The central form for Triple Canopy’s publishing activities is the magazine issue. Issues may include digital works of art and literature, public conversations, books, editions, performances, and exhibitions. New issues are devoted to the collaborative production of bodies of knowledge around specific questions and concerns. Issues are published over the course of several months, often concurrently, at a rate of approximately three per year.

Unknown States

How do fictions give rise to nations and nationalities? How do those fictions work, and for whom? Unknown States considers stories that come to be understood as real and fundamental to a common identity, used to differentiate between citizen and alien, friend and enemy. This issue also takes up stories that are discredited or dismissed but persist as artifacts of thwarted desires, or as visions of polities and peoples that may yet be realized. The narratives that organize people (and capital) along national lines, manifest in constitutions and flags, but also in novels, paintings, homewares, garments, industrial parks, diets, and PR strategies. Though these narratives might not be called fictional by those who author or absorb them, they involve fabrications, fantasies, plotlines, and heroics, which persuade people to think of themselves first and foremost as subjects of a nation-state (and opposed to those who are not). Given the recent rise of nationalist and populist movements, Unknown States asks how these fictions might be dissected, revised, and rewritten, whether for the sake of invention or reinvention. How might we not only question the bonds imposed by nations, but facilitate radically different ways of understanding and organizing people? The visual identity for Unknown States, which mines and distorts the tropes of nationalism, was created by Deiara Kouto, Juan Pablo García Sossa, Stefanie Schwarzwimmer, and Elsa Westreicher. As part of the development of Unknown States, Triple Canopy created an exhibition at the RISD Museum that addressed the efforts of Americans to define themselves through products and portrayals of China.

Published beginning on June 10, 2021.
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A Note on Unknown States, by Matthew Shen Goodman Jun. 10, 2021
Dual Nationality, by Nina Yargekov & Daria Chernysheva Jun. 10, 2021
Family Matters, by André Naffis-Sahely Jun. 10, 2021
Outside, by Natasha Soobramanien & Luke Williams Jun. 10, 2021
Unknown Soldiers, by Elizabeth Schambelan Jun. 10, 2021
Four Songs without Z, by Karthik Pandian, Andros Zins-Browne & Zakaria Almoutlak Jun. 10, 2021
Liner Notes 1, with Hanif Abdurraqib, Ganavya Doraiswamy, Karthik Pandian & Andros Zins-Browne Jun. 10, 2021
Liner Notes 2, with Zakaria Almoutlak, Karthik Pandian, Andros Zins-Browne, M. NourbeSe Philip & Evan Calder Williams Jun. 10, 2021
Can I Leave You? Jun. 10, 2021
“Can I Leave You?” at the RISD Museum, with Triple Canopy & CFGNY Dec. 13, 2019
Synthetic Blend V, by CFGNY Dec. 13, 2019
Export Exchange, with CFGNY & Dawn Chan Jan. 16, 2020
Healing of the Nations, by Ilana Harris-Babou Aug. 5, 2021
Imagined Minorities, by Mahmood Mamdani & Ratik Asokan Aug. 5, 2021
RAGE (After Tokyo 2020), by Mars89 Aug. 12, 2021
When You Look at a Fence, by Ari Banias Oct. 19, 2021
In This Orchard, I’m the Boss, by Slavs and Tatars & Guangtian Ha Nov. 10, 2021
Harmonious Product (合品), by TZECHAR Nov. 10, 2021
On Monument Avenue, by M. NourbeSe Philip Dec. 22, 2021
Haal (حال), by Maral Dec. 22, 2021
Miasma, Plants, Export Paintings, with Bo Wang Jan. 11, 2022
Brazilian Modernism at 100, with Triple Canopy & Brooklyn Academy of Music Jan. 25, 2022
Piaimã the Giant, by Mário de Andrade & Katrina Dodson Feb. 8, 2022
Moomins in Exile, by Yoko Tawada & Margaret Mitsutani Feb. 28, 2022
The Look of a Nation, by April Zhu Feb. 28, 2022
Who Belongs to the Land?, by Lou Cornum Mar. 17, 2022
If the Limbs Grow Too Large for the Body, by Triple Canopy Apr. 5, 2022
Impure Speech, by Katrina Dodson Apr. 5, 2022
Stopping Time, with Lou Cornum, Raven Chacon & Audra Simpson Apr. 7, 2022
First World Order, with Ilana Harris-Babou, Yasmina Price & Electronic Arts Intermix Apr. 7, 2022
Empires in the Sky, with Atossa Araxia Abrahamian & Rana Dasgupta Apr. 7, 2022
Executive Fiction, with Richard Beck, Ari M. Brostoff & Sean McCann Apr. 7, 2022
The Memory of a Memory, with Karthik Pandian, Andros Zins-Browne, Yasmina Price & Prismatic Ground Apr. 25, 2022

Two Ears and One Mouth

Who speaks to you? Who speaks for—or with—you? Who obliges you to listen, and who’ll go silent if you don’t? Two Ears and One Mouth is devoted to the entanglement of speaking and listening, the right to expression and the right to be heard. According to Zeno, the ancient Greek philosopher, “We have two ears and one mouth, so that we may listen more than we speak.” But speech tends to be cherished as an assertion of individuality and freedom, even as each keystroke and voice command is captured and quantified, each speaker is profiled and sold. And listening tends to be dismissed as a sign of passivity and unproductiveness (or, worse, lurking), except when praised by management gurus and thought leaders. This issue proposes that, as speakers and listeners, we seek not only “connection” and “copresence” but togetherness and solidarity—whether in isolation or crowds, as avatars or flesh, through interfaces or improvisations. Two Ears and One Mouth centers on two series: Parts of Speech, which began as an exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, organized with Public Fiction; and Omniaudience, which was developed as a residency at the Hammer Museum with the artist Nikita Gale. These series have given rise to many of the essays, fictions, audio recordings, and other media and experiences that are included in the issue. The visual identity for Two Ears and One Mouth, created by Bo-Won Keum and Franklin Vandiver, is based on a pedagogical drawing by the Bauhaus professor Joost Schmidt, which inspired Triple Canopy’s original logo. Schmidt’s drawing demonstrated how to use elementary tools and procedures to question prevailing norms of design. In adapting Schmidt’s method, the visual identity for the issue considers how shapes and systems infuse language and form meaning in contemporary media.

