Series are collections of works published by Triple Canopy and connected by a single subject, form, or concept. Series may include digital works of art and literature, public conversations, books, editions, performances, and exhibitions. Series elucidate connections between archival and current work; they may expand over time or initially be presented in their entirety.

Somes Styles of Masculinity

This series is devoted to Gregg Bordowitz’s Some Styles of Masculinity (Triple Canopy, 2021), an intimate, urgent, and rollicking account of thinking and enduring through upheaval and plague. The series includes the book and related publications and events. In Some Styles of Masculinity, Bordowitz, prompted by the surge of white nationalism in the United States, reflects on his experience of assimilation and marginalization as a Yinglish-speaking child of outer-borough Jews and a queer person who has been living with AIDS since his twenties. He tells his own story by considering three totems of masculinity that were formative to him as he came of age in New York City in the 1970s and ’80s: the rock star, the rabbi, and the comedian. These figures taught Bordowitz how to balance reinvention and tradition, and how to be different even as difference is under assault.

Published beginning on November 4, 2021.
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Some Styles of Masculinity, by Gregg Bordowitz Jul. 22, 2021
Some Styles of Masculinity Book Launch, with Gregg Bordowitz & Fred Moten Aug. 27, 2021
Someone Else’s Discomfort, by Hua Hsu Oct. 12, 2021
How to Dress for a Riot, by Gregg Bordowitz & Fred Moten Nov. 4, 2021

Can I Leave You?

This series is devoted to Can I Leave You?, an installation by Triple Canopy with CFGNY at the RISD Museum, and related works. The installation, part of the exhibition “Raid the Icebox Now,” responds to an exquisite collection of early American decorative arts and asks: How do artworks and ornaments (as well as fictions and fashions) give rise to nations and nationalities? What do they tell viewers about how to look and act, what and whom to value? How have Americans defined themselves through the consumption and display of such goods, especially products and portrayals of China, whether out of admiration or animus? The installation is the foundation of the forthcoming twenty-seventh issue of the magazine, which will scrutinize the narratives that animate nationalism and populism and propose the invention of truer fictions, alternative realities.

Can I Leave You? is made possible through support from a Craft Research Fund grant from the Center for Craft; the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; the Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation; and the Opaline Fund of the Jewish Community Endowment Federation and Endowment Fund.

Published beginning on June 10, 2021.
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“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

Parts of Speech at MCA Chicago

With faith in public and private institutions at an all-time low, what kinds of speakers are likely to win trust, acquire authority, and mobilize audiences? How do we recognize ourselves in the routines of comedians, reports of journalists, appeals of activists, manifestos of tech entrepreneurs, and formulas of TED Talks? “Parts of Speech,” an exhibition on public speech organized by Triple Canopy and Public Fiction with the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, addresses these questions with a series of experimental lectures and artworks chosen in response. Freely interpreting the form of the lecture, artists, filmmakers, comedians, novelists, and musicians consider the use of language and media to mold opinion, forge intimacy, marshal authority, and orchestrate movements. “Parts of Speech” culminates in the publication of edited transcripts and videos, composed from documentation, that reflect on the migration of public speech from radio to television to the internet and beyond.

Published beginning on January 23, 2019.
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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


Omniaudience refers to the faculty of hearing and comprehending everything, but might also name a congregation of listeners who possess, or strive to attain, this faculty. Omniaudience is a series of listening sessions, conversations, performances, and publications that emerges from the magazine’s 2018–19 Public Engagement residency at the Hammer Museum and is organized with the Los Angeles–based artist Nikita Gale. The series considers the role of listening and the settings in which speech and sound can be heard and have a meaningful effect. How has our ability to listen changed with the development of new technologies for synthesizing, transmitting, capturing, and quantifying expressions? Instead of valorizing the assertion of individuality through speech (which now is so likely to be mediated, mined, and commodified), Omniaudience asks how we can we listen in ways that make us more open to one another and ensure that a plurality of voices can be heard, while considering when and why we might refuse to make ourselves available or receptive to others.

