[-empyre-] Farewell to "Whispering in the Dark" and the Journal of Aesthetics and Protest

dear -empyreans-

As November draws to an end, "Whispering in in the Dark, conspiratorial incantations" have conjured a thousand and one jhinnis who will magically transport the reader, like Aladdin, to... where? To the next adventure,

" embracing resistances where they may be found"

(Deborah Kelly, <https://mail.cofa.unsw.edu.au/pipermail/empyre/ 2005-November/msg00012.html>

Thanks to the American artists, editors and writers involved in the Los Angeles-based Journal of Aesthetics and Protest.


Bookmark the  archive of the complete discussion from this url:

https://mail.cofa.unsw.edu.au/pipermail/empyre/2005-November/ subject.html

The Journal's remit -- and the focus of this month's discussion -- has been to ask,

"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?"

Thanks to Christina Ulke, Marc Herbst, Cara Baldwin, Robby Herbst, Ryan Griffis and Nato Thompson for generously giving of their time, thought and writing craft for -empyre- soft-skinned space. And not least to list readers who challenged and supported the discourse throughout, including, Frederic Madre, jonCates, Alex Killough, James Barrett, Deborah Kelly, Edmar, Christine Goldbeck, Kenneth Newby, Henry Warwick, Elizabeth Day, and Simon Taylor.

Stay in touch for next month on -empyre- soft-skinned space, as we turn to questions of art and cognition.


----------------------------->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.

----------------------------->Marc Herbst is currently completing is 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.

----------------------------->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 archive.
<http://www.journalofaestheticsandprotest.org/projects/library/ slidearchive.html>
<http://www.journalofaestheticsandprotest.org/new3/index.php? page=sholette>

----------------------------->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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