Series are collections of works published by Triple Canopy and connected by a single subject, form, or concept. Series may include digital works of art and literature, public conversations, books, editions, performances, and exhibitions. Series elucidate connections between archival and current work; they may expand over time or initially be presented in their entirety.

Passage of a Rumor

This series considers how and why we talk about the value and potential acquisition of ephemeral works of art. Passage of a Rumor emerges from Value Talks, a series of private conversations organized by artist Ralph Lemon in 2013 and 2014 at the Museum of Modern Art. Lemon, who is editing this series with Triple Canopy, asked artists, writers, scholars, and curators to consider the allure of artworks that, by nature, resist institutional parameters. Participants also considered efforts by artists to maintain a meaningful degree of autonomy in relation to institutions that confer value upon them and their works. Passage of a Rumor is an expanded record of these conversations, one that necessarily addresses the ephemeral nature of conversation itself: How might discussions that occur in private—about art, race, money, community, and power—be circulated without either compromising their intimacy or promising unmediated access? Rather than purport to exhaustively document or analyze such exchanges, Passage of a Rumor circulates novel versions of lectures, DJ sets, performances, and dialogues, and provides an impetus for the creation of artworks and writings commissioned in response by Triple Canopy and Lemon. Many of these new works will appear exclusively in the book that concludes the series, On Value, to be published by Triple Canopy in fall 2015.

Published beginning on August 4, 2015.
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I’d Rather Talk About the Post-part, by Ralph Lemon Aug. 4, 2015
Ultra, by Nari Ward Aug. 4, 2015
Notes on a Performance by Kellie Jones, by Glenn Ligon Aug. 6, 2015
whatnot to the music, by Fred Moten Aug. 11, 2015
On Poetry and the Turntable, by Kevin Beasley & Fred Moten Aug. 18, 2015
The Value of “The Big Snooze” and Contingent Matters, by Yvonne Rainer Aug. 27, 2015
Songs for M, by Kevin Beasley Sep. 1, 2015
Dear Sarah, Dear Ralph, by Claudia La Rocco Sep. 8, 2015
On Devotion Study #3 and Devotion Study #4, the experience of sharing an artist and work between institutions: A Portfolio, by Paula Court Sep. 10, 2015
On Value, by Triple Canopy & Ralph Lemon Sep. 24, 2015

On the Beach

Two filmmakers seek props and direction in the aisles of a department store, the words of physicists overseeing the Large Hadron Collider echoing in their heads. They obtain footage of SubTropolis, a cataclysm-proof storage space dug into a Kansas limestone deposit. They encounter the Crypt of Civilization, a time capsule of cultural artifacts opening in 8113 AD. They hone their messaging skills with New York pigeoneers. This series of videos by Frank Heath, part of the issue the Long Tomorrow, considers the relationship between the technologies pushing us toward collapse and the apocalyptic scenarios we incessantly invent. On the Beach takes its title from the classic Cold War novel by British author and aeronautical engineer Nevil Shute, in which the sole survivors of a global nuclear disaster pass the time as radioactive fallout drifts across the seas. Heath’s adaptation, like many previous ones, explores our collective capacity to envision the end.

Published beginning on May 26, 2015.
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Made to Be Found, by Frank Heath May. 26, 2015

Speculations Archive

This series is an audio archive of Speculations (“The future is ______”), organized by Triple Canopy as part of the exhibition “EXPO 1: New York” at MoMA PS1 in 2013. Triple Canopy invited writers, artists, scientists, activists, economists, and technologists to bet on futures they want to see realized and to describe them as clearly as possible, while considering what demands these futures make on the present. The speculations took the form of lectures, debates, discussions, and performances. Rather than think in terms of utopia, dystopia, apocalypse—totalizing scenarios with preconceived conditions and plots—Speculations (“The future is ______”) proposed a continuum of overlapping moods ranging from optimism (however dark) to pessimism (however bright). We know all the ways the world will end, and yet we continue; our action in the present implies an optimism about the future, even if that optimism is skeptical or worried.

