Recent Books

  • The Public Domain

    Price: $15.95

    A Sarai is an enclosed space in a city, or, beside a highway, where travellers and caravans can find shelter, sustenance and companionship; a tavern, a public house, a meeting place; a destination and a point of departure; a place to rest in the middle of a journey. Sarai: the New Media Initiative, Delhi, works with these readings of the word Sarai to create a space where old and new forms of media, their practitioners, and those who reflect on, or critically examine these practices, can find a convivial atmosphere, and enter into shared pursuits that will create a renewal of public cultures within and across city spaces. The Sarai Reader (which is the first of what we hope will be more such collections) can be seen both as a navigation log of actual voyages and a map for possible journeys into a real and imagined territory that we have provisionally called the “Public Domain”. This republic without territory is a sovereign entity that comes into being whenever people gather and begin to communicate,...

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  • The Thing

    Price: $7.95

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  • The 23

    Price: $29.95

    In the Fall of 1654, twenty-three Jews arrived from Brazil on the island of Manhattan. They were among the many who fled Recife after it was recaptured by the Portuguese, in fear of the pending Inquisition. Many of those who left chose to go back to the Netherlands. One ship, however, was waylaid from its course: caught in a storm, attacked by pirates, and rescued by the French privateer Simon Felle. The captain took its passengers to New Amsterdam, a recent Dutch colony of no more than 750 people.The 23 is a 42-page, full color comic strip written and illustrated by Martim Avillez, printed on a continuous accordion spread that folds into a hardcover slipcase. On the reverse of the comic pages are four essays written with the Sephardic experience in mind. The contributors are: Leslie Camhi (Village Voice, The New York Times) who describes the legacy of these Sephardic pioneers in New York; Anita Novinsky, Professor of History at the University of S.Paulo,...

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  • Risk / Riesgo

    Price: $29.95

    This issue of FELIX: A Journal of Media Arts & Communications is curated around the idea of the political, the transgressive, the risk of making works described by artists living in M?xico and the US. RISK/RIESGO is 568 bilingual pages of articles, intriguing interviews and artist pages referent to topics relating to public space, culture jamming, body politics, reconstructing history, and daring. The Standby Program and Editor Kathy High created RISK/RIESGO with the help of guest editors Ximena Cuevas (Mexico), Roberto Lopez (Mexico), Jesse Lerner (US) and Ricardo Nicolayevsky (Mexico). Contributions by 76 artists including: Animal Charm, Gustavo Artigas, Julia Barco, Ursula Biemann, Big Noise, Mariana Botey, Nao Bustamante, Miguel Calderon, Fabian Castro, Paul Chan, Chilango, Abigail Child, Arcangel Constantini, Minerva Cuevas, Ricardo Dominguez, Ivan Edeza, Christa Erickson, Carolina Esparragoza, Simin Farkhondeh, Adrian Garcia Gomez, Nathan Gibbs, Rita Gonzalez, Marco Granados, Silvia Gruner, Barbara Hammer, Dante Hernandez, Louis Hock, Nikolai Jeffs, Adriene Jenik, Art Jones, Miranda July, Bill Kelley Jr.,...

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  • Shaping Technologies

    Price: $15.95

    “Shaping Technologies,” the third in the path breaking series of Sarai Readers, is a unique new collection of writings on technology and culture with a strong emphasis on original writing from South Asia. The book brings to the fore a series of situations and predicaments that mark the encounter between people and machines, between nature and culture, and between knowledge and power.The issues covered span a wide range — from the cognitive and ethical dilemmas that beset the engineer, to the legal and cultural implications of copying in a digital realm, from software as art to the history of sciencefiction, from wireless manifestoes to the domestication of photography, fromkitchen utensils to airplanes, from mobile phones to kerosene lamps, frombody nets to biotech, from reproductive technologies to technologies ofreproduction, from computers to radios and from coal mines to call centres.A cutting edge collection of original writing and images by theorists,critics, photographers, philosophers, engineers, activists, artists,designers media practitioners and programmers.Editorial Collective : Jeebesh Bagchi,...

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  • Reload

    Price: $29.95

    Most writing on cyberculture is dominated by two almost mutually exclusive visions: the heroic image of the male outlaw hacker and the utopian myth of a gender-free cyberworld. Reload offers an alternative picture of cyberspace as a complex and contradictory place where there is oppression as well as liberation. It shows how cyberpunk’s revolutionary claims conceal its ultimate conservatism on matters of class, gender, and race. The cyberfeminists writing here view cyberculture as a social experiment with an as-yet-unfulfilled potential to create new identities, relationships, and cultures. The book brings together women’s cyberfiction–fiction that explores the relationship between people and virtual technologies–and feminist theoretical and critical investigations of gender and technoculture. From a variety of viewpoints, the writers consider the effects of rapid and profound technological change on culture, in particular both the revolutionary and reactionary effects of cyberculture on women’s lives. They also explore the feminist implications of the cyborg, a human-machine hybrid. The writers challenge the conceptual and institutional rifts between high and low culture,...

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