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Tot war der Autor nie

Gerald Raunig, Felix Stalder

Piraten, Provokateure, Politikversagen

Jens Badura / Monika Mokre

The Industrial Turn

Gerald Raunig

Pavilion UniCredit: An Artist’s Tale

Dmitry Vilensky (Chto Delat collective)

Culture in EUropean External Relations

Jozef Batora/ Monika Mokre

European Cultural Policies 2015

Maria Lind, Raimund Minichbauer [ed.]


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02 01 15
New book | transversal texts
Die jahrhundertelange Konjunktur des Individuums gerät ins Wanken. Es beginnt das Zeitalter des Dividuellen. Die schlechte Nachricht von Gerald Raunigs Philosophie der Dividualität ist, dass sich das Dividuelle im maschinischen Kapitalismus vor allem als Verschärfung von Ausbeutung und Indienstnahme zeigt: In Algorithmen, Derivaten, Big Data und Social Media wirkt Dividualität als ausufernde Erweiterung von herrschaftlicher Teilung und Selbstzerteilung. Die gute Nachricht: Genau auf dem Terrain des Dividuellen wird auch eine neue Qualität von Widerstand möglich, als kritische Mannigfaltigkeit, molekulare Revolution und Con-division.

24 10 14
Präsentation und Diskussion - Depot, Wien, 24.10.2014, 19:00
Zwei neue Projekte versuchen, die sich verschärfende Krise der Publikationsindustrie zu nutzen, um zukünftige Formen der Veröffentlichung zu erproben.

30 06 14
We are happy to announce the launch of the multilingual platform transversal texts.

transversal texts is an abstract machine and text machine at once, territory and stream of publication, production site and platform – the middle of a becoming that never wants to become a publishing company.

transversal texts consists of an experimental site for publishing books and e-books in multiple languages, the multilingual web journal transversal, and a blog on current news from the middle of translation, social movements, art practices and political theory.

29 05 14
From the foreword to Issue 9...
The mundaneness of our struggle to live is the existential background of this issue. Our process of editing this book occurred while almost by mistake we stripped the aesthetics from our politics and had the most boring of lives. Go to work. Come home. Pick up the kids. Make diner. Our articles don’t politicize biking to the job or going out at night. This issue has few recipes to share. Just one article looks at the economy of the artist- we figure that for this issue the daily grind, precarity, is a settled matter. Rather, the praxis of this issue comes to face the possibility for a positionality without a fancy jacket, outside of our living-as-form. This issue's editorial process assumed positionality and observed the effects of techniques. This issue is something much more then norm-core, we observed how a meaningful and effective creativity and creative politic exists quite external to our life-style.

20 04 14 - Greg Sholette & Olga Kopenkina
Imaginary Archive - a collection of fictional and real documents from a past whose future never arrived - travels to Ukraine with Greg Sholette & Olga Kopenkina

14 03 14 - Kulturrat Österreich
We, the undersigned of this petition, find it inacceptable that labour, social and human rights are being compromised!
1) We urge the Bundestheater-Holding to hire its employees directly, to safeguard the audience-service personnel's jobs in the course of restructuring, and particularly to stop terminating employees on the grounds of factual criticism of their working conditions.
2) We urge the Austrian Federal Government to oblige subsidy recipients by providing strict guidelines to conclude fair employment contracts within the law and with adequate payment. No resources assigned for the promotion of arts and culture shall go to companies such as G4S!
3) We urge the Federal Government, the federal provinces, and the municipalities to not enter into contracts with companies known to violate labour, social or human rights. The contract with G4S on the prison for detention pending deportation in Vordernberg, which was concluded under dubious terms of tender, must be immediately terminated!

10 02 14 - Dimitris Papadopoulos
Matter, Makers, Microbiomes::Compost for Gaia.
Language, information and the virtual space were distinctive features of the previous generation. Craft, matter and the fusion of the digital and the material are defining generation M, the first generation of the 21st century.

