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Daniel Pastorius, <i>The Bee-Hive</i>, 1696

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"I am a Bee, (no Drone) tho' without Sting, / Here you may see, what Honey-Combs I bring. [...] What others did Contrive, I carry to my Hive."

− Daniel Pastorius, His Hive, Melliotrophium Alvear or, Rusca Apium, 1696

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Many of the artists and scholars Slought engages emphasize research as a fundamental component of their work. They evade distinctions between artist, critic and curator and challenge us to reconsider the politics of cultural writing and display.

We are interested in enabling this sensibility through our publications — objects that bear the concreteness of an archival record. Even so, we resist the tendency to reproduce artistic and scholarly work in conventional formats - for instance by publishing the proceedings of an academic colloquium or catalogues of an exhibition.

Rather, Slought seeks to extend beyond certain forms of knowledge and authority, and to cultivate a new community of readers. We hope to engage not just specialized audiences, but also those unfamiliar with the topic or simply curious.


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Philosophers Judith Butler, Hélène Cixous, Gayatri Spivak and others revisit the work of French-Algerian philosopher Jacques Derrida on the tenth anniversary of his death.

Artist Soun-Gui Kim engages Jacques Derrida, Jean-Luc Nancy and John Cage in conversation about the relation of artists to the globalized art world and market.

Artist Carolee Schneemann clarifies and deepens the inquiries of art history students about her life as an artist, surrounded by skeletons and emblems of precariousness.

Architect Teddy Cruz, Governor Sergio Fajardo, and ecologist Oscar Romo discuss the paradigm shift in urban development, social justice, and civic imagination across Latin America.

Philosophers, statesmen and members of the UN Security council engage in a filmed conversation about how to reduce geopolitical conflict, building upon Immanuel Kant's essay Perpetual Peace (1795).

Curator Günther Holler-Schuster assembles a selection of young positions in Austrian video art that critically explore technological progress and social power structures.

Artist Zoe Beloff and over 30 actors, activists and enthusiasts perform a street production of Bert Brecht's The Days of the Commune (1949), in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street.

Artist John Cage performs How to Get Started (1989), in which he explores the usefulness of improvisation and engages in an experiment with thinking in public, before a live audience.

Artist Osvaldo Romberg explores the relationships between painting, theater, and electronic media in a multimedia opera with humanoid puppets made of transparent acrylic.

Film and video works by media and conceptual artist Peter Weibel, in which the artist documents his critical impulse and turns against art - but also against society and media itself.

Artist and architect Vito Acconci reflects on his development as an artist, and discusses his relationship to the page, galleries, the streets of New York, and public environments.

Philosophers Alain Badiou and Simon Critchley engage in conversation about the politics of resistance and topics such as disappointment, heroism, and poetics.

Filmmaker Werner Herzog engages in conversation about aliens as a fixture of our imagination, the fundamental achievement of the human race, and the ecstasy of ski-flying.

Film and video works by artist Dennis Oppenheim, in which the artist enters into an intimate dialogue with his body, which he uses as a site of experimentation on the personal.


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Viennese Actionist Hermann Nitsch revists his Orgien Mysterien Theater (1962-) and other ritualistic performances since 1962, alongside scholarly commentary by Lorand Hegyi and others.

Art historian Joseph Masheck, writing in the analytical tradition of twentieth-century philosophical thought, explores aesthetics and Modernism through Paul Cézanne's post-impressionist paintings.

Scholars Eduardo Cadava and Aaron Levy join archival materials from the Rosenbach Museum with essays by Giorgio Agamben, Eyal Weizman and others in order to raise questions about citizenship, human rights, and the architecture of cities.

Editors Srdjan Weiss, Katherine Carl and Aaron Levy survey perspectives on power and evasion, with essays by Samuel Weber and others on human rights, geopolitical conflict, and sovereignty.

Poet, playwright and philosopher Hélène Cixous explores the relation of art and literature to cities and their destruction in this bilingual collaboration with artist Maria Chevska and her installation Vera's Room.

Conceptual artist William Anastasi recounts the life and work of artist John Cage, his friend and collaborator, and documents the visual and textual works that informed their ongoing dialogue.

Poet, painter, and critic Marjorie Welish, known for her independence from fixed schools of thought and a desire to re-think classifications, is the subject of essays by poets, visual artists, historians, and architects.

Editors Aaron Levy and William Menking explore the social and political history of the Venice Architecture Biennale and its responsiveness to the 1960s through unprecedented interviews with Paolo Portoghesi, Vittorio Gregotti and other founding directors.

Editors Aaron Levy and William Menking explore the relationship between architecture and display through four conversations in four cities with forty leading designers, theorists, editors, curators and funders.

Philosopher Immanuel Kant explores the idea of perpetual peace in the form of an international treaty between states, in a new printing inspired by the French-fold tradition of his time.

Theorists Avital Ronell, Gayatri Spivak, Anthony Vidler and others explore topics such as revolution, the politics of mourning and the unfilmable in a series of conversations.

Theorists Anthony Grafton, Thomas Keenan and others explore historical metaphors of beehives and a new culture of memory and archiving in this interdisciplinary approach to curatorial and institutional practice.

Conceptual artist Braco Dimitrijevic and his Tractatus Post-Historicus (1976), exploring the vagaries of chance, the whims of history, and the fickleness of celebrity are critically engaged by Jean-Hubert Martin and others.

Theorists Edward O'Neill, Mary Ann Doane and others engage photographs by Philadelphia artist Stefan Abrams and discuss the relationship between photography, cinema, and temporality.

Conceptual artist William Anastasi engages literary and artistic predecessors including Jarry, Joyce, Duchamp, and Cage, alongside scholarly commentary by Thomas McEvilley and others.