When Osama bin Laden was assassinated earlier this year, it was an uncanny coincidence that I happened to be reading Mira Schors essay chronicling the days after September 11.
FashionEast, opens with a self-evident, though provocative, question: Can fashiona phenomenon deeply rooted in its own past and the past of Western civilizationstart from zero? The answer is implicit in the question: no, it cannot.
During the 1990s, a surge of underground music flooded popular culture. The mainstream success of such bands as Nirvana, Green Day, and Offspring was built outside of corporate influence, on a groundswell of support from the do-it-yourself punk and independent music scenes.
Markus Miessen has been working on dismantling the notion of participation for a while now. The Nightmare of Participation (Crossbench Praxis as a Mode of Criticality) (Sternberg Press, 2011) comes after Did Someone Say Participate? An Atlas of Spatial Practice (MIT Press, 2006) and The Violence of Participation (Sternberg, 2007).