A series of texts by invited artists, writers and researchers exploring ideas that interweave with Auto Italia’s exhibition and participation programmes. Publishing is ongoing, with articles regularly developed in conjunction with our public projects.
In this newly commissioned mixtape, BŪJIN explores the dialectics of riddim, techno and the radical divergence and historical lineage of reggaeton
In this new mix titled ‘Concierto Virtual’, Barranquilla-based picotera Lilibeth explores the sounds of the Columbian coastal cities and their sonic practitioners.
PICO: Authentically Plastic
At once dark and playful, this new mix by Authentically Plastic uses Gqom, Vogue and Techno to explore new sounds and political contexts.
PICO: Black Obsidian Sound System
In this new mix, artists Mellowdramatics and Pepper Coast of Black Obsidian Sound System (B.O.S.S.) take us on a sonic journey across sound system culture.
PICO: Dairo Barriosnuevo
Vibrant drawings by Dario Barriosnuevo document the popular culture of Colombia’s Caribbean coastal cities, focusing on verbenas, street parties centred around the pico sound systems.
PICO: Auto Italia, Invernomuto and Jim C. Nedd in conversation
Invernomuto and Jim C. Nedd discuss the production of their documentary film and the histories of Guarapo, Champeta and verbenas in Colombian sound system culture.
DJ and artist Edna Martinez takes us on an Afro-Caribbean musical journey focused on the roots which connect us with others and to our origins.
PICO: Sound Systems, World Beat and Diasporan Identity in Cartagena, Colombia
Anthropologist Deborah Pacini Hernandez explores musical forms in a globalised world and the simultaneously powerful, vexing, and stimulating relationship between hybridity, music, and identity.
PICO: El Paquito Efectivo
Picotero Don Alirio creates this new video mix as a homage to his native neighbourhood in Barranquilla and its sound systems, music and dances.
PICO: Bass Culture
Beginning with Linton Kwesi Johnson’s poem ‘Bass Culture’, this mix by Rabz Lansiquot, takes us on a journey across 30 years of Black rave culture.
PICO: El Rey Latino
Barranquilla-based picotero, producer and singer Jeanpi Perreo, presents the innovative style of the El Rey Latino sound system, which blends guarapo, benga and techno.
PICO: The Commandant Zabra Effect
In this new mix by Axis Arkesta, music is manipulated to shift the axis of perception, exploring alternative knowledge production with ancestral sources through sound.
PICO: The forgotten history of Logobi, an Ivorian dance on the streets of Paris
Artist Christelle Oyiri reflects on the cultural phenomena of the 2000s called Logobi, a music genre and dance from Ivory Coast that spread across Paris.
To launch the series of digital commissions, we present this new radio show by Barranquilla-based radio presenter and record collector Sidney Reyes Reyes.
Am I A Scoby Now?
Delve into the hormonal, femented, microbacterial and symbiotic landscape of the gendered and transition(ing) body with artist and writer Ainslie Templeton.
The moon waned in Capricorn as the Medicine Woman was sleeping
Writer and curator Priya Jay takes the reader on a sublime journey through the social contracts of food production and healthcare.
To our future excavators, my virtual bread
Artist and writer Cassandre Greenberg explores the collective histories of yeast bacteria and human virology through the lens of artists Lexie Smith and David Wojnarowicz.
Karl Kraus and the Viennese Imagination
Artist Steven Warwick looks at coffee shops and magazines as subversive spaces for critique under Austria’s right-wing climate in the 19th and 20th century.⠀
Apocalyptic Posters (I, II, III)
A series of poems exploring community organising in the context of disaster and escape by artist and poet Tarek Lakhrissi and designer Martin Desinde.
Collective Text: Oreet Ashery and students at the Ruskin School of Art
Oreet Ashery and students of Ruskin School of Art describe their living conditions in lockdown and their difficulties responding to the pandemic through artistic practice.