Published beginning on June 17, 2020.
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Omniaudience, by Triple Canopy & Nikita Gale Dec. 12, 2018
Omniaudience (Side One), with Geeta Dayal, Gary Dauphin, Nina Sun Eidsheim, Nikita Gale, Daniela Gesundheit, David Horvitz, Sarah Kessler, Jasmine Nyende & Karen Tongson Dec. 12, 2018
Once Again, with Feeling, with Hardworking Goodlooking Jan. 10, 2019
The Rap of China, with Alvin Li Feb. 19, 2019
Omniaudience (Side Two), with Lynnée Denise, Nikita Gale, Harmony Holiday, Nour Mobarak, Alexander Provan & C. Spencer Yeh Apr. 19, 2019
The Revolution Will Not Have a Chorus, with Ben Tausig & Maureen Mahon May. 28, 2019
Omniaudience (Side Three), with Nour Mobarak, Alison O’Daniel, Alice Wang, Arshia Fatima Haq & Michael Davidson May. 29, 2019
Black Hauntology, with Harmony Holiday & Ben Ratliff Oct. 24, 2019
Welcome All You Dragonflies, with Morgan Bassichis & Ethan Philbrick Nov. 25, 2019
March Is for Marches, by Morgan Bassichis & Ethan Philbrick Dec. 20, 2019
In Mono, with Nikita Gale & Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste Feb. 1, 2020
Table of Visions, by Tashi Wada & Alexander Provan Oct. 15, 2020
Parts of Speech at MCA Chicago, by Triple Canopy & Public Fiction Jan. 23, 2019
On What We Owe, with Astra Taylor & Laura Hanna Jan. 23, 2019
On the Difficulties in Writing the Truth, with Hari Kunzru Jan. 23, 2019
On Similitude, with Steffani Jemison & Garrett Gray Jan. 23, 2019
On Onomatopoeia, with Tomeka Reid Jan. 23, 2019
On the Next Economy, with Christopher Kulendran Thomas Jan. 23, 2019
On Labor and Management, with Julio Torres Jan. 23, 2019
“Parts of Speech” at the MCA Chicago, with Triple Canopy, Public Fiction, Rami George, Liz Magic Laser, David Levine, Nicole Miller, Rodney McMillian & The Videofreex Mar. 13, 2019
The Great Equalizer, by Alexander Provan Jun. 17, 2020
Parts of Speech Jun. 17, 2020
On the Difficulties in Writing the Truth, by Hari Kunzru Jun. 17, 2020
On What We Owe, by Astra Taylor & Laura Hanna Jun. 17, 2020
On Similitude, by Steffani Jemison & Garrett Gray Jun. 17, 2020
On Onomatopoeia, by Tomeka Reid, Taylor Ho Bynum, Ugochi Nwaogwugwu & Mike Reed Jun. 17, 2020
On Labor and Management, by Julio Torres Jun. 17, 2020
On the Next Economy, by Christopher Kulendran Thomas Jun. 17, 2020
Rave, by Rainald Goetz Jul. 23, 2020
Stereomodernism, by DeForrest Brown, Jr. Jul. 23, 2020
Listening, by Mei-mei Berssenbrugge Jul. 30, 2020
A Cinder Block Falling on Concrete, by Lawrence Abu Hamdan Aug. 11, 2020
The Black Catatonic Scream, by Harmony Holiday Aug. 20, 2020
LITTLE GIRLS, by Nikita Gale Sep. 24, 2020
Second Rate, by Jonathan Sterne & Mara Mills Oct. 1, 2020
Table of Visions, by Tashi Wada & Alexander Provan Oct. 15, 2020
Proyecto DATA, by Julia Weist & Nestor Siré Oct. 30, 2020
Proyecto DATA, by Julia Weist & Nestor Siré Oct. 30, 2020
Answers with Questions, by Gregg Bordowitz, Jasmine Nyende, Vivien Goldman, Joy Ladin, Kendall Thomas, Morgan Bassichis & The Illustrious Pearl Dec. 16, 2020
On the Letterform of the Age, by Bo-Won Keum Feb. 4, 2021
A Heavy Nonpresence, by Derica Shields Feb. 25, 2021
i have too much to hide, by Benjamin Krusling Mar. 4, 2021
And Besides, It’s True, with Paige K. B. & Tiffany Sia Mar. 11, 2021
Medium Rotation, Season 1: Omniaudience, by Alexander Provan, Nikita Gale, Harmony Holiday, Derica Shields, Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste & Tashi Wada Apr. 22, 2021
Episode 1: Twenty Thousand Bodies Can’t Be Wrong, by Nikita Gale & Alexander Provan Apr. 22, 2021
Episode 2: Holy Ghosts, by Harmony Holiday, Nikita Gale & Alexander Provan Apr. 29, 2021
Episode 3: The Big Society, by Derica Shields, Nikita Gale & Alexander Provan May. 6, 2021
Episode 4: The Dead Can Dance, by Tashi Wada May. 13, 2021
Light Shows, with Benjamin Krusling, S*an D. Henry-Smith, Jibade-Khalil Huffman, Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste & Asiya Wadud May. 18, 2021
Episode 5: Get Lower, by Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste May. 20, 2021
Episode 6: Little Symphonies, by Nikita Gale May. 28, 2021
Live in Concert, with Harmony Holiday & Fred Moten Aug. 6, 2021


How do we express our resentment, and to what ends? Recently, we’ve gotten innumerable lessons in the sense of dispossession that defines the fabled white working class, courtesy of Fox News affiliates and aspirants (and helpful, candid liberals who blame the scourge of neofascism on “identity politics”). But resentment hinges on the inability to confront the source of grievances, to speak to power and be heard. Resentment can easily be conveyed and shared—the internet is designed to channel and intensify the sentiment—but has no proper outlet. Resentment often is a cause for shame and exhaustion, rarely is a source of affection or invention. This issue is devoted to reclaiming resentment, especially as harbored by those who are used to fits of anger and bitterness being called unproductive, petty, selfish, even pathological (and not those who suddenly are indispensable props at presidential photo-ops). It asks: Who has a right to be resentful? What are the possibilities and limitations of resentment as a basis for thought and expression, intimacy and solidarity? How does resentment channel (or erode) our attention and energy? How is resentment stoked, mobilized, policed, and to what ends? Can—and must—resentment be useful? The visual identity for the issue was designed by Pianpian He, who created a visual index of resentment with colors that she associates with the feeling. She applied these colors to Hansje van Halem’s Wind font, whose styles correspond with the cardinal directions, to create patterns that reflect the vital instability of resentment and the mood of each work.

Published from June 26, 2018 to December 6, 2019.
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Banners for Resentment, by José León Cerrillo, Jaya Howey, Ulrike Müller, Ebecho Muslimova, Willa Nasatir & Anicka Yi May. 14, 2018
A Note on Resentment, by Emily Wang & Matthew Shen Goodman Jun. 30, 2018
An Airing of Grievances, with Rahel Aima, Wo Chan, Marwa Helal, Devin Kenny, Jennifer Krasinski, Sarah Resnick, Matthew Shen Goodman & Emily Wang Jun. 30, 2018
The Victor, by Pooneh Rohi, Kira Josefsson & Kaneza Schaal Jun. 30, 2018
A Sound Not Unlike a Bell, by Wendy Xu Jul. 17, 2018
Do Nut Diagram, by Aki Sasamoto Sep. 27, 2018
Promissory Note, by Mike Crane & Kareem Rabie Dec. 13, 2018
On Resentment: A Film Series, with Triple Canopy & Brooklyn Academy of Music Feb. 22, 2019
Eternal Employment, by Goldin+Senneby & Lina Ekdahl Feb. 28, 2019
WORKBOOK, by Jesse Chun Mar. 7, 2019
The Pearl Diver’s Revenge, with S*an D. Henry-Smith & Imani Elizabeth Jackson May. 14, 2019
What Could I Have Said with a Mouthful of Salt, by S*an D. Henry-Smith & Imani Elizabeth Jackson Jul. 11, 2019
Fences, by Saretta Morgan Aug. 1, 2019
The Devil in Connecticut, by Jacqueline Feldman Aug. 15, 2019
Aconite, My Roots, by Henry Zhang Sep. 5, 2019
Join the Informants!, by The New Red Order Dec. 3, 2019

Risk Pool

To an insurer, a risk pool is a group of individuals whose projected medical costs are combined in order to calculate their premiums. The wider and deeper these pools, the more the burden of risk (the expense of illness) may be diffused among the overlapping spheres of the healthy and the sick. So much tenderness—the precarity of health, our innate vulnerability—ripples across the bureaucratic surface. This issue considers our interdependence as reflected in the risk pool and asks: How are sickness and wellness defined today, and by whom? What are the effects of these definitions, these acts of naming and describing? How do various conceptions of malaise and deficiency mark us—as useful or useless laborers; consumers of essential oils, medical procedures, and pharmaceuticals; narrators of our own lives and the systems in which they are enmeshed; providers and recipients of care; political actors and community members? Risk Pool seeks to understand sickness not so much as a singular event or immediately identifiable state, but as a continual and nearly ubiquitous process. The issue’s visual identity, Arial All, designed by Cary Potter, confronts the inaccessibility of typography online. Arial All makes a series of extensions and adjustments to the omnipresent typeface Arial, which improve legibility for readers with dyslexia and impaired vision. Risk Pool is guest-edited by Corrine Fitzpatrick.

