Continent. 5(2): The Technosphere, Now (2016)

15 April 2016, dusan

“The “technosphere” is geologist Peter Haff’s term for the planetary-scale networks of transport, information, energy and media operating at a scale and functional efficacy that we can now compare with geological and climatic forces—the soils and rocks of the lithosphere, the waters of the hydrosphere or the winds of the atmosphere. Its emergence as a thematic is driven by the same witnessing of intertwining natural environments, vast socio-technical forces, and increasingly diverse technological species and spaces that has precipitated discussions of the Anthropocene.

[…] The Technosphere project at the HKW in Berlin (2015-18) began with an initial gathering in Autumn 2015. The first occasion for the ongoing collaboration between continent. and HKW was the latter’s hosting of The Technosphere, Now event in October, 2015 in Berlin. Editors from continent. came from various corners of the globe, invited to immerse themselves into and extrapolate from the talks, discussions, presentations and demonstrations held there. Interview-discussions held with the likewise international set of researchers, theorists, artists and scientists at this event precipitated an online special issue of continent. for April 2016, featuring articles titled by the names of our interviewees.”

Features interviews with Arno Rosemarin, Birgit Schneider, Bronislaw Szerszynski, Donald MacKenzie, Erich Hörl, Jennifer Gabrys, Lino Camprubí, Lucy A. Suchman, Mark Hansen, Masahiro Terada, Mushon Zer-Aviv, Oliver Sann, Peter K. Haff, S. Løchlann Jain, and Scott Gabriel Knowles.

Edited by Nina Jäger, Paul Boshears, Bernhard Garnicnig, Jamie Allen, Lital Khaikin, Katrin Klingan, Anna Sophie Luhn, Christoph Rosol, and Nick Hood
Publisher continent., Apr 2016
Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License
ISSN 2159-9920


Waste Not: Zhao Xiangyuan & Song Dong (2009)

16 February 2016, dusan

Waste Not is an exhibit by Chinese artist Song Dong that displays over 10,000 domestic objects formerly owned by his late mother, who refused to throw anything away if she could possibly reuse it. She had suffered poverty during China’s turmoils in the 1950s and 1960s and had acquired a habit of thrift and re-use that led her to store domestic objects of all kinds in her tiny house in Beijing. After the death of her husband in 2002, her desire to hoard items became an obsession that began to have an impact on her standard of living. Song and his sister managed to alleviate it by persuading her to let him use her possessions as an art installation, reflecting her life and the modern history of China as experienced by one family. First exhibited in Beijing in 2005, Waste Not has since travelled around the world to major galleries in Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States, where it has been well received by critics.” Wikipedia

Edited by Wu Hung
Publisher Tokyo Gallery, Tokyo, and Beijing Tokyo Art Projects, Beijing, 2009
ISBN 9784904149027, 4904149025
188 pages


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Artikişler Kolektif (eds.): İstanbul’un Artığı / Surplus of Istanbul (2014) [Turkish/English]

5 November 2015, dusan

Surplus of İstanbul is a project book edited by Artıkişler Collective. The book is primarily about a video methodology process based research ongoing with waste collectors in Istanbul. At the same time the book includes makes connections with past researches (2001) and engagements with waste collectors from Hakkari and Ankara. The book consists of experiences and observations by members of Artıkişler Collective on the main themes of waste, garbage, urbanism, labor and video activism. Moreover, the book as well includes texts by diverse writers who discuss and relate the theme in context of ethnic conflict, video image, identity of the researcher, urban surplus and urban transformation.”

Contributions by İrfan Aktan, Ali Saltan, Oktay Ince, Ezgi Koman, Ulus Baker, David Harvey, Yaşar Çabuklu, Sibel Yardımcı, Pelin Tan, Artıkişler Kolektifi.

Edited by Özge Çelikaslan, Alper Şen and Pelin Tan
Publisher Artikişler Collective, November 2014
ISBN 9786056527807
140 pages

Project website