FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - 5 September 2006
M/C - Media and Culture
is calling for contributors to the 'jam' issue of
Call for Papers: 'jam'
Edited by Lawrence English & Jo Tacchi
What is Jam? How can we understand this cultural and culinary condiment? How does it exist on its own right? Can it exist without attachment, without some form of boundary giving this amorphous blob some understood form and shape?
As a condiment, the notion of jam exists attached to a more solid form - wedged between two pieces of bread or contained within a jar. Its creation (via various processes and transformations from raw material into something consumable, even desirable), housing, marketing and consumption all shape our understanding of this widely used, yet somewhat 'formless' term. Is it through this series of conditions (and many more not noted above) that we understand the ideas of 'jam' - that is, by association? Equally, the term applies to a variety of artistic procedures and situations - from work with sound and visual arts to online applications and a broader 'cultural' application. These are the experiences and conditions of 'jam' and
'jamming' that this issue aims to uncover and explore. Is jamming always underprepared and underdefined in advance? Ironically, if one 'preserves'it, can it still be considered 'jam'?
Is there still a currency for this term? Have the popular uses of 'jam' in a cultural, musical and art setting rendered it less effective? How might it be reinvigorated and where does the future path of jam potentially lie? Submit your essays of 1000-1500 words in length to the editors at firstname.lastname@example.org.