Pamphlets

People sometimes get irritated if you ask them the same question again, especially if it happens in the same conversation. Yet sometimes they provide different answers immediately, or let’s say two minutes after the first (think of the Oracle in The Matrix, or Bill Clinton during his trial). However, when there are forty years in between two identical questions, there’s a big chance of getting the same answer. This does not a priori mean that nothing has changed or that things have remained the same…

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Sahar Muradi and Zohra Saed are two Afghan American poets. This is a lyrical conversation between Sahar who returned to retrace footsteps in Afghanistan and Zohra who remained ensconced in longing for mythic cities of her birth.   As a prelude to the 2012 exhibition, dOCUMENTA (13) and Hatje Cantz published a series of notebooks, 100 Notes – 100 Thoughts, that comprised facsimiles of existing notebooks, commissioned essays, collaborations, and conversations. A note is a trace, a word, a drawing that all of a sudden becomes part of thinking, and is transformed into an idea. This publication project follows that path, presenting the mind ...

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Dear David I have been re-reading our letters. And what an interesting discussion we had this week, about the writing that one does for a singular reader; the ‘one other’ with whom one is thinking. So there has been much dialogue about representation; about performance, and sentiment and sincerity, each thinking to the self through thinking with a companion. And our question returns, often enough, to this: what limits are placed on thought, in the moment that it aspires to be understood from outside itself? This is not a lover’s discourse; it is though interested, and it is interested in the ...

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A conversation with Diedrich Diederichsen about non-human labor, time and value. Made in the context of Resonance at Goethe-Institut in New York. (fall 2013)

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Active Ingredient brings together 22 artists working across a variety of media and disciplines to explore art’s tendency towards transformation, be it material, perceptual, or institutional. Taken from the language and practices of modern pharmacology, in which natural substances are decomposed to isolate useful properties that are then labeled and regulated once synthesized and mass-produced, Active Ingredient tests the conditions of artistic performativity, what it is that makes the work work. Insisting that spatial and institutional arrangements are at the heart of artistic meaning, artist and curator Alex Fleming takes his cue from Adrian Piper’s concept of catalysis, the insight ...

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Urbanatomy‘s venture into e-publishing, through the Amazon Kindle Store, begins with a series of Urban Future Pamphlets, threaded upon the theme of time. Each of these volumes is something over 7,000 words in length, with material drawn from the period prior to the present — and hopefully mature — version of the Urban Future blog.

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There has been many things written about the urban transformations of Paris orchestrated by Napoleon III’s prefect, the “Baron” Haussmann; many of which address the militarized causes of these transformations, as I often did myself. This aspect of the transformations is admitted by Haussmann himself in his memoirs as part of the strategy. The first part of the 19th-century saw many insurrections and revolutions happening in Paris (1830 revolution, 1832 insurrection, 1848 revolution, etc.) and Napoleon III, after his 1851 coup, was certainly eager to transform Paris to be able to control it. The large avenues and boulevards were thus ...

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Maeve Brennan, Miguel Fernández de Castro
A DIALOGUE ON MARGINAL GEOLOGY This dialogue was developed during Home Workspace Program 2013-14, at Ashkal Alwan – Beirut, Lebanon, 2014.

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TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY BIRDWATCHING Our ancestors could spot natural predators from far by their silhouettes. Are we equally aware of the predators in the present-day? Drones are remote-controlled planes that can be used for anything from surveillance and deadly force, to rescue operations and scientific research. Most drones are used today by military powers for remote-controlled surveillance and attack, and their numbers are growing. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) predicted in 2012 that within 20 years there could be as many as 30.000 drones flying over U.S. soil alone. As robotic birds will become commonplace in the near future, we should be prepared to ...

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Bulletin #0: Hito Steyerl. The Unpredictable Potential of Archives by Vincenzo Estremo What happens when we surf the Internet from a country that exerts strong censorship? The aims of an Internet researcher might be considerably influenced by the territorialisation of their Internet surfing. The starting point in this non-academic paper is the author’s personal research on Hito Steyerl’s work. From that, he has come to provide a partial perspective of communication in Turkey’s contemporary politics. This Bulletin is focused on the accessibility of the information about Kurdish issues, and on how a new digital passport allows one to attain knowledge otherwise hidden.

