Online Issue: May 2015

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Artists Speak On Baltimore

The Editors ~ The city of Baltimore exploded in April. The death of Freddie Gray in police custody precipitated an all-out urban rebellion that shook the city for a week. Any notion that Ferguson, Missouri was somehow a fluke, an aberration, was thrown out the window. Of course, the rebellions in Ferguson since the death of Mike Brown and the protests that followed... Read more…

Heroes and Consequences

Laura Durkay ~ The products in the Marvel Cinematic Universe have been getting consistently better, more sophisticated and more diverse, particularly since the wormhole to the Whedonverse opened up with The Avengers and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Marvel’s Daredevil, which dropped its first 13-episode season on Netflix April 10, is the best of the bunch by a long shot... Read more…

Beyond Zero Tolerance and Forever Now: A New Genealogy for Anti-Capitalist Art

Adam Turl ~ If any two exhibitions underline the attenuation of radical politics in contemporary visual art it is the Museum of Modern Art’s “Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World” and MoMA’s PS1’s “Zero Tolerance.” The micro-aggressions against “good craft” in “Forever Now”hint, but only hint, that something is wrong in curator Laura Hoptmnan’s anti-teleological utopia... Read more...

"There's Still So Much to Adjust:" Jamaal May's Hum

Octavio Quintanilla The blood and bolts of the city of Detroit run through the veins of Hum, Jamaal May’s debut collection of poetry (Alice James Books, 2013).  Lyrical, sometimes political, but always honest, to read these poems is to enter a hive bursting with music and sound, image and purpose. The themes and subjects vary, but we quickly learn to trust the voice that guides us from one poem’s... Read more…

The Rise, Fall and Disapparation of Rupert Atwell

Adam Marks ~ “Joey Jo-Jo: My work is a satire/commentary on media saturation. This piece is called Exterior Semiotics. It proceeds by a series of entropic methodologies, utilising installations and live performance.” Rupert Atwell normally didn’t read notices at galleries. The written word should be an afterthought when appreciating art. That was the idea anyway but Joey Jo-Jo, whoever he was... Read more...

Impetuous Desire to Be On a Rooftop

Maya Weeks ~ in my plastic castle i came to singing       I WOULD GO FOR THE THUNDER ALONE
i said               i said I WISH THERE WAS A WAY TO PRESENT AS NEUTER
so sometimes i walk around as if / i don’t have breasts, wandering into strangers’ garages & shaking
hands and if everything... Read more...

From Fantasy to Collective Action

Jase Short ~ The relationship between speculative fiction (sf) and human liberation is perhaps not as straightforward as the old formula “science fiction is progressive, fantasy is reactionary” touted by many leftist literary critics in the past few decades, but it is nonetheless important to understand the ways in which the fantastic can illuminate our world by laying bare its contradictions... Read more...


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Issue One: "Art + Revolution"

From the editorial: The cultural moment does not simply call for “art and revolution” but “art plus revolution.” The difference may seem pedantic. But it is an important one. Counterposing contemporary art, literature, film, music and poetry with an abstraction of what revolutionary art “should be” is too limiting. Far more productive, interesting and useful is the struggle to apply a radical worldview to art and creativity as they actually exist in the here and now. From that point we can start to grapple with what it means to “revolutionize everyday life” in the present.

Also featured: The Iconography of the French Revolution ~ Theatre For the People: A Roundtable With Oracle Productions ~ A WAR (Arab Women, Art & Revolution) ~ Bad Girlz Bring the Noize: How Mujeres of Color Are Radicalizing Popular Music ~ Constructivism: Notes On Art + Revolution ~ Music and Historical Memory ~ No Guarantees ~ The Rebel's Guide to Art History ~ The Messiah and the Muse  ~ The Rise, Fall and Disapparation of Rupert Atwell ~ Marionette Divorce ~ Steal Away: The Visions of Nat Turner


Feuilleton

A Call For Submissions The response to Issue One has been very positive. Despite some repeated...  Read more...

Evicted Art Blog

Art space as epic theatre ~ In the "post-post modern context," artists, art gestures and spaces have struggled... Read more...

The Hour GlaSS

PCS Not Privatization The news about the recent protests against the newly elected Tory (Scum)... Read more...

RED WEDGE COMIX

Fate of Independence The comic below is titled "Fate of Independence" and is by Kay Mavrides... Read more...

The Ansible

Age of Ultron ~ One might expect something like The Avengers: Age of Ultron to be utterly bereft... Read more...

Atonal Notes 

Required Reading #2 ~ This makes two weeks in a row I've had the wherewithal to put this out... Read more...

AfroBlazingGuns

"Dear White People" bland and uninteresting I saw Dear White People and I agree with a lot of this... Read more...

Pink Palimpsest

Revenge of the Neckbeards ~ The world of sci-fi fandom is precious little understood in mainstream... Read more...

Red Planet

Communist artists seeking new life and a new civilization. Their blog is run by Hope Asya and Thomas Crane.

Conditions

Joselit's "Material Witness" ~ Last year’s racist, police killings of African-Americans Michael Brown... Read more...

La Marxista

Chávez's Lessons ~ César Chávez, the biopic of the Chicano labor leader and civil rights.. Read more...