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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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The Richard Mutt Case

Contributor Nazli Ercan
The Richard Mutt Case is created from the three-dimensional boxes that have the MT Grotesque letters printed on their sides. These boxes primarily study the physical space each letter occupies. The three different versions of this new typeface replaces the bold, italic, and regular of MT Grotesque. Each of these new versions captures the boxes from different angles and studies how much a letter can change when looked from different vantage points. The physical boxes, themselves, can also be used to typeset information. The consideration of new perspectives is what makes this typeface a tribute to the French artist Marcel ...

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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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Robert Ford

Contributor Nate Pyper
Robert Ford published THING from 1989 through 1993, a zine that he described as a “black gay and lesbian underground arts journal and magazine kind of thing.” The Chicago-based publication foregrounded queer black and brown DJs, drag queens, artists, poets, and filmmakers. THING proudly proclaimed on its masthead “She Knows Who She Is.” In 1994, Ford died from complications related to AIDS. This typeface is dedicated to his memory. The letterforms replicate various text treatments used by Ford and his collaborators across several issues. Robert Ford (font) was commissioned by Earth Angel, a Milwaukee-based club night, in June of 2018. This Font ...

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