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Realist Magic: Objects, Ontology, Causality

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.

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Information Skies

Author(s) metahaven

Information skies is a poetic psychodrama about VR, written and directed by metahaven in 2016. A combination of live action and animation, the film is a sequel to metahaven’s film project “The Sprawl (Propaganda about Propaganda)”. This new film, released online at, is overlaid with subtitles in different languages, and with interfacial ruins that are distinct for the online environment.

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Three Times (in Blue and Yellow)

Author(s) Karel Martens
Contributor(s) David Reinfurt

Dutch graphic designer Karel Martens has made clocks for years. Starting somewhere around 1968, Karel attached new faces to existing clock mechanisms to produce graphic compositions, which by their nature, are constantly changing. This screensaver works the same way.
Based on a wall clock designed by Karel for his exhibition at P! this fall in New York, the screensaver software uses three yellow and blue spinning disks to display the hours, minutes, and seconds of the current time. It does very little, other than spin contentedly. But, on the way, the passing of time produces a collection of graphic arrangements as …

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Lonely Samurai 2: Why I Drool

What is the language of scent? Master perfumer Christophe Laudamiel and artist Sean Raspet chat with Anicka about our limited olfactive vocabulary and how to expand it.

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e-flux Journal #76

Sven Lütticken, Julieta Aranda, Brian Kuan Wood, Stephen Squibb, and Anton Vidokle
Editorial—“The Perfect Storm”
Hito Steyerl
If You Don’t Have Bread, Eat Art!: Contemporary Art and Derivative Fascisms
Ilya Budraitskis
What Can We Learn from Vampires and Idiots?
Keti Chukhrov
In the Nebulous Zone between Class Antagonism and Violence
Boris Buden
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
Sven Lütticken
Who Makes the Nazis?
Ana Teixeira Pinto
Male Fantasies: The Sequel(s)
Tony Wood
Some Theses on “Populism”
Jonas Staal

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Waiting for the Internet

This video observes patrons waiting to access the internet at the Central Public Library in downtown Atlanta. This Central Library, designed in 1969 and finally completed in 1980, was the last built project by Bauhaus-trained architect Marcel Breuer. On the morning of November 25, 2015, the wait for a free computer station at the Central Library was 40 minutes. This video documents that wait.

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Webrecorder is a free online tool that allows users to create their own high-fidelity archives of the dynamic web. All internet users are now invited to sign up for a free account with 5GB of archiving storage space at Most digital preservation solutions involve complex, automated processes that were designed for a web made up of relatively static documents. Webrecorder, in contrast, can capture social media and other dynamic content, such as embedded video and complex javascript, while putting the user at the center of the archiving process.
Webrecorder is built with open-source tools and is released under the Apache …

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Artist(s) Holly Herndon
Cover Design Metahaven

Just as Holly Herndon’s debut album Movement had abundant layers in its title alone, its follow-up Platform is just as nuanced in how it combines political, technological, and structural and ideological concepts into a single word. She explores all of these ideas in thought-provoking and unsettling ways that expand on Movement’s fragmented, ethereal approach. On tracks such as “Chorus,” which was made from samples of Herndon’s Internet browsing; “Home,” a breathy piece of pop inspired by NSA surveillance, and the eerily erotic sketch “Lonely at the Top,” she blurs the line between intimacy and invasiveness, providing commentary on the way …

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The Time Complex. Post-Contemporary

Time is changing. Human agency and experience lose their primacy in the complexity and scale of social organization today. The leading actors are instead complex systems, infrastructures and networks in which the future replaces the present as the structuring condition of time. As the political Left and Right struggle to deal with this new situation, we are increasingly wholly pre-empted and post-everything. The contributions in The Time Complex. Post-Contemporary re-localize the present as part of a changed, speculative time complex and draw a precise diagnosis of the situation in order to negotiate speculative predictions of a future presence.

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Commentary Project – Nina Katchadourian

The YouTube Commentary Project invites artist to reflect on existing videos
NY based artists Nina Katchadourian comments on a freehand drawing of a perfect circle

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Smell Dating

Author(s) Tega Brain, Sam Lavigne

Smell Dating is a mail odor dating service where participants match based on smell. Smell is one of the most poignant and evocative experiences afforded by the human sensory apparatus. Also known as olfaction, it is our physical capacity for detecting and perceiving the molecules around us. It is mediated by specialized sensory cells of the nasal cavity, which can be considered analogous to sensory cells of the antennae of invertebrates. In humans, olfaction occurs when odorant molecules bind to specific sites in the olfactory receptors inside the nose. These come together at the glomerulus, a structure which transmits signals to …

