[-empyre-] UNFINISHED publishing - Mute/MetaMute and Neural/Neural.it

Shu Lea Cheang shulea at earthlink.net
Tue Sep 24 15:33:06 AEST 2019

throw in here another thread while the wild fire of AMAZON IS BURNING 
cannot be contained.

I am introducing here two stay unfinished media publications whose 
vision and persistence in producing ideas, introducing emergent genres, 
engaging in critical dialogue, networking the spheres, are remarkable.

/"Mute /magazine was founded in 1994 to discuss the interrelationship of 
art and new technologies when the World Wide Web was newborn....... 
While /Mute /was born out of a culture that celebrated the democratising 
potential of new media, it becomes ever more apparent that we need to 
critically engage with the ways in which new media also reproduce and 
extend capitalist social relations. "-

"Neural is a printed magazine established in 1993 dealing with new media 
art, electronic music and hacktivism. It was founded by Alessandro 
Ludovico and Minus Habens Records label owner Ivan Iusco in Bari 
(Italy). The magazine’s mission was to be a magazine of ideas, becoming 
a node in a larger network of digital culture publishers". In 1997 the 
first Neural website was established, and it was updated daily from 
September 2000." - http://neural.it/about/

It is a great honor for me to introduce the Mute Team together here 
online, Josephine Berry, Pauline van Mourik Broekman, Simon Worthington 
and from Neural, Alessandro Ludovico.

They 'publish'....

Josephine Berry has been part of the editorial collective of Mute 
magazine, from intern to Editor and now board member, from 1995 til 
today. She was a passionate believer in DIY media during the 1990s, and 
in a much less euphoric way to this day. She wrote the first 
dissertation on net.art in the late 90s. From this time her attention 
has shifted to a more specific investigation of art and creativity’s 
relationship to late capitalism and the abstraction, mimesis and norming 
of creative life in both.Her monograph, 'Art and (Bare) Life', 
(Sternberg Press, 2018), brings the biopolitical theory initiated by 
Michel Foucault to bear on aesthetic theories of autonomous art in order 
to consider how the avant-garde 'blurring of art and life' intersects 
with the modern state's orientation to 'life itself'. This project grew 
out of an earlier book project, co-authored with Anthony Iles, titled 
'No Room to Move: Radical Art and the Regenerate City' (Mute Books, 
2010), which considered the use of contemporary art within neoliberal 
urban regeneration.Josephine lectures on culture industry at Goldsmiths, 
University of London.

Pauline van Mourik Broekman is the co-founder and co-publisher, with 
Simon Worthington, of Mute magazine, for which she also served as 
co-editor and contributing editor. Published in print and online between 
1994 and 2013, Mute also ran many media projects, including Fallout 
Radio (with Kate Rich), and OpenMute, a software and platform 
development project for independent producers. From 2011-2013 it also 
shared in coordination of the Post-Media Lab at Leuphana University, 
Germany. Mute has since that time continued as a voluntarily run online 
journal – with all editors working together as a collective. In 2011 
Pauline co-founded MayDay Rooms, which seeks to activate historical 
material in political struggles, and broadly to socialise practices of 
historical research and archival work. Its commitment to anti-copyright 
practices, commoning and free education was also a feature in work done 
with Coventry University’s Centre for Disruptive Media and Ted Byfield, 
which concluded in Open Education: A Study in Disruption, co-authored 
with Gary Hall (Roman and Littlefield International, 2014). Since 2014, 
she has been doing a practice-based PhD at the Royal College of Art, 
London, titled: The Network Optic: Vision, Authorship and Collectivity 
after Vertov.

Simon Worthington is a researcher in future publishing — free and open 
source systems, economic models, and the politics of Open Science. 
Author of ‘The Book Liberation Manifesto’ supporting the FOSS community 
to make research available to all through platform independent, 
interoperable publications. He is the Editor-in-Chief at /Generation 
Research/ an editorial platform for open scholarship for the Leibniz 
Association Research Alliance Open Science and is based in R&D at the 
Open Science Lab, TIB – German National Library of Science and 
Technology. As of 2019 he is a Board Member of FORCE11 an organisation 
for the future of scholarly communication. He has worked as a research 
author for the Akademienunion at the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie 
der Wissenschaften on ‘AGATE’ a research publication for scoping the 
technical data connection of all of Europe’s Academies of Arts and 
Science digital repositories. From 2012/15 he led the research unit 
‘Publishing Consortium’ as part of the Hybrid Publishing Lab at Leuphana 
University, Germany. In 1994 he co-founded and published /Mute/ magazine 
a culture and technology publication, the European counter to /Wired/ 
magazine, and continues as a member of the editorial collective and as 
publisher. He originally studied media art at the Slade School, UCL (UK) 
and CalArts (USA).  ORCID 
simon.worthington at tib.eu <mailto:simon.worthington at tib.eu>/Generation 
Research/ https://genr.eu/The Book Liberation Manifesto 

Alessandro Ludovico is a researcher, artist and chief editor of Neural 
magazine since 1993. He received his Ph.D. degree in English and Media 
from Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge (UK). He is Associate 
Professor at the Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton, 
where he joined the AMT (Archeology of Media and technology) research 
group. He has published and edited several books, among them 
“Post-Digital Print: The Mutation of Publishing since 1894", and has 
lectured worldwide. He also served as an advisor for the Documenta 12's 
Magazine Project. He is one of the authors of the award-winning Hacking 
Monopolism trilogy of artworks (Google Will Eat Itself, Amazon Noir, 
Face to Facebook).


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