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Issue 2.1 / 2012
Letter from the Editors
The Editors
With grateful hearts we offer this, the first issue of our second volume. The happy product of long conversations, profound silences, many clicks, and links—the editors could not have done this without your support. We welcome your materials for our future issues as well as your continued contributions.
The Cracked Share
Hangjun Lee, Chulki Hong
Celebrated turntablist/noise/improvisationalist Chulki Hong (???) and experimental filmmaker Hangjun Lee (???) are frequent collaborators. As they explain in their essay accompanying the following recordings, their practices are intimately concerned with the materiality of their media. In this materialist turn their interventions seek to emancipate the spectator from their subordination to the audio-visual experience as representation.
Object-Oriented France: The Philosophy of Tristan Garcia
Graham Harman
Tristan Garcia has garnered significant attention over the last several years. Winner of the 2008 Prix de Flore for his debut novel, La meilleure part des hommes (Gallimard), Garcia has been a prolific writer and is an exciting new philosophical voice. Harman presents a lengthy discussion of Garcia's Forme et objet (PUF); an introduction to a text certain to significantly impact English-speaking thinkers for decades to come.
The Poetry of Jeroen Mettes
Samuel Vriezen

Five years after his suicide, Jeroen Mettes' collected poetry has been published. With this introductory essay are excerpts from Mettes' path-clearing N30. As Vriezen explains, Mettes read poetry for political reasons: to see whether poetry could offer a way to deal with a political world he detested. His poetry is an attempt to bridge the divide between critical theory and the practice of social life.

Political Poetry: A Few Notes. Poetics for N30
Jeroen Mettes
"This work was started in the shade of the anti-globalization protests at the end of November, 1999 [N30, ed.] I considered N30 to be the closure of the nineties, of my adolescence, and of a seemingly total extinction of social desire." So states the poet in his magnum opus. In no way was the Dutch poetry reading public prepared for N30; nothing like it had been written in Dutch before.
What does it mean to occupy?
Tim Gilman, Matt Statler
What work does an occupation do? What affordances are provided by refusing to articulate a platform for redressing public grievances? The authors provide here a brief aesthetic contemplation of the Occupy movement.
An Interview with Lance Olsen
Ben Segal
With over twenty books to his name, as editor or author, Lance Olsen is a cultural force unto himself. His latest book with Trevor Dodge, Architectures of Possibility (Raw Dog Screaming Press), is a writer's guide against transparent language, and predictable patterned literary convention. In this interview Olsen discusses radical pedagogy and experimental narrative theory and its practice.
Cumposition: Theses on Philosophy's Etymology
Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei
"If Love is a philosopher who practices the love of the good as the highest truth, an abyss opens: what is the truth of philosophy itself?" In this essay, Van Gerven Oei reminds us that the play(ing) on words is itself toward the impossible definition of those words. What mania drives philosophy if not paronomasia? Like any good joke, the story has to be circulated.
Cum on Feel the Noize
Jamie Allen
A brief review of Joseph Nechvatal's Immersion Into Noise available from Open Humanities Press. We include here a series of videos created using C++ and sounds. For more than twenty years Nechvatal has created art works at the intersections of robotics, noise, and video.