I, Oblomov is an ode to the novel Oblomov, written in the mid-19th century by the Russian writer Ivan Goncharov. More than 150 years later, it still remains a key to deciphering the Russian mentality, which for centuries has both perplexed and captivated foreign travelers in the region. The novel’s hero, Ilya Ilyich Oblomov, is a wealthy landowner living in St. Petersburg. He is a humane and gentle man, but above all he is passive in the extreme. Day after day, he lies on the couch, absent-mindedly receiving a stream of visitors. Lost in aimless reveries, he seems incapable of even the simplest actions; horrified at the prospect of work, he also seems to have no appetite for life beyond his sluggish routine. Whether this is pure laziness, or a stoic wisdom, Oblomov’s strange lethargy – or “Oblomovshchina” (Oblomovism) – continues to be a powerful force in Russia today. In this project, I offer my own interpretation of this distinctly Russian phenomenon through a series of self-portraits and interior photographs taken over the course of my travels in Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. As the images show, I often found myself lying down for long periods, overcome by depression, laziness, bad weather or hangover – evidence that after nine years of living in the former USSR, Oblomovshchina can also become the reality of a Japanese photographer. “Russia cannot be understood with the mind alone…” (F. Tyutchev, 1866); perhaps no other quote captures the significance of Oblomov so well. Over time, Russia seeps into the body; even if it cannot be explained, it is powerfully felt. If a number of famous Russians, such as Tolstoy, Dostoevsky and Chekhov, admired Oblomov, others reacted against it. Lenin, for instance, wrote that “the old Oblomov has remained [with us], and we must wash him, cleanse him, shake him and thrash him, in order to get some sense [out of him].” Nabokov, for his part, once commented: “Two Ilyiches ruined Russia” – Ilya Ilyich Oblomov and Vladimir Ilyich Lenin. Not even Lenin, however, was able to loosen Oblomovshchina’s grip on Russian society. Living here, I joined the ranks of countless modern Oblomovs, sleeping away the crises, living in our dreams.

The eye is the dominant sensory organ of our age, with more and more information received in still and moving images, and more and more information mined visually from spatial dimensions that are ever smaller and ever greater. The use of a wide variety of optical devices has long been second nature to us, and their methods of extending the reach of our sight–virtually and really–have instigated fundamental, far-reaching changes in our understanding of reality. The Expanded Eye takes a concerted look at an experimental side of art, where seeing means insight. It presents paintings, objects, film and video installations from the 1950s to the present, a spectrum that takes into equal account the playful experiments of postwar art and the radically altered premises of recent artistic practice. Artists include Bridget Riley, Robert Smithson, Jonas Mekas, Olafur Eliasson and Jules Spinatsch.

The second volume in the Psychopathologies series maps the complex development of cognitive capitalism. This volume assembles papers from the 2013 conference at ICI, Berlin, into three sections: Cognitive Capitalism: The Early Phase; The Psychopathologies of Cognitive Capitalism and its Responses; and The Cognitive Turn in Cognitive Capitalism. With essays by Ina Blom, Arne De Boever, Pascal Gielen, Sanford Kwinter, Maurizio Lazzarato, Karl Lyden, Yann Moulier Boutang, Warren Neidich, Matteo Pasquinelli, Alexei Penzin, Patricia Reed, John Roberts, Liss C. Werner and Charles T. Wolfe.

1 purple NEWS 2 WINTER ELEMENTS by Bettina Komenda & Katja Rahlwes 3 BEST of the SEASON by Anushka Blommers & Niels Schumm 4 purple INTERVIEWS ON CINEMA Gus Van Sant Olivier Assayas 5 purple FASHION FALL WINTER 2004-05 Annette Aurell Vava Ribeiro Masafumi Sanai Terry Richardson Corinne Day Katja Rahlwes Mark Borthwick 6 purple INTERVIEWS ON ART John Armelder Tim Griffin 7 COLLAGES for purple by Rita Ackermann 8 INNOCENCE and AGE by Martynka Wawrzyniak 9 BALENCIAGA by NICHOLAS GHESQUIÉRE, A RETROSPECTIVE Mark Borthwick Dominique Gonzales Foerster Ola Rindal Fabien Baron Juergen Teller David Armstrong 10 purple BIRDTALK by Richard Prince 11 purple BEAUTY Richard Kern Camille Vivier Jean-François Lepage 12 purple ARCHITECTURE Comme des Garçons in Paris Rome, Lost Modernity Mobile Architecture 13 A PLAY by Gary Indiana 14 purple PHILOSOPHY Mille morts et un ultimatum 15 purple DESERT by Dominique Gonzales Foerster 16 YALE UNIVERSITY by Drew Jarett 17 DEEP AMERICA by Jusine Kurland 18 RESERVISTS by Giasco Bertoli 19 BEATEN PORTUGAL by Bruno Santos 20 last purple INTERVIEWS Slavoj Zizek Sparks 21 purple DRAWINGS Last laughs 22 purple FASHION MEN Genetic Transmission 23 SPECIAL PROJECT In the studio New York/2004

