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Christina McPhee on Wed, 2 Nov 2005 19:49:24 +0100 (CET)

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<nettime-ann> [ann] November on -empyre- soft-skinned space : Whispering in the Dark

November on -empyre-: Whispering in the Dark with the collective Journal
of Aesthetics and Protest (US)

Whispering in the Dark,

-- conspiratorial incantations. Theory making sense of the place you're
stumbling around in.

For November 2005, -empyre- is pleased to invite the Journal's
perspectives on the commodification of theoretical discourses.

The Journal of Aesthetics and Protest is painfully aware of  the ex-
appropriation of localizable discourses due to an international art
market that imagines itself uncritically de-centered and is ever hungry
for newly displaced  objects and meanings. New Media itself is one of the
main conduits for this emptied out experience of culture. With this
discussion we would like to investigate a different way to frame

How can a discourse not be tied to the expression or promotion of
particular industrial technologies? How has and how can we reframe the
category of new media? How does new media and new media discourse impact
communities and social justice?

How does the commodification of discourse influence understandings of
tactical media's possibilities?


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about the editors and contributing writers

----------------------------->Cara Baldwin was born on a military base at
the end of the Vietnam War and has since returned to the sound of
helicopter blades rattling her crib. She received her MFA at CalArts in
2000 and has since organized several projects that deal with public
space. She's an independent curator, editor, artist and writer living in
Los Angeles.

----------------------------->Ryan Griffis is an artist whose work takes
the forms of writing, curating and otherwise performative activities,
often in collaborative situations. Focusing on the social problematics of
technology, he writes regular reviews of art and culture for Rhizome,
ArtUS and other on and offline publications. "YOUgenics," a traveling
series of exhibitions and events about genetic technologies curated by
Ryan since 2001, was recently exhibited at the School of the Art
Institute of Chicago. He is a member of the Journal of Aesthetics &
Protest collective and also moonlights as a part-time travel agent for
the Temporary Travel Office - an ongoing investigation into the
sub-rational desires for mobility. http://www.temporarytraveloffice.net/

----------------------------->Marc Herbst is currently completing a
site-specific photo collage project involving neighborhood demographic
statistics aimed at communicating cold economic realities to distinct
homes. He works with pirate radio, diy and grassroots media . He
currently is beginning a group of abstract biomorphic monuments to
extinct or endangered community institutions such as historical memory,
telephone trees, and shared values. He teaches web design, performance
art and sculpture at UC San Diego and American 
Intercontinental University LA. sparkle[at]c-level.cc

----------------------------->Robby Herbst is interested in the networks
of visual media that foster the development of intersubjective power. His
new-genres practice explores, initiates, and enacts democratic
negotiations with culture. Since 1996 Robby has been around the creation
of several autonomously run media collectives (Radio Dumbo, Indymedia
Seattle and Los Angeles, Journal
of Aesthetics and Protest). Currently he is excited about the Journal of
Aesthetics and Protest?s slide library. The library attempts to address
the many problems of LA?s gallery and academic art systems by unveiling
?dark matter?, accomplished through the creation of a publicly accessible
rherbst {AT} journalofaestheticsandprotest.org

----------------------------->Christina Ulke lives and works as an artist
in Los Angeles. Her site-specific and often collaborative public art
practice revolves around questions of globalization?s aftermath, the
deconstruction of normalized racist technological hegemonies and the
articulation of a radically local iconography. In an attempt to create
locally meaningful discursive sites, Ulke co-founded c-level (now
beta-level) in LA?s Chinatown and is also a co-editor of the Journal of
Aesthetics and Protest. Ulke currently teaches at UCSD's Visual Arts
Department. http://www.ulkeprojects.com/closeencounters.html

----------------------------->Nato Thompson is a writer, activist, and
Assistant Curator at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts. Recent
curatorial projects there include "The Interventionists: Art in the
Social Sphere," a survey of interventionist political art practices of
the 90s, and edited a related book, "The Interventionists: Users' Manual
for the Creative Disruption of Everyday Life," MIT Press 2004. He is a
co-organizor at the Department of Space and Land Reclamation and strong
believer in radical practice. His writings on art and politics have been
published in tema celeste, Parkett, New Art Examiner, the College Art
Association Art Journal and In These Times. Nato is a contributing
writer to the Journal of Aesthetics and Protest.
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