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Merchant & Evans (Eds.)
Terraform
Brian Merchant and Claire L. Evans’ formidable anthology compiles sci-fi short stories from 50 erudite writers
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“I found myself wondering whether this ratio of governance participants to members is similar to past social institutions like bowling leagues, rotary societies, 4-H clubs, and others.”
Kickstarter and Metalabel co-founder Yancey Strickler, reflecting on social DAO Friends with Benefits’ recent festival. Ruminating on what is new and familiar about DAOs he asks “is this how social institutions like this have always been run, with a 10:1 worker-to-participant ratio?” [quote edited]
“We end up hearing more of the story told from the perspective of an alligator refusing to leave the park, and an AI-resurrected Bald Cypress Tree, than the delusional architect and real estate company brokering that world.”
– CGI artist Alice Bucknell, on the nonhuman voices in Swamp City (2021). In her dark eco-fiction, Bucknell satirises the “booming market of eco-tourism and half-baked ecological theories that stem from neoliberal fantasies of a ‘hypernature’.”
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Art historian Zsofi Valyi-Nagy enters Vera Molnar’s “alternative exhibition spaces,” from research groups, to journals, to self-published books. By exploring ways of circulating her works and ideas outside of traditional art venues, the generative art luminary garnered an international, more open-minded audience. “I suggest we broaden this idea of showing work to sharing work,” Valyi-Nagy writes.
“He is suspected of involvement in concealing criminal financial flows and facilitating money laundering through the mixing of cryptocurrencies through the decentralized Ethereum mixing service Tornado Cash. Multiple arrests are not ruled out.”
– Netherlands Fiscal Information and Investigation Service (FIOD), on the arrest of developer Alexey Pertsev. A go-to transaction anonymizer used by money launderers, Tornado Cash also has benign use cases; the arrest and deplatforming of its developers has some asking “is writing open source code illegal now?”
Serials
Kyriaki Goni Weaves Counter-Narratives to Colonial Cosmologies and Space Expansionism
Yuri Suzuki Broadcasts the “Sound of the Earth” at Triennale Milano and in Your Headphones
Megan MacLaurin Foregrounds “The Air We Share” by Taking GIF Art to the Streets
Jeremy Bolen Casts Haunting Artifacts That Capture the Future-History of the Climate Crisis
Mindy Seu Forges Deep Links Between Cyberfeminism, Net Art, and Web3
Dossiers
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A new HOLO format, Dossiers are web-based research publications that contextualize and expand upon cultural initiatives in real-time

Dossiers are dedicated HOLO folios that augment and complement exhibitions, residencies, conferences, and educational initiatives. Realised in collaboration with artists, writers, curators, and cultural partners, they are designed to document process and disseminate knowledge through a variety of engaging formats—essays, interviews, artwork—all within a focused online magazine. If you’re interested in working with us on a Dossier, please get in touch via our Contact page.

Encounters
AI art and biohacks, CGI fever dreams, software that speaks truth to power—join us and receive full access to HOLO’s daily discoveries in critical creative practice.
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Nora N. Khan assembles a cast of luminaries to consider the far-reaching implications of AI and computational culture.
$40
236 pages on artist-in-residence programs at scientific institutes, VR’s latent potential, and a deep dive into the extremely weird history of random number generation
$40
A BESTIARY OF THE ANTHROPOCENE is an illustrated compilation of hybrid creatures of our time, equally inspired by medieval bestiaries and observations of our damaged planet.
$35
The first three instalments of ‘anticipatory’ designers N O R M A L S eponymous graphic novel series delineates a dark and unsettling world of hyper-mediated futures.
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226 pages on an original digital art gallerist, the fascinating history of a powerful visual programming langauge, and an extended inquiry into how augmented vision is warping ‘seeing’ and ‘being seen’
$35

Emerging trajectories in art, science, and technology (since 2012)

As an editorial and curatorial platform, HOLO explores disciplinary interstices and entangled knowledge as epicentres of critical creative practice, radical imagination, research, and activism

“I feel the language and concepts I’m working with don’t comfortably fit within the normal discourse about art and aesthetics. CERN’s physicists and engineers understood the tools I was using and I was able to talk about my goals. I just couldn’t have that kind of dialogue in an art context.”—sound artist Bill Fontana on his CERN residency (HOLO 2, p.206)

There is a space between a computer’s command line interface and the contemporary art museum, the legalese of Silicon Valley’s terms and conditions and the social contract, the whoosh of a particle accelerator and the romanticized “a ha” of artistic inspiration. For much of the twentieth century these gaps were chasms, separating science and engineering from the humanities and siloing them off; today, these gaps are narrowing and disciplinary interstices are the spaces to watch. Increasingly aware of how much technology governs not only entrenched fields of study but every aspect of modern life, we’ve come to realise that things are deeply intertwined.

HOLO emerged in 2012 to explore these entanglements—first with a periodical, now across an expanded platform. Set up in the grey zones between art, science, and technology, it frames scientific research and emerging technologies as being more than sites of invention and innovation—as epicentres of critical creative practice, radical imagination, and activism. The artists and designers working with related materials—algorithms and microcontrollers, meteoroids and fungi, data and archives—aren’t just updating notions of craft for the twenty-first century, they are researchers and cultural critics.

As an editorial and curatorial platform, HOLO occupies the same eccentric vantage points as these hybrid creative practices and puts them into perspective. Working across multiple avenues—print and online, events and production—HOLO collaborates with contributors and cultural partners to facilitate fruitful dialogue between domains and bring new voices into the conversation.

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