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    IAF INTERFICTIONS ONLINE INDIEGOGO CAMPAIGN ends above target goal

    Thanks to 277 generous backers for our Interfictions Indiegogo Campaign, we raised $10,318 by the time our campaign ended at midnight, July 14th, 2014.  When we launched on June 3rd, we were staggered to find donations doubling almost daily, until after about 3 weeks we had reached our original target goal of $8,500, and were able to move on to our Stretch Goal of $10,000.

    Which means we not only get to publish Interfictions Online for another year, but we can pay our contributors at higher rates now, rates more in line with the effort and talent that innovation requires. Thank you, each and every one of the 277 generous donors who stepped forward to say that interstitial art is valued and valuable. The number of people is as important as the number of dollars raised. We are awed by your generosity.
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    INTERFICTIONS issue #3 is up online!

    The editors of Interfictions Online are happy to announce the birth of the journal’s latest issue, on May 22, 2014!

    The Spring 2014 issue’s non-fiction offerings include Mark Craddock’s poignant collage in Aerial Acrobatics and Gender Reassignment Surgery – A How-To Guide, while Inda Lauryn’s Parallels and Transitions splices analysis of contemporary female vocalists into a graduate school memoir. Isabel Yap’s Life Is Not a Shoujo Manga speaks for itself. And in an interview with Jeff VanderMeer and Jeremy Zerfoss, the two creators discuss their illustrated guide to writing, Wonderbook.

    The fiction offerings remix tropes from ghosts to automata, with new work by Richard Butner, Su-Yee Lin, Kat Howard, Tade Thompson and S. Craig Renfroe Jr.

    Several of the poems in this issue reimagine older narratives: Sridala Swami’s AI Winter draws on the Mahabharata, Sonya Taaffe’s Double Business on Hamlet, and Mary Alexandra Agner’s Hypothesis Between Your Ribs on the brief life of Charles Darwin’s daughter.

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  • Publicity 101: A Guest-Blogging Series by Eleanor Lang
    by Felice | April 2nd, 2012 | No Comments »

    Happy April, friends! The IAF is thrilled to have independent marketing and PR professional Eleanor Lang as a guest blogger for a four-part series on publicity. Yes, that nebulous skill necessary for any artist, but particularly for interstitial ones. Check back each week for the next installment. Thank you, Eleanor!

    Publicity 101 : Why you want it and how to get it.

    This, the first of four blog posts about publicity, is about the basic concept and the most basic of functions, getting attention for an upcoming publication, performance or product. Other topics, including the grey area of social media, will be covered later in the month.

    Publicity. Everyone wants it, even if they’re vague about what it is. Here’s something it’s not: free. Never. Publicity is earned editorial media coverage. It’s also unpredictable. Advertising is purchased. You buy the space and decide the image, text and message you [...]

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    Atlanta Fringe Radio Call for Submissions: March 30th, 2012
    by Felice | March 12th, 2012 | No Comments »

    Fringe festivals in general are friendly to interstitial artists, and the Atlanta Fringe Festival, bursting into existence on May 9th of this year, looks like it will be a wonderful and enduring venue for interstitial artists in years to come. Its mission is even “to bridge the gap between the fine and performing arts by showcasing nontraditional works that push audiences to gain new perspective on diverse and multi-cultural artistic expression.” The organization has also held free workshops for artists, on such topics as grant-finding and corporate fundraising.

    I unfortunately found out about the Atlanta Fridge too late to alert you of regular submissions. (There are alternate ways to perform, including Bring-Your-Own-Venue and the Free Area.) But I did want to point you to the festival’s Fringe Radio station, which is accepting submissions until March 30th, in the three interesting categories of Radio Plays, Storytelling, and Sound [...]

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    Lin Esser’s Unconventional Tableaux: March 3rd at 5pm
    by Felice | February 29th, 2012 | No Comments »

    This coming Saturday, the AFA Gallery in SoHo New York is hosting artist Lin Esser for the opening of his new collection of delightfully skeletal and wryly titled tableaux!

    These whimsical, macabre works evoke the eccentric subjects of English symbolism, sinister figures of the renaissance, the anthropomorphic tableaux of Victorian naturalism and the Dia de los Muertos style of South America. Come drift among these eerie creations and realize the “ever-evolving narrative that is revealed as one spends more time with each environment.”

    Colorado-born artist Lin Esser has been fascinated with illustration ever since watching his father, a mechanical engineer, craft intricate exploded drawings and cross sections of elaborate multi-cogged machinery. Like many interstitial artists, he has worked across disciplines as a double bass player, a Broadway sound designer, a film composer, a magazine illustrator, and a cartoonist. He was the Director of Sound and Music [...]

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    Biyuu
    by InterstitialArts | February 13th, 2012 | No Comments »

    Sound sculptor Liz Phillips is developing a particularly exciting new interstitial multi-media venture called Biyuu (a Japanese word describing the sound of bamboo bending in the wind). In this piece, soundscapes will be transformed through the controlled and conscious movement of the human body in live performance.

