Mute Magazine 2013 Contributor Budget

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Mute Magazine 2013 Contributor Budget

Mute Needs You! Mute magazine urgently needs your help so that we can continue to pay all of our writers, artists, illustrators and photographers who help generate our web and print publication. Mute is an essential voice in a publishing landscape gradually being purged of its independent and critical voices as a result of market homogenisation, the internet and post-Crunch funding cuts.

Mute Needs You!
Mute magazine urgently needs your help to continue to pay all the writers, artists, illustrators and photographers who generate our web and print publication. Mute is an essential voice in a publishing landscape gradually being purged of its independent and critical voices as a result of market homogenisation, the internet's impact on sales, and post-Crunch funding cuts.

The 100 percent cut by the Arts Council of England in 2011 gave Mute a final year of funding which ran out in April 2012. Over the past year we have been busy finding new ways to sustain a magazine which helps give a voice to those resistant to capitalism’s lobotomised conditioning. This hunt has resulted in our collaboration with the Post-Media Lab [http://postmedialab.org] at Leuphana University’s Centre for Digital Cultures and won part-time salaries for some of our staff members.

This has produced a little breathing space to work out new sources of funding, partnerships and technical infrastructures that can support our work without compromising our autonomy. However, one of the urgent areas still necessary to address is the lack of any commissioning budget for the next year.

We need you to help us raise £5,500 so we can keep making the magazine for another year at least, while we continue to find models of survival. The crucialness of keeping Mute alive in these times has been brought home by news that critically independent UK publications, Third Text and Variant, are also in crisis after suffering funding cuts. Almost all the money you donate will go straight back to the community of writers, artists, activists and practitioners who co-create Mute.**


What Does Mute Do?
Mute publishes weekly articles freely accessible online and then compiles many of these into two biannual print editions which allow our content to reach new audiences in different ways, cutting through the info-overload of the net and standing the test of time on public and private bookshelves. We have also started to produce Mute in e-pub formats, providing e-reader versions of articles for subscribers or full issues for people to download. Over the next year Mute will be publishing Volume 3 issues 4 and 5, and we are looking to raise £5,500 to cover the costs of commissioning the content.

What is Mute Planning?
With this additional funding, we intend to develop and refine key areas of analysis and coverage which help to stir up complacent thinking around politics, technology, labour, the city, art, music and everything in between. This coverage will continue to target:


- The materiality of production which underlies our ‘immaterial times’ and the fantasy of ‘living on thin air’
- The production of culture within the cramped spaces of standardised technologies, neoliberalised institutions, post-modernism’s exhaustion of forms and austere times
- The depth of capitalism’s crisis which no amount of Euro bailouts nor ‘march of the makers’ will fix
- The impasse of organisation and revolution after the demise of the workers’ movement and within ‘decentralised’ and globalised networks
- The enclosure and repurposing of the commons - from the human body to the World Wide Web to the National Health Service to the Lammas Lands of East London
- The ‘creative economy’ and its cannibalisation of resistant forms, such as participation, history from below, dematerialisation and self-organisation
- The correlation and discontinuity between new dynamics in capitalism and aesthetic practices

Mute Books
Mute’s editorial team has also been developing a book imprint - Mute Books - over the past few years. The imprint has provided some of the contributors to the magazine with the space to work out issues and ideas that can’t be contained within single articles. The imprint expands Mute's publishing ecology of free and priced content in multiple formats which can act across a fragmenting landscape of media, reading and consumption habits.

Any and all donations are deeply appreciated. With all our thanks,

The Mute Team


[Josephine Berry Slater, Darron Broad, Tom Clark, Omar El-Khairy, Caroline Heron, Matthew Hyland, Anthony Iles, Demetra Kotouza, Hari Kunzru, Mira Mattar, Raquel Perez de Eulate, Pauline van Mourik Broekman, Laura Oldenbourg, Benedict Seymour, Stefan Szczelkun, Simon Worthington]


With special thanks to Mattin, Melanie Gilligan, Brian Holmes, Shu Lea Cheang, Evan Clader Williams, Suzanne Treister and Graham Harwood for their help in making the video.



