Books Kill Buildings, Internet, Capital, Selves

Whether or not the book will kill the building, as Victor Hugo claimed, books have historically manifested one of the strongest trajectories of that death drive which seeks to kill the aura of singularity which the architectural object, among others, is so often claimed to signify. And if, today, there is an insurgent electronic form which is on target to kill the printed book, this should not be understood as either another progressive cycle of Darwinian innovation, or as a liberation akin to the one that photography is supposed to have bestowed upon painting — but rather as the ongoing unfolding of the innately destructive charter of the book and the self-annihilating force of a thing that would free itself from materiality.

Making Room: Cultural Production in Occupied Spaces

While many of these voices assert accounts of a cohesive international squatter movement, the anthology, when taken as a whole, tells a more complex story about constellations of movements and practices, intensely engaged with local conditions that have developed as people have struggled to survive, express themselves, carve out zones of autonomy and resistance, and push back against the dominance of capitalism in the city.

In Tattern

Dear Uljana,
I’m mostly trying to use machine software (underline styles) to show holes between words and the raveling/unraveling of letters as words, as opposed to an image or representation of embroidery. But it’s hard to find the right path, maybe because thread, weaving etc is already so foundational to typography.