continent. maps a topology of unstable confluences and ranges across new thinking, traversing interstices and alternate directions in culture, theory, biopolitics and art.
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continent Year 1. A selection of issues 1.1–1.4

Punctum Books, 2012

With contributions by Jamie Allen, Alain Badiou, Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei, A. Staley Groves, Graham Harman, Nikos Karouzos, Evan Lavender-Smith, Renata Lemos-Morais, Feliz Molina, Timothy Morton, Gregory Kirk Murray, Maggie Nelson, Michael O’Rourke, Gilson Schwartz, Ben Segal, Nick Skiadopoulos, Karen Spaceinvaders, Phillip Stearns, John van Houdt, and Ben Woodard.

Beyond Reflection by Anders Kolle

Atropos Press, 2014

Beyond Reflection is an inquiry into two distinct modes of thinking delineating two separate approaches and conceptions of the world and its objects. On one hand, we have reflection that repeats by mirroring and is sustained by mirror images, by a search for identity, and a desire for recognition, and on the other hand, we have what the author calls refraction, which breaks with the well-known and the mirror cabinet of sameness to give rise to the unrecognizable in the midst of recognition. What is opened in refraction emerges in Kølle´s work as a discrepancy between what is predictable and always locatable within the limited focus area of our predictions,and that which comes back altered and from another place than calculated or expected. It is these journeys into the unknown that Beyond Reflection investigates through a broad spectrum of examples ranging from the discoveries of Darwin to the psychoanalysis of Freud. The main focus of this book however is on artistic creation using modern poetry and painting - especially the works of Mallarmé and Manet - as prime examples of a malleable approach and an impressionable thinking that travels further than the immediate returns of reflection.

Stone: An Ecology of the Inhuman by Jeffrey Jerome Cohen

Univ Of Minnesota Press, 2015

Stone maps the force, vivacity, and stories within our most mundane matter, stone. For too long stone has served as an unexamined metaphor for the “really real”: blunt factuality, nature’s curt rebuke. Yet, medieval writers knew that stones drop with fire from the sky, emerge through the subterranean lovemaking of the elements, tumble along riverbeds from Eden, partner with the masons who build worlds with them. Such motion suggests an ecological enmeshment and an almost creaturely mineral life. Although geological time can leave us reeling, Jeffrey Jerome Cohen argues that stone’s endurance is also an invitation to apprehend the world in other than human terms. Never truly inert, stone poses a profound challenge to modernity’s disenchantments. Its agency undermines the human desire to be separate from the environment, a bifurcation that renders nature “out there,” a mere resource for recreation, consumption, and exploitation.