Published from January 17, 2018 to April 25, 2019.
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A Note on Risk Pool, by Corrine Fitzpatrick, Molly Kleiman & Lara Mimosa Montes Jan. 17, 2018
Letter to a Young Doctor, by Johanna Hedva Jan. 17, 2018
A Disaster of Insufficiency, by Prageeta Sharma & Ragna Bley Jan. 17, 2018
Illness as Festival, by Corrine Fitzpatrick Feb. 6, 2018
To Those Mad, Sick, Crip Selves, with Johanna Hedva Feb. 26, 2018
Gimme Danger, with Gregg Bordowitz Mar. 14, 2018
噩夢牆紙, by 藝術家:白雙全 May. 1, 2018
Nightmare Wallpaper, by Pak Sheung Chuen May. 1, 2018
Accessible by Default, by Cary Potter May. 29, 2018
On and Off Again, by Kia LaBeija Jul. 26, 2018
If Our Bodies Are Beyond Logic, with Michelle Boulé & Kayvon Pourazar Aug. 30, 2018
How We Do Illness, with Theodore Kerr, Carolyn Lazard, Lana Lin, Beza Merid & What Would an HIV Doula Do? Sep. 24, 2018
The Collected Schizophrenias, with Esmé Weijun Wang, Corrine Fitzpatrick & KADIST Nov. 15, 2018
The Difference between the Signals, by Sheree Hovsepian Dec. 3, 2018
Vintage Beinecke, by Barbara Hammer Jan. 16, 2019
Wake to Dread, by Gregg Bordowitz Apr. 1, 2019
The World Is Unknown, by Carolyn Lazard Apr. 19, 2019
My Existential Limits To the Rectification of Past Wrongs, by Tiona Nekkia McClodden Apr. 25, 2019


In an age defined by extremes of finitude and excess, deprivation and luxury, what is vanity? How do we register our own transitoriness even as we strive against decay and senescence, by way of cryogenics labs, biotechnology innovations, spa treatments, and the hoarding of material goods and digital files? This issue explores contemporary meditations on mortality as well as the delights, delusions, and pressures of fleshly existence, and ranges from the much-heralded “end of death” to collective processes of aging to the pursuit of impossible—or nearly impossible—forms of beauty. The name is taken from the opulent, hyperrealist still lifes popularized by Dutch and Flemish painters in the seventeenth century, which symbolize the brevity of human life and essential emptiness of earthly pursuits, even as they advertise the artist’s ability to fix time. These paradoxical images prompt us to consider how and why we strive to overcome death while reminding us of our certain mortality. The identity for Vanitas was designed in collaboration with Olya Domoradova of Werkplaats Typografie. The typeface, gc16, was designed by Bold-Decisions.

Published from September 15, 2016 to November 20, 2018.
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Deferred Consumption, with Sophia Le Fraga & Rebecca Matalon Feb. 26, 2016
Updates, or C’est la vie and those who say it, with Gabriela Jauregui, Maxwell Paparella & Mónica de la Torre Apr. 8, 2016
The Point of the Meeting, with Aisha Sasha John & Gwen Muren May. 25, 2016
A Note on Vanitas, by Lucy Ives Sep. 15, 2016
We Are Our Own Now, with Nuotama Bodomo & Namwali Serpell Sep. 15, 2016
A Necessary Ecology, with Simone Aughterlony & Jen Rosenblit Sep. 15, 2016
Double Features IV: The Faces of Others, with Dan Fox & Okkyung Lee Sep. 15, 2016
Picture Logic, by Angela Ferraiolo Sep. 20, 2016
MADE VANITAS, by TZECHAR Oct. 18, 2016
Children Who Won’t Die Oct. 20, 2016
Kari Mette Leu, by Per-Oskar Leu Jan. 8, 2017
Triptych: Texas Pool Party, by Namwali Serpell Jan. 19, 2017
They Would Not Let Themselves Go, by Mónica de la Torre Mar. 21, 2017
Memory Drives, with Marvin J. Taylor & Andrea Geyer Apr. 27, 2017
Projections Maybe Postures, by Jen Rosenblit & Kate Brandt May. 11, 2017
So the Second Thing I Bought Was a Mirror, by Aisha Sasha John Jul. 25, 2017
From Its Mouth Came a River of High-End Residential Appliances, with WangShui Oct. 3, 2017
After the Villages, with Deane Simpson & Christian González-Rivera Nov. 1, 2017
The Natural Enemy of the Librarian, by Marvin J. Taylor & Andrea Geyer Apr. 3, 2018
From Its Mouth Came a River of High-End Residential Appliances, by WangShui Apr. 17, 2018
A Few Versions of Earliness, by Tan Lin Nov. 20, 2018

Standard Evaluation Materials

Standards harmonize bodies, regulate speech, and fix time. They’re ubiquitous, largely invisible tools for organizing social and economic life. Established by voluntary consensus or the passage of centuries, abided by gentle coercion or through habit, they’re experienced in all that we record and transmit. They appear as graphical symbols on roadways and machinery; intermodal containers that pass from port to freighter to port; TCP/IP, PDF, MPEG, A4, ISBN; expressions of veneration and nationalism; models for seeing and hearing. This issue treats standards as aesthetic artifacts, political instruments, technological protocols, and linguistic codes. It asks how our lives might change if we could grasp the matrix of standardized objects and processes within which our actions and expressions are enacted and interpreted. How might we read and represent standards, inhabit and appropriate the languages of the bureaucracies and technical systems? The sinuous typeface for the issue, Zini, was designed by Studio Manuel Raeder.

Published from May 17, 2016 to May 22, 2018.
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A Note on Standard Evaluation Materials, by Alexander Provan Mar. 17, 2016
Pattern Masters, with Lucy Raven, Jen Liu, David Horvitz & Susie Ibarra Mar. 17, 2016
To Be Is to Be Updated, with Wendy Hui Kyong Chun & Brian Droitcour Mar. 17, 2016
Untitled (Dead Horse Bay), 2016, by David Horvitz May. 20, 2016
Color Goes Electric, by Claire Lehmann May. 31, 2016
S as in Samsam, by Sowon Kwon Jun. 7, 2016
A Picnic to Represent All Picnics, with Claire Lehmann & John Houck Jun. 9, 2016
The Red Detachment of Women, by Jen Liu Aug. 16, 2016
Compatibility Issues, with Hua Hsu, Jonathan Sterne & Mika Tajima Sep. 8, 2016
Oaths of the Blossoms, by Jared Stanley Dec. 6, 2016
Unseen Majority, by Chelsea Carey & Jared Stanley Dec. 8, 2016
Ask the Stone to Say, by David Horvitz & Alexander Provan Feb. 21, 2017
I Am Sam, with Sowon Kwon & Miwon Kwon Mar. 7, 2017
How to Own a Pool and Like It, by Timothy Leonido Apr. 5, 2017
S as in Samsam, by Sowon Kwon May. 16, 2017
Think of the Lemur, by José Arnaud-Bello Jun. 29, 2017
Puzzling Is Not a Solitary Game, with O Grivo Jul. 5, 2017
Workers of the World, Conform!, by Nader Vossoughian Aug. 3, 2017
High Treason: A Beta Test, with Juan Caloca, Sofia Hernández Chong Cuy & Luciano Concheiro Sep. 14, 2017
The Greatest Number, by Theodore Porter & Adam Florin Oct. 5, 2017
High Treason, by Juan Caloca Nov. 14, 2017
Alta Traición, by Juan Caloca Nov. 14, 2017
Alta traición: una demo, with Juan Caloca & Paloma Contreras Lomas Nov. 29, 2017
Measuring Device with Organs, by Alexander Provan Mar. 29, 2018
His Master’s Vox, with Maria Chavez, Josh Tonsfeldt & Alexander Provan Mar. 29, 2018

The Long Tomorrow

Who bears the responsibility, and who possesses the imaginative capacity, to conceive of an ideal world? Though utopians, futurists, and visionaries have never been united under one standard, radicals and progressives used to be uniquely equipped and motivated to do this work, and today mostly defend the scraps of bygone idealism and attend to the detritus of twentieth-century achievements. But constructing an image of an alternative world, another way of living, has an essential social function, and reflects—or even determines—the agency of the constructors. This task, like forming an image of the past, is never neutral or impartial. And now those who make investments in the future—and whose investments pay off—tend to be libertarian technologists, financial engineers, and affiliates of plutocrat-funded think tanks. This issue is an exhortation to bet on the future again—to formulate propositions, predictions, and projections that make demands on the present.

