Friday, September 07, 2007

New issue of Culture Machine

Here's a blurb about the latest issue of the online journal Culture Machine, sent to me by my friend Gary Hall (who also co-edits the journal). Apropos of my previous post, Culture Machine is an important, and rather unique, open-access publishing initiative in the field of cultural studies. Please support not only the journal, but also CSeARCH, its open-access archive. More details about both follow below.

Edited by Paul Hegarty and Gary Genosko

The latest issue of Culture Machine asks: What is the current state of aural art media in ‘an era of digital reproduction’?

Contributors to ‘Recordings’ consider the residues of technologies, the anachronisms, the failures, the less-than-excellent, the dated, the outmoded, and even the yet-to-work. Taking into account the material (or dematerialised) art object, they also ask about collecting cultures, recycling, destroyed and broken media (the TV thrown from the window… ), new broadcast media, turntablism, noise, radio and its avatars, podcasting, any casting, the range of material ‘supports’ (vinyl, the 8 track, betamax, different audio files).

Has the digital and informational swamped the world in a mass encoded simulation? What and where are the resistances? Are they within or outside of the digital? In the junk heap of analogue machines? In Ebay dreams? What are the material forms/formats that offer critical models, avant-gardism, metacommentary and so on? What is the status of the art commodity, non-commodity or hypercommodity?

The ‘Recordings’ issue features:

  • Eugene Thacker, ‘Pulse Demons’

  • Greg Hainge, ‘Vinyl is Dead, Long Live Vinyl: The Work of Recording and Mourning in the Age of Digital Reproduction’

  • Paul Hegarty, ‘The Hallucinatory Life of Tape’

  • Jerome Hansen, ‘Mapping the Studio (Fat Chance Matmos): Sonic Culture, Visual Arts and the Mediations of the Artist’s Workplace’

  • Gary Genosko, ‘8 Track Rhapsody’

  • Ross Harley and Andrew Murphie, ‘Rhythms and Refrains: A Brief History of Australian Electronica’

  • Dan Hays, Painting in the Light of Digital Reproduction’

  • Adam Bryx, review of Charles R. Acland (ed.) (2007) Residual Media. Minneapolis and London: University of Minnesota Press (available separately in the Culture Machine Reviews section)

  • Plus, new in Culture Machine's InterZone:

  • Christian Kerslake, ‘The Somnabulist and the Hermaphrodite: Deleuze and Johann Malfatti de Montereggio and Occultism’

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    Culture Machine publishes new work from both established figures and up-and-coming writers. It is fully refereed, and has an International Advisory Board which includes Geoffrey Bennington, Robert Bernasconi, Sue Golding, Lawrence Grossberg, Peggy Kamuf, Alphonso Lingis, Meaghan Morris, Paul Patton, Mark Poster, Avital Ronell Nicholas Royle, Tadeusz Slawek and Kenneth Surin.

    Culture Machine welcomes original, unpublished submissions on any aspect of culture and theory. All contributions to Culture Machine are refereed anonymously. Anyone with material they wish to submit for publication is invited to contact:

    Culture Machine c/o Dave Boothroyd and Gary Hall
    e-mail: and

    All contributions will be peer-reviewed; all correspondence will be responded to.


    Culture Machine is an umbrella term for a series of experiments in culture and theory.

    The Culture Machine journal: ttp://

    Culture Machine Reviews:

    Culture Machine InterZone:

    The Culture Machine book series, published by Berg, and including:

  • Paul Virilio, City of Panic (2005)

  • Charlie Gere, Art, Time & Technology (2006)

  • Clare Birchall, Knowledge Goes Pop: From Conspiracy Theory to Gossip (2006)

  • Jeremy Gilbert, Anti-Capitalism and Culture: Radical Theory and the Global Justice Movement (forthcoming)

  • The Culture Machine open access archive, CSeARCH:

    For more information, visit the Culture Machine site at:

    Dr Gary Hall
    Co-editor of Culture Machine
    Director of the Cultural Studies Open Access Archive,
    My website

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