Published beginning on December 12, 2018.
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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

Active Recollections

How is evidence deployed in art and literature, as opposed to legal briefs, historical studies, or institutional accounts? How is testimony articulated, circulated, and legitimized? How are the subjects of historical narratives—the “we” that encompasses author and reader—delineated through the selection and ordering of records, which also elides other subjects? How can fiction mediate in the discourses that accrue around unjust systems or violent events and their documentation? This series considers the work of artists, writers, and researchers who trace histories that are obscured, partially erased, or seemingly unassimilable. Plenty of “revisionist histories” provide mildly counterintuitive takes on momentous episodes, eagerly tweak the commonplace narrative, and wonder if we have completely misunderstood ourselves. In contrast, the projects in this series foreground what is commonly filed away as miscellany, or sidelined in favor of authoritative sources that speak of consequential institutions and figures—whose consciousnesses are more easily relatable to those with power. They digest and concoct archival documents, seek to recover lives that have been lost, and tell stories that have not (and perhaps cannot) be told. “The footnote equals the footprint,” in the words of the poet M. NourbeSe Philip. Ephemera is recognized as evidence, as the scholar José Esteban Muñoz observes. “Think of ephemera as trace, the remains, the things that are left, hanging in the air like a rumor.” Active Recollections includes erasure poems that claim “the periphery is a necessary place”; an essay on the stories told by and about followers of self-anointed prophets; a fiction on (the YouTube video of) a police officer assaulting a fifteen-year-old black girl; a navigation of the Central Park Ramble in blueprints and liaisons; a conversation about how works of art act in and on history; a dissection of an invented national craft tradition.

Published beginning on December 21, 2017.
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The Hanging at Mankato, by Claire Barliant Aug. 4, 2011
Moscow, by Yevgeniy Fiks Dec. 1, 2011
Endgame Tourism, by Lisi Raskin Dec. 21, 2011
Sixty-Five Years of Treason, by Per-Oskar Leu May. 31, 2012
This Time We’ll Keep It a Secret, by Martin Beck Apr. 23, 2013
Everyday Static Transmissions, by Benjamin Tiven, Brian Larkin & Tavia Nyong’o May. 13, 2014
The Motherhood Archives, by Irene Lusztig Jul. 24, 2014
The Cinderella Complex-XXX, by Lara Mimosa Montes Oct. 7, 2014
The Motherhood Archives: A Screening, with Irene Lusztig, Flaherty NYC & Sarah Resnick Mar. 31, 2015
We Are Our Own Now, with Nuotama Bodomo & Namwali Serpell Sep. 15, 2016
Planned Wilds and Self-Anointed Prophets, with Anjuli Raza Kolb, Jaffer Kolb & Kameelah Janan Rasheed Nov. 14, 2016
Triptych: Texas Pool Party, by Namwali Serpell Jan. 19, 2017
Think of the Lemur, by José Arnaud-Bello Jun. 29, 2017
True Fictions, with Lucy Ives & John Keene Aug. 30, 2017
Nocturnal Dream Shows, with Malik Gaines & Thomas J. Lax Sep. 26, 2017
My God Has Another Name, by Kameelah Janan Rasheed Oct. 19, 2017
Dear Future Reader (View Contents of Folder), by Triple Canopy Dec. 20, 2017
Nightwriters, by Constance DeJong Mar. 9, 2018
Census-Takers of the Sky, with Constance DeJong May. 7, 2018

Universal Time (Tiempo Universal)

How can political representation be achieved—or recognized as a chimera, or disavowed—through the work of representing politics? How can publication enable this work by supplying a means of producing and distributing knowledge, a site for the translation of texts and contexts, and a fulcrum for the organization of bodies? How can these concerns be mobilized in the aftermath of episodes of state violence that render age-old structures of oppression supremely visible, despite the best efforts to conceal (or normalize) them? Since 2014, Triple Canopy has been addressing these questions with a number of Mexican artists, writers, scholars, and designers, through a series of seminars, public conversations, and performances in Mexico City and New York, as well as the development of digital projects, printed publications, and exhibitions.

