Dining in Refugee Camps
The Art of Sahrawi Cooking
Cenando en los Campamentos de Refugiados:
Un Libro De Cocina Saharaui
A bilingual, collage journal that documents Robin Kahn’s month cooking with the women of the Western Sahara.
As a guest artist selected to participate in ARTifariti 2009, Kahn stayed with Sahrawi families living in refugee camps in Algeria and in the desert of The Free Territories of the Western Sahara. There she created the collages for this publication by combining the sparse materials available locally with photos, recipes, histories and drawings. The result is a 50-page full-color journal that examines the art of Sahrawi food production: how kitchens are improvised, food is procured and prepared, and traditional recipes are innovated from UN rations and international aid. The book is a testament to the daily struggles of Sahrawi women whose role is to provide sustenance, fortitude and comfort inside a compromised society....Read more about: Dining in Refugee Camps »
Genocide in the Neighborhood
Translated by Brian Whitener, Daniel Borzutzky, and Fernando Fuentes.
Genocide in the Neighborhood documents the autonomist practice of the escrache, a system of public shaming that emerged in the late 1990s to vindicate the lives of those disappeared under the Argentinean dictatorship and to protest the amnesty granted to perpetrators of the killing. The book is an example of militant research, an investigative method that Colectivo Situaciones has pioneered. Through a series of hypotheses and two sets of interviews, Genocide in the Neighborhood documents the theories, debates, successes, and failures of the escraches, investigates the nature of rebellion, discusses the value of historical and cultural memory to resistance, and suggests decentralized ways to agitate for justice. Think of it as a much needed model of political resistance.
Colectivo Situaciones is a collective of militant researchers based in Buenos Aires. It has participated in numerous grassroots co-research activities with unemployed workers,...Read more about: Genocide in the Neighborhood »
The Ass’s Tale
John Farris’s The Ass’s Tale is a Rabelaisian story of a dog’s search for his identity. Told in the existential down-and-dirty vein of Ralph Ellison, Ishmael Reed and Chester Himes, this book (in manuscript form) circulated through New York City’s Lower East Side for years. John is a longtime denizen of the neighborhood; he still lives above the Bullet Space Gallery at 292 East Third Street.
“Hot dog! Dirty dog! If you ever wanted to know about invisible sex, check this out!” — Steve Cannon, author of Groove, Bang, and Jive Around and Director of Gathering of Tribes Gallery
“There is a hidden blessing in knowing John Farris… deeply hidden.” — David Hammons, Installation Artist... Read more about: The Ass’s Tale »
FAST FEMINISM is a new-old feminism grounded in politics,
performance and philosophy. It is in close proximity to
postfeminisms of the poststructuralist variety—third-wave
feminism, queer feminism, cyberfeminism and feminism 3.0.
While FAST FEMINISM operates in proximity to other
feminisms, its ‘natural’ home is in queer theory. Queer gets its
meaning and its politics from its oppositional relationship to
hegemonic norms. To queer something is to disrupt it, to put
it under scrutiny and to attempt to change it. FAST FEMINISM
takes the hypermasculine speed of Paul Virilio and makes it
feminist. FAST FEMINISM is the bastard offspring and the happy
accident of speed theory.
FAST FEMINISM is a philo-porno-political practice—aRead more about: Fast Feminism »
pragmatic philosophy and politics—enacted by the pornographic
sage who moves through the text as “FF.” Fast feminist event
sites include female ejaculation, drag-kinging, an infamous
Critical Strategies in Art and Media
Perspectives on New Cultural Practices
Konrad Becker and Jim Fleming, eds.
With Ted Byfield, Steve Kurtz, Amanda McDonald Crowley, Claire Pentecost, Peter Lamborn Wilson, and others
As information and communication technologies saturate our world, how is art giving way to new forms of cultural symbolic manipulation?
Are there any strategies that can elude being reduced to styles in the service of sales, or are critical practices doomed to play cat and mouse with the forces of consumerism?
Beyond the obsolete models of artist or author as genius and their fetish objects, what collective and collaborative practices are inventing new terrains and flows?
In the fall of 2009, these radical critics and media theorists gathered to discuss these questions, and more.
Additional interventions from Franco (Bifo) Berardi, Marco Deseriis, Rene Gabri, Brian Holmes, McKenzie Wark, Felix Stalder, and others.... Read more about: Critical Strategies in Art and Media »
ID: Ideology of DesignRead more about: ID: Ideology of Design »
Branka Curcic, editor
How can we follow the crucial development of recent design practices during the last decades of the 20th century, and their connections with artistic practices and critical discourses? Whether under socialism or capitalism, design is always in close and dynamic connection with the economic and productive bases of society and material culture. Although dealing with broader theoretical approaches, this anthology focuses on the former Yugoslavia, which tried to define the role of design in a (non)market socialist economy. Developing progressive, yet critical and contradictory positions, design was simultaneously presented as a symbol of post-war reconstruction of a country under the wing of industrialisation and the liberation of man from material privation. But as decades went by, it increasingly played a main role in building a socialist market society. Includes Jean Baudrillard, Igor Chubarov, Jerko Denegri, Branislav Dimitrijević, Hal Foster, Dejan Kršić, Nenad Malešević, Metahaven, Borislav Mikulić, Barbara Predan, Jacques Rancière, Feda Vukić,...