Glossary of Cognitive Activism (Third Edition)

Glossary of Cognitive Activism (Third Edition)

Written by Warren Neidich, Glossary of Cognitive Activism (For a Not so Distant Future) articulates key concepts central to the essays published in the three-volume series The Psychopathologies of Cognitive Capitalism. The series attempts to broaden the definition of cognitive capitalism in terms of the scope of its material relations, especially as it relates to the conditions of mind and brain in our new world of advanced telecommunication, data mining and social relations.

An Activist Neuroaesthetics Reader

An Activist Neuroaesthetics Reader

Activist neuroaesthetics attempts to make the processes of digital dominion and governmentalization—which are becoming more and more prominent in late-stage cognitive capitalism (or neural capitalism)—opaque, visible, and known.

How to Die – Inopiné

How to Die – Inopiné

How to Die - Inopiné is a performance and a practice. It thinks through, in an embodied manner, the prevailing contemporary moods of ecological grief, cultural panic, and collapse. As a performance in a theater or outdoors, an audience encounters five dancers who are constantly building, unbuilding, and rebuilding. Afterwards, stories are told around a bonfire. As a practice in the studio, school, or street, a group of dancers, artists, writers, and architects meet for a year of residencies between Oslo and Umeå.

Sedje Hémon – Emotion of Spirits

Sedje Hémon – Emotion of Spirits

Sedje Hémon (1923-2011) dedicated her life to showing the common origin and intersectionality of all arts and sciences, culminating in the development of a theory for the “integration of the arts.”

Imran Mir – A World that is not Entirely Reflective but Contemplative

Imran Mir – A World that is not Entirely Reflective but Contemplative

Imran Mir's (1950-2014) oeuvre can be interpreted as a constant refusal to provide comprehensive elaboration beyond what one experiences. The act of contemplation is a guiding principle to interpreting Imran Mir’s work, an approach that reverberates into a practice that grew out of conversations with a community of artists, activists, poets, relatives, and other thinkers in Karachi.

Abdias Nascimento  – Being an Event of Love

Abdias Nascimento – Being an Event of Love

Abdias Nascimento (1914-2011) was a story-teller whose mediums of expression embraced as many forms as they could, borrowing the paths at hand to communicate ideas and reflect on the urgencies of his time and place.

Hannah Ryggen Triennale 2022: Anti-monument

Hannah Ryggen Triennale 2022: Anti-monument

Hannah Ryggen Triennale 2022 presents artists and works that can varyingly be seen in the light of Hannah Ryggen's legacy (1894–1970). With the anti-monument as a prism, embodied truths are replaced with a multitude of alternatives. In this publication, the curators and invited authorsexplore the dialogues that take place between Hannah Ryggen's tapestries and the contemporary artists's woks in the triennale exhibitions, also mediated through a rich selection of images.

Hannah Ryggen's attitude toward hierarchical constructions is still confrontational Her art invites dynamic readings, at the same time as it punctures fascist ideologies and literally outlasts structures in reinforced concrete. This is the strength and potential of her textile anti-monument.

Die Vibration der Dinge | The Vibration of Things

Die Vibration der Dinge | The Vibration of Things

Things, including artistic objects, are integrated into social and societal contexts. Objects are alive, they vibrate and generate resonance. When they travel, their meanings and values shift. They possess a charge that can change and even disappear.

The Blue Room

The Blue Room

The Blue Room by the artistic duo Tehnica Schweiz (Gergely László and Péter Rákosi) is an installation comprising a film and a porcelain sculpture collection. The work is aimed at the re-examination of our relation to architectural and material cultural heritage, merging two stories: the story of the Hungarian Museum of Fine Arts's nineteenth century plaster cast collection of antique sculptures, and that of the eighteenth century synagogue of Tata, which served to house the life-size copies of antique sculptures for more than forty years.

Contested Landscapes

Contested Landscapes

Contested Landscapes is dedicated to different rural regions—their landscapes, their producers, and their work. The paths of the family of the artist Sandra Schäfer and those of the famous German photographer August Sander cross in the Westerwald, a rural area in Germany shaped by farming and mining.

Afro-Sonic Mapping

Afro-Sonic Mapping

From his longstanding engagement to “un-mute” colonial sound collections captured during the European colonial period, Satch Hoyt’s practice has been dedicated to intervene those collections and awake their sonicity, releasing phonogram recordings and instruments of different regions in Africa from the museological silence. For Hoyt, the sonic opens a portal to the acoustic mappings of history – testimonies of enslavement, resistance, empowerment and liberation, and also the amalgamations of today and the future.

