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EXTRACTIVISM | Memories of the sea
EXTRACTIVISM | Memories of the sea
Mainstream accounts refer to the coastal regions of Kutch as wasteland, as submerged lands, as marginal—words that indicate a lack of human use and value. But these amphibious geographies have been inhabited for centuries by the fishing community and the pastoral Fakirani jat communities, a presence and livelihood that contests this presumed lack.
This is why we can’t have nice things!
This is why we can’t have nice things!
Much of the debate around documenta fifteen forgets that political change and cultural change might not work in tandem, that denaturalising power relations might be easier than denaturalising gender relations and entrenched racial prejudices, or that the merits or demerits of political artworks, many of which come laden with harrowing backstories, cannot be measured against the yardstick of semiotic theory.
EXTRACTIVISM | Introduction to the dossier
EXTRACTIVISM | Introduction to the dossier
How are images implicated in the increasingly diversified and expansive ways in which industrial-scale extractive methods and practices operate? To what extent do the ways images are produced, circulated, theorized, and politicized mirror or challenge extractive methods and practices?
EXTRACTIVISM | Sonic blind spots: Acoustic research in the Lower Mississippi River
EXTRACTIVISM | Sonic blind spots: Acoustic research in the Lower Mississippi River
Documenting the lower Mississippi River as an acoustic space reveals already existing power dimensions at play before they become fully legible as symptoms of extractive dispossession. Analysing the politics of vibration, emission sources, and bandwidth use inequalities can reveal much about the colonial regime of extractive infrastructures by exposing the disassembled temporalities of the extractive event.
EXTRACTIVISM | Notes on processes of unearthing: Wildfires and the entanglements of space on the unceded lands known as California
EXTRACTIVISM | Notes on processes of unearthing: Wildfires and the entanglements of space on the unceded lands known as California
Thinking with entanglements of the wildfires on the unceded lands known as California and that is dedicated to analysing and locating openings to dismantle the abstraction that is the wildland-urban interface.
EXTRACTIVISM | Ben Asamoah’s Sakawa (2018) and the Problem of e-Waste
EXTRACTIVISM | Ben Asamoah’s Sakawa (2018) and the Problem of e-Waste
Sakawa—a combination of internet fraud, traditionalist African ritual practice, and gender performance—is not a quirky consequence of increasing West African access to digital technologies but rather a response to colonial economic policies that continue to designate Africa as a site for extracting mineral resources and discarding waste.
REPARATIONS: A GLOSSARY | empathy
REPARATIONS: A GLOSSARY | empathy
To question the work of empathy, or, rather, what work empathy does in making sense of aesthetic forms and ways of life, is to wrest to the surface of sentimental rhetoric that which would implicate us not merely to each other’s pain, but to each other’s survival.
REPARATIONS: A GLOSSARY | repatriation
REPARATIONS: A GLOSSARY | repatriation
As patria ultimately derives from pater (‘father’), ‘repatriation’ shares a common root with other terms connoting national, familial, and social structures, such as patriotism, patriarch, patrimony, compatriot, and more.
REPARATIONS: A GLOSSARY | critical care
REPARATIONS: A GLOSSARY | critical care
By starting with “placing care around” the recipient, the viewer, the audience member, the community member, and others scholars can minimize and potentially prevent re-traumatization in the discussion of difficult histories.
REPARATIONS: A GLOSSARY | envy
REPARATIONS: A GLOSSARY | envy
Might Melanie Klein's notion of envy offer a productive way to theorize modern debates about reparations? Could a similar kind of envy be operating within oppositional voices that resist the notion of repair in all its forms?
REPARATIONS: A GLOSSARY | return/repair
REPARATIONS: A GLOSSARY | return/repair
Camille Turner's performance posits thinking with the non-human and time-travelling as interconnected strategies for return/repair.
REPARATIONS: A GLOSSARY | narrative
REPARATIONS: A GLOSSARY | narrative
The concept of narrative is significant in its relationship to the roles that Indigenous communities have been positioned in within the broader history of visual culture.
The democratic sensible: Becoming word in protest recitations
The democratic sensible: Becoming word in protest recitations
Images of texts from sites of protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act and the National Register of Citizens have been transcribed into embodied performances.
Visual Activism revisited
Visual Activism revisited
Co-editors of the 2016 themed issue on Visual Activism reflect back on it in light of recent events.
Thinking in motion
Thinking in motion
A reflection on the online action ​Face Mask, Not Muzzle ​by Tucumán collective​ La Lola Mora, which responds to a present undergoing multiple crises.
Contemporary art, activism, and symbolic value
Contemporary art, activism, and symbolic value
Telepathy without the internet
Telepathy without the internet
Is it possible to practice telepathy outside of the oppressive market dynamics that dominate the internet today?
Review of the 2019 Venice Biennale
Review of the 2019 Venice Biennale
Themed "May You Live In Interesting Times," the 58th Biennale proceeds from the idea of multivalency, inviting complexity, ambiguity and contradiction, and constituting a point of departure rather than a conclusion.
Revisiting the Philosophy of Horror
Revisiting the Philosophy of Horror
Full audio recording of Caetlin Benson-Allott's interview with Noël Carroll in the context of the themed issue on "Design and the Componentry of Horror."