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“Photographs are a way of imprisoning reality…One can’t possess reality, one can possess images—one can’t possess the present but one can possess the past.” —Susan Sontag, On Photography There is no need for us to extol the pervasive importance or sheer ubiquity of photographs in the digital age. These facts are undeniable; reports suggest that one…

As part of Serpentine Magazine‘s music issue, we bring you the music of our lives: Everyday Radio, an online exhibition of sound. Using the mobile application Periscope, a social media platform built around livestreaming video, the artists will remove the visual and broadcast purely audio. The app’s slogan is “Explore The World Through Someone Else’s Eyes” but…

Prelude I do not truly remember the first time I heard  ….. sofferte onde serene …1 in concert; in fact, I can’t remember exactly when my fascination with Luigi Nono’s composition actually began. As with many pieces, I remember hearing of its importance—its combined use of solo piano and tape2—from friends and colleagues long before…

I find it no small irony that, as I write this on a Turkish jet on my way to Berlin, I am writing an elegy for the passage of one of the last institutions of American air culture, one that has now slid into bankruptcy.  In an age where the amenities of air flight are disappearing…

Towards A Queer Mythology by Anne Pasek

With thanks to Matthew Hunter. Contemplating the turn from darkroom to digital methods, photographer Jeff Wall famously takes stock of the historical materiality of his medium in the 1989 essay “Photography and Liquid Intelligence.” In this short work, the fading form of analog photography is poetically described as a dynamic meeting of two distinct powers:…