Callout: Crowd / the / Revolution

14 April, 2020

Joseph Chan, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, (2019)
image courtesy the artist and Unsplash

Deadline: Friday 1st May (11:59pm)

Running Dog is seeking proposals for Crowd / the / Revolution—our second issue in an ongoing series investigating four major concerns that are reshaping our world. You can read our first issue, Automate Me, via our special issues page.

Topics of discussion could include:

Universal health care / Diane Di Prima’s Revolutionary Letters / revolving doors / alternative communities / utopias / womxn only communes / gallery unionisation / Sun Ra / atonalism / crowd dynamics / prison abolition / digital undergrounds / numerousness & movement / Amiri Baraka / wheel spokes / brutalist architecture / Free Hong Kong / Anna Akhmatova / open borders / improvisation as protest / permaculture / Bladerunner / Chris Marker’s The Grin of the Cat / the gig economy / Palestinian independence / revolutionary archives / Indigenous sovereignty / collective mask-making / Wendy Trevino / The Undercommons / Chilean protest movement / ACT-UP / radical economies / ‘working-class resentment’ / psychedelic therapy / Sputnik / communal parenting / art as revolution / loops / wage theft / the Arab Spring / pamphlets / wall removal / ‘let them eat cake’ / Patricio Guzmán / revolutionary discovery / Jenny Holzer’s Inflammatory Letters /  Black Arts Movement / the end of democracy / health brigades / Ursula K. Le Guin / Sudan uprising / permanent revolution / industry ‘disruptors’ / Amazon strikes / community care / the end of the white cube / Andrei Tarkovsky / revolution in isolation / Miyó Vestrini / ‘after the quarantine, the flood.’

A key component of our special issue series is to bring together a disparate group of thinkers, activists, artists, musicians, coders, 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-at-large. This call out is open to both local and international writers and artists, 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 5th May, and first drafts will need to be completed by 2nd June.

Running Dog particularly encourages submissions from diverse writers and artists, 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 ‘Crowd/the/revolution 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.