Published from May 14, 2015 to December 19, 2017.
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Speculations (“The future is ______”), with Triple Canopy May. 12, 2013
Speculations (The Climate), with Holly Jean Buck, George Collins, Christian Parenti & Sam Frank Oct. 26, 2013
Speculations (On Nature), with Claire Colebrook, Brenda Iijima, Yates McKee, Sukhdev Sandhu & Sarah Resnick Nov. 23, 2013
A Note on the Long Tomorrow, by Sarah Resnick May. 14, 2015
Speculations Archive May. 14, 2015
Speculations Archive: Nano-Prometheanism, by David Auerbach, Alisa Baremboym, Ray Brassier, Ian Cheng, Ted Chiang, Adam Cohen, Joshua Cohen, Esther Dyson, Josh Kline, Ajay Kurian, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Evgeny Morozov & Ben Wizner May. 14, 2015
Speculations Archive: Overextending Ourselves, by Benjamin Kunkel, Joseph McElroy, Maureen McHugh, Ted Nelson, Srikanth Reddy & David Rieff May. 21, 2015
Speculations Archive: This Story Applies to You, by CAConrad, Jace Clayton, John Crowley, Samuel Delany, Agnes Denes, Rivka Galchen, Katie Kitamura, Hari Kunzru, Kelly Link, Ben Rivers, Kim Stanley Robinson, Norman Rush & Mierle Laderman Ukeles May. 28, 2015
Speculations Archive: The Peoples’ Machinery, by Sergio De La Pava, Thomas Drake, Rachel Kushner, Danny Marcus, Yates McKee, Naeem Mohaiemen, Trevor Paglen, Dan Phiffer, Jesselyn Radack, Carne Ross, Elizabeth Stark & Astra Taylor Jun. 2, 2015
Speculations Archive: There Will Have Been Humans, by Holly Jean Buck, Claire Colebrook, George Collins, Brenda Iijima, Natalie Jeremijenko, Marie Lorenz, Mary Mattingly, Yates McKee, Mileece, Heidi Neilson, Hương Ngô, Christian Parenti, Kim Stanley Robinson & Sukhdev Sandhu Jun. 11, 2015
Speculations Archive: Suspended Automation, by Gopal Balakrishnan, Chris Csikszentmihalyi, Mary “Missy” Cummings, Silvia Federici, Peter Frase, Alex Gourevitch, David Graeber, N. Katherine Hayles, Thomas Keenan, John Miller, Ashwin Parameswaran & Kathi Weeks Jun. 18, 2015
The Technocrat’s Guide to the Galaxy, by Srikanth Reddy & Lucy Ives May. 19, 2015
On the Beach, by Frank Heath May. 26, 2015
Made to Be Found, by Frank Heath May. 26, 2015
Indefinite Deposits, with Frank Heath Feb. 8, 2017
A Prime Condition, by Frank Heath Mar. 14, 2017
You Can’t Be Buried Here, with Frank Heath & Chris Leong May. 15, 2018
Midnight Sun, by Frank Heath Jun. 7, 2018
Speculations (“The future is ______”) Jul. 17, 2015
Access to Tools, by Mary Mattingly Jul. 28, 2015
The People of the Cave, with Anna Della Subin, Gini Alhadeff, Omar Berrada, Robyn Creswell, Sukhdev Sandhu, Emily Stokes & Eliot Weinberger Sep. 16, 2015
“Speculations (‘The future is ______’)” Book Launch Oct. 3, 2015
Solitude, by Martine Syms Nov. 24, 2015
Not Dead But Sleeping, by Anna Della Subin Mar. 24, 2016
LANGUAGE Inc., by Katie Kitamura & Hari Kunzru Jan. 31, 2017
Revolution and/or Sleep, by William S. Smith May. 16, 2017
Zzzzzzzzzzzzz [The Caves], by Anna Della Subin May. 16, 2017
Revolution Begins in Reverie (A Sequel), with Anna Della Subin Aug. 1, 2017

Pointing Machines

This issue is devoted to the consideration of contemporary and historical modes of reproduction: copies of classical sculpture made with plaster casts and 3-D printers; texts replicated by telegraphs, pirate publishers, and PDF generators; the photograph as archetypal mechanical image, proliferating across formats such as the daguerreotype, diapositive, inkjet print, bitmap. Pointing Machines is named after the simple eighteenth-century measuring tool for reproducing sculpture in stone or wood by means of a system of adjustable rods and needles. The issue reflects on the proliferation of analogous tools and procedures in the digital age, in which the difference between goods (among them artworks) and information about those goods is constantly diminishing. Pointing Machines addresses the many forms of reproduction that unremittingly shape our daily lives—and alter the relationships between ideas and property, identity and originality—while asserting that each instance of reproduction can be generative and enriching. Pointing Machines is Triple Canopy’s contribution to the 2014 Whitney Biennial and includes an installation in the Whitney’s galleries; the issue continues the reproduction and circulation of the displayed objects beyond the museum’s walls.

Published from March 7, 2014 to April 18, 2017.
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A Note on Pointing Machines, by Triple Canopy Mar. 7, 2014
Pointing Machines Installation (March 7–May 25, 2014) Mar. 7, 2014
Pointing Machines at the 2014 Whitney Biennial, with Triple Canopy Mar. 7, 2014
Pointing Machines (Chestertown, Maryland) I, 2013, by Triple Canopy Mar. 7, 2014
Pointing Machines (Chestertown, Maryland) II, 2013, by Triple Canopy Mar. 7, 2014
Pointing Machines (Chestertown, Maryland) III, 2013, by Triple Canopy Mar. 7, 2014
Pointing Machines (Basin Stands), 2014, by Triple Canopy Mar. 7, 2014
Early American Furniture, with Peter Kenny Apr. 3, 2014
Historic Sales, with Nancy Druckman Apr. 26, 2014
Shape Shifters, with Stuart Comer May. 17, 2014
Media Replication Services, with Caroline Bergvall, William Pope.L & Lisa Gitelman Apr. 26, 2014
The Limner Performance, by William Pope.L, Anthony Adcock, Effie Bowen, Thad Kellstadt, Stephen Bartell, Lo Jan, Ja Zou Hon, Zhou Hai Hua & Xiang Yue Nov. 20, 2014
The End of the Image, with Edward Lee, Jennifer L. Roberts, Sergio Muñoz Sarmiento, Allyson Vieira & Alexander Provan Apr. 10, 2015
I Would Draw Her Likeness, by Lucy Ives Apr. 14, 2015
A Chair Is a Chair, by Leah Pires Apr. 21, 2015
Psychoanalytic Night at Hooters, by K. Silem Mohammad & Jeff Dolven Apr. 30, 2015
I Call This One “Happiness”, by Steffani Jemison May. 7, 2015
The Same but Similar, by Cori Hayden & Matthew Shen Goodman Oct. 15, 2015
America: The Artist’s Eye, by C. Spencer Yeh Nov. 17, 2015
Voice at First Sight, with C. Spencer Yeh Jan. 26, 2016
The Twinning Room, by Gwen Muren Apr. 19, 2016
Say “Ah”, by Abraham Adams Sep. 13, 2016
Pointing Machines (Collected American Elegance), by Triple Canopy Apr. 18, 2017

It Speaks of Others

This issue is devoted to the consideration of objects and objectivity. Today our sense of the limits of objectivity is troubled by the proliferation of intelligent, networked devices which, while not animate, possess kinds of agency and functionality that approach animateness. Perhaps humans have always lived with and among objects that resemble us and have a share in how we use language, but the efficacy and usefulness—as well as the intrusiveness—of contemporary objects is remarkable. It Speaks of Others is therefore a reconsideration of objects, across a variety of media and forms: in poetry and prose, performance, film, and other images. Here we explore materiality and fetish, the joys and failures of empiricism, automation, big data, stuff, the objectification of human beings, as well as the speech of dumb things.

