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9/2/15

The Machine Stops Book Launch

September 2, 2015

Halmos is proud to announce the release of our new title The Machine Stops. Join us on Tuesday, September 8th to celebrate at e-flux with Julieta Aranda, Fia Backstöm, R.Lyon, Ian Cheng, Rachel Rose and Mariana Silva; hosted by Jenny Jaskey.

e-flux

311 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002

September 8th, 7:30 PM

The event with begin with a screening of the rarely-seen 1966 BBC television production of E.M. Forster’s dystopian classic The Machine Stops, followed by a panel discussion with book authors Julieta Aranda, Fia Backstöm, R.Lyon, Ian Cheng, Rachel Rose and Mariana Silva; hosted by Jenny Jaskey.

About The Machine Stops

“You who listen to me are in a better position to judge about the French Revolution than I am. Your descendants will be even in a better position than you, for they will learn what you think I think, and yet another intermediate will be added to the chain. And in time…there will come a generation…which will see the French Revolution not as it happened, nor as they would like it to have happened, but as it would have happened, had it taken place in the days of the Machine.”

E.M. Forster wrote his one work of dystopian science fiction, The Machine Stops, in 1909 – two years before the invention of television – and yet the text echoes our own over-networking-induced autophobia.  Informed by the physical isolation imposed by the Edwardian England’s homosexual oppression, Forster describes the world in the aftermath of an unnamed ecological crisis, living divided underground, without physical contact and without history – a captive life held within in the habitual routine that is an endless electronic circulation of opinions and subjectivities. It is an early 20th century foretelling of our own unfolding age. Working from this ominously familiar future, twelve artists – Julieta Aranda, Fia Backström & R. Lyon, Ed Atkins, Ian Cheng, Melanie Gilligan, Tobias Madison, Pedro Neves Marques, Jeff Nagy, Rachel Rose, Bea Schlingelhoff, Mariana Silva – have contributed new texts addressing the current state of culture in the age of global networks and global crisis.

The Machine Stops is distributed by DAP

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New in the Library Stack
7/24/15

Wyoscan

Author(s) Dexter Sinister
Contributor(s) Erik Wysocan

Time is like that — both point AND duration. This is how it can bend and warp. A week, a second, a season: all are specific and discrete, but none are the same. The present can be cut to any number of lengths, from a single electric pulse of an electronic circuit to the display period of a digital timepiece.

Wyoscan is a reverse-engineered clock. It has been programmed to slowly render the current time from left to right, scanning across the screen, completing 1 cycle every 2 seconds (0.5 hz).

You’ll notice that reading this clock requires more attention than usual, as the seven segments of each digit are lit one by one across the display. This speed may be adjusted. Double tap the screen of your device and move your finger up or down to change the display rate until it reaches the limits of your perception. You and your clock are now in tune.

Wyoscan evolved from Watch Wyoscan 0.5 hz, a digital watch produced by Halmos and designed by Dexter Sinister. This new iOS app mines the logic of the original but leaves its hardware behind.

Available for iPhone and iPad.

8/27/15

librarystack.org

August 27, 2015

The Library Stack project has moved to www.librarystack.org.

In an effort to expose digital art content to Library databases, Halmos  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 authors and 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.

Library Stack is free to use.

New in the Library Stack
1/5/15

Memoirs of the Twentieth Century

Author(s) Samuel Madden
Contributor(s) Liam Gillick
Editor(s) Erik Wysocan

Written in 1733, Memoirs of the Twentieth Century is widely regarded to contain the earliest known conception of time-travel and, in particular, the first cognitive leap that would allow for a historicized image of the present as seen from the point of view of a distant future. Intriguingly, it is the text itself which is claimed to have traveled back in time and Madden has used this conceit to satirize his own period – tracing out its bureaucratic absurdities into a strange yet pointed vision of the late 20th century: a world politically fraught, overwhelmed with corruption and struggling to reconcile religious faith with scientific discovery.

The mysterious publishing history of the book imparts a certain weight to its claims. Printed anonymously in an edition of 1000, all but 10 copies were immediately destroyed for unknown reasons. It would only be printed once more in 1972 and until now Memoirs… has been extremely scarce – resulting in disappointingly little scholarship. This new edition includes Liam Gillick’s Prevision. Should the Future Help the Past first published in 1999, the very year when Memoirs… leaves off. Gillick explores the socio-political implications inherent in strategic attitudes towards the future with a critical eye to the ‘scenario planning’ of late capitalism. It provides a prescient framework for reconsidering Madden’s text now, just over ten years on since its fictive origination and apocalyptic conclusion.

To encourage further study, the complete text will be freely distributed electronically in conjunction with the limited edition hard-cover and a mass-market paperback. ∎

6/21/15

Gareth James, Tobias Madison and Jeff Nagy in the INCUBATORACCELERATOR

June 21, 2015

INCUBATORACCELERATOR An Art in General New Commission Curated by Kristen Chappa Storefront Project Space

This week in the INCUBATORACCELERATOR are Gareth James, Tobias Madison and Jeff Nagy.

Previous artists in the series included KAYA (Kerstin Brätsch and Debo Eilers), Cara Benedetto, Rachel Rose, and John Russell.

