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Library Stack Beta Launch

January 25, 2015

Halmos is proud to announce the beta launch of Library Stack.

Art’s increasing tendency to take form as digital objects has inadvertently resulted in its mediums being regulated by proprietary and closed systems. Amazon, Apple and Barnes & Noble collectively control 95% of all digital ebooks for which buyers are given a license in place of ownership. With the move to licensed content public libraries must negotiate terms with each publisher for access to ‘content streams’ with little or no say with regard to individual titles. Under such systems, libraries are unable to access the works of independent art publishers and artist-produced content made in digital formats. Furthermore, the titles cannot be cataloged by the library database network, thus fencing digital publications solely within the closed domain of commercial interests.

In an effort to expose digital art content to Library databases, Halmos has initiated Library Stack – a card file of eBooks, Video, Audio and Apps focused on art and culture. Currently in the beta launch stage, Library Stack has developed a digital access port in accordance with the Open Archive standards set forth by the OCLC WorldCat database.  In this way Library Stack provides data references to otherwise closed works and makes the titles indexable to the 72,000 libraries that use the OCLC system. Additionally, Library Stack is beginning work with publishers to initiate a public lending program, providing direct media access to library patrons. Development has begun with ebook lending and will expand to other media in the future.

New in the Library Stack

The Politics of Aesthetics

Author(s): Jacques Rancière
Editor(s): Gabriel Rockhill
The Politics of Aesthetics rethinks the relationship between art and politics, reclaiming “aesthetics” from the narrow confines it is often reduced to. Jacques Rancière reveals its intrinsic link to politics by analysing what they both have in common: the delimitation of the visible and the invisible, the audible and the inaudible, the thinkable and the unthinkable, the possible and the impossible. Presented as a set of inter-linked interviews, The Politics of Aesthetics provides the most comprehensive introduction to Rancière’s work to date, ranging across the history of art and politics from the Greek polis to the aesthetic revolution of the modern age.


Now reissued 10 years after its original publication, The Politics of Aesthetics includes an afterword by Slavoj Zizek, an interview for the English edition, a glossary of technical terms and an extensive bibliography.
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Paganini’s 5th Caprice

Artist(s): Cory Arcangel

Paganini’s 5th Caprice (spliced together from a few hundred Youtube guitar instructional videos).

New in the Library Stack


Artist(s): Amalia Ulman

ETHIRA® lets you express yourself with the freedom of anonymity.

No accounts, no archive, no usernames: watch your messages disappear before your eyes.

ETHIRA® was created to explore the dynamics and relationship between users and the content they share online.

By erasing the elements that made the most popular social networks succeed, ETHIRA® is an experiment that sees it’s own failure as a success. Avoiding feedback and ego-related rewards, ETHIRA® is meant to function as a liberating self-expression tool, thriving for honesty and freedom.

Erasing the archive, it also eliminates the burden of hoarding, and sense of value, hidden behind the accumulation of data.

ETHIRA®, designed by Amalia Ulman, was developed with the help of ARCADIA MISSA and THE MOVING MUSEUM.

Thanks Daniel Levitt for programming version 1.0
Thanks Süleyman Melikoğlu for programming version 2.0

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The Coming Insurrection

Author(s): The Invisible Committee
Narrator: Jason McCoy

The Coming Insurrection is an eloquent call to arms arising from the recent waves of social contestation in France and Europe. Written by the anonymous Invisible Committee in the vein of Guy Debord – and with comparable elegance – it has been proclaimed a manual for terrorism by the French government (who recently arrested its alleged authors). One of its members more adequately described the group as “the name given to a collective voice bent on denouncing contemporary cynicism and reality”. The Coming Insurrection is a strategic prescription for an emergent war-machine to “spread anarchy and live communism”.


Now Available: The Familiar Stranger by Tauba Auerbach

October 5, 2014

Halmos is pleased to announce the launch of The Familiar Stranger – an edition of time pieces by Tauba Auerbach

Modified Casio watch and operation manual with original text by Tauba Auerbach. Produced in an edition of 200 – each able to display its unique edition number.