Published beginning on December 20, 2016.
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Universal Time (Tiempo Universal) Oct. 2, 2014
How Far Is Near, with Triple Canopy, Juan Caloca, Maru Calva, José León Cerrillo, Felipe Ehrenberg, Waysatta Fernández, John Gibler, Gabriela Jauregui, Prem Krishnamurthy, Sofía Olascoaga & Isaac Torres Feb. 6, 2015
On the Reproduction, Migration, and Evolution of Some Non-Living Animal Forms, with José Arnaud-Bello Oct. 9, 2015
Updates, or C’est la vie and those who say it, with Gabriela Jauregui, Maxwell Paparella & Mónica de la Torre Apr. 8, 2016
It Was the State, by John Gibler & Gabriela Jauregui Dec. 21, 2016
Think of the Lemur, by José Arnaud-Bello Jun. 29, 2017
High Treason: A Beta Test, with Juan Caloca, Sofia Hernández Chong Cuy & Luciano Concheiro Sep. 14, 2017
High Treason, by Juan Caloca Nov. 14, 2017
In Search of a Model for Life, by Juan Caloca, Felipe Ehrenberg, Waysatta Fernández & Sofía Olascoaga Jun. 20, 2019


In March 2015, Triple Canopy published Headless, an exhilarating murder-mystery by the elusive K. D. Headless is a delirious romp through the world of offshore finance, conducted by a British ghostwriter who seems to have uncovered a sacrifice-obsessed, Bataille-inspired secret society of global economic elites who will do anything to maintain their power. The ghostwriter, John Barlow, is hired by the Swedish conceptualist artist duo Goldin+Senneby to investigate an offshore firm registered in the Bahamas. He agrees to write up his investigation as a mystery novel, to be published under the name K. D. But soon his novel becomes a matter of life and death. The more he struggles to grasp the plot, the further he slips into the dark world of covert capitalism. Before and after the release of Headless, Triple Canopy published essays and organized numerous readings and conversations about offshore finance and human sacrifice.

Published beginning on July 6, 2016.
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Headless Commercial Thriller, by Alexander Provan Jun. 20, 2013
Offshore Finance, Bataille, Xenospace, Murder!, with Joshua Cohen, Bill Maurer & Martine Syms Feb. 1, 2015
Paradise Bought, with Katie Kitamura, Jill Magid, Joseph O’Neill & Mary Poovey May. 13, 2015
The Sacred Conspiracy, with Shane Anderson, Matteo Pasquinelli, Hito Steyerl & Caitlin Berrigan Jun. 27, 2015
Headless, by K. D. Aug. 29, 2016
The Bahamas Papers, with David Kim, Nicky Marsh, Monica Narula, Alex Taek-Gwang Lee & Alexander Provan Aug. 29, 2016
Profit and Loss, 2017 (red), by Goldin+Senneby & Johan Hjerpe Jul. 11, 2017
Profit and Loss, 2017 (purple), by Goldin+Senneby & Johan Hjerpe Jul. 11, 2017

Passage of a Rumor

This series considers how and why we talk about the value and potential acquisition of ephemeral works of art. Passage of a Rumor emerges from Value Talks, a series of private conversations organized by artist Ralph Lemon in 2013 and 2014 at the Museum of Modern Art. Lemon, who is editing this series with Triple Canopy, asked artists, writers, scholars, and curators to consider the allure of artworks that, by nature, resist institutional parameters. Participants also considered efforts by artists to maintain a meaningful degree of autonomy in relation to institutions that confer value upon them and their works. Passage of a Rumor is an expanded record of these conversations, one that necessarily addresses the ephemeral nature of conversation itself: How might discussions that occur in private—about art, race, money, community, and power—be circulated without either compromising their intimacy or promising unmediated access? Rather than purport to exhaustively document or analyze such exchanges, Passage of a Rumor circulates novel versions of lectures, DJ sets, performances, and dialogues, and provides an impetus for the creation of artworks and writings commissioned in response by Triple Canopy and Lemon. Many of these new works will appear exclusively in the book that concludes the series, On Value, published by Triple Canopy in fall 2015.

Published from August 4, 2015 to April 8, 2016.
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I’d Rather Talk About the Post-part, by Ralph Lemon Aug. 4, 2015
Ultra, by Nari Ward Aug. 4, 2015
Notes on a Performance by Kellie Jones, by Glenn Ligon Aug. 6, 2015
whatnot to the music, by Fred Moten Aug. 11, 2015
On Poetry and the Turntable, by Kevin Beasley & Fred Moten Aug. 18, 2015
The Value of “The Big Snooze” and Contingent Matters, by Yvonne Rainer Aug. 27, 2015
Songs for M, by Kevin Beasley Sep. 1, 2015
Dear Sarah, Dear Ralph, by Claudia La Rocco Sep. 8, 2015
On Devotion Study #3 and Devotion Study #4, the experience of sharing an artist and work between institutions: A Portfolio, by Paula Court Sep. 10, 2015
On Value, by Triple Canopy & Ralph Lemon Sep. 24, 2015
Call Me Galaxie, by Thomas J. Lax & Tom Finkelpearl Dec. 10, 2015
Neither Here nor Now, with Ralph Lemon, Adam Pendleton & Lizzie Feidelson Apr. 8, 2016

