking for works that have already been written, produced or performed, nor are we looking for projects that are already in progress – we want to develop a project with you. New commissions will be published from May 2013 throughout the year. We would encourage projects that have the potential to disseminate beyond the printed page, as part of a series of events from May 2013.

For more information and how to apply please download this application form

Deadline for applications: Fri 30 Nov 2012

Commissions to be selected by Book Works and guest editor Nina Power.
Common Objectives Series 2 (2013)

What: Common Objectives Series 2 (2013)
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Contact: Tel: 020 7247 2203 (UK)
Deadline: Fri 30 Nov 2012