(Great ideas and stolen stuff)
Artist Josefin Arnell explores the binaries of fact and fiction in diaries and explores experiences of mysticism.
Sex Without Threat
A look into the diary of Margaret Haines, made whilst attending an astrology class in Los Angeles.
Affirmations to puke with
Explore the world of self help through repeating Josefin Arnell’s affirmations to puke with.
Extract from diary / film production Autumn 2015 – Mothership Goes To Brazil
A series of diary entries and image works made during the spiritual pilgrimage to Brazil undertaken by Josefin Arnell and her mother.
I dreamt in Heaven, Psychic Attack Twenty Seventeen Can I have some empathy on my fries, how about some empathy to pay my rent
A visual essay and script exploring the blend of fact, fiction, and cosmological wonder present in Haines’ films in the exhibition Sister said to Satan.
Victoria Sin on Ursula Le Guin
Explore the legacy of Ursula Le Guin’s writing and the impact the Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction made challenging pejorative narratives within fiction.
COME MY BABY: 4D running in 2
Read an excerpt from Holly Childs’ text Have the Dusk Deepen, performed as part of Auto Italia’s Rogue Agents project at Firstdraft, Sydney.
Roberta Vaz takes us on a journey to self-annihilation through the prototyped self in Second Life and beyond in Liquid Skin.
Our reality has changed. Mark Fisher 1968-2017
Remembering the life and work of Mark Fisher and his involvement in early Auto Italia projects.
A text exploring the trope of crying in its various iterations: as an expression of sadness and grief, manipulation or authenticity.
From scientific fictions to postpornographic tales
Artist and filmmaker Eric Pussyboy discusses his relationship to historical narratives around trans bodies in biology, biotechnology and contemporary pornography.
In Conversation: Shu Lea Cheang and Victoria Sin
Victoria Sin and Shu Lea Cheang discuss science fictions potential to represent radical sexualities and proposals for the Queer body occupied by technology.
HFT The Gardener
An exploration of the fictional life of an algorithmic high-frequency trader (HFT), who experiments with psychoactive drugs and explores ethno-pharmacology.
The City and its Double
RCPP venture through the guts of the City of London Corporation exploring the lineages of governance and social practice that are present and ethereal.
Hailweed: DOUBLE IN FUGUE a Parable for Noise
Social anthropologist Robert Rapoport takes us on a fictional exploration into the day-to-day life and power of the Remembrancer of the City of London.
Hailweed: PLUNGE INTO PROXY POLITICS
A critical read exploring the hologram protests in Spain – a proxy protest fit for the age of proxy politics.
Hailweed: You & Me & The TCC Finance and Urban Form
Philosopher Brian Holmes looks to Leslie Sklair’s sociological concept of the Transnational Capitalist Class to contextualise architecture and town planning.
Notes from before
Special Tears explore the trope of crying in its various iterations, from expressions of sadness and grief to signifiers of authenticity.
He bit himself with his bill that all his breast bled
Researcher Fiona Mozley on swans, Cheuelere Assigne, and animatronic parakeets.
They ate nothing but leaves.
Researcher Fiona Mozley discusses medieval gardens, trampling plants and the enclosure of urban space.
Behind the Screen
Researcher Fiona Mozley on screens, the Middle Ages, and the Research Environment.
The Resurrection of the Past
Writer Jay Drinkall explores the use of classical archetypes for creating speculative futures in The Hunger Games.
An extract of Blue Sun, a text written in response to a visit to a Solar Farm in Japan.
Real-Time Realness: From General Idea to Bernadette Corporation
Alongside New Group Materialism airing on Tank.TV curator Justin Polera looks back at the work of Bernadette Corporation and General Idea.
In this essay artist Bingao Wong explores the concept of ‘’Queerating’’ as a proposal for collective care.
Celia Moodie – A Reading for Anybody
Writer Celia Moodie produced a new text for On Coping, developed from a tarot consultation between Celia and Auto Italia
Marianne Forrest on Michael Clark + Leigh Bowery
Read Marianne’s piece for the Michael Clark Company newsletter and see for yourself the amazing Leigh Bowery appearance on The Clothes Show, 1988.