On the Beach

Two filmmakers seek props and direction in the aisles of a department store, the words of physicists overseeing the Large Hadron Collider echoing in their heads. They obtain footage of SubTropolis, a cataclysm-proof storage space dug into a Kansas limestone deposit. They encounter the Crypt of Civilization, a time capsule of cultural artifacts opening in 8113 AD. They hone their messaging skills with New York pigeoneers. This series of videos by Frank Heath, part of the issue the Long Tomorrow, considers the relationship between the technologies pushing us toward collapse and the apocalyptic scenarios we incessantly invent. On the Beach takes its title from the classic Cold War novel by British author and aeronautical engineer Nevil Shute, in which the sole survivors of a global nuclear disaster pass the time as radioactive fallout drifts across the seas. Heath’s adaptation, like many previous ones, explores our collective capacity to envision the end.

Published beginning on May 26, 2015.
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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 Archive

This series is an audio archive of Speculations (“The future is ______”), organized by Triple Canopy as part of the exhibition “EXPO 1: New York” at MoMA PS1 in 2013. Triple Canopy invited writers, artists, scientists, activists, economists, and technologists to bet on futures they want to see realized and to describe them as clearly as possible, while considering what demands these futures make on the present. The speculations took the form of lectures, debates, discussions, and performances. Rather than think in terms of utopia, dystopia, apocalypse—totalizing scenarios with preconceived conditions and plots—Speculations (“The future is ______”) proposed a continuum of overlapping moods ranging from optimism (however dark) to pessimism (however bright). We know all the ways the world will end, and yet we continue; our action in the present implies an optimism about the future, even if that optimism is skeptical or worried.

Published beginning on May 14, 2015.
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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

Pointing Machines Installation (March 7–May 25, 2014)

This series is devoted to Pointing Machines, Triple Canopy’s contribution to the 2014 Whitney Biennial. Pointing Machines is an installation titled after the simple eighteenth-century measuring tool for reproducing sculpture in stone or wood with a system of adjustable rods and needles. The installation consists largely of reproductions—by handcraft, 3-D printing, and photography—of paintings and a colonial-era wash basin stand, once part of the wide-ranging collection of “Naïve Painting” and early American furniture of Colonel Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch. Triple Canopy asks how the meaning of artworks shifts as they are commissioned, made, collected, disowned, replicated, photographed, exhibited, and published, taking into account the role of circulation systems as varied as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and eBay. The installation connects the history of reproduction by technical and artistic means to the recent, remarkable collapse of the difference between objects and information. It is part of an issue of the magazine, also titled Pointing Machines, that continues the reproduction and circulation of the displayed objects beyond the museum’s walls, and includes essays, artist projects, discussions, and performances.

Published from March 7, 2014 to May 25, 2014.
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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

Common Minds

Common Minds is a series of essays and conversations that address the contemporary infatuation with the brain, the limits of neuroscience, and how the knowledge produced by researchers and clinicians operates in other realms of culture and society. The series aims to facilitate discussion about ideas that are too rarely scrutinized outside of a specialized setting, despite their sweeping effect. Recent criticism in magazines and academic journals has justifiably deflated—and perhaps tempered public enthusiasm for—the tumid, reductive claims of pop-science scribes. But such venues are dominated by professional journalists and scientists debunking other professional journalists and scientists. Departing from these conventions, Triple Canopy invites artists and writers to contribute analytic essays, linguistic compendia, and prose poems; a video rumination on blindness and perception, a collage-survey of the persistent vocabulary of phrenology, and a two-thousand-year genealogy of images of the brain. Common Minds is coedited by Dawn Chan.

