Netherlands 11 Publications in Random Order
The Counter Proposal
This poem takes root in a disagreement between a group of artists and an academic institution regarding the rent of their studio. Following the disagreement, a debt was put on the shoulders of the artists by the institution and – after making dinner for the head of the institution – they were given the possibility to make a counter proposal regarding how to settle it.
Threatened with losing their studio they offered what they had, free creative labour. Their offer was laid out in a tiny book. It was handmade, had a painted cover and started with the word Hello. ‘The Counter Proposal’ is the ghost of this original book. It serves as poetic witness to a moment of precarity which led a group of artists to take on a debt they knew to be illegitimate.
Each book was individually hand painted and bound at Heesterveld 57, Amsterdam in March 2021.
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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)
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)
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
I laugh to see myself so beautiful in this mirror
I laugh to see myself so beautiful in this mirror is a collection of four zines inside of a box.
The first three zines are experiments where the author explores the possibilities of the comic language using the cut-up technique and the Tintin comics as a mixing board. The last one is an interview with the author.
This series of zines are part of his Ph.D. in LUCA Ghent, where he researches the comic language.
Andy G. Vidal
Noisification: Listening to the abat-voix
The vibration-environment is a term that conceives sound as an immersive scenario. In close relationship to this, the abat-voix, as a surface used in churches to direct priests’ voices towards the public to make them distinct, becomes a clear example of sound deployment within a political dimension. Thus, listening to the abat-voix refers to the questioning of the vibration-environment and the questioning of the relationships between noise and the physical and contextual vibrations occupying spaces and bodies.
La vibración-entorno es un término que concibe el sonido como un escenario inmersivo. En estrecha relación, el abat-voix—superficie utilizada en iglesias para dirigir la voz del sacerdote hacia el público y hacerla inteligible—se convierte en ejemplo del despliegue de lo sonoro en su dimensión política.
Así, la escucha del abat-voix hace referencia al cuestionamiento de la vibración-entorno y el cuestionamiento de las relaciones entre ruido y la vibración física y contextual que ocupa espacios y cuerpos.
Katy Deepwell (ed.)
Feminist Art Activisms and Artivisms
‘Feminisms’ (as a plural) is widely used today to draw attention to inequalities and to critique the status quo in limiting women’s roles/ positions/ lives/ potential. Art can offer a vision of future worlds, manifesting a desire for projecting change, playing with existing realities and conventions. Feminist Art Artivism and Activism, two sides of the same coin, arise where art approaches, develops or transforms into activism and vice versa, where activisms become artivisms. In both, art emerges in differing forms of political intervention, at both an individual, shared or collective level, apparent in actions, events, identifications and practices.
This volume wants to reveal the diversity of these practices and realities. Representing a range of critical insights, perspectives and practices from artists, activists, curators, academics and writers, it explores and reflects on the enormous variety of feminist interventions in the field of contemporary art, social processes, the public sphere and politics. In doing so, Feminist Art Activisms and Artivisms touches upon broader questions of cultural difference, history, class, economic position, ecology, politics, sexual orientation, and the ways in which these intersect.
Richly illustrated with c. 300 black and white illustrations and photos.
This is the first volume in the new PLURAL series. The series focuses on how the intersections between identity, power, representation and emancipation, play out in the arts and in cultural practices. The volumes in this series aim to do justice to the plurality of voices, experiences and perspectives in society and in the arts and to address the history and present and future meaning of these positions and their interrelations. PLURAL brings together new and critical insights from artists, arts professionals, activists, cultural and social researchers, journalists and theorists.
Sun Chang, Sara Santana López & Felix Navarrete
This publication is based on a conversation between Félix Navarrete, Sun Chang and Sara Santana López. While talking, the conversation was visualised in a collective thought mapping centered around the question – “What is the essential feeling of being together?”. Without being comprehensive, we hope for this publication to work as a bridge between us three and those who are reading, so that the conversation we held might keep on growing through your interpretation.
Esta publicación está basada en una conversación que mantuvieron Félix Navarrete, Sun Chang y Sara Santana López. Las reflexiones que surgían mientras hablaban se iban plasmando al mismo tiempo en un mapa visual alrededor de la pregunta “¿Cuál es la esencia del sentimiento colectivo? [¿Cuál es el sentir esencial cuando sentimos estar juntos?] Sin ánimo de ser totalmente comprensibles, esperamos al menos que esta publicación sirva como puente entre nosotros tres y aquellos que nos leen y así, aquella conversación que tuvimos pueda seguir creciendo a través de su interpretación.
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Daddy Issues #2 – The Issues With Art Education
“Daddy Issues #2 – This Issues With Art Education” tells the tales of the year of the swan – a group of participants of the Dirty Art Department, a masters program hosted by the Sandberg Instituut in Amsterdam (NL).
As part of our masters program, we left Amsterdam by plane to Bari, and travelled in descending order of technology—by boat from Bari to Patras, by public transport from Patras to Delphi and by foot from Delphi to Athens before settling down for 2 months in the Greek capital.
In this publication, we share collective thoughts about our individual learning experiences as art students, reflecting on course structure, ideology and nomadism and collectivity as pedagogical methods.
“Daddy Issues #2 – This Issues With Art Education” recoge las historias del año del cisne- un grupo de participantes del Dirty Art Department, programa de estudios de máster del Sandberg Instituut en Ámsterdam (NL).
Como parte de este programa dejamos Ámsterdam a bordo de un avión camino a Bari y desde allí seguimos viajando en orden tecnológico descendiente–en barco de Bari a Patras, en transporte público de Patras a Delfos, a pie de Delfos a Atenas –para finalmente asentarnos durante dos meses en la capital griega.
En esta publicación pensamos de manera colectiva en cada una de nuestras experiencias de aprendizaje individuales como estudiantes de arte, reflexionando acerca de la estructura e ideología de nuestros estudios así como en el nomadismo y lo colectivo como métodos pedagógicos.
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 €.
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