Germany 11 Publications in Random Order
Algorithmic Anxiety – NXS issue #4
NXS #4 Algorithmic Anxiety explores the spectrum of algorithmic authority over our lives (whether perceived or not). The contributors question or reveal the inconspicuous influence of algorithms, in their various forms, on our behavioral patterns, emotions, and self perceptions of our position in the world.
Are algorithms really rational and only virtual? Are they better than we are in drawing up a reflection of ourselves? Can they predict our future selves? The intangibility and unclarity of the effects of algorithms on our lives can lead to the uncanny feeling of a loss of control, a sense of frustration and anxiety. Are we at risk of losing our agency to act and think, of being increasingly controlled and programmed through social credit systems, surveillance, and Big Data rankings? Are we on the path towards digitally structured totalitarianism? Control, as well as influence, over future decisions and actions, are after all the goal of pre-emptive algorithmic systems and forms of government. What does that mean for the conception of the autonomous self?
With contributions by:
Benjamin Edgar Gott
Viral Bodies – NXS issue #3
NXS issue #3 Viral Bodies investigates the changing concepts of gender and identity norms in the digital space, and open the discussion to many possible speculations and to their real world implications. Kicking off the issue with a starting piece by Reba Maybury, over 20 fellow contributors explore social conventions, share intimate moments and experiences of pain, love, hate and fear. They delve into authenticity in the non-human sphere, they code accidental bigotry on the internet. Science fiction writer Alan Dean Foster blurs the lines of reality, transmitting what is real and what not in a dystopian society. Political art critic Penny Rafferty unravels the minds of tech giants while artistic researcher Addie Wagenknecht questions the diffusing lines between virtual technology and working bodies in reality.
With contributions by:
Reba Maybury (UK)
Dario Alva (ES)
Josefin Arnell (SE)
Jonathan Castro (PE)
Lois Cohen (NL)
Jesse Darling (UK)
Vita Evangelista (BR)
Alan Dean Foster (US)
Jahmal B Golden (US)
Sophie Hardeman (NL)
Manique Hendricks (NL)
Gui Machiavelli (BR)
Mary Maggic (US)
Simone C.Niquille (CH)
Norman Orro (EE)
Clara Pacotte (FR)
Pinar & Viola (NL & FR)
Penny Rafferty (UK)
Addie Wagenknecht (US)
Melek Zertal (DZ)
Lil Miquela (US)
Indiana Roma Voss (NL)
Borshch Magazine #5
BORSHCH is a magazine for electronic music on and beyond the dancefloor. Founded in Berlin in 2017, it’s a space to provoke open dialogues and challenge established ideas about making, listening, and dancing to music. Through physical and digital formats, BORSHCH discusses the artistic, social, and political impact of electronic music on contemporary culture in and outside the club settings. The print edition of the magazine is published biannually.
In BORSHCH #5, we enter sweaty basements and concrete cathedrals and explore the culture of darkness born out of protest. In unsettling environments, we embrace the shadows and challenge our senses with obscure electronic music. When do you feel comfortable with your discomfort? What happens when the lights go off, and the only source of illumination you’re left with is blurry haze or an abrupt stroboscopic pulse? Conversation with Deena Abdelwahed, Lucrecia Dalt, and Alessandro Adriani question the ambiguity of ‘dark’ sound and psychological impact of unpolished music. Artist portraits of Animistic Beliefs, Rrose, Klein, Ziúr deconstruct the dark areas where sins, injustice, and disquiet are as human and real as pleasures and joy. This issue of Borshch considers entering the dark as an act of coming home, to the cave where the primary source of life is hidden.
TAMBOURINE is an online platform established for the promotion and distribution of the independent magazine scene. Its aim is to decipher the role of printed matter in contemporary culture, as well as provide its readers with the latest magazine releases, connecting the digital community with the highest quality printed matter goods.
Nieves de la Fuente Gutiérrez
As an excerpt as well as a continuation of her show “No habrá servicio los domingos ni en el cumpleaños de la Reina Victoria” at the Academy of Media Art Cologne (2016), Nieves de la Fuente Gutiérrez collages landscape photography, mars rover selfies and screenshots of game engine generated images, blurring the distinctions of their physical and digital origins, addressing the materiality of virtuality. Superimposed by text fragments on the anthropology of precious metals and the ethics of terraforming mars, fictional and nonfictional merge into a state of immediate fuzziness, questioning perceptions as well as the possibilities to communicate within contemporary imagery and content.
Nieves de la Fuente Gutiérrez, born 1988, lives and works in Cologne and Madrid.
Throughout recent months our realities have changed drastically, with the coronavirus taking centre-stage in the quarantine world tour that has so quickly made its way across the globe.
And with every tour comes its accompanying merchandise (even the uncomfortably apocalyptic science-fiction ones). In the hopes of producing something positive from a situation so negative, and of coming together in times that pull us apart, this t-shirt – now available on @everpresshq – was designed in collaboration with Pedro Mata Nogueira → 31,00 €.
Available until May 12
This book could be an ode to nineties fashion. It includes more than 115 photographies from Juergen Teller earlier and iconic work, featuring candid portraits of Vivienne Westwood, Kate Moss, Patti Smith, PJ Harvey, Chloë Sevigny and Harmony Korine, Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love, Kristen McMenamy and more!
This monograph shows an uniform style of raw emotion that has become his recognizable aesthetic. Teller ‘play’ with spontaneity and his models to unflattering angles, uses a bright and hard flash, and never retouches his photographs, exposing the myth of idealized beauty that fashion images offers.
In addition, an interesting conversation, in interview format, to get closer to his work, his life, as well as his creation process.
