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The October Issue

October 6, 2016
Dear Subscribers,

We have been making big changes that we’re excited to share with you, including new special projects, some new editorial perspectives, a new mobile website, and the first step in the direction of print! Through the process of these upgrades, October’s issue was put on pause. All subscription charges this month will be refunded. We hope you stay with us to see the fruits of our work on The New Inquiry, starting with our next issue, “Violence,” which you’ll find in your inbox the first week of November.

In gratitude,
The New Inquiry

We’re Celebrating 50 Issues and You’re Invited

March 14, 2016

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TNI invites you to celebrate 50 issues with us April 1st at Verso’s beautiful loft in downtown Brooklyn. Our relentless curiosity about whats possible has always driven our work, and it’s in that spirit we’re transforming our existing editorial structure towards a new vision of our Future.

I’ve loved working with everyone at The New Inquiry on so many great issues, from going deep on astrology and space in Stars to trying to name what ails us in Sick. It was Fun even when it was Trash.

Thank you to all those who have written for us and thank you to all those that read us. To me, the value of an alternative, independent publishing has never been clearer. I can’t wait to show you what we do next.

TNI will continue to be published by founder Rachel Rosenfelt who is helming TNI’s next issue: The New Masses. If you haven’t already, subscribe to recieve all future issues and access to our archive. We remain low cost, ad free, and reliant on your support. We never thought we’d get this far, but it feels like we’re just getting started. So come celebrate with us, DJ Jubilee, and more special guests.

See you April 1st
Ayesha Siddiqi

p.s. Write something that manages to include all of our issue titles and you could win an exclusive TNI tote bag and a free subscription. Submit your entry to [email protected] with the subject ARCHIVE CONTEST in time for the party and I’ll choose the winner then. You don’t have to include Volume 30 or 50, and you don’t have to attend to win.

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Reading a Draft @ Printed Matter

December 14, 2015


Drawing from a year of research in preparation for his final Issue Project Room residency project in early 2016, this talk develops a set of discontinuous thoughts on two fields of inquiry: the practice of weaving and the concept of the grotesque. In both, we can read obscure histories of how abstractions work through us and the geographies they carry with them, but also the limits of trying to make sense of those histories through the idea of “the body” as a discrete, coherent unit. The title comes from the process of translating a weaving pattern, or a “draft,” into the passage of time and the set of gestures that get concretized in a textile, and the talk considers this as a model for thinking about the sticking points and frictions, human and otherwise, that gather between design and realization. Continuing Williams’ interest in the essay as a form of experimental historical montage, Reading a Draft moves between the daily and fantastic, passing amongst pixels, tombs, factories, unicorns, and wallpaper to try and sketch a mode of claustrophobic and accumulated time that is as continually present as it has been long pushed out of view.

Wednesday, December 16
8:00 PM
Printed Matter
231 Eleventh Avenue
New York, NY 10001
Free, suggested $10 donation


RUPTURES: Between the City and the Art World

December 11, 2015

In partnership with TNI editors Jesse Darling and Maryam Monalisa Gharavi, with JKNET, Paul Maheke, Raju Rage, and Takeshi Shiomitsu 


OPENS: 12.00- 20.00

The first installment of Ruptures is a contamination of the corporate in the form of an artist led conference in the Boardroom of the Association of British Insurers in the City of London. The conference, conceived in partnership with Jesse Darling, Maryam Monalisa Gharavi, JKNET, Paul Maheke, Raju Rage and Takeshi Shiomitsu, exploits the tensions and complexities between the artists’ site-specific works and the pristine, clinical boardroom setting. The event aims to bring together the London art world and those associated with the square mile, who will be provided with welcome refreshments on arrival and with a working lunch. The conference will close with VIP drinks, informal discussion and networking.

This one-day event will explore the implications of engaging with the boardroom as an art space and to build on these artists’ existing agonistic practices, which will produce a productive conflict in this context. JKNET is working through hierarchies and power relationships in the art world and beyond; these themes are further explored by Takeshi Shiomitsu, who examines at the core of power relations from micro-structures to metanarratives. Maryam Monalisa Gharavi’s work unpacks the language and visual field of empire through her multi-channel installation video and live performance. While Paul Maheke is looking at the ways in which one can possibly defuse othering processes by embracing multiple selves, the works of Raju Rage and Jesse Darling both deal with necropolitics (the concept of some lives being more valued than others, based on race, geography, sexuality and gender) and the gender-industrial complex.

Ruptures exposes existing structures through an open platform in the context of the City – a concentrated microcosm of neoliberalism. The full programme will include a screening of Coco Fusco’s Operation Atropos (2006) and a skype appearance from Mike Bonanno of The Yes Men.

Ruptures takes place in an area of London associated with power. The exhibition is located close to the Guildhall (the city powerhouse since the 12th Century). What does it mean to explore the politics of this space? Thinking through Chantal Mouffe’s concept of agonistic public spaces, this event attempts to channel the potential to perforate the system without slipping through the cracks.

Ruptures is an ongoing nomadic platform exploring the capacity for engagement and critique by artists in a particular context. Ruptures; Between the City in the Art World will be followed by a series of artist led workshops in February and March at the ICA to further develop conversations started in the boardroom, and look towards future events.

Ruptures; Between the City and the Art World is generously supported by the Arts Council England and will be streamed live by thisistomorrow on the 12th December and archived on their website:

For more information: [email protected]

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“The Gulf: High Culture/Hard Labor” London book launch

November 12, 2015

On November 19th join TNI editor Maryam Monalisa Gharavi, writer Guy Mannes-Abbot (Gulf Labor Coalition), editor Anthony Downey (Ibraaz) and James lynch (Amnesty Internationl) for the London book launch of Gulf: High Culture/Hard Labor hosted by Ibraaz.

The Gulf: High Culture/Hard Labor is a chronicle of a campaign at the forefront of a new wave of worldwide cultural activism. The Gulf Labor Coalition is a cosmopolitan group of artists and writers who are pressuring Western cultural institutions, including the Louvre, Guggenheim, British Museum and New York University, over their exploitation of the migrant workers building their outposts on Saadiyat Island – the so-called ‘Island of Happiness’ off the coast of Abu Dhabi in the UAE.

Venue Address: Rivington Place, London, EC2A 3BA. Time: 6:30 pm