Review Series Call for Papers
CMA Journal // SFU School for Contemporary Arts
The Comparative Media Arts Journal is pleased to invite individuals to submit to an ongoing call for reviews. Supplementary to CMA’s semi-annual themed issues, the review series is a continuous academic platform that asks scholars, artists, curators, writers, and post-secondary students of all levels to engage in critical contemplation and reviews of exhibitions, art events, and publications.
Reviewed monthly by the managing editors of the CMA board, the submissions must demonstrate a clear, conceptual, and insightful understanding of their source material. In addition, all reviewers should author a critical and comparative position of the exhibition, event, or book that they are reviewing.
Exhibitions reviews should carefully consider the character, practice, and concept of exhibited artists as well as artworks while also critiquing the curatorial methodologies behind the exhibition. Do the curatorial intentions as outlined by texts and the structure of the exhibition support the artistic content? Does the artistic content support the exhibition/institutions’ intentions? Is the relationship between the artworks and curation dynamic and innovative? In what ways are the exhibitions successful at harbouring conversations, considerations, and possibilities for the future? In what ways is the exhibition lacking at making an affective and effective experience for diverse audiences?
Reviews of art events — which can include exhibition programming such as artist talks, curatorial tours, workshops, and so on– should summarize the scope of the event and it’s intentions while also analyzing it’s success as a tool for public engagement and learning. In what ways did the event succeed in engaging a deeper understanding of a practice, institution, or stream of thought? As a participant and active member of the audience, how could the event have been improved to engage a deep and contemplative understanding of its material? In what ways did the curator or artist administering a talk, tour, or workshop engage an understanding of their curatorial or artistic process? As a knowledgable reviewer, what is your critical opinion of their positions, ideas, and methods?
Similarly, book or article reviews require a developed summary and analysis of the author’s positions and arguments. Who does the publication serve? What kind of researcher would benefit from engaging with it? Additionally, publication reviewers should demonstrate a comparative analysis between the content of the reviewed subject and their own developed research interests. Using their own knowledge of particular subjects, what sorts of ideas regarded in the publication can be expanded on or are innovative approaches to considering particular concepts?
The content of reviews are not limited to these suggestions. Other formats of creative practice can be analyzed such as films, concerts, theatre and so on. However, it is imperative that all reviews demonstrate a position of critique and an understanding of contemporary curating, artistic practice, or arts programming.
As a platform the review series works to bring awareness to the diverse and creative happenings in Canadian and international art communities. The review series also provides an opportunity for individuals to develop and articulate critical points of view in relation to diverse art practices as an open-access platform for publication.
Accepted reviews can range from 500-1500 words in length. All submissions should follow the Chicago Manual of Style and utilize in-text citations.
Reviews will be accepted and considered on the last day of each month and published shortly thereafter. The first deadline for submissions will be October 31st 2019. Any review submitted after the deadline will be considered for publication the following month.
Please submit all formatted and properly edited reviews to Mallory Gemmel at firstname.lastname@example.org including ATTN REVIEW SERIES in the subject line.
Should your review be accepted for publication the journal will reach out to provide a writers contract and CMA formatting guidelines. We thank you for your interest and encourage all to submit work. On occasion, rejected submissions may be considered for publication should editing suggestions and requirements be met.