Unpsychology 9.1: Imaginings is OUT now!
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The first volume of Unpsychology Magazine’s ninth edition – Imaginings – is OUT NOW. As for every previous edition of the magazine, it is available as a FREE PDF download. Go to the link below and get the version of your choice (Page or Spreads view) to suit your tablet or computer.
We, the Unpsychology editors, invite you to dive right into this messy and wonderful, multi-media curation of writing, art, video and music. Throughout the magazine you will find QR codes and links to other posts and pieces of video and music. As best we can, in a ‘2D’ digital publication, we have tried to make this an immersive experience!
To supplement the magazine there will be new pieces published on the Unpsychology 9 Imaginings section on this Substack. To begin we have three new pieces to explore:
Sophie McKeand’s exclusive performance improvisation with Patrick Carpenter at Velinder House in Wales from May this year. Find it HERE, with additional music and video exclusive to Unpsychology Voices Substack.
Unpsychology’s sound editor, Patrick Carpenter’s own musical improvisation session with his Imaginings Ensemble. Find it HERE with all the music they recorded.
Rachel Hentch’s ‘Animated art around imaginings’ pieces with videos and commentary. Find that post HERE.
There will be more to come in future weeks, leading up to the publication of issue 9.2 in the Autumn.
A print version of the magazine will also be published very soon, and we’ll let you know when it is available for purchase. If you’d like a print copy of our Warm Data Anthology (issue 8) from last year, for £10 plus postage go to: https://tinyurl.com/Unpsych8Print.
The second volume of Imaginings will be out in the Autumn, and we invite creative responses to issue 9.1 that will help us weave the warp and weft of 9.2!
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In the meantime, you can read the introduction from the magazine in which Unpsychology editors, Julia and Steve, introduce this first volume of the Imaginings issue with a dialogue about the conversation that led to here:
JULIA: A very warm welcome to all our community of readers and supporters, exploring this ninth issue of unpsychology. This year we invited submissions on the theme of Imaginings, and received so many wonderful responses that we felt compelled to take a unique approach to this year's project: an issue in two parts! But this is not just a double issue, it is a dialogue between two entities: volume one and volume two. We hope that our readers' imaginations play with the inter- face between a volume published in summer and one published in autumn.
STEVE: Yes, we like a good dialogue at unpsychology – or a broader conversation – and this issue-in-two-parts has been born out of a series of weekly conversations between the four of us editors. When we put out the call for the issue, I think I envisaged something radical in content, perhaps radical in form. However what happened was that the magazine emerged out of something radical in process! Every word, every image, every piece of sound or video has flowed through these dialogues and conversations between us, and between us and our contributors. It’s something we’ve seen in previous issues, but these Imaginings seem to be part of something purely relational!
JULIA: I love the idea of the magazine content flowing through these relationships, and I am so looking forward to sharing each volume when they are published. The issues themselves are in relationship, with pieces that reach out across time and space to converse with one another. And we hope that our readers come to these Imaginings with curiosity and playfulness. Like being pulled by the hands into the circle of a dance: come, join us! Come see, come read, and listen to this, and look at that! Share your thoughts and responses – with us and with one another. We hope to inspire a conversation about what is possible, and how and why. The possible is only ever born through imaginings.
STEVE: An ongoing playful dance of possibilities – a great image! I think, with this issue, it’s the first time that the editing and curation has felt like that. Each editorial session we’ve had has been rich, relational and often surprising. The images and ideas that come from the imaginings of our authors and artists have taken the four of us on a series of journeys, that are definitely not straight lines from here to there! The steps we have taken together make and follow patterns and are embedded in deep creative ecologies – but I really don’t know where they might be heading. It’s good, sometimes, to not have a destination in mind. So, I really hope you, our readers, will enjoy and feel part of these meanderings...
JULIA: Absolutely. We invite all our readers to participate in the experience of Unpsychology – please do bring your comments and ideas and feedback along to join in the conversation between the two issues of Imaginings. And of course, we always welcome involvement in unpsychology voices, our online space here at Substack. We hope that the birth of this issue 9.1 will create a welcoming space for mutual explorations and imaginings. Let's create this together!
A found poem from our editorial conversations
The thing is us — or rather it’s between us.
It's always combining,
always moving, like boats on the water.
The clumps and boxes are moving and shaking,
always clumping and boxing.
Yet, meeting with our windows behind us,
we can see the colours changing.
Listen a spoken version, with piano accompaniment, by Steve Thorp
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