Lerato Shadi

Lerato Shadi

We are delighted to be able to introduce Lerato Shadi’s first monograph. In her work, it is the marginalized that Shadi puts centre stage, negotiating bodies discriminated against in racist, sexist or classist ways, along with the experiences inscribed in them. Employing different media, Shadi addresses issues of institutional violence, patriarchal and colonial strategies of exclusion and erasure but also highlights resistant subjective narratives.

Re-enchanting the World

Re-enchanting the World

Re-enchanting the World is a publication accompanying Małgorzata Mirga-Tas’s exhibition of the same name, shown in the Polish pavilion at the 59th Venice Biennale. The exhibit is Mirga-Tas's manifesto on Roma identity and art, drawing inspiration from the Renaissance frescoes of the Palazzo Schifanoia in Ferrara and thus attempting to expand the European iconosphere and history of art with representations of Roma culture.

Holes Dug, Rocks Thrown

Holes Dug, Rocks Thrown

'Holes Dug, Rocks Thrown' is the first comprehensive presentation of the artist Line Skywalker Karlström's work. It documents a practice, that over a period of more than twenty years have been committed to 'queer feminist world making' using a performative and embodied approach.

Trading Zones

Trading Zones

This book introduces camera-based practices at the intersections of artistic and ethnographic research that critically examine the means of their own production and social embeddedness. In shared practices such as recording in the field, editing in post-production and modes of presentation, the camera is involved as an agent rather than an innocent device. How does the camera grapple with the invisible and how does it reveal what the camerawoman is unable to see? How do films, videos and photographs provide access to vulnerable knowledges and what presentation formats can extend the linearity of narration?

On Trials | محاكمات قيد الفحص

On Trials | محاكمات قيد الفحص

In On Trials: A Manual for the Theatre of Law, Jasmina Metwaly and Philip Rizk explore the performativity of the law within Egypt’s spectral legal reality. The publication dissects material collected for their film On Trials, a work-in-progress that uses modes of documentary and fiction making.

Pandora’s Box

Pandora’s Box

Pandora's Box explores the form of conversation as a method of aesthetic solidarity and empowerment. As an online platform it collects and archives talks, stories, discourses and struggles to re-value and constantly reboot practices of solidarity. The conversations and texts published in this first Volume are starting and connecting points creating a web of support, exchange and dispersion being a catalyser for planetary solidarity and imaginary and real material nanocommunities.

Coming to Know

Coming to Know

Coming to Know asks how listening to the past together might transform our sense of the knowledge held in common. It sets aside the visual techniques of the archaeological site, the museum, and the larger project of colonial modernity, and instead constitutes itself as a resonant structure—a future-oriented monument to historically situated listening bodies as well as a dwelling place for community now.

A Slightly Curving Place

A Slightly Curving Place

A Slightly Curving Place asks what it means to listen to the past and its absence which remains. It responds to the practice of acoustic archaeologist Umashankar Manthravadi, whose life and work are a history of sound and technology through the second half of the twentieth century.

Becoming Van Leo

Becoming Van Leo

Becoming Van Leo is a study of the life and times of the late Armenian-Egyptian photographer. Born in 1921, Leon Boyadjian would come to be known as Van Leo, one of the most singular twentieth-century studio photographers in the Arab world.

The Many Headed Hydra Magazine #4

The Many Headed Hydra Magazine #4

The first in a series of publications emerging from the transoceanic platform a language where yesterday and tomorrow are the same word. Kal, kal RITUALS proposes queer and trans feminist ecologies, embodiments and mythmaking.

Momentography of a failure

Momentography of a failure

Momentography of a failure [Addis Ababa] brings essays, timelines, film, photography, and a series of conversations together to deal with Ethiopia’s controversial urbanisation and the transformative space of the city. It explores the gradual transition of rural-urban space, inner-city migration, emerging and disappearing spaces, and commoning in public space.

Not fully human, Not human at all

Not fully human, Not human at all

The project Not Fully Human, Not Human at All looks into processes of dehumanization that are are taking place in Europe. Dehumanization is generally understood as the degradation of human life, that human beings inflict upon each other. The artists taking part in the project question the the obsolete category of the human, by imagining concepts from a new vocabulary of the process that can be called re-humanization

Xenogenesis – The Otolith Group

Xenogenesis – The Otolith Group

The publishing of the first catalogue raisonné on the work of the Otolith Group is timely and comes at a pivotal point in their practice. The work of this London-based artist’s collective comprised of Anjalika Sagar and Kodwo Eshun covers politics of race and diversity and incorporates film making and post-lens-based essayistic aesthetics that explore the temporal anomalies, anthropic inversions, and synthetic alienation of the posthuman, the inhuman, the non-human, and the complexity of the envi-ronmental conditions of life we all face.