New in the Library Stack
8/12/16

Volition

Author(s) Gregg Bordowitz

Consisting entirely of questions, Volition is an active, mind-bending engagement with the reader, who is led down paths of inquiry involving art, meaning, philosophy, choice, happiness, and identity. Bordowitz organizes his questions into lists, paragraphs, and stanzas, which are themselves organized into five chapters: Questions, Topics, Aesthetics, Beliefs, and Morals. The resulting text is something like a spiritual guide crossed with an epic poem crossed with a transcription of the meandering thoughts of a philosophic insomniac, kept awake by such questions as “How can I touch creation as a principle without reproach?” and “How does gratitude unfold from virtue?” Originally …

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New in the Library Stack
7/6/15

Seen

Author(s) Emil Kozole

“Seen”
is a typeface that is concerned with privacy and the interception of our communications by the NSA. It automatically strikes through so called “spook words” as they are written. Try typing anywhere on this website.
“Seen” is a font that has a preloaded set of sensitive “spook words” that the NSA and other agencies are using to scan through our documents. The typeface can be used in any popular software such as Illustrator, Indesign, Word or in a browser. It can be used normally to write text as any other font does, but once one of these trigger words is written …

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New in the Library Stack
12/24/14

1975

Artist(s) C. Spencer Yeh
New in the Library Stack
8/9/16

Bulletins of the Serving Library #11

This issue is both *in* and *about* COLOR. Starting with ISSUE #10, we have reduced our format and we are printing in all of the available inks. The issue was published in time to inaugurate (finally!) our first physical space for The Serving Library in a storefront on the north side of the majestic India Buildings block in the heart of Liverpool’s once-colorful mercantile district.
Bulletins around the edges of color come courtesy Lucas Benjamin on a green screen, Stuart Bertolotti-Bailey on ephemera, Umberto Eco on conditioning, Emily Gephart on a poetry hoax, James Langdon on kitchen cabinetry, Tamara Shopsin on swimming …

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New in the Library Stack
5/5/15

Modeler

Commissioned by Dia, Daniel Lefcourt’s web project, Modeler, focuses on systems of signs and interferences. The starting point is a grid composed of grayscale stock images of industrial objects and spaces, a seemingly infinite dataset suggestive of what Lefcourt deems “The pleasure of sameness and repetition.” Extending from his current body of work, which emphasizes observation and detail, Modeler invites the visitor to investigate the complex nature of virtual perception.
Daniel Lefcourt was born in New York, and received his MFA from Columbia University. Over the past ten years, he has had solo exhibitions at Taxter & Spengemann in New York, …

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New in the Library Stack
12/24/14

How Wheeling Feels When the Ground Walks Away

Artist(s) James Hoff
New in the Library Stack
8/9/16

Michael Snow – Life & Work

Author(s) Martha Langford
Artist(s) Michael Snow

Michael Snow traces the dualistic structure of his work to his Canadian upbringing
between two cultures—English and French—and his early awareness of the different
qualities of sight and sound, learned from his parents. Having studied at the Ontario College of Art in his native Toronto, he travelled in Europe in the 1950s and lived in New York in the 1960s. Snow’s contributions to three spheres of cultural activity—visual art, experimental film, and music—have been recognized internationally.

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New in the Library Stack
4/18/15

Poetry as not, with singing

Artist(s) Nick Mauss, Ken Okiishi

From 2006 to 2007 Mauss and Okiishi collaborated on One Season in Hell, an artwork titled after a web-based mistranslation of Arthur Rimbaud’s infamously untranslatable poem Une Saison en Enfer (1873). For One Season in Hell, the artists used now-outmoded word-for-word translators—better known as machine translators—to generate a fragmented version of the opus.
Derived from One Season in Hell, Mauss and Okiishi’s Dia commission investigates the complexities of virtual communication and the variance of meaning in transliterated language. Rather than unraveling an authored text, however, Poetry as not, with singing positions the visitor as poetic generator in which a user’s type …

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New in the Library Stack
12/22/14

Destroy All Monsters

Though the exact where and when of this Destroy All Monsters live recording remains a mystery to fans (and even the band members), it’s speculated that this performance was recorded in the early ‘80s. The Stooges’ guitarist Ron Asheton counts off the first song as front-woman Niagara comes in singing with the demure cool of a pre-Blondie Debbie Harry over a mantra of repetitive garage-rock riffs before the band tears into their first single “Bored,” sounding like Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon fronting the Stooges (Sonic Youth claim Destroy All Monsters as one of their main influences). Making good on its …

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New in the Library Stack
8/6/16

Calendric Dominion (Urban Future Pamphlets – Series 1, Book 2)

Author(s) Nick Land

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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New in the Library Stack
3/20/15

Illustrating Marx

Capital Drawing Group grew out of a Marx reading group originally proposed at Occupy London’s Bank of Ideas. When that building was shut down and its occupants evicted, the reading group moved to the Royal Festival Hall where it continues up to the present. Our collective project to illustrate Capital is a response to the economic and political forces that dominate out lives today, as described so vividly by Marx. The ongoing work is to be understood as a reading and as a resource. Users of this site are free to copy and use our images for educational purposes. Commercial …

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New in the Library Stack
12/11/14

An Idea Just Out Of Reach

Artist(s) Liam Gillick
Editor(s) Robert Eikmeyer

Original interviews with the artist.
“I don’t have to know how to do a baby’s hands or a bleeding guy nailed to a piece of wood. I don’t need to know about any of this stuff. I can do mirror cubes. And that’s it. What a great idea…all I have to do is make sure they are interesting.” There is a democratising impulse in Robert Morris’ mirrored cubes. Liam Gillick’s work, however, is not a mirror of anything, but an attempt to look around the mirror. The key to this is the quality of interest and this often has to do …

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New in the Library Stack
8/6/16

DRONE (Unmanned, Architecture and Security Series)

DRONE is the first issue to be published from the Unmanned, Architecture and Security Series research project and publication series.
Drones are unmanned vehicles [UAV]. They are either remotely controlled or, increasingly, autonomously following a pre-programmed mission. Initially, they were developed for use in conflict situations, but the technology also lends itself to a variety of civic purposes, from urban surveillance to monitoring agricultural fields and poaching. UAVs can transport objects, from bombs to books and pizza boxes. In conflict situations they can be used for targeting and killing individuals, but also for providing medical assistance. Drones are cheap to produce and have …

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New in the Library Stack
3/9/15

Agrippa (A Book of the Dead)

Author(s) William Gibson
Artist(s) Dennis Ashbaugh

William Gibson’s poem played from a 3½-inch diskette on a 1992-era Mac computer running the System 7 operating system. When the diskette ran, the text of the poem scrolled up the screen (accompanied by infrequent sound effects: a camera shutter click, a gun going off) while an encryption program on the diskette encoded each line and made the poem “disappear” after its first reading.
On December 9, 2008—the sixteenth anniversary of the original “Transmission” event debuting Agrippa—The Agrippa Files was aided by the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities and the Digital Forensics Lab at University of Maryland, College Park, …

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New in the Library Stack
12/11/14

The Creative Act

Artist(s) Marcel Duchamp

“Let us consider two important factors, the two poles of the creation of art: the artist on the one hand, and on the other the spectator who later becomes the posterity.
To all appearances, the artist acts like a mediumistic being who, from the labyrinth beyond time and space, seeks his way out to a clearing.
If we give the attributes of a medium to the artist, we must then deny him the state of consciousness on the esthetic plane about what he is doing or why he is doing it. All his decisions in the artistic execution of the work rest …

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