Alex Tsocanos

Alex Tsocanos is an artist based in Detroit.

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Alphabet Prime

alphabet prime is an arts journal presenting critical texts, artist contributions, and fictional works, among other content. The publication takes as its focus the problem of language in contemporary discourse, and its limitations within the established framework of "theory."

While the magazine is intended for artists, curators, critics and cultural scholars, it aims to further investigate the inherently interdisciplinary nature of the field of Fine Art, and may therefore incorporate polemic and expository texts from diverse professions and areas of study.

alphabet prime is published in New York and Berlin and was initiated by Maia Gianakos.

http://www.alphabetprime.org/

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Amalia Ulman

Amalia Ulman is an Argentinian-born, predominantly Spanish-raised artist based between the cities of Los Angeles, London and Gijón. A self-described transatlantic expat, a spirit of national nomadism and outsider cultural inquisitiveness inform her practice. Her works are primarily voiced in the first person, often blurring the distinction between the artist and object of study. The aesthetic is clean, minimal and translucent. The recurring imagery – pearls, butterflies, hearts, coffee art, household ornamentation, and motivational slogans evoke mundane prosaicness with an undertone of possession, seduction, anxiety and insecurity. Ubiquitous, everyday objects are observed as unearthed treasures concealing exotic truths, viewed from a furtive, almost voyeuristic vantage point. In a multidisciplinary manner, she charts a soft-toned exploration of the relationships between consumerism and identity, class imitation and social deception, altruism and orientalism, with a particular focus on the idea of “cute” and “pretty”. She uses the aesthetic languages of the middle, its ‘sublime ordinariness’, as a mechanism to explore the intersection of class and aesthetics at its most salient point: taste. It is the finger-pointing and moralizing of ‘pretty’ that perhaps allows us to see that Ulman’s work is remarkable in that its reception is marked by a conflicted sense of pleasure and unease and even shame and hypocrisy. Such ideas are expanded in her work, whose light touch asks not only how aesthetic consumption aligns one to a particular class position, but also, how a position of criticality is itself a space of privilege. She is a feminist.

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Andrea Crespo

‘sis’, twin entities hosted in a body otherwise known to the state as Andrea Crespo (b. 1993 in Miami, Florida) live and work in New York. They will finish their BFA at Pratt Institute in 2015. Their current special interests include neuropolitics, fandom/roleplay culture, and cyborg bodies/identities.

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Anna Raimondo

Anna Raimondo is an artist currently based in Brussels and Naples. Her research explores listening as both a political and aesthetic experience, using sound as a device to build relational environments.

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Ashkan Sepahvand

Ashkan Sepahvand is a writer, translator, and researcher. His interests trace associations from within the histories of somatics, the sensory, transformation, pedagogy, utopia, queerness, collectivity, ritual, performance, and the self. From 2012–2014, he was a research fellow for The Anthropocene Project at Haus der Kulturen der Welt. His work and writings have been presented at dOCUMENTA (13), Former West, Tanz im August, Sharjah Biennial X, Home Works 5, Jerusalem Show V, Qalandiya International, and Kunsthaus Bregenz. He lives and works in Berlin where he co-organizes the technosexual reading group

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B.

In a juvenescent journal entry B. wondered: “… if this is any of my business. I wonder if a lot of things that cats do are any business,” and invented a secret name. Is what humans say any business?

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Benoît Loiseau

Benoît Loiseau is a cultural advisor and writer based in London. He holds a BA in Journalism from the Free University of Brussels and an MA in Cultural Studies from Goldsmiths, University of London. Benoît has worked in communications and public programmes with cultural organisations including the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; the Serpentine Gallery, London; the British Council, Brussels and SKOR, Foundation for Art and the Public Domain, Amsterdam. He currently works for Brunswick Arts, an arts consultancy which advises cultural institutions internationally, is a founding-editor at ...ment, journal of contemporary arts and politics, and contributor to various publications including the St. Petersburg Times.

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Bo Christian Larsson

Bo Christian Larsson is a Swedish artist based in Berlin. His performances are often linked to installations and objects and deal with alter ego characters. He studied at AKI, Academy of Visual Arts, Enschede. His work has been exhibited in group shows at the Hayward Gallery, London; Virserums Konsthall, Virserum and at Lenbachhaus Kunstbau, Munich. For ...ment Larsson was commissioned to conceive an image series and a postcard.

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Caleb Waldorf

Caleb Waldorf is an artist currently living in Berlin. Since 2008 he has served on the committee for The Public School, an open framework for pedagogy started in Los Angeles by Telic Arts Exchange. In 2007 he co-founded and is currently the creative director of the magazine, Triple Canopy. He is also the co-editor of a journal for short-form writing and media work called Version and is part of the editorial collective, Occupy Everything.

