CFP > The Digital Review: “(digital) performance” [Issue 02/2022]

Deadline: December 3, 2021

Submissions: Send to lauraonsale [at] gmail [dot] com

Issue Editor: Laura Hyunjhee Kim
Co-Editors: Darija Medić, Kevin Sweet, Brad Gallagher

The journal the digital review invites submissions for an issue on “(digital) performance.” We are interested in born-digital arts and writing that forefront performance as the primary mode for research-creation, presentation, and dissemination.

The experience of digital works start with the performance of turning on an electronic device. Clicking on and off, scrolling up and down, zooming in and out, viewers perform choreographed gestures and actions prescribed by the work and its computational environment. The reading and writing of digital projects are constituted through a myriad of intra-active performances, birthing new forms of vernacular and language that are articulated through its operational condition. By means of doing, performance as a temporal lens and experimental framework can surface and reveal the indeterminate conditions of the “born-digital” as a tangible and sensorial site of study. From corporeal to virtual and simulated embodiments (ie. aliases, avatars, personas, algorithmically generated texts and images), artists and writers contextually shapeshift and morph their identities to perform research, trouble genres, and deliver artifacts that transgress beyond the edges of the digital facade and screen.

This issue of tdr will take a creative approach to performance as a point of cross-disciplinary convergence, and may encompass the following: original artworks/writing that forefront performance in the research process; creative projects that perform narrative, speculative, and/or political interventions, digital resistance and refusal; artists/writers/scholars reimagining creative scholarship by means of doing; critical engagement with one or more creative approaches to performance.

These categories may include or incorporate any of the following forms:

  • digital essayism (see tdr issue 00)
  • digital performance
  • e-literature
  • computational writing
  • algorithmic imaginary
  • speculative fabulation
  • e-poetry
  • poetic systems
  • performance art
  • performance writing
  • embodied publishing
  • social media art
  • community / netork generated digital works
  • video games as a space of learning
  • creative coding, applications or software
  • radical digital (un)archives
  • performance that cannot be inherently captured or challenges NFT representation
  • other forms of artwork or creative engagement
  • other forms of “research-creation” or “practice-based research” (see tdr issue: 01)

Collaborative submissions are welcome, including among scholars and scholars, artists and artists, and scholars and artists. We encourage submissions from women and non-binary people, visible minorities, Indigenous people, people with disabilities, and LGBTQIA+ persons.

Please note that all submissions meant for tdr must be either born-digital (composed with and for digital media) or able to be adapted for digital platforms.

Please submit abstracts of no more than 500 words. If submitting original creative work, please include:

  • 3 — 5 images, and/or
  • a video preview or overview, and/or
  • a link to the work online

Submissions to lauraonsale [at] gmail [dot] com by Friday, December 3, 2021.


the digital review (TDR), a sibling online publication of the electronic book review (EBR), is a new exciting journal that offers a platform for “the preservation and publication of innovative, born-digital essay-writing,” creative writing, and digital art. It pushes the boundaries of traditional publication in order to account for creative digital communication, including through multimodal and multimedia works that incorporate code, audio, images, and video.