Published beginning on May 14, 2015.
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Speculations Archive: Nano-Prometheanism, by David Auerbach, Alisa Baremboym, Ray Brassier, Ian Cheng, Ted Chiang, Adam Cohen, Joshua Cohen, Esther Dyson, Josh Kline, Ajay Kurian, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Evgeny Morozov & Ben Wizner May. 14, 2015
Speculations Archive: Overextending Ourselves, by Benjamin Kunkel, Joseph McElroy, Maureen McHugh, Ted Nelson, Srikanth Reddy & David Rieff May. 21, 2015
Speculations Archive: This Story Applies to You, by CAConrad, Jace Clayton, John Crowley, Samuel Delany, Agnes Denes, Rivka Galchen, Katie Kitamura, Hari Kunzru, Kelly Link, Ben Rivers, Kim Stanley Robinson, Norman Rush & Mierle Laderman Ukeles May. 28, 2015
Speculations Archive: The Peoples’ Machinery, by Sergio De La Pava, Thomas Drake, Rachel Kushner, Danny Marcus, Yates McKee, Naeem Mohaiemen, Trevor Paglen, Dan Phiffer, Jesselyn Radack, Carne Ross, Elizabeth Stark & Astra Taylor Jun. 2, 2015
Speculations Archive: There Will Have Been Humans, by Holly Jean Buck, Claire Colebrook, George Collins, Brenda Iijima, Natalie Jeremijenko, Marie Lorenz, Mary Mattingly, Yates McKee, Mileece, Heidi Neilson, Hương Ngô, Christian Parenti, Kim Stanley Robinson & Sukhdev Sandhu Jun. 11, 2015
Speculations Archive: Suspended Automation, by Gopal Balakrishnan, Chris Csikszentmihalyi, Mary “Missy” Cummings, Silvia Federici, Peter Frase, Alex Gourevitch, David Graeber, N. Katherine Hayles, Thomas Keenan, John Miller, Ashwin Parameswaran & Kathi Weeks Jun. 18, 2015

Pointing Machines Installation (March 7–May 25, 2014)

This series is devoted to Pointing Machines, Triple Canopy’s contribution to the 2014 Whitney Biennial. Pointing Machines is an installation titled after the simple eighteenth-century measuring tool for reproducing sculpture in stone or wood with a system of adjustable rods and needles. The installation consists largely of reproductions—by handcraft, 3-D printing, and photography—of paintings and a colonial-era wash basin stand, once part of the wide-ranging collection of “Naïve Painting” and early American furniture of Colonel Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch. Triple Canopy asks how the meaning of artworks shifts as they are commissioned, made, collected, disowned, replicated, photographed, exhibited, and published, taking into account the role of circulation systems as varied as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and eBay. The installation connects the history of reproduction by technical and artistic means to the recent, remarkable collapse of the difference between objects and information. It is part of an issue of the magazine, also titled Pointing Machines, that continues the reproduction and circulation of the displayed objects beyond the museum’s walls, and includes essays, artist projects, discussions, and performances.

Published from March 7, 2014 to May 25, 2014.
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Pointing Machines at the 2014 Whitney Biennial, with Triple Canopy Mar. 7, 2014
Pointing Machines (Chestertown, Maryland) I, 2013, by Triple Canopy Mar. 7, 2014
Pointing Machines (Chestertown, Maryland) II, 2013, by Triple Canopy Mar. 7, 2014
Pointing Machines (Chestertown, Maryland) III, 2013, by Triple Canopy Mar. 7, 2014
Pointing Machines (Basin Stands), 2014, by Triple Canopy Mar. 7, 2014
Early American Furniture, with Peter Kenny Apr. 3, 2014
Historic Sales, with Nancy Druckman Apr. 26, 2014
Shape Shifters, with Stuart Comer May. 17, 2014

International Art English

“International Art English,” by Alix Rule and David Levine, was published by Triple Canopy in July 2013. The essay, which analyzes a corpus of press releases circulated by e-flux in order to describe the language of contemporary art, circulated widely and generated debates about the relationship between language, legibility, and power in the art world—many of which are represented in this series. The authors trace the particularities of International Art English to translations of French and German critical texts published in the 1970s in journals like October. The widespread use of the Internet has, they argue, accelerated the development of IAE, turning it into a kind of lingua franca; the proliferation of international variations—French IAE, Scandinavian IAE, Chinese IAE—ends up diluting the authority of critics, “traditionally the elite innovators of IAE.” Given these developments, Rule and Levine ask: “Can we imagine an art world without IAE? Without its special language, would art need to submit to the scrutiny of broader audiences and local ones? Would it hold up?”

