With the publication of Anti-Media. Ephemera on Speculative Arts by Florian Cramer, one of the first projects I started working on at the Institute of Network Cultures is realized.
1. There is art, and there is anti-art.
2. If that is so, there must also be anti-media.
3. ‘Media’ as a term is as fuzzy as ‘art’.
4. Both ‘art’ and ‘media’ refuse to go away.
Anti-media is what remains if one debunks the notion of media but can’t get rid of it.
This book reflects on anti-copyright, porn, creative industries, post- punk, Arts and Crafts and constructivism, cooking as contemporary art, Oulipo, post-digitality, mezangelle, Anonymous and 4chan, Fluxus, amateurism, file sharing networks, pop culture, 17th century poetry, electroacoustic music, Neonazi communication guerilla, Rotterdam, romanticism, electronic literature, Mail Art, ontology, Super 8, Rosicrucianism and conceptual art.
We make money not art writes:
‘I’ve never reviewed nor even read anything that looked remotely like this book before. It is bold, thought-provoking, and extremely fast-paced.’
The official book launch will be held on September 13th in WORM in Rotterdam. Florian Cramer will give an 8 hour lecture, improvisation-style. Admission is free. Be there!
The book can be ordered in your local bookshop, online resellers or from the nai010 webshop.