Monday I want to see you between 14:00 and 17:00 to start talking about
the grad show.
Please note that the goal of this meeting is *not* the same as the MD2
grad show meeting that will happen the following week (and that you
should attend as well as it will cover more general issues, agenda,
overall organisation and syncing with LB).
Monday, I would like to discuss XPUB specific things:
- the way you wish to be presented as a group
- how your work will manifest itself (workshop, performance, lecture,
I need to start organising things for the potential venue(s) and to do
so I need to have a clear idea of how you wish to present your work.
See you Monday!
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Date: Wed, 31 Jan 2018 20:45:10 +0100
From: Simon Worthington <simon(a)METAMUTE.ORG>
Subject: [NEW-MEDIA-CURATING] [Mute-announce] Book Launch – ANTI-BOOK:
Communist Forms in Experimental Publishing
Book Launch – ANTI-BOOK: Communist Forms in Experimental Publishing
A talk and book launch by Nick Thoburn
Friday 2nd March 2018, 8pm at Anagram Books, 35 Lausitzer Str, 10999 Berlin
Facebook RSVP https://www.facebook.com/events/190513991533035/
The talk will launch Nick Thoburn’s new book, Anti-Book: On the Art and
Politics of Radical Publishing (University of Minnesota Press) ISBN
978-0816621965. 392 pages, 14 b&w photos, 13 colour plates. Copies of
Anti-Book will be available at the launch for a reduced price of €18.
Simon Worthington from Mute magazine will follow Nick’s talk with an open Q
To accompany the launch Mute magazine will make additions to its ‘Radical
Publishing Archive’ with artifacts on display in the Anagram Books showroom
and online https://mute-publishing.github.io/archive/
The diffusion of digital media has led not so much to the death of the book as
the multiplication of publishing forms and processes, where print is at once
displaced and given a new impetus. We find in artists’ publishing, small press
communism, conceptual writing, and other fields, a renewed attention to the
‘media-specific practices’ of print, to their hybridisation with digital
platforms, and to techniques of the capitalist capture of text. This
‘post-digital’ condition is the basis for this talk on the communist media
forms that inhere in experimental publishing.
Too often we think of books as transcendent intellectual, political, and
aesthetic goods unsullied by commerce, or imagine, against ascendant screen
technologies, that the physical materiality of books is in itself enough to
ground a resistant media. This talk calls for a more complex and critical
relation between ideas and the many materialities and forms of publishing.
Focusing on experimental practice, it will attend in particular to two themes
developed in Anti-Book – the ‘communist object’ and ‘diagrammatic publishing’.
Anti-Book can be purchased here:
EURO, €28 http://linkme2.net/x0
USD, $30 http://linkme2.net/x1
GBP, £22 http://linkme2.net/x2
*About the author* @NickThoburn
Anti-Book is Nick Thoburn’s second book. He has also published Deleuze, Marx
and Politics, and co-edited Objects and Materials, Deleuze and Politics, and
Franco Berardi’s After the Future. He teaches in the Department of Sociology
at the University of Manchester and sits on the editorial board of the culture
and politics journal New Formations. Many of his publications can be found on
Thank you to Angram Books for kindly hosting this event at their Berlin
showroom. Anagram Books are a European book distributor.
#Mute - http://metamute.org/
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"Total fusion: PZI annual OPEN HOUSE: 10:00 - 15:00 all students are
asked to be present"
I talked to some of you yesterday about this and have now more details.
Leslie told me most people will start arriving in the late morning, this
should give us enough time to setup the workspace between 10:00 and
So let's meet *Saturday at 10:00 to setup/organise the space*.
I think we could clear two tables and use them to show some works as
well as use a couple monitors to show work in progress, wiki(s), etc.
By then I should also have short video edits of the launches of Special
Issue 1, 2 and 3, that could be played on the large screen. (Astrid who
is an LB alumna is working on them, and I will also ask her eventually
to edit the footages from the following special issues of course!)
