I'd been thinking about places in a state of flux in my work as an artist and wanted to expand on this through a publishing project. I wanted to bring together ideas about a given terrain from people I admire — a sort of pooling of thought around a theme. To realise this, I decided to begin a journal that would be defined by the pithiness of its texts. For one thing, it's a lot to ask of busy people — writing for you — but also I felt this approach might set it apart from other anthologies of new writing. As such, I asked that contributions be less than 200 words — a guiding structure that became more fluid as the project progressed, opening up to allow for an incredible variety of responses.
The first issue of Failed States is themed island and I feel fortunate to have received contributions from so many truly brilliant artists, filmmakers, writers and academics, each offering a singular and surprising response through personal prose, concise essay, poetry, notes, script, travelogue, chart and criticism.
The contributors are: Anh Do, Beth Bramich, Bryony Quinn, Cally Spooner, Calvin Seibert, Carrie Friese, Doris Ho-Kane, Eli Diner, Euan Macdonald, Fi Churchman, Gabriella Beckhurst, Isabel Taube, Jasleen Kaur, Jay Simpson, Jeremy Atherton Lin, Jesse Hewit, Joseph Curran, Joyce Dixon, Julie Lindow, Lucy Watson, Luke O'Sullivan, Martin John Callanan, Mary Hannity, Mary Manning, Matt Connors, Matt Wolf, Monique Mouton, Niki Ford, Nina Schack Kock, Olivia Laing, Oscar Gaynor, Paul Clinton, Richard Dodwell, Sam Ashby, Sam Williams, Thea Smith. The journal is being art directed by Sandy McInnes.
The launch issue of the journal will be approximately 100 full-colour pages, perfect-bound and measuring 140 x 200mm. Issue two is scheduled for Spring 2018.
Now the time has come to raise the £1000 needed to cover printing, publishing and distribution costs. If this project sounds interesting to you, and you'd like a copy of the first issue, please consider purchasing it in advance here. If you wish to get an extra copy to give to a friend, that means double the help to ensure it gets produced. And for those with the means and impetus, there are more substantial pledges.
Please note, there is also a category of pledge specifically for merchants, essentially allowing you to order 10 copies at 50% of the retail price.
We'll be launching the Island issue as a part of the Deptford X Contemporary Art Festival on the 28th September 2017 with an evening of readings, screenings and music. A personal invitation will be extended to everyone who helps fund this project.
In gratitude and appreciation,
Risks and challenges
With a launch date set, the biggest challenge is ensuring there are actual, physical, ink-on-paper journals available to hold and love on the night. New complications and quandaries reveal themselves daily, but with exceptional content and beautiful design the project has taken on a life of its own. I've worked to ensure the foundations are solid, now all I need are the advance sales…
Keep track of the journal's progress via Instagram (@failedstatesjournal) and www.failedstates.xyz.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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