**Please feel free to submit ideas or proposals to mute@metamute.org

Posted on 07/11/12

New Gift Donated by Anja Kirschner & David Panos

A recent publication, signed by the artists, published to accompany their new film, Ultimate Substance, 2012. (http://www.secession.at/art/2012_kirschner-panos_e.html) Donation required: £50


Posted on 07/11/12

New Artworks Donated from Amy Balkin

Left: Letter Press Poster for the 'Public Domain'. Right: 'While People Sleep the State Dreams' (2012) The first poster a letterpress poster made in conjunction to Amy's ongoing attempt to create a permanent international commons, This is the Public Domain (http://thisisthepublicdomain.org/) - a project referenced in Mute texts by Hari Kunzru (http://www.metamute.org/editorial/articles/public-domain) and Kate Rich (http://www.metamute.org/editorial/articles/promised-lands). The project is ongoing, and the poster references Bidder 70 (Tim DeChristopher), an American climate activist who was imprisoned for intervening in an oil and gas lease auction on public land in Utah. 'While People Sleep the State Dreams' was produced as one of a series of artist letterpress posters to be given away at In Protest (http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/events/education/event_052012/EN0766) at the Berkeley Art Museum in 2012. The statistic "2011 – Report concludes the US government classified 77 million documents in 2010, a 40% increase from 2009. Source: EFF" is at the bottom of the poster. Donation required: £150 for each


Posted on 01/11/12

New Artworks Donated from Suzanne Treister and Vuk Ćosić

Mute Needs You! As you will now most likely know, Mute has embarked on a crowdfunding campaign for its 2013 contributor budget. We want to continue to pay all of the writers, artists, illustrators and photographers who help generate Mute’s unique editorial content, but this is difficult without core funding. We are now half-way into our campaign to raise a total of £5,500 with only one month to go! It’s been going very well so far (we are at 42% of our target at the time of writing), but with quite a way to go, the urgency of winning further support couldn’t be greater. It is essential that we reach 100% of our target in the time allocated (28 days to go!) since crowdfunding works on an all or nothing model — if we don’t reach our target, we don’t receive a single penny of the donations that have already been so kindly pledged. In recognition of our gratitude for your support we are carefully selecting thank you gifts from Mute’s community of contributors. We are excited to announce that we have three new artwork donations to give away – from artists Suzanne Treister and Vuk Ćosić, on which you can read more below.... VUK ĆOSIC Vuk Ćosić, History of Art for Airports: Venus, 1998 A DVD copy of early net.art project History of Art for Airports (1998) by the artist Vuk Ćosić. This piece was exhibited at the Slovenian Pavilion of the Venice Biennial in 2001 as part of the show 'Net.art per me' also curated by Ćosić. The piece is part of a series of 4 that retails for 7k€ Donation required: £300 MORE INFO AND IMAGES: http://www.metamute.org/editorial/articles/100-or-bust-mute-crowdfunding-update SUZANNE TREISTER 1) A set of four signed HEXEN 2.0/Tarot posters by Suzanne Treister from the exhibition HEXEN 2.0 at Hartware Media Kunst Dortmund, 2012. Donation required: £200 2) Suzanne Treister, WWIWWIIWWW, archival giclée print on 220 gsm acid free cartridge paper 21 x 29.7 cm, 2010 In an edition of 25 Donation required: £400 Associated Articles Reload: Rethinking Women + Cyberculture By Luciana Parisi Scrying Stranger Aeons By Cameron Bain Politics Here is Death By Anthony Iles Cybernetic Magic By Andrew Pickering MORE INFO AND IMAGES: http://www.metamute.org/editorial/articles/100-or-bust-mute-crowdfunding-update


Posted on 24/10/12

Paradigm Shifting Articles from the Mute Magazine Archive

Here’s another article from Mute’s archive we consider to have significantly impacted on contemporary thinking. —JJ Charlesworth, ‘Crisis at the ICA: Ekow Eshun’s Experiment in De-institutionalisation’, 2010 http://www.metamute.org/editorial/articles/crisis-ica-ekow-eshuns-experiment-deinstitutionalisation—


Posted on 17/10/12

Thank you

We just like to send out a special thank you to all those of you have donated, but who we've been unable to email directly. Please feel free to get in touch if this is you, email tom AT metamute dot org Thanks to everyone once again


Posted on 17/10/12

Paradigm Shifting Articles from the Mute Magazine Archive

Paradigm Shifting Articles from the Mute Magazine Archive — Jamie King, ‘The Packet Gang’, 2004 — Here’s another article from Mute’s archive we consider to have significantly impacted on contemporary thinking. In 2004 Jamie King wrote this article on the impasse of political organisation in the age of 'openness' http://www.metamute.org/editorial/articles/packet-gang Crowdfunding Update: We're now edging past raising a quarter of our target sum of £5500 for the Mute Magazine Contributors budget, and so need your help more than ever to keep the momentum going.


