Certain Circuits

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Founded by artists, Certain Circuits Magazine publishes poetry, experimental prose, art, and new media. We are especially interested in documenting multimedia collaborative work between artists.

Crushed Vermeer
Burnt Theater
Urban Anatomy
Pilgrim in New York City
Liminality (Neither Here Nor There)

Assembling and juxtaposing diverse, often disparate elements, AleXander Hirka creates unique new unified compositions – seamless, deeply layered, and complete in their own logic.

Over four decades of innovation, and exploration through various mediums: print, digital, audio, and video – his works are now in private and museum collections internationally.

Dre Grigoropol is an author and illustrator who has been well-received
in the growing East Coast zine scene. She was born in Philadelphia, PA
in 1982, and grew up outside the city in Bensalem. She obtained her
BFA from Moore College of Art and Design. Dre has been studying
storytelling and sequential art all her life, an interest which
stemmed from her love for comics.  She currently publishes her own
work, and has been featured in various anthologies including Zine
Crush, Dangerous Damsels, The Dirty Diamonds, Suspect Device and
upcoming Rock Ink Roll.  Dre prefers to use traditional artist tools
such as quill pens with ink and watercolor, adding to her bold and
unique style.  See more of her work at dretime.org and visit her
webcomic at deesdream.net.

As we gear up for our next issue launch on 9/1 at 10 EST, here’s how to submit to the Winter 2014 issue.  

In the meantime, we’re on Twitter @certaincircuits and Facebook @certaincircuits with news about our upcoming contributors whose work will be published on September 1.  We invite you to follow our editorial page below for announcements between issues.

certaincircuitseditorial:  

OPEN FOR MULTIMEDIA ONLINE SUBMISSIONS until NOVEMBER 15:  

Art: all genres considered, send link to portfolio

Video/film/audio: send embed code or link

Poetics: all genres considered, send in the body of an email or as a MS Word document, PDF considered for concrete poetry

Prose:  1500 words or less, send in the body of an email or as a MS Word document, PDF considered 

Cross-genre:  encouraged

Collaborations: encouraged

Email to certaincircuits@gmail.com.

www.certaincircuits.org

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We are proud to feature our @certaincircuits artists as part of the Digital Art Exhibition for Center City Sips.

Michelle Frazier resides in Maryland.  She received her MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Rinehart School of Sculpture (2004), BFA from the Corcoran School of Art (1999).   She is a Visual Arts Teacher in Annandale, Va., Adjunct Faculty for Continuing Education, Community College of Baltimore County, and Co-President WCA-DC. MichelleFrazierSculptures.webs.com

Doodle drawings started with my students. It was a way to get them drawing without thought.  The doodles took on a life of their own, mostly done in black and white, incorporating words and some cut out pieces into the imagery. In some ways, they help me with the complexity of my sculptures and are a way to express myself without any formalities.
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Michelle Frazier resides in Maryland.  She received her MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Rinehart School of Sculpture (2004), BFA from the Corcoran School of Art (1999).   She is a Visual Arts Teacher in Annandale, Va., Adjunct Faculty for Continuing Education, Community College of Baltimore County, and Co-President WCA-DC. MichelleFrazierSculptures.webs.com

Doodle drawings started with my students. It was a way to get them drawing without thought.  The doodles took on a life of their own, mostly done in black and white, incorporating words and some cut out pieces into the imagery. In some ways, they help me with the complexity of my sculptures and are a way to express myself without any formalities.
Certain Circuits Workshop:  Creating Collaborative Multimedia Poetry (Saturday, August 4 at Big Blue Marble Bookstore)
Founded by artists, Certain Circuits Magazine publishes poetry,experimental prose, art, and new media. We are especially interestedin documenting multimedia collaborative work between artists. Our twoprint issues feature work from artists in Australia, Brazil, France,Mexico, India, Japan, Korea, Uruguay, the United Kingdom, and theUnited States.  Our collaborative work in text, print, and exhibitionshas been documented by Arcadia University Bulletin, Apiary, CityPaper, Duotrope, Et Al Projects, Fifth Wednesday Journal, MoonstoneArts, New Pages, New Purlieu Review, the Philadelphia Inquirer, PhillySide Arts, Philadelphia Weekly, Spew Jersey, Tyler Fiber, and UrbanArts Projects, among others.Editors Lora Bloom and Bonnie MacAllister will guide you through the steps to create and score your own multimedia poetry .gifs and videos. The workshop will consist of creating new work through a series of multimedia poetry prompts and composing to the original music of Bloom.  Participants will perform their texts in the workshop setting, and they will learn free and easy animation techniques. Final products to be eligible for submission to the magazine.Lora Bloom writes poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction and abstract rants, and is a musician and performance artist.  Currently she is the lead vocalist of the experimental rock band Radio Eris  and she helps run Eris Temple Arts, an art gallery and music space in West Philadelphia.  She has been recently published by 13 Myna Birds, received a prize for her writing by the Beat Museum, was featured at the 25th Anniversary of the Shubin Theatre, and has performed and curated music and poetry widely in Europe and the United States.Bonnie MacAllister renders moments through a variety of media. Often pieces are multi-genre, fusing painting, photography, slide installations, spoken word, video, and performance.  She is a Pushcart Prize nominee, poetry slam champion in the United States and France, and Fulbright-Hays awardee to Ethiopia.  Her poetry has been published in Esque, 10,000 Poets for Change/Fieralingue, Grasp (Czech Republic), nth position (UK), and Paper Tiger Media (Australia). She has performed her original writing and plays at New York Foundation for the Arts, the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Raandesk Gallery in Chelsea, Adrienne Theater in Philadelphia, and Cat Cat Club in Paris. She is currently showing work at the Sandy Spring Museum in MD.
To register contact: Big Blue Marble Bookstore551 Carpenter LanePhiladelphia, PA 19119215.864.1870 www.bigbluemarblebooks.com 
$35 for 2 hours on Saturday, August 4 from 2-4 High-res

