spatial practice and 
artistic research

friction atlas. making authority visually and physically discernible in public space

design issues

mit press

because of the importance of the role and embodiment of the designer/artist in making publics, this special issue draws attention to reflexive practices in art & design, and questions how these practices can be embedded in the formations and operations of publics and design practices. more specifically, the special issue aims to explore the following questions: how do the designer/artist create and maintain publics? how do we accommodate differences in these agonistic spaces? what is the role of the designer/artist in these contexts? how can we understand the tension between artistic control in speculative design and empowerment in participatory design?

impossible escapes

with: jamie allen, johannes bruder, flavia caviezel, moritz greiner-petter, yvonne volkar and  giuditta vendrame


impossible escapes is an escape and evasion map publication developed and distributed in collaboration with neural magazine and transmedialefestival berlin. the project addresses illusive tendencies to escape – be it from technology, society, or earth – and gathers various strategies of how to handle this most modern impetus of escaping.


redefining public space as the visible surface of a playing field

opennes. politics / practices / poetics

malmö university : a living archives publication

openness has been released in three versions. the collected articles appeared as a series on (1/3).1 next they were made available as a freely downloadable pdf (2/3)2 , and finally as a limited hand bound print run of approximately 30 volumes (3/3). these are iterations on openness comprising 18 contributions existing, to cite jean luc nancy, “between exposed thought and knotty intimacy” within a commerce of thinking (nancy 2009, 3). these 3 versions travel across materialities. they are re-mediated, but to me it feels like a sort of de-mediation – a stripping away – as we moved over time from the digital versions toward the print version. video had to be unspooled into image frames, audio into fragmented text transcriptions. these iterations render nancy’s argument multiple both in form and in voice, without a doubt “born in agitation and anxiety, in the fermentation of a form” (ibid) but not in search of anything as unified as a coherent style or position.

—suzan kozel, preface



justin mcguirk
photos: paolo patelli


no. 28
thank you i’ll do it myself


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