Editorial

May 1, 2019

Photographs originally commissioned by Club Church for the queer fetish techno party LockeRRoom. Photo: Remon Van de Kommer; Soulja Boy: Lotte Boon; Art Direction: Taka Taka
False Positives by Esther Hovers, 2015
how the minor moves us: across thresholds, socialities, and techniques, interview of Halbe Kuipers with Erin Manning
How can designers, developers, artists, writers and publishers intervene in the public debate and counter misinformation in a meaningful and relevant way?

Dear reader,

As part of a consortium of knowledge institutions, publishers and designers / developers, Open! is participating in Making Public, a project that investigates  the opportunities that digital technology offers to optimize the publishing process and strengthen the economic position and social role of publishers. On these themes the Urgent Publishing conference will take place in Amsterdam and Arnhem on 15 and 16 May. Take a look at our Events page for more information!

New contributions have been published:

how the minor moves us: across thresholds, socialities, and techniques’ is a conversation between Halbe Kuipers and philosopher Erin Manning about the concept of minor sociality, the perspective of the treshold and techniques to challenge Whiteness.

Asking questions on how power, politics and control are exercised through urban planning and the use of public space, ‘False Positivities’ is a photographic project by Esther Hovers about intelligent surveillance systems.

Other recent publications:

Taka Taka’s ‘The Leather-Feather Whip: Acting Up for the Virus’. Taka Taka identifies as a professional drag-thing who produces performances for the House of Hopelezz. In Amsterdam, he organizes weekly queer parties and para-educational strategies for the marginal LGBTQA community, including political and gender asylum seekers, friends with the virus, misfits and party monsters. 

Who Steals the Goose from off the Common?‘ is an interview by Louis Volont with historian Peter Linebaugh. Linebaugh, author of the The Magna Carta Manifesto: Liberties and Commons for All (2008) and Stop, Thief! The Commons, Enclosures, and Resistance, discusses the commons in a time wherein ‘the commoners of the world can no longer retire to the forests or run to the hills’, wherein common custom has become crime, and wherein the realm of commoning has transcended from the street to the state and from the peasant to the politician.

Walking the Talk and Boating in Amsterdam. A Fabulous Meeting with Jack Halberstam’ by Charlotte Rooijackers. Halberstam is a queer theorist who's books include Wildness (2018) edited together with Tavia Nyong’o, The Queer Art of Failure (2011), and Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender and the End of Normal (2012). The interview is about Halberstam's favorite subjects, including queer failure, bewilderment, popular film and animation, gender variances and queer artists.

Challenging Logistical AI. The Politics of Artificial Artificial Intelligence’ is an article by Krystian Woznicki, who wants to rethink political agency in an AI-driven world.

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Jorinde Seijdel