Graphite Interdisciplinary Journal of the Arts

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Graphite Interdisciplinary Journal of the Arts

Graphite is an L.A. arts organization dedicated to producing critical and creative projects in an integrated physical and digital space. Formed in 2009, the organization is supported by the Hammer Museum.  

Graphite describes itself as follows: "Our undertakings are a reaction to the expansion of communication infrastructures and information technologies that reconfigure the possibilities and paradigms of a traditional publication. We explore new categories and speeds of artistic production and consumption, while insisting on a tangible and material engagement with community."

Call for Entries
CATEGORY: Whether socially, politically, linguistically, or cognitively, categories have the potential to give us order. They provide a framework that allows us to make sense of the world and navigate it faster, and more efficiently. Categories are so ingrained in our cultural environment that they are often invisible to the very elements they define. Graphite IX considers how these mechanisms of categorization can influence the way we understand ourselves in relation to the world and one another. It considers how categorization has the power to give visibility and legitimacy to people, objects, and ideas, while also having the power to silence another. Graphite IX calls for hybridity, marginality, and a multiplicity of categories. It calls for political and social analyses of the mechanisms and consequences of categorization.

We urge you to think:

  • What is a category and what does it do?
  • How are categories and standards materially expressed?
  • What happens in cases where a single category is inappropriate or irrelevant?
  • How is categorization different from self-categorization?

If you are interested in being considered for publication in Graphite IX please submit text and/or images that engage with the idea of categorization via email to [email protected] by Monday, April 9. 

Printed journal
Graphite publishes an annual journal that responds to a theme or proposal that is crafted to provoke a reorientation around contemporary events and ideas. A call for entry is opened to the public during winter quarter. The journal is published in June, accompanied by a launch party where contributors get a chance to present their work to journal readers in person. 

The Graphite student-run blog is a space that supports a more immediate form of dialogue and expression. The Graphite Blog is always open for submissions.

How to Apply

Graphite staff members produce a printed journal, create digital publications, and plan programs for students and the public. In order to do all of this, members commit to attending meetings one evening per week. Members also volunteer to work events and conduct on-campus outreach and promotion. 

Applications will be open again in fall 2018. For more information, contact [email protected]


General information: [email protected]
Graphite editors: [email protected]