Contributors

Amanda Beech
Amanda Beech makes artworks, writes and collaborates on curatorial projects. Her work explores the relationship between democracy and violence in neo-liberalism by scrutinising the forceful rhetoric within narratives of freedom, which play out in philosophy, politics, literature and popular culture. Constructing narratives that take in particular biographies, sites, social mythologies and mixing them with the bounds of philosophical inquiry, her work operates as a space of seductive power, will and force – a world that emphasizes decisiveness as its guiding principle and that deals with our share in it. She is a member of the steering committee of The Political Currency of Art research group, and Co Director of the research group Curating Video.

Simon Clark
Simon Clark is an artist/writer/musician living and working in London. He is currently working on a practice-based PhD at Goldsmiths College. The provisional title is The Kiss of the Dead; Towards an Undead Sublimation of Melancholia.

As an undergraduate at Leeds University Simon was a member of the Leeds 13 – a group of art students who used a public art grant to fund a holiday on the Costa del Sol. The national press reacted with bilious outrage before the students revealed that the holiday was in fact an elaborate simulation and the money had never been spent. During his MA in Art Practice at Goldsmiths, Simon wrote a collection of morbid songs and short stories called Sad, Sad Songs of Wretchedness and Death. After graduating he performed this repertoire live at many international art events including the New Wight Biennial at UCLA, Late at Tate Britain in London and the Sonar Festival in Barcelona. As part of the Curare Quito project in 2007 he was invited to compose and conduct an original piece of music especially for a deconsecrated church in Quito, Ecuador. His essay The Undead Martyr is included in the book The Undead and Philosophy published by Open Court Press.

Caryn Coleman
Caryn Coleman is an American curator and writer based in London whose curatorial practice involves performance in photography, documentary approaches, and the intersection of film and contemporary art. Her main area of research is on the influence of horror film on contemporary artists for an upcoming exhibition and film programme titled Contagious Allegories.

Mark Fisher
Mark Fisher is the author of Capitalist Realism and the editor of The Resistible Demise of Michael Jackson (both Zer0 books, 2009). He teaches at the University of East London, Goldsmiths, University of London and the City Literary Institute, and he writes regularly for The Wire, Sight&Sound, Film Quarterly and Frieze. His weblog is at k-punk.abstractdynamics.org

Carl Neville
Carl Neville was born in Barrow-in-Furness in  1970 and has been an avid film enthusiast ever since. He took an MA in Creative  Writing in 1998 and since then has written five unpublishable novels and one publishable polemic on recent British film, “Classless”, for  Zero books. He  blogs at “The Impostume” and  in  collaboration with others at “…and what  will be  left  of them?” and  is currently working on a short book provisionally entitled “Closed Shops: British Films  of  the Seventies.”

Ben Rivers
Ben Rivers (lives/works in London) studied Fine Art at Falmouth School of Art, 1990-93. He has exhibited widely at international film festivals and galleries, and won various awards. He was shortlisted for the 2010 Jarman Award and has been the recipient of a number of commissions, including LAFVA 2007, for which he made two films – ‘Origin of the Species’ and ‘Ah, Liberty!’ and Vauxhall Collective commission 2008, making ‘I Know Where I’m Going’. He was included in ICA’s ‘Nought To Sixty’ programme and recently had solo shows at A Foundation, Liverpool and Kate MacGarry, London. His forthcoming exhibition, ‘Slow Action’, opens at Picture This, Bristol in November and subsequently at Matt’s Gallery, January-March 2011.

Tom Trevatt
Tom Trevatt is a curator, writer and artist based in London. In February 2010 he cofounded the Woodmill, a large scale studio and gallery complex in South London, where he is Curator of Public Programmes.

Ben Woodard
Ben Woodard recently completed a masters degre in philosophy at the European Graduate School. He has published several essays combining nature philosophy, Speculative Realism, and weird fiction. He blogs at naughtthought.wordpress.com and his first monograph Slime Dynamics: Generation, Mutation, and the Creep of Life is forthcoming from Zer0 Books.

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