Published from December 13, 2013 to October 17, 2017.
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Forget Yourself Inside Me Like I Am a Vacuum and You Are the Sea, with Rebecca Patek Oct. 12, 2013
The Experiment Was This, with Ada Smailbegović, Sylvia Hardy, Lucy Ives & Molly Kleiman Dec. 11, 2013
You Are My Ducati, by Andrew Durbin Dec. 17, 2013
Of the Dense and Rare, by Ada Smailbegović & Sylvia Hardy Dec. 20, 2013
Good Dog You, with Will Rawls & Adrienne Edwards Feb. 21, 2014
CiCi Better CC Me, by Andrew Durbin & Lucy Ives Mar. 25, 2014
More Mutable Than You, with Jumatatu Poe & Jesse Zaritt May. 19, 2014
An Essay on Tickling, by Aaron Kunin Jul. 3, 2014
The Motherhood Archives, by Irene Lusztig Jul. 24, 2014
The Cinderella Complex-XXX, by Lara Mimosa Montes Oct. 7, 2014
Dog Years, by Will Rawls Oct. 23, 2014
Repair, Then Dim, by Gil Lawson Nov. 6, 2014
I Turn to the Word “Person”, by Susan Stewart & Lucy Ives Dec. 23, 2014
Some Minor Effects of Gravity, with Rosa Aiello & Kari Rittenbach Jan. 16, 2015
Too Smart for Their Own Good, by Adam Greenfield & Matthew Shen Goodman Jan. 27, 2015
The Motherhood Archives: A Screening, with Irene Lusztig, Flaherty NYC & Sarah Resnick Mar. 31, 2015
Don’t You Want to Have a Body?, by Alexander Provan Jul. 21, 2015
Field, Blockade, Crash, with Johanna Drucker & Matt Sheridan Smith Nov. 3, 2015
You Can’t See Any Such Thing, by Matt Sheridan Smith Feb. 18, 2016
Cloths and Ladders, by Rosa Aiello Mar. 3, 2016
Are We Still in the Game?, with Matt Sheridan Smith May. 25, 2016
The Amme Talks, by Ulf Stolterfoht, Peter Dittmer, Shane Anderson & Megan Ewing May. 16, 2017
Language Is Speaking, by Shane Anderson May. 16, 2017
Chatbot Laureate, with Lucy Ives, Nora Khan & Alexandra Kleeman Jul. 5, 2017
Cold Fingers on zis Machine, with Shane Anderson & Francesco Cavaliere Oct. 17, 2017

Active Rot

The gradual loss of integrity plays out in various aesthetic milieus: A TV pilot corrupts true art, an authorless novel seeks to enter the marketplace, the degradation of the environment is countered by a scheme for a land-art-inspired green economy, Charlie Sheen’s salacity is looped. This issue recognizes the continuous phenomenal change that thwarts our best-laid plans and programs, but admits that total overhaul is rarely feasible. Instead, it focuses on evolutionary processes and the joys of departure from any original design, the likelihood that each thing is the same thing in a deceptive form, scenes from the decline of commercial viability, the work of waiting.

Published from April 18, 2013 to July 17, 2013.
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Sons, by Sara Greenberger Rafferty Apr. 18, 2013
The Dynasty Handbag Show, by Jibz Cameron & Hedia Maron Apr. 18, 2013
History Works, by B. Wurtz Apr. 18, 2013
This Time We’ll Keep It a Secret, by Martin Beck Apr. 23, 2013
Danny Boy, by Rebecca Bird Apr. 26, 2013
Adaptation after Metalogue (Part 2), by Boru O’Brien O’Connell May. 7, 2013
This Can Happen Now, by Peter Fend May. 23, 2013
Gray Rainbows, by Antonia Hirsch Jun. 3, 2013
This Is Your Brain on Paper, by Isabelle Moffat Jun. 12, 2013
Headless Commercial Thriller, by Alexander Provan Jun. 20, 2013
Ride the Recoil, by Adela Jušić Jul. 17, 2013

Inverted Circle

Exhumations, translations, masquerades. No matter how many times you Empty Trash, the contents are buried somewhere by Time Machine, waiting to be unearthed. For example: Richard III’s skeleton is found beneath a Leicester parking lot. An archaeology of alphabets uncovers glyphs that carry forgotten sounds. A zombie phrenology rises up from Whitman’s poetry, and into puff pieces for Time magazine. Pygmalion’s Galatea comes to life and starts working the Borscht Belt. A trio of ancient donkeys are likewise revived, and it turns out they’re comedians, too. Magnetic resonance scans pass as portraits before a jury. A Brazilian poet plays at peddling smut, but can’t help being highbrow. Liberties are taken, permissions ignored.

Published from November 7, 2012 to January 30, 2013.
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Were I to Write a Longer Letter, by Kate Shepherd Nov. 7, 2012
America: A Prophecy, by Kirill Medvedev Nov. 7, 2012
Crassus Agonicus, by Hilda Hilst Nov. 7, 2012
Literary Asses, by Gareth Long Nov. 13, 2012
Noping, by Caroline Bergvall Nov. 15, 2012
Semblance of Fact, by Jan Estep Nov. 26, 2012
Popular Science, by Jena Osman Nov. 26, 2012
I Know What You Did Last Summer, by Sam Frank, Lucy Ives, Christine Smallwood & Dan Visel Nov. 29, 2012
Aba Okipasyon, by Ryan Ffrench & Emmanuel Broadus Jan. 4, 2013
Wouldn’t It Be Milchadik?, by Franklin Bruno Jan. 30, 2013

They Were Us

This issue is devoted to scrubbing the bridge to the twenty-first century. Some foci of this endeavor: girls in uniforms, walking; girls of a certain age at once auguring and manifesting capital. There is so much to buy in the magazines that reflect their faces, which are clear-skinned, decorticated, architecturally sound. One woman reads Flaubert and is filled with love. Then she is filled with rage. She tries to show us simply how she sees the world, saying everything she can possibly say in one hour. Elsewhere a word that can’t be said is uttered at last because the story requires the word. Ambiguity gives way to precision, even analysis of patterns of linguistic usage. But your own interpretation may please you better.

Published from May 17, 2012 to July 30, 2012.
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McDonald’s, by Joshua Cohen May. 17, 2012
Nineties, by Lucy Ives May. 17, 2012
The Melody Indicator, by Erica Baum May. 17, 2012
Preliminary Materials for a Theory of the Young-Girl, by Tiqqun May. 22, 2012
Sixty-Five Years of Treason, by Per-Oskar Leu May. 31, 2012
The Blind Man, by Sarah Crowner Jun. 5, 2012
Sir W. Mitchell-Thomson, by David Horvitz Jun. 6, 2012
Un Coeur Simple, by Ariana Reines Jun. 19, 2012
Distant Objects Becoming Near, by Benjamin Tiven Jun. 21, 2012
International Art English, by Alix Rule & David Levine Jul. 30, 2012

Negative Infinity

This issue includes studies of the culture and politics of online anonymity, photographic excursions into the nether regions of the mind and the USSR. Popularity has exploded. Painted smiles peel. Scrutiny of alienation, irony, and hate leads to altruists, sociopaths, and old desperate weapons, convergences of teenage fantasy and IP militancy. Seekers arrive at bunkers and encampments and chat rooms from Yugoslavia to the Springsteen state to Zuccotti Park; they are after evidence or the smell or resources. Whitman’s multitudes, Melville’s intransigent, contra immiseration and crisis. One can't help but wonder, are these last or first men?

