“Nothing, and Everything Else” aims to locate architecture’s general position between nothing and something. Nothing is temporary, easily intimated, fleeing whenever something comes to take its place. At one point obsessed with space, architecture as a discipline has become occupied by a diffuse range of topics and fields which poses the question - is everything now architecture, or alternatively, is architecture now nothing? Is there a middle ground between the two? And is nothing residual - does it last or linger, smell stinky or pleasant, is it strong or subtle?
Returning to nothing is the worry of everything. Forming two sides of a larger system, nothing and everything rarely exist without the other. Nothing goes by many aliases: zero, zilch, nil, space, in-between, not a thing, no-thing, etc., however, in conversation nothing usually refers to something, i.e. “What are you up to?” / “Oh, nothing (of course I’m up to something - it’s extremely interesting actually - however I don’t feel like explaining it right now).”
Nothing is forgotten. Sweet nothings are now texted and no longer spoken, eternally preserved in some sort of digital amber. Identities of architecture and individuals are formed and perceived through social media, transmitted through cables and wavelengths, and seen on screens of varying dpi. Is nothing original anymore? Is nothing becoming endangered as spectacles become everything and appear everywhere? Does nothing matter?
For its inaugural issue, the editors of See/Saw welcome you to share stories, design proposals, unpublished works, postcards, novels, pictures, photo essays, etc. In short, we challenge you make something out of nothing in the form of text or images, or a combination of the two.
Nothing is off the table, however please send work as a single pdf document following the convention NAME_TITLE.pdf to firstname.lastname@example.org
Abstracts of 500 words or less are due by the 15th of July 2018
Selected works will be due by the 20th of August 2018
Download the information related to this competition here.
TitleCall for Submissions: See/Saw
TypeCall for Submissions
Submission Deadline15/07/2018 23:30