Available now at www.halmos.us.com

I think about time — all the time. I think about its elasticity and its asymmetry. I’ve always had a fraught relationship with this “familiar stranger” as J.T. Fraser aptly called it…

The Familiar Stranger is a study in chronobiology – a field of research that first emerged from the subterranean world of cave explorers in the 60s and 70s. Deep underground, devoid of external cues, the biological experiences of time proved to be elastic and subjective. Auerbach’s watch is designed to reproduce “cave time” with the display of a spinning cycle adjustable to match the wearer’s own biological rhythm.


Tauba Auerbach’s work addresses principles of math, physics, language and logic and works in a wide variety of media, including sculpture, weaving, photography, book-making and musical instrument design. She has designed a number of typefaces, including a set of new mathematical symbols which are currently in use. Auerbach’s work is included in the collections of MoMA, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Centre Pompidou among others. Her most recent solo exhibition, The New Ambidextrous Universe took place at the ICA London. She is represented by STANDARD (Oslo), and Paula Cooper Gallery, New York.

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Malign Velocities: Accelerationism and Capitalism

Author(s): Benjamin Noys

We are told our lives are too fast, subject to the accelerating demand that we innovate more, work more, enjoy more, produce more, and consume more. That’s one familiar story. Another, stranger, story is told here: of those who think we haven’t gone fast enough. Instead of rejecting the increasing tempo of capitalist production they argue that we should embrace and accelerate it. Rejecting this conclusion, /Malign Velocities/ tracks this ‘accelerationism’ as the symptom of the misery and pain of labour under capitalism. Retracing a series of historical moments of accelerationism – the Italian Futurism; communist accelerationism after the Russian Revolution; the ‘cyberpunk phuturism’ of the ’90s and ’00s; the unconscious fantasies of our integration with machines; the apocalyptic accelerationism of the post-2008 moment of crisis; and the terminal moment of negative accelerationism – suggests the pleasures and pains of speed signal the need to disengage, negate, and develop a new politics that truly challenges the supposed pleasures of speed.

New in the Library Stack

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

Director(s): Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Creator: Charles de Meaux
Producer: Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Joslyn Barnes, Caroleen Feeney, Simon Field, Danny Glover, Keith Griffiths

Suffering from acute kidney failure, Uncle Boonmee has chosen to spend his final days surrounded by his loved ones in the countryside. Surprisingly, the ghost of his deceased wife appears to care for him, and his long lost son returns home in a non-human form. Contemplating the reasons for his illness, Boonmee treks through the jungle with his family to a mysterious hilltop cave – the birthplace of his first life… Winner of the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival, UNCLE BOONMEE is a fantastical tale of life as it ends and begins again.

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The Claudius App

Author(s): Claudius App

Journal of Fast Poetry

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A Collection of Rarities and Previously Unreleased Material

Artist(s): John Maus

Dexter Sinister, Watch Wyoscan 0.5 Hz on view at CAC

June 20, 2014

June 20 – July 17, 2014 Dexter Sinister. Work In Progress, CAC Vilnius An exhibition of work concerned with exiting regular modes of time arranged by Dexter Sinister.

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Architecture in the Anthropocene: Encounters Among Design, Deep Time, Science and Philosophy

Editor(s): Etienne Turpin
Contributor(s): Nabil Ahmed, Meghan Archer, Adam Bobbette, Emily Cheng, Heather Davis, Sara Dean, Seth Denizen, Mark Dorrian, Elizabeth Grosz, Lisa Hirmer, Jane Hutton, Eleanor Kaufman, Amy Catania Kulper, Clinton Langevin, Michael C.C. Lin, Amy Norris, John Palmesino, Chester Rennie, François Roche, Ann-Sofi Rönnskog, Isabelle Stengers, Paulo Tavares, Etienne Turpin, Eyal Weizman, Jane Wolff, Guy Zimmerman

Architecture in the Anthropocene: Encounters Among Design, Deep Time, Science and Philosophy, edited by Etienne Turpin, brings together a provocative series of essays, conversations, and design proposals that attempt to intensify the potential of the multidisciplinary discourse developing in response to the Anthropocene thesis for contemporary architecture scholarship and practice.

