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“At first glance, climate failures may appear to be conventional engineering failures, systems overflowing or breaking d...
12/24/2019
New Phenologies

“At first glance, climate failures may appear to be conventional engineering failures, systems overflowing or breaking down due to bad design or inadequate maintenance. However, upon closer study, they reveal themselves as failures produced by environments changing faster than we can accommodate, adapt, or prepare for.”

Read more of Tega Brain’s New Phenologies in our online issue of Issue #4: In Tension. Print editions are also available for sale 🥰

https://unbag.net/in-tension/new-phenologies

unbag is an arts & politics publication and community arts organization based in New York.

In 1855, a group of French settlers founded an experimental socialist utopian society in Texas known as La Reunion. Afte...
11/30/2019

In 1855, a group of French settlers founded an experimental socialist utopian society in Texas known as La Reunion. After 18-months of unexpectedly harsh conditions, the nearly 400 inhabitants of La Reunion were wiped out or returned home after the project fell into ruin. The founding of La Reunion is the basis for the modern day city of Dallas, where the only memory that remains of this community lives in one of the city’s modernist buildings: The Reunion Tower.

Watch Suneil Sanzgiri’s The Reunion at unbag.net (link below)! 2019, Single-Channel Video, Stereo Sound, 6 minutes

https://unbag.net/in-tension/the-reunion

In Lebanon, anti-government protests are calling for an end to the country's sectarian clientelist system, a scene that ...
11/21/2019

In Lebanon, anti-government protests are calling for an end to the country's sectarian clientelist system, a scene that recalls the "waste revolts" of 2015 in which demonstrators condemned government inaction leading to a garbage crisis in Beirut. Bassem Saad on Lebanon's ongoing waste crises, with a critical take on ecological resilience.

Photo of river of trash in one of Beirut’s eastern suburbs. Source: Hasan Shaaban—Reuters.

https://unbag.net/in-tension/no-entropy-cassandra-2020

In Delhi, artists increasingly gravitate to projects that are sited in public and invite community interaction. But what...
11/05/2019
Aesthetics of Access

In Delhi, artists increasingly gravitate to projects that are sited in public and invite community interaction. But what happens when the funding for community art comes from organizations that promote neoliberal agendas, such as urban revitalization? Sanchita Khurana on the growing interest in Socially Engaged Art in Delhi.

https://unbag.net/in-tension/aesthetics-of-access

Street and Community Art in New Delhi

06/25/2019
Unbooty Bounce BBQ

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BBQ dinner included with your ticket to Unbooty Bounce: unbag summer benefit 2019, so grab your ticket and fill up your plate.

SAVE THE DATE! • unbag’s summer benefit 2019 UNBOOTY BOUNCE will take place July 1, 6-9 PM at Trans-Pecos. It’s gonna be...
06/19/2019
Unbooty Bounce

SAVE THE DATE! • unbag’s summer benefit 2019 UNBOOTY BOUNCE will take place July 1, 6-9 PM at Trans-Pecos. It’s gonna be lit. 🍑🔥 Get your ticket here: http://bit.ly/UnbootyBounce



Come bounce ya ass to DJs Skype Williams + Hon2ou alongside unbag’s hosts and past contributors Morehshin Allahyari, Justin Allen, American Artist, Brian Droitcour, Devin Kenny, Baseera Khan, Prince Harvey, Salome Asega, Ajay Kurian, Jazmin Jones • $25 • proceeds go toward artists’ honoraria, printing and production costs, and programming.

Unbag Summer Benefit 2019

We are absolutely stoked to be the Publisher in Residence at Wendy's Subway this spring!! Please watch this page for ann...
03/15/2019

We are absolutely stoked to be the Publisher in Residence at Wendy's Subway this spring!! Please watch this page for announcements on our upcoming programs led by Thom Donovan, Xavi Acarin, Zahra Patterson, and J Olson 💗

We’re excited to announce that @unbagnyc will be in residence at Wendy’s Subway in March and April 2019, with some events extending into May.

unbag is a New York City-based community arts organization that produces a digital and print publication promoting critical engagement with contemporary art and politics. For their residency, unbag will organize a series of workshops, seminars, and walking tours centered around discussions of politics, place, and entropy. Programs led by Thom Donovan, Xavi Acarin, Zahra Patterson and J Olson are part of unbag’s forthcoming issue, set for release in Summer 2019.

First up, Overwritten: Seminar with Thom Donovan on Saturday, March 23 from 2-5pm.

The Wendy’s Subway Residency Program is made possible through The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation Art and Social Justice Grant, and through public funds from the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council on the Arts, administered in Kings County by the Brooklyn Arts Council.

