Activism 9 Publications in Random Order
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)
Les corps incorruptibles
It’s 2020 and our bodies are still political.
The 21st century still drags on with the same beauty standards of the last century. Those of a young, white, thin, ethereal and heterosexual woman. Beauty, or rather a woman’s first commercial asset; is a passport to a happy marriage, professional success and social recognition. Both women and men are bombarded with an infinite amount of photoshopped images, which has alienated them and also driven them on a search for ideal beauty. This claustrophobic and impossible standard has only lead us to eternal comparison, frustration and levels of self-hatred. A blinded population starved by its regimes, which becomes terribly tractable and obedient.
Refusing the norm is to choose, as from the vulnerable side as the enthusiastic one, to be incorruptible, faithful to oneself, honest, punk in front of a capitalist system that fathers monstrous children of uniformity and consumerism, all made from the same postcolonial and patriarchal mould.
The artist refused the norm. She cherished and desired bodies of all ages, sizes, genders and colours, with intent to deconstruct beauty standards, beginning a quest for honesty, empowerment, acceptance and self-confidence, while gathering the words of her peers and taking a tender look at them.
These incorruptible bodies are a celebration of the diverse, the unlikely, the ambiguous, the androgynous, the non-obvious and the non-binary.
Les corps incorruptibles is a feminist, queer and anti-racist declaration of love.
Pdf de la traducción en castellano de los textos en nuestra web.
Sistaaz of the Castle
Jan Hoek, fashion designer Duran Lantink and trans sex worker organisation SistaazHood present ‘Sistaaz of the Castle’, published by Art Paper Editions, an ongoing project about the colorful looks and lives of transgender sex workers that roam the streets of Cape Town, South Africa.
Most of the girls are homeless, living under a bridge near Cape Town’s castle. The Sistaaz are eager activists, proud to be trans, proud to be a sex worker, and even prouder of their stunning sense of style. And they want it to be acknowledged.
A series of photographs and a fashion collection based on the girls’ appearance and their ability to turn whatever they find into the most exuberant outfits was created. This has already resulted in a fashion show at Amsterdam Fashion Week (a show in Cape Town in still on the wish list) and a photo exhibition in Foam Amsterdam.
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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!
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
Manifiesto Ferviente de Mercedes Villalba es una llamada a reunirnos y fermentar tanto de maneras metafóricas como materiales, un prontuario que tener a mano para iniciar fermentaciones. La idea es crear burbujas donde poder experimentar y cultivar el futuro, poder imaginar otros modos de producción y relación para desarticular y desmontar nuestras lógicas y modos de percepción capitalistas.
Escrito originalmente en inglés para la revista The Plant, esta edición bilingüe incluye una traducción al castellano.
Manifiesto Ferviente es el primer número de la colección A Sketch For The Future, una serie inspirada por Muriel Cooper que trata temas urgentes que pensar hoy para habitar el futuro.
Mercedes Villalba es una escritora y antropóloga argentina que actualmente reside en California, donde investiga sobre la mercantilización de los paisajes geotermales, ha escrito para revistas como Too Much y Compost. Dicta una clase que incluye un módulo llamado “los hongos son raros”.
No Libros editó la versión en portugués de Manifiesto Ferviente y puedes verlo aquí.
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.
Andrey Kasay, Mantrasse, Manuel Donada
THE BEST FROM THE WEST – Andrey Kasay
This is a collection of the best works by Andrey Kasay, a Russian visual artist based in Moscow, by the summer of 2019. His metaphoric, surreal and crazy illustrations and animated videos are based on a satiric look at contemporary society. Since 2010 he took part in various group exhibitions and had solo shows in Europe, Asia, North and South America. He worked with brands like MTV, Nike, Red Bull, CNN, Washington Post, New Yorker, Adidas; and was featured by VICE, WIRED, Juxtapoz and It’s Nice That. 170 x 230 mm, 200 pages Edition of 300 copies ISBN 978-989-54589-1-2 Stolen Books // Published March 2020
THE TREE AS AN ANTENNA TO A SPIRITUAL REVOLUTION – Mantraste
“I wanted to pay homage to all the trees for a long time, so I picked sticks in my village, drew the memories of my childhood by sight and crumpled the paper pulp that shaped the fruits of my spirit. How many have found enlightenment through a tree?” 190 × 250 mm 32 pages 2 color risography printing on Fedrigoni Arena Rough 90g paper. 2 color silkscreen cover printed by Telmo Chaparra (Stolen Prints) on Pop Set Fawn 170g paper. Each copy comes with a 2 color risograph print by the artist, size approx. 300 x 410 mm, printed on Munken Print White 90g. Limited edition of 100 copies, signed and numbered.
SOLIN SALA RA – Manuel Donada
It is not talking about the origin of this book, because this book, infinite, varied, diverse, always similar and always different, perpetual and changing, has existed from all eternity. Nothing has been discovered, everything has been found. But in the heart of this artifact everything changes, everything is transformed, everything evolves. These pages have not existed at any time or any place, the message itself has an origin and the magic emanating from each of its pages can never be trained. At this point, there is nothing to do. It would be lovely to wait for the revolution of an admirable science. This book is dedicated, in part, to all those punks of sectarian mentality and false morals, those who feed the annihilation of the individual and those who are part of a camouflaged class, who die of fear and grief with the idea of being isolated. To all those who do not violently reject the supporters of an absurd and pestilent elite. To the loose dogs of abstract camaraderie that obstructs the spiritual, individual and cosmic revolution. To the victims of the revolution block, accomplices of permanent repression, duck-faced corpses and wild manners, all obstacles of the universal protest. 245 x 310 mm, 96 pages 978-989-54589-2-9 Stolen Books
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