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Rethinking contemporary aspects of the informe—related to technology, gender, disease, and race—in a Bataillean key through interviews with Matthew Barney, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, and Michael Taussig; a roundtable featuring Bruce Hainley, Ruba Katrib, and November editors; and essays on Black Bataille and the long shadow of catharsis.
Volume 1: On L'Informe
"Rethinking contemporary aspects of the informe—related to technology, gender, disease, and race—in a Bataillean key."
Unfinished Work: A Roundtable on L’informe
with Aria Dean, Bruce Hainley, Ruba Katrib, Emmanuel Olunkwa, and Lauren O'Neill-Butler
“It’s easy to recognize specters of Bataille’s thought today, for better and for worse.”
in conversation with Aria Dean
"At the core, I think of my creative language as being rather formless."
in conversation with Valerie Midlin
“L’informe comes out of WWII, the atomic bomb, and the Holocaust.”
in conversation with Nancy Goldring
“Sacrifice is a pointed instance of dépense, an exquisitely sacred combustion, and one that runs throughout Bataille’s economics.”
Catharsis in Ten Fragments
by Lauren O'Neill-Butler
"I've never understood catharsis."
by Aria Dean
“Blackness presents the possibility of a thoroughly anti-Idealist aesthetic and theory of objects.”