ability – open call
The first number of Alien Magazine will explore the theme “Aliens of Extraordinary Ability”. The title was inspired by an alien classification by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, which may grant an immigration visa to an alien who is able to demonstrate “extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics”. We are expanding this notion of "extraordinary" to all fields of expertise and to anyone (real or fictional) worldwide.
We are looking for:
1. Aliens of Extraordinary Ability
If you know someone who might fit the profile, please send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject: “I found an alien”. Tell us a little bit about that person (it can be someone living or no longer with us, a neighbor or an historical figure) and why you think that alien is extraordinary. We will go through every application and will get back to you as soon as possible. If we don’t include your suggestions in our first edition, we may consider it for our next numbers.
If you are an artist, designer, illustrator, journalist, photographer, writer or thinker and have a project related to the theme, please submit it to us until June 15 through email@example.com, with the subject line: “I have an idea”. We will carefully look through all submissions and discuss with you the best way of showcasing it in our printed/online media.
Send us an excerpt of your previous work (only English written texts are accepted at this point) and 3 people you would wish to interview (living or dead, fictional or historical) to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject line: “I am writer/journalist”. We will go through all applications and contact with possible briefings.
Since its origin, the word alien has acquired multiple meanings, from generally describing, in legal terminology, people who are in a place outside of their native nations, synonym to the concepts of foreigner or immigrant, to the sometimes cute, sometimes monstrous creatures portrayed in science fiction.
Alien Magazine explores, twists and pushes the boundaries of the understanding of what an alien is. In a series of visual/written essays, interviews or investigative reports, it invites citizens, no matter their shape, size, color, profession, political party, creed, belief, nation, planet to rethink social norms and labels.
In a sometimes alienating society, Alien Magazine provides a safe haven to those who feel they have none.
Alien Magazine is a love-driven project, independently produced and developed by an ever-changing, ever-growing worldwide team of collaborators – all aliens in their own and unique way –, founded and edited by Lisa H. Moura and designed by studio Frau im Mond.
Alien Magazine has received the kind support of the Fonds Cantonal d'Art Contemporain de Genève
Alien Magazine no. 1 "Aliens of Extraordinary Ability" will soon be available for online purchase and in stores near you.
If you wish to receive notifications of when and where the first issue will be available, please send us an email to email@example.com and we will keep you up to date.