Between 1950 and 2010, the Institute for Scientific Film (IWF) in Göttingen released nearly 8,000 scientific films. Of these, 3,100 were catalogued in the ENCYCLOPEDIA CINEMATOGRAPHICA. The purpose of the archive was to document in filmic “specimens” any type of terrestrial motional process—isolated and stripped of all incidental elements. The reproduction and growth of bacteria, chip formation in metal processing, or the passing of sand grains through the meshes of a sieve were the subject of filmic analyses as well as human gymnastic movements or plant growth. Distinguishing between human and non-human processes was irrelevant for this concept. Only the ...
Episode 10: Somatic Knowledge
Sonia Fernández Pan in conversation with artist Ania Nowak about the intimate connection between feeling and thinking, different forms and manifestations of love, as well the ambiguity of care, the situation of women in performing arts, and female bodies where illness and disease could also be a social symptom and not only a personal condition.
It’s Me! is science fiction in the literal sense. As modern science seems to be incapable of explaining consciousness – specifically, the binding of distributively processed, neuronal microexperiences into unitary, experiential objects apprehended by a unitary phenomenal self – David Pearce argues that we will need to revise our notions of both the intrinsic nature of the physical and the quasiclassicality of neurons. As a consequence, his essay “Nonmaterialist Physicalism“ gives a novel, experimentally testable prediction of quantum superpositions (“Schrödinger’s cat” states) of neuronal feature-processors in the central nervous system at sub-femtosecond timescales. In Ingo Niermann’s companion piece “How the ...
New Models speaks with Z, founder of Black Socialists of America (BSA) about the organization’s recently launched DUAL POWER MAP: a critical tool for building a new economic order in America within the existing capitalist structure, starting with black worker-owned businesses and co-ops
Model and Countermodel is a reader of collected texts about practitioners who have proposed risky yet rigorous alternatives to conventional wisdom across art, design and architecture including exemplary attitudes, frameworks, methodologies and methods. In November 2016, a printed and comb-bound edition was featured in Practices of Enquiry, an exhibition of experimental enquiry-based learning by students, graduates and staff of University of the Arts London.
Designing the Computational Image, Imagining Computational Design is an exhibition showcasing rare photographs, film, high-quality reproductions, and interactive software reconstructions examining the formative period of numerical control and Computer-Aided Design technologies, along with a selection of experimental work by computational designers working today.
Kristen Alvanson’s XYZT is a genre-busting collection of tales probing the complex relationship and cultural differences between the US and Iran, threaded along a speculative science fiction thriller plotline. Much of the novel is based on Alvanson’s years living in Iran, but in XYZT she reworks her experiences into myriad different styles, perspectives and genres ranging from the quotidian to the fabulous. In this interview with the author we talk to her about her time in Iran, the unconventional structure of XYZT, and the common threads between the novel and her work as a visual artist.
In our 10th episode, we continue our season-long exploration of the question, “What makes great art,” speaking to essential voices of our time about their experiences of seeking it. What follows is an interview between Momus Publisher Sky Goodden and Dushko Petrovich. Born in Ecuador and based in Chicago, Dushko is the chair of the New Arts Journalism program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. and works in several critical and creative capacities, including as publisher and artist. He is the co-founder of the beloved Paper Monument, among others, and by all indications, the heart of his publishing activity ...
Feat. artist and social theorist JOSHUA CITARELLA who has been exploring how deep online spaces have evolved over the past few years, shaping popular politics in turn — especially among younger people. Last fall when we spoke to Joshua (ep. 6), he had just published a long-form piece on Politigram and the Post-Left. In this ep, we talk to him about his most recent essay, “Irony Politics & Gen Z” (published on New Models this spring), discussing the funnel of online radicalization and what tactics the left needs to consider for more effective off-ramping.
Fifteen one-minute songs and an identity defined by its own scattering. Steven Shaviro delves into Tierra Whack’s Whack World to show how it “overwhelms us with a kaleidoscopic variety of ever-shifting feelings,” making sure our senses traverse the contrast, richness and contradiction of a Web 2.0. self.
In solidarity with Decolonize This Place’s nine weeks of action leading up to the Whitney Biennial, we produced an alternative to the museum’s official guide. Our spring guide is designed to lead the reader through the crisis at the Whitney caused by the continuing presence of tear gas manufacturer Warren B. Kanders on the museum’s board of trustees. We have made the PDF available for download and encourage you to share and print the the guide. Please feel free to assemble the guide and bring it with you to the museum. You may choose to leave it in the museum’s ...
In today’s society of humans and machines, automation, animation, and ecosystems are terms of concern. Categories of life and technology have become mixed in governmental policies and drive economic exploitation and the pathologies of everyday life. This book both curiously and critically advances the term that underlies these new developments: machine.
Natalia Ilyin is a designer, writer, and teacher based in Seattle. She’s currently a professor at Cornish College of Arts in Seattle where she teaches design history and criticism, design for social activism, and transition design and is a founding faculty of the MFA in Graphic Design at Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her new book, Writing for the Design Mind, was published by Bloomsbury in February. In this episode, Natalia and Jarrett talk about the book and the relationships between design and writing, teaching design history, and finding your place in the design community.
Defining the future is not easy. As we at e-flux journal look simultaneously backward and forward over our ten years of publishing, we wonder what lies ahead. This is issue #99 of the journal. Since we started with issue zero, this is actually our hundredth issue, amounting to nearly a thousand essays.1 Thinking ahead can be tricky, because the future always harbors a hidden object. Time does not move in one direction; it is not only the period we think we’re living in. Looking sideways, backward, at multiple shared timelines at once, we plan and we think ahead—but ahead of what? The restoration ...
Artist residency on Extreme Lands. A dialog curated by Eleonora Castagna
with Ramdom, Lia Cecchin, Carolina Valencia Caicedo + Riccardo Giacconi
What are the Extreme Lands? Extreme compared to what? How can we narrate them? The first bilingual issue of Bulletin is dedicated to the artist residency Sino alla fine del Mare (Until the End of the Sea) and follows the dialog between residency curator Claudio Zecchi, artists Lia Cecchin, Carolina Valencia Caicedo + Riccardo Giacconi, and Droste Effect curator Eleonora Castagna.