Published from July 30, 2012 to May 28, 2013.
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Factual Decoys, with Duncan Campbell, Taraneh Fazeli, David Levine, Alexander Provan, Alix Rule & Caleb Waldorf Nov. 5, 2011
International Art English, by Alix Rule & David Levine Jul. 30, 2012
Triple Canopy at Art Berlin Contemporary Sep. 13, 2012
More Rather Than Fewer Words, by Triple Canopy Sep. 20, 2012
Critical Language, with Nathalie Anglès, Wenzel Bilger, Lauren Cornell, Mariam Ghani, Mostafa Heddaya, David Levine, Alexander Provan, Yael Reinharz, Alix Rule, Lumi Tan & Hrag Vartanian Apr. 6, 2013
Critical Language: A Forum on International Art English, by Triple Canopy May. 27, 2013
The Islands of Evasion: Notes on International Art English, by Mariam Ghani May. 28, 2013

Corrected Slogans (A Publication in Four Acts)

In fall of 2012, Triple Canopy initiated Corrected Slogans (A Publication in Four Acts), conceived as the magazine’s contribution to “Postscript: Writing after Conceptual Art,” an exhibition organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver. For the first and second acts, Triple Canopy’s editors staged a pair of public events at 155 Freeman Street in Greenpoint: a symposium titled Poems for America and a seminar titled Automatic Reading. These events brought together artists and writers to discuss how conceptual strategies have transformed (and might still transform) conventional notions of expression and of reading—both as an exchange between an individual and text and as a public activation of the written word. The third act was a special issue of Triple Canopy’s online magazine, Corrected_Slogans, consisting of a selection of pertinent works previously published by Triple Canopy as well as newly commissioned projects by Erica Baum, Caroline Bergvall, and Gareth Long. The final installment of the project was the book Corrected Slogans: Reading and Writing Conceptualism, which documents the previous acts but also elaborates, edits, amplifies, and contradicts via annotations, additional artworks, and critical essays; the form and content of the public discussions are reinterpreted using tools specific to print in such a way that the book enacts the conceptual strategies being discussed. Each act of Corrected Slogans was integral to the same dynamic process; the project as a whole represents Triple Canopy’s ongoing attempt to define an expanded field of publication.

Published from May 17, 2012 to April 18, 2013.
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The Melody Indicator, by Erica Baum May. 17, 2012
Corrected Slogans, with Michael Corris, Aaron Kunin, Margaret Lee, K. Silem Mohammad, Ken Okiishi, Katie Raissian, Gretchen Wagner & Matvei Yankelevich Sep. 15, 2012
Poems for America, Part 1, by Aaron Kunin & Ken Okiishi Oct. 10, 2012
Corrected_Slogans, a Special Issue Oct. 10, 2012
Poems for America, by Triple Canopy Oct. 12, 2012
Post-Object Publishing, by Lucy Ives & William S. Smith Oct. 12, 2012
Automatic Reading, with Erica Baum, Franklin Bruno, Corina Copp, Ariana Reines, Mónica de La Torre, R. H. Quaytman, Taylor Baldwin, Lucy Ives & William S. Smith Oct. 20, 2012
Poems for America, Part 2, by Michael Corris & Matvei Yankelevich Nov. 6, 2012
Poems for America, Part 3, by K. Silem Mohammad & Margaret Lee Nov. 7, 2012
Literary Asses, by Gareth Long Nov. 13, 2012
Noping, by Caroline Bergvall Nov. 15, 2012
Automatic Reading, by Erica Baum, Corina Copp, Jim Fletcher, Franklin Bruno, R. H. Quaytman, Ariana Reines & Mónica de La Torre Nov. 20, 2012
Corrected Slogans: Reading and Writing Conceptualism Jan. 2, 2013
Novel Operations, by Jim Fletcher Apr. 18, 2013

Did You Get the L?

On October 29, 1969, computer scientists at UCLA, the original node of ARPANET, sent the first host-to-host message to colleagues at Stanford. The message: “L.” “Did you get the L?” UCLA asked. “Yes.” Then: “O.” “Yes.” Then: Stanford’s computer crashed. This series is devoted to examining the technology that underlies Triple Canopy’s work, within the broader context of digital publishing and design. As additional elements of Triple Canopy’s new publishing platform are released in the coming months (including the numerous modules that compose Alongslide, the article-layout system, which will be packaged as an open-source application), we will publish essays and conversations that describe their function and logic. We will also address the technological architecture of various other publishing platforms; the distinction between content and collections of content as articulated in a database; the dynamic relationship between coding languages and editorial strategies; the confluence of historical print design tropes and contemporary digital design standards; and how a publication might resist the prevailing passive forms of attention that inhere in a culture—online and IRL—characterized by excessive production.

