Triple Canopy accepts proposals year round via our online form. All proposals will receive a response by email. Please do not submit more than one proposal at once and please direct questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Triple Canopy created the three project areas listed below—Research Work, Immaterial Literature, Internet as Material—in order to better articulate the magazine’s artistic aims to collaborators and supporting foundations alike.
Research Work was established to facilitate the creation of research projects that are produced outside academia, for a general audience; employ Internet-specific methods of presentation; and serve a public best reached by making the work available for free online.
Research Work is supported in part by the Brown Foundation, Inc. of Houston, Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York Council for the Humanities.
Examples of pieces published in Triple Canopy that fall into the category of Research Work:
Anonymity as Culture: Treatise, by David Auerbach
Our Weirdness is Free, by Gabriella Coleman
Tektite Revisted, by James Merle Thomas & Meghan O'Hara
The Tale of the Big Computer, by Anna Lundh
The Ultimate High Ground, by Steve Rowell
Inside the Mundaneum, by Molly Springfield
He Is Fresh and Everyone Else Is Tired, by Ian Volner & Matico Josephson
Immaterial Literature was established to facilitate the production of creative writing—fiction, poetry, prose—that engages other media (and artists), considers the particular formal qualities of the Web as a medium, and speaks to a diverse and widespread readership. Triple Canopy believes that recent technological developments, and consequent changes in the way literature is produced and consumed, compel writers to develop new forms for crafting their work and articulating their ideas—from critical essays that employ multimedia to prose poems and short stories that mine the potential of interactive tools—and that their work benefits greatly from such consideration. Editorial staff provide emerging and mid-career writers with exacting and attentive editorial and production assistance, from the early phases of development to the final, published work.
Immaterial Literature is supported in part by the Brown Foundation, Inc. of Houston, Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts.
Examples of pieces published in Triple Canopy that fall into the category of Immaterial Literature:
Noping, by Caroline Bergvall
The Patio and the Index, by Tan Lin
Like on the Subject of the Icebreak, by Ish Klein
Sibyl and Marsyus, by Anja Utler
Happy Moscow, by Sam Frank
Thirty-Six Shades of Prussian Blue, by Joshua Cohen
Internet as Material
Internet as Material was established to support emerging and midcareer artists who have never before made work specifically for the Web in the production of an online project. These projects further Triple Canopy's mission by utilizing the Internet—which is too often understood as a channel for the transfer of information—as a medium for the development of artworks that actively engage readers and viewers. By facilitating the use of the Internet as raw or appropriated material, comparable to acrylic paint or magazine clippings, these commissions also help to broaden and diversify the narrowly defined, and technically challenging, field of Internet-based art. Typically, projects are conceived in collaboration with editorial staff and employ the technical assistance of a staff Web developer. Equal attention is paid to the animating ideas of the project and the use of the Internet's particular properties to articulate those ideas technically and aesthetically. What results is not a mere presentation but an artwork that can be viewed by an audience much larger and more diverse than that enjoyed by any gallery or publisher of artist books.
Internet as Material is supported in part by the Brown Foundation, Inc. of Houston, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts.
Examples of pieces published in Triple Canopy that fall into the category of Internet as Material:
Every December Triple Canopy announces its annual call for proposals, with a deadline for proposal submissions in mid February. Proposals are reviewed in two rounds by the magazine’s editorial staff, and successful applicants receive an honorarium as well as editorial support over the course of the subsequent six to twelve months, culminating in the publication of their work by Triple Canopy. For our most recent, currently closed call read on below.
Triple Canopy’s 2013 Call for Proposals
Note that our 2013 application deadline has now passed. A new call will open in December 2013.
(December 11, 2012) Triple Canopy has for the past five years worked to present compelling work online in ways that make innovative use of the Web. In this time, we’ve also been charting an expanded field of publication: creating print objects and public programs that exist in dialogue with our online content, drawing on the history of print culture while also acting as a hub for exploration of emerging forms of technology and the public spaces constituted around them. For our fourth annual call for proposals we wish to intensify our work in a variety of offline forms of print publication and public programming. We are interested in forging connections between books, manuscripts, lectures, performances, exhibitions, among other forms, and our online publishing practice. We believe that a publishing model that engages both real-world and Web-based audiences can prompt artists and writers to develop work that is deeply considered and formally inventive.