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Camilla Wills

Camilla Wills (b.1985) lives and works in London. Recent exhibitions include Perra Perdida (with Allison Katz), Lulu, Mexico City; Bard Girls Can Fly, White Flag Projects, Missouri; Cabaret Brutalité, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen; Sunbathers, 1857, Oslo and Notes on Neo-Camp, Studio Voltaire, London. In 2011 she completed the Masters programme at Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam and she currently works at Book Works, London.

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Carol Becker

Carol Becker is Dean of Columbia University School of the Arts. She is the author of The Invisible Drama: Women and the Anxiety of Change; Zones of Contention: Essays on Art, Institutions, Gender and Anxiety. She is also the editor of Surpassing the Spectacle: Global Transformations and the Changing Politics of Art and Artist in Society: Rights, Roles, and Responsibilities. Her most recent collection of essays is Thinking in Place: Art, Action, and Cultural Production. She was Dean of Faculty and Vice-President for Academic Affairs at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago before coming to Columbia University. She travels widely and lectures on issues of art and society.

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Charles Knevitt

Charles Knevitt is director of the RIBA Trust, which manages the cultural assets and delivers the public outreach programme of the Royal Institute of British Architects. As part of the RIBA Trust’s public outreach programme, he was UK director of the Le Corbusier–The Art of Architecture exhibition and season in Venice, Liverpool and London (2008–09). Before joining the RIBA in 2004, he was an award-winning journalist, author and broadcaster, including Architecture Correspondent of the Sunday Telegraph and the Times. He is the author or editor of a dozen books, including Community Architecture (Penguin, 1987, with Nick Wates) and Shelter (Polymath, 1994; US edition by Pomegranate, 1996).

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Charlotte Prodger

Charlotte Prodger (b. 1974, Bournemouth) is a Glasgow-based visual artist. She graduated from Goldsmiths College in 2001 and Glasgow School of Art in 2010, with a four-month exchange at CalArts. Solo exhibitions include Percussion Biface 1 – 13Studio Voltaire, London; :-* at Intermedia CCA (both 2012); handclap/punchholeKendall Koppe, Glasgow (2011); Nephatiti, Glasgow International Director’s Programme, Mclellan Galleries, Glasgow (2014); and Markets, Chelsea Space, London with The Block (2014).

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Clara Meister

Clara Meister is a curator based in Berlin and co-founder and editor of ...ment. She was the 2012 curator in residence at MINI/Goethe-Institut Curatorial Residencies Ludlow 38 in New York, with a publication series published by Sternberg Press. Meister contributed for exhibition catalogues and wrote for various magazines.

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Daniel Bürkner

Art Historian and Cultural Anthropologist Daniel Bürkner is writing his doctoral thesis in Art History at the Humboldt University, Berlin on the topic of atomic catastrophes in photography. He has worked and publicized on aspects of public art, cultural trauma and cultures of remembrance, and is now holding a scholarship from the German National Academic Foundation. He is active both as a composer and as the Founder and Curator of the Frameworks Festival in Munich.

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David Riff

David Riff studied cultural anthropology at SUNY New Paltz, New York and Slavonic studies and art history at the Ruhr University Bochum. In the early 2000s, he wrote two monographs on the non-conformist Soviet artists of the 1960s, Vadim Sidur and Vladimir Yankilevsky. He has been living in Moscow since 2002, where he has been translating and writing art criticism and theory, contributing to Flash Art, springerin, Moscow Art Magazine, documenta 12 magazine (issues 2 and 3), as well as Rethinking Marxism. A member of the workgroup Chto delat and co-editor of its newspaper since 2003, Riff also participated in the 52nd Venice Biennale in collaboration with Dmitry Gutov on a project called the Karl Marx School of the English Language.

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Decolonizing Architecture

DAAR is an art and architecture collective and a residency programme based in Beit Sahour, Palestine. DAAR’s work combines discourse, spatial intervention, education, collective learning, public meetings and legal challenges. DAAR’s practice is centred on one of the most difficult dilemmas of political practice: how to act both propositionally and critically within an environment in which the political force field is so dramatically distorted. It proposes the subversion, reuse, profanation and recycling of the existing infrastructure of a colonial occupation. DAAR projects have been shown showed in various biennales and museums, among them Venice Biennale, the Bozar in Brussels, NGBK in Berlin, the Istanbul Biennial, the Architecture Biennale Rotterdam, Home Works in Beirut, Architekturforum Tirol in Innsbruk, the Tate in London, the Oslo Triennial, the Centre Pompidou in Paris and many other places. DAAR’s members have taught lectured and published internationally. In 2010 DAAR was awarded the Price Claus Prize for Architecture, received Art initiative Grant, and shortlisted for the Chrnikov Prize.

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Elliot Evans

Elliot Evans is a PhD candidate in French at King’s College London working in the field of contemporary queer theory and literature in France. Elliot works with the research centre Queer@King’s and has recently contributed to a special issue of Sexualities on queer perspectives on ‘bareback’ sex in France, the US and the UK with the article ‘Your HIV-positive sperm, my trans-dyke uterus: Anti/futurity and the politics of bareback sex between Guillaume Dustan and Beatriz Preciado’. Elliot is also a former trans representative for the NUS LGBT Campaign and has led numerous workshops on gender identity.