Published beginning on November 16, 2010.
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Announcing Triple Canopy’s Redesign Nov. 16, 2010
Invalid Format: An Anthology of Triple Canopy, Volume 1 Jan. 2, 2012
Invalid Format: An Anthology of Triple Canopy, Volume 2 Sep. 1, 2012
Some Assembly Required, by Triple Canopy Mar. 2, 2013
Re: Our Iron Cage, by Triple Canopy Mar. 29, 2013
The Internet v. Real Life, by Triple Canopy Jun. 19, 2013
Invalid Format: An Anthology of Triple Canopy, Volume 3 Dec. 4, 2013
Hello, World, by Triple Canopy Dec. 5, 2013
The New Disappointment, by Lucy Ives Dec. 13, 2013
Announcing Alongslide, by Triple Canopy Dec. 20, 2013

The Page and the Screen

This series considers the transformation of publication, authorship, and readership in the digital age and beyond. We easily recognize a publication as a bound set of pages, containing words and images by one author or many, assembled by editors, artists, and designers. But in the past half century pages have been transmuted into cassette tapes, DVDs, discussion boards, websites, and apps. We conceive of Triple Canopy as charting this expanded field of publication, moving among media and formats, annexing terrain not conventionally associated with the magazine (whether communication networks or disused storefronts). The series—named after a class organized in 2010 by The Public School New York—represents Triple Canopy’s attempts to rethink publication amidst the inevitable churn of novelty and anachronism that characterize the “digital age,” as the distinction between experience online and IRL narrows. It includes media excavations and Web 1.0 reminiscences, software experiments and samizdat scholarship, as well as polemical writings by the editors—on writing after conceptual art, on syntaxes of verse and GIF, and on publishing after the shift from disciplinary to tech-enabled control societies.

Published from February 19, 2010 to March 13, 2013.
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The Medium Was Tedium, with Mel Bochner, Daniel Bozhkov, Erin Shirreff, William S. Smith & Colby Chamberlain Feb. 19, 2010
Inside the Mundaneum, by Molly Springfield Mar. 17, 2010
The Mundaneum and Beyond, with Molly Springfield May. 8, 2010
Poem, October 2009 (After Dan Graham), by Caolan Madden & Paul Hughes Jul. 21, 2010
Mao, King Kong, and the Future of the Book, by Bob Stein & Dan Visel Jul. 23, 2010
Unmarked Box on a Counter, by Jordan Crandall & Caleb Waldorf Aug. 2, 2010
Print & Demand #2, with James Goggin, Jiminie Ha, Rob Giampietro & Caleb Waldorf Nov. 7, 2010
Print & Demand #2, by James Goggin, Jiminie Ha, Rob Giampietro & Caleb Waldorf Nov. 30, 2010
E-books and the Museum Machine, by Sarah Hromack May. 18, 2011
Volume Number, with Gwen Allen, Paul Chan, Angie Keefer, Matt Keegan, David Platzker & Colby Chamberlain Jun. 11, 2011
Volume Number: On Artists’ Publications, by Gwen Allen Jun. 27, 2011
Passive Recreation / How to Print an Internet Magazine, with Tan Lin, Alexander Provan, Peter J. Russo, Prem Krishnamurthy & Adam Michaels Jan. 18, 2012
How to Print an Internet Magazine, by Triple Canopy, Prem Krishnamurthy & Adam Michaels Jan. 27, 2012
The Binder and the Server Mar. 2, 2012
Uncertified Copies: On Samizdat, by Ann Komaromi & Kristen Alfaro May. 8, 2012
Productive Behaviors, with Astrom/Zimmer Feb. 25, 2013
Productive Behaviors, by Astrom/Zimmer Mar. 14, 2013

Media Studies

What is media studies? A field of study that focuses on the dissemination of information to an audience across a broad spectrum of channels. A branch of knowledge that deals with forms of communication such as the Internet, television, radio, books, and periodicals. A field of study concerned with mass media, the nature of these media and the ways in which they shape individuals and society—history, content, effects. The process of putting one's self in the place of the other person's attitude, communicating through significant symbols. The search for the great community. Top seven signs your content goes viral. The effort to discover the means by which a scattered, mobile, and manifold public may so recognize itself as to define and express its interests. We are all familiar with the media, which so influence our perceptions, interactions, labor, leisure, cognitive development, sexual behavior, and political activities. You can find more information here.