Designed to look and feel like a chic new artsy/underground magazine, this big, floppy, glossy publication features art that mines contemporary youth subcultures–from vapid suburban party girls, to urban graffiti artists, to Goths, student athletes, losers, sluts, political activists, computer geeks, skaters and burgeoning homoeroticists. The artists featured include: Abetz / Drescher, Rita Ackermann, Joe Andoe, Marc Bijl, Anuschka Blommers & Niels Schumm, Slater Bradley, Daniele Buetti, Ian Cooper, Annelies Coste, Sue de Beer, Philip Lorca-DiCorcia, Amie Dicke, Tracey Emin, Luis Gispert, Anthony Goicolea, Janine Gordon, Matthew Greene, Lauren Greenfield, Kevin Hanley, Esther Harris, Rachel Howe, Pierre Huyghe, Laura Kikauka, Clemens Krauss, Hendrik Krawen, Liisa Lounila, Martin Maloney, Marlene McCarty, Ryan McGinley, Alex McQuilkin, Bjarne Melgaard, Alex Morrison, Joao Onofre, Lea Asja Pagenkemper, Mike Pare, Frederic Post, Bettina Pousttchi, L.A. Raven, Julika Rudelius, Collier Schorr, Kiki Seror, Ulrike Siecaup, Hannah Starkey, Tomoaki Suzuki, Alex Tennigkeit, Sue Tompkins, Gavin Turk, Iris van Dongen, Alejandro Vidal, Banks Violett. This book also contains essays by Jens Hoffman, Georg Seeslen, Niels Werber, Mercedes Bunz, Matthias Ulrich. What distinguishes the youth of today? The impulse of the young, the youthful and the forever young in our society is ever present and determining – independent of its affiliation to a generation: dynamism, flexibility, enthusiasm, but also friction and protest are just some parameters which influence our everyday life and our life together. In the exhibition, “The Youth of Today”, young artists grant us a diverse critical-analytical insight into the lives of young people. Through their selected media, the questions and problems, as well as the emotional structures describing these themes, are revealed. It is accompanying an exhibition at Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt.

With contributions by Anders Edström, Bettina Komenda, Donald Christie,Terry Richardson, Kenshu Shintsubo, Alex Antitch, Giasco Bertoli, Marcelo Krasilcic, Mark Borthwick, Patterson Beckwith, Chikashi Suzuki, Katja Rahlwes, Martien Mulders, Blommers & Schumm, Camille Vivier, Patrick Katzman, Tokyo Spiral 3, Giasco Bertoli, Takashi Noguchi, Collier Schorr, Ronald Stoops, Cris Moor, Maria Finn, Banu Cennetoglu Art Direction: Christophe Brunnquell

“Public space” is a potent and contentious topic among artists, architects, and cultural producers. Public Space? Lost and Found considers the role of aesthetic practices within the construction, identification, and critique of shared territories, and how artists or architects — the “antennae of the race” — can heighten our awareness of rapidly changing formulations of public space in the age of digital media, vast ecological crises, and civic uprisings.

Public Space? Lost and Found combines significant recent projects in art and architecture with writings by historians and theorists. Contributors investigate strategies for responding to underrepresented communities and areas of conflict through the work of Marjetica Potrč in Johannesburg and Teddy Cruz on the Mexico-U.S. border, among others. They explore our collective stakes in ecological catastrophe through artistic research such as atelier d’architecture autogérée’s hubs for community action and recycling in Colombes, France, and Brian Holmes’s theoretical investigation of new forms of aesthetic perception in the age of the Anthropocene. Inspired by artist and MIT professor Antoni Muntadas’ early coining of the term “media landscape,” contributors also look ahead, casting a critical eye on the fraught impact of digital media and the internet on public space.

This book is the first in a new series of volumes produced by the MIT School of Architecture and Planning’s Program in Art, Culture and Technology.

Contributorsatelier d’architecture autogérée, Dennis Adams, Bik Van Der Pol, Adrian Blackwell, Ina Blom, Christoph Brunner with Gerald Raunig, Néstor García Canclini, Colby Chamberlain, Beatriz Colomina, Teddy Cruz with Fonna Forman, Jodi Dean, Juan Herreros, Brian Holmes, Andrés Jaque, Caroline Jones, Coryn Kempster with Julia Jamrozik, Gyürgy Kepes, Rikke Luther, Matthew Mazzotta, Metahaven, Timothy Morton, Antoni Muntadas, Otto Piene, Marjetica Potrč, Nader Tehrani, Troy Therrien, Gedminas and Nomeda Urbonas, Angela Vettese, Mariel Villeré, Mark Wigley, Krzysztof Wodiczko

With section openings fromAna María León, T. J. Demos, Doris Sommer, and Catherine D’Ignazio

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