Recent Books

  • Genocide in the Neighborhood

    Price: $16.00

    Genocide in the Neighborhood
    Colectivo Situaciones
    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,...

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  • The Ass's Tale

    Price: $15.95

    The Ass’s Tale
    John Farris

    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

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  • Fast Feminism

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    Fast Feminism
    Shannon Bell
    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—a
    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
    child-pornography trial,...

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  • Critical Strategies in Art and Media

    Price: $12.95

    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.

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  • ID: Ideology of Design

    Price: $21.95

    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,...

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  • Creating Insecurity

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    Creating Insecurity
    Art and Culture in the Age of Security
    DATA Browser Number 4
    Edited by Wolfgang Sützl & Geoff Cox

    Today we are facing extreme and most dangerous developments in the thought of security. In the course of a gradual neutralization of politics and the progressive surrender of traditional tasks of the state, security imposes itself as the basic principle of state activity. What used to be one among several decisive measures of public administration until the first half of the twentieth century, now becomes the sole criterion of political legitimation. The thought of security entails an essential risk. A state which has security as its sole task and source of legitimacy is a fragile organism; it can always be provoked by terrorism to become itself terrorist.

    Following the words of Giorgio Agamben (from his 2001 article “On Security and Terror”), security has become the basic principle of international politics after 9/11,...

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