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Three poems

Three poems

These poems understand poetic impasse as a formal constraint that relies on synecdoche rather than direct mimesis. They are, by their very nature, pieces of a whole. An in-between genre that creates an aesthetical character out of a single image.
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Spaces of Encounter / Spaces of Contamination

Spaces of Encounter / Spaces of Contamination

Leading up to the theme of our forthcoming issue "Impasse," we introduce some creative works dealing with the subject in the upcoming weeks. Read the second one here.
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nonmovement #1

nonmovement #1

Leading up to the theme of our forthcoming issue "Impasse," we introduce some creative works dealing with the subject in the upcoming weeks. Read the first one here.
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The Avisuality of Destruction and Embodied Mediation of Trauma in Almadhoun and Silkeberg’s Visual Poems

The Avisuality of Destruction and Embodied Mediation of Trauma in Almadhoun and Silkeberg’s Visual Poems

Through an analysis of visual poems by Ghayath Amadhoun and Marie Silkeberg, Lara-Lane Plambeck explores the concept of avisuality—alongside theories on non-violent ethics, disorientation, and trauma—in relation to media representations of violence and destruction.
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Wild Things: The Disorder of Desire by Jack Halberstam

Wild Things: The Disorder of Desire by Jack Halberstam

Wild Things is dedicated to the memory of José Esteban Muñoz (Queer Theorist and Performance Studies scholar) who, together with Halberstam and Tavia Nyong’o (African-American Studies and Performance Studies scholar), was also working on the concept of wildness as a concept with the potential to relieve queerness of some of its exhaustive critical and conceptual work.
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Policing Frequencies: The UK’s 2021 Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill and the Politics of Making Noise

Policing Frequencies: The UK’s 2021 Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill and the Politics of Making Noise

In the UK, public attention has recently been drawn to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, also known as the Police Crackdown Bill. It is the latest evidence of the authoritarian nature of the country’s current Conservative government, and is part of long running efforts by the state to silence dissent and marginalised voices from public discourse.
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Subverting the Surveilling Gaze: Counter-Forensics as Social Justice

Subverting the Surveilling Gaze: Counter-Forensics as Social Justice

While forensics is usually a normative tool of the state, Forensic Architecture subverts the visual economies of state power and renders legible the invisible. Therefore, what appears to be the impartial application of neutral expertise (forensics) is in fact an engaged civil practice.
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Imaginations, Memories, and the Pandemic: An Ode to Jean-Baptiste Clamence

Imaginations, Memories, and the Pandemic: An Ode to Jean-Baptiste Clamence

Amsterdam isn’t my Hell—it is my surreal escape from an unexperienced history handed down to me like a dusty heirloom hidden in the attic, ominously carrying its presence in an absent weight that was always there but never quite acknowledged. I felt an unexperienced postcoloniality that became conscious in my awareness of it, in a land that was once one of the biggest colonial empires there ever was.
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Reading List: Entanglements of Race, Sound, and the Archive

Reading List: Entanglements of Race, Sound, and the Archive

This reading list was compiled by organisers of the workshop Entanglements of Race, Sound and the Archive: Coloniality and the Globalised Present.
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Low-Resolutions: Alternative Self-Improvements for 2019

Low-Resolutions: Alternative Self-Improvements for 2019

To welcome in the new year, Justine Gensse and Anouk Hoogendoorn offer an alternative to the self-improvement narratives of New Year’s resolutions. Collected from students of ‘Gender, Bodies and the Posthuman’ at the University of Amsterdam, these ‘Low-resolutions’ form part of the exhibition W_show, which features work in progress from the University’s Master of Artistic Research.
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Lights, Camera, Investigation: A Roundtable Discussion on Research and/as Video-Making

Lights, Camera, Investigation: A Roundtable Discussion on Research and/as Video-Making

This article is part of the series ‘Research/Practice’, which explores the intersection of (academic) research with (creative) practice, or otherwise questions this distinction.
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Escherian Nightmare

Escherian Nightmare

Violent politics are penetrating my dreams
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Auditory Fragments from the Multitude: Reframing the Narrative Around Italian Youth Emigration (3/3)

Auditory Fragments from the Multitude: Reframing the Narrative Around Italian Youth Emigration (3/3)

In this series, Silvia Vari explores and reframes narratives about the emigration of Italian youth through the use of auditory fragments. Her “audiobiography” creates a network of different people, individual narratives, homes, feelings and voices, whose intersections and ramifications uncover a “heterogenous multitude”.
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Auditory Fragments from the Multitude: Reframing the Narrative Around Italian Youth Emigration (2/3)

