Thursday, April 4, 2013

#5 is Here at Last

The "House Magic" zine #5 for Spring 2013 is posted at long last at the House Magic website. The annotated contents are pasted below. This is the last issue of the journal that will be entirely produced by this blogger. Future House Magic production will be undertaken by a team which is even now struggling to assemble a new website for the project. Occuprop blog goes on, of course, recording information about my peregrinations in the quest this year to understand the art/squat relation. Next public stop -- Quartair, in The Hague, Netherlands. I'll be participating with the Artcodex group in a show called "Ghost Modernism." The House Magic contribution, produced in collaboration with the SqEK group, will consist of a low fence for folk devils, plastered with images and texts relating to the political squatting movement. Jump it if you can!

The House Magic zine catalogue #5 was composed in January of 2013, and finished in April of 2013.
the annotated Table of Contents:

Editorial – “It's not only gypsies and punks anymore.” The global Occupy movement has reanimated the tactic of occupation, and squattings have swelled with new activists with new intentions
Evictions – “Necessary squats.” Miguel Martinez reflects on the life and times of CSOA Casablanca. Alberto Corsín Jiménez and Adolfo Estalella take a “Jane's Walk” through Lavapiés. Jens Balzer records the “Creative Destruction” of Tacheles in Berlin. “The Sabotaj Story” tells of a Brighton group's attempt to stop a grocery chain's advance. Jacqueline Feldman recounts the “Winter Truce” that gave a music squat a respite.
Housing – “The 15-M Movement in Spain” by Ter Garcia is the story of a movement convergence. An interview with the Paris group Jeudi Noir reveals their methods. Robby Herbst is about “Notorious Possession: Occupying Foreclosed Homes with Art” in Los Angeles.
Showing Occupy – The “Occupy Bay Area” show in San Francisco traced a hidden history of resistance. HM tracks some of those routes.
Occupy Art Meeting – A number of meetings between artists and movement activists took place in Europe last year. HM reports on the Berlin Biennale, and the Graz, Austria festival. “We Are Not Representable” is an anti-art declaration. “BB7 Conversations” continue, with arguments, and, finally, a recommendation: “How to Build up Horizontality” in the artworld.
Theater – A report on the widely influential “Teatro Valle Occupation” of “Rome's Oldest Theater.” It has been followed by a “Theater Occupation Wave” in Italy. Two years before, D.B. recounts an adventure of movement theater on the road.
Festivals – HM reports on a number of convergences and festivals, mostly up with one down. Art Squats – The infamous “Mayfair Squatters” of London, the posh party people, speaking for themselves. Their Paris inspiration, “History of 59 Rivoli,” “l'essaim d'art.”
Education – “Contaminating the University, Creating Autonomous Knowledge,” Claudia Bernardi tells Class War University interviewers about Rome's ESC. Meanwhile, Oakland activists try to reboot a historic public service by “Liberating a Shuttered Library.”

This is the last issue of "House Magic" to be published in this way. The project will mutate in 2013.

Artcodex: Ghost Modernism

House Magic #5, Spring 2013

House Magic logo by Suck Zoo Han

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