Published beginning on November 26, 2012.
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Distant Objects Becoming Near, by Benjamin Tiven Jun. 21, 2012
A Note on Common Minds, by Alexander Provan Nov. 26, 2012
Semblance of Fact, by Jan Estep Nov. 26, 2012
Popular Science, by Jena Osman Nov. 26, 2012
How We See, by Benjamin Tiven & Michael Tarr Mar. 11, 2013
This Is Your Brain on Paper, by Isabelle Moffat Jun. 12, 2013

International Art English

“International Art English,” by Alix Rule and David Levine, was published by Triple Canopy in July 2012. The essay, which analyzes a corpus of press releases sent by e-flux in order to describe the language of contemporary art, circulated widely and generated debates about the relationship between language, legibility, and power in the art world—many of which are represented in this series. The authors trace the particularities of International Art English to translations of French and German critical texts published in the 1970s in journals like October. The widespread use of the Internet has, they argue, accelerated the development of IAE, turning it into a kind of lingua franca; the proliferation of international variations—French IAE, Scandinavian IAE, Chinese IAE—ends up diluting the authority of critics, “traditionally the elite innovators of IAE.” Given these developments, Rule and Levine ask: “Can we imagine an art world without IAE? Without its special language, would art need to submit to the scrutiny of broader audiences and local ones? Would it hold up?”

Published from July 30, 2012 to May 28, 2013.
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Factual Decoys, with Duncan Campbell, Taraneh Fazeli, David Levine, Alexander Provan, Alix Rule & Caleb Waldorf Nov. 5, 2011
International Art English, by Alix Rule & David Levine Jul. 30, 2012
Triple Canopy at Art Berlin Contemporary Sep. 13, 2012
More Rather Than Fewer Words, by Triple Canopy Sep. 20, 2012
Critical Language, with Nathalie Anglès, Wenzel Bilger, Lauren Cornell, Mariam Ghani, Mostafa Heddaya, David Levine, Alexander Provan, Yael Reinharz, Alix Rule, Lumi Tan & Hrag Vartanian Apr. 6, 2013
Critical Language: A Forum on International Art English, by Triple Canopy May. 27, 2013
The Islands of Evasion: Notes on International Art English, by Mariam Ghani May. 28, 2013
Chronicle of a Traveling Theory, by Alexander Provan Dec. 3, 2015
International Art English, by Alix Rule, David Levine, Mariam Ghani & Alexander Provan Nov. 7, 2018

Corrected Slogans (A Publication in Four Acts)

In fall of 2012, Triple Canopy initiated Corrected Slogans (A Publication in Four Acts), conceived as the magazine’s contribution to “Postscript: Writing after Conceptual Art,” an exhibition organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver. For the first and second acts, Triple Canopy’s editors staged a pair of public events at 155 Freeman Street in Greenpoint: a symposium titled Poems for America and a seminar titled Automatic Reading. These events brought together artists and writers to discuss how conceptual strategies have transformed (and might still transform) conventional notions of expression and of reading—both as an exchange between an individual and text and as a public activation of the written word. The third act was a special issue of Triple Canopy’s online magazine, Corrected_Slogans, consisting of a selection of pertinent works previously published by Triple Canopy as well as newly commissioned projects by Erica Baum, Caroline Bergvall, and Gareth Long. The final installment of the project was the book Corrected Slogans: Reading and Writing Conceptualism, which documents the previous acts but also elaborates, edits, amplifies, and contradicts via annotations, additional artworks, and critical essays; the form and content of the public discussions are reinterpreted using tools specific to print in such a way that the book enacts the conceptual strategies being discussed. Each act of Corrected Slogans was integral to the same dynamic process; the project as a whole represents Triple Canopy’s ongoing attempt to define an expanded field of publication.

