Seeking the Periphery: Call for Entries 2021

Opening March 2021


Iconic architectural photography disseminated global Modernism and canonized utopic design principles, shaping internationalism while erasing local cultural practices. The carefully composed advertising-ready image was instrumental to the new message; the Image folded snuggly within the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, expanding the Factory to employ a complex hierarchy of production from top to bottom, from design to delivery. Internationalism was (is) an aesthetic that flowed through and replaced place. This aesthetic is still dominant while peripheral nodes of resistance emerge.

The Paul H. Cocker Gallery invites submissions that redirect the eye away from the iconic photographic image toward new forms and representational culture. The aim is to assemble and display alternative representations that lead away from homogeneity toward an architecture and culture that claims no specific center. The abolition of the center, and its replacement with the void is a position in architecture and culture that places no being in the center and redirects perception to the Periphery.

Submission Format: Submissions will be accepted through Google Forms. Videos accepted via YouTube or Vimeo link. Accepted file types include JPG, PNG, GIF, DOCX, PDF. Avoid submitting panel/posters, rather individual files of content, with a maximum of 10 files. For alternative forms of submission or questions please contact:

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Qualifications: Open to everyone including but not limited to artists, academics, designers, and institutions.

Deadline to submit an entry is January 29th, 2021 at 11:59pm EST