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Bulletin #1: Broadcasting the Archive by Gemma Medina Estupiñan and Alessandra Saviotti Broadcasting the Archive è un progetto che ha come scopo principale la diffusione dell’archivio di Arte Útil, al di fuori dell’istituzione che ne custodisce i materiali. Il concetto di Arte Útil è stato sviluppato dall’artista cubana Tania Bruguera in collaborazione con i curatori, curatrici e ricercatrici del Queens Museum di New York e del Van Abbemuseum di Eindhoven, in Olanda. L’archivio è stato composto da Gemma Medina Estupiñan e Alessandra Saviotti, che hanno quindi iniziato a pensare a come diffondere le potenzialità di questo strumento anche al di fuori dell’ambito artistico. ...

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Bulletin #2: Urban Care: Shifting Strategies by Maia Nichols Imagine a grain and a fencer. A grain of rice, a grain of fabric, a grain of smoke. In a discussion with a fencer, the grain matters little. Here, three projects are examined to consider covert hierarchies. A garden bed spells out Zu Spät (too late). A reconfiguration of the Weinheber Monument by a collaborative group based in Vienna lifts up the earth around its base. A video following the Workers Leaving the Googleplex starts tackling the systemic malaise of ranking workers. These projects are considered for what they achieve in approaching the effects of guilt, through interventions ...

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Bulletin #3. Peeling Back Robert W. Newmann: Narrative Portfolio by Antonia Dapena-Tretter Unpacking Robert W. Newmann’s portfolio requires a layered approach with equal attention paid to biography, aesthetics, and the larger art market of the 1970s to the present. These diverse methodologies intertwine to reveal the artist’s surprising rejection of the Washington Color School tradition of ethereal stained canvases in favor of the real space of large-scale installations. Literal layers—taking the form of pigment added to the canvas or inches of substrate sandblasted away—separate Newmann’s art from that of his teachers and serve as a common thread, tying together enormous shifts in practice ...

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Bulletin #4. Chance and control. Photography, video and the web. Part I 01 If something eludes us 02 Video-photographic devices Since the coming of image technologies (and particularly with photography, video, and the Web) contemporary culture has lost control over images, which became more and more independent from their author. Luca Panaro formulates his thesis by reinterpreting the works of theorists (Susan Sontag, Walter Benjamin, Vilém Flusser), writers (Luigi Pirandello, Italo Calvino, Penelope Lively), even film directors (Buster Keaton, Michelangelo Antonioni, Wayne Wang), and finally contemporary artists (Franco Vaccari, Douglas Gordon and Philippe Parreno, Wolfgang Staehle, Roberto Cuoghi, Carlo Zanni, Eva and Franco Mattes). Translation ...

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Bulletin #5. Chance and control. Photography, video and the web. Part II Part II: 02 Online filming 03 An art that generates itself Part I on Bulletin #4 Since the coming of image technologies (and particularly with photography, video, and the Web) contemporary culture has lost control over images, which became more and more independent from their author. Luca Panaro formulates his thesis by reinterpreting the works of theorists (Susan Sontag, Walter Benjamin, Vilém Flusser), writers (Luigi Pirandello, Italo Calvino, Penelope Lively), even film directors (Buster Keaton, Michelangelo Antonioni, Wayne Wang), and finally contemporary artists (Franco Vaccari, Douglas Gordon and Philippe Parreno, Wolfgang Staehle, Roberto Cuoghi, Carlo ...

