Feature Contributor: Shinji Toya

toya-2“In the project ‘3 Years and 6 Months of Digital Decay’ developed in association with the Arebyte gallery, I set up an online platform where a digital video will be more and more fragmented as time passes until the image disappears entirely three and half years after the launch of the website. Vicktor Mayer-Schonberger has talked about how digital media remembers so much information that we know less than the digital remembers. Because digital media can identically duplicate memories (unlike analogue), digital memories are immortal to begin with. If this immortal memory reaches every aspect of our lives (like search engines that can track every click we make online), the information may become beyond our control. Through my artwork, I want us to observe and think about how technologies of forgetting (or auto-decay) can be implemented in our lives and consider whether this technology is desirable for us.”

Shinji Toya’s artwork is featured in the latest issue of the London Reader, #cyberpunkNOW

“3 Years and 6 Months of Digital Decay” is a digital art project that Toya exhibited at the Internet Yami-Ichi event at the Tate Modern in London in association with Arebyte Gallery.

Toya is a multimedia artist originally from Japan, now based in London. He has been awarded the Contagious Nova Award in Lowe and Partner’s Nova Award Series. Toya’s practice is predominantly digital, and involves a range of diverse creative approaches such as moving-image, print, painting, computer programming, digital installation, and website. You can find him online at cargocollective.com/stoya

See more of Toya’s artwork alongside contemporary voices in creative writing exploring the theme of #cyberpunkNOW

Open Call for Creative Writing

Global Voices: Perspectives from Around the World
Deadline: extended to October 30, 2016

Home is the where the heart is, but the heart may be far from home…

An upcoming issue of the London Reader will catch glimpses of the people, the geography, and the memories that make us call a place home. It will look at what it means to build a home; to live in a home; and ultimately, to leave a home or to have a home destroyed. In the 21st century—in which nearly 70 million people are forcibly displaced and 244 million live outside their country of birth—home is a more elusive concept than ever, and it is one that is often entwined with loss.

The London Reader is seeking poetry, minifiction, short fiction, non-fiction, and photography/art from under-represented voices from all over the world that explore belonging, alienation, forced migration, job relocation, and identity. All submissions within these themes will be considered, but narratives from women, the LGBTQ community, people of colour, migrants, and those from low and middle-income countries will be given priority.

Submissions can be stand alone pieces or collections, but should be less than 4,000 words or no more than 5 images for photography/art, and shorter pieces are preferred. Works will be accepted in Persian, Arabic, Urdu, Kurdish, and French and will appear in English translation. All other submissions should be in English.

Email submissions or questions to coordinator@londonreader.uk. Place ‘GLOBAL VOICES’ in the subject line. Please include a personal statement of less than 250 words in the body of the e-mail, and indicate whether the submitted pieces have been previously published and if you hold the publication rights to them.

The deadline for submission on this theme is October 30, 2016.


// The economy and climate are collapsing. Borders are being built up. Yet everyone is connected moreso than ever before. CEOs and squatters with smartphones are conjoined in the consensual mass hallucination. Relationships are right-swiped, and exes hack each other’s accounts. Cryptocurrencies buy research chemicals on the darkweb. Social media pages become memorials to the dead. Hashtags spark revolutions. Mass surveillance is both the business model of the internet and business as usual in the perpetual war on terror. Is this cyberpunk? Is this dystopia? Who cares?

// This is #cyberpunkNOW

// This issue of the London Reader features interviews with the founders of Cyberpunk—William Gibson and Bruce Sterling—and Sci-Fi author Kim Stanley Robinson, as well fiction by Ike Hamil, Stephen Arseneault, George Bartlett, and more. #cyberpunkNOW focuses on short stories, minifiction, poetry, and art that explore the deep-reaching personal, social, and political implications of technology on our lives, re-examining society through the lenses of cyberpunk and science fiction.

// #cyberpunkNOW is dedicated to the memory of Lukas Mariman, 1972-2016.

// As a previous issue, you can read it now by donating whatever you want to the issue’s creators. Mention you’d like the #cyberpunkNOW issue in the Paypal form, and receive a complimentary PDF:

The London Reader is a non-profit cooperative magazine; your contribution supports the writers, artists, and collaborators who make each issue

Coming Soon: Autumn 2016

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In the next issue of the London Reader, Alexander Maurice introduces us to the works and voices of the cyberpunk genre and interviews two of its founding authors: William Gibson and Bruce Sterling. Autumn 2016 releases this September.

Open for Submissions

The London Reader will be accepting submissions from July 1 to October 1!

This year, we are looking for minifiction, poetry of less than 400 words, true-to-life fiction of less than 1,500 words, and any fiction or poetry submissions within the following categories:

  • futurism and cyberpunk
  • the difference between travel and tourism
  • voices of people of colour

Submissions should be sent to coordinator@londonreader.uk, and must contain ‘SUBMISSION’ in the subject line. Please include a personal statement of less than 250 words in the body of the e-mail, and indicate the following:

  • whether you have been published anywhere before
  • whether the submitted pieces have been published anywhere before
  • whether the submitted pieces are final or open to workshopping