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Erica Baum

Erica Baum is a photographer who took an MFA from the Yale University School of Art and an MA from Hunter College, CUNY, in Applied Linguistics. She has had recent solo exhibitions at Circuits Gallery, Lausanne; Bureau, New York; and Luttgenmeijer, Berlin. She has published Dog Ear with Ugly Duckling Press, Sightings with Onestar Press and Bbabaumbaudevin, Circuit, Bureau and Regency Arts Press. Born in New York, Baum continues to live and work in the city.

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Federica Bueti

Federica Bueti is a writer based in Berlin. She is co-founder and editor-in-chief of ...ment.

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Mr. Who, Miss What And The Auctus disease
Take or Leave it! On the Infernal Pressure of Participating in Saint Roch Feast
Editorial
Stuck in the middle with you
Editorial
Federica Bueti, Benoît Loiseau, Clara Meister

Founders and editors of ...ment.

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Editorial
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Federico Campagna

Federico Campagna is an anarchist writer. He is one of the founders of the online journal Through Europe. He contributes to a number of magazines and radio programs in Italy and the UK and is the editor of Franco Berardi Bifo’s forthcoming reader (Il Saggiatore, Italy) and of the forthcoming volume What We Are Fighting For (Pluto Press, UK). He currently lives in London.

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Discipline: on writing and collectivity
Franco Berardi Bifo

Franco Berardi, aka Bifo, founder of the famous Radio Alice in Bologna and an important figure of the Italian Autonomia Movement, is a writer, media theorist, and media activist. He currently teaches Social History of the Media at the Accademia di Brera, Milan. He is author of The Soul at Work. From Alienation to Autonomy, published by semiotext, 2010.

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Welfare and Democracy: Freedom from Illusions
Freee

Freee is a UK collective made up of three artists, Dave Beech, Andy Hewitt and Mel Jordan, who work together on slogans, billboards and publications that challenge the commercial and bureaucratic colonization of the public sphere of opinion formation. Freee occupies the public sphere with works that take sides, speak their mind and divide opinion.

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Manifesto for A NEW PUBLIC
Gavin Brown

Gavin Brown has been involved in gay & queer activism (amongst other forms of radical politics) in the UK for more than 25 years. He was active in co-creating Queer Mutiny and Queeruption events in London and Amsterdam in the early 2000s. He lectures in social and cultural geography at the University of Leicester. He was co-editor (with Kath Browne and Jason Lim) of the collection Geographies of Sexualities published by Ashgate in 2007. He has written widely on queer autonomous spaces and contemplated how the recognition and promotion of diverse queer economies might open and reveal cracks in homonormative social relations. Currently he is researching the history of the Non-Stop Picket of the South African Embassy in London (1986–1990) and thinking about how solidarity is practiced.

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Queer’s contradictions (and radical sexual politics for precarious times)
Grave Riddle

Prof. Grave Riddle is a writer, musician and activist based in Hackney, East London. He is affiliated with the University for Strategic Optimism, a political and cultural activist group based in London who have been organizing various actions, lectures and disruptive activities in public spaces.

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In conversation with Prof. Grave Riddle (University for Strategic Optimism)
Gustav Metzger

Gustav Metzger is a London-based artist, born in Nuremberg, Germany in 1926 to Polish-Jewish parents. He was evacuated to England with his brother as part of the Kindertransport in 1939. From 1945 to 1953, Metzger studied at various art schools in Cambridge, London, including David Bomberg’s class at the Borough Polytechnic, Antwerp and Oxford. In 1959, he developed the concept of auto-destructive art, proposing works that could self-destruct, to reflect the similarly destructive nature of political and social systems. At the heart of his practice, which has spanned over sixty years, are a series of constantly opposing yet interdependent forces such as destruction and creation.

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MANIFESTO WORLD
Hadley+Maxwell

Stemming from their commitment to collaboration, Hadley+Maxwell’s installations, performances, and writing employ diverse media to engage the relation between private life and public appearance. They work with methods of figuration to play out the tension between the political subject and the sensual body. They have presented their work at institutions including the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa), Witte de With (Rotterdam), SMART Project Space (Amsterdam), Künstlerhaus Bethanien (Berlin), the Taipei Fine Arts Museum, the Mass MoCA, the Powerplant (Toronto), and the Seattle Art Museum. Hadley+Maxwell have been working together since 1997 when they met in Vancouver, Canada, and are based in Berlin.

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Temet-ie Nosce (Know Thyselfie)
Hannah Arendt

Johanna "Hannah" Arendt (October 14, 1906–December 4, 1975) was a German-American political theorist. Arendt’s work deals with the nature of power, and the subjects of politics, direct democracy, authority, and totalitarianism.

