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First of all, you're invited! Yes, you! Are you reading this? Then you're invited!



What: Interstitial Arts Exchange Party!
Where: Readercon 22, Burlington, MA
When: 8:00PM, Friday, 15th July, 2011

Q. But what is it? 
A. This is a party where people will get together to share art and other creative endeavors, both made in advance and on the spot. Bonus points if the art relates to the literary theme of Readercon in some way, or engages with the tropes and themes of fantasy, science fiction, and myth.

Q. Whose idea was this, and why?
A. I kind of accidentally made it up after I mistakenly thought some friends were having a mix CD exchange. One of them told me that she was no good at making mixes and couldn't participate. I jokingly said that she could make other creative stuff, and we could have an interstitial arts exchange, which would be very appropriate, since Readercon tends to attract the interstitial arts crowd. Then, because I am foolhardy, and because a few others thought it seemed like a fun idea, I ran with it.

Q. Do I have to give something away?

A. You don't have to do anything! But! If you bring art, big or small, to give away or trade, that could be fun! It's also fine to bring stuff just for display, though. And we will have some things on hand to make and do, so even if you come empty-handed, you might leave having given and received things anyway.

Q. What do you mean by art? And what is interstitial art?
A. The Interstitial Arts Foundation defines interstitial art as, "art made in the interstices between genres and categories. It is art that flourishes in the borderlands between different disciplines, mediums, and cultures. It is art that crosses borders, made by artists who refuse to be constrained by category labels."

In practice, this might mean mixing genres (science fiction and fairy tales, literary mainstream and fantasy, etc.), crossing media divides (It's a poem and a scarf at the same time!), or just being tricky to categorize (Is this song country or metal? I just don't know...).

For the purposes of this party, art means anything creative that you feel inspired to make. Poems, songs, mixes, cards, games, jewelry, pictures, sculptures, stories, or any combination of any of those things! And of course, I haven't listed all the possible things by any stretch. In my previous entry about this party (before we had a firm date and time), I showed an example of art inspiring other art and mutating in exciting ways. That's the kind of spark I hope leads to a creative bonfire at this party.

Q. I'm not an artist. Can I just come to hang out?
A. Yes! Of course! And if you find that you want to participate in some spur of the moment creativity when you arrive, we're certainly not going to stop you. *g*

Q. Can I sell stuff at this party?
A. No, this is a free event for sharing free stuff and/or showing off stuff you don't want to give away. No soliciting! But, if you want to promote your art by showing it or giving samples away, that's totally fine. And of course, if you have business cards, definitely feel free to give those out to anyone who might be interested in buying things from you later.

Q. Is this an official Interstitial Arts Foundation event?
A. Nope! I just made it up 'cause I felt like it. It's not officially associated with any organization. But! A lot of IAF types will be attending, and Readercon is hosting an official IAF Town Meeting on Sunday, so if you want to get involved with that organization, you'll have plenty of opportunity to do so over the course of the weekend.

Q. I have a reading at nine, so I can't get there until at least ten. Should I still come?

A. Absolutely! This party is officially going from 8pm to 11:30pm, but unofficially, we'll let the creativity run its course until we all feel satisfied with the results. If you can only come for a bit at the beginning, or at the end, that's totally fine. Please do stop by when you can!

Q. Who are you, anyway?
A. I'm Julia Rios. I write, and interview people, and I like to dabble in crafty things, though I'm no master artist by any stretch. I'm a regular contributor to the Outer Alliance blog, and host of the Outer Alliance Podcast (promoting LGBTQIA content in speculative fiction), and I'm really interested in celebrating diversity in all kinds of ways, especially if it means getting people to do awesome things together.

Q. How accessible will this event be for disabled people?
A. We'll do our best, but I don't know. It's going to be in a hotel room, so there won't be a ton of space. I think it'll be on the 6th floor, but the hotel does have elevators, so at least there's that.

Q. I have still more questions! What are you going to do about that?

A. Ask them in the comments, and I will do my best to answer them to your satisfaction.


( 9 comments — Leave a comment )
Jun. 29th, 2011 06:38 pm (UTC)
Is this song country or metal? I just don't know...


I want to hear that song.
Jun. 29th, 2011 07:11 pm (UTC)
Have you checked out Slaughter of the Bluegrass (http://www.sotb.se/)?
Jun. 29th, 2011 07:16 pm (UTC)


(I hadn't heard of the group, and I clicked on one of the free-listening songs, and liked it instantly. Now I'm going to listen to the rest.)

Jun. 29th, 2011 07:19 pm (UTC)
I cannot possibly express in words how much I love my awesome friends. SRSLY.
Jun. 29th, 2011 07:24 pm (UTC)
You are the common link!
Jun. 29th, 2011 07:20 pm (UTC)
Thank you for continuing to prove your XTREEEEEM awesomeness. ♥
Jun. 29th, 2011 09:26 pm (UTC)
I will try to be there
Jun. 29th, 2011 09:28 pm (UTC)
If you can make it, that would be fantastic. If you can't, do try to find me at another time during the con. I would love to meet you!
Jul. 15th, 2011 02:59 pm (UTC)
Leaving Dakota at Readercon
User kylecassidy referenced to your post from Leaving Dakota at Readercon saying: [...] in Burlington MA tonight! It'll be up at the Interstitial Arts Exchange Party [...]
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