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Criticism » The map is not the territory (published 26/12/2013)

Critics of UE highlight the staunchly white, male and middle class demographic of what Garrett refers throughout as the ‘scene’. While Garrett’s own role as recent PhD researcher documenting it fits squarely in this bracket, the scene itself and the internet activity associated with it is without question bound entirely by one-upmanship and the fetishisation of photographic equipment (which join seamlessly in the ‘hero shot’ now associated with media reports of the groups’ activities e.g. masked solitary poses in sewer outfalls or on the ledge of tall buildings) and climbing kit, the book does little to dispel this.

Andrew Stevens reviews Bradley L. Garrett‘s Explore Everything: Place-hacking the City.

» Le Weekend @ 3:AM (published 02/11/2013)

Friday I’m in Love A curated almost-weekly selection of favourite songs by 3:AM editors, writers and friends. April 8, 2011 – ‘We Are Lost’, Accent (Mick Habeshaw Robinson) August 28, 2010 – ‘Jungle Street’, The Scorpions (Andrew Stevens) June 25, 2010 – ‘I Can’t Let Go’, Evie Sands (Andrew Stevens) January 25, 2010 – ‘Bedsitter’, [...]

Buzzwords » The Missing Links (published 06/10/2013)

Derrida — the 2002 documentary. * The false memory archive. * The score for John Cage‘s 4’33″. * What is nothing? * All roads lead to Nowhere. * Books and labyrinths. * Lars Iyer interviewed: “the time for literary novels is over”. * Opium and croissants. * The case against the global novel. * Stewart [...]

Interviews » Observations on the long take (published 01/09/2013)

I think capturing the sacred while simultaneously capturing the ugly reality as being flat; and that flatness can still hold things that are sacred – if that makes sense. I feel like in other films, long takes often are about bringing out the beauty in subjects, they romanticize the subject maybe. In Béla Tarr, we might say that the subjects of a lot of these long takes are not worthy of long takes. Sometimes it’s watching someone fall asleep. Or watching it rain.

Maxi Kim interviews Janice Lee on the cinema of Béla Tarr.

Interviews » No one wants to be here (published 07/06/2013)

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Life and thought are two different things. You get thought that tries to add a dimension to life and thought that tries to subtract itself from life. Philosophy is the school of death. But there is another way to think. There is a way to think critically and rationally and through concepts that orients itself outside of that space and has a different objective and which subordinates itself to another goal. Philosophy is continually enriching itself from without, from low theory, but Spinoza was not a philosopher, Nietzsche was not a philosopher, Marx was not a philosopher. This is the ‘canon’ – as if it could have one – of low theory, these are the people who are outside the space of philosophy, who were refused by it or who refused it. Spinoza was a lens grinder, Marx was a revolutionary, they are not philosophers; they do not belong to philosophy, other than via its recuperations.

John Douglas Millar interviews McKenzie Wark.

Buzzwords » The Missing Links (published 20/04/2013)

Deborah Levy‘s “Migrations to Elsewhere“. * An interview with Stewart Home. * Martin Heidegger talks. * Tributes to WG Sebald. * An extract from Sebald‘s A Place in My Country. * On fragments. * John Cage on a TV game show, 1960. * Notes on Werner Herzog. * E.M. Cioran. * Cabinet: a magazine without [...]

Criticism » Attention (published 19/04/2013)

After the opening epoch we confront a ‘dense matrix of overlapping and interacting actors and forces – the infrastructure of network protocols, hardware and standards, activist groups, hackers, lawyers, demography – with feedback loops , arms races, struggle over resources, and reinventions all going into making spam.’ This epoch is about developing threads of the concept of community, entwining the capture of attention with making money, collective organization and the law. Spammers of this epoch ended up badly. They tended to be shallow and damaged people. In this time spam feigned respectability and in the end failed.

Richard Marshall reviews Finn Bruton’s ‘Spam: A Shadow History Of The Internet.

Buzzwords » The Missing Links (published 10/03/2013)

Kit Caless reviews Lee Rourke‘s excellent Varroa Destructor, forthcoming from 3:AM Press: “There is a twinkling humour that runs through the book: a kind of funny nihilism through which Rourke brings a dark beauty to the mundane”. * On Félix Guattari‘s unpublished SF film script. * An excerpt from Iain Sinclair‘s forthcoming American Smoke. * [...]

Interviews » 2500 random things (published 08/03/2013)

I can’t tell you any reason that Kathy Acker, my mother, and my dog Peggy would become linked in a text other than that they all died, and I witnessed it. Any effort I could make to be random would never escape that: it bends my light. There are slight overlaps like gender, and they fact that both women knew and loved my dog, but in the end the book reckons with the unrepresentable, not what is known. So maybe this brings me right back around to Kathy despite myself. Our last conversations were really about the unknown, about death, but they were always in the form of allegories or dreams. She couldn’t say she was dying, so everything happened in fragments or between the lines.

Maxi Kim interviews Matias Viegener.

Criticism » A modern original (published 15/02/2013)

Home writes with the barmy intensity of someone cancelling superfluity. He rocks ideas from serious to gimp and back without batting an eye-lid. His fix is bold: here he junks up loose first person narration as controlled and artful as anything in Foster Wallace, say, but without the grandeur and pomp swooningly all-consuming. His unapologetic venery is done as formulaic pulp grind-house sex. S&M snuff scenes in lurid and hilarious detail that cut across the artful deposits of cultural-study tropes covering the whole performance like sand are his deft stock-in-trade. It’s all a huge, like, whelm.

Richard Marshall on Stewart Home & his anti-realist novel, Mandy, Charlie & Mary-Jane .