Coconuts: A Tiny History

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FORTHCOMING Fall 2019

Coconuts, especially as a trade commodity, offer a startling illustration of global interconnections that have existed for over two thousand years. Thanks to this extensive history, coconuts offer many examples that can assist museums in “decolonizing” — that is, in pushing back against traditional national-temporal contexts as the primary model for organizing various cultural histories[…]

Anthropocene Unseen: A Lexicon

FORTHCOMING Winter 2019

The idea of the Anthropocene often generates an overwhelming sense of abjection or apathy. It occupies the imagination as a set of circumstances that counterpose individual human actors against ungraspable scales and impossible odds. There is much at stake in how we understand the implications of this planetary imagination, and how to plot paths from[…]

Air Supplied

Published: 05/23/2018

Read an Excerpt from Air Supplied Here! Air Supplied doubles as an artbook and edited collection of critical essays on the work of Australian-based artist David Cross. Known for his practice with inflatable structures, his projects often draw audiences into unexpected situations and dialogues.  Working across performance/participatory art and object-based environments, Cross has developed a unique body[…]

Extraterritorialities in Occupied Worlds

Published: 02/16/2016

The concept of extraterritoriality designates certain relationships between space, law, and representation. This collection of essays explores contemporary manifestations of extraterritoriality and the diverse ways in which the concept has been put to use in various disciplines. Some of the essays were written especially for this volume; others are brought here together for the first[…]

Transparent Things: A Cabinet

Published: 03/28/2013

Inspired by a passage in Vladmir Nabokov’s Transparent Things (1972), and also compiled as a future love letter to The Material Collective, the essays collected here play with the transparency of pedagogy, scholarship, and writing, as well as with objects that can be seen through, such as crystals and stained glass. As Nabokov wrote, When[…]

Preternatural

Published: 11/19/2011

The preternatural, as explored by these artists, disturb the ontological boundaries of art, nature and metaphysics. They exist within the folds of classificatory thresholds: both beyond and between nature and supernature; human and animal; vegetable and mineral; living and dead. The confusion between animate and inanimate is a primary concern, a surreality which unites with[…]