"[Gaga Stigmata has] very modern, edgy photography to free flowing, urban narratives without censure to analytical essays, et cetera—like Gaga, imagination without ... limits. And the beauty is that anyone can submit work to the site, so artists and writers from all over the [world] have joined this experiment." -The Declaration.org

"Since March 2010, [Gaga Stigmata] has churned out the most intense ongoing critical conversation on [Lady Gaga]."
-Yale's The American Scholar

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Gaga Stigmata: Submission Guidelines Update

Gaga Stigmata: Critical Writings and Art About Lady Gaga
Guidelines for Critical Works

We are looking for critical pieces about Lady Gaga that articulate intellectual or creative ways of reading and understanding her work. All submissions should be highly polished, well written, thoroughly cited, and original examinations of some aspect of Lady Gaga's project. We also strongly encourage critical pieces that take a performative approach to criticism, in line with Gaga's aesthetic strategy.

As a journal, our questions regarding Gaga are continually evolving, but most basically center upon the queries: How does Gaga's art function, and what meaning does it produce? Why do Lady Gaga and her project matter? Critical writings may also consider and explore in depth the following:
  • Gaga's relationship to performance/conceptual art
  • Gaga's art and its dialogue with social issues (feminism, gay rights, gender, sexuality, race, etc.)
  • Gaga and fashion
  • Gaga and the disabled
  • Close readings/dialogues of Gaga's videos
  • Gaga and the grotesque
  • Gaga's art and its relationship to post-humanism
  • Gaga's art and its relationship to technology (and bio-technology)
  • Gaga's art and its relationship to consumerism/capitalism
  • Gaga's art and its relationship to evolutionary biology
  • Parallels or dialogue between Gaga's art and the work of other artists in all fields
  • Gaga's art and its relationship to (dialogue with) Warhol
  • Gaga and gender theory
  • Gaga and postmodern theory
  • Gaga and pyschoanalysis
  • Gaga and the spectacle
All submissions will be closely reviewed. Before accepting, we may ask for revisions of your article. Please send all submissions in word (.doc) format. Include a short personal bio in your email.

Send all submissions to gagajournal@gmail.com.

Note: Gaga Stigmata reserves first and second publication rights for all articles published therein. All articles published in the journal will be considered for publication in the final book product.

Gaga Stigmata: Critical Writings and Art About Lady Gaga
Guidelines for Creative Works

We are interested in creative works (visual art, creative writings, music, film, fashion, etc.) that possess an aesthetic strategy in line with Lady Gaga's.  We are also looking for work that takes an unexpected approach to Gaga, offering a new way of encountering Gaga's work or functioning as a surprising evolution or outgrowth of Gaga's project. Creative pieces that are grotesque, highly performative, blur the lines between "high" and "low" culture, and are full of spectacle, are of particular interest.

For this project, we are not interested in works that are a direct homage or replica of Gaga's work.

Please include a short artist statement (50-200 words) and a short personal bio with your email. All submissions will be closely reviewed.

Send all submissions to gagajournal@gmail.com.

Note: Gaga Stigmata reserves first and second publication rights for all creative works published therein. All works first published in the journal will be considered for publication in the final book product.

6 comments:

  1. I'll cook something up for this project later. I'm already working on some stuff.
    For now I just want to say that I LOVE what you guys are doing. This site is amazing and just what I wanted. In 2010 Christmas came early!

    Kind regards
    Mads, Denmark

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  2. Have any of the articles on here been published elsewhere? Ie/ In print?

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  3. Has Gaga Stigmata got an ISSN yet?

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  4. Many of the articles here will be published in print in our final book product. We are working on it now.

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  5. Are you still taking submissions for your book? I am a PhD student who discovered Gaga recently and now I am hooked. I am researching her and would like to participate. Your site is fabulous!!

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  6. Can someone please analyze the judas song and video? When watching the new video I was at first upset at how little it dealt with her [Gaga's] love of Judas. There's little interaction between them, few heartfelt looks...and then it hit me. There are MANY heartfelt looks between Jesus and Judas, many scenes of them together. In light of the video, this is a song from the perspective of Jesus Christ, not Mary Magdeline. Gaga speaks as herself [Mary] only a few times: "Biblical sense" break and "Jesus is my virtue" break. Other than that it can be read very easily as Jesus speaking to himself about his pure, hopeless love for the apostle he knows will betray him.

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