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The Centre Cannot Hold
David Murakami Wood and Charles Stankievech
Year: 2015
22 3/4" x 17" on premium newsprint
ISBN: 987-1-55339-407-5
$0.00 broadsheet

A collection of textual fragments in the style of the Jena Romantics’ “Fragmente aus der Zukunft” is framed by two essays that trace the history of 20th-century military Early Warning Systems. Dr David Murakami Wood, Canada Research Chair in Surveillance Studies and Editor-in-Chief of the journal Surveillance & Society, writes a detailed history of British wireless telegraphy outposts from his research in the National Archives. Charles Stankievech, through his fieldwork method, outlines the architectural shifts in Early Warning Systems starting with WWI sound paraboloids, through WWII cement bunkers, into Cold War geodesic radar domes. The bricolage of literary and theoretic fragments form a ruinous textual landscape for the flaneur to wander through, encountering fields as various as military documents, modernist poetry, science fiction, critical theory and scientific papers, including: Clarice Lispector, J. G. Ballard, Ikhwan al Safa, Fernando Pessoa, Friedrich Schlegel, Georg Simmel, Walter Benjamin, Arthur Schopenhauer, Theodor Adorno, Gilles Deleuze, Robert Smithson, Lucy Lippard, W. G. Sebald, Ernst Jünger, Paul Virilio, Laurence Sterne, Joseph Heller, A. E. van Vogt, Fredric Jameson, Ursula K. Le Guin, Rainer Maria Rilke, Thomas Pynchon, Virginia Woolf, Georges Bataille, Jeremy Bentham, Michel Foucault, Albert Speer, Albert Einstein, Robert Smithson, Blaise Pascal, Carl von Clausewitz, US Army, Eyal Weizman, Reza Negarestani, Ezra Pound, Marshall McLuhan, Friedrich Kittler, Paul N. Edwards, Julian Assange and others.

The design of the publication evokes Harald Szeeman’s original catalogue for the Science Fiction exhibition at the Kunsthalle Bern from 1967. Printing includes a unique metallic and black overprinting on newsprint.

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