Social Media: Practices of (In)Visibility in Contemporary Art

In a preview of the forthcoming issue 40 of Afterall journal, we are pleased to make available a new essay by Sven Lütticken, who outlines a theory of mediated life from nineteenth-century barricades to twenty-first century occupations.


Lee Friedlander: The Little Screens

In this book, Saul Anton provides an in-depth discussion of The Little Screens (1963–69), a series of photographs by Lee Friedlander that show television screens broadcasting glowing images of faces and figures into unoccupied rooms in homes and motels across America.


Systems Failure: The Embarrassing Antics of de Gruyter & Thys

Judith Wilkinson explores the work of Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys, in which maniacal car mechanics, masked hoodlums, recovering perverts and commedia dell'arte characters enact strange rituals of exchange...


Artists at Work: Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige

Chantal Pontbriand talks to Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige about their recent film projects and the impact of new contemporary art platforms upon artistic practice in the Middle East.


Mike Kelley: Educational Complex

Mike Kelley’s Educational Complex (1995) presents forgotten spaces as subjective frames for trauma, real or imagined.


Stone as Stone: An Essay About Jimmie Durham

Anders Kreuger elucidates Jimmie Durham’s approach to art-making, based on investigative thinking and ethical engagement, which contests the oppressive dominance of the state.

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Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys: Fine Arts

‘Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys: Fine Arts’ is now open at Raven Row, London. Find out more about the artists’ deadpan humour in the essays ‘Systems Failure’ and ‘The Silence of the Lamps’, originally published in issue 22 of Afterall journal.

Jimmie Durham at the Serpentine

The Serpentine Gallery presents ‘Jimmie Durham: Various Items and Complaints’, a survey show on Durham's multi-dimensional practice.

Read Anders Kreuger and Anthony Huberman on Durham's work in issue 30 of Afterall journal.

Afterall issue 39 out now!

The Summer 2015 issue of Afterall looks at noise and confusion in the work of Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Jill Magid, Postcommodity and the Center for Historical Reenactments. Peter Pál Pelbart reflects on contemporaneity, while accompanying essays offer detailed studies of Iniva in London and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney. Browse through the contents here, or subscribe to get your copy.