[Autonogram] December Autonogram: Calendars, Mayhem, Merrymaking & Books

Stevphen Shukaitis stevphen at autonomedia.org
Thu Dec 17 11:58:50 EST 2009

Greetings Autonogram Subscribers,

Here we find ourselves in December, with winter approaching and the  
days growing shorter. But thankfully this does not just mean the end  
of the year, but also the start of another, and with that the release  
of the 2010 Autonomedia Calendar of Jubilee Saints. Here’s to another  
year of radical media making, occupying and subverting from California  
to Copenhagen, and general trouble making and mischief! So without  
further ado, here’s some recent developments:

1. 2010 Autonomedia Calendar of Jubilee Saints:
Radical Heroes for the New Millennium

2. Creating Insecurity:
Art and Culture in the Age of Security
Edited by Wolfgang Sützl & Geoff Cox

3. New Distribution Titles

4. Upcoming events


	1.	  2010 Autonomedia Calendar of Jubilee Saints
Radical Heroes for the New Millennium!

Autonomedia’s Jubilee Saints Calendar for 2010! Our 18th annual wall  
calendar, with artwork by James Koehnline, and text by the Autonomedia  

Hundreds of radical cultural and political heroes are celebrated here,  
along with the animating ideas that continue to guide this project — a  
reprieve from the 500-year-long sentence to life-at-hard-labor that  
the European colonization of the “New World” and the ensuing  
devastations of the rest of the world has represented. It is  
increasingly clear — at the dawn of this new millennium — that the  
Planetary Work Machine will not rule forever!

Celebrate with this calendar on which every day is a holiday! Ships  
within 24 hours.



	2.	  Creating Insecurity
Art and Culture in the Age of Security
DATA Browser Number 4
Edited by Wolfgang Sützl & Geoff Cox

Today we are facing extreme and most dangerous developments in the  
thought of security. In the course of a gradual neutralization of  
politics and the progressive surrender of traditional tasks of the  
state, security imposes itself as the basic principle of state  
activity. What used to be one among several decisive measures of  
public administration until the first half of the twentieth century,  
now becomes the sole criterion of political legitimation. The thought  
of security entails an essential risk. A state which has security as  
its sole task and source of legitimacy is a fragile organism; it can  
always be provoked by terrorism to become itself terrorist.

Following the words of Giorgio Agamben (from his 2001 article “On  
Security and Terror”), security has become the basic principle of  
international politics after 9/11, and the “sole criterion of  
political legitimation.” But security – reducing plural, spontaneous  
and surprising phenomena to a level of calculability – also seems to  
operate against a political legitimacy based on possibilities of  
dissent, and stands in clear opposition to artistic creativity. Being  
uncalculable by nature, art is often incompatible with the demands of  
security and consequently viewed as a “risk,” leading to the arrest of  
artists, and a neutralization of innovative environments for the sake  
of security.

Yet precisely the position of art outside the calculable seems to  
bring about a new politicization of art, and some speak of art as  
“politics by other means.” Has art become the last remaining enclave  
of a critique of violence? Yet how “risky” can art be?

The contributors to DATA browser 04: CREATING INSECURITY address these  
questions at the intersection of art, technology, and politics.

Contributors from Giorgio Agamben, Konrad Becker, Bureau of Inverse  
Technology, Geoff Cox, Florian Cramer, glorious ninth, Brian Holmes,  
carlos katastrofsky, Martin Knahl, Norbert Koppensteiner, Daniela  
Ingruber, The Institute for Applied Autonomy, Naeem Mohaiemen, Mukul  
Patel, Luis Silva, Wolfgang Sützl, Tiziana Terranova, and McKenzie Wark.



	3.  New Distribution Titles

Upsetting the Offset: The Political Economy of Carbon Markets
Edited by Steffen Böhm & Siddhartha Dabhi

Upsetting the Offset engages critically with the political economy of  
carbon markets. It presents a range of case studies and critiques from  
around the world, showing how the scam of carbon markets affects the  
lives of communities. But the book doesn’t stop there. It also  
presents a number of alternatives to carbon markets which enable  
communities to live in real low-carbon futures.