Published from December 1, 2011 to February 9, 2012.
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Beyond Passaic, by Bryan Zanisnik Dec. 1, 2011
Moscow, by Yevgeniy Fiks Dec. 1, 2011
Amnesia Pavilions, by Nicholas Muellner Dec. 1, 2011
Forecasts, by Cathy Park Hong & Adam Shecter Dec. 8, 2011
Endgame Tourism, by Lisi Raskin Dec. 21, 2011
Our Weirdness Is Free, by Gabriella Coleman Jan. 13, 2012
Bodies Against Time, by Zoe Beloff Jan. 17, 2012
Call and Response, by Triple Canopy Feb. 1, 2012
Anonymity as Culture: Treatise, by David Auerbach Feb. 9, 2012
Anonymity as Culture: Case Studies, by David Auerbach Feb. 9, 2012


In Triple Canopy’s first literary, or not not literary, issue, the promise of fact evaporates in the weird light of the subjunctive. The focus is on events transpiring on the page, on “events” “transpiring” “on” “the page.” The actual of our counterfactual is often only handwriting; a typo, a footnote, a facsimile; caps lock, scare quote, underscore. It is mere text, a line, or minor grammar; a mere sentence, mere diction, mere style, what substance. As Wittgenstein once proposed: “They say, for example, that I should have given a particular answer then, if I had been asked.” But the business of prediction, even of speculative pasts, is best left to justly compensated professionals. Dealing with the present, then, and the future in the past, the counterfactuals in this issue might not survive the time of reading.

Published from September 13, 2011 to October 24, 2011.
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A Note on Counterfactuals, by Sam Frank, Lucy Ives & Dan Visel Sep. 13, 2011
The Canticle of Skoozle, by James McCourt Sep. 13, 2011
Like on the Subject of the Icebreak, by Ish Klein Sep. 13, 2011
The Sacred Prostitute, by Mina Loy & CF Sep. 13, 2011
Man / Man / Grimace / Grimace / Pivot / Pivot, by Stuart Sherman Sep. 22, 2011
Years Ago Before the Nation Went Bankrupt, by David Wojnarowicz Sep. 23, 2011
Calamities, by Renee Gladman Sep. 30, 2011
The Collected Lies of AK & All Sizes Fit One (for Peter), by Aaron Kunin Sep. 30, 2011
The Venus Problem, by Lisa Robertson Oct. 3, 2011
Rump Steak with Onions, by Rachel Harrison Oct. 5, 2011
Études, by Florine Stettheimer Oct. 10, 2011
The Patio and the Index, by Tan Lin Oct. 25, 2011

Bad Actors

Chewing the scenery and reacting poorly with a certain consistency, this issue brings together reflections on the sexual magnetism of the volcano, the history of the infamous Mankato execution, passport defacement, New York real estate, the ills of dealing in art, and other acts of personal and public mismanagement. Such acts may be unintentional or may be required for a given role: It’s no easy feat, for example, for man, who evolved from the sea, to reverse the process by returning to the oceans and asserting control over the depths. Indeed, as this issue shows, the perception of acting quality differs greatly between any two given perceivers, and therefore the extent of bad acting can be quite subjective.

Published from July 21, 2011 to August 5, 2011.
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Origin, Departure, by Murad Khan Mumtaz & Alyssa Pheobus Jul. 21, 2011
Esfir, by Yelena Akhtiorskaya Jul. 21, 2011
The Age of Dissolution, by Bidisha Banerjee Jul. 21, 2011
Tektite Revisited, by James Merle Thomas & Meghan O’Hara Jul. 26, 2011
Hand Held Lava, by Ilana Halperin, Karen Holmberg & Andrew Patrizio Jul. 28, 2011
Matter of Rothko, by David Levine Jul. 29, 2011
Another Portrait of Jason, by Matt Wolf Aug. 1, 2011
The Hanging at Mankato, by Claire Barliant Aug. 4, 2011
The Tale of the Big Computer, by Anna Lundh Aug. 5, 2011

Black Box

This issue is devoted to considering how we view photographs—and make photographs to be viewed—online. Most of the photographs found on the Internet were shot digitally and published without any thought given to printing them in a physical form. Their material condition is not an issue. We are concerned with photographs whose materiality is at stake, for which an online presentation is disruptive, and therefore worth examining. Artists who traffic in physical photographic prints are asked to participate in a shared vision of dematerialized photography, charged with creating works intended to be experienced as JPEGs.

Published from May 5, 2011 to June 9, 2011.
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A Note on Black Box, by Hannah Whitaker May. 5, 2011
To and From R.F., by Arthur Ou & Lauren O’Neill-Butler May. 5, 2011
Tahoe Passage, by Dan Torop May. 5, 2011
Sentences on Photography, by Torbjørn Rødland May. 5, 2011
Studio with Red Bag, 2009, by Roe Ethridge & Matthew Porter May. 5, 2011
Revolving Portrait, by Danny Gordon May. 16, 2011
After the Fact, by Christy Lange May. 18, 2011
Stuart Highway, Northern Territory, 2009, by Daniel Gustav Cramer & Sandra Doller May. 20, 2011
Marks of Indifference #9 (Jeff Wall), 2006, by Mark Wyse & Matthew Porter May. 23, 2011
Tableaux Mourants, by Barry Schwabsky May. 25, 2011
Information Age, by Simone Gilges May. 27, 2011
Looking Fast, by Michael Almereyda Jun. 2, 2011
State Changes, by Boru O’Brien O’Connell & Justin Lieberman Jun. 7, 2011
Receivers, 2003, by Moyra Davey & Matthew Porter Jun. 9, 2011

Default Environments

In this issue, metaphors are unexamined and not. The skin of a satyr is flayed and stretched on a tree. A body withers leaving only a voice. Here expression precedes and exceeds language. A photograph succeeds where words fail. Those seeking omniscience, infinite perception, find it at the ends of gravity. A sea traveler says to a poet, “It is difficult to know a person.” The poet replies, “There are many ways a person might be known.” She sees fissures in the Arctic ice and is reminded of futures foretold by creases in the palm of a hand. These she traces in color. Elsewhere a hand is writing, ink on paper: This writing might depict a life or not at all. A written life is only partly told, partly understood, even as the Name written in light is everlasting. Revision leads so often to miscomprehension. No symbols where none intended.

Published from March 1, 2011 to April 4, 2011.
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The Ultimate High Ground, by Steve Rowell Mar. 2, 2011
Sibyl and Marsyas, by Anja Utler Mar. 2, 2011
A Hole to See the Ocean Through, by Ellie Ga Mar. 3, 2011
The Document, by Sam Frank Mar. 8, 2011
Stoppages, by Beka Goedde Mar. 11, 2011
The Flash Made Flesh, by Mary Walling Blackburn & A. B. Huber Mar. 16, 2011
A Day’s Sail , by Sergio De La Pava Mar. 18, 2011
The Font of the Hand, by Joshua Cohen Mar. 22, 2011
Frontier Facades, by Warm Engine Mar. 29, 2011
The Mythoecology of Middle-earth, by Peter Nowogrodzki Mar. 31, 2011
The Quiddities, by Joe Milutis Apr. 4, 2011

And Yet It Moves

This issue surveys the ground and that which surveys it from above, draws a line of force and follows it, trades violence for puppetry, confuses major and minor aspects, reckons with the originality of credit, randomizes dystopia, accounts for innumerable other conjunctions and oppositions. From space: polygonal celestial bodies and quantities of nothingness. From Pandora and Palestine: the nightmare of shamelessness. From Peru: lessons in the manufacture of high-end human-hair wigs. From Moscow: “It's like diving into the ocean—no half-steps, for all your life, but it is worth it!” All problems of drawing people into the mystery of a shared existence.

