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The Department of Speculative Facts

Onomatopee 177

The Department of Speculative Facts experiments with the reading and staging of text, and the agency of a text in relation the limits of language and the authority of narrative. It aims to distinguish trivial bafflement from productive bafflement, while questioning the definition of productivity, that can move us away from existing values-in and relations-to language towards the construction of new concepts.

The core of the project is based upon an exchange of letters between fact-checkers of the New York Times speaking about the procedures for creating objectivity and truth. Others are invited to rewrite, overwrite and interrogate these letters by channelling their own procedures for ‘factuality’.

 

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Onomatopee 177, Lietje Bauwens, Quenton Miller, Karoline Świeżyński, 2021

Speculative Facts

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The Department of Speculative Facts connects two seemingly contradictory approaches: Speculative practices which attempt to think and act beyond existing knowledge and structures, and fact checkers in search for a solid consensus on which our reality can be built. When stretching knowledge and speculating with fiction, what sense of responsibility is needed in times of democratized opinions and fake news? Learning from the other SF – Science Fiction we think of speculation through facts, and facts through speculation, to situate truth culturally.

The backbone of this book is an e-mail exchange between two fact checkers from the New York Times Magazine, which we handed over to artists to re-write, re-perform, and re-design. The publication includes the original letters, workshop-scripts, as well as additional texts by philosophers, journalists, writers, and artists looking at new social contracts, with which we can anchor ourselves in the present.

Type
softcover
Dimensions
148 mm x 210 mm / 5.8 x 8.3 inch (Portrait)
Pages
288 (8-page cover)
ISBN
978-94-93148-51-2
Editor
Department of Speculative Facts (Lietje Bauwens, Quenton Miller, Karoline Świeżyński)
Author
Sepake Angiama, Lietje Bauwens (DoSF), Kate Briggs, Federico Campagna, Alex Carp & Jamie Fischer (NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE), Mette Edvardsen, Tristan Garcia, Maryam Monalisa Gharavi, Nicoline van Harskamp, Quenton Miller DoSF, Ingo Niermann, Michael Portnoy, Achal Prabhalawith WIKIAFRICA, FACT FACTORIES, AFRICA CHECK, CHIMURENGA, Wolfgang Tillmans, Bob Trafford (FORENSIC ARCHITECTURE).
Graphic
Karoline Świeżyński
Language
English
Release date
20/05/2021
Binding
Sewn and glued, Otabind
Paper
Serixo 190 gr. (cover), Serixo 80 gr. (64 p.) Munken Print White 90 gr. (160 p.)
Edition
1400
Color
32 pages full color, other black-white (estimate)
Printer
Printon, Tallin (Est.)
Font
Difficult Times by Ronja Anderson, Times MONOTYPE, Arial, Helvetical Rounded, Baskerville
Image specs
19 full color images, 2 black/white
Details
Glossy spot-UV lack on cover
Proofreader
Liz Allen
Lithografy
Erika Madenszki
Copy editor
Liz Allen
Made possible by
Creative Industries Fund NL, Jan van Eyck Academie
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