Certain Circuits Workshop:  Creating Collaborative Multimedia Poetry
(Saturday, August 4 at Big Blue Marble Bookstore)

Founded by artists, Certain Circuits Magazine publishes poetry,
experimental prose, art, and new media. We are especially interested
in documenting multimedia collaborative work between artists. Our two
print issues feature work from artists in Australia, Brazil, France,
Mexico, India, Japan, Korea, Uruguay, the United Kingdom, and the
United States.  Our collaborative work in text, print, and exhibitions
has been documented by Arcadia University Bulletin, Apiary, City
Paper, Duotrope, Et Al Projects, Fifth Wednesday Journal, Moonstone
Arts, New Pages, New Purlieu Review, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philly
Side Arts, Philadelphia Weekly, Spew Jersey, Tyler Fiber, and Urban
Arts Projects, among others.

Editors Lora Bloom and Bonnie MacAllister will guide you through the steps to create and score your own multimedia poetry .gifs and videos. The workshop will consist of creating new work through a series of multimedia poetry prompts and composing to the original music of Bloom.  Participants will perform their texts in the workshop setting, and they will learn free and easy animation techniques. Final products to be eligible for submission to the magazine.

Lora Bloom writes poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction and abstract rants, and is a musician and performance artist.  Currently she is the lead vocalist of the experimental rock band Radio Eris  and she helps run Eris Temple Arts, an art gallery and music space in West Philadelphia.  She has been recently published by 13 Myna Birds, received a prize for her writing by the Beat Museum, was featured at the 25th Anniversary of the Shubin Theatre, and has performed and curated music and poetry widely in Europe and the United States.

Bonnie MacAllister renders moments through a variety of media. Often pieces are multi-genre, fusing painting, photography, slide installations, spoken word, video, and performance.  She is a Pushcart Prize nominee, poetry slam champion in the United States and France, and Fulbright-Hays awardee to Ethiopia.  Her poetry has been published in Esque, 10,000 Poets for Change/Fieralingue, Grasp (Czech Republic), nth position (UK), and Paper Tiger Media (Australia). She has performed her original writing and plays at New York Foundation for the Arts, the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Raandesk Gallery in Chelsea, Adrienne Theater in Philadelphia, and Cat Cat Club in Paris. She is currently showing work at the Sandy Spring Museum in MD.

To register contact: 
Big Blue Marble Bookstore
551 Carpenter Lane
Philadelphia, PA 19119
215.864.1870 
www.bigbluemarblebooks.com 

$35 for 2 hours on Saturday, August 4 from 2-4

SEEKING SUBMISSIONS
 certaincircuits:

To be published on certaincircuits.org 
(as appears on certaincircuits.tumblr.com)
Art: all genres considered, send link to portfolio
Video/film/audio: send embed code or link
Poetics: all genres considered, send in the body of an email or as a MS Word document, PDF considered for concrete poetry
Prose:  1500 words or less, send in the body of an email or as a MS Word document, PDF considered
Cross-genre:  encouraged
Collaborations: encouraged
Email to certaincircuits@gmail.com.
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SEEKING SUBMISSIONS

 certaincircuits:

To be published on certaincircuits.org 

(as appears on certaincircuits.tumblr.com)

Art: all genres considered, send link to portfolio

Video/film/audio: send embed code or link

Poetics: all genres considered, send in the body of an email or as a MS Word document, PDF considered for concrete poetry

Prose:  1500 words or less, send in the body of an email or as a MS Word document, PDF considered

Cross-genre:  encouraged

Collaborations: encouraged

Email to certaincircuits@gmail.com.