3 Zines: I’ll Be Gentle, No Consent / Delta / Wonderland
Developed in collaboration with and dedicated to Julia Scher, the three zines document and deconstruct the artist’s recent solo exhibitions 2018/2019 at Drei, Cologne, Neuer Aachener Kunstverein and Esther Schipper, Berlin
Julia Scher, born 1954, lives and works in Cologne, where she holds a professorship in Multimedia Performance & Surveillant Architectures at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne
Rosa von Praunheim
Gibt es Sex nach dem Tode?
Just in case you don’t know him, Rosa von Praunheim (he took the artistic name of the pink triangle that homosexuals had to wear in Nazi concentration camps) is a prolific German film director and gay rights activist, became a cult figure in the early 70s. He was one of the initiators of the homosexual rights movement in Germany and an early advocate of AIDS awareness. A Queer Cinema and films focusing on LGBT+ issues pioneer, but he has been a controversial figure even within and out the gay community too.
And this is the book about his film ‘Death magazine: or how to be a flowerpot’. A film that was accompanied by a major scandal because the productor didn’t want the audience to see it. The film and the book are a documentary about “Death” magazine, founded by “Screw” Magazine founder and publisher Al Goldstein, and its eventual failure. Images about death, the tabooed part of life, like to sex, because we try to ignore both. The book shows living death as an important part of our life.
The photobook ‘Gibt es Sex nach dem Tode?’ Rosa brings death to life: trivial, banal, disrespectful, undignified, serious, sexy, happy and punk. From different supports we can meet face-to-face with the dead and all the clichés of the television and newspeper feature are gathered: interviews, statements, archive material, reportage with accidental deaths, mountains of corps from the concentration camp, executions, impaled heads, traffic fatalities…
A raw and different book with a great use of colour in this collage design!
Art of the Sixties
A very special book published in 1971. An iconic an gorgeous catalogue that contains art work from major Sixties artists, including Beuys, Caro, Hamilton, Lichtenstein, Oldenberg, Paolozzi, Rauschenberg, Stella, Twombly, Warhol, among others. Many reproductions of Pop Art and Op Art works collected by Peter and Irene Ludwig.
With a wonderful design by Wolf Wostel <3 Soft cover with embossed flexible plastic covers and a hard acrylic spine, bound with stainless steel bolts. Multiple paper stocks and printing effects, brown fabric paper with color plates, printed transparent slipsheets with a portrait of each artist, fold-outs… and more
And this is the fifth edition. The final edition, updated and expanded! An exceptionally and well preserved copy for you.
Virtual Vertigo – NXS issue #5
NXS#5 Virtual Vertigo examines the challenges of the digital extension of reality and its shadowy underbelly for the self.
Daily digitally mediated interactions have made human perception more and more relative. Engaging with your friend’s avatar lookalike, FaceTime’s video chat applying its attention correction function, or talking on the phone with eerily human sounding virtual assistants literally make our senses deceive us.
Virtual Vertigo investigates questions such as: what emotional effects might a computer-communicated reality precipitate? How is the user’s behavior influenced after returning to the physical world from those layers of lifelike experience? Which ethical pillars should be kept high? And: are we able to restore our understanding of the structure of reality in a new form of find ways to resist manipulation?
With contributions by:
Manuel Arturo Abreu (DO)
Giusy Amoroso (IT)
Galit Ariel (IL)
Ash Baccus-Clark (US)
Cibelle Cavalli Bastos (BR)
Karolien Buurman (NL)
Amber Case (US)
Harriet Davey (UK)
Daphne Dragona (DE/GR)
Mat Dryhurst (UK)
Friederike Hantel (DE)
Holly Herndon (US)
Bailey Keogh (US)
Baptiste Kucharski (FR)
Kim Laughton (UK)
Sean Mahoney (UK)
Shawn Maximo (CA/US)
Florian Mecklenburg (DE)
Katja Novitskova (EE)
Fr. Bertie Pearson (US)
Douglas Rushkoff (US)
Tamar Shafrir (IL)
Entitled “Mixtape”, this catalogue brings together works by Dominique Hurth from 2008 to 2020. It comprises one text booklet with contributions by Daniela Cascella, Sonja Lau and the artist herself; one image booklet with 136 images from installation shots of Hurth’s work and one audio-tape (45-min each side) with recordings, music and sound material inherent to the research behind the works. The chosen format reflects on her interest in object-biography, technology and its history.
“We listened to historical recordings and futurist sounds, to tracks taking in everything from minimal wave and Detroit techno to hip-hop and chansons. We listened to the voices of the first speaking dolls that sounded like little monsters, to the voices of Sarah Bernhardt and Serge Gainsbourg as he burned a 500 Franc note on French TV. To Clarice Lispector as she lit a cigarette while being asked why she continued to write. We listened to music created in laboratories, music that was sent into outer space. We listened to lyrics and then languages and voices w couldn’t understand. Machine-generated sounds. Sounds created on celluloid. James Joyce reciting four pages of Finnegans Wake to Charles Ogden in the late 1920s. We listened to advertisements for vocoders and to music with vocoders as the primary transmitter of voice and the main musical instrument. We listened to France Gall singing — or rather, screaming — into the microphone at the Eurovisio Song Contest at the age of nineteen about being a doll made of wax and a doll made of sound. To a litany of okays sung by The Destroyer in a song by the Residents. To the breathing of Pauline Oliveros’s accordion. To the Holy Ghost in the Machine. To Minnie Riperton’s voice in the background, to atonal music, and to computer-generated hand claps. Electronic communication with the dead. Jazz.
A countdown to zero. We listened to beats.
The several hours of sound that we listened to eventually became two side of forty-five minutes each — Side A and Side B. Condensed and edited in this way, this mixtape actually conceals and contains several other mixtapes, recalling all the other tracks that burst out of the edges of the magnetic band.” (”Mixtape(s)”, D. Hurth, 2020)