Published beginning on May 17, 2012.
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The Melody Indicator, by Erica Baum May. 17, 2012
Corrected Slogans, with Michael Corris, Aaron Kunin, Margaret Lee, K. Silem Mohammad, Ken Okiishi, Katie Raissian, Gretchen Wagner & Matvei Yankelevich Sep. 15, 2012
Poems for America, Part 1, by Aaron Kunin & Ken Okiishi Oct. 10, 2012
Corrected_Slogans, a Special Issue Oct. 10, 2012
Poems for America, by Triple Canopy Oct. 12, 2012
Post-Object Publishing, by Lucy Ives & William S. Smith Oct. 12, 2012
Automatic Reading, with Erica Baum, Franklin Bruno, Corina Copp, Ariana Reines, Mónica de la Torre, R. H. Quaytman, Taylor Baldwin, Lucy Ives & William S. Smith Oct. 20, 2012
Poems for America, Part 2, by Michael Corris & Matvei Yankelevich Nov. 6, 2012
Poems for America, Part 3, by K. Silem Mohammad & Margaret Lee Nov. 7, 2012
Literary Asses, by Gareth Long Nov. 13, 2012
Noping, by Caroline Bergvall Nov. 15, 2012
Automatic Reading, by Erica Baum, Corina Copp, Jim Fletcher, Franklin Bruno, R. H. Quaytman, Ariana Reines & Mónica de la Torre Nov. 20, 2012
Corrected Slogans: Reading and Writing Conceptualism Jan. 2, 2013
Novel Operations, by Jim Fletcher Apr. 18, 2013
Black Marks That Make up Letters, with Tiona Nekkia McClodden, Meg Onli, Morgan Parker, Kameelah Janan Rasheed & Simone White Nov. 30, 2017

Did You Get the L?

On October 29, 1969, computer scientists at UCLA, the original node of ARPANET, sent the first host-to-host message to colleagues at Stanford. The message: “L.” “Did you get the L?” UCLA asked. “Yes.” Then: “O.” “Yes.” Then: Stanford’s computer crashed. This series is devoted to examining the technology that underlies Triple Canopy’s work, within the broader context of digital publishing and design. As additional elements of Triple Canopy’s new publishing platform are released in the coming months (including the numerous modules that compose Alongslide, the article-layout system, which will be packaged as an open-source application), we will publish essays and conversations that describe their function and logic. We will also address the technological architecture of various other publishing platforms; the distinction between content and collections of content as articulated in a database; the dynamic relationship between coding languages and editorial strategies; the confluence of historical print design tropes and contemporary digital design standards; and how a publication might resist the prevailing passive forms of attention that inhere in a culture—online and IRL—characterized by excessive production.

Published beginning on November 16, 2010.
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Announcing Triple Canopy’s Redesign Nov. 16, 2010
Invalid Format: An Anthology of Triple Canopy, Volume 1 Jan. 2, 2012
The Binder and the Server Mar. 2, 2012
Invalid Format: An Anthology of Triple Canopy, Volume 2 Sep. 1, 2012
Some Assembly Required, by Triple Canopy Mar. 2, 2013
Re: Our Iron Cage, by Triple Canopy Mar. 29, 2013
The Internet v. Real Life, by Triple Canopy Jun. 19, 2013
Invalid Format: An Anthology of Triple Canopy, Volume 3 Dec. 4, 2013
Hello, World, by Triple Canopy Dec. 5, 2013
The New Disappointment, by Lucy Ives Dec. 13, 2013
Announcing Alongslide, by Triple Canopy Dec. 20, 2013
Working on Our Thoughts, by Caleb Waldorf Dec. 17, 2019

The Page and the Screen

This series considers the transformation of publication, authorship, and readership in the digital age and beyond. We easily recognize a publication as a bound set of pages, containing words and images by one author or many, assembled by editors, artists, and designers. But in the past half century pages have been transmuted into cassette tapes, DVDs, discussion boards, websites, and apps. We conceive of Triple Canopy as charting this expanded field of publication, moving among media and formats, annexing terrain not conventionally associated with the magazine (whether communication networks or disused storefronts). The series—named after a class organized in 2010 by The Public School New York—represents Triple Canopy’s attempts to rethink publication amidst the inevitable churn of novelty and anachronism that characterize the “digital age,” as the distinction between experience online and IRL narrows. It includes media excavations and Web 1.0 reminiscences, software experiments and samizdat scholarship, as well as polemical writings by the editors—on writing after conceptual art, on syntaxes of verse and GIF, and on publishing after the shift from disciplinary to tech-enabled control societies.

