28 New publications for the 2014 Whitney Biennial


Semiotexte has produced twenty-eight pamphlets as part of its contribution to the Whitney Biennial by philosophers, writers and critics associated with the press. The series includes new, commissioned works by Franco “Bifo” Berardi, Veronica Gonzalez-Peña, Sergio Gonzalez-Rodriguez, Gary Indiana, John Kelsey, Chris Kraus, Maurizio Lazzarato, Eileen Myles, Ariana Reines, Abdellah Taïa, Lynne Tillman and Mark von Schlegell, and previously unpublished texts such influential 20th century figures as Simone Weil, Julio Cortazar and Jean Baudrillard.

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Animal Shelter

Art, Sex, Literature • Issue 3

Semiotext(e) is pleased to announce issue 3 of its occasional intellectual journal Animal Shelter, founded and edited by Hedi El Kholti.  Fleeting, ephemeral, nondigital, and nonhierarchical, Animal Shelter is, as Alex Gartenfeld wrote in Interview, “a loose collection of texts, sequenced like a mixtape,” focused yet eclectic. Animal Shelter 2 (2012) evoked a world drifting in limbo. The new issue seeks the roots of our present malaise by moving out to places usually considered ‘obscure’ or ‘exotic’: Argentina, the West Indies, Mali, rural Florida. Animal Shelter 3 features fiction, philosophy, poetry, analysis, & interviews, with an accent on archival documents.



In this issue:

A short story by TISA BRYANT on the afterlife of Antiguan slavery

A short story by MICHAEL CARROLL on sex & languor in Key West

JEAN EUSTACHE in conversation with Wade Novy

PIERRE GUYOTAT on childhood, pubescence, poetry

A short story and collage by RICHARD HAWKINS

GUY HOCQUENGHEM on the imperialism of the couple

An unpublished COOKIE MUELLER  short story

GRACE NDIRITU on responsible tourism

A short story by DALIA ROSETTI on jailhouse tattoos

A poem by HEATHCOTE WILLIAMS on Otto Muehl & animal liberation


Other contributors include: Melissa Barrett, Robert Dewhurst, Tony Duvert, Iris Klein, Fernanda Laguna, Lodovico Pignatti Morano, Jean-Jacques Schuhl, Noura Wedell.

Art by: Gary Lee Boas, Shannon Durbin, Matt Fishbeck, Kathryn Garcia, Mim Goodman, Peter Hujar, Eli Langer, Tracy Nakayama, Grace Ndiritu, Warren Neidich, A. L. Steiner…

“We learned the terms animal ‘kingdom’ and vegetal ‘kingdom’ in school. We must consider other kingdoms, other histories, other reasons alongside our own. I remember that for a long time we thought that certain human populations were not fully human. The Indians discovered by the Spanish, who were brought to Valladolid, were at the center of a great controversy: are they human? People who were well-born and cultivated asked themselves the question . . . To return to animals, no saint has ever denigrated them. All the greatest saints included animals in their great love. The role of poetry, in the largest sense of the term, is to remind us of this.”

—Pierre Guyotat


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Animal Shelter Issue 2: Art, Sex, Literature



















Semiotext(e) is pleased to announce Issue 2 of its occasional intellectual journal Animal Shelter, edited by Hedi El Kholti. Fleeting, ephemeral, nondigital, and nonhierarchical, Animal Shelter is, as Alex Gartenfeld wrote in Interview, “a loose collection of texts, sequenced like a mixtape”—focused yet eclectic. Gathered around a long conversation with philosopher Paul Virilio on “The Littoral as Final Frontier,” conducted on the first day of the “flash crack” collapse of the European markets, issue 2 features fiction, artwork, poetry, conversations, and essays which orbit desublimation, digression, negative monument, catastrophe, shadows, horror, sexiness …

Animal Shelter 1 (2008) summoned the underground-press sex culture of the 1970s as an intellectual conduit. Issue 2 evokes the suspended atmosphere of a world drifting in limbo; analysis laced with an undertow of oblivion. In this issue:

Moyra Davey on writer’s block, Walter Benjamin, and Jane Bowles.

Bruce Hainley channels Paloma Picasso to jot some notes on Margie Schnibbe and the “explicit.”

Bifo on Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes’s Wide Shut, and the relation between irony and cynicism


An interview with Paul Virilio on seascape, inertia, and the Zynthia cyclone


Chris Kraus and Sylvère Lotringer on George Porcari’s ambient photography


Shlomo Sand and Sylvère Lotringer on contemporary Israel, myth, and the invention of Zionism.

Alistair McCartney on early ’90s bohemia in Hyde Park, Perth, Australia.

Dodie Bellamy on queer subculture and the “Goldilocks syndrome.”

Veronica Gonzalez‘s short story on friendship, loss, and Los Angeles


Rachel Kushner‘s short story that takes up pubescence, motorcycles, and Flaubert’s lewd correspondence from the Nile.

A rare short story by Eileen Myles on Winston Leyland’s legendary 70s tabloid, Gay Sunshine.