“If you wondered whether capitalism could ever produce the perfect  
weapon of its own destruction, try this heady mix of carbon fuels, the  
trade in financial derivatives, and more than a dash of neo- 
colonialism, and boom! But this book is far from resigned to that  
fate. After examining the case against carbon trading… the book turns  
to alternatives, to hope, to sanity, and to the future.” Professor  
Stefano Harney, Queen Mary, University of London, UK

Shalom Neuman
40 Years of Fusion Art, 1967–2007
An oversized, full-color, hardbound retrospective volume surveying the  
visual and “fusion” art of Shalom Neuman, with accompanying texts by  
Enrico Baj, Donald Kuspit and Robert Morgan, an interview with Neuman  
conducted by Tsaurah Litzky, and photos by James Dee, Deborah Fries  
and Francis James.


The Polymath:
or, Life & Opinions of Samuel R. Delany, Gentleman
By Fred Barney Taylor

A feature-length cinematic portrait of this larger-than-life iconic  
figure, fluidly fusing meditative and experimental imagery,  
autobiographical anecdotes, family home movies, and literary excerpts  
to produce a stylized and highly unusual documentary. The film's  
nonlinear structure follows Delany's own use of autobiography, science- 
fiction, social criticism, pornography and semiotics. Also features an  
appearance by novelist Jonathan Lethem. The bonus disc contains 2 and  
1/2 hours of never-before-seen Delany interviews and includes the full  
version of his own film, The Orchid. 2 DVD set, 80+150 min.



	4. Upcoming events

East Coast Release Events for Imaginal Machines
All power to the imagination? Over the past forty years to invoke the  
imagination as a basis for radical politics has become a cliché: a  
rhetorical utilization of ideas already in circulation. But what  
exactly is radical imagination? Come join us to celebrate the release  
of Imaginal Machines: Autonomy & Self-Organization in the Revolutions  
of Everyday Life (Autonomedia / Minor Compositions), a new book by  
Stevphen Shukaitis exploring the potentials and limits of collective  
imagination in social movement organizing. Shukaitis will be doing a  
series of events on the east coast to celebrate its release Dates will  
	Red Emma’s (http://redemmas.org), Baltimore, January 6th
	Wooen Shoe (http://woodenshoebooks.com), Philadelphia, January 7th
	Bluestockings (http://bluestockings.com), New York, January 8th

And finally, while this is not an Autonomedia events, the folks at Red  
Emma’s are so wonderful we just had to throw in a mention of their  
five year anniversary and Red & Black Ball.

Celebrate Five Years of Red Emma’s at the Red & Black Ball!
December 19, 2010 7:30PM - 11PM, at 2640 Saint Paul Street

That's right my fellow mischief-makers: the Red Emma’s Red and Black  
Ball returns again this year on December 19! Join the Red Emma's  
collective as we celebrate the traditional anarchist gift-giving  
season with an all-out, over-the-top evening of revelry in your  
Victorian-era red and black finest! Think Victorian-era dances,  
parlour games, phrenology, and, of course, spirits to warm your body  
and soul. Think renaissance festival dress gone anarchist. Think  
steampunk. Think Alan Moore (“V for Vendetta,” “League of  
Extraordinary Gentlemen”). Live and DJ’d music throughout the evening,  
as well as performances, games, "etiquette" lessons, phrenology, and  
more, led by our very own Master of Ceremonies, Ryan Coffman, with the  
help of a variety of Baltimore favorites! Plus ... freakin’ amazing  
vegan cake. And booze.

Last year’s Red and Black Ball was possibly one of our favorite events  
we’ve ever pulled together ... and this year's ball is sure to be even  
better, because it also doubles as our fifth anniversary party! So  
pull out that fancy dress you picked up at a thrift store; borrow your  
brother’s tuxedo! Make a mask, or grab one at the door! This is the  
holiday party you don't want to miss ... come out and celebrate with us!

It all takes place at 2640 Saint Paul Street, December 19, starting at  
7:30PM. Tickets are $10-$15 sliding scale, and include food and a free  
drink. Masks provided for those who need them. Proper attire is NOT  
required, but isn’t it more fun to cobble a costume together? Email info at redemmas.org 
  for more info ... this event is all-ages, and no one turned away for  
lack of funds.


That, me thinks, is all for now. A happy jubilee to all, and to all a  
good night.


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