As part of Artissima's “Simple Rational Approximations” project, Triple Canopy will present Factual Decoys, a magazine in action, imperfectly bound, with a table and chairs in place of pages (but with pages, too). All articles are works-in-progress, subject to revision by Artissima attendees, with each circling around a single object. They are as follows, in order of publication:
11:00 a.m.: “Attention, All Users”
Caleb Waldorf will explore the interface, the technological object (and apparition) at the core of our information economy, which, when operating perfectly, erases its own presence. A conversation will follow. How do haphazard technologies such as the Web browser grow to govern the prevailing forms of expression at a given time? How might we use the Internet as a publishing space that both takes advantage of and pushes back against the shift from "readers" and "viewers" to "users," the preferred subject of contemporary design?
1:30 p.m.: “International Art English”
Alix Rule and David Levine will present a performative lecture that asks: How have we come to think and speak in the language of the art-world press release? They will track the deformation of critical theory by curators, gallerists, and (most importantly) their interns, and discuss how the press release—occasionally construed as a pedagogical tool and a form of publication, or treated as a democratic substitute for the traditional art magazine—has come to shape art production and viewership. Rule and Levine will end with a workshop on how to generate one’s own IAE document.
3:30 p.m.: “We Are All Anonymous”
Taraneh Fazeli and Alexander Provan will look at the online message boards that have incubated hacker culture, and facilitate a discussion of how those forums have given rise to the ad hoc politics (and power) of groups like Anonymous? They’ll explore the formal structure of 4chan and the IRC channels employed by Anonymous, the consensual ethics that have arisen in those forums, the social mechanics and real-life encounters underlying them, and the public spaces and audiences engendered by them (most recently in relation to Occupy Wall Street). They'll also ask how these forums might be thought of as publications.
5:30: “Where We’re Going We Don’t Need Roads”
A consideration of the DeLorean automobile, its iconic status and material history, as shown in Robert Zemeckis's Back to the Future (1985) and artist Duncan Campbell’s Make It New John (2009), "a parody of the American myth of mobility."
Factual Decoys will also inaugurate a new project by Triple Canopy: Volume Number, a publication cycle that reimagines the magazine as a framework for activities that occur beyond—but are ultimately enfolded by, and digested within—its pages. In the coming months and years, Triple Canopy will produce a series of publications, in formats ranging from the broadsheet to the PDF to the poster, that emerge from and feed back into discussions, workshops, and other public engagements. The publications aim to be generative rather than documentary, absorbing these engagements rather than merely representing them. Instead of merely printing the work of artists and writers, Volume Number will provide a variable space for thinking through—and collaboratively enacting—the practice of publication and instantiating the public spaces magazines purport to produce in the world.
The first edition of Volume Number will consist of material prepared for Factual Decoys, as well as work prepared for "Simple Rational Approximations" programs organized by Salon Populaire (Berlin) and Bétonsalon (Paris), and will be designed by Alex Lesy. The publication will debut at Artissima. (Click here to download the PDF.)
- Duncan Campbell is an artist living in Glasgow. His films include Falls Burns Malone Fiddles (2003), o, Joan, no … (2006), and Bernadette (2008). His work has been shown at the Institute for Contemporary Art (London), Tate Britain, Hotel (London), Tramway (Glasgow), Kunstverein Munich, and Artists Space (New York City).
- Taraneh Fazeli is a former contributing editor of Triple Canopy. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
- David Levine is an artist based in Brooklyn and Berlin. His performances and projects have been presented at MoMA, Mass MoCA, Documenta 12 (with Cabinet), and the Townhouse Gallery (Cairo), as well as Galerie Feinkost (Berlin) and François Ghebaly Gallery (Los Angeles).
- Alexander Provan lives in Brooklyn and is the editor of Triple Canopy. He is also a contributing editor of Bidoun, a magazine of the arts and culture of the Middle East and its diaspora. His writing on digital culture, aesthetics, literature, and politics have appeared in The Nation, The Believer, n+1, Bookforum, Artforum, Frieze, and Art in America, among other publications. He is a fellow at the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at the New School for 2013-15.
- Alix Rule is a PhD candidate in Sociology at Columbia University.
- Caleb Waldorf is an artist and the creative director of Triple Canopy. He currently lives in Berlin.