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Breaking Down the Century’s First Decade: Jonathan Field’s Maxwell’s Demon

Breaking Down the Century’s First Decade: Jonathan Field’s Maxwell’s Demon

Jared Butler For a decade, Jonathan Field has recreated media images in a body of work entitled Maxwell's Demon. Making massive, spectral copies by inserting steel pins into black velvet or neoprene rubber grounds, Field has developed a critique of media saturation, interventionist military policy, and economic inequality in the United States at the turn of the twenty-first century. His elegiac replicas, constellations of reflected light, trace the degradation of images. Thus examining entropy,...

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The Microphysics of Desire

Gregory Minissale Needless to say, an artwork can contract and expand, speed up or slacken molecular multiplicities of any kind whatsoever, and in its own peculiar way.  And single artworks can loosely hang together in groups creating a general relativity. The following artworks can be combined or distributed in any fashion. Marcus Harvey: Molecularizing Black Holes Click here for image Let us imagine that affects are pre-individual, subpersonal waves of intensity which, when snagged...

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The Buckling of Abstraction: Matteo Pasquinelli’s Animal Spirits: A Bestiary of the Commons

Dave Mesing Conducting an experiment with the materials of French poststructuralism and Italian post-operaismo theory, Matteo Pasquinelli develops a vital materialist critique of digital culture in his book Animal Spirits: A Bestiary of the Commons. Pasquinelli argues that ‘a sub-religion of separation’ has haunted art critique, media culture, radical activism and the academy over the last decade. (14) In order to combat this enclosure, he takes up three related domains which have been celebrated...

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