Early in 2011, I began a series of conversations with Christopher Lowe, a writer exploring potential editorial opportunities with Status Hat. Though I had already filled my guest editorial spots for the year, I was intrigued enough by his work to share with him some projects I was keen on developing, if the right conditions presented themselves.
One was a new semi-annual publication devoted to story-telling, or narrative. What it could be was still open, not yet tied to any specific form, and so it would require these discussions to shape its course. This idea resonated for Christopher. His writing relies heavily on narrative and, in his own words, he shared, “I'm fascinated by the artistic process of converting a spontaneous urge to tell a story into a concrete piece of art, be it story, poem, photograph, or painting.” He also instinctively sensed that narrative can arise in works that appear non-narrative in nature.
We decided to proceed, and from those initial emails back and forth, Trigger emerged. In particular, we settled on what would become the first edition of this publication, a collaborative project involving 16 artists and writers. Approximately six months later, after much creative diligence by Christopher, the participating artists and writers, and our production team, it is with great pleasure that Status Hat Productions shares with you the results, this first edition of Trigger. In Christopher's editorial introduction, and his methodology piece, you can discover more about this project. In the works themselves, many stories unfold.
Finally, it is also with great pleasure we look forward to the second edition of Trigger, due out at the end of 2011. The next edition may ultimately take a very different approach to this subject, which will be announced at a later date. For now, it is still a trigger waiting to be released.
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