Open issueVol. 4 No. 2 (2021)
This issue features texts that explore the form of the academic essay, with contributions from David Ritchie and Julio Alcántara. Poetics, in the ancient sense of a treatise on aesthetics, is a key component in essays by Gorica Orsholits and Adam Staley Groves, while María Paula Suárez and Shannon A.B. Perry question the role of art in political and personal processes. Avron Kulak reads Kierkegaard and Descartes to have us reconsider the distinction between reason and faith. Also: Timothy Deane-Freeman on inscription in Guattari and Niall Gildea on Derrida.
Cover-image: “Oblivion,” charcoal and cyanotype, by Pilar Sekho, based on Julio Alcántara’s visual concept for the article “On Oblivion” © 2021. Used by permission.
Artificial lifeVol. 4 No. 1 (2021)
How do we live well and ethically in our present technological fix? This is the key question when we interrogate Socrates’ technē, a posthuman theory for computational objects, and how to live and work in a technological-scientific world order. Conceptual, performative and absurdist artwork, curated by our guest editor Marjorie Vecchio explores how to live and die well in a multispecies symbiosis on a damaged planet.
Cover-image: “Non-Human-Touch,” GIF by Surabhi Saraf © 2020. Used by permission.
Power in a time of pandemicVol. 3 No. 2 (2020)
This open issue questions the relation between subject and power: what is the substance and appearance of the sovereign, what are the domains and limits of state power, and what are the effects of governance in the time of a health scare. Two short texts by Giorgio Agamben show how a religion of science became a tool to administer an exceptional governmentality under the recent pandemic.
Cover-image: “Masks,” drawing, by Pat Fjeld © 2020. Used by permission.
Outsourced! Mediatisation and revoltVol. 3 No. 1 (2020)
Outsourcing is a way to get someone else to act on our behalf. In psycho-analysis the term is also used for instances of exteriorised reception, politics, or belief. This issue of Inscriptions considers cases when such outsourcing is non-subjectivised, i.e. when there is a knowledge "out there," in the Real, but where it is not yet possible to say who it is that believes. Tidhar Nir's essay on the experience of shock in art explores how the ego can be resituated within such knowledges, while Jørgen Veisland proposes a model for how the artistic imagination shields itself from, and yet incorporates, knowledges "in the Real." This "Real" is very much present in the work of our editor Sharif Abdunnur, who explains what it is like to teach in the context of an ongoing revolt in Lebanon. We also present a series of paste-ups and murals by the street artist AFK that bring up complex debates while also giving us a glimpse into the holy.
Cover image: "The Shift (detail)," oil on canvas, by AFK (c) 2019. Used by permission.
Kierkegaard: decisionality and betrayalVol. 2 No. 2 (2019)
When Abraham decided to set out to murder his son Issac, and in so doing obey the words of his God, he by the same token betrayed the laws of his community; conversely had he adhered to those laws, he would have betrayed his own, most deeply constituted truth and being. To Søren Kierkegaard the meaning of Abraham’s sacrificial act was key to understand faith. This issue of Inscriptions interrogates the notion of a leap of faith through essays by Jørgen Veisland, on the profound effects such a leap can have on a subjectivity characterised by relational and indeterminate differences; Siobhan Doyle; Kresten Lundsgaard-Leth; Alexander Velichkov; and Tidhar Nir. We are also thrilled to present searching poetry by Daniel Fraser and that icon of the deconstructionist movement, Christopher Norris.
Cover image: “Kierkegaard,” calligraphy and felt pen on paper, by Patrycja Fjeld (c) June 2019. Used by permission.
The Global Unconscious: art, technology, scienceVol. 2 No. 1 (2019)
Featuring articles in the traditions of Sigmund Freud and Carl Gustav Jung, this issue of Inscriptions interrogates approaches to the term unconscious in contexts such as petroleum-driven culture, the 9/11 memorial in New York, the relation between art and society on the work of Bjarne Melgaard, and our current era of a global internet and social media culture. We also feature art by Stefan Chazbijewicz, a filmmaker, poet and visual artist based in Poland, who seeks to establish a mystic space of what he refers to as “salvaged reality” in his work.
Cover-image: “rouge essentialles,” oil on handmade paper, by Stefan Chazbijewicz (c) August 2017. On exhibition by Glaza Art Gallery, Gdańsk, Poland. Used by permission.
Consecrations: The philosophy of Wolfgang Schirmacher and the passing of the humanVol. 1 No. 1 (2018)
This inaugural issue of Inscriptions features three previously unpublished translations of original work by Wolfgang Schirmacher, as well as a comprehensive interview with him conducted in Dresden, Germany, in February this year. We have made avaliable parts of the interview that were not included in the article as audio files here. Also in this issue is a contribution from Daniel Fraser that takes a phenomenological approach to what it is that happens when we put our book down and no longer read, while three literary contributions variously bring up spectrality, romance and memory.
Cover image: "Man-machine" by Pat Fjeld (c) 2018. Used by permission.
Publisher: Tankebanen forlag, Norway.