Introducing: Reserved Circulation

Independent commercial ebooks face legal and technical roadblocks to digital lending within academic, municipal and museum libraries. The Reserved Circulation initiative finally brings these titles into distributed library lending, allowing them to be acquired by our institutional partners and borrowed by affiliated users. Artists, designers and publishers can make works available to libraries through this system. Participating publishers include Strelka Institute, Architectural Association, e-flux, Triple Canopy, n+1, Paper Monument, Left Gallery, A.R.T. Press, dpr-barcelona, Mikrotext, Eeclectic, O-R-G, and Halmos.

The Serving Library Annual 2020/2021

This year’s Annual is published in tandem with a long-term installation of The Serving Library’s collection of (mostly) framed objects at 019, an artist-run exhibition, performance and work space in a former welding factory in Ghent, Belgium. Apparently, the sole common denominator of the objects in the collection — which range from paintings, photographs, and record sleeves, to a can of green paint, a German car license plate, and an ouija board — is to have appeared as illustrations in an issue of The Serving Library Annual or one of its immediate antecedents, Bulletins of The Serving Library or Dot Dot ...

Americas : Veritas

A screening and conversation with artist, writer, and filmmaker Renée Green. This program highlights Renée Green’s two recent short films, “Americas : Veritas (2018)”, and “Commemorative Toile: Mise-en-scène (2020)”. “Americas : Veritas” features Le Corbusier’s only two structures built in the American continent–Harvard University’s Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Casa Curutchet, in La Plata, Argentina–while “Commemorative Toile: Mise-en-scène” revisits a homonymous wallpaper and textile installation made by Green in 1991/1993, which focused on the history of a pervasive textile and its motifs, as well as the artist’s interpretation of them. Tracing an arch that connects a European ...

Astroturfs of Offense Glossary

Contributors S.U.S., New Models
Astroturfs of Offense is a diagram and glossary of terms related to the topic of astroturfing. The project is a collaboration between the New Models community and Shifting Uncertain Situations (S.U.S.). S.U.S. is an agency that seeks out public discussions and intervenes to produce documents that sow productive suspicion and ambiguity into wider conversations and unsettle ingrained patterns of thought. The agency encourages protesters to download and distribute their flyer at grassroots and astroturfed events.

Post-Communisation? Surveillance Capitalism, Totalities and Error

Contributors Mattin, Miguel Prado, Rob Lucas
We are back! Double shot of communisation. We are joined by Rob Lucas (Endnotes), we discuss his critique of Zuboff’s The Age of Surveillance Capitalism and his magnific text Error. Be aware of the conditions of possibility of a communist overcoming of the capitalist mode of production!

The Black Catatonic Scream

Contributor Harmony Holiday
“Now we have to learn to listen to the speechless ruins.” A meditation on Black silence.

The Society of the Friends of the Virus, Vol. 4

CENTRE PARRHÈSIA LITERATURE SOCIÉTÉ DES AMIS DE LA PARRHÈSIA SOCIÉTÉ DES AMIES DU VIRUS

Interstitial EP043: Modern Architecture and Climate

Managing adverse climatic conditions was a significant part of the project of architectural modernism before the proliferation of air conditioning. Daniel Barber traces the conceptualization of the normative thermal interior space—and highlights the rich history of alternative models.

Sade’s Piano: Control and Abjection in the Films of Michael Haneke

Haneke’s films question not only their characters’ self-knowledge, but also the insistence with which they cling to bodily and mental self-control as their main center of identity. […] By revealing the shallowness of our bodies’ aliveness, they remind us that the stillness and inert compliance of matter is not just something we desire to master, but also something that we fear and deny in ourselves…

Larissa Pham

Contributors Harry Gassel, Larissa Pham
In this weeks episode I talk to the great writer and artist Larissa Pham. Larissa writes for, among others, The Nation and The Paris Review. She’s also written a novella “Fantasian, a New Lovers” published by Paul Chan’s imprint, Badlands Unlimited and is soon coming out with what she calls a mixtape of personal writing and essays, “How to Run Away” to be published by Catapult. Here we get into her thoughts on the rise and need for the personal in writing and when it goes too far, how art helps the artist to both express and disguise personal vulnerability, ...

e-flux Journal #111

Who remembers the title of last year’s Venice Biennale? One long year and change later, it seems that nobody’s worst enemy could have made a threat, a promise, or a curse that we may live in times quite as … “interesting” as the ones we find ourselves in now. Arguably, anyone paying even the most distant attention to 2019—or to history and the evolving present in general—could have foreseen what we were heading towards. It’s hard to imagine, though, that someone could have envisioned just how deadly fascinating these times would turn out to be. In any case, here we are. ...

Synth

Contributor Lisa Radon
Synth is a reader for now. a staking out of possibilities for an expanded imaginary and practice drawing from revolutionary poets, feminists, anarchists, witches, theorists, and polemicists from the 70s to the present engaging political, anti-capitalist, and anti-racist action, cyberfeminism, technofeminism, xenofeminism, information wanting to be free, dreamz of a free web, the virtual, hyperstitions, and fiction as method.

Contemporary Art Biennials – Our Hegemonic Machines in Times of Emergency

Biennials are each in their own way a complex constellation of different economical and geopolitical, and representational cultural aspects within its own power relations. With all their underlying deficiencies (canonical, hegemonic, colonialist, hot money-funded, politically influenced, hierarchical), biennials tend to establish international discourse, at best, rooted in local cultural specificities and contexts. With this edition of the journal, we wanted to include a variety of cases and research areas, not ordered along a historical trajectory, but rather, ordered by theme. With a mix of over sixty new contributions and reprints of important articles for the biennale discourse this issue is ...

Action at a Distance

The mediality of transmission and the materiality of communication result today more than ever in “acting at a distance” – an action whose agency lies in a medium. This book provides an overview into this crucial phenomenon, thereby introducing urgent questions of human interaction, the binding and breaking of time and space, and the entanglement of the material and the immaterial. Three vivid inquiries deal with histories and theories of mediality and materiality.

Corona Under the Ocean: Underwater Projections

The sixth episode, with writer, lecturer, and curator Filipa Ramos is an approach to cinema from the ocean and to the ocean from cinema. Beyond the production of underwater images, there is a political relationship between cinema and the underwater world. As vision devices, the projection room and the tank or aquarium are related in their production of the fiction of a safe environment for the human being. Moreover, there are aquatic creatures capable of producing cinematic images, allowing an expansion of the concept of cinema beyond its own history and human history. This podcast is the result of a ...

Feminism Under Corona: Survival in Motion

This episode is based on a conversation with Ana Garzón Sabogal, who lives and works in Colombia. In her practice she is operating with the close encounter between art, collaborative learning, activism, and free culture, and is member of Más Arte Más Acción, together with Alejandra Rojas Giraldo. Their practice includes a feminism which stems from the critical conscience and from the understanding of feminist practices as depending on the material conditions of each context, of each community and of each person. The same applies to the political question of language, because of the enormous need to learn, to know, ...

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