Other contributors include: Robert Dewhurst, Ben Ehrenreich, Matt Fishbeck, Paul Gellman, Slava Mogutin, Jed Ochmanek, John Pluecker, Michael Rashkow, Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, Sarah Wang, and others.

” . . . At the Liberation . . . I discovered a coast that had been off limits during the entire war. For a child, the discovery of that seascape was an extraordinary moment, the end of the world, the finisterre; the discovery of freedom as well as an endless, negative horizon where there is nothing but the horizon, nothing but fluid dynamics.”
—Paul Virilio

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Friday, December 16, 2011
7:00 pm until 10:00pm

HUMAN RESOURCES: 410 Cottage Home St. Los Angeles, CA 90012

Please join Semiotext(e) for a release party to celebrate the release of William Jones’ HALSTED PLAYS HIMSELF.

Fred Halsted’s L.A. Plays Itself (1972) was gay porn’s first masterpiece: a sexually explicit, autobiographical, experimental film whose New York screening left even Salvador Dalí repeatedly muttering “new information for me.” Halsted, a self-taught filmmaker, shot the film over a period of three years in a now-vanished Los Angeles, a city at once rural and sleazy. Although his cultural notoriety at one point equaled that of Kenneth Anger or Jack Smith, Halsted’s star waned in the 1980s with the emergence of a more commercial gay-porn industry. After the death from AIDS of his long-time partner, lover, spouse (and tormentor) Joey Yale in 1986, Halsted committed suicide in 1989.

In Halsted Plays Himself, acclaimed artist and filmmaker William E. Jones documents his quest to capture the elusive public and private personas of Halsted–to zero in on an identity riddled with contradictions. Jones assembles a narrative of a long-gone gay lifestyle and an extinct Hollywood underground, when independent films were still possible, and the boundary between experimental and pornographic was not yet established. The book also depicts what sexual liberation looked like at a volatile point in time–and what it looked like when it collapsed.

The screening of Fred Halsted’s LA PLAYS ITSELF will start promptly at 7 pm. after a short introduction by the author.


Semiotext(e) DVD Release Party: Gilles Deleuze From A to Z

Sunday, December 11, 2011
6:30pm until 9:30pm 

THE MOUNTAIN BAR: 473 Gin Ling Way, Chinatown, Los Angeles

Please join Semiotext(e) for a release party to celebrate our first DVD: Gilles Deleuze From A to Z.

The event starts at 6:30 pm.
A short screening and introduction by Sylvère Lotringer will begin
promptly at 7 pm. 

— Pierre André Boutang: Gilles Deleuze / Claire Parnet: From A to Z: “O as in Opera” (1988)
20minutes (Translated by Charles J. Stivale).

— Carmelo Bene: Hermitage (1968)

A performance by Memories (Brian Getnick, Corey Fogel, Claire Cronin) will follow at 8:30 pm.
Stay for Kate Wolf’s birthday party after the event.



When is Utopia? A Panel Discussion
Monday, October 3, 2011 – 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Columbia University Morningside Campus Wood Auditorium, Avery Hall 

For roughly a decade, beginning in 1967, the Utopie group offered a militant alternative to professional urban planning and sociology journals, formulating a critique of the technocratic and administrative rule over a disabled and alienated urban society, while also projecting an ephemeral urban poetics. Utopie: Texts and Projects 1967-1978 anthologizes and translates material from group’s magazines, pamphlets, posters, exhibitions, and articles. The work provides a window onto the group’s intellectual concerns, but also onto the tumultuous period in which a number of architects, urbanists, and sociologists worked in close collaboration.
• Hubert Tonka, Editor of Utopie, Publisher and Author
• Isabelle Auricoste, Editor of Utopie, Landscape Architect, Professor, École d’architecture de Bordeaux
• Jean-Louis Cohen, Sheldon H. Solow Professor in the History of Architecture, NYU Institute of Fine Art
• Jean-Louis Violeau, Sociologist and researcher at the École d’architecture de Paris-Malaquais (co-editor of Utopie: Texts and Projects)
• Craig Buckley, Adjunct Assistant Professor, GSAPP, Columbia (co-editor of Utopie: Texts and Projects)
Event co-sponsored with the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

Cabaret Series 03: Utopie
Tuesday, October 4 · 6:30pm – 9:30pm
As part of Storefront Cabaret’s Series, we will present  Utopie: Texts and Projects, 1967-1978, a book edited by Craig Buckley and Jean-Louis Violeau. The book reprints material from the group of architects, sociologists, and urbanists known as Utopie. The launch includes a one night only exhibition, featuring the magazines, pamphlets, posters, and other traces of the group’s activities. Performers will include Isabelle Auricoste, Craig Buckley, Jean-Louis Cohen, Cristina Goberna, Meredith TenHoor, Hubert Tonka, and Jean-Louis Violeau.

Storefront for Art and Architecture
97 Kenmare Street
New York, NY 10012
Tel. 212.431.5795