Journal of Aesthetics & Protest, 11: Newsletter (2020)

7 July 2020, dusan

“Corona, Fascism, Climate Break-Down. Headlines all, and very real crises felt everywhere– things whose concerns work over situations at every scale of possible experience. We are interested in many things in regard to them, including how their nasty effects demand that we put our home affairs in order. Capacities for solidarity, meaningful mutual aid and actual justice emerge from the most intimate of places – that is, from between people and between people and other meaningful things.

This issue’s aim was to facilitate such work in intimate places; to do so, this issue serves primarily as a compilation of autonomously produced and locally distributed newsletters aimed at situating non-fascist thought and/or avant-garde cultural activity. We begin working on it in late 2018 and are completing it in June 2020.” (from Editorial)

Contributors: Hammam Aldouri, Out of the Woods, Nick Thoburn, Tools for Action, (Lancashire), Antifascist Culture (Athens), Never Again/Anti-Fascist Year (Warsaw), Around the Table, The Field (London), Black Book (Hong Kong), Casual School Collective (Canberra), Center for Enchantment (Albany), Critical Practice (Los Angeles), DSA Ecosocialist WG (Santa Cruz), Evening Class (London), Five Years (London), La Foresta/Evening Class (Rovereto), Pro Art Gallery and Common (Oakland), RIVAL (Thunder Bay), Terra Critica (Utrecht), We, TBD (Los Angeles), Woodbine (Ridgewood), Museum Adjacent (Torrance), Zizi de Vitruve (Strasbourg).

Editors: Marc Herbst, Robby Herbst, Amber Hickey, Claudia Firth
Publisher JOAAP, Leipzig / Los Angeles / London / Berlin / Waterville, ME, Jul 2020
99 pages


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Kenneth Goldsmith: Duchamp Is My Lawyer: The Polemics, Pragmatics, and Poetics of UbuWeb (2020)

22 June 2020, dusan

“In 1996, during the relatively early days of the web, Kenneth Goldsmith created UbuWeb to post hard-to-find works of concrete poetry. What started out as a site to share works from a relatively obscure literary movement grew into an essential archive of twentieth- and twenty-first-century avant-garde and experimental literature, film, and music. Visitors around the world now have access to both obscure and canonical works, from artists such as Kara Walker, Yoko Ono, Pauline Oliveros, Samuel Beckett, Marcel Duchamp, Cecil Taylor, Glenn Ligon, William Burroughs, and Jean-Luc Godard.

In Duchamp Is My Lawyer, Goldsmith tells the history of UbuWeb, explaining the motivations behind its creation and how artistic works are archived, consumed, and distributed online. Based on his own experiences and interviews with a variety of experts, Goldsmith describes how the site navigates issues of copyright and the ways that UbuWeb challenges familiar configurations and histories of the avant-garde. The book also portrays the growth of other “shadow libraries” and includes a section on the artists whose works reflect the aims, aesthetics, and ethos of UbuWeb. Goldsmith concludes by contrasting UbuWeb’s commitment to the free-culture movement and giving access to a wide range of artistic works with today’s gatekeepers of algorithmic culture, such as Netflix, Amazon, and Spotify.”

Publisher Columbia University Press, New York, 2020
ISBN 9780231186940, 0231186940
x+318 pages


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Nicole Brenez, Christian Lebrat (eds.): Jeune, dure et pure! Une histoire du cinéma d’avant-garde et expérimental en France (2001) [French]

2 June 2020, dusan

“L’expérimental dans l’expérimentation scientifique et technique – Le cadre aux surprises – Problèmes figuratifs, devenirs abstraits – ” La sagesse ne viendra jamais “. Dada, Surréalisme – Une terrible invention à faire du vrai – Recherches plastiques dans la fiction, travail des formes narratives – Les années 30 – ” L’angoisse et la douleur et l’inhumanité de la race humaine ” – Les années 50 – Americans in Paris – Le cinéma a déjà commencé ? Lettrisme – L’internationale situationniste – Performances et cinéma des plasticiens – ” Les Kamikazes de l’amour “. L’Underground français (et inassimilés) – Zanzibar – Engagements, combats, débats – Formes expérimentales narratives – Melba – Le cinéma du corps – Recherches scientifiques, propositions visuelles – Poèmes ethnographiques – Portrait, collections / Autoportrait, fictions – Paysages – Figurativité du montage – Recherches optiques, inventions sonores et narrativité – Abstractions chromatiques, domaines sensibles – Dispositifs – Le mouvement des Laboratoires – Constellations – Poèmes, pérennités de l’avant-garde.”

Publisher Cinémathèque française, Paris, and Mazzotta, Milan, 2001
ISBN 882021461X, 9788820214616
591 pages

Review: François Bovier (1895, 2008).


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