If you have ideas or suggestions, please do not hesitate to discuss them
----- Forwarded message from andrew gryf paterson <agryfp(a)gmail.com> -----
Date: Tue, 30 Jan 2018 21:45:37 +0200
From: andrew gryf paterson <agryfp(a)gmail.com>
Subject: [spectre] Open Call for Contributions to the 8th Inter-Format
Symposium on Rites and Terrabytes, Nida Art Colony, Lithuania, 20-24th
Open Call for Contributions to the 8th Inter-Format Symposium on Rites and
Deadline: 15th of March, 2018
Dates: 20-24th June, 2018
Location: Nida Art Colony, Lithuania
‘Rites and Terrabytes’ refers to the peculiar situation where we increasingly
feel or desire a connection with rituals and practices of old despite living
in a profoundly mediated ‘post-contemporary’ world. In other words, to
reconcile the imagined universes of archaic rites and the ubiquitous terabytes
of digital information, we need some firm rooting and grounding (terra),
whether in our surviving local indigenous culture or in some newly engineered
We welcome contributions to the Symposium programme by visual and sound
artists, cultural practitioners, researchers and theorists who critically
revive, reinvent, question, and facilitate traditional knowledges, practices
and beliefs, (post-)folk culture, as well as notions of indigeneity and
localism within the field of contemporary art and culture. The Symposium is
scheduled to take place in Nida, Lithuania, around the traditional Lithuanian
Midsummer celebration (Rasos) on June 21–24, 2018.
It is argued there is notable widespread disaffection with the ‘neoliberal’
globalisation processes and the perceived obliteration of national cultural
distinctions. These sentiments have recently led to a reactionary and
conservative retreat into essentialist notions of ‘indigeneity’ and
ethnocentric cultural superiority in many countries across Europe, including
Lithuania and the rest of the Nordic-Baltic countries. This is a topical
subject as the Baltic States and Finland celebrate centenary anniversaries of
independence throughout 2017-2018. The dangers of xenophobic idolisation of
traditional national culture are not new, but their new forms and contexts
suggest it might be the time to consider them again in the field of cultural
However, ages-old ‘indigenous’ ways of thinking and making can also inform and
inspire much more inclusive, critical, and progressive contemporary practices.
There is indeed a trend of reinterpretation of all sorts of cultural
archetypes inside and outside the white cube. In particular, these new
artist-led approaches seek to place traditional knowledge within the context
of the emerging concerns and challenges the humankind faces, such as the issue
of the Anthropocene, climate change/breakdown, gender and species equality,
eco-centric thinking and displacement. Other strategies may instead focus on
what could be the appropriate language and meaning of ‘folk culture’ today.
What can we learn from contemporary art, music and new media, as well as
inter- & transdisciplinary hybrid practices that reinterpret older ways of
creating, making and doing into new forms, incorporating them into new rites
and rituals that constitute our contemporary ‘native’ culture? Does the
omnipresence of smart digital devices and social media signal a new form of
pantheism? Can one’s roots become universal, timeless and de-territorialized,
but at the same time resist vague mysticism and lifestyle trends? How is our
relationship with nature, our ecosystem, and gastronomy going to change in the
future? What is perceived as ‘authentic’?
Inter-format Symposium is a yearly event of Nida Art Colony of Vilnius Academy
of Arts which fluctuates between a form of conference and art festival since
2011. Every year it has a different theme (e.g. critical tourism,
techno-ecologies, hybrid natures, etc.) and production: a website, a book, a
documentary film, etc. A group of about 40 artists, philosophers, scientists,
ritualists, musicians and other kinds of practitioners are invited to reflect
on the symposium’s issues and to exchange knowledge and experiences during
performances, lectures, screenings, discussions, rituals, etc.
Join us to explore and perform these questions around Midsummer, during the
longest days of the year!
Keywords: Roots, neopagan, traditional knowledges, ethno-futurism, digital
shamanism, eco-sex, ethno-appropriation, authenticity, contemporary pantheism,
(re)constructed pasts, indigenous futures, northern ecologies, pagan
anthropocene, feminist pedagogies, engineered indigeneity, seasonal
sensibility, xenophobic rootedness, cyber-paganism.
Curators and participants
Symposium is curated by Andrew Gryf Paterson (SCO/FI/LV), Vytautas
Michelkevičius (LT), Jurij Dobriakov (LT) and Jogintė Bučinskaitė (LT)
8th Inter-format Symposium is organised by Nida Art Colony of Vilnius Academy
of Arts in collaboration with Inter-PAGAN network (including partners from
Finland, Latvia, Estonia, Norway, Scotland and Poland).
CONFIRMED PARTICIPANTS: artist and biology researcher Dr. Špela Petrič,
musicians SKELDOS (LT), SALA (LT), writer and curator Kristen Sollee, writer
and activist Dougald Hine (Dark Mountain Project), philosopher Jurga Jonutytė,
philosopher and Professor of Asian Studies Audrius Beinorius, artists Zane
Cerpina and Stahl Stenslie (Anthropocene Cookbook), artist Žilvinas
Landzbergas (LT), tba...