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Droste Effect Bulletin #6: B(est-of )ulletin – End of 2016 Issue Index: Foreword by Matilde Soligno About 2016. End of Year Notes by Vincenzo Estremo, Flaka Haliti, and Studio Miessen (Berlin) 2016’s TOP 5 by Luca Panaro

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Bulletin #7. In Defence of the Academic Troll – A word on the new heroes of «Infotainment» The 2016 US elections marked the rise of Internet trolls, such as Milo Yiannopoulos, and inflammatory news websites, such as Breitbart, in what could be described as a pivotal moment in the era of «post representation». But these events are merely indicative of a discourse which spans beyond American politics and has so far led artists, thinkers and activists to wonder: How is knowledge redefined when information and entertainment are rendered indistinguishable? Furthermore, could the same malicious strategies used by the far right be appreciated ...

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Bulletin #8. Simon Denny – New Aesthetics of Change by Vincenzo Estremo Is our society busy with technological determinism? And how is contemporary art building social and cultural alternatives? In this perspective, technological innovation is observed in its social consequences and shaped by society itself. This paper tries to address these questions through the artistic practice of New Zealand artist Simon Denny, who we have followed and interviewed during the Political Populism exhibition at Vienna’s Kunsthalle.

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Media Art is a controversial term that identifies manifold artistic experimentations that refer to the use of media technologies as objects and/or as a subject of investigation. The larger part of this field developed independently from the usual art circuits, proliferating in contexts like festivals, research centers, academic institutions, but also on the Internet, through communities, mailing lists, and social networks. The classical institutions of art have for a long time now recognized and hosted some of the emerging forms that traditionally belong to Media Art, however, they also demonstrated suspicion and distance which limited the possible integration and understanding ...

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The title of this project has been adapted with reference to the disputed concept of an Existenzminimum, which was conceived as an emergency measure to regulate the provision of low-cost housing for the growing working class between the World Wars, but has been criticized for perpetuating low- standard living conditions for the underprivileged. Existenzoptimum builds upon the ideals of the Existenzminimum while developing a proposal for cooperative living in opposition to family life and its ideology, considering issues such as class, gender etc.  

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“We are continually made aware of musicians who have in the past seen value in spuriousness and enacted it in their work, pioneers whose realizations of fakeness preceded the vocabulary for it. Fake Music‘s new initiative will be not to reissue the works of these unimportant artists so that they might persist in their obscurity. FakeMusic Re–Anticipations will periodically issue notifications that we will not be reissuing one of these forebears. The first of these nonreissues is the lack of a catalogue of VOLVO, a Dutch rock and roll band who in the 1980s did not play, perform, or record. We ...

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“The second nonreissue in our Re–Anticipations series is the 1995 debut CD of Argentine band Reynols, Gordura Vegetal Hidrogenada. Reynols have staked an important claim in fake music history, repeatedly asserting the nonexistence of their group. Fake Music is very pleased to not reissue this seminal work in no format that can be heard or owned by enthusiasts or collectors. We deeply believe this is a history that should be greatly treasured and heard by none.” —Fake Music Re-Anticipations

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“Fake Music offers the third in its Re–Anticipations series, the complete catalogue of the Dutch trio the Heroines, a band who from 2006 to 2011 were visible in Amsterdam’s music scene despite their intention to produce no musical output. This collaboration has been years in the making and we are excited to acknowledge our inability to reissue their work.” —Fake Music Re-Anticipations

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“Fake Music offers the fourth in its Re–Anticipations series, Yves Klein and Charles Wilp’s 1965 Prince Of Space, Musik Der Leere, an extremely rare LP heard by no one until today. We are proud to announce that with the present release this work will remain unheard. Such a significant work as this deserves nothing less than to persist in silence and obscurity.” —Fake Music Re-Anticipations

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“We do not know where in the world you are receiving this email, but we are sending it from cities whose inhabitants are starting to speak of warmer seasons. As we from FakeMusic look forward to sweatier days, we think too of the comfort and well-being of our listeners, and so we offer our fifth nonreissue, an acknowledgement of Daniel Eatock’s intent to produce “Audio Mosquito Repellent.” In its broad implemental scope, the piece might have powerfully addressed issues of public health, aesthetics, naturalistic observation, leisure, etc. Unrealized as it is, we cannot reissue this work (to do so would be ...

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