e-flux journal: “Pieces of the Planet” special launch

e-flux journal: “Pieces of the Planet” special launch

e-flux journal: “Pieces of the Planet” special launch
November 3, 2013

For the public presentation of the special double issue of e-flux journal: “Pieces of the Planet” developed for and in parallel with the Home Workspace Program and to mark the journal’s fifth year anniversary, the editors are pleased to present a special reading and discussion of selections from essays by Walter Benjamin, Hu Fang, Walid Raad, Rijin Sahakian, Hito Steyerl, Oxana Timofeeva, Jalal Toufic, Anton Vidokle, and Brian Kuan Wood—performed by May Kassem, Nesrine Khodr, and Stefan Tarnowski, followed by a conversation with the authors present.

This special issue of e-flux journal is the second of several to be developed in parallel with Ashkal Alwan’s Home Workspace Program, with its third edition, titled “Creating and Dispersing Universes that Work without Working,” starting in November as a free, experimental school based in Beirut and led by resident professors Jalal Toufic and Anton Vidokle.

The events are free and open to the public.

Read more here on the opening chapter and the year’s schedule, or follow the program on Facebook.

Please contact amal [​at​] ashkalalwan.org for further information.

The full e-flux journal no. 48: “Pieces of the Planet,” Issue One is available for view or download here and e-flux journal no. 49: “Pieces of the Planet,” Issue Two is available for view or download here.


Hu Fang is a novelist, art critic, and the cofounder and artistic director of Vitamin Creative Space in Guangzhou. His published novels include Dear Navigator, Garden of Mirrored Flowers, and New Arcade, Shopping Utopia. He lives and works in Beijing and Guangzhou.

Walid Raad (b. 1967, Lebanon) is an artist and a Professor of Art in (the still-charging-tuition) The Cooper Union (New York, USA). Raad’s works include The Atlas Group, a fifteen-year project between 1989 and 2004 about the contemporary history of Lebanon, and the ongoing projects Scratching on Things I Could Disavow and Sweet Talk: Commissions (Beirut). His books include Walkthrough, The Truth Will Be Known When The Last Witness Is Dead, My Neck Is Thinner Than A Hair, Let’s Be Honest The Weather Helped, and Scratching on Things I Could Disavow.

Rijin Sahakian has written and developed programs focused on Iraq as a site of prolific engagement. Her work responds to formations of American political, military, and cultural life through propaganda disseminated to enable global violence in Iraq and to diminish Iraq’s long-standing experience of, and resistance to, these extraordinary conditions. Sahakian received an MA in Art and Politics from New York University, founding and directing Sada, an arts education initiative for Baghdad-based students (2010–15) soon after.

Hito Steyerl is a filmmaker, moving-image artist, writer, and innovator of the essay documentary. Her principal topics of interest are media, technology, and the global circulation of images. Through her writing practice, films, and performative lectures, Steyerl considers the status of the image in an increasingly global and technological world.

Oxana Timofeeva is a philosopher from St. Petersburg, and is the author of Solar Politics (Polity 2022), How to Love a Homeland (Kayfa ta, 2020), History of Animals (Bloomsbury 2018), Introduction to the Erotic Philosophy of Georges Bataille (New Literary Observer, 2009), and other writings.

Anton Vidokle is an editor of e-flux journal and chief curator of the 14th Shanghai Biennale: Cosmos Cinema

Brian Kuan Wood is an editor of e-flux journal.

Stefan Tarnowski is a writer, researcher, and translator. He’s a PhD candidate in anthropology at Columbia University, and his dissertation is titled “Struggling with Images: Revolution, War and Media in Syria.” His writing has recently appeared in the London Review of Books, Film Quarterly, Art Asia Pacific, and OpenDemocracy. He has also worked as a researcher and subtitler for a number of artists and filmmakers.

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