HOW TO APPLY
Types of applications:
*Contributor to the symposium (10-15 places):
*Production residency 1-2 months (May and/or June) with contribution to the
symposium (3 places)
All selected contributors are provided with limited support for travel (up to
250 EUR), accommodation in Nida Art Colony and catering during the event.
Production residents receive 700 Eur/month fee plus allowances for materials.
Please indicate in your proposal (up to 388 words plain text and 3 images)
preferred format, location and length of your contribution. Please link URL to
your CV and portfolio if relevant (if needed attach 1 PDF file).
Please send the application to info(a)nidacolony.lt, indicating in the subject
the type of your contribution ‘participant symposium 2018’ or ‘production
resident symposium 2018’ by 15th of March.
For the reference deciding upon the format and location, please check
programmes and documentation of previous symposiums.
Symposium is organized by NGO MENE in collaboration with Nida Art Colony of
VAA. Supported by Lithuanian Council of Culture and The Ministry of Culture of
the Republic of Lithuania.
SPECTRE list for media culture in Deep Europe
Info, archive and help:
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Quick note about something that only people used to mailing lists may
have noticed after the recent migration.
The old lists modified the Reply-To: header of the email to point to the
list email address. Meaning: when you hit reply, your email is sent
directly to the list.
This is bad, but was unavoidable because the old list system made it
very difficult to change this behaviour.
(if you have time to waste:
The new lists have sane defaults, Reply-To: is not added or modified if
already present in the sender's email headers. Meaning when you hit
reply, your email is sent *to the sender* of the email you are replying
to, *not* to the list.
Once again it's a feature, not a bug.
So when you want to respond to an email from this list and want your
response to be seen by others, you need to use "Reply to All" or "Group
Reply", depending on your email client. Some more advanced email client
will have reply functions specifically for lists.
That may explain why some of your messages did not make it to the list
since the migration when replying to an existing thread.
----- Forwarded message from Klaas Kuitenbrouwer <k.kuitenbrouwer(a)hetnieuweinstituut.nl> -----
Date: Tue, 30 Jan 2018 09:57:51 +0000
From: Klaas Kuitenbrouwer <k.kuitenbrouwer(a)hetnieuweinstituut.nl>
Subject: Critical Making session on Smart Contracts 16 feb. (following Bot Cub
on Legal Bots)
I would like to personally invite you to participate in Critical Making session<https://botclub.hetnieuweinstituut.nl/en/activities/smart-contracts> on Smart Contracts on Friday 16 february, following the Bot Club: Legal Bots<https://botclub.hetnieuweinstituut.nl/en/activities/legal-bots>, of 15 february.
At this Critical Making session, a group of maximally 25 coders, designers, artists and thinkers will follow up on the questions addressed in the Bot Club with a practice based approach to speculating on the possibilities of smart contracts.
Jaya Klara Brekke<http://www.jayapapaya.net/> is a UK based artist who does a PhD research into the question researcher into the politics of blockchain applications. She will give an introduction (via Skype) to the political construction of the Ethereum smart contract.
Input from a critical making perspective will be delivered by Anja Groten of Hackers & Designers and Shailoh Phillips of Studio Babel, both researchers in the Critical Making research project<https://research-development.hetnieuweinstituut.nl/en/critical-making-0>. that Het Nieuwe Instituut participates in.
If you’re interested in learning how smart contracts work, or you have ideas for applications or implementations that you’d like to explore with a group of critical thinkers and makers, this could be interesting for you.
Participation is free, lunch will be provided. If you’d like to participate, please send a mail to k.kuitenbrouwer@het nieuweinstituut.nl
If you think this iwould be interesting for a friend, co-worker or student of you, please feel fee to pass on the message.
(If you participate in the Critical Making session, you can get a free ticket to the Bot Club on Legal Bots as well.)
Looking forward to your reactions,
R&D Het Nieuwe Instituut
t +31 (0)10 4401247
m +31 (0)6 41557344
working days: Mo/Tu/Th/Fr
Until 11 February 2018: Finders Keepers. The Life of Things, curated by design and crafts magazine MacGuffin, reveals collectors’ stories and the life of objects. Letters to the Mayor: Rotterdam invites a select group of local and international architects to write a letter to Mayor Aboutaleb of Rotterdam. More info: http://hetnieuweinstituut.nl/en/agenda
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I uploaded one text to the reader. It is is our git server
Goldsmith, Kenneth. 2011. ‘Revenge of the Text’. In Uncreative Writing:
Managing Language in the Digital Age. Columbia University Press.