Callout: Automate Me

7 January, 2020

Alison Nguyen, Andra8 (2020), video (still),
image courtesy the artist

Deadline: Tuesday 21st January (11:59pm)

Running Dog is seeking proposals for Automate Me—our first issue in an ongoing series investigating four major concerns reshaping our world. This issue will be published in tandem with our public programming series at Verge Gallery beginning in early March. You can find more about Running Dog x Verge 2020 here.

Potential topics might include:
Nanotechnology / auto-decolonising /  smart prosthetics / cows using VR / chip implants / Metropolis / auto-labour / VNS Matrix / Elon Musk / videogames / Amazon / self-driving cars / autotune / Afrofuturism / androids / synthesizers / Pierre Huyghe / EDM / automated agriculture / bots / AI-influencers / Silicon Valley / closed-caption / Hito Steyerl / smart houses / cashless welfare / speech recognition software / LANDR / e-waste / data mining / ‘Alexa’ / robots / cybernetics / Ableton Live / Femmebots / assistant-care robots / AI poetry / data servers / self-regulating computer systems / cyberwarfare / hackers / Robo-debt / Donna Haraway / automatic pilot / job theft / iRobot / networked feminism / Mina Loy / automated dioramas.

A key component of our feature series is to bring together a disparate group of thinkers, activists, artists, musicians, critics, scientists, and academics. We wish to breach the boundaries of what is termed ‘contemporary art’ because RD’s position has always been that art does not exist outside of the world. This call is open to both local and international writers, and submissions may include long-form essays, video, poetry, digital interfaces, fiction and creative non-fiction.

All contributors will be paid for their work. Successful applicants will be notified by 23rd January, and final drafts will need to be completed by Friday 20th February.

Running Dog particularly encourages submissions from diverse writers and editors, including First Nation, queer and/or trans writers, people of colour, and writers of all genders and abilities.

How to submit:

When submitting you will be asked for a short bio, a 250-word pitch, and two samples of writing and/or equivalent work. We’re very happy to discuss your application or any questions you may have before applying—please contact us at 


If you have difficulty accessing the online form, and would prefer to email your submission, please send it through to with ‘Automate Me Pitch’ in the subject header.


About Running Dog:

Running Dog is an online arts platform based in Sydney, Australia. We publish weekly articles about exhibitions and events taking place in Sydney and regional New South Wales. Running Dog believes in experimentation, playfulness and rigour in contemporary arts writing, and seeks to privilege nuance and contemplation in debate. We are committed to covering the work of emerging and established artists through circulating regular content about artist run spaces, collectives, commercial galleries, institutions, one-off events and festivals.

Running Dog acknowledges the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, the traditional owners of the land that facilitates the creation of this project. This land was never ceded and was taken by violence. We pay our respects to their elders past and present, and their descendants.