Catalyst book series

Catalyst books build speculative communities, inviting a wide range of perspectives into conversations about shared artistic, political, and intellectual values while privileging the unique, distinct and personal insights that characterize any single voice of engagement. Each volume in the series provides an in-depth look at a catalyst -- a thinker or artist who is actively working -- seeking after the full relevance of their (usually relatively recent) work in the present moment. The collected essays and artistic responses of the volume speculate on the interpretive possibilities inspired by the catalyst's work, and situate it in the contingencies of the present. The series focuses in particular on voices that have not already been widely featured but who have unique and relevant perspectives to share on questions of art, theory and culture.



Plastic Blue Marble—Catalyst: Amanda Boetzkes

Ted Hiebert, ed. (2016). With contributions by Shannon Bell, David Cecchetto, Mark Cheetham, Ted Hiebert, Doug Jarvis, Serena Kataoka, Anne Pasek, Andrew Pendakis and Maria Whiteman. Catalyst Book Series Volume 01. 185 pages.

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Our earth is no longer the solitary blue marble pictured from outer space by the Apollo 17 crew in 1972. Now, scholars such as Amanda Boetzkes imagine it as a plastic blue marble, mediated as it is through the paradoxes of intersectional and elemental thinking, anthropogenic change, and the ongoing project of imagining the futures we are building together. From visions of catastrophe to poetic journeys through the urban, social and artistic imagination, the contributions in this volume redistribute the currents of Boetzkes's ecological and theoretical insights. They discover new terrains of consideration, styles of thinking and creative forms of engaging with art, philosophy and ecological speculation.


Phono-Fictions and Other Felt Thoughts—Catalyst: Eldritch Priest

David Cecchetto, ed. (2016). With contributions by G Douglas Barrett, Marc Couroux, Émile Fromet de Rosnay, Ted Hiebert, Nicola Masciandaro, Juliana Pivato, Gary Shipley and Amy Tang. Catalyst Book Series Volume 02. 222 pages.

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Eldritch Priest's work does not often figure sounds as waves, but instead favours earworms and egregors ... abstractions that are themselves equally figured through sound. This field is one of phono-fictions, and the contributions to this volume variously figure out (and in) Priest's work by leveraging, interrogating, and promulgating the waves of boredom, bullshit, imagination, and analysis that drive it. These contributions are thus (sometimes true) fictions of a special type: they redound in (non)sonic bodies that are never isomorphic with themselves, instead moving parasitically in modulatory resonances that aggregate and dissemble according to logics that exceed sensibility.


Naturally Postnatural—Catalyst: Jennifer Willet

Ted Hiebert, ed. (Forthcoming: 2017). With contributions by Alana Bartol & Amanda White, Warren Cariou, George Gessert, Christian Kuras, Marta de Menezes, Natasha Myers, Melentie Pandilovski, Kira O'Reilly and Robert Zwijnenberg. Catalyst Book Series Volume 03.

Forthcoming: Fall 2017

Dr. Jennifer Willet is an internationally recognized artist in the emerging field of BioArt. Her work resides at the intersection of art and science, and explores notions of representation, the body, ecologies, and interspecies interrelations in the biotechnological field. Her work has been shown around the world, including the Arnolfini Museum (Bristol UK), Exit Art Gallery (New York), Ars Electronica (Linz), ISEA (San Jose), Biennial Electronic Arts Perth (Australia), The European Media Arts Festival (Osnabrück , Germany), amongst others. ¬†Willet is Associate Professor in the School of Visual Arts at the University of Windsor and the Director of INCUBATOR, the first biological art lab in Canada.


Series Editors: Amanda Boetzkes, David Cecchetto, Ted Hiebert.
To contribute to the series or to suggest a catalyst for future volumes, please contact the series editors: noxioussector@gmail.com