Published from February 19, 2010 to March 13, 2013.
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The Medium Was Tedium, with Mel Bochner, Daniel Bozhkov, Erin Shirreff, William S. Smith & Colby Chamberlain Feb. 19, 2010
Inside the Mundaneum, by Molly Springfield Mar. 17, 2010
The Mundaneum and Beyond, with Molly Springfield May. 8, 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
Unmarked Box on a Counter, by Jordan Crandall & Caleb Waldorf Aug. 2, 2010
Print & Demand #2, with James Goggin, Jiminie Ha, Rob Giampietro & Caleb Waldorf Nov. 7, 2010
Print & Demand #2, by James Goggin, Jiminie Ha, Rob Giampietro & Caleb Waldorf Nov. 30, 2010
E-books and the Museum Machine, by Sarah Hromack May. 18, 2011
Volume Number, with Gwen Allen, Paul Chan, Angie Keefer, Matt Keegan, David Platzker & Colby Chamberlain Jun. 11, 2011
Volume Number: On Artists’ Publications, by Gwen Allen Jun. 27, 2011
Passive Recreation / How to Print an Internet Magazine, with Tan Lin, Alexander Provan, Peter J. Russo, Prem Krishnamurthy & Adam Michaels Jan. 18, 2012
How to Print an Internet Magazine, by Triple Canopy, Prem Krishnamurthy & Adam Michaels Jan. 27, 2012
The Binder and the Server Mar. 2, 2012
Uncertified Copies: On Samizdat, by Ann Komaromi & Kristen Alfaro May. 8, 2012
Productive Behaviors, with Astrom/Zimmer Feb. 25, 2013
Productive Behaviors, by Astrom/Zimmer Mar. 14, 2013

Media Studies

What is media studies? A field of study that focuses on the dissemination of information to an audience across a broad spectrum of channels. A branch of knowledge that deals with forms of communication such as the Internet, television, radio, books, and periodicals. A field of study concerned with mass media, the nature of these media and the ways in which they shape individuals and society—history, content, effects. The process of putting one's self in the place of the other person's attitude, communicating through significant symbols. The search for the great community. Top seven signs your content goes viral. The effort to discover the means by which a scattered, mobile, and manifold public may so recognize itself as to define and express its interests. We are all familiar with the media, which so influence our perceptions, interactions, labor, leisure, cognitive development, sexual behavior, and political activities. You can find more information here.

Published beginning on May 17, 2008.
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Tunguska International, by Craig Kalpakjian & Sarah Kessler Mar. 17, 2008
Tacky Souvenirs of Pre-Inaugural America, by Ben Tausig Feb. 18, 2009
Television for the People, by Ed Halter Feb. 19, 2009
This Little Lard, by Hassan Khan & Clare Davies Mar. 3, 2009
Jukeboxes on the Moon, by Rafil Kroll-Zaidi Jul. 1, 2010
Brown Skin, Blue Masks, by Nadja Millner-Larsen, Wazhmah Osman & Danyel Ferrari Nov. 24, 2010
The Flash Made Flesh, by Mary Walling Blackburn & A. B. Huber Mar. 16, 2011
After the Fact, by Christy Lange May. 18, 2011
Another Portrait of Jason, by Matt Wolf Aug. 1, 2011
Erased Reflection (Screenshot), 2011, by Triple Canopy Oct. 28, 2011
Aba Okipasyon, by Ryan Ffrench & Emmanuel Broadus Jan. 4, 2013
Wouldn’t It Be Milchadik?, by Franklin Bruno Jan. 30, 2013
Sons, by Sara Greenberger Rafferty Apr. 18, 2013
Everyday Static Transmissions, by Benjamin Tiven, Brian Larkin & Tavia Nyong’o May. 13, 2014
Nocturnal Dream Shows, with Malik Gaines & Thomas J. Lax Sep. 26, 2017
Electric Narcissus, with Flaherty NYC, Joan Jonas & Kris Paulsen Sep. 20, 2019

Text to Speech

Reading—reading aloud, reading aloud texts authored by others (and sometimes rewriting them first)—is a creative act, a way of devising new forms of authority. Written text is now increasingly detached from the unifying format of the book and is accessed online, circulated and reproduced digitally, viewed on myriad screens. What, in this context, might it mean to represent a text by voice alone? What does the sound of reading—alone or with a chorus—contribute, alter, or signify? The works presented in this series are reimagined by means of voice. Their authors attend to the ways in which sonic elements, a pause for (human) breath or the odd cadence of audio generated by a text-to-speech program, contribute to the sense and feeling of a written work. Here the new is less important than the now, the presence of an audience and the presence of the reader. This series includes adaptations of classics and appropriations from popular culture, interrogations of the past in the present, and the performance of allegedly illegible novels. Instead of reading silently, we submit to the power of speech, chant, mumble, whine, declamation, and even, in at least one instance, song.

