Announcing Triple Canopy’s 2016 call for proposals

Apply via the online form. The deadline for submissions is Sunday, November 13, at 11:59 p.m. EDT. Commission recipients will be announced on December 15.

The magazine invites proposals for new work to be developed by artists and writers in collaboration with Triple Canopy’s editors for inclusion in our newest issue, Vanitas, which launched in September and will continue to unfurl in the coming year.

In an age defined by extremes of finitude and excess, deprivation and luxury, what is vanity? How do we register our own transitoriness even as we strive against decay and senescence, by way of cryogenics labs, biotechnology innovations, spa treatments, and the hoarding of material goods and digital files? This issue explores contemporary meditations on mortality as well as the delights, delusions, and pressures of fleshly existence, and ranges from the much-heralded “end of death” to collective processes of aging to the pursuit of impossible—or nearly impossible—forms of beauty. The name is taken from the opulent, hyperrealist still lifes popularized by Dutch and Flemish painters in the seventeenth century, which symbolize the brevity of human life and essential emptiness of earthly pursuits, even as they advertise the artist’s ability to fix time. These paradoxical images prompt us to consider how and why we strive to overcome death while reminding us of our certain mortality.

To apply:

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. 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. We invite artists and writers to submit proposals for projects that may or may not find their primary realization on the Web; the following list, by no means exhaustive, enumerates some of the forms such projects might take:

  • Print broadsheet, poster, or pamphlet
  • Book or ebook
  • Digital project
  • Software deployed outside of Triple Canopy’s website
  • Public lecture or seminar
  • Performance
  • Reading
  • Exhibition or installation

Commission recipients receive:

  • Eight to twelve months of artistic, editorial, and technical support
  • $1,500 honorarium
  • Opportunity to use Triple Canopy’s venue at 264 Canal Street 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 Triple Canopy in partnership with New York University’s Fales Library and Special Collections