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.
Thursday 4/10/2014

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book; display; nyc;

What Money Wants: An Economy of Desire by Noam Yuran | Stanford University Press

Out Now!

cover for What Money Wants

Noam Yuran’s What Money Wants: An Economy of Desire (Stanford University Press): 

Noam Yuran’s brilliant book offers a new point of view about the relationship between money and the desire for it. Arguing that desire is built into the nature of money and is not an external attachment to it, Yuran opens up new readings of Marx, Veblen, and Weber, and also gives readers a new perspective on the ways in which money can inspire excess and destabilize economies. This book will be of great interest to economists, philosophers, and social theorists.”—Arjun Appadurai, New York University

One thing all mainstream economists agree upon is that money has nothing whatsoever to do with desire. This strange blindness of the profession to what is otherwise considered to be a basic feature of economic life serves as the starting point for this provocative new theory of money. Through the works of Karl Marx, Thorstein Veblen, and Max Weber, What Money Wantsargues that money is first and foremost an object of desire. In contrast to the common notion that money is but an ordinary object that people believe to be money, this book explores the theoretical consequences of the possibility that an ordinary object fulfills money’s function insofar as it is desired as money. Rather than conceiving of the desire for money as pathological, Noam Yuran shows how it permeates economic reality, from finance to its spectacular double in our consumer economy of addictive shopping. Rich in colorful and accessible examples, from the work of Charles Dickens to Reality TV and commercials, this book convinces us that we must return to Marx and Veblen if we are to understand how brand names, broadcast television, and celebrity culture work. Analyzing both classical and contemporary economic theory, it reveals the philosophical dimensions of the controversy between orthodox and heterodox economics.

2014, Available Now

 

Sunday 4/6/2014

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money; book;

Sculpture Center Conversations: Neomaterialism | Saturday, April 12 2pm

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SC Conversations: Neomaterialism
Saturday, April 12, 2pm
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SculptureCenter is pleased to present the New York City book launch of Neomaterialism (Sternberg Press, 2013). Following the ideas presented in his new book, Joshua Simon’s talk will engage with notions of the commodity, the general intellect, debt, labor, subjectivity, thingness, the dialect of material and dialectical materialism.
 
Joshua Simon is director and chief curator at MoBY – Museums of Bat Yam. He is co-founding editor of Maayan Magazine for literature, poetry and ideas, Maarvon (Western) – New Film Magazine, and The New & Bad Art Magazine, all based in Tel Aviv-Jaffa. Simon is a 2011-2013 fellow at the Vera List Center for Art and Politics, The New School, New York, and a PhD candidate at the Curatorial/Knowledge program  at Goldsmiths College, University of London. He is the editor of Solution 196-213: United States of Palestine-Israel (Sternberg Press, 2011), and author ofNeomaterialism (Sternberg Press, 2013)
 
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LIVING LABOR: MARXISM AND PERFORMANCE STUDIES
APRIL 11-13, 2014 DEPARTMENT OF PERFORMANCE STUDIES, NEW YORK UNIVERSITY, 721 BROADWAY
Capital is dead labor, which, vampire-like, lives only by sucking living labor, and lives the more, the more labor it sucks.—Karl Marx, Capital, Vol. 1
FRIDAY APRIL 11, 2014
TRACES (10:00AM – 11:45AM)
The Traces of Their Hands: Women’s Work at American Animation Studios, 1928-1961Hannah Frank (University of Chicago)“Do they hold as much mystery for you as they do for me?”: On Jean-Pierre Gorin’s My Crasy Life and Documentary ImprovisationsAnthony Yooshin Kim (University of California, San Diego)Frozen History: Sound, Ice, and Mexican MarxismsIván A. Ramos (University of California, Berkeley)▣世界から解放され▣ or, “To be freed from the world”: Vaporwave and the Sonic-Affective Glitching of Real SubsumptionNick Bazzano (New York University)
ANIMATE THINGS (10:00AM – 11:45AM)
Theater of Circulation: Marxist Fembots in Walt Disney’s Carousel of ProgressLi Cornfeld (McGill University)Replica Res Publica: A Theoretical Consideration of Japanese Replica FoodKsenia Sidorenko (Yale University)Neomaterialism: the dialect of matter and dialectical materialismJoshua Simon (MoBY-Museums of Bat Yam; Goldsmiths College)
For more on the schedule go here. 
Contact: livinglaborconference@gmail.com

