Monday, September 22, 2014


Edited by Nathan Jones and Sam Skinner


Torque # 1 brings together a diverse collection of essays and artworks, many newly commissioned, that reflect upon the plasticity of the brain, the adaptability of technology and the malleability of language, and their twisting together through past, present and future cultures.

The contributors and their work each offer unique models of navigating this territory, making their own artefacts, writing their own scripts, forging critical space and examining the blind spots.

The book is the result of a wide range of cross-disciplinary conversations, taking place across symposia, online forums, live events and workshops, produced by the book’s editors: Nathan Jones and Sam Skinner.

Contributors: Lambros Malafouris . Emil Alzamora . Anna Munster . Benedict Drew . Esther Leslie . Cécile B Evans . Hannah Proctor . Nathan Jones . Stephen Fortune . Dennis Oppenheim . Lawrence Abu Hamdan . Holly Pester . Geoff Cox . Alex McLean . Kate Sicchio . Karl Heinz Jeron . Mez Breeze . Robert Sheppard . Chris Boyd . Imogen Stidworthy

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My contribution A Voice Smears Across the Screen: Material Engagement with Form, Forms and Forming begins: 'To regard cognition as achieving independent existence outside the brain, inherent in things in general (or in form as a particularity) is not a mystical or magical formulation.' It also contains this poem 'about' (as in 'round about') material engagement: 
Trigger Warning
we’re at a love poem
that causes you to think
war with just about anyone 
it bristles with
implication as you touch
its forms you form it in acts
of forming not
tricks and triggers upon
the wall of cognition for the forms
know a thing or two and not one
might be good for you as
a voice slaps across the screen

                                                            (for my students)

Characteristically, I've re-written the poem since Nathan Jones asked me for a piece. Read more about my take on Material Engagement here. Read more about torque here.

“Torque activities and this publication bravely push our boundaries of cognition and thinking, through striking essays, tricky concepts, and beautiful, arresting imagery, " says Professor Mike Stubbs, Artistic Director, FACT, Liverpool.