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37: Public?


| Spring 2008 |

Editors: Aleksandra Kaminska, Janine Marchessault and Jason Rovito


  • ‘Introduction’, Aleksandra Kaminska, Janine Marchessault and Jason Rovito
  • ‘The Crystal Palace’, Peter Sloterdijk
  • ‘The Joy of Work as Participation’, Dorothy Lee
  • ‘Aesthetic Challenges for Cognition in Public Space’, Martin Morris
  • ‘Bobok: From Somebody’s Diary’, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • ‘The Publicness of Melodrama in the Cuban Special Period’, Nicholas Balaisis
  • ‘Secrets of Sabotage: The State of Sabotage Manifesto’, Robert Jelinek
  • ‘On the Death of Politics’, Vilém Flusser
  • ‘Transient Media’, Sean Cubitt, Nikos Papastergiadis, Scott McQuire
  • ‘Joseph Beuys: Charlatanism as Media Strategy’, Bettina Funcke
  • ‘Collect My Junk’, Angela Joosse, Aleksandra Kaminska, Shana MacDonald
  • ‘Poems’, Victor Fowler
  • ‘Rethinking Public Art: A Kantian Critique’, Nina Pearlman
  • ‘Barbara Rauch’
  • ‘An Open Letter to Prime Minister Harper’, Wajdi Mouawad
  • ‘Speech Across the Barricades: the Democratic Art of Peter Watkins’s La Commune Paris (Paris 1871)’, Gabriel Levine
  • ‘An Amorous Example: From Virgil to Berlioz’, Alain Badiou
  • ‘Annette Frick’
  • ‘Bringing Bataille to Justice’, Gad Horowitz
  • ‘On the Poetics of Protest’, Jason Rovito
  • ‘A New Civic Culture?’, David Holloway


  • ‘Meditating a Common Sense of Place: The Toronto Archives’ “A Visual Legacy: The City of Toronto’s Use of Photography, 1856-1997”’, Ian Robinson
  • ‘Movie Theatres for a World in Progressive Dissolution’, Gabriel Menotti
  • ‘The Dual Spectacle of The West Kowloon Cultural District: De-centreing Public Culture in Hong Kong, 2001-2005’, Fan Yang
  • ‘Towards an Urban Aesthetics’, Aleksandra Kaminska
  • ‘PUBLIC History’, compiled by Aimée Mitchell

20th Anniversary Issue (1/2)


Aleksandra Kaminska, Janine Marchessault and Jason Rovito, “Introduction to Public?”:

“In seeking to capture the journal’s ambition to interrogate and complicate this very terrain, we have replaced the period with the question mark: is public still a useful term with which we can think about culture and politics, art and technology? Does it remain relevant to our efforts to define the political and imagine new forms of intervention, engagement, and interference that may transform the parameters of citizenship, community, and our understandings of democracy? In short: does public mean anything anymore?”