CFP: The Loop as a Temporal Form (5/30/04; journal issue)

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Margot Bouman
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The Loop as a Temporal Form

The online journal, _Invisible Culture_, is seeking papers for an
upcoming issue on the theme of the loop. This issue will take a
broad view of the loop—an act of editing that involves the telling and
retelling of a narrative—as a form that potentially sets in motion
temporal patterns that reconfigure the boundaries of space, time
and perception. David Joselit describes the “deep, dreamlike
uncanny pulse” intrinsic to the temporal quality of the loop as one
imbuing even the weakest work with a persuasive power. Umberto
Eco describes Italian viewing habits of popular film, where one
enters a theatre at any point, then stays to see the film again from
the moment where the audience member entered the narrative. For
Eco, film, like life, continually retraces events that have already
occurred. The viewer or reader of, or participant in a loop can let
the (potentially) perpetual story unfold, either viewing the
unresolvedness as an end in itself, or by waiting for the cathartic
moment to return again and again. In other words, the loop is a
temporal form whose length is chosen by the
viewer/reader/participant and may produce catharsis, evoke a
dreamlike state, or mimic everyday life.

Topics might include theorizations of this temporal form or close
readings of either works of art or examples from everyday culture
whose central form is the loop. Theorizations could include but are
not restricted to: Deleuzian repetition and difference, Marxist
historical cycles, or Freud’s repetition compulsion. Examples of
works of art could include Stan Douglas’ “Win, Place or Show”
(1998) or Santiago Serra’s “Lifted Out Wall of Gallery, Leaning Over
by 60 Degrees and Held Up by Five People” (2000). Examples from
everyday culture could include the daily conundrum of time tied to a
per-hour paycheck.

Submissions are encouraged from a variety of perspectives,
including cultural studies, architecture, history, sociology,
psychology, media or film studies, anthropology, philosophy, music,
political science, semiotics, art history, queer theory, literary
criticism, urban planning or gender studies. All theoretical and
empirical approaches are welcomed.

We are seeking papers 2500 to 6000 words in length. In matters of
citation, the journal uses Chicago Manual of Style, but other citation
formats are acceptable with respect to the disciplinary concerns of
the author. Please email inquiries to Margot Bouman, at and submissions in Microsoft Word as
an attachment to the same address. The deadline for submissions
is May 30, 2004.

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The online journal _Invisible Culture_,
http//, is
dedicated to explorations of the material and political dimensions of
cultural practices: the means by which cultural objects and
communities are produced, the historical contexts in which they
emerge, and the regimes of knowledge or modes of social
interaction to which they contribute. As the title suggests, _Invisible
Culture_ problematizes the unquestioned alliance between culture
and visibility, specifically visual culture and vision. Cultural practices
and materials emerge not solely in the visible world, but also in the
social, temporal, and theoretical relations that define the invisible.
Our understanding of Cultural Studies, finally, maintains that culture
is fugitive and is constantly renegotiated.

Margot Bouman
Invisible Culture
University of Rochester

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