Submission Deadline: October 1, 2021


Hey LGBTQIA+ artists, ‘sup? OUTsider is back with an anti-viral vengeance for 2022!

Last year, COVID-19 catapulted us into the cosmos with an OUT-of-this-world—and all online—extrava-ganza of socially distanced spectacles. But, as we surface from our shells for OUTsider 2022, it’s time to shut down those screens! Barring some fresh catastrophe, OUTsider 2022 will return to abnormal with 5 in-person days of OUT-of-the-box queer creativity and camaraderie—with appropriate pandemic protocols in place (stay tuned for the safety specifics).

So….send us your arty brilliance and all that delicious da bomb: theater, dance, film, music, visual/performance art, and all the betwixts and betweens. OUTsider is committed to queerdo creativity, inclusive camaraderie, anti-racist and transfeminst actualization, and fucked up mischievous faggotry. We welcome all voices, visions and creative forms.

2022 THEME: OUTsider Unplugged

What’s the 411 on this year’s theme? In the stripped-down spirit of the back-to-basic “before-times,” this year we’re taking a creative cue from the ‘90s underground: that time just prior to the digital deluge, when DIY was dope, handmade flyers were fly and crunk was queer as punk. The grungers were grunging, the riot grrrls were rioting, the BIPOCs and queers were fucking fed up, and there wasn’t a damn IPhone or influencer anywhere in sight. We’re here, we’re queer… get used to leaving your house and going all the way downtown and to the bar if you wanna get jiggy with it or get your freak on (scrubs, you can talk to the hand).

Inspired by the down and dirty DIY artivism and aesthetics of the ‘90s, we’re taking you to an offline oasis outside today’s digital infrastructure and all its inundations. ‘Cause in these times of so-called “new normals” (as if!), we can’t help but wonder how us queers can continue to opt OUT: to find an anti-viral, analog abnormal. Embrace the unconventional, unvarnished and au natural. Keep on being cozy and (re-)connect beyond the bounds of the internet. Prepare yourself for OUTsider Y2-22 as we unplug from the mainframe, ‘mos: Time to put that rad back into radical!

NOTE: Submissions do NOT need to be “on theme,” but creative engagements/interpretations are allowed, appreciated, and are all that and a bag of chips.

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