More information on the Wendy's Subway Residency Program and upcoming events here: http://www.wendyssubway.com/residency/

2018 was a big year for unbag! 💃🏽We launched our second and third issues, led a series called “Readings in Criticism wit...
12/28/2018

2018 was a big year for unbag! 💃🏽We launched our second and third issues, led a series called “Readings in Criticism with unbag” at MoMA PS1 with Brian Droitcour, entered collections at ICP - International Center of Photography, Yale University, NYPL The New York Public Library, The New School, and The Library of Congress 📚, participated in the New York Art Book Fair for the first time ever 🤯 AND added new staff members: Addison Vawters and Allison Jordan (Development), Mylo Mendez (Editorial) and Nevona Friedman (Events)!!! 🥳
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We hope that you support our artists and mission this year whether it be financially, by reading our content, or by attending our events. remember to submit to unbag’s call for proposals. Contributors receive close editorial support, publication in our magazine, and a small honorarium. Apply by January, 6, 2019. unbag.net/submit
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Photos: Gustavo Murillo Fernández-Valdés

Finished reading the web edition of Reverie? There's more projects that are only available in the print edition, grab yo...
10/29/2018
Issue 3: Reverie - unbag store

Finished reading the web edition of Reverie? There's more projects that are only available in the print edition, grab your copy today at the link below. 📗

In this issue of unbag, we seek to play with reverie as a way of thinking with fantasy, magic, and desire. In what ways do we dream about the world? Might the fantastical address the political? What compels such modes of detachment?

Forthcoming in unbag Issue 3: Reverie... In "Do Androids Dream of Whiteness: Yellowbotics and the Yellow Cyborg," Daniel...
08/21/2018

Forthcoming in unbag Issue 3: Reverie...

In "Do Androids Dream of Whiteness: Yellowbotics and the Yellow Cyborg," Danielle Wu examines works by Anicka Yi, Candice Lin, and Tiffany Jaeyeon Shin; identifying the 'cyborg' as a subject that has been severely compromised and is complicit within oppressive systems.

💛💚 Pre-order Issue 3 today @ http://www.unbag.net/store/product/issue-3-reverie

Planning to attend the NY Art Book Fair in September? Use coupon code ‘NYABF’ to skip the shipping charge and pick up your copy from us in person at the fair!

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📷: Tiffany Jaeyeon Shin, Untitled (Self-Conditioning), 2017. Courtesy of the artist.

Forthcoming in unbag Issue 3: Reverie... In 1992, the artist Juan Muñoz and composer Gavin Bryars made an episodic radio...
08/19/2018

Forthcoming in unbag Issue 3: Reverie...

In 1992, the artist Juan Muñoz and composer Gavin Bryars made an episodic radio program in which they unveiled secrets behind card manipulation tricks. Each episode featured instructions for a different illusion, drawn from a famous manual on the art of sleight of hand. However, when producing the show, the artists employed some tricks of their own, using music and narration to “misdirect” the audience’s attention, and deliberately lead them astray.
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At a time when various forms of media are increasingly dismissed as "fake," Gabriel Pericas revisits this work to speculate on the theater of the “reveal.” Looking to various forms of illusion—from card tricks, to magic, and to street performance—he questions our impulse to expose deception, and to prove something as false.

Gabriel Pericas is an artist, writer, and graphic designer based in Brooklyn. He is founder of Biel Books, an artist-run publishing house.

💛💚 Pre-order Issue 3 today @ http://www.unbag.net/store/product/issue-3-reverie

Planning to attend the NY Art Book Fair in September? Use coupon code ‘NYABF’ to skip the shipping charge and pick up your copy from us in person at the fair!

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Forthcoming in unbag Issue 3: Reverie... "Apologies for Not Showing You a Good Time" is a short story by Gili Ostfield a...
08/17/2018

Forthcoming in unbag Issue 3: Reverie...

"Apologies for Not Showing You a Good Time" is a short story by Gili Ostfield about real-world relationships and the voids they fail to fill. Set in the mind of a narrator who’s falling ill, who fears isolation, and who has trouble discerning what’s real and what’s in her head, the meandering story explores a complex idea of the self.

Gili Ostfield is a writer in New York. She is an editor at Poets & Traitors Press and works on the production staff of The New Yorker.

💛💚 Pre-order Issue 3 today @ http://www.unbag.net/store/product/issue-3-reverie

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📷: Mirari Echavarri, From Work (imprint on towel), 2014. Courtesy of the artist.

