Call For Entries

Please see our submission guidelines for instructions. DIAGRAM

What is a diagram? How do maps, charts, plans, DNA sequencing, weather mapping, computer glitches and Internet cartography blur the boundaries between ‘art’ and ‘information’? Drain calls for artworks, thought experiments, essays and reviews that explore how data has been weaved into artworks and in the other direction, artworks into data. How are surveillance, spying, data collection explored by artists?  Does Google Earth problematize artists’ relationships with space and mapping? Is there an algorithmic aesthetics?  What is at the source of the renewed artistic interest in Cybernetics? How do artistic practices appropriate information-age interfaces: first-person shooter or roving perspective; satellite pictures or overhead images, disposable data or the notion of a mathematical sublime?  Can the diagram revamp the essence of the image, its relationship to the multiplicity, to mutating media platforms, to screen interface, to the virtual and actual of the image?  How is it possible to reveal the image’s relationship to binary code and coding, scientific visualization, maps of the universe, data navigation, the algorithmic posthuman? Under the umbrella term of the diagrammatic, Drain seeks to question definitions of ‘art’ and ‘information’ by examining their creative interconnections.

Deadline for submissions - February 28th, 2017 Please send submissions to and Avantika Bawa.

This issue will be led by Jakub Zdebik.