Research regarding the significance and consequence of anthropogenic transformations of the earth’s land, oceans, biosphere and climate have demonstrated that, from a wide variety of perspectives, it is almost certain that humans have initiated a new geological epoch, their own. First labeled the Anthropocene by the chemist Paul Crutzen, the consideration of the merits of the Anthropocene thesis by the International Commission on Stratigraphy and the International Union of Geological Sciences has also garnered the attention of philosophers, historians, and legal scholars, as well as an increasing number of researchers from a range of scientific backgrounds.

Contributors to Architecture in the Anthropocene include Nabil Ahmed, Meghan Archer, Adam Bobbette, Emily Cheng, Heather Davis, Sara Dean, Seth Denizen, Mark Dorrian, Elizabeth Grosz, Lisa Hirmer, Jane Hutton, Eleanor Kaufman, Amy Catania Kulper, Clinton Langevin, Michael C.C. Lin, Amy Norris, John Palmesino, Chester Rennie, François Roche, Ann-Sofi Rönnskog, Isabelle Stengers, Paulo Tavares, Etienne Turpin, Eyal Weizman, Jane Wolff, Guy Zimmerman.

“Although architecture has a sense of its place within broader socio-political and cultural systems, it has not, until very recently, acknowledged itself as part of the earth’s geology, despite the fact that it is a forceful geological agent, digging up, mobilizing, transforming and transporting earth materials, water, air and energy in unparalleled ways. With the Anthropocene thesis, architecture is called to think itself as a geological actor capable of radically transforming the earth’s atmosphere, surface morphology, and future stratigraphy. This extraordinary and provocative collection of essays, design projects, and conversations plots out what the planetary condition of the Anthropocene might mean for architecture, architectural theory, and design practice.” – Lindsay Bremner, Director of Architectural Research, University of Westminster

“The ground on which we stand-physically, conceptually, even ontologically-is becoming increasingly unstable. The same goes for our political, scientific, and planetary atmospheres. The histories of “civilisation” and “nature” are crossing paths. But how to live up to the transformation called the Anthropocene? Vectors of critical thought that align planetary politics with questions of the planning, organisation, the design of physical space and the making of environments have become urgent. This volume brings leading and emerging scholars and design practitioners together, allowing the most exciting edges of new research to speak to each other. It is a major contribution to an emerging field of study and will shape the direction of the expanded field in architectural and spatial research.”
– Anselm Franke, Head of Visual Arts and Film Department, Haus der Kulturen der Welt

Editor Bio
Etienne Turpin, Ph.D., is principal director of anexact office, a design research practice committed to multidisciplinary urban activism, artistic and curatorial experimentation, and applied philosophical inquiry. Etienne is also a Vice-Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the SMART Infrastructure Facility, Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences, University of Wollongong, where he is director of the Geosocial Intelligence for Urban Livability and Resilience Research Group; he is also an Associate Research Fellow at the Institute for Social Transformation Research, Faculty of Law, Humanities and The Arts, University of Wollongong. With the support of these academic appointments, Etienne lives and works Jakarta, Indonesia, where he co-ordinates the project PetaJakarta.org to help co-produce strategies of community resilience among informal settlements of the urban poor facing the combined violence of rapid development and climate change.

New in the Library Stack

La Jetee

Director(s): Chris Marker

Chris Marker has been challenging moviegoers, philosophers, and himself for years with his complex queries about time, memory, and the rapid advancement of life on this planet. Marker’s La Jetée is one of the most influential, radical science-fiction films ever made, a tale of time travel told in still images.

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Colors Personal Edition

Author(s): Cory Arcangel
Colors Personal Edition
Cory Arcangel – 2009
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We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves

Artist(s): John Maus