Emily Pope – ON COPING
Artist Emily Pope has produced a new text developed over three days spent working in Liverpool.
You’re giving me boy. It’s not feminine enough.
Victoria Sin explores the mainstreaming of drag culture and alternative representations of “femininity”.
A Year Inside RWBA: A Spaceship on Earth / by Andrey Bozshko and Violeta Gorodinskaia / translation by Julia Tcharfas
Artist Julia Tcharfas translates an extract from a diary kept by cosmonauts in a year long simulation of spaceflight in Russia.
RWBA: Book Club / Experiences in Groups
Experiences in Groups by W.R Bion is a central text for the six-week collaborative work environment, Recent Work by Artists at Auto Italia.
RWBA: Voskhod-1: First multi-passanger crew space mission
Within the theme of ‘group work’ Julia shares research on the first multi-passenger crew to space and their varied skills and dynamics.
RWBA: Working Group / Image Essay
An image essay exploring group working experiences looking at the proliferation and significance of psychoanalytic research.
RWBA: **BRAND NEW BACKGROUNDS FREE!!** / George Moustakas
New wallpapers for your iPhone!! Wallpapers for your home screen, lock screen OR both!!
RWBA: The Aesthetics of Productivity: An Acoustic Ecology, Pt.6
In the last post in the Acoustic Ecology series, Tim shares a mix by DJ Crying with the theme of productivity and time.
RWBA: The Aesthetics of Productivity: An Acoustic Ecology, Pt.5
For the RWBA blog, Tim shares some Vaporwave tracks and discusses the arch-capitalist aesthetic of the genre.
RWBA: The Aesthetics of Productivity: An Acoustic Ecology, Pt.4
In preparation to returning to London, Tim shares the RWBA Office Mix and writes about how the city influences his productivity.
RWBA: The Aesthetics of Productivity: An Acoustic Ecology, Pt.3
Tim shares a soundscape exploring tracks from the electronic music scene which sample computer processing and workplace sounds
RWBA: The Aesthetics of Productivity: An Acoustic Ecology, Pt.2
As part of the Acoustic Ecology series, Tim Ivison explores ranges in frequency, white noise and silence through this soundscape.
RWBA: The Aesthetics of Productivity: An Acoustic Ecology, Pt.1
Work is a central component of the design of coffee shops. From physical layout to marketing, the coffee shop is a purpose-built node of labour.
RWBA: Interior Ecosystems / Maurits Koster / The Alcoholist Doctrine
Artist Maurits Koster conceptually redesigns the interior of a friend’s pub, repositioning the social architecture and activities of drinking and talking in groups as a…
RWBA: Interior Ecosystems / Rachel Pimm / Bleisure Island / The Fountains / The Evening Entertainment
On the highest peak on Bleisure Island is Productivity Fountain, where the source of the vitamin-infused natural drinking water of the Peach Blossom Spring originates.
RWBA: Interior Ecosystems / Miroslava Vecerova and Pavel Prikasky / Icebergs
Representations of an artificial iceberg habitat in a benign body of a moonlit pool water. A new film as part of the Recent Work by…
RWBA: Interior Ecosystems / Oliver Lee Terry / STAY MOIST
A film featuring a symphony of epic, barren, lush, icy, tropical landscapes covering the earth thanks to a choir of domestic humidifiers.
RWBA: Interior Ecosystems / Rachel Pimm / Bleisure Island / The Subaquatic Underbelly of Bleisure Island
We see the edge of the water. We see the shore, and we dive into the water. Suddenly there are glitches in the water’s surface.
RWBA: Interior Ecosystems / Rachel Pimm/ Bleisure Island / Refreshments Selected For Productivity
We see hands reaching for refreshments and picking and eating from the hanging fruit and vegetable allotments and dispensed via drinking water fountains.
