Works for Works, Book 1: Useless Beauty

FORTHCOMING Winter 2022

Works for Works, Book 1: Useless Beauty tackles “legacy” issues of intellectual property rights (IPR) in artistic scholarship and proposes a category or class of works that has no relation to IPR or to proprietary regimes of copyright and academic privilege. Effectively a structuralist argument for establishing new forms of artistic scholarship that operate in[…]

Helicography

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Published: 07/22/2021

Part art history essay, part experimental fiction, part theoretical manifesto on the politics of equivalence, Helicography examines questions of scale in relation to Robert Smithson’s iconic 1970 artwork Spiral Jetty. In an essay and film made to accompany the earthwork, Smithson invites us to imagine the stone helix of his structure at various orders of[…]

Testing Knowledge: Toward an Ecology of Diagnosis, Preceded by the Dingdingdong Manifesto

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Published: 04/15/2021

This volume presents the collective adventure of Dingdingdong, the Institute for the Co-production of Knowledge about Huntington’s Disease, founded in 2012 between Paris and Brussels. Katrin Solhdju’s Testing Knowledge: Toward an Ecology of Diagnosis pursues the question of taming the violence of the new species of medical foreknowledge represented by genetic testing. Adopting historical and[…]

Noise Thinks the Anthropocene: An Experiment in Noise Poetics

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Published: 02/13/2019

In an increasingly technologized and connected world, it seems as if noise must be increasing. Noise, however, is a complicated term with a complicated history. Noise can be traced through structures of power, theories of knowledge, communication, and scientific practice, as well as through questions of art, sound, and music. Thus, rather than assume that[…]

Insurrectionary Infrastructures

Published: 05/02/2018

Opponents of states and capital must be prepared to defend ourselves. To understand the nature of the state is to know that it will attack to kill when and where it feels a threat to its authority and power. But the struggles against exploitation, oppression, and repression must also move to the offensive. With the[…]

Manifesto for a Post-Critical Pedagogy

Published: 01/11/2018

The belief in the transformative potential of education has long underpinned critical educational theory. But its concerns have also been largely political and economic, using education as the means to achieve a better – or ideal – future state: of equality and social justice. Our concern is not whether such a state can be realized.[…]

Crisis States: Governance, Resistance & Precarious Capitalism

Published: 07/05/2016

This is an age of crisis: economic, political, environmental, and social. Yet the nature of contemporary crisis is often misunderstood. Crisis, rather than being accidental or episodic – as is too often assumed – has been a regular feature of state practice in the neoliberal austerity regimes of contemporary capitalism. In this timely work Jeff[…]