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,...
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,...Read more about: Creating Insecurity »
Upsetting the Offset engages critically with the political economy of carbon markets. It presents a range of case studies and critiques from around the world, showing how the scam of carbon markets affects the lives of communities. But the book doesn’t stop there. It also presents a number of alternatives to carbon markets which enable communities to live in real low-carbon futures.
“This book is a very constructive and rigorous critique of CDM offset approaches to deal with carbon footprints. I recommend this book to any student, policy maker or administrator of climate change complexities in developed or developing countries.” Professor Anil Gupta, Indian Institute of Management – Ahmedabad, India
“If you wondered whether capitalism could ever produce the perfect weapon of its own destruction, try this heady mix of carbon fuels, the trade in financial derivatives, and more than a dash of neo-colonialism, and boom! But this book is far from resigned to that fate....Read more about: Upsetting the Offset »