Neomaterialism is a blog run by Joshua Simon, curator and writer and a 2011-2013 Vera List Center Fellow at the New School, who is researching expanded notions of Thingness.


The aim of this blog is to examine the order of things today. How come symbols behave like materials (“fake” and “real” brands)? Why have commodities become the historical subject (do we furnish our world with IKEA or rather we dwell in its world)? Are humans reduced to simply absorbing surpluses (with baby diapers being a form of child labor)? How labor has shifted from production to consumption? Why is everything we do is work (even when we are not employed) and how can a generation overqualified for the labor market can change everything?


This blog hosts source materials and documents, together with commentary and analysis.

Re-introducing different notions of dialectical materialism into the already established conversation on the subjectivity of things, Neomaterialism challenges the investigation which the new-materialists have begun, relating it to labor, debt, credit, animisim and alienation, life-taxes and social organization.


With the book Neomaterialism (Sternberg Press, 2013), available in stores now the blog also operates as an ongoing archive for references, reviews and events.

NYC Book Launch: What Money Wants — An Economy of Desire | Panel Discussion with Author Noam Yuran

Book Launch: What Money Wants — An Economy of Desire | Panel Discussion with Author Noam Yuran

21 October 2014

06:30 PM - 08:30 PM

8th floor, 239 Greene Street, New York University, New York, NY 10003

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The Cultures of Finance Group at the NYU Institute for Public Knowledge invite you to join us for the US launch and panel discussion of Noam Yuran’s What Money Wants: An Economy of Desire from Stanford University Press. This event will be hosted by the Department of Media, Culture and Communication at NYU Steinhardt, on the 8th floor of 239 Greene Street. In conversation with Noam are scholars Arjun Appadurai, Ben Kafka, Ben Lee, and Robert Wosnitzer. 

Throughout the second half of the 20th century, economics has suppressed its long lasting association with philosophy. Its basic concepts, such as money, exchange, goods or capital, whose meanings were traditionally subject to philosophical controversies, appear today as purely technical terms. This technical form that economic language wears reflects a categorical philosophical resolution which has been made, and thus no longer appears philosophical. If that is the case, then answering the challenge to rethink economics, raised at the wake of recent financial crises, cannot stop short of reopening suppressed philosophical questions.

What Money Wants addresses this challenge through the question of money. It attempts to conceptualize money as an object of desire. As this possibility is comprehensively rejected by contemporary economic thought, it necessitates a comprehensive reformulation of the philosophical foundations of economics. The book shows that such foundations can be found in the works of thinkers who were banished from the discipline as part of the crystallization of the contemporary orthodox framework, primarily Karl Marx, Thorstein Veblen, Max Weber and Georg Simmel.

The book explores the philosophical implications of grounding money on desire as well as the new light it sheds on contemporary capitalism. It argues that we need to reread Marx and Veblen in order to better understand economic phenomena such as brand names, finance, consumer society and more.

Noam Yuran is a lecturer at the Department of Politics and Government in Ben Gurion University in Israel and a research fellow at the Minerva Humanities Center at Tel Aviv University.

Monday 10/20/2014

book; display; NYC; WMW;

ltd presents…Barak Zemer | Cold Feet, Sweaty Hands
17 October - 18 November 2014
7561 W. Sunset Blvd #103 Los Angeles, CA 90046
Opening Reception | Friday 17 October | 7-10p
Tuesday 10/14/2014

(2 notes)

ornament; unreadymade;

ltd presentsBarak Zemer | Cold Feet, Sweaty Hands

17 October - 18 November 2014

7561 W. Sunset Blvd #103
Los Angeles, CA 90046

Opening Reception | Friday 17 October | 7-10p

Paul Shortt: Essentially Qualified at Pleasant Plains Workshop
Closing: Saturday, October 18th. Artist talk the same day at 1pm

2608 Georgia Avenue NW Washington, DC 20001
Hours: Thurs & Fri 2-7pm, Sat 1-6pm

Image: Intern as Artwork (2014) features performer Michael Schiffer searching for jobs as a performance in the gallery
Monday 10/6/2014

