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Cabinet This is the home of Cabinet, a quarterly non-profit cultural magazine based in Brooklyn. The magazine also operates event spaces in Brooklyn and Berlin.
Cabinet is a quarterly non-profit magazine of art and culture based in Brooklyn. The non-profit also publishes books and organizes exhibitions, screenings, events, symposia, and conferences. Cabinet operates an event space in the Gowanus Canal area of Brooklyn and a second space in the Schöneberg area of Berlin.

In 1790, Xavier de Maistre—a French officer serving in the Piedmontese army—was placed under house arrest in Turin follo...
05/08/2020
The Interior’s Frontier | Boaz Levin

In 1790, Xavier de Maistre—a French officer serving in the Piedmontese army—was placed under house arrest in Turin following a duel. Sequestered for 42 days, the adventurous hot-air-balloon enthusiast instead turned his gaze onto his own room and wrote a small book entitled “Voyage autour de ma chambre” (Voyage Around My Room). Boaz Levin examines the legacy of one of the world’s first “in-plorers,” whose book was published at a time when European exploration and colonization was reaching a new peak.

http://cabinetmagazine.org/kiosk/levin_boaz_8_may_2020.php

A Voyage Along the Supply Chain of My Room

17 years ago, in a very different world, artist Matt Freedman, curator Mary Ceruti, and Sina Najafi of Cabinet co-curate...
04/23/2020

17 years ago, in a very different world, artist Matt Freedman, curator Mary Ceruti, and Sina Najafi of Cabinet co-curated "The Paper Sculpture Show," an ICI traveling group exhibition where visitors would assemble "sculptures" (in the very expanded sense) devised by 29 artists. The show wa just a pile a paper to begin with, and would end up with thousands of sculptures, including very inventive hybrids. ICI has just reissued it as "The Paper Sculpture Manual," a downloadable home project. Give it a try. https://curatorsintl.org/exhibitions/paper-sculpture-manual

An essay on Indonesian birdsong contests in our new issue references Ludwig Koch, the extraordinary German-Jewish natura...
04/16/2020

An essay on Indonesian birdsong contests in our new issue references Ludwig Koch, the extraordinary German-Jewish naturalist and sound recordist who in 1889, as an eight-year-old in Frankfurt, made the first ever recording of birdsong. After fleeing Germany for the UK in the mid-1930s, Koch and his groundbreaking field recordings of birds soon found a home on BBC Radio. He became so famous in his new homeland that his heavily accented voice and penchant for unusual recordings were even parodied by Peter Sellers. Learn more about Koch and listen to his 1889 recording and to Sellers’s skit.

http://cabinetmagazine.org/issues/66/kiosk.php

The English word “curfew” comes from French “couvre-feu,” a metal or earthen lid meant to be placed over the fire at nig...
04/14/2020

The English word “curfew” comes from French “couvre-feu,” a metal or earthen lid meant to be placed over the fire at night. How did it come to mean a time after which you must stay home? Some blame the Norman conquest. Read more in our new issue’s “Kiosk.”

http://cabinetmagazine.org/issues/66/kiosk.php

Our new issue has been printed and is now on a boat from Belgium. Subscribers can already view the entire issue online; ...
04/09/2020

Our new issue has been printed and is now on a boat from Belgium. Subscribers can already view the entire issue online; a selection of non-paywalled articles are available for non-subscribers. http://www.cabinetmagazine.org/issues/66/index.php

Four Chinese boys recently placed a banner outside a hospital in Florence that reads: ”Doctors and nurses, modern heroes...
03/24/2020
Modern Heroes with No Poets to Tell of Their Courage | Jeff Dolven, Maureen N. McLane, and Geoffrey Nutter

Four Chinese boys recently placed a banner outside a hospital in Florence that reads: ”Doctors and nurses, modern heroes with no poets to tell of your courage. Thank you from the heart.” Poets Jeff Dolven, Maureen N. McLane, and Geoffrey Nutter respond.

http://cabinetmagazine.org/kiosk/dolven_jeff_mclane_maureen_n_nutter_geoffrey_24_march_2020.php

Dedicated to nurses and doctors across the world

03/19/2020

Stuck at home and need to exercise? Don’t despair. All you need to conjure an invisible running machine into existence is some dishwashing detergent!

02/13/2020
Cabinet's paper-folding machine!

In 1849, the first US patent for a paper-folding machine was given to Edward N. Smith of Massachusetts based on his knife-folding technique.

