Graphite is an L.A. arts organization dedicated to producing critical and creative projects in an integrated physical and digital space. Our undertakings are a reaction to the expansion of communication infrastructures and information technologies that reconfigure the possibilities and paradigms of a traditional publication. We explore new categories and speeds of artistic production and consumption, while insisting on a tangible and material engagement with community. We were formed in 2009 and are supported by the Hammer Museum.
Graphite publishes an annual journal that responds to a theme or proposal that is crafted to provoke a reorientation around contemporary events and ideas. A call for entry is opened to the public during the month of January. Our journal is published in June, accompanied by a launch party where contributors get a chance to present their work to our readers in person.
Our blog is a space that supports a more immediate form of dialogue and expression. Through the combination of single-author streams and multi-author channels we aim to enable participatory engagement with various points of focus within a heterotopic field. Blog posts are tied to particular threads, which expand and evolve with each additional contribution. Authors can choose to add a post that starts a new thread, or join an existing one. The Graphite Blog is always open for submissions and is intimately related to our public programming and events.
Public Programs and Events:
Graphite hosts a series of panel discussions, lectures, workshops, performances, and film screenings at the Hammer Museum that aim to foster critical dialogue around contemporary events and ideas. Our programming is often intimately related to, yet not restricted by the content that we publish in our journal and in our blog. Admission to our events is always free.
2017-2018 Editorial Staff
Editor-in-Chief – Karen Achar
Designer – Connie Chang
Blog Editor – Francesca Consagra
Creative Director of Public Programs – Miguel Gutierrez
Communications Manager – Gwen Hollingsworth
Event Curator + Social Media – Viviana Lira
Newsletter Manager – Maya White
Blog Manager + Content Outreach – Sasha Zamani