Open Call

Neo-Grotesk Realism

Open Call

Artists, Coders, Researchers and Writers are invited to collaborate (remotely or in person) and explore the ambiguity of “grotesque” and its contradictory definitions across fine art, design, literature etc.

We will also consider how dialogue surrounding distant historical scenarios (e.g. life under medieval feudalism) is being invoked to describe human experience in the neoliberal present and future. Central to this project is the historical interrelation between technology, art and ideology from the pre-modern to the present day.

Any nationality or experience level welcome. There is currently no fixed deadline.  Please send an expression of interest and CV to:
info@samfrancisread.com

An incomplete reading list:

  • Technology and Economics
    • The New Dark Age, James Bridle, 2017, Verso Books
    • Techno-Feudalism and The Tragedy of The Commons, William Kherbek, 2016, Doggerland Journal #1
  • Art History
    • Medieval Modern, Alexander Nagel, 2012, Thames & Hudson
    • Grotesque in Art and Literature, Wolfgang Kayser, 1968, University of Virginia Press
  • Media History
    • The Gutenberg Galaxy, Marshal McLuhan, 1962, University of Toronto Press
  • Critical Theory & Semiotics
    • Dreaming of The Middle Ages, Umberto Eco, 1987, Semiotica Journal #63
    • Rabelais and His World, Mikhail Bakhtin, trans. Helene Iswolski, 1984, Indiana University Press
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Featured: Neo-Grotesk Realism, 2019, Screenprint on Bristol Paper
297x420mm, 10 editions available for purchase.

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