For our 2013 call, we invite artists and writers to submit proposals for projects that may not find their primary realization on the Web, but which may ultimately be published in some form in Triple Canopy's online magazine. The following list, by no means exhaustive, enumerates some of the initial forms such projects might take:
- Print broadsheet or pamphlet
- Print poster
- Book or e-book
- Public lecture or seminar
- Exhibition or installation
Triple Canopy is looking for artists and writers with coherent proposals for projects that can be realized in one year or less. We are, as ever, in search of work that makes innovative, persuasive use of its own form and medium. While past publication or experience is not a prerequisite, successful applicants will demonstrate fluency in the field in which they wish to publish. Triple Canopy prioritizes work by emerging artists and writers working in the fields of visual art and literature, broadly defined; we appreciate work that takes into account current discussions and debates but is not bound by them, work that is carefully crafted but not fixated on form.
Commission recipients receive:
- Three to six months of artistic, editorial, and technical support $300 honorarium
- Opportunity for inclusion in our annual print publication, Invalid Format: An Anthology of Triple Canopy
- Opportunity to use Triple Canopy’s space at 155 Freeman for a performance or other public event
- Coordination and production of any print publication or live event
- Archiving of materials and long-term maintenance of any online version of the project by technical staff
Who are past Triple Canopy commission recipients?
Rosa Aiello is a writer and video artist. For her Triple Canopy commission, Aiello will create a digital piece, “A Deceitful Stick,” an exploration of the limits of humanness as raised by 3-D animation.
Shane Anderson is a Berlin-based poet, translator, and editor. For his Triple Canopy commission, Anderson will translate poet Ulf Stolterfoht’s Ammegespräche, or “Amme Talks,” a linguistic interchange with artist Peter Dittmer’s chatbot installation, Die Amme.
Bloopers comprises New York–based artists and musicians Michael Bell-Smith, Sara Magenheimer, and Ben Vida. ("Bloopers #0")
David Greenspan is a renowned actor and playwright. For his Triple Canopy commission, Greenspan will present “Composition … Master-Pieces … Identity,” a solo performance of three works by Gertrude Stein.
Irene Lusztig is a filmmaker and Assistant Professor of Film and Digital Media at UC Santa Cruz. For her Triple Canopy commission, Lusztig will mine an extensive archive of 20th-century maternal training and childbirth films to create "The Motherhood Archives," a mediated essay on the medicalization and institutionalization of childbirth and motherhood in America.
Dan Phiffer is a computer programmer and artist interested in hackable, inexpensive computer networks. For his Triple Canopy commission, Phiffer will deploy “Occupy.here,” a peer-to-peer network autonomous of the Internet and designed to facilitate open political discussion.
Matt Sheridan Smith is a Los Angeles-based artist. For his Triple Canopy commission, Sheridan Smith will create “You can't see any such thing,” an interactive fiction work and text-only computer game navigated using basic commands such as "examine," "take," "look," or "go."
Ada Smailbegović is a poet and critic. For her Triple Canopy commission, Smailbegović will compose “Of the Dense and Rare,” an investigation into the poetics of matter based on experimental procedures drawn from Francis Bacon’s 1623 treatise The History of Dense and Rare.
Anna Della Subin is a writer and Bidoun contributing editor. For her Triple Canopy commission, Subin will author an essay, “Not Dead but Sleeping,” on the failed 1935 Cairo production of Tawfiq al-Hakim's The People of the Cave and the possibility of sleeping through revolution.
Annie Julia Wyman A cultural history of the treadmill, from disciplinary device in British prisons to idol of American fitness.
Danielle Dutton On sculpture and narrative: grids, jellyfish, fathers, failure.
Rebecca Bird A series of animated vignettes about soldiering, the ballad “Danny Boy,” Bikini Atoll, heaven, ancestors, and more. ("Danny Boy")
Tom Francis and Yasmine Seale An anatomy of the Buraq, the winged steed upon which Mohammed is thought to have ascended to heaven, from a product of a medieval bestiary to the emblem of a Libyan airline.