Published from November 17, 2010 to December 14, 2010.
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Planetarium, by Matt Mullican Nov. 17, 2010
Happy Moscow, by Sam Frank Nov. 18, 2010
She Goes Covered, by Julia Sherman Nov. 18, 2010
Brown Skin, Blue Masks, by Nadja Millner-Larsen, Wazhmah Osman & Danyel Ferrari Nov. 24, 2010
Notes in Time, by Nancy Spero & Christopher Lyon Nov. 30, 2010
whiteonwhite, by Eve Sussman & Rufus Corporation Dec. 3, 2010
To Have Is to Owe, by David Graeber Dec. 7, 2010
A Forcing of Barriers, by Per-Oskar Leu Dec. 15, 2010

Unplaced Movements

This issue charts a critical genealogy for new-media publishing by way of identifying undercurrents that have defined and enriched each successive “new” medium, and the aesthetic strategies that have persisted after the obsolescence of cassettes, floppy disks, and laser discs. The projects included in the issue were the outcome of talks, conversations, and performances that took place in late 2009 and early 2010 and positioned Triple Canopy’s approach to new-media publishing within a broader historical context: The Invisible Grammar at the NY Art Book Fair, The Medium Was Tedium at the New Museum, and an interview with digital-publishing pioneer Bob Stein as part of The Page + The Screen, a class organized with the Public School New York at 177 Livingston.

Published from July 9, 2010 to August 30, 2010.
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A Note on Unplaced Movements, by Triple Canopy Jul. 9, 2010
Training in Assertive Hospitality, by Daniel Bozhkov Jul. 9, 2010
For the Rotation of the Work Never to Stop, by Daniel Bozhkov, Mel Bochner & Erin Shirreff Jul. 10, 2010
Site (After Robert Morris & Stan VanDerBeek), by Zach Rockhill Jul. 13, 2010
The Medium and the Tedium, by Mel Bochner Jul. 17, 2010
Poem, October 2009 (After Dan Graham), by Caolan Madden & Paul Hughes Jul. 21, 2010
Mao, King Kong, and the Future of the Book, by Bob Stein & Dan Visel Jul. 23, 2010
Linoleum (After Robert Rauschenberg), by Andres Laracuente Jul. 28, 2010
Unmarked Box on a Counter, by Jordan Crandall & Caleb Waldorf Aug. 2, 2010
Shadow, Glare, by Erin Shirreff Aug. 30, 2010

Hue and Cry

This issue consists of creation myths, shore stories, bestiaries. An Internet play requests permission to watch and listen as you read, then asks: What fruit do you expect to reap from your fine arguments? A Belgian information scientist builds an archive of twelve million bibliographic index cards meant to catalog all the world’s information. A dictionary recognizes any of a group of colors that may vary in lightness and saturation, whose hue is that of a clear daytime sky. A Bedu hick shows the desert of Arabia to be America’s last frontier. A monkey copulates for the camera. A poet explains what you are about to see.

Published from March 17, 2010 to July 10, 2010.
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Inside the Mundaneum, by Molly Springfield Mar. 17, 2010
Thirty-Six Shades of Prussian Blue, by Joshua Cohen Mar. 17, 2010
De Tribus Impostoribus, by Victoria Miguel Mar. 18, 2010
Everglade, by Lucy Ives Mar. 24, 2010
R, Adieu, by Joe Milutis Mar. 26, 2010
Sacrifice of the Banana, by Karthik Pandian Mar. 30, 2010
Horse People, by Ben Yaster Apr. 10, 2010
The Road to Freedom Village, by Sukjong Hong Apr. 27, 2010
The Sea of Trees, by Joshua Zucker-Pluda, Nine Eglantine Yamamoto-Masson & Jacob Kirkegaard May. 4, 2010
Crude Meridian, by Sophia Al-Maria, Manal Al Dowayan & Tor Eigeland May. 15, 2010
Jukeboxes on the Moon, by Rafil Kroll-Zaidi Jul. 1, 2010

Urbanisms: Master Plans

The second of two issues examining our urban situation and what lies beyond it: the city’s past and future; the suburban, the exurban, the frontier. This issue understands urbanism as exceeding any fixed notion of the twentieth-century city, encompassing informatics and third-world slums, modular megachurches and modernist office towers. It seeks an urbanism that looks backward to move forward, that looks forward to see the present; an urbanism that considers the voices of those without the power to build, and the ideas of architects and planners who have built modestly, critically, or not at all.

Published from October 27, 2009 to November 24, 2009.
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A Note on Urbanisms, by Triple Canopy Oct. 27, 2009
Construction, by Zs & Josh Slater Oct. 27, 2009
Daybreak, by Lucy Raven Oct. 27, 2009
The Wrong Way Forward, by Kazys Varnelis & Triple Canopy Nov. 3, 2009
Divine Wilderness, by Nathan Schneider Nov. 5, 2009
Better Underground, by Urban China Nov. 10, 2009
The VPL Authority, by Rustam Mehta, Thomas Moran & Keller Easterling Nov. 13, 2009
Dubai Dream Houses, by Zlatan Filipović & Molly Kleiman Nov. 17, 2009
Learning from Tijuana, by Teddy Cruz & Caleb Waldorf Nov. 19, 2009
It Had Just Entered Our Valleys, by Hovhannes Tumanyan, Vahram Aghasyan & Meline Toumani Nov. 24, 2009
The Anatomy of Ruins, by Bryan Finoki Dec. 9, 2009

Urbanisms: Model Cities

The first of two issues examining our urban situation and what lies beyond it: the city’s past and future; the suburban, the exurban, the frontier. This issue consists of the realization of elaborate fictions; the accretion of what is designed and improvised, what is chosen and received, what is imagined and experienced. It was assembled upon awakening from an agreeable dream—of what could be bought, what could be built, what could be justified; of easy credit and adjustable-rate mortgages masking stagnant wages and yawning inequality.

Published from May 5, 2009 to June 16, 2009.
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A Note on Urbanisms, by Triple Canopy May. 5, 2009
He Is Fresh and Everyone Else Is Tired, by Ian Volner & Matico Josephson May. 5, 2009
Boom, Bust, Burn, Blame: Fake Omaha, by Neil Greenberg May. 5, 2009
Index or Constructed By Way of Experiment, by José León Cerrillo May. 5, 2009
Wrong Place, Right Time, by José León Cerrillo May. 5, 2009
The City That Built Itself, by Joshua Bauchner May. 12, 2009
He Is Fresh and Everyone Else Is Tired, Part 2, by Ian Volner & Matico Josephson May. 14, 2009
What Is the Antique in Truro: A Portfolio, by Adam Davies May. 19, 2009
Wiederholungszwang, by Gil Blank & Caleb Waldorf May. 27, 2009
Gypsy Mansions, by Lev Bratishenko May. 27, 2009
Infrastructure for Souls, by Joseph Clarke Jun. 2, 2009
Moma, the High-Rise Condo, by Angie Waller Jun. 4, 2009
Monoactivité, by Jules Treneer Jun. 9, 2009
Virtual Bowery, by Dan Torop Jun. 16, 2009

Idol Traffic

Journeys far and wide, remote and digitally delivered, between deities and degenerates, deliverance and circulation. This issue covers virtual prayer, analog dance; the smelling-ghost, the possessed Porky; deaths mistaken for jokes, catheters mistaken for obstructions; headbanger folkways, authenticity in crisis. Beef, biceps, and the Bhagavad Gita. Bees, wasps, and uncountable mosquitoes. People fall over themselves to be on camera. Cannibalism is the limit on the horizon of the breakfast room. The best part is that there’s hardly any improvisation.

