continent. maps a topology of unstable confluences and ranges across new thinking, traversing interstices and alternate directions in culture, theory, biopolitics and art.
Issue 5.1 / 2016
Letter from the Editors
Johannes Bruder, Felix Gerloff, Jamie Allen
This issue was found in the lost conversations of continent.'s Jamie Allen and guest editors Johannes Bruder and Felix Gerloff. It is the crystallization of interests in the empirical, in notions of 'evidence', and the act of 'returning' something from a site of investigation.
Entangled with affects. Finding objects of inquiry within the ethnographic research process
Hannes Krämer
Challenged by a rigorous copy test, Hannes Krämer discovers the all-too-human side-effects of participant observation anew and understands affective entanglements between researcher and the researched as eutrophic sources of research objects in opaque realities.
Metals Never Die
Research Team Times of Waste
“A waste of time.” Four words that end the life cycle of technologies and incite the palingenesis of resources. Hidden from view by the processes and infrastructures supporting the evidence of technology, their timeless, earthly presence shines through different technologies destined to become obsolete. Times of Waste uses image, word and sound to map the dark valleys between old and new.
Evocative Object: Auditory Inkblot
Mara Mills
Identifying shapes in the visual noise that is the Rorschach test supposedly reveals more about the observer than the image and so do so-called auditory projective tests designed for those that cannot see. Mara Mills takes us on a stroll through her archival findings and shares some of these evocative and constitutively ambiguous objects, approached through a loss of contact with what appears to be.
Sensor technology and the time-series self
Natasha Dow Schüll
What do I, as a body, provide? ‘You’re data’, the quantified self answers. Data that can be accumulated, compared, computed, visualised, and transformed into (the image of a) ‘time-series self’; a self that is externalised and aligned with a projected self. Natasha Schüll takes account of devices that take care of a never-ending oscillation between losing and finding in a process of constant self-optimisation.
Profunda Maris: Dark Law
Verena Paravel, Lucien Castaing-Taylor
A prospectus of darkness, the sea is the clamorous potential from whence all things come; Yu-kiang, Venus, Vellamo and Tangaroa are each mythic vessels conveying an originary, perspectival potency. A still image selection of Leviathan, the maritime oeuvre of Harvard University’s Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Verena Paravel is here netted in reticulated writings by Bronwyn Lay and Nina Jäger.
Unfinished Artefacts: The Case of Northern Irish Murals
Stefan Solleder

Stefan Solleder reconstructs topologies of conflict-ridden Northern Ireland via an alternative excavation program, where street views and walls attest to layers of marked territories and framed identities.

Enjoy the creepy naked cyber girl!
Sarah Benhaïm, Johannes Bruder
Sarah Benhaïm and Johannes Bruder register the echo of an impulse response set against a background of oversaturated noise. The unexplained presence of a “naked female lined up among the listeners” at an experimental music concert in Paris becomes a selective test of attention, an oscillating bodily bruit emerging from the spectral clamour of filtered possibilities and expectations that go by the name ‘subculture.’
Withered Memories and the Ethnography of Hidden Things
Luis-Manuel Garcia
Luis-Manuel Garcia writes a post-mortem on something that continues to die: an archive, sketchbook, and conduit of information to the subcultural communities among which he conducts participant observation. Within the Internet's cacophonous collection and multitude of informational layers, his blog strikes an ambivalent bargain between accuracy and privacy, relating withering memories and semi-fictional accounts.
Key moment. Multiple realities of an artefact in an ethnographic study of animal-human relations in the Zoo.
Priska Gisler
Priska Gisler found two realities of the Pantanal - simultaneously the World’s largest tropical wetland area and an enclosure in the Zurich Zoo - connected by a staff member’s memories of a key moment that shows their entanglement and obscures the differentiation between original and model.
Porr i Skogen / Forest Porn
Geraldine Juárez
In nature’s chiaroscuro of dark crevices and beamed striations of sunlight that flit and flirt with the erect beams of a forest at the edge of suburbia, Geraldine Juarez goes looking for the unmentioned, disappearing, pre-digital cultural-material phenomenon that is Forest Porn. In a sunlit pubescent clearing, she emerges with a transcription of memory, youth and (self-)discovery.