Triple Canopy’s agenda for 2018

Dear readers,

We’re pleased to announce what we’ll be up to in 2018. Please plan and budget accordingly, send inquiries and proposals, invite us to your town (the couch will do), rest your eyes, claim our ideas as your own, etc.

This year marks the tenth anniversary of Triple Canopy’s inaugural issue, which was published in 2008. To celebrate, and grapple with the passage of time, we’ll organize a party in the spring and, in the subsequent months, a number of other events, which promise not to be excessively self-congratulatory. We’ll develop a book and series of conversations devoted to the relationship between publishing and the public sphere—and the question of whether such a thing still exists, or ever existed, and what might supersede it. (Think of the communion of brains in jars.) We’ll redesign our online platform and debut an open-source publishing tool that outputs essays and artworks to a variety of digital (and print) formats. As part of this work, we’ll be doing a residency at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, about which we’ll say more soon.

Earlier this month, we organized our fifth Publication Intensive, the first to take place in Los Angeles. We also launched issue 24, Risk Pool, which asks: How are sickness and wellness defined today, and by whom? What are the effects of these definitions, these acts of naming and describing? The issue, which will be published in the course of 2018, includes contributions by Salome Asega and Ayodamola Okunseinde, Fia Backström, Gregg Bordowitz, Michelle Boulé, Corrine Fitzpatrick (who is the guest editor of the issue), Johanna Hedva, Sheree Hovsepian, Kia LaBeija, Carolyn Lazard, Prageeta Sharma with Ragna Bley, and Pak Sheung Chuen, among others. A series of events will take place in New York in March.

In the spring, we’ll publish an ebook, Lie Back, edited by the artist Lawrence Abu Hamdan and the writer and translator Omar Berrada, with the Vera List Center for Art and Politics. The project hinges on a number of conversations organized by Abu Hamdan about the freedom of speech and the right to lie, as understood in relation to the so-called post-truth era and the Islamic juridical concept of taqiyya.

Before hitting the beach, we’ll launch an issue devoted to resentment, one of the predominant affects of our time. The issue will ask who has a right to be resentful, how resentment can be useful, and whether resentment can be a basis for describing a community, cultivating a public. These questions have already led to three commissions as part of our annual call for proposals and a conversation as part of Transmediale in Berlin.

Alexander Provan
Editor, Triple Canopy