According to Wikipedia, Participation Mystique “is a term derived from Lévy-Bruhl. It denotes a peculiar kind of psychological connection with objects, and consists in the fact that the subject cannot clearly distinguish himself from the object but is bound to it by a direct relationship which amounts to partial identity.”
In Chloe Caldwell’s opening to her essay collection I’ll Tell You in Person, she describes participation mystique the following way: “I’ve learned this notion of not knowing where you end and the artist begins, while watching films and reading books, has a term: participation mystique.”
Using these definitions as a baseline for the conceptual tone of this issue, we are looking at Participation Mystique as the dissolving of boundaries between you and - something. It could be you and a piece of art/cultural experience, you and another person, you and your identity, you and an object, you and an experience. Not knowing where you end and another thing starts. It’s about your relation to these things becoming less rigid and more fluid, becoming absorbed and engulfed.
In this issue, we’re looking to both explore the concept of Participation Mystique and create it, by putting together a publication that immerses you in the specific, detailed and potent experiences and art of our contributors. The intensity of emotion reflected in the intensity of visuals.
We’ve broken this down into conceptual thoughts that relate to this theme and the visual tone that we’re seeking to create. When you’re developing your pitch to us, take into consideration both the concept of Participation Mystique and the visual elements of the tone.
Concepts + words
Olivia Bee, Unknown, Nan Goldin, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, Gentileschi, Unknown, James Marcus Haney, Unknown, Unknown, Amrita Sher-Gil, Frank Ocean, Stevie Nicks, Unknown, Hayley Louisa Brown, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, James Marcus Haney, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, Poussin, Studio 54, Unknown, Jordyn McGeachin, The Dreamers, Alfred Stieglitz, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown.
We tried to find the sources of all of our mood board pictures, but some of them are just from the internet and we cannot trace them. If you know who any of these belong to and would like to attribute credit or would like them taken down, please let us know.
HOW TO CONTRIBUTE
Are you interested in having your work featured in Plasma Dolphin?
Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and include the following:
As you can read about in our About Us section, Plasma seeks to create a cohesive publication that has a consistent curated tone to it, while at the same time preserving and showcasing each contributors voice. Due to this, our process involves working closely with the editors on your piece. Please first send pitches before drafts! If your current pitch doesn't match with the current theme, you can re-pitch it for a later issue or talk to us about how you could re-work it to fit with the issue better. We're working towards making the best publication we possibly can and are excited to see what you come up with!
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