Sometimes the online world reveals unsuspected parallel dimensions. This is an unknown restyle of Neural independently (and secretly as we never knew about it) made by NY-based Motion and Graphic Designer, Clarke Blackham. Very nicely made, perhaps only a bit glossier for the magazine’s line, it testifies once more how even your most familiar outcomes can have another life somewhere else.
c6.org, ISBN 0955066492
There are roots in the most respected printed zine tradition (even back to the Whole Earth Catalogue) of printing handbooks made out of smart tricks and theories to subvert the ordinary daily life, collecting popular knowledge, hacker spirit and common sense evilly used. This is one of the most recent examples, with a similar graphic design (reminding the punk aesthetic) but printed with the waste-free techiniques of print-on-demand. The hacktivism here is sometimes intended as single acts, like the “senseless act of you beauty” defined by Stewart Home many years ago, and sometimes intended as smart hacks of the system. Compiled after a public call on some focused mailing list, it’s an interesting collection of new and old very different practices from around the world. Effective, funny, and even a little bit pretentious, it represents the interesting bits of information and the open contradictions of today’s performative radical media art.