Meekling TALKS are back this fall, & we’re looking for performers! This season, we’re materializing in the digital ether, worming our way through the cloud & onto your computer screen. Bits & bytes & boops.
In case you’re unfamiliar: Meekling TALKS is our fictional lecture series, where we ask YOU to educate us (and others!) about something strange from the far reaches of your imagination. In the past, we’ve gathered together to watch slideshow presentations detailing the habitats of B-movie monsters and Werner Herzog’s little-known adaptation of the short-lived television series Gargoyles. But this year, we’re revisiting our distance learning initiative and going online.
Rather than a livestreamed conference call, we’re seeking prerecorded video submissions (5 minutes or less) using the one of the following themes for inspiration & form:
- September 8: Webinar. What is a webinar? I’m not totally sure. Guess you’re going to have to teach us.
- October 13: Infomercial. Capitalism sucks! Let’s advertise better stuff (that might not exist…but should?).
- November 10: Evening News. What should it be? What could it be? What could or should be going on in the world (note the date on this one…)?
Pieces can be as simple or as complicated as you want to make them. Where possible/desired on the part of the presenter, we find TALKS benefit from supplementary visual/aural aids (though this is certainly not required, especially while many of us are navigating less-than-ideal technology setups). We also encourage you to get as performative as you wish when crafting your submission(s)–characters, alternative histories, whatever feels right–and to push the boundaries of the distance learning/video format! Please note that final video submissions should be no longer than 5 minutes.
If you’re interested, let us know as soon as possible: send your pitches, questions, and concerns to email@example.com, and we’ll send you all the details you need to refine your ideas. The deadline for final video submissions is end-of-day Friday, August 28.