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Category Archives: politics

NARRATION AS DRY AS SOIL

Christian Kracht’s book Imperium has been considered as a “Melvillean masterpiece of the South Seas” recently. Released in Germany in 2012, it has now been translated into English by Daniel Bowes.
The protagonist of the fiction is August Engelhardt, a “nudist and cocovore”, who purchases land in what was then German New Guinea, in order to [...]

THE WORLD IS MY SUNSEED

It’s rare for an Instagram post to make the headlines: our former cover star Ai Weiwei apparemtly received his passport, after being forbidden to leave China for the last four years… It’s about time!

POLICING OF OUR BODIES

Terre Thaemlitz has commented on the changes to Japan’s controversial Fuueihou law via a statement on her website. The post responds to the “Declaration On the Future Of Japan’s Club Culture”, signed by 40 Japanese DJs on the same day that the 67-year-old law was officially changed by the Japanese government. She argues that it has “no purpose other than [...]

THE MUSE

A tale of a muse: violence and politics… The drama is not only going on in Greece, Brussels or the Mediterrenean Sea but also at unexpected spots such as the last runway show of Rick Owens.
‘I think it says Kill Angela Merkel or something? Is that what it said? I don’t know because [...]

CONCENTRATION

In one of his latest articles ‘It’s a Mistake to Mistake Content for Content’ for Los Angeles Review of Books, the poet and founder of UbuWeb, Kenneth Goldsmith mentions the consumption of goods of Internet –  reminiscent of what Terre Thaemlitz says in our latest issue about mp3s as a commodity and the-almost-violent-act of downloading whatever we encounter [...]

FIRE AND FORGET. ON VIOLENCE

Tonight the group exhibition Fire and Forget. On Violence, curated by Ellen Blumenstein and Daniel Tyradellis, opens at KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin. “Fire and forget” comes from military jargon, and is a term for weapon systems that are no longer used in direct combat with an enemy but are launched from a [...]

Snowden Memorial (removed)

Street art going “museum-quality” sculpture: Artists secretly installed an Ed Snowden monument in Brooklyn Park. But officials were quick to remove it.

KÜTMAAN

As an asylum seeker, one is already othered, lives in hard conditions whilst waiting for one of the basic rights to be approved: the freedom of movement. No one would leave her/his country if there was no more wars or more tolerance towards other choices. Even in so-called-civilised-West, women and LGBTI rights is still a crucial [...]

SODOMY

Censorship has been a hot-topic, no matter what the medium is. Last week, MACBA’s director Bartomeu Marí decided to cancel the show The Beast and The Foreign, due to Ines Doujak’s work , Not Dressed for Conquering that depicts former Spanish king Juan Carlos and Bolivian Labor leader Domitila Chúngara during a sodomy act with a dog on [...]

Searching for good news

Sure, there are a lot of bad things happening out there but let’s focus on the positive – after winter always comes summer, Gus van Sant keeps on producing movies we are looking forward to, the second edition of the first recycled Fairphone is in work, the number of Ebola reinfections seems to finally go [...]