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;

AGITATIONISM: EVA INTERNATIONAL - IRELAND’S BIENNIAL | Curated by Bassam El Baroni

In the past few years we have witnessed protests unfolding into serious unrest across many parts of the world. After initial excitement at this new global wave of voicing political demands, seasons change, and what was a novelty becomes a norm that lures many of us into the trap of trying to determine and define this previously undetermined phenomenon. Such engagements with current political upheavals can be termed agitations, an old philosophical term which denotes the extreme tension of the brain in its attempt to determine something perceived as previously undetermined—such as a sublime experience of nature. These agitations usually recast the sense of the human self accompanying all thinking into a clearly distinguishable entity, treating it as if it were something we could claim to really understand.

Agitationism, on the one hand, is the condition of living under a constant flow of agitations, including the ones that you inevitably sometimes produce yourself. However, it is also the process of ‘working through’ them with the aim of seeking adaptation to a logic situated somewhere else beyond the entrapment between past, present, and future—three tenses that overlap in the contemporary moment, creating a kind of palimpsest of half undone histories, half imagined futures, and a present of phantasms as a consequence. 

EVA International 2014 AGITATIONISM simulates the sense of living under agitation while capturing how we are slowly adapting to a different perception of the world by working through our relationships with historical ideologies, post-colonial narratives, other beings (including animals), and speculations about the not-so-distant future.

April 12 - July 6, 2014

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Tuesday 4/1/2014

display; ireland; animism; speculation;

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

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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

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magic; communism; display;

Ian Saville, "The Red Magician," presents: 

Magic for Socialism

TimeOut: "Ian Saville’s one-man show is a gloriously witty and consummately theatrical manifestation of what could become a whole new concept in political theatre. Launching himself with gay abandon from the basic situation provided by Brecht’s play ‘The Good Woman of Setzuan’, Saville provides a semi-autobiographical account of his own conversion from a mere purveyor of sleight-of-hand into a socialist magician…. Saville has taken the tired old tricks of the magic brigade and given them a whole new subversive meaning….An astoundingly funny display."

Thanks to Sharon Kivland

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

Wednesday 3/12/2014

surplus; display; commodities;

For the Paris fashion week, Karl Lagerfeld created a supermarket for his fall-winter Chanel fashion show.

Paris, 04.03.2014 

A-Z USE: Body of Work 


Works by: Tamar Ettun, Clynton Lowry, Trevor Tweeten, Felix R.Cid
Curated by: Maayan Strauss

Opening: Friday February 28, 6-10pm


Sushi Bar Gallery
62&#160;18th Street Brooklyn
11232 NY
www.sushibargallery.com
A-Z USE: Body of Work 
Works by: Tamar Ettun, Clynton Lowry, Trevor Tweeten, Felix R.Cid
Curated by: Maayan Strauss
Opening: Friday February 28, 6-10pm

Sushi Bar Gallery

62 18th Street Brooklyn

11232 NY

www.sushibargallery.com

Thursday 2/20/2014

display; simondon; magic;

Liat Berdugo, Sleight of Hands: On Magic and Technology

From: Goods Symposium, MoBY, 26.12.2013

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;