Farimani. Issue #1
Amir Mogharabi, editor
Showcasing a diverse selection of work from artists, musicians, and theorists, Farimani treats textual, musical, and image based projects as individual works of art. Focusing on modern and post-modern forms of expression, Farimani assumes the design of a book, while attempting to align its contents with the architecture of a curated space (so as to challenge the parameters of both), whereby each piece is contained under one cover, or as Mogharabi states an “undercover museum.”
Farimani includes contributions by artists Silvia Kolbowski and Olafur Eliasson, musicians Fred Frith and Ikue Mori, and theorists Félix Guattari and Slavoj Zizek. Other contributors include Souheil Abboud, Olafur Eliasson, Madge Gill, Elizabeth Grosz, Grux, Sylvère Lotringer, Amir Mogharabi, Ikue Mori, Michael Paulson, Sean Raspet, and Maja Ratkje.... Read more about: Farimani, #1 »
Novels in Three LinesRead more about: Novels in Three Lines »
Translated and Introduced by Luc Sante
Novels in Three Lines collects more than a thousand items that appeared anonymously in the French newspaper Le Matin in 1906—true stories of murder, mayhem, and everyday life presented with a ruthless economy that provokes laughter even as it shocks. This extraordinary trove, undiscovered until the 1940s and here translated for the first time into English, is the work of the mysterious Félix Fénéon. Dandy, anarchist, and critic of genius, the discoverer of Georges Seurat and the first French publisher of James Joyce, Fénéon carefully maintained his own anonymity, toiling for years as an obscure clerk in the French War Department. Novels in Three Lines is his secret chef-d’oeuvre, a work of strange and singular art that brings back the long-ago year of 1906 with the haunting immediacy of a photograph while looking forward to such disparate works as Walter Benjamin’s Arcades Project and the Death and Disaster series of Andy Warhol....
This stunning novel is more than a moving story of love and human struggle, more than a faithful account of a watershed event in United States history. It is a layered and dynamic revelation of late nineteenth-century Chicago, and of the lives of a handful of remarkable individuals who were willing to risk their lives for the promise of social change.
On the night of May 4, 1886, during a peaceful demonstration of labor activists in Haymarket Square in Chicago, a dynamite bomb was thrown into the ranks of police -trying to disperse the crowd. The officers immediately opened fire, killing a number of protestors and wounding some two hundred others. At a time of bitter class war and a groundswell of working-class radicalism, the Haymarket Riot produced a wave of hysteria across the nation, leading to the trial and hanging of the leaders of the anarchist/socialist movement....Read more about: Haymarket »
The Hotel of Irrevocable Acts
In the warped underworld of Uptown Chicago, two petty thieves, Jack and Vince — Dostoevskyan in their criminal use of philosophy, exalting in the stealing of art as the highest human act — meet their target, their nemesis and their double: Madame Little-Ease, a Satanic Grandma Moses, who paints on refuse with polluted blood.
“Carl Watson is a true visionary and an artist of letters, who also happens to be a pure pleasure to read.” — John Strausbaugh
“Carl Watson gets the hiphop of the mind in the electro-apocalypse of multinational succubi…. He gets the rhythm of it, he gets its deep logic, he gets the insidiousness of its twining round the DNA of our zombie era of consumerist oubliette. Read this book if you want to tune in to the real game going on in the back of your head: the nightmare lives,...Read more about: Hotel of Irrevocable Acts »
Sarai Reader 06
Sarai MEdia Collective
At some point during the closing half in the ‘extra time’ of the Italy vs. France match in this year’s FIFA World Cup final game on 8 July, the world changed. Again. The synapses in the brain of a man named Zinedine Zidane went into a state of momentary turbulence. A wave of rage surged into a headbutt that we mourned and saluted, seconds later, glued to television screens halfway across the world. The world seemed to change that instant, as it always does when the angel of the unexpected flaps his wings in the middle of a great game. Many prayers went unanswered that night.Read more about: Turbulence »
All this was happening as e-mails bearing notes and queries about the book you now hold in your hands, or scan with your eyes on a screen, flew across the world. This book, a book titled Turbulence, was on its way into the world....
Dialogues with the Virtual Intelligentsia
For Geert Lovink, interviews are imaginative texts that can help to create global, networked discourses not only among different professions but also among different cultures and social groups. Conducting interviews online, over a period of weeks or months, allows the participants to compose documents of depth and breadth, rather than simply snapshots of timely references.
The interviews collected in this book are with artists, critics, and theorists who are intimately involved in building the content, interfaces, and architectures of new media. The topics discussed include digital aesthetics, sound art, navigating deep audio space, European media philosophy, the Internet in Eastern Europe, the mixing of old and new in India, critical media studies in the Asia-Pacific region, Japanese techno tribes, hybrid identities, the storage of social movements, theory of the virtual class, virtual and urban spaces, corporate takeover of the Internet, and the role of cyberspace in the rise of nongovernmental organizations....Read more about: Uncanny Networks »