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Attuning One Book

Artist(s) Susanne Kriemann
Contributor(s) Cia Rinne

15 minutes, 51 seconds duration
Performed by the artist and Cia Rinne, with birdsong recordings from the Tierstimmenarchiv (Animal Sound Archive) at the Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin selected by Dr Karl-Heinz Frommolt
The analytical bibliographer charts the movements of books through time and space. Each copy of an edition makes its own journey, like a migrating bird. Only in the painstaking, scholarly work of bibliography is the homecoming of an entire edition possible.
A copy of ‘Vögel vor der Kamera’ — birds on camera — is disbound. Artist Susanne Kriemann overprints the loose pages with large letterpress type. The letters H, O, …

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Dictionary of Non-Notable Artists

Author(s) Gregor Weichbrodt

Every day, people on Wikipedia nominate articles for deletion and discuss whether they should remain in the encyclopedia or not. This is done on a sub page called “Articles for deletion”. A frequent reason for exclusion of an entry is “non-notability”.
After I had a look at those discussions, the article about my own person (Gregor Weichbrodt) ironically became nominated for deletion from the German Wikipedia, too. The anonymous person that put me on the list wrote “Completely misses notability criteria for ‘authors’. Unsatisfying notability criteria for artists too.”
I wrote a Python script to download the contents of every “articles for …

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One Island Dreams Another

Stephen Vitiello + Steve Roden – One Island Dreams Another from ROOM40 on Vimeo.
Recorded as part of their joint residency on Governor’s Island in New York, this edition documents their installation work created for the unique acoustics of the Cornelius Chapel. Like many of the recordings that populate their solo discographies, The Spaces Contained In Each, dwells in a zone of rich textural soundscapes.
Distant bells toll at the edges of perception, field recordings flutter amid bursts of modular synth and other electronics. The sound field is constantly evolving and unfolding as layer upon layer of sound draws you deeper into …

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Contributor(s) Natascha Sadr Haghighian

bioswop is a cv-exchange plattform. The idea is to provide curriculum vitaes, bios, resumes for mutual utilisation and borrowing as well as basic elements of cvs for assembly. People can provide their cv for this purpose.In the case of use, the person can be informed that their CV or parts of it is borrowed by someone. For institutions the idea is, to provide the name of the institution for utilisation and maybe even the programm. With a list of several Institutions the assembly of a cv is possible without utilising existing CV’s.The assembled or borrowed cv can be downloaded as …

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Artist(s) Aaron David Ross

Deceptionista is a new audio-visual work by composer and artist Aaron David Ross (ADR). Realized as both an album and a fully immersive virtual ecosystem, Deceptionista unpacks and further mystifies the spiralling inconsistenciesthat permeate our globally networked lifestyles.

Released through PAN via digital and a limited edition SD card as well as a series of live performances, Deceptionista combines the relentless unknowability of the real-time internet with ADR’s distinct compositional approach. As a classically trained musician with a propensity towards contemporary art & technology practices, ADR’s work has distinguished itself through its formal deliriousness and playful tenor. Deceptionista seeks to accelerate …

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Amboy / Fragments for a Screenplay

The film charts the journey of an artist–filmmaker who is led astray from her attempts to make a documentary in Los Angeles by the mysterious history of a deceased male artist named Amboy. Amboy’s storyline is expressed with a disorienting array of cinematic strategies taken from feature films,documentaries, B–movies, and home–video style recordings. The conflation of these approaches takes place in an exhibition environment: one that includes photographic prints and readymade objects taken from the actual site of Amboy, a ghost town in the Mojave desert that serves as the central location of the film.
Scholz, a painter and filmmaker, edited, …

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The Day Before the Fires

Director(s) Louis Henderson

Downtown Cairo, January 26th 2012. The film is conceived in one long circular take, following the path of the Cairo fire of January 26th 1952 – an act of anti-colonial protest that led to the Egyptian military coup of 1952, and subsequently the Nasser regime. Text from Mahmoud Hussein’s Class Struggle in Egypt, 1945-1970.

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Shadow, Glare

Artist(s) Erin Sherif

Artist Erin Shirreff’s motivation for developing Shadow, Glare, the first work she’s designed for a digital environment, stems from those moments when the screen’s material presence becomes impossible to ignore, when dust accumulations, errant smudges, and the movement of shadows and glares disturb the illusion of transparency. “In my living room the light will shift,” Shirreff explains, “and suddenly I’ll be looking at all the dust on my computer screen, or the splotches of light. That will really jar me back into my chair.”
Originally from the article Shadow, Glare.

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Dawn of Midi — Dysnomia

Author(s) Dawn of Midi

Dawn of Midi is a Brooklyn-based acoustic ensemble made up of Aakaash Israni from India on double bass, Amino Belyamani from Morocco on piano and Qasim Naqvi from Pakistan on drums. Formed in 2007, the band name was happened upon after Naqvi casually uttered the phrase by chance as a non sequitur for the improvised music the trio was making at the time. With Dysnomia, Dawn of Midi abandon improvisation in favour of composition, utilising sophisticated rhythmic structures from North and West African folk traditions to weave a sonic tapestry of trance-inducing grooves. From close up one may see only dots, …

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