Verge is thrilled to announce that we are continuing our partnership with Running Dog in 2020, producing four events over the course of the year. Automate Me, Talk about the weather, Be Like Water and Live/Stream/Now will tackle four disruptive features of our present moment: automation, ecological collapse, political unrest, and mediated fake news. The backdrop to these events will be the 2020 US election, the climate emergency, cyber-espionage, cows using VR, tear gas and mass mobilisation, the limits of political art, Antifa, and Facebook Live.
A key component of this public program will be to bring together a disparate group of thinkers, writers, activists, artists, scientists and academics. Running Dog wishes to breach the boundaries of what is termed ‘contemporary art’ because our position has always been that art does not exist outside of the world—it is answerable to the context of its time.
In tandem with these events, Running Dog will also publish four mini-issues on our main site in 2020—a feature series consisting of four pieces for each theme. We will conduct an open call for two pieces, while another two will be commissioned. In the spirit of RD, the format of these features may range from essays to video-poems, and these callouts will be open to both national and international writers.
Running Dog acknowledges the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, the traditional owners of the land that facilitates the creation of this project. This land was never ceded and was taken by violence. We pay our respects to their elders past and present, and their descendants.
Image credit: Naomi Riddle, Decommissioned petrol station, New Mexico, November 2016, (2017)