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Lambs or Questions

Anne Boyer reading at New Voices Reading Series and the Program in Poetry and Poetics at University of Chicago, 2015. In the introduction to her reading, Boyer recalls the conversation that resulted in Mute publishing the text: 'Questions for Poets', http://www.metamute.org/editorial/articles/questions-poets, she adds: 'They chose the questions, but tonight I choose the lambs'

No Stars, no Solos – just Sound, Motion, and Energy: an Interview with John Gruntfest

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Given the ephemeral nature of improvised music, it is easily forgotten after the performance. Despite that, the work of saxophonist, poet, and musical event organiser, John Gruntfest, is almost criminally overlooked

BOYCOTT ZABLUDOWICZ - STATEMENT 3

 
Mute is hosting this statement in solidarity with the call for a boycott of the Zabludowicz Art Trust. Boycott Zabludowicz was formalised during the violent atrocities committed by the Israeli state against Palestinian people in 2014. We fully support this boycott and call on our readers and writers to join us in solidarity.
 
 

After the Canon? An Interview with Hal Foster

Casting off from his recent book Bad News Days, art critic and October magazine co-editor Hal Foster talks to John Douglas Millar about what became of art’s critical turn, the conversion of art and its world into culture industry and, despite it all, the continuing importance of the aesthetic

 

Call for Issue 2. Corrupting Desires! Technique, Performance and Control

Email to: cesura.acceso@gmail.com

We are currently accepting submissions for Issue 2 of Cesura//Acceso, to be published in June 2016.

Our central theme will be: Corrupting Desires! Technique, Performance and Control.

Art’s Economic Exceptionalism

Whilst left critiques habitually relate art to capitalist commodification, few do this on strictly economic grounds, let alone cogently. Josefine Wikström argues that finally we do have a book that fulfills exactly this task

 

INSIDE OUT

Inside Out

Marx famously described capitalism as mad and inverted. Daniel Spaulding re-examines speculative realism through an Adornian prism to disclose a thought of ‘the great outdoors’ beyond capital that is very much immanent to a world not only upside down but increasingly inside out

 

The Anthropocene in 90 Minutes

In Molecular Red Mackenzie Wark collides Platonov and Bogdanov, to produce anthropocene levels of low-theory. But are these very distinctive soviet thinkers really compatible, and is acceleration really what the world needs now, asks Maria Chehonadskih

Building Downwards

In their review of Keller Easterling’s Subtraction, Luisa Lorenza Corna and Alan Adam Smart interrogate an architectural theory that makes an economic virtue of contracted social reproduction

 

Against Accelerationism – For Marxism

'Jetpack communism' or 'Marxist heresy'? Today's younger red tories (also known as 'left accelerationists') approach capitalism's contradictions and the threat of communism from the perspective of management, reviving a project resembling the ambiguously socialist nationalist and new right discourse of 'planisme' (developed in France and Belgium in the 1930-50s).

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