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    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.

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    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.

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  • Are we Leopards in the Temple?
    by Ellen | January 15th, 2010 |

    A short story by Franz Kafka reads in its entirety, “Leopards break into the temple and drink to the dregs what is in the sacrificial pitchers; this is repeated over and over again; finally it can be calculated in advance, and it becomes a part of the ceremony.”

    This dreamy little fable serves as an excellent metaphor for the cycles of modern art. The leopards are the artists of the avant-garde, instinctive animals like Picasso, Pollock and Julian Schnabel who desecrate the hallowed precincts of high art and introduce a wild new beauty and freedom. But then they keep coming back. Their once revolutionary gestures become routine, and they are absorbed into the pantheon.

    – Ken Johnson, Art Review, ‘Leopards in the Temple,’ New York Times, 1/15/10

    This also makes me think of Interstitial Art. People are always asking us to define it, and we keep saying, “We’re the thing that doesn’t fit in; the thing you don’t expect, that you don’t have a place for.” Interstitial Art doesn’t define itself except for that. Work that was interstitial even 20 years ago may well since then have become part of a recognized genre or canon.

    So are we the giraffes in the temple?

    finish line

    2 Responses to “Are we Leopards in the Temple?”

    1. Elissa Carey Says:

      I think we are the wine in the temple.

    2. Paul Watson Says:

      We’re not even in the temple – and that’s fine because the fun happens in the dark and dangerous streets outside, away from the formulaic rituals.

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