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 ...

Version Space: Liz Magic Laser in conversation with Julia Schäfer

The following conversation between Liz Magic Laser and Julia Schäfer occurred via Zoom on Thursday, 17 September, 2020, at 11:00 New York/17:00 Amsterdam with an audience of students from the Sandberg Instituut, the Yale School of Art, and the Werkplaats Typografie. This is the first publication of Version Space, a series of pamphlets transcribing conversations among artists and graduate students in visual art regarding Artificial Intelligence and related topics, produced in collaboration with Library Stack and funded by the Artistic Research program of the Sandberg Instituut.

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 ...

e-flux Journal #113

In this issue, Alessandra Franetovich and Trevor Paglen discuss Orbital Reflector, Paglen’s reflective sculpture launched into low-earth orbit as a satellite. Housed in a small box-like structure, the lightweight reflective material of the sculpture was meant to deploy and self-inflate like a balloon and reflect sunlight towards earth, making it visible to our eyes as a nearby artificial star. Unfortunately, at the critical moment of the sculpture’s release in 2018, the US government was on shutdown, with all agencies held hostage in order to force Congress to fund Trump’s gigantic border wall between the US and Mexico. There was no ...

Ontological Flattening of Ethical Accountability

Deep fried new pod with Covid survivor Martti Kalliala, co-founder of nemesis.global and 1/2 of Amnesia Scanner. He told us about his descent into the spiky fuzz-ball world and we discuss two of Nemesis’s most recent memos: The Umami Theory of Value and their GPT-3-laden: The DOOM! Report.

Radical Care: Embracing Feminist Finance

Amateur Cities and the Institute of Network Cultures are proud to present a feminist finance zine titled ‘Radical Care: Embracing Feminist Finance’. It is a cooperative future-thinking effort from the MoneyLab network, a collective of artists, designers, researchers, geeks and activists dedicated to the task of experimenting with more equitable, diverse, and sustainable futures for finance and economy. The zine is a diverse collection of voices organized in three types of contributions: quickfire interviews (short reactions to big questions), double interviews (conversational long reads), and artworks (projects addressing discussed subjects visually). Today we live in a world that is dominated by an ...

Feminism Under Corona: There is More than One Community

This sixth episode There is more than one community is based on a conversation with Australian-born and New York-based writer and scholar McKenzie Wark, who is known for her writings on critical theory and new media. Her latest book Reverse Cowgirl has been published by Semiotext(e) in 2020. Somehow, reading books starts always in reverse. We turn them over with our hands, looking for answers in advance on the back cover. However, Reverse Cowgirl is not a book made to satisfy questions, not even those of the author herself regarding her own biography. The conversation with McKenzie Wark does not provide ...

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.

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, ...

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 ...

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