Pre-orders of unbag Issue 3: Reverie include a limited edition copy of "Don’t Let Your Past Consume You," an artwork by ...
07/27/2018

Pre-orders of unbag Issue 3: Reverie include a limited edition copy of "Don’t Let Your Past Consume You," an artwork by Stephanie Castro printed on a 16" x 16" satin charmeuse scarf.

Order your copy today: https://unbag.net/store/product/issue-3-reverie/

Planning to attend the NY Art Book Fair in September? Use coupon code ‘NYABF’ to skip the shipping charge and pick up your copy from us in person at the fair!

We're excited to announce the release of unbag's third issue: Reverie.Contributors include: Nada Shalaby & Dena Al-Adeeb...
07/21/2018
Issue 3: Reverie (pre-order) - unbag store

We're excited to announce the release of unbag's third issue: Reverie.

Contributors include: Nada Shalaby & Dena Al-Adeeb, Barbara E. Byrd , Stephanie Castro, Brian Droitcour, Anaïs Duplan, Jazmin Jones, Yasmin Majeed, M. Milks, Lara Mimosa Montes, Gili Ostfield, Gabriel Pericàs, Isaac Pool, Penny Rafferty aka Omsk Social Club, Felicitas Rohden, Alona Weiss, and Danielle Wu

Pre-orders include a limited edition copy of "Don’t Let Your Past Consume You," an artwork by Stephanie Castro printed on a 16" x 16" satin charmeuse scarf.

Cover: Untitled by Rujuta Rao

In this issue of unbag, we seek to play with reverie as a way of thinking with fantasy, magic, and desire. In what ways do we dream about the world? Might the fantastical address the political? What compels such modes of detachment?

unbag Issue 3: ReverieIn reverie, one is necessarily detached. Imagination gives way to desire, and thought turns to nar...
07/21/2018

unbag Issue 3: Reverie

In reverie, one is necessarily detached. Imagination gives way to desire, and thought turns to narratives distinct from social reality. From a psychological perspective, reverie may address an unmet need. In film and literature, reverie frequently plays with, or complicates, an audience’s relation to the real.

In this issue of unbag, we seek to play with reverie as a way of thinking with fantasy, magic, and desire. In what ways do we dream about the world? Might the fantastical address the political? What compels such modes of detachment?

Contributors include: Nada Shalaby & Dena Al-Adeeb*, Barbara Byrd, Stephanie Castro, Brian Droitcour*, Anaïs Duplan*, Jazmin Jones, Yasmin Majeed, M. Milks, Lara Mimosa Montes, Gili Ostfield, Gabriel Pericàs, Isaac Pool, Penny Rafferty aka Omsk Social Club*, Felicitas Rohden, Alona Weiss, Danielle Wu

*online only

Cover: Untitled by Rujuta Rao

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We're out in Bushwick next Saturday for the 13th 8Ball Community Zine Fair. Come see us at El Coqui Billiards & Lounge f...
06/18/2018

We're out in Bushwick next Saturday for the 13th 8Ball Community Zine Fair. Come see us at El Coqui Billiards & Lounge from 11am-6pm.

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Big news from team unbag: We've got subscriptions now! You can start your subscription with the current issue or the for...
05/04/2018
unbag Yearly Subscription - unbag store

Big news from team unbag: We've got subscriptions now! You can start your subscription with the current issue or the forthcoming issue. Support your local small press publication by funding future issues through our new subscription service.

Two issues of unbag Magazine and invitation to all unbag parties and events.

04/30/2018
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Enjoy the content in the web edition of unbag Issue 2: End? Get a copy of the beautiful print edition today at the unbag...
04/12/2018
Issue 2: End - unbag store

Enjoy the content in the web edition of unbag Issue 2: End? Get a copy of the beautiful print edition today at the unbag Store!

http://unbag.net/store/product/issue-2-end/

Cover: Performance of Acoustic Sound Blanket by Baseera Khan at the Whitney Museum of American Art, July 21, 2017. Photograph by Filip Wolak. Special thanks to Participant Inc.

Critical essays, literary works, visual art, and web projects that begin with the notion of “End."

Ishmael Marika is a filmmaker working with The Mulka Project: a production house, recording studio, digital learning cen...
04/05/2018
Wanga Watangumirri Dharuk - unbag - Issue 2: End

Ishmael Marika is a filmmaker working with The Mulka Project: a production house, recording studio, digital learning centre, and cultural archive that protects Yolŋu cultural knowledge in Northeast Arnhem Land, Australia.

