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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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Launch Issue 2.0: Contamination

Launch 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’.
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Isadora Ponce: Sonic Textualities

Isadora Ponce: Sonic Textualities

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Ilse van der Spoel: As Above, So Below - Drone Cinematography, Aerial Vision and the Vertical Perspective

Ilse van der Spoel: As Above, So Below - Drone Cinematography, Aerial Vision and the Vertical Perspective

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Erica Moukarzel: I Sometimes Find You in the Strangest of Places, and Wonder, Did I Ever Leave?

Erica Moukarzel: I Sometimes Find You in the Strangest of Places, and Wonder, Did I Ever Leave?

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Corina van Beelen: The Myth of Exceptionalism

Corina van Beelen: The Myth of Exceptionalism

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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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Luca Soudant: Traces of a Momentary Queer Community

Luca Soudant: Traces of a Momentary Queer Community

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Ana Mustafa: Leather-Hard

Ana Mustafa: Leather-Hard

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José Luis Viesca Rivas: Travelling Crystals - Dissidentifications

José Luis Viesca Rivas: Travelling Crystals - Dissidentifications

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Roselinde Bon: S/Censor

Roselinde Bon: S/Censor

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Erwin Hurenkamp: Touching/Feeling

Erwin Hurenkamp: Touching/Feeling

Can objects care for us? And if so, in what ways? How does texture mediate our relations with our close environment? What is it about softness that makes us want to feel it, touch it? What kind of associations and affects does soft material evoke? Why do children attach so much affective value to their plush animals?
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Out of the Blue - Art and Activism (series)

Out of the Blue - Art and Activism (series)

In this series, students from the Graduate School of Humanities at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) explore the complex overlaps and conversations between art and activism. They seek to illustrate how artistic practices often speak to the urgency of protest and activism, and how activism intertwines with the demands of art.
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Gardening Tools for My Balcony

Gardening Tools for My Balcony

Jordi de Vetten is a maker based in Amsterdam, currently studying at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie. He works across various media (photography, painting, film) to explore ideas surrounding narrative and point-of-view, evaluating their implications.
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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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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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Thinking Through Things

Thinking Through Things

This feature is part of the series ‘Research/Practice’, which explores the intersection of academic research and/as a creative practice.
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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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