Jorinde Seijdel

July 18, 2016 

Image by Mind Design, Amsterdam

Dear reader,

We have just published the first part of Between and Beyond, a series of artists’ publications that is the result of the 2015–2016 Open! COOP Academy Publishing Class at the Dutch Art Institute (DAI) MA Art Praxis. The theme for this year’s Publishing Class was critical posthumanism. 

Following up on the essay Affect Space written for Open! by media theorist and researcher Eric Kluitenberg early 2015, Open! in collaboration with Kluitenberg started a new project entitled Technology / Affect / Space. T / A / S is a conceptual and interdisciplinary research project into the interaction of technology, affect and public space. The project explores the dynamics, aesthetics, design, and politics of a new emergent techno-sensuous spatial order we refer to as ‘Affect Space’. This exploration results in a series of publications on Open! and three public events in respectively Cambridge (April 6, in cooperation with the MIT Program in Art Culture and Technology), Amsterdam (De Balie, April 22, in collaboration with LAPS) and Rotterdam (May 20, with Het Nieuwe Instituut). The public research meeting in De Balie comprised contributions by Nishant Shah, Susan Kozel, Christian Nold, Esther Polak, Jeroen Boomgaard, Arthur Elzenaar and Eric Kluitenberg. We will keep you posted about the final meeting in Rotterdam and the series of essays. 

Open! and Casco are still working on the Commonist Aesthetics essay series and its offshoots Common Knowledge and Common Conflict

Commonist Aesthetics is a loose series of articles on commonism as the contemporary afterlife of the idea of communism. The contributions by Marina Vishmidt, Mikkel Bolt Rasmussen, Isabell Lorey, Sven Lütticken, Andreas Siekmann, Christoph Brunner & Gerald Raunig, Marc James Léger, Érik Bordeleau and Matteo Pasquinelli will soon be supplemented by new essays from Kerstin Stakemeier and Metahaven among others. Later this year, the whole Commonist Aesthetics project will be rounded off by a book publication. 

Common Conflict is a new ‘virtual round table’ for which we have confronted a number of authors with a series of questions to examine their own as well as others practices and theoretical presuppositions to develop and intensify the debate on the commons. The first contributions are by Joost de Bloois, Stavros Stavrides, Érik Bordeleau, Rick Dolphijn and Stealth. 

Common Knowledge is another ‘virtual round table’ on the crisis in higher education and the state of academic institutions in the Netherlands and further afield in the wake of massive protests and occupations. With contributions by Joost de Bloois, Patricia Pisters, Yoonis Osman Nuur & Djoelia van der Velden, Thijs Witty, Jan Masschelein & Maarten Simons, Johan Hartle, Jonas Staal, Ida Sabelis, Manon Parry, Roel Griffoen & Jesse van Winden, and Matthijs de Bruijne (photographs). Upcoming is a text by Marieke Borren.

In close collaboration with Stroom Den Haag, Open! started the research theme Culture of Control, which critically discusses how the primacy of control and security has further developed in recent years. To start Culture of Control contains contributions by Michael Seemann, Marc Schuilenburg & Rik Peeters, Clare Birchall, Elian Somers and Abla elBahrawy.

To new readers: We are very happy to welcome you at the publishing platform and living archive of Open!, which was designed by Niels Schrader and Mind Design. The site should offer a truly dynamic, discursive environment that continues to focus on the changing conditions of the public domain and public sphere, and the consequences of privatisation, mediatisation and globalisation processes on our social, cultural and artistic practices. It includes the almost complete contents of Open: Cahier on Art & the Public Domain 2004–2012 and everything that has been published since then. We request your patience, as we continue to revise and digitise the archived images and texts. The Open! archive is alive and well – indeed.

To optimise and enrich the online research and reading experiences, the new website allows the user to always retain a full overview of the volume of the archive, even while deeply immersed in the reading of an article. The content is presented next to three navigation columns that connect related pieces of texts via cross- and hyperlinks, provide additional explanations via definitions and include footnotes and references to literature. The site has been optimised for desktop and tablet view.

How does one navigate the new Open! site? Well, you can browse through our content by: Year, Content type, Theme and / or Tag; you can also use the Timeline interface, the search engine or find texts via Contributors. You can access the latest articles by simply clicking Articles and browse through these linearly with the previous / next button. Under Timeline, you can easily browse through the chapters of any article you are reading.

If you still prefer reading in an analogue format, you can simply download texts as PDFs. 

Last but not least, we’ve added a Donation / Support function. Since Open! is a non-profit organisation with no structural funding, we depend on all-important donations to enable us to maintain the Open! platform and share its content with you. A donation would be highly appreciated.

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