continent. maps a topology of unstable confluences and ranges across new thinking, traversing interstices and alternate directions in culture, theory, biopolitics and art.
Issue 1.3 / 2011
Letter from the Editors
Paul Boshears, Jamie Allen, Nico Jenkins
This third issue of continent. was created, for you, dear reader. The result of months of back-breaking thinking, emailing, looking, clicking, watching, writing and reading, our fall issue is here. The issue features works by some of the finest creative and philosophical minds we've been in contact with—and so are proud to showcase their work here.
Objects as Temporary Autonomous Zones
Tim Morton
From Hakim Bey's instructions on creating temporary autonomous zones we see an oscillation "between performance art and politics, circus clowning and revolution." In this essay Tim Morton discusses anarchist politics as, "the creation of fresh objects in a reality without a top or a bottom object, or for that matter a middle object."
Evelina Domnitch, Dmitry Gelfand
Evelina Domnitch & Dmitry Gelfand create sensory immersion environments that merge physics, chemistry and computer science with uncanny philosophical practices. Their work with lasers and bubbles show us the strange behavior of light, and the non-Euclidean structures that result from their interactions. We are challenged to investigate questions of perception and constancy.
The Fragment as a Unit of Prose Composition
Maggie Nelson, Evan Lavender-Smith
Ben Segal, our fiction curator, presents interviews with Maggie Nelson and Evan Lavender-Smith as well as "outtakes" from their books Bluets (Wave Books, 2009) and From Old Notebooks (BlazeVOX, 2010). The authors discuss working with fragments, taxonomy, and narratology.
The Road to Objects
Graham Harman
Harman presents an outline of how object-oriented ontology (OOO) differentiates itself from other branches of speculative realism. Can OOO steer philosophy from an epistemological project that tends to reduce the discipline to "a series of small-time drug busts"?
Picasso in Palestine: Displaced Art and the Borders of Community
Younes Bouadi

The Middle East Summit is the unofficial name for a series of meetings between several key figures from the Middle Eastern art world and it was proposed here that a Picasso from the collection of the Van Abbemuseum be brought to Palestine. The meaning of Picasso’s Buste de femme crossing this non-place, is here brought to light.

The Return of Walter Benjamin's Storyteller: Ronald Reagan as the Incorruptible Saint of Political Media
A. Staley Groves
The contemporary Republican quest for the real America has become the blinding element of a political identity dominated by the aesthetics of an obscure authenticity. Groves asks, "What is the authenticating body then, for whom?"
[ ] Toward an Ontology of Finitude
Hölzl palpates  an ontology of fracture. Unlike original ontologies that are concerned with essence rather than being, the ontology proposed here does not believe in its originality. This project is concerned with becoming as such rather than with its Wesen. With the indefinite striving for remaining in itself. This ontology is a fissure, fissuring itself.
Greek Returns: The Poetry of Nikos Karouzos
Nick Skiadopoulos, Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei
The poetry of the Greek contemporary poet, Nikos Karouzos presents the opportunity to, "speak about a half-dead language that still utters in life what is seemingly excluded from it and thus forbidden to be talked about: death. Death as anything that is out of this world, as something that will never return." As we see, "it is also the waste of life that poetry itself presupposes."
Artists Draw A Blank
Tim Gilman,
The workspace for an artist, the studio, is sometimes seen as a laboratory-like condensation of a gallery or museum. These often-idealized white cubes like the blank page present concrete relations between space and time. From these an intentional simplification of the architecture can change behavior and perception within the space and our understanding of perception itself.
Anders Breivik: On Copying the Obscure
Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei
Co-author of Follow Us or Die (Atropos Press, 2009)—a collection of journal entries, manifestoes and even a play from people that would go on to massacre their fellow classates and students at their local schools—van Gerven Oei presents a critical analysis of Anders Breivik, the Norwegian mass murderer.
Bang Bang - A Response to Vincent W.J. Van Gerven Oei
Jeremy Fernando
The author of The Suicide Bomber and Her Gift of Death (Atropos Press, 2010), responds to van Gerven Oei that in attempting to differentiate ourselves from Breivik by concocting reasons why we are not like him, we have done nothing but read him, open a connection to him.