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The Labour Movement
Heather & Ivan Morison

Heather Peak (b.1973 Desborough) and Ivan Morison (b.1974 Istanbul) are based in Brighton and Arthog, North West Wales. Their work has been exhibited widely in the UK and abroad, including at Tate Britain, Barbican and the 52nd Venice Biennale where they represented Wales. Recent shows include Anna Swartz, Sydney; Or Gallery, Berlin; Artspeak, Vancouver; The Hepworth, Wakefield and Southbank Centre, London.

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Anna: A Love Story For Puppets
Helen Hester

Helen Hester is the author of Beyond Explicit: Pornography and the Displacement of Sex (SUNY Press, 2014). She is a member of the collective Laboria Cuboniks.

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Synthetic Genders and the Limits of Micropolitics
Jan Verwoert

Jan Verwoert is a critic and writer on contemporary art and cultural theory, based in Berlin and Oslo. He is a contributing editor of frieze magazine, his writing has appeared in different journals, anthologies and monographs. He is professor for Theory at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts and teaches at the Piet Zwart Institute Rotterdam, the de Appel curatorial programme. He is the author of Bas Jan Ader: In Search of the Miraculous, MIT Press/Afterall Books 2006, and the essay collection Tell Me What You Want What You Really Really Want, (Sternberg Press/Piet Zwart Institute, 2010) and Cookie! (Sternberg Press/Piet Zwart Institute,2013); Animal Spirits. Fables in the Parlance of Our Time, Michael Stevensons and Jan Verwoert (JRP/Ringier/Chirstoph Keller Editions, 2013). He plays bass and sings in La Stampa.

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Know it? I Wrote it!
License to ill (Growing up with Carnival)
A Miracle 2 Save Us Now
Where is the sex?
Jean-Charles Massera

Jean-Charles Massera’s publications include France guide de l’utilisateur, (1998); United Emmerdements of New Order précédé de United problems of Coût de la Main-d’œuvre (2002); A Cauchemar is Born (2007); Jean de La Ciotat, La légende (2007); We Are L’Europe (2009) and Le guide du démocrate–Les clés pour gérer une vie sans projet (with Éric Arlix, 2010). Several of his writings have been written for theatre plays, directed by, among others, Brigitte Mounier, Jean-Pierre Vincent and Benoît Lambert. Massera’s current activities involve sound installations, music, photography, film and video. His most recent exhibition was presented last year at Institut d’Art Contemporain, Villeurbanne. Jean-Charles Massera lives and works in Paris and Berlin.

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A Post-Manhattan Montage (Critic of Emotional Reason in the Nuclear Era)
Jen Kennedy and Liz Linden

Jen Kennedy is a writer from Toronto, Canada, currently getting her PhD from Binghamton University. Liz Linden is an artist from the San Francisco Bay Area exhibiting her work in New York and abroad. www.contemporaryfeminism.com

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Making Ourselves Visible
Jenelle Troxell

Jenelle Troxell received her PhD in Comparative Literature from Columbia University, and is currently an Assistant Professor of English and Film Studies at Union College. She is a co-editor of the journal Convolution and is presently at work on a book manuscript What Does She See When She Shuts Her Eyes: Transnationalism, Feminism, and the Cinematic Avant-garde.

 

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Towards a ‘Criticism That Is Creative’
Jens Meinrenken

Jens Meinrenken is an art historian living in Berlin. He has written various articles on comics, computer games, film and animation. Currently he is working on his dissertation on the relation between comics, storyboard and cinema.

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The Signs Indicate Stormy Weather Tonight... A Visual Essay around depicted catastrophes in comics
Joseph Redwood-Martinez

Joseph Redwood-Martinez is an artist and writer from the United States. His writing has appeared in Frieze and Contemporary Art + Visual Culture Broadsheet, and he is a contributing editor to …ment. A book of his recent writing was published in April 2011 by Publication Studio. He has shown work and curated programmes in Sweden, Germany, Turkey, and the United States. Currently based in Istanbul, he is collaborating with SALT on a long-term research and exhibition project titled One Day, Everything Will Be Free…

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Press Release Poems
Kenneth Goldsmith

Kenneth Goldsmith (born 1961) is an American poet.  He is the founding editor of UbuWeb, teaches Poetics and Poetic Practice at the University of Pennsylvania, and is a Senior Editor of PennSound.  He hosted a weekly radio show at WFMU from 1995 until June 2010. He has published ten books of poetry, notably Fidget (2000), Soliloquy (2001) and Day (2003) and Goldsmith’s American trilogy, The Weather (2005), Traffic (2007), and Sports (2008). He is the author of a book of essays, Uncreative Writing: Managing Language in a Digital Age (2011). As editor he published I’ll Be Your Mirror: The Selected Andy Warhol Interviews (2004), and he is the co-editor of Against Expression: An Anthology of Conceptual Writing (2011). In 2013, he was appointed the Museum of Modern Art’s first Poet Laureate.

