Hi, Artists! Autumn 2015 IMG MGMT Application Now Open

by The AFC Staff on July 6, 2015 Call for Submissions + IMG MGMT

58 Lungomare 9 Maggio, Bari, Puglia, Italy (Jon Rafman, “Nine Eyes of Google Street View”)

Apply for IMG MGMT

We’re looking for artists who like to talk and write about images. Founded in 2008 in response to a series of studio visits in which artists showed not only their work but their digital image collections, IMG MGMT invites artists to produce image-based essays. We’re now accepting applications for our autumn 2015 IMG MGMT series! Deadline is August 1.


IMG MGMT is an image-essay series conceived and written by artists. The format is completely open; there are are no rules. Artists have based their essays on found images, constructed images, stock photography, and even discarded hard drive files. They’ve made videos. They’ve made quizzes. We’ve published essays with no text and edited thousands of words as well. The best way to get a sense of what IMG MGMT is, though, is to look at our past submissions. Whether examining the world of turbo-sculpture (VVORK), the variety of cubes in the art world (Deb Kass), or the squiggles used by women’s health groups (Shana Moulton), their inspired observations have reached millions of readers from all over the world.

IMG MGMT History

Created by Art F City founder Paddy Johnson in 2008, the series has helped enliven art discourse outside of academia, and broadens the definition of art-making after the Internet. IMG MGMT gained unprecedented momentum (sometimes, even, runaway success), thanks to the hard work of contributors like Martha Rosler, VVORK, Shana Moulton, Michael Mahalchick, Petra Cortright, Lorna Mills, the Bruce High Quality Foundation, Roger White and Dushko Petrovich, and Anton Vidokle.

But of course, much has changed since the spring of 2011: Occupy. Snapchat. Net art went mainstream, and we changed our name. A little older now, and many essays later, we look to IMG MGMT for our brave new world.

In the winter of 2013, we brought IMG MGMT back with a new crew of artists to join in the awesomeness that is IMG MGMT: Phillip Andrew Lewis, Katie Bell, Cam Archer, Jesse Sugarmann, Jack Early, and Gabriel Garcia-Fenech. From Game of Thrones to artist-model porn, these essays demonstrate the kind of rigorous, creative art-making practice we champion every day on the blog.

What We’re Looking For

IMG MGMT artists come from a variety of backgrounds and are selected on the overall strength of their practice.

How to Apply

Artists should submit a link to their Dropbox that includes the following:

1) CV with a link to your up-to-date website

2) IMG MGMT project proposal of 250 words or less

3) 8 to 10 related images

Deadline: August 1, 2015

Please send the Dropbox link to IMGMGMT@artfcity.com by August 1 in order to be considered for the autumn 2015 IMG MGMT series. All applicants will be notified by September 1. All artists will receive a stipend, thanks to support from the Joan Mitchell Foundation.

For an idea of what to propose, or just for your enjoyment, here’s the full list of IMG MGMT posts from years past:


110, Ben Gocker
Breathe In, Jeanine Oleson
Things Behind the Sun, Carolyn Salas
Cosemetic Masochim, Metal on Flesh, Faith Holland and Seth Watter
/\/\\\\\//\/\\\\/\\\\//\\\, Peter Burr and Porpentine
A Reflection on the Spiritual Archeologist Klaus Dona, Nicholas Cueva


Special Collections, Phillip Andrew Lewis
Katie Bell
Smog on the Horizon, Jesse Sugarmann
Getting to Know Len, Cam Archer


Game of Clones, Jack Early
The Greatest Story Ever Told, Gabriel Garcia-Fenech


Transience, Sara Ludy
A Letter to Ron Tye, Chris Collins
Backupzz, Paul B. Davis
Before/After, 2009-Present, A. L. Steiner
ARTSCENTER TALKSOURCE, Dushko Petrovich + Roger White


New Century Modern Surface Magazine, Josh Kline
The Cube Show, Deborah Kass
Untitled, Sean Raspet
New York Conversations (Day One), Anton Vidokle
L.M. vs. Leni R., Lorna Mills
Squiggles, Trees, Ribbons and Spirals: My Collection of Women’s Health, Beauty and Support Group Logos as the Stages of Life in Semi-Particular Order, Shana Moulton
Molla Nasreddin: The Magazine That Would’ve, Could’ve, Should’ve, Slavs and Tartars
A Tour of the Monuments of Ridgewood, Queens, Jennifer Sullivan
What Relational Aesthetics Can Learn From 4Chan, Brad Troemel
My Life and Synchronicity With The Wu Tang (Symbol), Peter Sullivan


Teen Image, Seth Price
Hubris/Nemesis/Whatever, AIDS 3D
Woman In Kitchen, Martha Rosler
Turbo Sculpture, VVORK
With Attachments 9/19/02-6/04/06, Michael Mahalchick
The Nine Eyes of Google Street View, Jon Rafman
Teppich des Lebens, Claudia Wieser
Life As A Woman, Hedy Lamarr, Michaela Melian
gRAdIeNtBOW-2-your-masters, Petra Cortright
Zappos Selbstdarstellung, Joel Holmberg


Our New Library, Penelope Umbrico
Untitled, Miranda Lichtenstein
The Joy of Collecting…Found Photographs, Brian Bellot
Facebook, Wendy White
Race Card, Wayne Hodge
Psychotronic GIFs, Tom Moody
Public Art & Collaboration, Bruce High Quality Foundation
FOSSILS & MINERALS–Teleportation, Kari Altmann
Do Attempt This At Home, Stephanie Diamond
20 Archetypes, Kevin Zucker
Stock Photography Watermarks as the Presence of God, Kevin Bewersdorf
The Undead, Saul Chernick

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