Auditory Fragments from the Multitude: Reframing the Narrative Around Italian Youth Emigration (2/3)

In this series, Silvia Vari explores and reframes narratives about the emigration of Italian youth through the use of auditory fragments. Her “audiobiography” creates a network of different people, individual narratives, homes, feelings and voices, whose intersections and ramifications uncover a “heterogenous multitude”.
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Auditory Fragments from the Multitude: Reframing the Narrative Around Italian Youth Emigration (1/3)

Auditory Fragments from the Multitude: Reframing the Narrative Around Italian Youth Emigration (1/3)

In this series, Silvia Vari explores and reframes narratives about the emigration of Italian youth through the use of auditory fragments. Her “audiobiography” creates a network of different people, individual narratives, homes, feelings and voices, whose intersections and ramifications uncover a “heterogenous multitude”.
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Why Is Everyone Talking About Biopolitics?

Why Is Everyone Talking About Biopolitics?

This article interrogates Foucault’s concept of biopolitics, the meddling of politics into the biological lives of citizens, and its resurgence during the corona pandemic. She argues that biopower has evolved and has been supplemented by the digital and spread along the channels of capital, rendering the phenomenon more widespread than its conceptual revival in times of crises suggests.
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Remixing as Reincarnation: Contagious Trans*birthing in the Work of Boychild

Remixing as Reincarnation: Contagious Trans*birthing in the Work of Boychild

‘Say my name, say my name. Say my name, say my name.’
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Quintessentially Queer

Quintessentially Queer

Queerness for me, does not limit itself to sexual preference in regards to gender. Queerness for me is more so about understanding the political substantiality of your own sexual identity and the power plays, meanings and structures that can be perpetuated with its expression.
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Europe’s Paradoxical Relationship to Human Rights Laid Bare at Greece’s Border

Europe’s Paradoxical Relationship to Human Rights Laid Bare at Greece’s Border

Lynn Gommes discusses the tensions between the discourse of Europe as the ideal of democracy and the inhumane actions taking place at their borders.
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Messy Entanglements: Review "Code and Clay, Data and Dirt: Five Thousand Years of Urban Media" by Sharon Mattern

Messy Entanglements: Review "Code and Clay, Data and Dirt: Five Thousand Years of Urban Media" by Sharon Mattern

Zeno Siemens reviews Shannon Mattern’s “Code and Clay, Data and Dirt: Five Thousand Years of Urban Media.”
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The Queue

The Queue

Uncanny times call for uncanny stories.
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Sonic Acts Revisited: A Modal Play of Audio-Visual

Sonic Acts Revisited: A Modal Play of Audio-Visual

Review on the Sonic Acts Academy. Sonic Acts Academy is an annual three-day festival at the intersection of innovative audio-visual and performative art and critical thinking, motivated by changes in the ecological, political, technological and social landscape.
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Magical Thinking: Towards a Future Worth Living

Magical Thinking: Towards a Future Worth Living

Review: Sonic Acts Conference Day 1
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Letter from the Post-Human: The Fringe Benefits of Contamination?

Letter from the Post-Human: The Fringe Benefits of Contamination?

In this creative piece, Silvia Vari sheds a new light on the current pandemic. Alongside the multiple opinions taking part in the public discussion this letter adds our contagious protagonist's point of view on the epidemic. This heartfelt letter to humanity explores a different, less-human perspective on the issue.
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Wasted Vanity: A Photo-Series Exploring the Meaning of "Vanitas" in Late Modernity

Wasted Vanity: A Photo-Series Exploring the Meaning of "Vanitas" in Late Modernity

This series, composed out of the juxtaposition of three short texts and photographs, questions the meaning of vanitas in late modernity. By employing the ternary principle of reducing, reusing and recycling, it explores the ephemerality and the futility of wasted objects, while also giving them new life through their dead beauty and empty pleasure.
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Pause and Play: An Account of Multiplicity

Pause and Play: An Account of Multiplicity

Review: Pause and Play, a 1-day exhibition at NEVERNEVERLAND
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Where Is Myself?

Where Is Myself?