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On Uncreative Writing
Laura Morrison

Laura Morrison is an artist based in London. In 2014 she organised Concerning The Bodyguard, an exhibition and events programme at The Tetley in Leeds and co-organised Proxy Special at Platform Arts, Belfast. Future exhibitions include Bottom Natures at Cafe Gallery Projects, London; Open Sessions at The Drawing Center, New York; The Video for I Want (Your Hands on Me) at Kerlin Gallery, Dublin; and a commissioned essay for The Reanimation Library, New York. Recent projects include The Conch at The South London Gallery; Vivian, Cape Town at CANAL and Furnished Space, London; How To Read World Literature at The Public School, New York; Laura Morrison and Maite Zabala at Void Gallery, Derry; and a text for Leslie Kulesh’s Glamourshotz at Limazulu. Morrison graduated from Goldsmiths MFA in 2012.

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This Crushing Departure
Liam Gillick

Liam Gillick is an artist based in New York. Solo exhibitions include The Wood Way, Whitechapel Gallery, London, 2002; A short text on the possibility of creating an economy of equivalence, Palais de Tokyo, 2005 and the retrospective project Three Perspectives and a short scenario, Witte de With, Rotterdam, Kunsthalle Zurich, Kunstverein, München and the MCA, Chicago, 2008–2010. He was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2002 and the Vincent Award at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam in 2008. Many public commissions and projects include the Home Office in London (2005) and the Dynamica Building in Guadalajara, Mexico (2009). In 2006 he was a central figure in the free art school project unitednationsplaza in Berlin that travelled to Mexico City and New York. Liam Gillick has published a number of texts that function in parallel to his artwork. Proxemics (Selected writing 1988–2006) was published in 2007 by JRP-Ringier alongside the monograph Factories in the Snow by Lilian Haberer. A critical reader titled Meaning Liam Gillick, was published by MIT Press (2009). An anthology of his artistic writing titled Allbooks was also published by Book Works, London (2009). In addition he has contributed to many art magazines and journals including Parkett, Frieze, Art Monthly, October and Art Forum. Liam Gillick was selected to represent Germany for the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2009. The resulting work is in the permanent collection of the Guggenheim Bilbao. A major exhibition opened at the Kunst und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland in April 2010. In 2012 a survey of work from the 1990s titled Liam Gillick: From 199A to 199B opened at the CCS Bard Hessel Museum. Liam Gillick has taught at Columbia University in New York since 1997 and the Centre for Curatorial Studies at Bard College since 2008. Public collections include: Government Art Collection, UK; Arts Council, UK; Tate, London; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Guggenheim Museum, New York; Hirshhorn Museum, Washington DC; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.

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The Meeting of the 2nd of February
Linda Stupart

Linda Stupart is a PhD candidate at Goldsmiths with a project engaged in new considerations of objectification. She is also an Associate Lecture in Critical and Theoretical Studies at London College of Communication, a Teaching Assistant for the MA Critical Studies and BA Critical Studies programs at Goldsmiths, University of London, and Workshop Artist in Residence at Tate Galleries for 2014 – 2015.

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REMATERIALISING FEMINISM: THINGS LIKE US AND THEM
Lorena Muñoz-Alonso

Lorena Muñoz-Alonso is a writer, art critic and curator, born in Madrid and based in London. She has long held an interest in the conditions of production of female artists, problematising questions of self-representation and biography. Her current research considers the notions of contingency and choreography in performance and sculpture. She is also working on a project about the use of interior and domestic spaces in film and visual arts as device to convey psychological states. She has curated exhibitions in London, Madrid, and Barcelona. Her writing had appeared in Frieze, Art-Agenda, The White Review, Revista Concreta, this is tomorrow, and A*DESK among other publications, as well as in several artist monographs. www.selfselector.co.uk.

 

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On the liberation upon hearing in the intermediate state
Lucy Mercer

Lucy Mercer is a poet and editor who lives in London. She previously worked as a research analyst for an investment fund specialising in tropical forest conservation and runs Universe Magazine. She has edited projects for ...ment, Zero Books and [SPACE] gallery, as well as being editorial assistant for Ambit. She was recently awarded Royal Holloway Writing Fellow 2013.

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The Ne(x)t Generation: Neopaganism and Channelling ‘Nature’
Ludwig Engel

With a background in cultural studies, economics and communication sciences, Ludwig Engel works as a futurologist and urbanist interdisciplinary on questions dealing with the future and with past and present visions of the city and urban utopias. He currently writes his PhD about manifestations of urban utopias in the 21st century. He lives and works in Berlin.

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After Social Housing: Toward a Flexible Utopia
Margit Mayer

Margit Mayer teaches American and comparative politics at the Freie Universität Berlin. Her research focuses on comparative politics, urban and social movements. She has published on various aspects of contemporary urban politics, urban theory and (welfare) state restructuring, much of it in a comparative prospective. Currently, she is co-editing a book on neoliberalising cities and contestation, as well as writing a monograph on urban social movements and the state (Wiley-Blackwell). She has served on the board of the Transatlantic Graduate Program “Berlin–New York”, as editorial board member of the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research and as trustee of the Foundation for Urban and Regional Studies. She is co-author of Nonprofits in the Transformation of Employment Policies (Westfälisches Dampfboot, 2004), co-editor of Urban Movements in a Globilizing World (Routlegde, 2000) and of Politics in European Cities (Birkhäuser, 1993). Mayer is also author of Social Movements in the (Post-)Neoliberal City, edited by Jesko Fezer, Bedford Press, 2010.

