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.

Chantal Akerman, La Captive, 35mm, 112min, 1999. Courtesy of the artist and Mary Goodman Gallery.


Images of an Indivisible Order

What does it mean to say someone is confined? Not simply someone who can't, or won't, leave his home but, above all, someone who leaves only when pushed...


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 shows television screens broadcasting glowing images of faces and figures into unoccupied rooms in homes and motels across America.


Artists at Work: Chantal Akerman

Alaina Claire Feldman talks to Chantal Akerman about working across film-making, installation and writing, and the making of her recent video installation, Maniac Shadows.


Mike Kelley: Educational Complex

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

Chantal Akerman, Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles, 35mm, 200min, 1975, production still. Courtesy of the artist and Mary Goodman Gallery.


These Shoes Are Made for Walking

Bérenice Reynaud discusses Chantal Akerman's La Captive (1999), comparing the narratives of Proust and Akerman in an analysis of femininity and memory. 

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Ade Darmawan at Portikus

Ade Darmawan’s first solo exhibition in Germany, ‘Magic Centre', is now open at Portikus in Frankfurt. Darmawan is also one of the founding members of the Indonesian artists’ collective ruangrupa. Read the essay ‘Who Cares a Lot?’ and this conversation to find out more about the collective.

Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz in Nottingham

Catch Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz's latest film at Nottingham Contemporary as part of the exhibition ‘Alien Encounters’. To know more about their work, read Gregg Bordowitz’s essay on their work from issue 31 of Afterall journal.

Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys at Raven Row

‘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.