As we all hunker down into some necessary social distancing, here at Perimeter we’re endeavouring to keep our customers, supporters and pals as enriched as possible. Among some other new kinds of content, over the next few weeks we’ll be curating some great Isolation Station Reading Capsulations to keep you informed about what we’re reading at Perimeter HQ, and hopefully provide some new sources of interest and entertainment in these very strange times!
Our sixth capsule highlights titles concerning Art and the Social Context, offering thoughtful and unique investigations into matters of politics, power structures, migration and culture.
Each of these titles are available for individual purchase through the web store, or as a specially priced bundle ($325 with free domestic shipping).
An Atlas of Agendas is a political, social and economic atlas: informing the public about socio-political power structures and activating opportunities for the self and the commons.
The French research and design group Bureau d´Études has been producing maps of contemporary political, social and economic systems that allow people to inform, reposition and empower themselves. Revealing what normally remains invisible, often in the shape of large-sized banners, and contextualising apparently separate elements within new frameworks, these visualisations of interests and relations re-articulate the dominant symbolic order and actualise existing structures that otherwise remain concealed and unknown. This large-size hardcover book, panoramic in scope and theoretically both profound and accessible, is THE atlas for an emancipatory new citizenship that utilises the opportunities of info-graphics from the local to the global and back again. (Onomatopee – Eindhoven)
The proxy, a decoy or surrogate, is today often used to designate a computer server acting as an intermediary for requests from clients. Originating in the Latin procurator — an agent representing others in a court of law — proxies are now emblematic of a post-democratic political age, one increasingly populated by bot militias, puppet states, and communication relays. The proxy works as a dialectical figure that is woven into the fabric of networks, where action and stance seem to be masked, calculated and remote-controlled. This publication looks at proxy-politics on both a micro and a macro level, exploring proxies as objects, as well as networks as objects. (Archive Books – Berlin)
By exploring the intellectual and practical interventions of so-called “courageous citizens” – thinkers, artists, activists, and collectives – this book highlights culture’s change-making capacity. These individuals, through their everyday actions, work towards a collective future and show courage and perseverance amid complex societal reconfigurations. Looking back at the last decade, three themes are identified which have been and continue to be relevant to social change: identity and fragmentation, culture, communities, and democracies, and solidarity and fragmentation. The book combines theoretical perspectives with case studies and narratives of change. (Valiz – Amsterdam)
In the age of Facebook, Twitter, and co., smartphone photos and videos are shared millions of times on the web. They are pleased or protesting, they help form communities and promote the circulation of emotional impact. This book was made in conjunction with the exhibition of the same name, Affect Me: Social Media Images in Art at KAI 10 | Arthena Foundation, Dusseldorf. The artists involved have a particular interest in those images that feed into social media in a political context. The artists focus on how to move and mobilise people, beyond their reporting function, and how they are positioned on the permeable border between fiction and reality. In-depth essays examine the role social media images play in the generation of emotional affects and their transfer into the work of the participating artists. (Spector Books – Leipzig)
Nine essays by a range of writers, artists, and journalists formulate critical responses to the representations of migrants in the media in Europe. The book’s starting point is the assertion that migrants have entered European countries, but not the public sphere. When they do, it is as characters in narratives as something ‘other’. They are spoken about, but rarely asked; decided for, but rarely involved. The book posits that if migrants and refugees are to become fully recognised citizens of Europe, they need to be participants in – rather than subjects of – the public debate. (Valiz – Amsterdam)
Diagrams of Power is an exhibition and publication that showcases critical artworks and projects that use data, diagrams, maps, and visualisations as ways of challenging dominant narratives and supporting the resilience of marginalised communities. Artists and designers featured in this exhibition critique conventionalised and established truths that obscure important histories or perpetuate oppressive regimes. They also contribute to positive social change by engaging communities and providing alternative strategies for storytelling, communication, and organising.
The works selected by curator Patricio Dávila are fascinating and powerful due to their hybrid nature between visual arts, design, visualisation and cartography where they assemble observation, open data, first person accounts, image and archive into visual and physical form. (Onomatopee – Eindhoven)