'Filosofía pirata, edición libre', discussion with Perro Tuerto y Pucho (El Rancho Electrónico) y Gabriela Méndez Cota (Universidad Iberoamericana) for the Mexico city radio station Ibero, September 12, 2019.

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Masked Media (limited edition paper-only publication for The House That Heals The Soul exhibition, Tetley, Leeds, 2018) 

 The Inhumanist Manifesto: Extended Play (Techne Lab, 2017)

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Just think of me as a postproduction of presence

Since we are talking about distributed and multiple publishing networks, the question that needs to be raised at this point concerns the agency of both publishers and authors. Who is it that is experimenting with this new economy exactly?

I am aware I have been saying ‘I’ a lot here -- as if, despite everything, I am still operating according to the model whereby the work of a writer or theorist such as myself is regarded as being conceived, created, and indeed signed by a unique, centered, stable and individualized human author, and presented for the attention of a reading audience who, even for Derrida, can ‘interrogate, contradict, attack, or simply deconstruct’ its logic, but who ‘cannot and must not change it’, as he puts it elsewhere in Paper Machine. Yet actually the series of projects I have been referring to as work-in-progress arises out of a collaborative relationship with a number of different groups. They include those currently acting under the names of Culture Machine, Open Humanities Press and the Open Media Group.

Mark Amerika should be included in this list, as the first version of this text was written as a contribution to his remixthebook project. It is a remix of his ‘Sentences on Remixology 1.0’, which is itself a remix of Sol Lewitt’s ‘Sentences on Conceptual Art’. So when I say ‘I’ here, this also means at least all of the above.

It means even more than that, though, since some of the collaborative projects we are involved with and which feature in the Media Gifts book are also open to being anonymously written. Remixing Amerika remixing, this time, Alfred North Whitehead, it is what might be thought of as stimulating ‘the production of novel togetherness’. In this sense it is not possible to say exactly who, or what, ‘we’ are.

(Even the original title of this series of posts and its topic were generated at least in part by others: Mark Amerika, and also the organisers of The Unbound Book conference, which was held at Amsterdam Central Library and the Royal Library in Den Haag, May, 2011, and where version 1.0 of this material was first presented.)


‘What does it mean to go out of oneself?’ Am ‘I’ unbound?  Out of bounds? Is all this unbound?

I am channelling Mark Amerika again, but we should think of any contemporary writer or theorist such as myself as a medium, sampling from the vocabulary of critical thought. In fact if you pay close attention to what I am doing in this performance you will see I am mutating myself – this pseudo-autobiographical self I am performatively constructing here - into a kind of postproduction processual medium. Just think of me as a postproduction of presence.


(This is one of a series of posts written as version 3.0 of a contribution to Mark Amerika's remixthebook project. For other posts in the series, see below and here)

Reader Comments (1)

Don't cut yourself short. It can be argued that all philosophical information is re-hashed and re-analyzed, and in your method of presentation you will always be creating new information. You ARE the author even if you feel humbled by the fact that you can spot a lot of influences and contributions from outside sources. Organizing data is something 'certain people and organizations' make a lot of money on, and are regarded as some of the most innovative organizations on the planet.

May 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPhilo

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