continent. maps a topology of unstable confluences and ranges across new thinking, traversing interstices and alternate directions in culture, theory, biopolitics and art.
Issue 1.2 / 2011
Note from the Editors
Nico Jenkins, Jamie Allen, Paul Boshears
This second issue of continent. was created, for you, dear reader. The result of months of back-breaking thinking, emailing, looking, clicking, watching, writing and reading, our summer issue is here. The issue features works by some of the finest creative and philosophical minds we've been in contact with—and so are proud to showcase their work here.
Investigative Poetics: In (night)-Light of Akilah Oliver
Feliz Molina
Feliz Molina remembers our colleague and poet Akilah Oliver, who died suddenly this spring. Oliver's work describes her own struggle with memory and with mourning; she writes, in In Aporia, "It is yesterday now. I have not had a chance to dance in this century."
Please Mind the Gap: How To Podcast Your Brain
Karen Spaceinvaders
These audio recordings from a live brain are the most granular measurement possible today: single brain cells. At this most minute level, we are reminded that we've yet to sound the depths of the mind.
Meillassoux's Virtual Future
Graham Harman
Originally presented as a talk in Amsterdam in March of this year, Graham Harman here describes two works by Quentin Meillassoux, After Finitude, and L'inexistence divine (as yet untranslated into English, but where Meillassoux imagines a God not yet arrived) and attempts to plot a way forward for Meillassoux's specific thinking of speculative materialism. Graham Harman's new book, Quentin Meillassoux; Philosophy In The Making is forthcoming from Edinburgh University Press in August of this year.
DCP Series
Phil Stearns
Phil Stearns deconstructs—bends, cuts, reloops—digital photography, creating an archealogical significant (and signifier) that is both beautiful and haunting.
Copernican Metaphysics
Paul Ennis
Paul Ennis describes the "Copernican turn" in speculative realism, and argues for a less than "jagged" path from Kant to contemporary thought, in light of recent work by Quentin Meillassoux and others.
The Afterlives of Queer Theory
Michael O'Rourke
In this state-of-the-field report we move through the (recurring) "death of queer theory" and see again the value of a radically provisional approach to being-with. O'Rourke presents a compelling account of the openness of short-lived and impersonal intimacies. These, necessarily, partial visits illuminate for us the urgency of appreciating what time we have together. We come to ask if queer theory is a theory of everything?
Gonzo Strategies of Deceit: An Interview with Joaquin Segura
Brett W. Schultz
Joaquin Segura's art bruskly informs its viewer that the distances between us can only be overcome by contact. Sometimes it comes in the form of a punch in the face. Schultz's interview with the Guadalajara-based artist provides an in-depth perspective on Segura's art practices and his humor.
Orbital Contour: Videos by Craig Dongoski
Paul Boshears
The Paiva River in Portugal serves as the launching point from which an investigation into repetition and the nature of sound in Dongoski's video. In the accompanying interview Boshears discusses with the artist the nature of time and the possibility translation.
The Official Catalog of Potential Literature Selections
Ben Segal
Ben Segal curates an official compendium of blurbs for books that have yet to come, collected from writers who have come already, including Shelley Jackson and Lance Olsen.
Remembering Robert Seydel
Lauren Haaftern-Schick, Sura Levine
We mourn the loss of the author Robert Seydel, a loss all the more bitter as it so closely precedes the publication of his magnum opus, Book of Ruth. In addition to selected pages from his magnificent book we share remembrances from his colleague Sura Levine and his student Laren van Haaften-Schick.
The Poetry of Nachoem M. Wijnberg
Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei
Vincent W.J van Gerven Oei introduces the poetry of Nachoem M. Wijnberg. Wijnberg's work, rarely accesible in the english language, cleaves the divide between the corporate world and the world of poetics.
Covering Giorgio Agamben's Nudities
Gregory Kirk Murray
A creative review of Agamben's new book of essays separated into "clothing," which contains commentary on the essays, and "the body," which contains quotes from the essays themselves. it pressures the idea of the "book review" and opens spaces for further critical inquiry.