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8/8/18

Realometer Re-Loaded

Science fiction auteur, paperback revolutionary, agile co-occupant of literary and art worlds, admirably independent mind Mark von Schlegell is an ideal curator-guide for the bizzarro world of nineteenth century American literature. The rift in history made in the writing of Poe, Emerson, Douglass, Dickinson, Melville, Hawthorne, Henry James et al, Schlegell identifies as a fictional machine through which literary worlds become possible words, then makes a Carrollian flip into the mirror, a splash into the glass, as Cocteau showed us in Orphée. Burroughs called it the “pre-recordings”—the deep code out of which reality is projected. Schlegell calls it the Realometer…

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Rehearing/Rehearsing

Published on the occasion of the exhibition Chekhov’s Gun at 062 Gallery. An industrial revolution is a product test that everyone participates in. One’s participation is induced by the diffusion of new technologies, the depth of their adoption and their aggregate influence.1 In a promotional video, the World Economic Forum heralds the fourth industrial revolution as “blurring the lines between the physical, digital, and biological spheres.”2 A visit to Davos truly is not complete without an experience of these new forms of time compression. Try out the seventy-five minute refugee simulation sponsored by Facebook.3 Tell us about your experience having your ...

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Site Visit No. 8: U.S. Air Force Academy with Paul Andersen

Paul Andersen is the director of Independent Architecture. His projects range from cruciform bubble gum columns to almost ordinary houses. Paul teaches at UIC and previously taught at the Di Tella, the Harvard GSD, and Cornell University. He has been a guest curator at the MCA Denver and the Biennial of the Americas, a Fulbright Specialist in Architecture, and is the author of The Architecture of Patterns and Curve Culture. On Today’s Site Visit, we return to Colorado and discuss our visit to the US Air Force Academy campus located in Colorado Springs. Built between 1958 and 1968, the campus spans ...

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Seeing is Forgetting 046: LA-Based Artist Jason Revok

Jason speaks about his childhood and adolescence leading him into the world of graffiti and art. We discuss the importance of community, aspects of commodity within the art world, and how the value systems of our society have the potential to disenfranchise artists.

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The Serving Library Annual 2018/2019

Twice a year since 2011, The Serving Library has assembled a set of individual ”bulletins” on a common theme, made PDFs available to download for free at www.servinglibrary.org, and simultaneously published them in print as Bulletins of The Serving Library. Last fall we started to turn on a yearly cycle instead, uploading the new batch of files throughout September, and releasing a half-as-frequent-and-twice-as-big print edition in collaboration with Amsterdam-based Roma Publications. This year’s Annual is guest-edited by Italian novelist and translator Vincenzo Latronico and explores how *translation* is fast becoming a significant site for the negotiation of identities and power dynamics ...

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Droste Effect Bulletin 15: Art & Automation: for an Apologia of Leisure Time

Robotics and soft AI are bringing everyday changes both to the work field and to our free time. How does this condition reflect itself on the artistic practice? Can we humans liberate ourselves from our anthropocentric viewpoint and accept the intellective superiority of machines? Will we be able to overcome our fear of automation? In the utopian view of a fully automated production, not only work ethics should be re-thought, but also our certainties about aesthetics.

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G.B. JONES

Contributor Nate Pyper
G.B. JONES is an artist, filmmaker, and musician with a bone to pick. In the early 80s Jones co-founded the post-punk proto-riot grrrl band Fifth Column and in 1985 started publishing the queer punk zine J.D.s with co-conspirator Bruce LaBruce out of their rundown apartment in downtown Toronto. The zine’s inaugural issue featured the debut of her legendary Tom Girls series. Her drawings continue to be exhibited worldwide. Jones’ “no-budget” films often depict the hijinks of bad-mannered girl gangs, homo hustlers, and anarchist mischief-makers. This font is based on the title sequence of her 2008 film The Lollipop Generation. Jones’ matter-of-fact ...

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In Between

Contributor Nazli Ercan
In Between is a typeface created from video animations of a stroke font’s letters. These videos capture the letters of the English alphabet transforming into each other in a consecutive manner. Each form of the In Between typeface is taken from the exact middle point of this translation between consecutive letters. In Between asks several questions: Although it is classified as a typeface, if the glyphs are pending letters, would this not disqualify In Between as a typeface? Are these letters readable? If so, how do they sound like? Or, are they pure silence? How would one even type these ...

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False Flag: The Space Between Paranoia and Reason

Prologue When I first proposed curating this exhibition on the subject of paranoia, it was September 2016, a little over a month before the United States presidential election. Donald Trump couldn’t possibly win, and we were about to see the momentous election of our first woman President. I had long been interested in paranoia—as an affliction, a strategy, and an ontological system. I took it seriously, very seriously, but it also felt like something outside of me, a symptom of something kept at a distance. Both during the campaign and in its aftermath, things began to swing out of control. Incidents like ...

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Seeing is Forgetting 045: LA-Based Artist Anna Sew Hoy

Anna speaks about the various directions her practice has taken over the last twenty years, understanding her place within the work, and realizing that her goal wasn’t just to show in a gallery space or an art fair. We talk about the influence that peers and mentors can have on an artist as one’s career extends over a period of time.

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Feminisms

The importance of women’s rights have sprung up in movements across the globe in the past few years, exacerbated by increasing social, environmental, technological and political polarities. Feminisms is the sixth in a series of online publications published by L’Internationale Online. This publication examines how women, or those who identify as female have been addressing not only inequalities – in reproductive rights, sexual rights, and in the right to equal pay – but also how plural feminisms have been and are being consistently re-thought, and how art museums can work with and respond to issues surrounding women’s rights. Feminisms play a crucial ...

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Scratching the Surface: Dan Hill

Contributors Jarrett Fuller, Dan Hill
Dan Hill is a designer, educator, and writer. He’s currently a director at Arup, a visiting professor at The Bartlett School, and Adjunct professor at RMIT. He’s also the author of Dark Matter and Trojan Horses: A Strategic Design Vocabulary, and the long-running blog City of Sound. He previously worked at the Helsinki Design Lab and as director of Fabrica. In this episode, Dan and I talk about the evolution of his career, his vision for a new type of design education, and the role of writing in his work.

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Martin Wong

Contributor Nate Pyper
MARTIN WONG (American, 1946-1999) painted the world in bricks, sweat, and sign language. He moved to New York City in 1978 and his work often depicted the urban blight of that time while being singularly saturated with deeply humanist joy. Wong was an “outsider among outsiders”: as a gay Chino-Latino painter, he sidestepped the detached conceptualism of many of his contemporaries in favor of social realist tributes to the gritty ecstasy of city life, homoerotics of prison and firemen, the voyeuristic nature of language, and queer black and brown love. Wong died from AIDS-related causes while in the care of ...

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New Models Podcast 04: Psy-Trans Synth & Baselines

Discussing the discussion of gender, transitioning, transgenderism, transhumanism, and trying to find structures in a liquid world… Also ants. /// Caroline Busta, Anke Dyes, Daniel Keller, LIL INTERNET, Steven Warwick, and Ziúr.

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Monti Sans

Contributor Eric Li
The origins of the typeface we know today as Monti Sans can be traced back to America’s first successful type foundry, established in Philadelphia by Archibald Binny and James Ronaldson in 1796. Among the most enduring American types ever designed, it has now nearly realized a proverbial nine lives. Its first three iterations took the form of hand-set type and spanned more than a century. Its fourth incarnation, an arduous conversion to Linotype, was undertaken in the 1940s by C.H. Griffith at the Mergenthaler Company with the aid of Princeton University Press’s P.J. Conkwright. It was this revival, intended to ...

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