A Reflection on the Spatiality and Disquieting Effects of Daniël Ernst’s Virtual Reality Dioramas
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Experiencing the In-between-ness

Experiencing the In-between-ness

What do we listen to, and what do we hear when we experience a sonic liminal?
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DIS HARMONY

DIS HARMONY

Dis Harmony is both a performance and a debate. Embodying techno-sexuality, Dis Harmony is not only offering a novel approach of doing (and undoing) trans/queer erotics, but showing just how messy those erotics become when they entangle positions seen as necessarily oppositional.
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Anxious Altars: Material Renderings of Mental Space

Anxious Altars: Material Renderings of Mental Space

How do our material work spaces embody or inspire our mental space? How are these spaces entangled with the emotional labour of writing?
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Towards an Acoustemology of Time: Acquiring and Aligning an Aural Knowledge of Flows of Time

Towards an Acoustemology of Time: Acquiring and Aligning an Aural Knowledge of Flows of Time

This article is part of the series ‘Practices of Musicking‘, (re)thinking musical experience beyond limited understandings of ‘listening’. The series accompanies the theme of our new, first issue of Soapbox: ‘Practices of Listening‘.
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Singing in Silence: The Affordances of the (Im)perceptible

Singing in Silence: The Affordances of the (Im)perceptible

As part of our series 'Practices of Musicking', Zeno Siemens attunes to the non-sonic forms of 'singing' exhibited by deaf performers in Christine Sun Kim's 'Face Opera II'. These embodied, visual and spatial acts of signing and facial expressions offer a musical experience accessible only through a non-aural, embodied practice of listening.
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Learning Listening: Accent, Migration, and Separation in 'Nothing is Missing'

Learning Listening: Accent, Migration, and Separation in 'Nothing is Missing'

A shorter version of this piece is published in our first issue ‘Practices of Listening’.
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Everyday Musicking 'Idiographies': Listening Through the Mundane Copy

Everyday Musicking 'Idiographies': Listening Through the Mundane Copy

This article is part of the series ‘Practices of Musicking‘, (re)thinking musical experience beyond limited understandings of ‘listening’. The series accompanies the theme of our new, first issue of Soapbox: ‘Practices of Listening‘.
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Meyhanescapes: Visualising Embodied Musical Experience in the Meyhane Tavern

Meyhanescapes: Visualising Embodied Musical Experience in the Meyhane Tavern

This article is the first in the series ‘Practices of Musicking‘, (re)thinking musical experience beyond limited understandings of ‘listening’. The series accompanies the theme of our new, first issue of Soapbox: ‘Practices of Listening‘.
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Listening to Race: An Interdisciplinary Workshop on Coloniality, Race, and Sound

Listening to Race: An Interdisciplinary Workshop on Coloniality, Race, and Sound

To accompany the theme of our new, first issue ‘Practices of Listening,‘ Zeno Siemens reports from this workshop exploring coloniality and race in sound, archives, listening technologies, and practices.
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Yours Affectively – Pt. 1: An Epistolary Exchange

Yours Affectively – Pt. 1: An Epistolary Exchange

What is affect? A deceptively simple question, without an easy answer. Or, perhaps more precisely, a question that already reduces the concept of affect to regimes of categorisation, definition, knowledge. In this epistolary exchange, which originated as an exploratory and collaborative research project for a tutorial on affect, a group of students share thoughts organised in part by this question, by thinking through and with different approaches to affect.
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Bringing Down the Master’s House: Jack Halberstam on Vertiginous Capital and Kavanaugh

Bringing Down the Master’s House: Jack Halberstam on Vertiginous Capital and Kavanaugh

How do we bring down the master’s house? What tools are available to us that do not benefit the very system we are railing against? These were the central questions of professor J. Jack Halberstam’s fourth and final keynote address of the Global Critical Pedagogies Conference, hosted by the Amsterdam Centre for Globalisation Studies (ACGS).
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Forensic Justice: 'Intradisciplinarity' and Art/Architecture for Change

Forensic Justice: 'Intradisciplinarity' and Art/Architecture for Change

A comment on the Forensic Justice exhibition at BAK.
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Amsterdam, the Magic Center: The (Lost) Art of Counterculture in the Stedelijk Museum

Amsterdam, the Magic Center: The (Lost) Art of Counterculture in the Stedelijk Museum

Amsterdam, the Magic Center – a temporary exhibition currently on show at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam – takes its name from the words of Dutch artist Robert Jasper Grootveld in 1962, who it seems prophetically predicted what Amsterdam would go onto become in the late ’60s and early ’70s. But it’s the subtitle, Art and Counterculture 1967-70, that addresses the urgency and power of the works displayed there, and their significance today.
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Conversations in Times of Crisis: Rosi Braidotti Finds Critical Theory at a Crossroads

Conversations in Times of Crisis: Rosi Braidotti Finds Critical Theory at a Crossroads

The place of critical theory now should be to find new words, a new way of using language to describe and make sense of a new reality – to make “ordinary language do extraordinary things.”
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Residues of Catastrophe: Resilience, Resonance, and Memory of an Earthquake's Vibrations

Residues of Catastrophe: Resilience, Resonance, and Memory of an Earthquake's Vibrations

