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PublisherRepeater Books2016
What exactly are the Weird and the Eerie? In this new book, Mark Fisher argues that some of the most haunting and anomalous fiction of the 20th century belongs to these two modes. The Weird and the Eerie are closely related but distinct modes, each possessing its own distinct properties. Both have often been associated with Horror, yet this emphasis overlooks the aching fascination that such texts can exercise. The Weird and the Eerie both fundamentally concern the outside and the unknown, which are not intrinsically horrifying, even if they are always unsettling. Perhaps a proper understanding of the human ...
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What About Support and What About Struggle is edited by L’Internationale Online and Jennifer Hayashida, as a collection of poetic responses on the most essential topic of today: how to survive un/natural catastrophes? Starting from a collective reading of Francis Marie Lo’s volume of poetry A Series of Un/Natural/Disasters (Commune Editions, 2016), poets and artists Napo Masheane, Léuli Eshraghi, Merve Unsal, tacoderaya, Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo and Fernanda Laguna have resituated its critique of catastrophe discourse in other urgent pasts and presents through variety of poetic, visual, discursive and audio formats. What are the poetics we are left with when the un/natural ...
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PublishersSternberg Presse-flux2010
This book began as a two-part issue of e-flux journal devoted to the question: What is contemporary art? First, and most obviously: why is this question not asked? That is to say, why do we simply leave it to hover in the shadow of attempts at critical summation in the grand tradition of twentieth-century artistic movements? A single hegemonic “ism” has replaced clearly distinguishable movements and grand narratives. But what exactly does it mean to be working under the auspices of this singular ism? Widespread usage of the term “contemporary” seems so self-evident that to further demand a definition of “contemporary ...
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PublisherRe.Press2014
The enterprise of philosophy has been under sustained attack throughout the 20thcentury, not just by the sciences and allied cultural forces but within the traditions of analytic and Continental thought themselves.  This work attempts to diagnose the roots of these assaults on the enterprise of philosophy and responds to them by developing a new constructive and systematic ‘image of philosophy.’ This novel conception of philosophy aims to re-establish philosophy’s ‘field’ as a humanly indispensable enterprise autonomous from, but related to, other such areas as religion, science, and art.  Beginning with Kant’s suppressed notion of ‘analytic a posteriori judgments,’ and drawing ...
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PublishersSternberg Presse-flux2017
It is often said that we no longer have an addressee for our political demands. But that’s not true. We have each other. What we can no longer get from the state, the party, the union, the boss, we ask for from one another. And we provide. Let’s see how need and care and desire and admiration have been cross-examined, called as witness, put on parole, made the subject of caring inquiry by e-flux journal authors since 2009.
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PublisherWhere2014
Where 5 began with a proposition that Tyler Coburn write a speculative press release for an exhibition he would have enjoyed – but one that nevertheless did not exist. Where took the theme of Coburn’s imagined exhibition and produced three experiments. For the first, Where opened its shipping container “to anyone, to do anything” from September 12 – October 12, 2014. For the second, Where initiated a handwritten letter campaign to established commercial galleries. For the third, Where organized a dinner at one such gallery, David Lewis, entirely comprised of edible parasites. The theme and speculations proposed in Coburn’s press release were ...
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PublisherWhere2016
Where 6: “Prediction,” with Sarah Meyohas Bitch Coin Release Party: Sunday, February 15th, 2015 8pm Trinity Place, 115 Broadway, New York, NY We rarely have an opportunity to invite our colleagues to as well-appointed an affair as will transpire on the evening of Sunday, Feb. 15 at Trinity Place in Lower Manhattan. This turn-of-the-century bank can easily be navigated by the landmark of Zucotti Park across the street. Our splendid event celebrates the launch of “BitchCoin,” a digital currency developed with Sarah Meyohas, a young artist who, fresh out of Wharton Business School, headed straight into Yale’s MFA program. BitchCoins can be bought online with ...
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PublisherFall Semester2019
Fall Semester presents WINTER BREAK, its third iteration of online publications and visual contributions. WINTER BREAK talks about the broken nation using Venezuela as example, the territory, the idea, and what seems to come with it. What is Venezuela today apart from a contradiction between its gross political reality and an enlarged fictitious self-image? Within this contradiction, WINTER BREAK imagines ways of relating to the current socio-political machinery without just opting for the one-dimensional immersion in the politics that has plagued its recent times. The regime in power has introduced a new form whose tactics are close to artistic practice, ...
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Words Without Pictures was originally conceived by curator Charlotte Cotton as a means of creating spaces for discourse around current issues in photography. Every month for a year, beginning in November 2007, an artist, educator, critic or curator was invited to contribute a short unillustrated essay about an aspect of emerging photography. Each piece was available on the Words Without Pictures website for one month and was accompanied by a discussion forum focused on its specific topic. Over the course of its month-long “life,” each essay received both invited and unsolicited responses from a wide range of interested parties. All ...
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PublishersSternberg Presse-flux2012
In Hito Steyerl’s writing we begin to see how, even if the hopes and desires for coherent collective political projects have been displaced onto images and screens, it is precisely here that we must look frankly at the technology that seals them in. The Wretched of the Screen collects a number of Steyerl’s landmark essays from recent years in which she has steadily developed her very own politics of the image. Twisting the politics of representation around the representation of politics, these essays uncover a rich trove of information in the formal shifts and aberrant distortions of accelerated capitalism, of the ...
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PublisherRe.Press2010
In his new book, the eminent philosopher Andrew Benjamin turns his attention to architecture, design, sculpture, painting and writing. Drawing predominantly on a European tradition of modern philosophical criticism running from the German Romantics through Walter Benjamin and beyond, he offers a sequence of strong meditations on a diverse ensemble of works and themes: on the library and the house, on architectural theory, on Rachel Whiteread, Peter Eisenman, Anselm Kiefer, Peter Nielson, David Hawley, Terri Bird, Elizabeth Presa and others. In Benjamin’s hands, criticism is bound up with judgment. Objects of criticism always become more than mere documents. These essays dissolve ...
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Writing, Medium, Machine: Modern Technographies is a collection of thirteen essays by leading scholars which explores the mutual determination of forms of writing and forms of technology in modern literature. The essays unfold from a variety of historical and theoretical perspectives the proposition that literature is not less but more mechanical than other forms of writing: a transfigurative ideal machine. The collection breaks new ground archaeologically, unearthing representations in literature and film of a whole range of decisive technologies from the stereopticon through census-and slot-machines to the stock ticker, and from the Telex to the manipulation of genetic code and ...

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