DOCUMENTATION IS A POLITICAL ACT
The Next Event, in Chicago, at UIC. The second issue of Jack Fisher's journal Counter-Signals will launch, and it looks amazing. We'll have a freewheeling staunchly interdisciplinary conversation based on the statement, "Documentation is a political act." I'll keep my mouth wide open as I scream about the present political situation and refer to myself as Scappattone. It'll be fantastic; Chicagoans, come out for this one. Please join us on Monday 6 Nov, 4–6 pm at the University of Illinois at Chicago, room 1100 ADS (formerly known as the Art and Architecture building), for a launch and discussion of Counter-Signals 2: Hieroglyphs of the Anti-Commodity.
Assembling a walloping twenty-two essays, lines drawn in the previous issue are taken up and given new border-styles to mark the shifting complicities and antagonisms of politics, design, and media — particularly print, but also radio, animation, fashion, and much more besides. As this issue continues the Counter-Signals project of articulating an idiosyncratic genealogy of communist media forms, it significantly ups the ante by including itself in the militant mix. How? Come by and see!
At our launch, Chicago-based contributors Lisa Vinebaum, Francesco Marullo, Jennifer Scappettone, Nellie Kluz, Chris Reeves, Alan Smart, and Jack Henrie Fisher will gather for an informal discussion around the themes and questions of their contributions to the issue. We will conclude by considering ways in which the publication and the event aspire to construct a new counter-disciplinary space.
Hope to see you there!