Vibrations are the essence of the world of sound and fundamental amplifiers of the sonority of daily life.
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Grief and the City: Vending Objects for Mourning in Der Trauerautomat

Grief and the City: Vending Objects for Mourning in Der Trauerautomat

Zurich-based designer and educator Lea Hofer wants us to rethink the process of mourning, and how to incorporate it into contemporary urban spaces and public discourse. To do so, she turned an old vending machine into a dispenser for unconventional objects of grief – and placed it within the largest burial grounds in the city.
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Loving the Earth: Being Posthuman in the Ecosexual Bathhouse

Loving the Earth: Being Posthuman in the Ecosexual Bathhouse

In 2016, Australian art enthusiasts were given a chance to “have sex with the earth”. The so-called Ecosexual Bathhouse, developed by performance art duo Pony Express, was erected in Sydney as part of a festival for experimental art. The Bathhouse is a space where visitors are invited to interact in physically intimate ways with nature, such as through “stimulating” the insides of flowers or immersing oneself in an environment of plants, while being sensually aware of one’s own body.
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Call for papers: Interface

For the next issue of Soapbox we invite young researchers and established scholars alike to submit academic essays or creative work that critically engages with the theme of interface. We are inviting extended proposals (500-1000 words) that follow the MLA formatting and referencing style. We don't charge a submission fee.

Send your proposal to submissions@soapboxjournal.net by December 5th, 2021.*
Mediation by Murray Gibson, 2020. Gobelins tapestry, wool and cotton, 25 x 25 cm. Image courtesy of the artist: murraygibsontapestry.com

An interface is a space of contact and interconnection. Thinking within but also beyond a media studies framework, we can understand our lives to be constantly mediated by interfaces of one form or another. Broadly speaking, they serve as an intermediary between an individual and a system, or alternatively conceptualised, between experience and infrastructure. Interfaces mediate between a body and its environment, private and public, subject and object. In each instance, the interface enables interaction and activity. Think of the movement from print to digital media, the structural design of spaces and buildings, the reception of knowledge from an academic paper: as we move through the world we encounter and interact with a range of interfaces that delineate the possibilities of experience in profound ways. Their politics can be intentionally designed or inherently implicated in their operations. As such, interfaces are cultural as well as political: they connect us to a matrix of histories and structures while their imbrication in power can afford and advance the needs of one group at the expense of another. 

WITHIN AND BEYOND A DEFINITION

Interface (noun/verb)
in·​ter·​face |  \ ˈin-tər-ˌfās \

In a highly mediated world, the most immediate image of an interface is as a programmed screen or device that facilitates a connection between a real-time user and a digital non-user. Here, the interface is a site of communication and translation, but also the boundary that differentiates two bodies, spaces, or phases. Can the interface operate as a verb beyond its noun form?

We invite you to think through and beyond the somatechnic view of the interface, allowing perspectives that explore the aesthetic, infrastructural, affective, material, and political dimensions of the interfaces that give shape to contemporary experience. 

* We do not charge a submission fee

FULL CALL FOR PAPERS

LAUNCH ISSUE 2.0.: CONTAMINATION

March 31, 2021
Stepan Lipatov and Sissel V. Møller

We are thrilled to announce the launch of our issue 2.0 Contamination.

A year ago, we singled out contamination as the common thread traversing the events, conversations, and research unfolding within our networks. At the time, contamination had not yet embedded itself into our thoughts and actions as a virus overwriting all else. There is not only a conceptual need but a physical inevitability to re-configure the meaning and effects of ‘contamination’.

Please join us for a conversation with a group of our contributors, where they will present their unique approaches to ‘contamination.’ Taking into account how the past months may have influenced their views, the discussion will reflect on the concepts of: home, intimacy, and the commons.

  • Susana Fabre – “Surrogating Monsters”
  • David Maroto – “Hybridisation, Impurity, Contamination: The Emergence of the Artist’s Novel”
  • Ayoub Tannaoui – “Connecting Biological Processes, Lived Experience and The Production of
    Knowledge: A Biosemiotic Analysis of Allergy”
  • Jeppe Dall Gregersen – “Between Transformation and Contamination: Material Imitation in Laminate Tabletops”

Moderated by Lijuan Klassen

You can pre-order 2.0 Contamination here.


Thanks to the contributors, peer reviewers, collaborators, and friends whose continuous work and patience in the oddest of times made this possible.

Special thanks to our brilliant designers: Stepan Lipatov and Sissel V. Møller.

With the kind support of the NICA (Netherland Institute for Cultural Analysis) and the Uva department of Literary Studies.

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