INCUBATORACCELERATOR is a New Commission by Art in General, located at 79 Walker St storefront in New York City.

New in the Library Stack
5/6/13

Société Populaire

Author(s) D.A.F. de Sade
Contributor(s) Paul Chan, Claire Fontaine, Gareth James, Sam Lewitt, Pratchaya Phinthong, Pamela Rosenkranz, John Russell, Antek Walczak
Translator(s) Robin Mackay
Editor(s) Erik Wysocan

“Weep no more, citizens; they breathe, these celebrated men for whom we cry; our patriotism reanimates them”

Presented in honor of Marat and Le Pelletier, “Citizen Sade” wrote this memorial address at the height of violence during the French Revolution, just after the start of the Reign of Terror. The text, effusive and cloyingly patriotic, brings to question the Sade’s own political position – a provocative impulse all the more remarkable given the addresses audience: the gathered Section des Piques, amongst the most hardline Jacobin districts of Paris. Though frequently cited and made infamous as the inspiration for Peter Weiss’ influential work of avant-garde theater Marat/Sade, the text itself has remained obscure outside of France.

Available in English for the first time, this new translation by Robin Mackay serves as the historical foundation for a collection of artist’s writings. Included are Paul Chan, Claire Fontaine, Gareth James, Sam Lewitt, Pratchaya Phinthong, Pamela Rosenkranz, John Russell, and Antek Walczak.

6/11/15

Douglas Houses: Puke In The Bus Till

June 11, 2015

Chrome Ribena Projects 79 Walker st. New York, NY 10013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Douglas Houses: Puke In The Bus Till June 11th – 27th

In conjunction with Chrome Ribena Projects and HALMOS, Art in General is pleased to present Douglas Houses’ Puke In The Bus Till, a New Work commissioned and executed specifically for the HALMOS street-level vested residency combinator.

Retreating ahead of the vicious short-circuit of local direct action into spot-prices gofundme embezzled in Houses’ previous works, Peaky Buzzkill turns its gaze and a fortiori that of any audience radically, paralyzingly inward, ostracizing community collectively. The title alludes to the moment this unevoked and uneducable unity passes from a transfixed but clandestine popular praxis into the inverse of an infallible emetic administered to Litch Bank of ATMs, specially adapted for SoMaMo fog drone and otherwise difficult to reterritorialize, refusing to deepen the field of vision to the goods on display within, which nevertheless do exist and exert a certain occult attraction. Like cortically-enhanced lichen screening vitrine of worker enactment, Houses scripts a vertical engagingly open to the merest reader but endurable for all.

Although they multi-platform the Crypto-Babadook Slashfic of Houses’ previous ecodurational lend-lease program Edible Arrangements (2012) and Incredible Arrangements (2014), the custom-framed and -glazed panels execute logic-chop my choice is predetermined Puke In The Bastille welcomes the specificity of co-incubated exhibitors help into extreme relief, thriving on proximate synergy but utilizing a system of tubing to come there subtweet.

Check back this space for updates.

5/5/15

INCUBATORACCELERATOR

May 5, 2015

An Art in General New Commission

Curated by Kristen Chappa

Storefront Project Space

Exhibition: May 16, 2015 – June 27, 2015

Halmos is pleased to announce INCUBATORACCELERATOR, a New Commission by  Art in General.  Utilizing the AiG Storefront Project Space, Halmos will co-opt the Silicon Valley notion of the “incubator” or “accelerator” as a mode of art production. The storefront will be adapted as a space to develop work on a daily basis, where past and future Halmos contributors will be invited for discussion, work, and window display design. Art in General’s storefront will serve to display the visible output of the incubator, rotating on a bi-weekly basis with presentations created on-site.

Areas of inquiry during Halmos’ residency will include the future of publishing in the age of the internet, Block Chain publishing, texting the future, walled gardens, publishing objects, and digital object libraries. Participating artists, either in-person or via cloud hosting, will include Cara Benedetto, Gareth James, KAYA (Kerstin Brätsch and Debo Eilers), Tobias Madison, Jeff Nagy, Rachel Rose, and John Russell.

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New in the Library Stack
7/24/15

Wyoscan

Author(s) Dexter Sinister
Contributor(s) Erik Wysocan

Time is like that — both point AND duration. This is how it can bend and warp. A week, a second, a season: all are specific and discrete, but none are the same. The present can be cut to any number of lengths, from a single electric pulse of an electronic circuit to the display period of a digital timepiece.

Wyoscan is a reverse-engineered clock. It has been programmed to slowly render the current time from left to right, scanning across the screen, completing 1 cycle every 2 seconds (0.5 hz).

You’ll notice that reading this clock requires more attention than usual, as the seven segments of each digit are lit one by one across the display. This speed may be adjusted. Double tap the screen of your device and move your finger up or down to change the display rate until it reaches the limits of your perception. You and your clock are now in tune.

Wyoscan evolved from Watch Wyoscan 0.5 hz, a digital watch produced by Halmos and designed by Dexter Sinister. This new iOS app mines the logic of the original but leaves its hardware behind.

Available for iPhone and iPad.