October 19, 2016
How do you find meaning amidst chaos? Mythologies have always given shape to the world around us, weaving stories to make sense of natural forces, potential futures and other mysterious phenomena. In our first issue, we explore a parallel between the myths and rites of the past and the alternative belief systems of today's postdigital age. Most of all, we are looking to find something more human within the technologies that surround us.
August 4, 2015
The Digital Garden
In July 2015, POSTmatter presented an exhibition with fig-2 at the ICA, London. In it, we explored shifting relationships to the natural landscape in a digital age, bringing together photography, sound, computer simulation and video works by five artists. Taking place in the gallery and online, the digital component of the exhibition is archived in this special edition of POSTmatter.
JG Biberkopf's acoustic archeology
In this exclusive mix for POSTmatter, Lithuanian musician Jacques Gaspard Biberkopf extends the usually electronically-infused span of his influences and showcases his interest in the field of music archeology. Resonances, recycled snippets, acoustic phenomenons all merge within a space where devotional music and internet soundscapes coexist. Bringing physicality to an intangible geography, Biberkopf sits between Dr Livingstone and Werner Herzog, blurring the lines between naturalistic contemplation and internet deconstruction. Recorded at 3 Dienos, Théâtre de l’Usine Festival & edited afterwards JG Biberkopf is part of SHAPE, the European initiative promoting innovative practices in sound and audiovisual art.
Biophilia now: 10 radical artists and designers inspired by nature
As the plant-filled Second Home London Fields prepares to open, we celebrate by selecting 10 artists and designers who use technology to explore our relationship to nature
Deconstructing Disciplinary Architecture
In two solo exhibitions, artist Kapwani Kiwanga takes apart the structure of the powers that govern our public space. From hospitals to back alleys, how are modes of control built into the architectures that we inhabit?
Joshua Sabin Mix
Alongside the release of 'Terminus Drift' on the Subtext Recordings imprint, Joshua Sabin delivers a mix including like-minded sound sculptors and label alumni Paul Jebanasam, Eric Holm and Emptyset.
The Digital Garden
Japanese ultra-technologists TeamLab dissolve the traditional boundaries between artwork and audience in their show at Pace Gallery. Zen-like contemplation permeates every pixel of their work, steering away from the somewhat brute form often taken by heavily tech-powered artworks. 'Transcending Boundaries' will be on view from 25 January to 11 March 2017 at 6 Burlington Gardens in London.
Butting heads with modes of control
From confidence to consumerism, Elliot Dodd takes on the dominant forms of authority that govern contemporary culture
Painting the Islamic State
Artist Navine G. Khan-Dossos transforms IS propaganda into geometric paintings as she deconstructs the complex relationship between Islam and the West
Cracking open the dancefloor
Captured during Skanu Mezs Festival, Riga's beacon of improv, avant-garde and club music in October 2016, this set showcases M.E.S.H. trademark eclectic abstraction. The Berlin-based producer deconstructs his motley set of references, levelling the divide between the avant-garde and a fortright club enjoyment.
On the Cover: Meet Zeitguised, the award-winning design studio behind our new issue cover, presented in partnership with WeTransfer
Casting Out The Self
Artwork: Dominic Hawgood explores photographic fictions, spirituality and drug-induced hallucinations
What's in a Rave
Essay + Mixtape: Evian Christ and Lee Gamble share memories and reflections with Nora Khan in a personal eulogy to club culture
Artwork: What is real and unreal? Explore a virtual abandoned mall in Claire Hentschker's newly commissioned 360 film
The Games That We Play
In Conversation: Lucile Hadžihalilović talks mysterious childhood rites, as her first film in eleven years is released
The Secret Life of Data
Onscreen: We premiere 'White Mountain', a docu-fiction film by Emma Charles set in a sci-fi underground bunker
Mixtape: Continuing to cross-pollinate sounds through dance music, Aisha Devi mixes metaphysical and religious influences
Fossils of the Future
In Conversation: Jussi Parikka journeys through deep time to break open the myths of our machines
HFT The Gardener
Artwork: Fall down the rabbit hole with Suzanne Treister’s tale of a banker turned outsider artist
Optimism at the End of the World
In Conversation + Mixtape: Timothy Morton on fusing pop music with philosophy
Colour Mixing Machine
Artwork: A mandala guides the way to the 'Empathics', a fictional race of women, as imagined by Saya Woolfalk
Myths of Matter and Memory
Onscreen: Sasha Litvintseva curates a film programme on the past, present and future fictions that shroud our technologies.
A Non-Universal Universe
Essay: Elvia Wilk reflects on ancient symbols and Eco Art in the work of three contemporary female artists
Fiction: Tyler Coburn crafts a tailor-made guide to the human of the future in three short stories
Show and Tell
Essay: Orit Gat considers the recent focus on undersea cables in the work of several artists
Howling Under the Blue Moon
Field Trip: Florence Peake, Beatrice Dillon and Wojciech Kosma lead a cult for the night in the heart of the Cambridge countryside
In Conversation: Camille Henrot talks messiness and internet memes
The Origin of Love
GALLERY: Marguerite Humeau collaborates with Toke Lykkeberg Nielsen and Benjamin Penaguin to create a digital parchment on the biological synthesis of love
On the Internet Archive
Essay: John Douglas Millar considers the social and political implications of the archive from classical antiquity to the present day, rasing new questions around technology and capitalism as spiritual experience