Peyami Laura Nezih
With Peyami Çelikcan and Nezih Erdogan, Istanbul Modern, November 2014. Photo: Rick Coccia

Dena Wosk University Professor
School for the Contemporary Arts
Simon Fraser University
lmarks [ ] sfu [ ] ca
MA in Comparative Media Arts and BA in Art, Performance, and Cinema Studies at SFU Contemporary Arts

Hanan al-Cinema: Affections for the Moving Image Forthcoming 2015, MIT Press

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To: "Laura Marks"
Sent: Wednesday, January 28, 2015 12:00:39 PM
Subject: Re: J&K Catalogue

Dear Laura,

That is very kind of you to say, I am very happy to hear from you. I look
forward to reading your book!! :)

In terms of a contribution, we all feel that your perspective and approach
would be really useful here, and if it's not a more general issue around
spam, then if you had something more focused to say on the project, then I
would also be very open to that? We could send you video links etc? Do let
me know if this might be of interest.

Thank you for passing on Finn's contact details also. I will discuss this
with J&K
Much love

On 27 January 2015 at 19:21, Laura Marks wrote:

> Dear Omar,
> Nice to hear from you. I've thought of you often over the years. I cite
> your insightful writings several times in my book Hanan al-Cinema:
> Affections for the Moving Image, which is in press now at MIT.
> Thanks a lot for this invitation. I love the installation by Joana and
> Khalil. But I don't really have anything general to say about spam, and
> certainly not by the May deadline. So, sadly, I have to decline. However,
> there's a lovely guy named Finn Brunton who wrote his dissertation on spam.
> Why don't you ask him? The most recent addresses I have for him are <
>> and .
> Warm wishes,
> Laura
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Omar Kholeif"
> To:
> Sent: Monday, January 26, 2015 6:10:55 PM
> Subject: J&K Catalogue
> Dear Laura,
> I hope that this email finds you well. It has been many years now since we
> first met in Istanbul during the biennial. Life has changed a lot since
> then, I live in London and I work at Whitechapel Gallery and shaping the
> programme for HOME, a new art centre opening in Manchester next year (among
> many other things).
> I am writing you now to ask if you would be interested to contribute to a
> new book I am editing that is going to be published by Sternberg Press. The
> book stems from the work of Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, two
> well-knwon artist filmmakers who will be having a solo show at HOME
> Manchester, and the List Center at MIT which I am co curating. The show
> looks at histories of spamming and scamming and considers how the Internet
> creates a different kind of colonial map (does it re-enforce traditional
> social positions, or enable new ones, or is the form of colonialism and its
> imagination simply different? - these are but some of the questions that
> the work asks).
> For the publication, rather than simply produce a catalogue of their own
> work, they wanted to invite contributors that they wanted to invite people
> who they deeply respect to respond with new texts. These texts could be a
> provocation, or discursive polemic loosely tied to themes around spamming,
> scamming, surveillance, hacking and so forth.
> You were on the top of list of contributors that we wanted to ask, and we
> would be honoured if you could write for us.
> The deadline would be 1 May and we can offer a fee of £500 sterling paying
> on receipt of the final edited text. The word count should be roughly
> between 2500-3000 words. I hope that you will oblige and contribute to this
> very exciting volume. I have attached further info here.
> Do let me know if this may be possible and if you require any further info.
> My best wishes
> Omar
> --
> Omar Kholeif
> Curator - Writer
> t:+44 (0) 7812981243
> e:
> @EverythingOK
> *You Are Here: Art After the Internet
> <
> >*
> edited by Omar Kholeif is out now.

Omar Kholeif
Curator - Writer

t:+44 (0) 7812981243

*You Are Here: Art After the Internet
edited by Omar Kholeif is out now." rel="external">Robert Flaherty Film Seminar
, Colgate, NY, June 13-17 2015. Theme: The Scent of Places—عطر الأماكن

Enfoldment and Infinity: An Islamic Genealogy of New Media Art Order from MIT Press
“Startlingly bold. ... [Marks’] vision of efflorescence across borders of faith and politics is exhilarating and persuasive.” --Marina Warner,
Art Newspaper

Recent and upcoming events:
“Manners of Unfolding: A case study,” talk at “Projection/Expulsion: Strategies of Beholding,” Chelsea College of Arts, London. March 15, 2015
“Molla Sadra Meets Cinema Studies,” Istanbul Sehir University
. November 13, 2014
“Thinking Like a Carpet: Embodied perception and individuation in algorithmic media,” Istanbul Sehir University. November 12, 2014
“I Feel Like an Abstract Line,” University of Melbourne, Screen and Cultural Studies, July 30, 2014
“Monad, Database, Remix: Manners of Unfolding in Black Audio’s
The Last Angel of History,” talk at the symposium “The Artefactual Image: Fragments, Folds, and Futures,” Auckland University of Technology, July 25, 2014

For older events see CV page