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The Ambiguity of Participating the Social City
Markus Miessen

Markus Miessen is an architect, consultant, and writer based in Berlin. He runs the collaborative agency for spatial practice Studio Miessen, is co-founder of the architectural practice nOffice, and director of the Winter School Middle East (Kuwait). Miessen has taught at institutions such as the Architectural Association (London), Columbia, and MIT. He is currently a Professor for Architecture and Curatorial Practice at the Hochschule für Gestaltung in Karlsruhe, Germany, a Harvard Fellow, and completing his PhD at the Centre for Research Architecture (Goldsmiths, London). In various collaborations, Miessen has published books such as The Nightmare of Participation–Crossbench Praxis as a Mode of Criticality (Sternberg Press, 2010), Institution Building: Artists, Curators, Architects in the Struggle for Institutional Space (Sternberg Press, 2009), When Economies Become Form (Berlage Institute, 2009), East Coast Europe (Sternberg Press, 2008), The Violence of Participation (Sternberg Press, 2007), With/Without: Spatial Products, Practices, and Politics in the Middle East (Bidoun, 2007), Did Someone Say Participate? An Atlas of Spatial Practice (MIT Press, 2006), and Space of Uncertainty (Müller + Busmann, 2002).

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Beyond the Nostalgia of Political Spatial Practice
Marvin Gaye Chetwynd

Marvin Gaye Chetwynd (b. 1973, London) is a British artist whose practice intertwines performance, sculpture, painting, installation and video. Chetwynd’s performances and videos harness elements of folk plays, street spectacles, literature and multiple genres of cinema. They generally employ troupes of performers – friends and relatives of the artist – and feature handmade costumes and props. Through improvisatory, irreverent and carnivalesque dramas, she has ranged across a panoramic range of subjects.

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Marvin and Dragan at the Circus with Hercules
Mikala Hyldig Dal

Mikala Hyldig Dal is an artist, curator and writer based in Berlin and Cairo. Her current research focuses on the relation between image-making, iconoclasm and political processes. She has worked on exhibition projects, publications and artist exchange programs in Germany, Denmark, USA, Egypt, Syria and Iran. Between 2011–2013 she taught in the Fine Arts and Applied Sciences and Arts departments of the American University and the German University in Cairo; in 2013 she published the book Cairo Images of Transition with Transcript Verlag/Columbia University Press. She is a PhD candidate at PhDArts, Royal Academy of Art KABK, Holland.

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Art-Horror and the subversive potential of Radical Body Peeling
The Crack Whore Manifesto
Nikolaus Hirsch

Nikolaus Hirsch is an architect, art theorist and, since 2010, rector of Städelschule and director of Portikus in Frankfurt am Main. Before that, he was professor at Architectural Association School of Architecture, London and visiting professor at Penn University, Philadelphia. His latest projects focus on the development of concepts for art institutions such as European Kunsthalle in Cologne (2006–2008), unitednationsplaza in Berlin (together with Anton Vidokle, 2006–2008), Cybermohalla Hub in Delhi, Cultural Agencies in Istanbul and a studio structure in The Land/Thailand. Hirsch is the author of On Boundaries and Institution Building (both published by Sternberg Press).

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Model World
Norrie mAy Welby

'Androgynous anarchist deeply committed to humanity and this planet's ecosystems, and therefore opposed to purely profit-driven corporations and governmental bullying and terrorism'. Norrie mAy Welby is a sex and gender diverse activist, author and cartoonist born in Scotland and based in Sydney, Australia, who pursued the legal status of being recognised as sex non-specific between 2010 and 2014. http://may-welby.blogspot.co.uk/  and  http://webspace.webring.com/people/uu/um_191/ultra4.html

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UltraSex: Introduction
Nuria Montiel

Nuria Montiel is an artist based in Mexico City. Her practice is an ongoing investigation of public space, community-based and participatory practices, through language and street-printing methods. She developed la Imprenta Móvil, a mobile printing press. Her work has been shown at Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC), Galería Kurimanzutto, NY Art Book Fair 2012 PS1, ACVIC Barcelona and Kunstverein München, among other places. She is member of La Galería de Comercio, a non-profit initiative that presents public art projects. She studied visual art at Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas (ENAP-UNAM) and attended a contemporary art program at Soma (an artist organization dedicated to cultural exchange and arts pedagogy).