Published beginning on May 17, 2008.
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Tunguska International, by Craig Kalpakjian & Sarah Kessler Mar. 17, 2008
Tacky Souvenirs of Pre-Inaugural America, by Ben Tausig Feb. 18, 2009
Television for the People, by Ed Halter Feb. 19, 2009
This Little Lard, by Hassan Khan & Clare Davies Mar. 3, 2009
Jukeboxes on the Moon, by Rafil Kroll-Zaidi Jul. 1, 2010
Brown Skin, Blue Masks, by Nadja Millner-Larsen, Wazhmah Osman & Danyel Ferrari Nov. 24, 2010
The Flash Made Flesh, by Mary Walling Blackburn & A. B. Huber Mar. 16, 2011
After the Fact, by Christy Lange May. 18, 2011
Another Portrait of Jason, by Matt Wolf Aug. 1, 2011
Erased Reflection (Screenshot), 2011, by Triple Canopy Oct. 28, 2011
Aba Okipasyon, by Ryan Ffrench & Emmanuel Broadus Jan. 4, 2013
Wouldn’t It Be Milchadik?, by Franklin Bruno Jan. 30, 2013
Sons, by Sara Greenberger Rafferty Apr. 18, 2013
Everyday Static Transmissions, by Benjamin Tiven, Brian Larkin & Tavia Nyong’o May. 13, 2014

Text to Speech

Reading—reading aloud, reading aloud texts authored by others (and sometimes rewriting them first)—is a creative act, a way of devising new forms of authority. Written text is now increasingly detached from the unifying format of the book and is accessed online, circulated and reproduced digitally, viewed on myriad screens. What, in this context, might it mean to represent a text by voice alone? What does the sound of reading—alone or with a chorus—contribute, alter, or signify? The works presented in this series are reimagined by means of voice. Their authors attend to the ways in which sonic elements, a pause for (human) breath or the odd cadence of audio generated by a text-to-speech program, contribute to the sense and feeling of a written work. Here the new is less important than the now, the presence of an audience and the presence of the reader. This series includes adaptations of classics and appropriations from popular culture, interrogations of the past in the present, and the performance of allegedly illegible novels. Instead of reading silently, we submit to the power of speech, chant, mumble, whine, declamation, and even, in at least one instance, song.

Published from March 18, 2008 to May 6, 2013.
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Basic Instinct: Poems, by Descriptive Video Service & Dan Hoy Mar. 18, 2008
BARTLEBY. A Rereading, with Paul Chan, Edwin Frank, Lynne Tillman, Abha Dawesar, John L. Bryant, Vivian Gornick, Joseph McElroy, Alice Boone, Graham Parker, Molly Springfield, McKenzie Wark, Greg Wayne & Group Theory Apr. 23, 2010
Sibyl and Marsyas, by Anja Utler Mar. 2, 2011
Reading History: The Hanging at Mankato, with David Levine, Claire Barliant, Anne Barliant & Alan Gilbert Jun. 30, 2011
Études, by Florine Stettheimer Oct. 10, 2011
The Making of Americans, with Triple Canopy Jan. 20, 2012
Flaubert’s “Un coeur simple”: A Reading, by Ariana Reines Apr. 5, 2012
The Fizzles, with Piehole Jun. 4, 2012
PowerPoint and the Perfume of Reading, with Tan Lin, Dan Visel & Richard Birkett Jul. 24, 2012
Automatic Reading, with Erica Baum, Franklin Bruno, Corina Copp, Ariana Reines, Mónica de La Torre, R. H. Quaytman, Taylor Baldwin, Lucy Ives & William S. Smith Oct. 20, 2012
Noping, by Caroline Bergvall Nov. 15, 2012
Lines of Sight, with Michele Abeles, Alejandro Cesarco, Nancy Davenport, Moyra Davey, Michael Famighetti, Danny Gordon, Dan Torop, Hannah Whitaker, Sarah Resnick & Molly Kleiman Nov. 16, 2012
Lines of Sight, by Michele Abeles, Alejandro Cesarco, Nancy Davenport, Moyra Davey, Michael Famighetti, Danny Gordon, Molly Kleiman, Sarah Resnick, Dan Torop & Hannah Whitaker Dec. 11, 2012
The Making of Americans, with Triple Canopy Jan. 18, 2013
Adaptation after Metalogue (Part 2), by Boru O’Brien O’Connell May. 7, 2013
The Making of Americans, with Triple Canopy Jan. 24, 2014