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Thursday, 8 May 2014

A fistful of pamphlets from Semiotext(e)!


We just received a bunch of the specially-commissioned publictions that Semiotext(e) made for this year's Whitney Biennial (we got 16 out of the totl of 28), including super-limited titles from store favourites like Ariana Reines, Eileen Myles, Chris Kraus, Franco "Bifo" Berardi, Christian Marazzi, and more!

If you didn't already know, Semiotext(e) was founded as a journal in 1974 by Sylvère Lotringer with a group of Columbia University graduate students,with the goal of introducing French poststructuralist theory to the United States. With the 1978 release of the seminal Schizo-Culture issue, which conjoined critical theory, underground culture, and high literature and art, the journal began to forge the “high/low” aesthetic that remains central to the project today. Lotringer started the Foreign Agents series in 1983 with the publication of Simulations by Jean Baudrillard, followed by writings of Paul Virillio, Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuze, Felix Guattari, and others. In 1990 Chris Kraus launched Native Agents, a series of first-person fiction that aimed to assert a public female “I,” positing discursive American fiction as a radical practice of French theoretical ideas about identity and subjectivity. Joining Semiotext(e) as a co-editor in 2004, Hedi El Kholti extended the scope of both imprints, and launched both the Intervention Series (which features perennial store favourites like Chris Kraus' Where Art Belongs and Tiqqun's Theory of the Young-Girl) and the journal Animal Shelter.

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