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February 1, 2017
Polytik is a collection of beautifully designed hand-held synth modules exploring the border between play and sound. Born out of a DIY ethos and the maker community, the open-source hardware encourages users to make new modules and hacks.
Deconstructing Disciplinary Architecture
In two solo exhibitions, artist Kapwani Kiwanga takes apart the structure of the powers that govern our public space. From hospitals to back alleys, how are modes of control built into the architectures that we inhabit?
Joshua Sabin Mix
Alongside the release of 'Terminus Drift' on the Subtext Recordings imprint, Joshua Sabin delivers a mix including like-minded sound sculptors and label alumni Paul Jebanasam, Eric Holm and Emptyset.
The Digital Garden
Japanese ultra-technologists TeamLab dissolve the traditional boundaries between artwork and audience in their show at Pace Gallery. Zen-like contemplation permeates every pixel of their work, steering away from the somewhat brute form often taken by heavily tech-powered artworks. 'Transcending Boundaries' will be on view from 25 January to 11 March 2017 at 6 Burlington Gardens in London.
Butting heads with modes of control
From confidence to consumerism, Elliot Dodd takes on the dominant forms of authority that govern contemporary culture
Painting the Islamic State
Artist Navine G. Khan-Dossos transforms IS propaganda into geometric paintings as she deconstructs the complex relationship between Islam and the West
Cracking open the dancefloor
Captured during Skanu Mezs Festival, Riga's beacon of improv, avant-garde and club music in October 2016, this set showcases M.E.S.H. trademark eclectic abstraction. The Berlin-based producer deconstructs his motley set of references, levelling the divide between the avant-garde and a fortright club enjoyment.
A Political Economy of the Smallest Things
Artistic and philosophical analyses on the materiality of digital culture and art, exposed across scales from nano to macro. This book aims to uncover the human price of the digital desire for the infinitely small, which is continuously reliant on an exploitative relationship with nature and laborers.
On the Cover: Meet Zeitguised, the award-winning design studio behind our new issue cover, presented in partnership with WeTransfer
Casting Out The Self
Artwork: Dominic Hawgood explores photographic fictions, spirituality and drug-induced hallucinations
What's in a Rave
Essay + Mixtape: Evian Christ and Lee Gamble share memories and reflections with Nora Khan in a personal eulogy to club culture
Artwork: What is real and unreal? Explore a virtual abandoned mall in Claire Hentschker's newly commissioned 360 film
The Games That We Play
In Conversation: Lucile Hadžihalilović talks mysterious childhood rites, as her first film in eleven years is released
The Secret Life of Data
Onscreen: We premiere 'White Mountain', a docu-fiction film by Emma Charles set in a sci-fi underground bunker
Mixtape: Continuing to cross-pollinate sounds through dance music, Aisha Devi mixes metaphysical and religious influences
Fossils of the Future
In Conversation: Jussi Parikka journeys through deep time to break open the myths of our machines
HFT The Gardener
Artwork: Fall down the rabbit hole with Suzanne Treister’s tale of a banker turned outsider artist
Optimism at the End of the World
In Conversation + Mixtape: Timothy Morton on fusing pop music with philosophy
Colour Mixing Machine
Artwork: A mandala guides the way to the 'Empathics', a fictional race of women, as imagined by Saya Woolfalk
Myths of Matter and Memory
Onscreen: Sasha Litvintseva curates a film programme on the past, present and future fictions that shroud our technologies.
A Non-Universal Universe
Essay: Elvia Wilk reflects on ancient symbols and Eco Art in the work of three contemporary female artists
Fiction: Tyler Coburn crafts a tailor-made guide to the human of the future in three short stories
Show and Tell
Essay: Orit Gat considers the recent focus on undersea cables in the work of several artists
Howling Under the Blue Moon
Field Trip: Florence Peake, Beatrice Dillon and Wojciech Kosma lead a cult for the night in the heart of the Cambridge countryside
In Conversation: Camille Henrot talks messiness and internet memes
The Origin of Love
GALLERY: Marguerite Humeau collaborates with Toke Lykkeberg Nielsen and Benjamin Penaguin to create a digital parchment on the biological synthesis of love
On the Internet Archive
Essay: John Douglas Millar considers the social and political implications of the archive from classical antiquity to the present day, rasing new questions around technology and capitalism as spiritual experience