LIVING LABOR: MARXISM AND PERFORMANCE STUDIES

APRIL 11-13, 2014 DEPARTMENT OF PERFORMANCE STUDIES, NEW YORK UNIVERSITY, 721 BROADWAY

Capital is dead labor, which, vampire-like, lives only by sucking living labor, and lives the more, the more labor it sucks.

—Karl Marx, Capital, Vol. 1

FRIDAY APRIL 11, 2014

TRACES (10:00AM – 11:45AM)

The Traces of Their Hands: Women’s Work at American Animation Studios, 1928-1961
Hannah Frank (University of Chicago)

“Do they hold as much mystery for you as they do for me?”: On Jean-Pierre Gorin’s My Crasy Life and Documentary Improvisations
Anthony Yooshin Kim (University of California, San Diego)

Frozen History: Sound, Ice, and Mexican Marxisms
Iván A. Ramos (University of California, Berkeley)

▣世界から解放され▣ or, “To be freed from the world”: Vaporwave and the Sonic-Affective Glitching of Real Subsumption
Nick Bazzano (New York University)

ANIMATE THINGS (10:00AM – 11:45AM)

Theater of Circulation: Marxist Fembots in Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress
Li Cornfeld (McGill University)

Replica Res Publica: A Theoretical Consideration of Japanese Replica Food
Ksenia Sidorenko (Yale University)

Neomaterialism: the dialect of matter and dialectical materialism
Joshua Simon (MoBY-Museums of Bat Yam; Goldsmiths College)

For more on the schedule go here

Contact: livinglaborconference@gmail.com

Saturday 3/22/2014

display; laxart; book;

LA><ART 
2640 S. La Cienega Blvd. 
Los Angeles, CA 90034 
Monday, April 7, 2014 at 7pm
Please RSVP for this free event at: rsvp@laxart.org

Thursday 2/27/2014

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unreadymade; book; neomaterialism;

p-dpa:

Neomaterialism by Joshua Simon, designed by Avi Bohbot (2013)

Neomaterialism explores the meaning of the world of commodities and re-introduces various notions of dialectical materialism into the conversation on the subjectivity and vitality of things. Reflecting on general intellect as labor and on the subjugation of an overqualified generation to the neo-feudal order of debt finance, Neomaterialism merges traditions of epic communism with the communism that is already here.

The xeroxing distorts the book cover, echoing the duality between the palpable presence of the object and its mass produced clones.

See also: The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction by Walter Benjamin, designed by David Pearson.

(Source: avibohbot.com)

PIET ZWART INSTITUTE POSTGRADUATE STUDIES AND RESEARCH PRESENTS:

Joshua Simon’s Neomaterialism: The Unreadymade and the Dividual

Time: 19 hr

Date: Wednesday January 22nd, 2014

Location: Piet Zwart Institute Master Fine Art, Karel Doormanhof 45 3012 CJ Rotterdam 

In MATERIALITIES, a lecture series organized by the artists enrolled in the Master of Fine Art program at the Piet Zwart Institute