Originally patented to standardize page size for bookbinding, these machines are now primarily marketed as commercial letter folders—increasing office efficiency and productivity while processing paper “at speeds up to 7,400 sheets per hour."" The knife technique has since been replaced with the Buckle technique, which relies on high speeds and friction to fold paper.

Here's to our attempts at increased office efficiency!

Last week a letter arrived from Huntsville prison in TX letting us know that Cabinet no. 40 would not be delivered to th...
02/11/2020

Last week a letter arrived from Huntsville prison in TX letting us know that Cabinet no. 40 would not be delivered to the inmate who'd ordered it because Blake Gopnik's article on the lack of pubic hair in art was accompanied by a 16th-century painting that the prison director had deemed pornographic. The issue, however, had to be kept for further analysis! http://cabinetmagazine.org/issues/40/gopnik.php

This is the first mosque to be built in Germany. Erected in 1915 at a prisoner-of-war camp in Wünsdorf, it catered to th...
01/29/2020

This is the first mosque to be built in Germany. Erected in 1915 at a prisoner-of-war camp in Wünsdorf, it catered to the Muslim POWs captured from the British and French armies. The Germans hoped that hospitable behavior toward these POWs would entice Muslims living under French and British rule to switch sides and fight alongside the Ottomans and the Germans.

Behold Anna-Maria Hefele, one of the rare singers who can sing two notes at the same time (aka throat singing or overton...
12/27/2019
An MRI Shows How a Singer Sings Two Tones at Once (With the Music of Mozart and Brian Eno)

Behold Anna-Maria Hefele, one of the rare singers who can sing two notes at the same time (aka throat singing or overtone singing). Two videos of Hefele performing inside an MRI machine show the work her tongue has to do to produce this otherworldly sound. http://www.openculture.com/2019/11/an-mri-shows-how-a-singer-sings-two-tones-at-once.html

When people hear Anna-Maria Hefele sing, they wonder how she does it, and not just because of her impressive traditional chops.

Muzak has been called many things—a utopian language, a Taylorist management scheme, a corrosive colonial tool, an “amni...
12/24/2019
Soothe Operator: Muzak and Modern Sound Art | Susette Min

Muzak has been called many things—a utopian language, a Taylorist management scheme, a corrosive colonial tool, an “amniotic fluid” of sound. Susette Min on the proliferating meanings of piped-in music.

http://cabinetmagazine.org/issues/7/min.php

In his 1967 address “The Eco-Logic of Muzak,” for Muzak’s Scientific Board of Advisers, Dr. James Keenan, an industrial psychologist from Stanford University, spoke of Muzak as being “synomorphic with the modern world and interrelated with all matters of time and place: Muzak helps human com...

Rare footage of Marie Osmond explaining Hugo Ball and Dada to an unwitting audience. An art historian friend has informe...
12/20/2019
16. "Marie Osmond Explains Dadaism with Auto-Subtitles"

Rare footage of Marie Osmond explaining Hugo Ball and Dada to an unwitting audience. An art historian friend has informed us: “Not to be pedantic, but Ball’s costume is not accurate.” Still…

https://vimeo.com/125058459

Well, I think my long protracted title pretty much covered everything. The Youtube auto-subtitling function is amazing, but sadly it's rarely accurate. Think…

12/02/2019

o2 Deutschland Why have you blocked our magazine's website from users of your mobile service in Germany? You have no justification for doing so, and barring access to a publication is tantamount to censoring it.

1. This image could clearly walk the world with no caption, as naked as the elephants it depicts. Stop here to know no m...
11/26/2019

1. This image could clearly walk the world with no caption, as naked as the elephants it depicts. Stop here to know no more.

2. If a drawing can also have a punctum, for the writer of this post, it is the male elephant's back feet. That little step-up for better positionality manages to be anthropomorphic, pornographic, and pathetic, all at the same time.

3. Now for the studium: We came across it reading a brilliant article by professor Avi Lifschitz bearing the improbable title “The Book of Job and the Sex Life of Elephants.” The drawing is part of a suite made by Jean-Pierre Houël for his 1803 book “Histoire naturelle des deux éléphans, mâle et femelle, du Muséum de Paris, venus de Hollande en France en l’an VI.”

What did Guattari get up to when not hanging out on a beach with Deleuze or collaborating with him? Writing a wild scien...
11/15/2019

What did Guattari get up to when not hanging out on a beach with Deleuze or collaborating with him? Writing a wild science fiction screenplay—one that was, luckily, never made! Coming up in issue 66: Alfie Bown on Guattari’s “A Love of UIQ,” recently translated into English.

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