(1 note)

overqualified; immaterial labor;

Paul Shortt: Essentially Qualified at Pleasant Plains Workshop

Closing: Saturday, October 18th. Artist talk the same day at 1pm

2608 Georgia Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20001

Hours:
Thurs & Fri 2-7pm, Sat 1-6pm

Image: Intern as Artwork (2014) features performer Michael Schiffer searching for jobs as a performance in the gallery

Next year in Melbourne and/or Marabou…
For more details see

Next year in Melbourne and/or Marabou…

For more details see

John Dante Bianchi exhibition at Thierry Goldberg Gallery
October 12 - November 9, 2014
103 Norfolk Street
New York, NY 10002
Wednesday – Sunday, 11-6:00PM

John Dante Bianchi exhibition at Thierry Goldberg Gallery

October 12 - November 9, 2014

103 Norfolk Street

New York, NY 10002

Wednesday – Sunday, 11-6:00PM

Container Artist Residency at Storefront for Art and Architecture, curated by Maayan Strauss

Container takes artists onboard commercial container carriers along existing international shipping routes. Hosting artists in the ships’ available cabins, this backstage pass provides firsthand encounter with maritime shipping. Container challenges the traditional idea of studio residencies and invites artists to work within a unique intersection of industry, culture and technology. The residency’s geographic location can only be defined in relation to the various shipping routes and the nexus of destinations that form the backdrop of global trade. Anchored in a context without a fixed physical location, Container foregrounds global commerce as the artist’s own immediate work environment.

Read more here

Container is shown as part of World Wide Srorefront 

September 26 – November 21, 2014 

Storefront for Art and Architecture

97 Kenmare Street

New York, NY 10012

Tel. 212.431.5795

info@storefrontnews.org

Tues. – Sat. 11:00AM – 6:00PM

Closed Sunday and Monday

Puddle, pothole, portal at the SculptureCenter, co-curated by Ruba Katrib and Camille Henrot, featuring works by Olga Balema, Joachim Bandau, Camille Blatrix, Teresa Burga, Antoine Catala, Abigail DeVille, Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys, Judith Hopf, Jamian Juliano-Villani, Allison Katz, Mark Leckey, Maria Loboda, Win McCarthy, Danny McDonald, Marlie Mul, Mick Peter, Chadwick Rantanen, Lucie Stahl, Saul Steinberg, Keiichi Tanaami, Lina Viste Grønli, and Jordan Wolfson. 

On a related matter, a video by artist Lior Waterman uploaded to the Facebook group Soft Gardening, dedicated to the emotional relations between humans and plats  

Puddle, pothole, portal at the SculptureCenter, co-curated by Ruba Katrib and Camille Henrot, featuring works by Olga Balema, Joachim Bandau, Camille Blatrix, Teresa Burga, Antoine Catala, Abigail DeVille, Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys, Judith Hopf, Jamian Juliano-Villani, Allison Katz, Mark Leckey, Maria Loboda, Win McCarthy, Danny McDonald, Marlie Mul, Mick Peter, Chadwick Rantanen, Lucie Stahl, Saul Steinberg, Keiichi Tanaami, Lina Viste Grønli, and Jordan Wolfson. 

On a related matter, a video by artist Lior Waterman uploaded to the Facebook group Soft Gardening, dedicated to the emotional relations between humans and plats  

Neomaterialism copy at Pro-qm Berlin
Thanks to Nitzan Wolanski
Thursday 9/18/2014

book; display;

Neomaterialism copy at Pro-qm Berlin

Thanks to Nitzan Wolanski

A seminar by Andreas Bunte on the book Neomaterialism at the Oslo National Academy of Arts.
Wednesday 9/17/2014

book; study;

A seminar by Andreas Bunte on the book Neomaterialism at the Oslo National Academy of Arts.

Tuesday 9/16/2014

labor; surplus; dividual; circulation;