ESP ISSUE 2
THE GLITCH IN THE ART SYSTEM
Issue 2 unpacks the notion of the ‘glitch’ in the art system. In reference to Glitch Feminism: A Manifesto (Verso, 2020), where Legacy Russell explores cyber feminism through the concept of a glitch: a mistake, a bug in the system—to be embraced as a liberating force against systems of oppression—here we examine the current state of the art world. Issues of representation; the future of ownership; ongoing power imbalances... to understand how to tackle the changes that need to be made in the arts and beyond.
Legacy Russell addresses the art world dilemma, and Hans Ulrich Obrist interviews Marina Abramović and Todd Eckert on Mixed Reality, while Joseph Constable interviews Michael Xufu Huang and members of X Museum. Yang Wang and Zhenzhen Qi of zzyw reflect on the space between code and mystery. Jack Self, Keller Easterling, Counterspace, The Forest Curriculum, and Andria Hickey review the realities of physical and digital spaces. A comprehensive Q&A on the art market with 11 different artists, curators, sociologists, critics, and collectors, while Elena Zavelev observes the digitisation of the art market. Also featuring interviews with Olafur Eliasson and cognitive scientist/poet Pireeni Sundaralingam on re-humanising the planet, along with a conversation on the poetics of ecology with filmmaker Manthia Diawara. Complete with original illustrations proposing the merge of the virtual and physical by Rudy Guedj.
Also in the issue—
REVIEWS on a football game between Paris Saint-Germain vs the Istanbul Başakşehir, Emanuele Coccia’s Metamorphoses, Alexei Navalny’s prison sentence, the status of exoskeletons, a K-pop logo, Puerto Rican hip-hop, Takeshi Fukunaga’s film Ainu Mosir, and more... from Kim Heecheon, Carlos Manuel Álvarez, Abhijan Toto, Ben Ware, Lantian XIe, Alaa Mansour, Caleb Azumah Nelson, Paul Mendez, Kohei Saito, Damien Jalet, Graham Harman, Minna Salami, ChenQuifan aka Stanley Quifan Chen, Kentaro Takahashi, Sulki & Min, Ahmed & Rashid bin Shabib, Maryse Condé, Abigail Assor, RAW Material Company, Tash Aw, Wang Bing, Adilkhan Yerzhanov, Hera Chan, Nadya Tolokonnikova, Reza Negarestani, Stan Sharifullin, Alexander Burenkov, Vasantha Yogananthan, Roan Ching-Yueh, Aqui Thami, Shih-Li Kow, Jason Y. Ng, Mohamed Mbougar Sarr, Shiori Ito.
SOURCES from 18 people, 18 cities. These pages offer a glimpse into recent reads, music, films, and favourite art spaces from Turbo (Amman), Edmund Yeo (Kuala Lumpur), Sunny Dolat (Nairobi), Alva Noto (Berlin), Frida Orupabo (Oslo), Kwangho Lee (Seoul), Sofía Quirós Ubeda (San José), Maha Maamoun (Cairo), Femi Adeyemi (London), Theseus Chan (Singapore), Ram Ozeri (Jerusalem), Bárbara Sánchez-Kane (Mexico City), Naohiro Ukawa (Tokyo), Beth Wilkinson (Melbourne), Lin Zhipeng aka No.223 (Beijing), Billie Zangewa (Johannesburg).
ESSAYS—‘Reading Philosophy in Palestine’ from Adania Shibli, ‘Tiny Traumas’ from Christine Sun Kim, ‘The Graph and the Glitch’ from Experimental Jetset, ‘Look for Good News’ from Jacques Attali, ‘Searching for Universal Languages’ from Tony László.