Published from February 10, 2009 to March 6, 2009.
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Flash Yr Idols, by Bidisha Banerjee & George Collins Feb. 10, 2009
Horror Film 1: Shanghai Blue, by Leslie Thornton Feb. 10, 2009
Between Scans, by Anna Sperber & Peter Kerlin Feb. 10, 2009
The Matter of Past-Loving London, by Ben Street & The International Necronautical Society Feb. 17, 2009
Tacky Souvenirs of Pre-Inaugural America, by Ben Tausig Feb. 18, 2009
Television for the People, by Ed Halter Feb. 19, 2009
The Dominican Game, by Patrick Clark Feb. 23, 2009
Mightiest in the Land, by Patrick Corcoran Feb. 27, 2009
This Little Lard, by Hassan Khan & Clare Davies Mar. 3, 2009
From ‘The Everyday’, by John Latta Mar. 4, 2009
New Black, by New Humans Mar. 6, 2009

War Money Magic

This issue consists of strange bedfellows and pop dialectics. Leo Strauss with Sayyid Qutb; Stalin beside Picasso; Clement Greenberg as Emperor Palpatine. Jurassic Park read through the book of Genesis, and Heraclitus formatted for OS9. Stretched across New York and the former USSR, allegories of gentrification and displacement: Lenin presides over the downtown real-estate boom, amid Bowery condo-construction dust, while Tatars fill empty chocolate boxes with nostalgia for Crimea. Invaders and the invaded embrace, because Desmond Tutu says so. Jesus Christ by way of Walt Disney—just south of Golgotha, you’ll find the restrooms and concession stand.

Published from November 11, 2008 to December 1, 2008.
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Star Wars: A New Heap, by John Powers Nov. 11, 2008
Milestones: The Noble Lie, by Adam Helms Nov. 11, 2008
Reconstruction, by Rachel Owens Nov. 11, 2008
The Stalin by Picasso Case, by Lene Berg & Sam Frank Nov. 13, 2008
Bullion with a Mission, by Barry Harbaugh Nov. 17, 2008
Homemade Memorials, by Sonya Blesofsky Nov. 19, 2008
No Other Home, by Maria Sonevytsky & Alison Cartwright Nov. 21, 2008
Heraclitus Series, by Amir Mogharabi Nov. 23, 2008
Original Ideas in Magic, by Tim Davis & Hannah Whitaker Nov. 25, 2008
Specters of a Young Earth, by Joseph Clarke Dec. 1, 2008
The Gift of Eternal Life, by Marc Vives Dec. 1, 2008


Learning from looking at New Orleans on Hurricane Katrina’s third anniversary, and finding something related to the city’s life and death. This issue eschews the rhetoric of before and after but nevertheless addresses reconstruction and resurrection, the great distance between here and there, the common impulse to narrow that distance. Walker Percy describes the experience of novelty sought by the tourist as an “immediate encounter with being”; when not satisfied, the tourist “carves his initials in a public place … as a last desperate measure to escape his ghostly role of consumer.” Instead this issue seeks description—if not of New Orleans then of something related to its life and its death.

Published from September 2, 2008 to September 22, 2008.
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A Note on the New Orleans Experience, by Triple Canopy Sep. 2, 2008
Tours and Detours: Walking the Ninth Ward, by Brian Rosa Sep. 2, 2008
I Knew Then It Was All on Me, by Ben Phelps-Rohrs & Brian Rosa Sep. 2, 2008
Way of the Righteous, by Martina Batan, Alexander Provan & Peter J. Russo Sep. 7, 2008
Landfall: A Portfolio, by Will Steacy Sep. 10, 2008
Homemade Memorials, by Sonya Blesofsky Sep. 15, 2008
A World of Bad Taste, by Andy Antippas Sep. 17, 2008
NOLA directory, by Triple Canopy Sep. 22, 2008

Orbiting an Absent Program

This issue reveals literature to be a dangerous occupation, or an unoriginal vocation, or an observational exercise, or an engineering endeavor. The language of the Web is juxtaposed with the language of the psychiatric ward; the Global Village Idiot awaits a friend request, Rocky Balboa occupies the Guggenheim Bilbao. Search results: “Burma is great for private parties”; “Citizens do not have a need for politics because their ruler decides for them.” Objects, prototypes, and remnants of prior experiments: a magical hairbrush; the troublesome V in Venezuela; a severed toe discovered in the mail. In other words: “There is always an angle toward the sun.”

Published from June 3, 2008 to June 27, 2008.
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The Caracas Speech, by Roberto Bolaño Jun. 3, 2008
Letter from Bosnia, by Molly Kleiman Jun. 3, 2008
Brush, by Keren Cytter Jun. 3, 2008
Victory over the Sun, by Michael Robinson & Thomas Beard Jun. 4, 2008
Case Notes of a Medical Student..., by Rivka Galchen Jun. 9, 2008
Only Connect, by Ed Park & Rachel Aviv Jun. 11, 2008
The Balboa Effect, by Colby Chamberlain Jun. 13, 2008
For an Unoriginal Literature, by The Poetic Research Bureau Jun. 16, 2008
Big Brother’s Portfolio, by Andrew Ti Jun. 17, 2008
Your Country Is Great, by Ara Shirinyan Jun. 18, 2008
Personal Affects, by Joseph Mosconi Jun. 18, 2008
Street View: A Selection, by Dan Torop Jun. 19, 2008
Literary Product Trials, by Andrew Maxwell Jun. 20, 2008
Sexy Librarian, by Julia Weist & Genevieve Smith Jun. 23, 2008
You Have 33 Friends, by Jon Kessler & Sam Frank Jun. 24, 2008
You Must Kill Forty in Death..., by Jesse Ball, Thordis Björnsdottir & Beth Brandon Jun. 25, 2008
The Riddle of the Traveling Corpse, by Rebecca Bird, Jenni Knight, Caolan Madden, Elizabeth Gumport & Joanna Neborsky Jun. 26, 2008
Woven Waves + Sumi Cinema 1, by Sumi Ink Club Jun. 27, 2008

The Medium Was Tedium

In this inaugural foray, months of conversations and thousands of emails between friends and strangers attain a form: a side-scrolling multimedia magazine meant for serious reading and viewing; a concatenation of essays, video poems, false reports, scripted fictions, and urban reconnaissance. Chinese paintings copying Renaissance masterpieces, sidewalk encounters, meteors hurtling into Siberia, dust swept from center to periphery. Noting the Internet’s putative freeness and rhetoric of freedom, we claim the freedom to be unreadable, but also the disciplined freedom of form; the freedom to be excessive and recessive, polemical and lapidary, lucid and obdurate.

Published from March 17, 2008 to March 18, 2008.
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Basic Instinct: Poems, by Descriptive Video Service & Dan Hoy Mar. 4, 2008
Introduction, by Triple Canopy Mar. 17, 2008
Chinese Customs, by William S. Smith Mar. 17, 2008
Tunguska International, by Craig Kalpakjian & Sarah Kessler Mar. 17, 2008
The State of Inauthenticity, by Peter Schwenger Mar. 17, 2008
Religious Behavior + Angus Was So Near..., by Jenni Knight & Diane Williams Mar. 17, 2008
The Tree of Knowledge, Qurna, Iraq, by Brook Wilensky-Lanford Mar. 17, 2008
To Displace & Redistribute Debris, by James Sham Mar. 18, 2008
A Logical Love Story, by Sheila Heti Mar. 18, 2008
Outside In, by Wayne Koestenbaum Mar. 18, 2008
Transit, by Emily Richardson, Iain Sinclair & Russell Martin Mar. 18, 2008
Campaign Journal, by Rachel Mason Mar. 18, 2008
Akhmatova in Azerbaijan, by Samantha Power & Howie Kahn Mar. 18, 2008
Brush, by Keren Cytter Mar. 18, 2008