Ellipses [#2]  PREVIEW 2017

Ellipses […] is an online publication and peer reviewed platform for creative research realised in live, digital formats. For this second issue, Ellipses [#2] we made a call for creative work across a range of disciplines that responds to another call: open the gates.

Open the gates suggests an actual and metaphorical opening of new possibilities, new assemblages and relations within sites of knowledge production. The call asked for projects that re-imagine and re-think the manifestation of creative research within the framework of an online journal. Ellipses foregrounds questions of the creative act and the modes of representation necessary and possible in the spaces of contemporary knowledge production.  Tangential to this are questions of how creative research is measured within university contexts, and even how requirements for double blind peer review within the arts could possibly be reimagined. An opening of the institutional gates and the boundaries of disciplines opens possibilities for the emergence of new and multiple languages, and modes of representation.

This second edition of Ellipses has focused on the realisation of new creative research work within the digital platform, as well as the translation of existing work into digital formats. This has seen a rigorous development process between the original proposal concepts from a range of artistic practitioners to the final online forms taken by each project. The editorial process has involved an intensive conversation between makers and the editors. This has consisted of an ongoing editorial conversation across technical, theoretical and artistic languages in order to arrive at a unique structure for each project. For existing work, the digital realisation has meant much more than the documentation of an existing piece (be it performative, narrative or archival work) but a thinking that embeds the project’s form within the multiple logics of the digital platform.

Ellipses [#2] speaks to the potential to disrupt disciplinary boundaries within the arts, but also between arts and sciences. It attempts to explore and cross the divide between the physical, material space of artistic production, epistemological modes of knowledge production and digital modes of dissemination.