OPEN CALL: VOLUME 5. ORIGINS
November 10th, 2021
Origin. From Latin origo (beginning) and related to the verb oriri (to arise, to be born, to rise, to appear)
and to oriente (the direction from which the day is born).
Where do we come from? Where are we from? How did we get here? Attempting to answer these questions has given way to the stories that sustain civilizations, ideologies and religions; that build family identities or that shape the architecture of our psyche. Whichever form they take—creation myths, scientific theories, family memories, archaeology, nations, childhood memories—these origin stories orient us in the world. They determine our understanding of the past, define what is possible in the future, and shape our relationships in the present.
That is why, in a context in which the old-world order is collapsing under its own weight, it seems vital to revisit precisely those stories that have determined our orientation in the world. This opens an invitation to rethink our kinship and interrelationships with other species and with the landscapes we inhabit, to reconfigure our own cognitive maps, to rewrite history, to remember and honor the ancestral stories of each land and to imagine new possibilities of conceiving the world. In this way, questions of origin can guide us through uncertainty and give us stories that (re)direct us toward our human place in the fabric of life.
With this volume we want to approach our sense of origin and belonging. To ask ourselves about origins is to speak of history, ethics, memory and identity, but also inevitably of speculation, myths and imagination. It is an exercise that also implies taking responsibility, being accountable, repairing and healing; but as it is done, it opens spaces so that new ways of relating to each other can emerge.
We are in search of stories that explore this theme from wisdoms beyond the human, from different temporal and spatial scales, from a lens of decolonization and emancipation, from ancestral knowledge and present contexts. Stories that question how our perception of origin shapes our way of inhabiting worlds and of relating to other beings; and that at the same time explore how old or new stories could give rise to free and fair futures for all forms of life.
WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR?
Wimblu creates and publishes stories that reconnect ecology and nature in order to restore our sense of belonging and connection to our planet. We are looking for non-fiction stories that have an author's vision and that link nature, spirituality, art, justice and more—in this case, with the volume’s theme: Origins
We accept proposals on any multimedia format (text, short films, video, photography, animation, hybrids).
Who can apply?
Authors of any age, nationality, gender or ethnicity.
HOW TO APPLY
Send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your proposal*, including:
- Short text (max. 500 words) presenting the project and explaining how it connects to the call and to Wimblu’s approach.
- Attachments or links to the project (if it is an ongoing or finished project).
- Brief author description and portfolio or links to past works.
Deadline: January 09th 2022
Check our guidelines here.
*Incomplete proposals will not be accepted