Rejecting the dichotomy of centralism and horizontalism that has deeply marked millennial politics, Rodrigo Nunes’ close analysis of network systems demonstrates how organising within contemporary social and political movements exists somewhere between – or beyond – the two. Rather than the party or chaos, the one or the multitude, he discovers a ‘bestiary’ of hybrid organisational forms and practices that render such disjunctives false. The resulting picture shows how social and technical networks can and do facilitate strategic action and fluid distributions of power at the same time. It is by developing the strategic potentials that are already immanent to …
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 …
Alfred Kallir’s fascination with the letter V begins in 1942 in London, after Winston Churchill’s famous “V is for victory” gesture. Born in Vienna in 1899, Kallir was a self-taught scholar whose research focused solely on the study of the alphabet. In his will, he drew up plans for an institution, called “V-Forum,” that would carry on his legacy, but one was never founded.
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, …
Jalal Toufic is a thinker whose influence in the Beirut artistic community over the past two decades has been immense—notwithstanding that, as he put it, many, if not all of his books, most of which were published by Forthcoming Books, “continue to be forthcoming even after their publication.” In relation to one of these books, he wondered: “Does not a book titled Forthcoming suggest, ostensibly paradoxically, a second edition?” Here’s the revised edition of Forthcoming, a book first published nearly a decade and a half ago by Atelos press.
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 …
Articulação sees avant-garde electronic musician Florian Hecker continuing the collaborative work he began with author/philosopher Reza Negarestani on the 2012 album Chimerization. The album’s three lengthy pieces see different manipulations and the electronic processing of human voices reading texts by Negarestani that explore themes of nature and the culture man creates around it, interrupted and often side-lined by Hecker’s blasts of digital noise and skittering, computer-generated mayhem. Opening track “Hinge” features two stereo-panned readings by noted poet and sound artist Joan La Barbara, known for her groundbreaking work with the human voice as instrument. A second, much noisier track breaks …
Object-oriented ontology offers a startlingly fresh way to think about causality that takes into account developments in physics since 1900. Causality, argues, Object Oriented Ontology (OOO), is aesthetic. In this book, Timothy Morton explores what it means to say that a thing has come into being, that it is persisting, and that it has ended. Drawing from examples in physics, biology, ecology, art, literature and music, Morton demonstrates the counterintuitive yet elegant explanatory power of OOO for thinking causality.
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 …
IT is ostensibly “electronic” music that tests the limits of sound, hearing and the average home stereo system, laying out deep bass rumbles and crackles that gradually rise through the listener’s perception, then recede to unusual frequency levels that could almost damage speakers. It’s a completely abstract approach to music, as the main focus is the creation of new sound, and not the formation of these sounds into a coherent “composition” — this, of course, makes the album appealing mainly on conceptual, scientific and auditory levels, not standard emotional ones. In addition to four normally placed tracks in this vein, …
Sven Lütticken, Julieta Aranda, Brian Kuan Wood, Stephen Squibb, and Anton Vidokle
Editorial—“The Perfect Storm”
If You Don’t Have Bread, Eat Art!: Contemporary Art and Derivative Fascisms
What Can We Learn from Vampires and Idiots?
In the Nebulous Zone between Class Antagonism and Violence
With the Blow of a Paintbrush: Contemporary Fascism and the Limits of Historical Analogy
Ewa Majewska and Kuba Szreder
So Far, So Good: Contemporary Fascism, Weak Resistance, and Postartistic Practices in Today’s Poland
Who Makes the Nazis?
Ana Teixeira Pinto
Male Fantasies: The Sequel(s)
Some Theses on “Populism”
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, …
Deluxe vinyl issue of one of the most important albums of modern music and quite simply some of the finest computer audio excursions unleashed in recent years. Sun Pandämonium is the third full- length album from Florian Hecker, originally released in CD format on Mego in 2003. Sun Pandämonium also received the Award of Distinction Digital Music at the Prix Ars Electronica – the “International Competition for CyberArts” – the same year.
Striking the listener from many angles with a diverse range of fiercely dynamic electronic scenarios, Hecker utilizes the computer to materialize new compositional strategies, leaving behind standard musical structures …