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Talking About Generation by Nuria Montiel with Ernestina Garfias and Sofia Olascoaga
Övül Durmusoglu

Övül Durmusoglu is a curator and writer based in Berlin and Istanbul. As a Goethe Institute Fellow at Maybe Education and Public Programs for dOCUMENTA(13), she organized the programs, What is Thinking? Or a Taste That Hates ItselfReaders Circle: 100 Notes–100 Thoughts; and Paper Mornings: Book Presentations at dOCUMENTA(13). Durmusoglu has contributed to different catalogues, publications, and magazines such as frieze d/e, Flash Art International, and ment. Durmusoglu currently works as the curator of the festival, Sofia Contemporary 2013.

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I am your rainbow
Patrick Coyle

Patrick Coyle is an artist and writer based in London. He completed MFA Art Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London (2008–2010) and BA (Hons) Fine Art at Byam Shaw, University of the Arts London (2002–2005). Recent exhibitions include up, Jerwood Project Space, London (2010); Reading for Reading’s Sake: UNFIXED, Flat Time House, London (2010); The Bottom Line, Tenderpixel Gallery, London (2011) and Bloomberg New Contemporaries, A Foundation, Liverpool and ICA, London (2010–2011). Recent publications include untitled booklet (Spellcheck Stamp), Hato Press, London; Furnishings, Roland Magazine, ICA, London and Powerful Predators and Hunters of the Night, Art Licks Magazine, London (all 2010).

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Painting Saved
Pedro Neves Marques

Pedro Neves Marques is a Portuguese visual artist and writer, with an MA in Art & Politics from Goldsmiths, University of London, based in New York.

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Curatorial Business
Whose Limits? The generational continuum between the 1972–2013
Pétunia

The magazine Pétunia is collaboration with ...ment on issue 5.

Each issue of Pétunia is organised around subjective emergencies, not as a exhaustive summation of a subject but as an open, autonomous publication presenting multiple facets on a topic. Pétunia does not affiliate with territorial issues of current matters nor trends. Pétunia does not have chapters nor sections, but diverse textual forms, focusing largely on contemporary art : from theoretical texts to diary entries, to pure fiction or comics. All contributions remain in their original language, without translations.
The layout of Pétunia is an important part of each issue; its graphic design is prominent, featuring a different graphic designer for each print.  Pétunia is an unclassified object that paradoxically affirms a strong identity in focusing foremost on the work of women critics, curators, artists... To that extent, Pétunia is a feminist publication playing the game of affirmative action as a response to the constant imbalance of the role and place of women in the art world. Each issue reactivating reactivates — with nostalgia and humour — the forms of ideological engagement of women regarding art and critical production, enriched with three four decades of “gender studies”, “black studies”, and « “post - colonial studies »”.

 
Editors : Dorothée Dupuis, Lili Reynaud Dewar, Valerie Chartrain
Website: www.petunia.eu
Copy editor : Jeanne Alechinsky

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Towards a ‘Criticism That Is Creative’
To The Point Of Total Liberation
Making Ourselves Visible
Pia Bolognesi

Pia Bolognesi is a freelance researcher in visual studies. She is a PhD Candidate in History of Visual Arts at the University of Pisa. She studied at the Universities of Florence and Bologna, where she specialized with a dissertation about the iconographic sign in video art, analyzed through the theories of Aby Warburg. For several years she has been interested in aesthetic theories and works that discuss the interaction between image and sound, especially in its experimental drifts. She has developed audiovisual projects with the collective Folksonomy: Kiss/Folksonomy (Fondazione Buziol, Venice), Cleaning the air: for Thoms Bernhard (Mains d’Oeuvres, Paris). She is co-founder of the Aldo Tambellini Scientific Board and she currently works on a curatorial project about the Avant-garde of experimental video art in NYC. She lives in Milan.

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The Criticism of Social Responsibilities: Representation and Autonomy
Rebecca Bligh

Rebecca Bligh is a writer and editor based in London. She is guest editor of this issue of ...ment and co-editor of Living In The Future magazine.

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As for holding up
Editorial
Rosie Hastings

Rosie Hastings (b. 1991) is an artist who lives and works in London. Recent projects include @Gaybar, a series of events, parties, reading groups, events and exhbitions hosted in collaboration with Hannah Quinlan Anderson. The projects examine gay bar culture and critique the neo-liberalisation of G-A-Y rights. www.hannahquinlanandersonrosiehastings.com.

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Pseudo What?
Sam Chermayeff

Sam Chermayeff from New York forms half of the architectural practice June14 Meyer-Grohbrügge & Chermayeff.  Prior to the new firm Sam and his partner Johanna Meyer-Grohbrügge worked at SANAA from 2005 to 2010. Their venture begins with a desire to make things, places and atmospheres for people. They are based in Berlin and New York.