Published from March 18, 2008 to May 6, 2013.
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Basic Instinct: Poems, by Descriptive Video Service & Dan Hoy Mar. 4, 2008
BARTLEBY. A Rereading, with Paul Chan, Edwin Frank, Lynne Tillman, Abha Dawesar, John L. Bryant, Vivian Gornick, Joseph McElroy, Alice Boone, Graham Parker, Molly Springfield, McKenzie Wark, Greg Wayne & Group Theory Apr. 23, 2010
Sibyl and Marsyas, by Anja Utler Mar. 2, 2011
Reading History: The Hanging at Mankato, with David Levine, Claire Barliant, Anne Barliant & Alan Gilbert Jun. 30, 2011
Études, by Florine Stettheimer Oct. 10, 2011
The Making of Americans, with Triple Canopy Jan. 20, 2012
Flaubert’s “Un coeur simple”: A Reading, by Ariana Reines Apr. 5, 2012
The Fizzles, with Piehole Jun. 4, 2012
PowerPoint and the Perfume of Reading, with Tan Lin, Dan Visel & Richard Birkett Jul. 24, 2012
Automatic Reading, with Erica Baum, Franklin Bruno, Corina Copp, Ariana Reines, Mónica de la Torre, R. H. Quaytman, Taylor Baldwin, Lucy Ives & William S. Smith Oct. 20, 2012
Noping, by Caroline Bergvall Nov. 15, 2012
Lines of Sight, with Michele Abeles, Alejandro Cesarco, Nancy Davenport, Moyra Davey, Michael Famighetti, Danny Gordon, Dan Torop, Hannah Whitaker, Sarah Resnick & Molly Kleiman Nov. 16, 2012
Lines of Sight, by Michele Abeles, Alejandro Cesarco, Nancy Davenport, Moyra Davey, Michael Famighetti, Danny Gordon, Molly Kleiman, Sarah Resnick, Dan Torop & Hannah Whitaker Dec. 11, 2012
The Making of Americans, with Triple Canopy Jan. 18, 2013
Adaptation after Metalogue (Part 2), by Boru O’Brien O’Connell May. 7, 2013
The Making of Americans, with Triple Canopy Jan. 24, 2014


How, and for how long, have we written and composed the self in literature and art? Multifariously, more or less forever. Some of the foremost practitioners of self-portraiture can effortlessly be recalled: Parmigianino, Courbet, James Joyce, Frida Kahlo, Cindy Sherman, Larry David. (“The mirror is our teacher,” remarked Leonardo da Vinci.) What forms does the genre take amid today’s proliferation of selfies, auto-portraits, mirror-gazes? The works in this series reflect expanded capabilities in the digital realm for presenting the self, not necessarily or simply as subject but as concatenations of processes—those of manufacturing texts, reproducing likenesses, collecting and stealing, acting and lying, wandering and surveying. Searchable but not locatable, the “I” that speaks in these works may not be the same as the eye that looks or the hand that writes. The self may be turned inside-out. Some places to explore: in the air and in reflections, across correspondences and the surfaces of objects, among detritus and keepsakes, in faulty memories and bad inheritance, in history and in lore.

Published beginning on March 8, 2008.
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A Logical Love Story, by Sheila Heti Mar. 18, 2008
Case Notes of a Medical Student..., by Rivka Galchen Jun. 9, 2008
You Have 33 Friends, by Jon Kessler & Sam Frank Jun. 24, 2008
Ann Liv Young: Sherry tries on Cinderella, with Ann Liv Young Jun. 4, 2010
The Document, by Sam Frank Mar. 8, 2011
Origin, Departure, by Murad Khan Mumtaz & Alyssa Pheobus Jul. 21, 2011
Matter of Rothko, by David Levine Jul. 29, 2011
Rump Steak with Onions, by Rachel Harrison Oct. 5, 2011
The Patio and the Index, by Tan Lin Oct. 25, 2011
Beyond Passaic, by Bryan Zanisnik Dec. 1, 2011
Moscow, by Yevgeniy Fiks Dec. 1, 2011
Amnesia Pavilions, by Nicholas Muellner Dec. 1, 2011
The Dynasty Handbag Show, by Jibz Cameron & Hedia Maron Apr. 18, 2013
Dog Years, by Will Rawls Oct. 23, 2014
I Would Draw Her Likeness, by Lucy Ives Apr. 14, 2015