RWBA: Interior Ecosystems / Mark Robinson / Jobclub / Watercooler / Cisco 2501 Series
Artist Mark Robinson adheres to protocols on how to conduct himself in interview workshops where language is a corporate game.
RWBA: Interior Ecosystems / Rachel Pimm / Green House
Research of the Ideal Home Show and the Royal Gardens from the early 1900s showing their painted backdrops and styled and landscaped plants.
RWBA: Interior Ecosystems / Rachel Pimm / Bleisure Island / The Artificial Sun / The Atmospheric Controls
Everyone is dressed down in cut-offs, straw hats, sunglasses, light dresses, and swimwear. They look good. Cue the sun.
RWBA: Interior Ecosystems / Kristin Luke / Employee Workshops Where Objects are Fabricated
Port Sunlight was built with the utopian aspiration of providing a complete live/work environment, Kristen Luke compares it to Congolese town planning.
RWBA: Interior Ecosystems / Andrew Hardwidge / CCTV Tower
Artist Andrew Hardwidge contributes from the road, on tour in China for business and leisure, and considers life lived in the sublime spaces of mistranslation.
RWBA: Interior Ecosystems / Rachel Pimm / Bleisure Island / The Beach / The Sea / The Sky
A group look back to the beach from a new, larger breakout island, which allows a good view of the Bleisure Island Complex.
RWBA: Interior Ecosystems / MoreUtopia! / I Can Minimise Noise But I Can’t Make It Private For You
I Can Minimise Noise But I Can’t Make It Private For You– a series of scripts performed either side of an office divider, based on…
RWBA: Interior Ecosystems / Alice May Williams / This Is Our Icon
A visual essay following the trajectory of the gesture of the rolled up sleeve and the people that wear them.
RWBA: Interior Ecosystems / Rachel Pimm / Bleisure Island / The Location / Travel & Infrastructure / Public Spaces & Property
A group sit outside taking in the air at Conference Café, under a pavilion awning that keeps the temperature at 27 degrees celsius.
RWBA: Interior Ecosystems / Rachel Pimm / Bleisure Island / The Cast / Orientation
Bleisure Island begins with an orientation and cast list introducing us to the perfect shoreline where the story takes place.
RWBA: Interior Ecosystems / Editors Letter
This is the first of a series of Online Residencies for Recent Work By Artists with Tim Ivison & Julia Tcharfas, and George Moustakas.
RWBA: Interior Ecosystems / Gareth Owen Lloyd / Foresight Report
The Foresight Report is a card game predicting a plethora of parallel and potential corporate and wildly fantastical futures.
RWBA: Interior Ecosystems / Tom Duggan / Falling off the edge of the world
In this visual essay we watch the landscape of the computer desk become a wild junk space re-colonised by the overgrowth of lowest common denominator.
RWBA: Interior Ecosystems/ Jasmine Johnson / Compare Yourself
As part of Interior Ecosystems Jamine Johnson offers us product-ready scenarios of poached pears played out on the studio style stock backdrop.
RWBA: Interior Ecosystems / Miroslava Vecerova / River
Miroslava Vecerova creates and engineers an atmospheric disturbance, rupturing the surface of the image of nature.
Barbara Hammer and Stuart Comer in Conversation with Auto Italia: Part 2
The second part of an interview with Barbara Hammer and Stuart Comer conducted after the conclusion of the Tate’s Hammer season.
Barbara Hammer and Stuart Comer in Conversation with Auto Italia: Part 1
The first part of an interview with Barbara Hammer and Stuart Comer conducted after the conclusion of the Tate’s Hammer season.
Counter (Re-) Productive Labour
Following on from our re-publication of Mark Fisher’s examination of autonomy and post-capitalism, we’re excited to present Marina Vishmidt’s text Counter (Re-)Productive Labour.
The Future is Still Ours
Mark Fisher’s text The Future is still ours: autonomy and post-capitalism and Mark in conversation with Marina Vishmidt.