04 01 14 - Art Leaks
Open Call: ArtLeaks Gazette No.2 (Deadline 31 March 2014)
Our first issue of the ArtLeaks Gazette was aimed at bringing critical awareness of the challenges and obstacles of the contemporary art system. While we considered this a necessary initial step in enacting meaningful transformations of this system, we now feel the need to move beyond exposure and breaking the silence into ways of engagement, or what does it mean to be agents of change in the art world today?

18 11 13 - Francesco Salvini
A spectre is haunting Latin America, moving among social movements and programmatic constitutions. It is the spectre of sumak kawsay, the principle of reciprocity amongst living things, with and within the nature and deep-rooted in indigenous cultures. Called buen vivir in Ecuador, the use of this phrase refers to a political conception of a social living in relation, not only to nature, but also to a broader dimension of living together, in common, the fulfilment of life ...

05 11 13
European meeting, Madrid, 28th of February, 2nd of March, 2014
This call addresses collectives and individuals aiming to critically reinvent Europas as a political space of progressive freedom and emancipation. In this sense, we welcome contributions in order to organise a meeting for the collective discussion around themes such as debt, democracy, commons, culture, mobility and technopolitics.

14 10 13
Open!, the online continuation of Open. Cahier on Art & the Public Domain, is now available at

05 10 13 - Achille Mbembe, Arlette Fargeau
Le nouveau livre d’Achille Mbembe est un feu d’artifice intellectuel et littéraire
Pour tous ceux qui s’intéressent au renouveau de la pensée critique hors l’Occident, l’événement intellectuel majeur de la rentrée est sans conteste la sortie, aux Éditions La Découverte à Paris, de Critique de la raison nègre du Camerounais Achille Mbembe. Annoncé depuis plusieurs années et venant à la suite du succès qu’aura été Sortir de la grande nuit, ce nouvel essai représente le livre le plus complexe et le plus osé d’un auteur qui s’est affirmé comme le penseur africain le plus accompli de sa génération. […] Nous avons rencontré l’auteur à Johannesburg, quelques jours seulement avant son départ à Harvard où il enseigne cette année.

Für all jene, die sich für eine Erneuerung des kritischen Denkens außerhalb des Okzidents interessieren, ist das wichtigste Ereignis dieses Herbst zweifellos Critique de la raison nègre des Kameruners Achille Mbembe, das bei Editions La Decouverte in Paris erschienen ist. Das schon seit Jahren angekündigte Buch folgt auf den Essay Sortir de la grande nuit und stellt das bislang komplexeste und gewagteste Buch eines Autors dar, der als einer der wichtigsten afrikanischen Denker seiner Generation gilt. […] Wir haben Achille Mbembe in Johannesburg wenige Tage vor seiner Abreise nach Harvard getroffen, wo er dieses Jahr unterrichten wird.

04 10 13 - Melting Pot
Almost every day newspapers report the tragedy that repeatedly takes place in the middle of the blue border: the Mediterranean Sea.
While we are writing, we hear of hundreds of corpses collected form the sea, boys and girls, children and women reversed into the water after the fire burst on board of a boat that was heading to Europe.
These people are asylum seekers, women and men fleeing wars and persecutions, swallowed by the sea in these last decades, just like all the others: about 20.000 persons.

31 08 13
TEACHING THE CRISIS is an intensive program fostering international scholarly exchange and discussion around the ongoing political, economic, social and ecological crisis – in Europe and beyond. It convenes students and faculty from eleven different countries and diverse disciplinary backgrounds (such as Anthropology, Political Science, Philosophy, Gender Studies, Management, Literature, Sociology and International Relations) over the course of thirteen days.

09 07 13
The resistance movement around Taksim Square invents a new wave of video-activism -

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Labour in a Single Shot: Conference

Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, DE | 26-28 February 2015

Castoriadis Revisited: Questioning the radical imaginary in contemporary art and curatorial practices

Loughborough University, Leicestershire | deadline for proposals: 31 Marc 2015, Symposium: 17 June 2015

Participate! Cultural Transformation and the Participatory Agenda

Institut for Kulturvidenskaber, Syddansk Universitet, Campusvej 55, 5230 Odense, DK | 2-3 October 2015