Management – Spring 2017
Speculation – Summer 2017
Secularity – Autumn 2017
PARSE Journal issue #5: “Management”
Release: spring 2017
Contributors: Erling Björgvinsson, Khaldun Bshara, Carla Cruz, Mark Fisher, Andrea Francke and Ross Jardine, Karin Hansson, Christopher Newfield, Apolonija Šušteršič and Dari Bae
Editors: Henric Benesch, Erling Björgvinsson and Andrea Phillips
Management is treated as a separate domain to the field of contemporary creative practice yet it becomes increasingly significant within a culture of precarious labour relations and self-industrialisation. This issue of PARSE asks if conceptualising management as troublesome and uncreative allows us to externalise the rhythms and protocols of macro-politics against our micropolitics.
Many of us spend time managing our administrative and aesthetic relations to the world. A performance, a production, an exhibition, a concert, a talk are situations that not only require self-management but depend upon coproduction, delegation and various collective efforts. It is in administrating our collective affairs that forms of aesthetic solidarity between organisers emerge.
Dedicated to Mark Fisher 1968–2017.
PARSE Journal issue #6: “Speculation”
Release: summer 2017
Contributors: Adam Dzidowski, Didier Debaise and Isabelle Stenger, Costas Lapavitsas, Valérie Pihet, Fabien Siouffi, Jonas Staal, Fabriozzio Terranova, Ming Tsao
Editors: Dave Beech, Anders Hultqvist and Valérie Pihet
This issue of PARSE addresses art and design practices under a condition in which financial speculation and populist political visions sit uncomfortably with modes of critical action in probing alternative futures.
Speculation has been suspect for its correlation with the logic of financial markets and dynamics of capital within which arts and design practices embedded. But speculation is also a characteristic of utopian thinking and revolutionary prefigurement.
Could ‘speculation’ in artistic practices be regarded as revitalising and redefining what risk and wealth can mean, what agency can be? Could speculation be related to the creation of possibilities, rather than to the abstract logic of probabilities?
GIBCA 2017 and PARSE Journal special issue on “Secularity”
Release: autumn 2017
Contributors: Klas Grinell, Anna Petersson, Gunnar Sandin, Mi You and Eszter Szakacs, Prateek Vashist, Fahrettin Ersin Alaca, Azadeh Fatehrad, Hans Joas, Saba Mahmood, Ruba Katrib, Gerard Loughlin, Simone Kotva
Editors: Nav Haq, Andrea Phillips and Ola Sigurdson
Secularity is based on the principle of a separation of religious belief (and non-belief) from the state. Contemporary Western liberal secularity strives to create conditions that protect four civic cornerstones: political and social equality, minority rights, religious freedom, and the legal separation of private and public domains.
Yet, in the midst of geo-political upheavals secularity finds itself now in crisis. This issue of PARSE will examine how liberal secularity is now under acute pressure, part of an increasing global consciousness of fear, oppression, racism, insecurity and precarity. How can we sustain freedoms—social, sexual, cultural or religious—in a situation of stark cultural differences?