As an art institute fueled by our research and practice, we have collectively found ourselves considering, on a daily basis, how research is materialized and how, in turn, the material realm drives research. Theoretical, contextual, and material concerns are equally expressed in our work and we have identified a number of materialities that have crystallized out of negotiations between them. These materialities include material as methodology, research material, the material of language, the ruins of material, the material experiential, and theory of the material. The emergence of these multiple threads in our own research and practice has consequently led us to query this seemingly material moment. This series of public conversations opens up a dialogue around the material, investigates such materialities, and explores why materiality matters, now. 
We are delighted to launch this series with Joshua Simon’s lecture Neomaterialism: The Unreadymade and the Dividual
Following up on ideas presented in his book Neomaterialism (Sternberg Press, 2013), Joshua Simon will engage with notions of the commodity, the general intellect, debt, labor, subjectivity, thingness, the dialect of material and dialectical materialism. With labor moving from production to consumption, the meaning of it shifts from alienation to debt, and things, actual things, change. With an overqualified generation subjected to a debt economy, we will look at how post-appropriation display strategies such as the unreadymade are introduced, and how by a series of conversions we now face ourselves and things as dividuals.

Joshua Simon is director and chief curator at MoBY - Museums of Bat Yam. He is co-founding editor ofMaayan Magazine for literature, poetry and ideas, Maarvon (Western) - New Film Magazine, and The New & Bad Art Magazine, all based in Tel Aviv-Jaffa. Simon is a 2011-2013 fellow at the Vera List Center for Art and Politics, The New School, New York, and a PhD candidate at the Curatorial/Knowledge program at Goldsmiths College, University of London. He is the editor of Solution 196-213: United States of Palestine-Israel (Sternberg Press, 2011), author of Neomaterialism (Sternberg Press, 2013), and co-curator of Goods (together with Liz Hagag), which is now on view at MoBY.

Future speakers include: Caroline Bergvall, Geoffrey Farmer, Mark Leckey, and more…

For further information: http://pzwart.wdka.nl/pzi/News/Nieuwspagina/?article=2026

Thursday 1/16/2014

display; dividual; unreadymade; book;

Goods – Symposium 

MoBY – Museums of Bat Yam

Thursday 26 December 2013

11am-6:30pm

 

 

 

Goods - 11am-1pm

Joshua Simon (Director and Chief curator, MoBY – Museums of Bat Yam)

Neomaterialism

Galit Wellner (Department for Science, Technology & Society (STS), Bar-Ilan University).

Gilbert Simondon and the Ontogenesis of a Work of Art

Liat Berdugo (Artist, USA/Israel)

Sleight of Hand: on Magic and Technology

 

Life/Object - 1:15pm-2:45pm

Anat Danon Sivan (Associate Curator, Department of Israeli Art, Tel Aviv Museum of Art)

About the Machine

Neta Sobol (Academic College, Safed; Bina secular Yeshiva)

Transition Objects - Objects as gates between Worlds

Tamar Nissim (Artist, Israel)

House of Wonder

 

The Readymade Centennial - 3pm-4:30pm

Ruti Direktor (Chief Curator, Haifa Museum of Art)

Readymade art

Adina Kamien-Kazhdan (Curator of Modern Art, Israel Museum, Jerusalem)

Paradox of the Original and its Reinterpretation: Marcel Duchamp and Man Ray’s Editioned Replicas

Ido Barel (Artist, Israel)

Appropriation, discomfort…

 

The Language of Things - 4:45pm-6:15pm

Assaf Gruber (Artist, Berlin)

MaCgyver: Memories of a Repairman

Noam Yuran (Ben Gurion University; Tel Aviv University)

Dark Matter: The stuff commodities are made of

Julia Moritz (Curator of Theory, Kunsthalle Zürich)

Night at the Museum

 

Free admission to the symposium and exhibition 

 

MoBY – Museums of Bat Yam

6 Struma St., Bat Yam

Tel. +9723-6591140

info@moby.org.il

www.moby.org.il

 

For more information:www.facebook.com/moby.batyam

&#8220;Show Me What You&#8217;ve Got - Do we live in an age of panicky materialism?&#8221;
 Jan Verwoert discusses Neomaterialism in Frieze magazine(issue 159, November 2013).
Wednesday 11/27/2013

book; debt;