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.
"Our life is full of THINGS! From chocolate to cereal, football to flowers - and they all have LOGOs.
The LOGO board game is all about those logos AND the things wrapped up in them. It taps into the knowledge we’ve piled up over our lives & adds a few astonishing facts and surprises to entertain the whole family.
It’s easy to learn and fun to play. Just answer the questions to leap around the board. The first player to answer correctly in the winning zone - WINS!
 
For 2-6 players aged 12 to adult”

And this is what The Toy Lab has to say about the game. 
Friday 2/7/2014

(1 note)

surplus; labor; garbage;

"Our life is full of THINGS! From chocolate to cereal, football to flowers - and they all have LOGOs.

The LOGO board game is all about those logos AND the things wrapped up in them. It taps into the knowledge we’ve piled up over our lives & adds a few astonishing facts and surprises to entertain the whole family.

It’s easy to learn and fun to play. Just answer the questions to leap around the board. The first player to answer correctly in the winning zone - WINS!

 

For 2-6 players aged 12 to adult”

And this is what The Toy Lab has to say about the game. 



Greetings for the holidays with a trashed refrigerator set out on the curb decorated like a snowman with “Merry Christmas” inscription following Hurricane Katrina.

Carrollton neighborhood. New Orleans, December 2005

For more Katrina refrigerator art in New Orleans see



Photo by Infrogmation
Friday 12/20/2013

(1 note)

garbage; surplus; animism; unreadymade;

Greetings for the holidays with a trashed refrigerator set out on the curb decorated like a snowman with “Merry Christmas” inscription following Hurricane Katrina.
Carrollton neighborhood. New Orleans, December 2005
For more Katrina refrigerator art in New Orleans see

Photo by Infrogmation

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

Boyan Slat's Ocean Cleanup proposal for the Great Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch.
Friday 11/15/2013

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garbage; anthropocene;

Aimless Love, a poem by Billy Collins

This morning as I walked along the lakeshore,

I fell in love with a wren
and later in the day with a mouse
the cat had dropped under the dining room table.

In the shadows of an autumn evening,
I fell for a seamstress
still at her machine in the tailor’s window,
and later for a bowl of broth,
steam rising like smoke from a naval battle.

This is the best kind of love, I thought,
without recompense, without gifts,
or unkind words, without suspicion,
or silence on the telephone.

The love of the chestnut,
the jazz cap and one hand on the wheel.

No lust, no slam of the door –
the love of the miniature orange tree,
the clean white shirt, the hot evening shower,
the highway that cuts across Florida.

No waiting, no huffiness, or rancor –
just a twinge every now and then

for the wren who had built her nest
on a low branch overhanging the water
and for the dead mouse,
still dressed in its light brown suit.

But my heart is always propped up
in a field on its tripod,
ready for the next arrow.

After I carried the mouse by the tail
to a pile of leaves in the woods,
I found myself standing at the bathroom sink
gazing down affectionately at the soap,

so patient and soluble,
so at home in its pale green soap dish.
I could feel myself falling again
as I felt its turning in my wet hands
and caught the scent of lavender and stone.

For more see

Tuesday 11/5/2013

(1 note)

animism; garbage; surplus; fetish;

Optimundus, the new show by Jos de Gruyter and Harals Thys 

at M HKA closed yesterday.

In January 2014 it will be shown in Kunsthalle Wien.

Mark Rappaport on The Secret Life of Objectsfrom Rouge, issue 13, April 2009
Saturday 2/9/2013

fetish; garbage; film; surplus; unreadymade; display;

Mark Rappaport on The Secret Life of Objects

from Rouge, issue 13, April 2009

Monday 10/22/2012

(2 notes)

fetish; surplus; money; garbage; gold; commodities; debt; tv; marx; VLC;

In the Orozco Room at the New School, the conversation on Neomaterialism with cultural critic Noam Yuran focused on brands as these things that are actually made of money, and on money as a social relation that is both material and non-material thing, and on TV as the social factory where brands are being made, and on the production of scarcity through advertisements, and on the Ipad as the emblem of our relation to materials in a reality in which everything can be bought only to find its way to the garbage…..

Over the last four decades we have witnessed processes of dematerialization in various fields: money has been dematerialized with the dissolution of the gold standard, commodities have been dematerialized with the ascendance of brand names, and art practices were dematerialized by the emergence of movements such as conceptual art. Taken together, these processes can serve as a starting point for rethinking materialism. Rather than render the concept of materialism obsolete, they force us to ask whether we are finally able to understand what materialism was really about.

The conversation was organized and presented by the Vera List Center for Art and Politics, as part of its 2011-2013 curatorial focus theme Thingness, and in conjunction with the center’s New School class Art & the Political.

Anthropocene

Anthropocene is the name for our contemporary unit in the division of geological epochs. This is a man-influenced strata of Earth, dating back to the rise of agriculture and enhanced since the industrial revolution.

Wednesday 10/17/2012

garbage; geology; surplus; anthropocene;

Wednesday 8/29/2012

(1 note)

animism; artists; commodities; fetish; unreadymade; garbage;

Pure Products Go Crazy

Accompanying his feature in frieze d/e, Pablo Larios interviews artists Simon Denny, Yngve Holen and Marlie Mul on the use of commodities in their work. For the full article go here