Is your social media feed drunk on likes? Did Big Brother kick you off Facebook for posting medieval torture paintings? Do 140 characters leave you unfulfilled? Us, too. That’s why we built e-flux conversations—a new platform dedicated to in-depth discussions of urgent artistic and social ideas. We need to talk.
e-flux conversations is newly redesigned by Alan Woo, and art critic Karen Archey has come on board as Editor. We’re working together to create new content models—think the perfect blend of blog and message board—to host the most urgent artistic conversations of the day. Using a hybrid editorial model, this open forum allows for participation from any user as well as specialized discussion moderated by a rotating cast of invited contributors. We want to be the place where a Beijing art student can chat with Charles Esche.
Our special contributors this month are David Hodge and Hamed Yousefi. They’re hosting discussions on New Historical Materialisms, Claims of Radicality in Contemporary Art, and soon, “Oneworldedness”: The Aesthetics of Hyper-Connectivity and Paranoia. Writers Rachel Wetzler and Mostafa Heddaya are our respondents for March. They will both respond to and create their own threads on e-flux conversations.
Check out the new e-flux conversations here.
Over the past few months, select conversations have featured Hito Steyerl, Joao Ribas, Natasha Ginwala, Mary Walling Blackburn, Coco Fusco, Sarah Rifky, Nina Power, Gabriela Rangel, Brian Kuan Wood, Charles Esche, and others.
Some discussions you’ve missed while you were away:
Landscapes of Capital: Alberto Toscano on Allan Sekula
New Historical Materialisms
Why Photobooks are Booming in a Digital Age
The Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon descends on MoMA Saturday, March 7th
The Precarious Minimum
Pussy Riot cameos on Netflix political drama “House of Cards”
The evidentiary burdens of criticism, or: is a review an island?
Andrew Weiner on Surround Audience
McKenzie Wark takes over Verso’s blog
“All radical bark and no radical bite”
Kirsty Bell on Yael Bartana’s new works
The Communal Rift: The State Must be Defended
Is it possible that free, self-organized art schools will one day replace traditional art education?
David Salle on The Forever Now at MoMA
The Common in the Time of Creative Reproductions: On Gerald Raunig
Exhibition Tour: Reena Spaulings, Later Seascapes at Galerie Neu, Berlin
Colin Perry on London counter-culture legend Ian Breakwell
Interview with Jussi Parikka
Financial markets as occult
Experimental Publishing Studio
Exhibition Tour: Lynn Hershman Leeson’s Civic Radar at ZKM
On Claims of Radicality in Contemporary Art
Token on the panel? Wangechi Mutu knows what to do
Doreen Mende on making mail art in a surveillance state
Darren Bader is selling a 10,211 GBP charity donation at Christie’s today
Simon Sheikh on magazines, circulation, and withdrawal
In a social media age, when is it best to keep quiet?
The Future Economy of Art
Video: Fred Moten on Chris Ofili
Luis Camnitzer on the Steven Salaita affair
Venus Lau on Chinese visual production in the public sphere
Ursula K. Le Guin: Capitalism is draining the earth, and Occupy isn’t going to fix it
Facebook turned Evgeny Morozov into a Marxist (sort of)
You can now store and flip your art in the same building!
Paolo Virno on Déjà Vu and the End of History
In praise of “difficult” art