(via certaincircuitseditorial)

Thank you!  Because of you, we are now 100% funded.  Please note that the Kickstarter is the only way to pre-order the issue.  We can use any additional donations for postage, printing, and towards our issue launch. A “Subscriber” donation gets the issue at a discounted rate.  We have only 11 days left for this type of pre-sale.  Thank you for helping us print our second issue of a cross-genre multimedia magazine featuring work from artists in Korea, India, UK, and North America.  Several of our contributors are being published for the first time while others publish frequently and exhibit internationally.  We encourage international collaborations and cross-genre publication.  We would love to offer our contributors print copies, and your contribution directly funds our artists’ copies of the magazine.  $1 is not too small to donate toward the issue.  Every dollar goes a long way on a lean budget. Thank you so much for supporting Certain Circuits!

 
 Art: all genres considered, send link to portfolio
Video/film/audio: send embed code or link
Poetics: all genres considered, send in the body of an email or as a MS Word document, PDF considered for concrete poetry
Prose:  1500 words or less, send in the body of an email or as a MS Word document, PDF considered
Cross-genre:  encouraged
Collaborations: encouraged
Email to certaincircuits@gmail.com. High-res

 Art: all genres considered, send link to portfolio

Video/film/audio: send embed code or link

Poetics: all genres considered, send in the body of an email or as a MS Word document, PDF considered for concrete poetry

Prose:  1500 words or less, send in the body of an email or as a MS Word document, PDF considered

Cross-genre:  encouraged

Collaborations: encouraged

Email to certaincircuits@gmail.com.

 
Acceleration
Polluted minds like racing cars
Restless in complications,
I would be one, I would be one
Who’s gonna break the rule of circumstances.
Human paper dolls packed in a box
Perfect plastic sense complete by labels,
I would be one, I would be one
Who’s gonna burn it all without hesitation.

Accelerate my speed and run away
I free my heart from paper cuts.
Accelerate my speed and run away
I free my soul from dirty fingerprints.
Accelerate my speed and run away
This dull illusion not for me
Not gonna hold me here.

Don’t waste this golden dream on me
This boring frame gives me irritation.
Order and confusion just like an annoying fly
Keep measuring my patience.
Your trying to escape, but they want you to obey
Your trying to get out, but they want you to stay .
I would be one, I would be one
Who’s gonna burn it all without hesitation.

Accelerate my speed and run away
I free my heart from paper cuts.
Accelerate my speed and run away
I free my soul from dirty fingerprints.
Accelerate my speed and run away
This dull illusion not for me
Not gonna hold me here.

I see you choosing the same direction
You choose to create house of imagination,
 You choose to break it through, against conspiracy of odds.
We have to cross this bridge of doubts,
Let’s walk together trough this adventure
Away from boring frames, away from sticky labels.
I would be one, I would be one
Who’s gonna burn it all for you without hesitation.

Image: “Faith”
Blueberry Crush is a local emerging artist who is always try help the art community of Philadelphia.  She volunteers as one of the art curators in the Community Culture Exchange, a nonprofit South Philadelphia organization. She is truly happy that she has a connection with such great, creative people like the CCE. Usually she is involved in many art projects and always looking for more.  http://blueberrycrush.yolasite.com
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Acceleration

Polluted minds like racing cars

Restless in complications,

I would be one, I would be one

Who’s gonna break the rule of circumstances.

Human paper dolls packed in a box

Perfect plastic sense complete by labels,

I would be one, I would be one

Who’s gonna burn it all without hesitation.



Accelerate my speed and run away

I free my heart from paper cuts.

Accelerate my speed and run away

I free my soul from dirty fingerprints.

Accelerate my speed and run away

This dull illusion not for me

Not gonna hold me here.



Don’t waste this golden dream on me

This boring frame gives me irritation.

Order and confusion just like an annoying fly

Keep measuring my patience.

Your trying to escape, but they want you to obey

Your trying to get out, but they want you to stay .

I would be one, I would be one

Who’s gonna burn it all without hesitation.



Accelerate my speed and run away

I free my heart from paper cuts.

Accelerate my speed and run away

I free my soul from dirty fingerprints.

Accelerate my speed and run away

This dull illusion not for me

Not gonna hold me here.



I see you choosing the same direction

You choose to create house of imagination,

 You choose to break it through, against conspiracy of odds.

We have to cross this bridge of doubts,

Let’s walk together trough this adventure

Away from boring frames, away from sticky labels.

I would be one, I would be one

Who’s gonna burn it all for you without hesitation.




Image: “Faith”

Blueberry Crush is a local emerging artist who is always try help the art community of Philadelphia.  She volunteers as one of the art curators in the Community Culture Exchange, a nonprofit South Philadelphia organization. She is truly happy that she has a connection with such great, creative people like the CCE. Usually she is involved in many art projects and always looking for more.  http://blueberrycrush.yolasite.com


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