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    Applications are Open for the 2012 Indy Convergence
    by Erin | January 4th, 2012 | No Comments »

    (Eds. Note: We’ve just received this announcement from IAF Working Group member Ellen Denham, who is working with the  Indy Convergence, the annual 10-day “make-a-wish foundation for artists.” You can also find out more about the Indy Convergence by reading the March 11, 2011 IAF interview with founder Caitlin Swihart — we are very excited about this event and look forward to what this year’s Convergence will hold!)

    Applications open for 2012 Indy Convergence Categories: 2012

    Applications for the 2012 Indy Convergence are now open.

    Deadline to apply with funding is January 15, 2012.

    The Indy Convergence seeks out professional artists with a passion for exploration and a unique talent or approach that will contribute to the ensemble. Participants also have the opportunity to focus on their own genre specific works and are required to teach a workshop that is open and free to the Indianapolis [...]

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    Writing Excuses podcast interviews Ellen Kushner and Delia Sherman about Interstitial Art
    by mallen | December 18th, 2011 | No Comments »

    Interstitiality made an audible stir this past week when Writing Excuses posted an interview author Mary Robinette Kowal conducted with IAF co-founders Ellen Kushner and Delia Sherman (click this link to read and to listen):

    Ellen Kushner and Delia Sherman from the Interstitial Arts Foundation join Mary and Dan at World Fantasy to discuss things that fall into the gaps between the genres.

    How do publishers, agents, and booksellers deal with titles that are speculative, but that cannot be easily categorized as science fiction, fantasy, horror, paranormal romance, steampunk, or one of the other readily shelvable genres? And how should authors approach writing such titles?


    The post even offers a writing prompt:


    Writing Prompt: Try to write something that doesn’t fit neatly into the genres you’re familiar with.

    A lively discussion has ensued in the comments there. Please listen, [...]

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    More Calls for Papers
    by Felice | December 12th, 2011 | No Comments »

    Geoffrey recently posted a Call for Papers from a fascinating organization: the Gesellschaft für Fantastikforschung (GFF) – that is, the Association for Research in the Fantastic – based at the University of Hamburg. The submission deadline is January 7th, 2012, for its 3rd Annual Conference at the University of Zurich. (The theme of the conference? “TRANSITIONS AND DISSOLVING BOUNDARIES IN THE FANTASTIC” Be still, our beating hearts!)

    The GFF’s Call for Papers site has several other listings as well, including a call for articles about performance art (“theatre, music, dance, magic, and/or ritual”) from the Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, and a call for meditations on urban apocalyptic landscapes from the Science Fiction Research Association.

    Check it out!

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    Interfictions Zero resumes in 2012.
    by Geoffrey | December 11th, 2011 | No Comments »

    A quick note from Delia Sherman and Helen Pilonovsky, the co-editors of Interfictions Zero:

    The editors of Interfictions Zero apologize for the spotty nature of our updates. We have been overtaken with Life Events, entirely of the good variety, but still overwhelming. Come January 2012, however, we will be back, with S.J. Hiron’s “The wu of Nazi Literature in the Americas,” which weighs Roberto Bolaño’s second novel against Philip K. Dick’s The Man in the High House as well as Bolaño’s own, more famous study of the nature of evil, 2666.

    Thank you for your patience.

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    CFP: Transitions and Dissolving Boundaries in the Fantastic.
    by Geoffrey | December 11th, 2011 | No Comments »

    Courtesy of the IAFA-L mailing list, a call for papers that should be of interest to the interstitially-minded. Hurry, though – the deadline for the initial proposal is January 7th, 2012:

    CALL FOR PAPERS
    TRANSITIONS AND DISSOLVING BOUNDARIES IN THE FANTASTIC

    Third Annual Conference of the Gesellschaft für Fantastikforschung (GFF)
    at the University of Zurich from 13th to 16th September 2012

    Transitions and the dissolving of boundaries are crucial to the fantastic in all media manifestations. Fantastic texts include, among other things, crossings into other worlds, time travel, metamorphoses, hybrid creatures as well as a variety of transitions and transgressions. Hybrid genres and genre reconfigurations as well as various forms of intertextuality featured in fantastic literature(s) are based on transitions between texts and the dissolving of boundaries between topics and motifs of diverse origin. In this sense, the fantastic provides the potential to disintegrate the artificial line [...]

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    From a co-founder: Occupy [Artistic] “Wall Street”
    by Ellen | October 9th, 2011 | No Comments »

    Listening to this week’s NPR On the Media segment with host Brooke Gladstone speaking with Occupy Wall Street representative (and former AIDS activist) Bill Dobbs made me think of the early days of the IAF.

    When Brooke presses Dobbs to say what genuine action the Occupy Wall Street protests are achieving, he says that they’ve gotten a ton of media coverage, and, most importantly, made people aware of the issue, made it a topic of discussion and debate.

    That’s pretty much what we were thinking when we started urging people to think about “interstitial art” and to join the IAF.

    Then everyone started mocking us for doing nothing but talk.  So we published two paper anthologies (with study guide), an online story annex, an online anthology of academic criticism, a ton of blog posts, created an art auction and a series [...]

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