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Iles - Determining the Devices of Autonomy
Anthony Iles, PhD student

Determining the Devices of Autonomy: Self-Publishing in the 1990s and 2000s

How does the determination by, and differentiation from, forms of social abstraction find expression in art as a form of inquiry and how does its practice model art’s freedom or unfreedom in changing social circumstances?

The research questions proposed will be brought into conjunction with a milieu of small groups, practitioners and publishing projects working during the 1990s and 2000s which are connected through their relatively small-scale, common theoretical interests, autonomist politics and interests in self-publishing in mixed media formats. At the core of the project are two groups, Infopool/Copenhagen Free University and Inventory. Both were active in London at the end of the 1990s and have been active internationally since. Both groups can be considered as discrete practices themselves, but equally, as publishing projects, drew in a wide range of collaborators. It is therefore necessary to study them through both their singular contributions (artworks, texts) and as constellations involving other groups and individuals (milieus).