Click through to view their video featured in unbag Issue 2.

http://unbag.net/issue-2-end/wanga-watangumirri-dharuk/

Ishmael Marika is a filmmaker working with The Mulka Project: a production house, recording studio, digital learning centre, and cultural archive that protects Yolŋu cultural knowledge in Northeast Arnhem Land, Australia.

Wander through thought and space in Cruel Oath, a hallucinatory hypertext fiction that hybridizes real and simulated wor...
04/03/2018
Cruel Oath - unbag - Issue 2: End

Wander through thought and space in Cruel Oath, a hallucinatory hypertext fiction that hybridizes real and simulated worlds.

Will Lee brings us this sci-fi narrative as a web-exclusive project for unbag Issue 2. Please click the links to progress through the story. Videos will play automatically. After 40 seconds, you will be given an option to skip each video, should you wish to do so.

http://unbag.net/issue-2-end/cruel-oath/

A hypertext narrative by William Lee containing video and sound. Aboard the Vereena, life persists without death. Here, unbound from mortal coil, you wander through thought and space...

Ashwin Ravikumar blends critical essay with memoir to connect the rise of new activism in the United States that rallies...
03/29/2018
Deep Hanging Out - unbag - Issue 2: End

Ashwin Ravikumar blends critical essay with memoir to connect the rise of new activism in the United States that rallies around a radical vision of the future with his own personal journeys in environmental advocacy in the global South. Read the full piece in unbag Issue 2.

http://unbag.net/issue-2-end/deep-hanging-inspiration-indigenous-vanguard/

Ashwin Ravikumar’s writing combines critical essay with memoir to reflect on their personal journey at the intersection of activism and politics in the United States and the global South.

Precious Okoyomon published excerpts of her forthcoming chapbook in unbag Issue 2: End. Spend some time with her work wh...
03/27/2018
Milk BBY - unbag - Issue 2: End

Precious Okoyomon published excerpts of her forthcoming chapbook in unbag Issue 2: End. Spend some time with her work which chronicles an obsession with milk and how it relates to the body and nationhood. Follow Precious online to read more from this collection of poems.

http://unbag.net/issue-2-end/milk-bby/

Poems from the chapbook MILK BBY by Precious Okoyomon. Her work chronicles an obsession with milk and how it relates to the body and nationhood.

This work expands on a trajectory of refusal often used in art and politics to open up conversations around power, and a...
03/22/2018
Thank You for Thinking of Me - unbag - Issue 2: End

This work expands on a trajectory of refusal often used in art and politics to open up conversations around power, and agency, and who reserves the right of refusal. Jesse Darling uses redacted emails that span many years to critique discrepancies often faced by practicing artists who are often asked to perform and extend themselves in ways they shouldn’t be. Check them out in unbag Issue 2.

http://unbag.net/issue-2-end/thank-you-for-thinking-of-me/

Correspondences 2014-2017: A selection of Jesse Darling’s emails of refusal, which consider the ways artists are asked to over-perform on daily basis.

Joe Riley is a surfer and an artist. In his essay, he looks at the history of how liquid concepts like flow, wave, and s...
03/20/2018
The Enigma of: - unbag - Issue 2: End

Joe Riley is a surfer and an artist. In his essay, he looks at the history of how liquid concepts like flow, wave, and surf are historically intertwined with the global financial markets. Explore this visually rich essay in unbag Issue 2.

http://unbag.net/issue-2-end/the-enigma-of/

Joe Riley is a surfer and an artist. And Point Break is a perfect movie. Riley's critical visual essay examines the connection between commerce and liquidity.

Afro-Pessimists Frank Wilderson and Jared Sexton argue that the transatlantic slave trade created blackness as non-being...
03/15/2018
Black Mysticism - unbag - Issue 2: End

Afro-Pessimists Frank Wilderson and Jared Sexton argue that the transatlantic slave trade created blackness as non-being, or non-ontology. This “social death” is defined by “gratuitous violence,” general dishonor, and isolation from all kinship and community relations other than that of the master/slave. For Fred Moten, blackness is shaped by and inseparable from anti-blackness, but is always already more than it. Instead of the non-ontological status conferred by social death, Moten points to a blackness without ontology that Calvin L. Warren calls “Black Mysticism.”

In the following excerpt, Warren looks at the relationship between Moten’s “Black Mysticism” and black people. The full version of his essay is titled “Black Mysticism: Fred Moten’s Phenomenology of (Black) Spirit.”

http://unbag.net/issue-2-end/black-mysticism/

For Fred Moten, blackness is shaped by and inseparable from anti-blackness, but is always already more than it. Instead of the non-ontological status conferred by social death, Moten points to a blackness without ontology that Calvin L. Warren calls “Black Mysticism.”

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