Genevieve Yue with Liz Sales A deep reading of Theater of the Universe, an eighteenth-century camera obscura within a book, that uncovers hidden relationships between archaic optical devices, the bounds of human knowledge, and our own build-it-yourself universes.
David Auerbach On the laissez faire etiquette and counter-irony of “A-culture.” Documenting those anarchic, anonymous online subcultures that most resist documentation. ("Anonymity as Culture: Treatise"; "Anonymity as Culture: Case Studies")
Franklin Bruno Inverting the hierarchies of class difference: multimedia analysis of My Fair Lady and its localized parodies. ("Wouldn't It Be Milchadik?")
Gabriella Coleman An ethnographic inquiry into the ethics and aesthetics of the hacktivist (anti-)organization Anonymous. ("Our Weirdness Is Free")
Isabelle Moffat On the history of diagrammatic images of brain function, from the Renaissance to the fMRI. ("This Is Your Brain on Paper")
Emmanuel Broadus & Ryan Ffrench Aba Okipasyon (Down with the Occupation): the ideological program of the UN in Haiti, as shown through footage shot by the artists. ("Aba Okipasyon")
Suzanne Snider A profile of rehabilitative tools and therapeutic objects, from the Hug Machine to the multisensory sound and light environments of Snoezelen.
Laura Vitale What does it sound like when an ocean forms? A sonic exploration and performative lecture exploring the properties and valences of gypsum.
2010 Triple Canopy’s 2010 commissions were supported in part by a generous grant from the Brown Foundation, Inc. of Houston.
Graham T. Beck A Chromatic History: a survey of FS-595, the official color palette of the United States.
Anna Lundh An investigation into a "vision of a vision": Karl-Birger Blomdahl's unfinished computer opera, inspired by Hannes Alfvén's 1966 novel The Tale of the Big Computer. ("The Tale of the Big Computer")
James Merle Thomas & Meghan O'Hara On its fortieth anniversary, revisiting NASA's Tektite project, the sci-fi-inspired underwater habitat that provided America with a fleeting vision of technologically oriented utopia. ("Tektite Revisited")
Matt Wolf "What happened to Jason?" An inquiry into the life of Jason Holliday, the gay black prostitute featured in Shirley Clarke's 1967 film Portrait of Jason. ("Another Portrait of Jason")
Alyssa Pheobus & Murad Khan Mumtaz A study of the iconography of Pakistani and American passports and the precarious relationship between personal identification, citizenry, and the state. ("Origin, Departure")
Eve Sussman & Rufus Corporation A dual-stream thriller randomized in real time; an experimental film noir. ("whiteonwhite")
Mary Walling Blackburn & A. B. Huber From Joseph O'Donnell's photographs of the wreckage of Nagasaki to Brueghel's Landscape with the Fall of Icarus, exploring the relationships between violence, representation, and evolving technologies of vision. ("The Flash Made Flesh")
Claire Barliant Revisiting Mankato, which in 1862 was the site of the largest mass execution to occur in US history, and questioning the value of manufactured memory. ("The Hanging at Mankato")
Ilana Halperin A performative lecture on "volcanic field work," that mines the intersection of archaeology, geology, and visual art. ("Hand Held Lava")
How does Triple Canopy define "emerging"?
We define an “emerging” artist as someone who is in the process of developing a distinct practice and set of concerns and producing a significant body of work, but whose recognition within the field is limited, regardless of age. All artists and writers are encouraged to produce challenging, experimental work that advances both their individual practices and the contemporary concerns of their fields.
How do I know if my project is right for Triple Canopy?
The best way to gauge whether or not your submission is appropriate is to read the magazine. That said, Triple Canopy projects often combine artistic and literary work, or confuse the distinctions between them.
How else does Triple Canopy commission projects?
Aside from our annual call for proposals, Triple Canopy receives submissions via two other channels on a rolling basis: 1, Proposals are received and evaluated year-round by editors using the same criteria detailed above; and 2, Editors regularly solicit contributions from artists whose work they admire and believe could benefit from our collaborative process. To submit a proposal outside of our annual call, please fill out our online form to complete your initial application.