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A Letter To My Unborn Children
Slavoj Žižek

Slavoj Žižek was born in 1949 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. He grew up in the comparative cultural freedom of the former Yugoslavia’s self managing socialism. Here—significantly for his work—Žižek was exposed to the films, popular culture, and theory of the non-communist West. Žižek completed his PhD at Ljubljana in 1981 on German Idealism, and between 1981 and 1985 studied in Paris under Jacques-Alain Miller, Lacan’s son-in-law. In this period, Žižek wrote a second dissertation, a Lacanian reading of Hegel, Marx, and Kripke. In the late 1980s, Žižek returned to Slovenia where he wrote newspaper columns for the Slovenian weekly “Mladina” and cofounded the Slovenian Liberal Democratic Party. In 1990, he ran for a seat on the four-member collective Slovenian presidency, narrowly missing office. Žižek’s first published book in English, The Sublime Object of Ideology, appeared in 1989. Since then, Žižek has published over a dozen books, edited several collections, published numerous philosophical and political articles, and maintained a tireless speaking schedule. His earlier works are of the type Introductions to Lacan through popular culture/Hitchcock/Hollywood … Since at least 1997, however, Žižek’s work has taken on an increasingly engaged political tenor, culminating in recent books on September 11 and the recent Iraq war. As well as being visiting professor at the Department of Psychoanalysis, Universite Paris VIII in 1982–83 and 1985–86, Žižek has lectured at the Cardozo Law School, Columbia, Princeton, the New School for Social Research, the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and Georgetown. He is currently a returning faculty member of the European Graduate School, and founder and president of the Society for Theoretical Psychoanalysis, Ljubljana.

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Architectural Parallax: Spandrels and Other Phenomena of Class Struggle
Sofia Lemos

Sofia Lemos is a Berlin-based researcher and public programmer, whose writing practice situates itself at the convergence of art, science, feminism and architecture. She is a recent graduate from the Independent Studies Program (PEI) where she studied under the tutelage of Beatriz Preciado. Her writings can be found on Thresholds, The Funambulist, PLAT, among other international journals and catalogues. In 2015, Lemos will also be a participant of Synapse – The International Curators’ Network from Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin).

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Grafting gender, Modulating Sex
Sonya Dyer

Sonya Dyer is an artist and writer from London. She is currently a PhD student at University of Middlesex. www.sonyadyerprojects.wordpress.com/

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To The Point Of Total Liberation
Spencer Longo

Spencer Longo is an artist based in Los Angeles

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League of Perfect Gentlemen: The Fall
Suely Rolnik

Suely Rolnik, psychoanalyst, curator, and cultural critic, is a professor at the Catholic University of São Paulo, where she founded the Subjectivity Studies Centre in the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program. Since 2008, she is guest professor of the Programa de Estudios Independientes, MACBA. With Félix Guattari, she is author of Micropolítica. Cartografias do desejo (1986), published in five languages. She has published numerous essays in books, journals, and art catalogs in Europe and the Americas and has lectured widely.

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The Geopolitics of Pimping
The Public School

Sean Dockray, Matteo Pasquinelli, Jason Smith and Caleb Waldorf are founding members of and collaborators at The Public School. Initiated in 2007 under Telic Arts Exchange (literally in the basement) in Los Angeles, The Public School is a school with no curriculum. At the moment, it operates as follows: first, classes are proposed by the public; then, people have the opportunity to sign up for the classes; finally, when enough people have expressed interest, the school finds a teacher and offers the class to those who signed up. The Public School is not accredited, it does not give out degrees, and it has no affiliation with the public school system. It is a framework that supports autodidactic activities, operating under the assumption that everything is in everything. The Public School currently exists in Los Angeles, New York, Berlin, Brussels, Helsinki, Philadelphia, Durham, San Juan, and is still expanding.

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There is Nothing Less Passive than the Act of Fleeing
Theo Frey

Theo Frey (1908–1997) was a Swiss photographer and member of Internationale situationniste. He was one of the Strasbourg students involved in the scandalous publication of On the Poverty of Student Life.

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Perspectives for a Generation
Tobias Scholz

Tobias Scholz is lecturer in Sociology at John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin. His dissertation on image rituals of re-integration will be published in early 2012. Since 2006 he has written several essays on the representation of disasters and related subjects. He is currently working on a book on the comic rationality of Jon Stewart (the Daily Show), which will also be published in 2012. His research and teaching interests include media and communication theory, the sociology of religion, cultural theory as well as theories of photography.

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Images of Ritual Re-integration After Natural Disasters
Vanessa Place

Vanessa Place killed poetry. unk. via Twitter

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Archeology, p. 28
Zoe Pilger

Zoe Pilger was born in 1984 in London, where she still lives. Her first novel, Eat My Heart Out, will be published by Serpent's Tail in January 2014. Zoe is also an art critic for The Independent and winner of the 2011 Frieze International Writers Prize.  She has appeared on BBC Newsnight's The Review Show, Channel Four's Sunday Brunch, and Sky News. In addition, Zoe is researching a PhD on the concept of romantic subjection in the work of French artist Sophie Calle at Goldsmiths, University of London, where she has also taught social and political theory. Zoe graduated with a BA from Cambridge University in 2007 and an MA from Goldsmiths in 2010.

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“It’s just coming, it’s not like a choice”