Publications

Dark Arts, Grey Areas, and Other Contingencies (CPT.R7)

How do we contend with economic forces of change that create contingencies, influence our lives, affect our livelihoods? Can we approach contemporary global economics in ways symbiotic with techniques from premodern (or paramodern) crafts of magic and ritual? Recast. Harvest Moon 02020 CE.

Type: Journal Article
Year: 2021
Authors: Maja Kuzmanovic, Nik Gaffney
Attachment: Dark Arts, Grey Areas, and Other Contingencies (CPT.R7)

Een moeras is een taal

Een moeras is een taal (A swamp is a language) is a poetic exploration of an encounter between human bodies and the body of a swamp near Massiaru (Estonia).

Type: Journal Article
Year: 2020
Authors: Sepideh Ardalani, Mihaela Brebenel, Ingrid Vranken

Rooted Hauntology Lab: Attempts at vegetal curation

In this paper I share my personal attempt of co-working with plants as ghosts and how this has started to shape a curatorial practice that tries to resist extractivism. I wanted to rethink my own practice as a curator and investigate how to shape relations and ethics differently. For this work I turned towards plants and ghosts as teachers and allies. They pointed me towards strategies of being-with, generosity and sympoiesis, which I am trying to transpose into a (life-)practice. Rooted Hauntology Lab as an artistic-curatorial project is both the result and ongoing practical playground for this experimentation.

Type: Journal Article
Year: 2020
Authors: Ingrid Vranken
Attachment: Rooted Hauntology Lab: Attempts at Vegetal Curation

RADMIN Reader 2020

A congregation of short texts emerging from the UK's first festival of Administration, RADMIN (2019)..

Type: Book
Year: 2020
Authors: Feral Business Research Network
Attachment: RADMIN Reader 2020

the current - nightly build

nightly build is a tiny A7 sized photocopied zine that fits in the palm of your hand so you can always carry it with you. It is a collaborative collection of thoughts, writings, prose, poetry, drama, problems, solutions, images, photos, drawings, circuits, concepts, interpretations, illustrations, dreams or philosophical fragments about the theme of this issue — the current.
People who collaborate receive a freshly printed zine straight to their letterbox. You can find a digital version for printout or e-reader in the attached documents.

Type: Book
Year: 2020
Authors: Johannes Buch, Greta Muscat Azzopardi
Attachment: the current - nightly build screen

“From that historically brief quite opaque moment, came the chaos of our material history, an anarchy of chronology, of mismatched remnants…”

Between 17th March 2020 and 17th May 2020 we found ourselves in isolation within the extended cityscape of Singapore. As inhabitants of what became known as “The Circuit Breaker” we watched and listened...

Type: Audiovisual
Year: 2020
Authors: Nik Gaffney, Maja Kuzmanovic

The Art of Futuring

This text is intended to provide a brief introduction to working with futures as artists and culture makers. One of the central concerns is how and why Futures can provide useful methods for increasing agency and encouraging co-creation of our collective futures.

Type: Web Article
Year: 2019
Authors: Maja Kuzmanovic, Nik Gaffney

Dark arts, grey areas and other contingencies

Drawing on the dark arts, the domain where magicians and fortune-tellers commune with unknowable, faceless entities, we explore economic and cultural grey areas to reclaim tools of business administration as an artistic medium.

Type: Web Article
Year: 2019
Authors: Maja Kuzmanovic, Nik Gaffney

Innovation: Taking Risks or Making Risks?

When we intervene in complex systems, our future-shaping actions are hard (or perhaps impossible) to predict. How can engineers, entrepreneurs and technopreneurs embrace complexity and uncertainty, in order to act in meaningful ways, whatever the future may bring? This article includes a series of suggestions, propositions and open questions.

Type: Web Article
Year: 2019
Authors: Maja Kuzmanovic, Nik Gaffney

AccessLab: Workshops to broaden access to scientific research

We outline the AccessLab workshop format for decentralising research skills, creating new open access advocates, and building links between communities.

Type: Journal Article
Year: 2019
Authors: Amber Griffiths, Dave Griffiths, Aidan Weatherill
Attachment: AccessLab PLoS