Issue 8: “Power And,” launched July 30, 2018. Below is the original call for submissions. Stay engaged.

When we examine power — internal or interpersonal — we must first look at the conditions that allowed it to exist in the first place, so that we may better understand the narrative arc that brought it to rest on that particular person, nation, company, or concept. Whether it’s our constant struggle to reassert agency over our digital lives or youth around the globe taking action when adults have not, power is an ever-shifting, always pulsating life force that informs how we exist in the world. Power shifts. It is imbalance; the imagination of fear stacked against a perception of hope. Power is a prism through which we can view an array of social issues, be it power and politics, power and gender, power and youth, power and privacy, power and abuse, or power and privilege.

For this issue, we’re interested in the application of power. The kind of power that dominates conversation even when it is not named outright. Political, electric, or interpersonal, we invite you to dissect the vortex of power, and the conditions we create as well as criticize. Who holds power in our spheres of influence and why? Can we control power, both in others and within ourselves? What are the implications of a shift in the power structures we have grown accustomed to? How do we learn from the abuse of power? When we lose power, can we regain it? And is there a power that is ever responsible?

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Issues & Residencies: beginning in 2018, The Seventh Wave has shifted to publishing two digital issues per year, each tied to an artist residency on the east & west coast. Issue 8 is anchored in New York: we invited 4 artists & writers to our Rhinebeck Residency. These 4 residents will be among our first-published contributors for Issue 8. Issue 9 — we have yet to open that call for submissions — will take root in Seattle, WA: we will be hosting our first west coast residency, our Bainbridge Residency, and once again be inviting 4 artists & writers for a weekend of collaboration and conversation. These residencies are open to anyone around the world, and seek to create conversations across borders & boundaries.

(Featured image courtesy Tom Mrazek).