Posted on 15/10/12

Update! 25% + more from the archive

So we've reached 25% of our budget which is fantastic news, plenty to go, but we're getting there! In support of our crowdfunding campaign , here is another article selected from our archive. — 'The Spine', hones in on the NHS' doomed joined up database from 2008: http://www.metamute.org/editorial/articles/spine — This tracking of an individual's pathway through the NHS, and collation of lifelong health records, has become sharply pertinent again in light of the personal health budgets currently being piloted by the NHS. (http://www.communitylifechoices.co.uk/looking-for-support/personal-health-budgets) Of course these personal budgets are being sold to us as YET MORE CHOICE!, but in reality represent a further individualisation of risk and no doubt pave the way to the capping of heavy 'NHS users'' access to finance/treatment. So, the diatribes against the obese and the stress they place on the NHS budget, is turned into a deeper economic calculation of individuals social cost and worth. Human Kapital Uber Alles. — Thank you as always to everyone who has donated so far – spread the word and help support Mute writers!


Posted on 10/10/12

Paradigm Shifting Articles / Thank you so far

As we approach 25% of the way to our funding target, we'd like to say thank you to everyone who have help so far and to remind everybody to keep sharing this with those around them. Our continued thanks... Mute’s crowdfunding campaign has given us an opportunity to comb through our archive and fish out some of the paradigm shifting articles that helped shake up thinking around key issues. Since discovering these buried texts on the site requires a grey-matter based search engine - our collective memory - we’ve decided it would useful to make a regular feature of these on the site. The first we at Mute have selected is "Loren Goldner’s ‘Fictitious Capital’, 2007" which you can read here: http://www.metamute.org/editorial/articles/fictitious-capital-beginners-imperialism-anti-imperialism-and-continuing-relevance-rosa-luxemburg


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If successful, we plan to express our gratitude - online and in the next issue of Mute Magazine - with a list of names of everyone whose contribution has helped raise our funding total (unless of course you'd rather not!)
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- A massive Thank You from Mute Magazine by post, along with the must-have Mute Tote Bag.
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- As well as a Thank You letter and Mute Tote Bag, if you are able to donate £30 we'll send you a free copy of the newly published 'Mute Magazine Vol 3 # 3 – Becoming Impersonal'.
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- As well as a Thank You letter and Mute Tote Bag, if you are able to donate £30 we'll send you a large poster print by Johannes Paul Raether - Protektorama Smartfonhexe, 2012. A0 poster with a qr-code printed small (10cmx10cm) on the lower right side. More info: http://www.metamute.org/editorial/articles/100-or-bust-mute-crowdfunding-update-new-incentives-and-video
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£50 pounds is a fair chunk, and so we'd like to say Thank You by offering a year's subscription to Mute Magazine, an epub version of 'Proud to be Flesh: A Mute Magazine Anthology of Cultural Politics after the Net' and of course, not forgetting, the Mute Tote Bag
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£50 pounds is a fair chunk, and so we'd like to say Thank You by offering a recent publication, signed by the artists Anja Kirschner & David Panos, published to accompany their new film, Ultimate Substance, 2012, and of course, not forgetting, the Mute Tote Bag! More info: http://www.secession.at/art/2012_kirschner-panos_e.html
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At £50 we'd like to say thank you with a letterpress poster made in conjunction with artist Amy Balkin's ongoing attempt to create a permanent international commons, This is the Public Domain (thisisthepublicdomain.org). More info: http://www.metamute.org/editorial/articles/100-or-bust-mute-crowdfunding-update-new-incentives-and-video
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At £50 we'd like to say thank you with a poster by artist Amy Balkin, 'While People Sleep the State Dreams' which was produced as one of a series of artist letterpress posters for In Protest at the Berkeley Art Museum in 2012. More info: http://www.metamute.org/editorial/articles/100-or-bust-mute-crowdfunding-update-new-incentives-and-video
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For a donation of £50 we would like to say a big thank you by offering you a choice of one of five prints by the artists Melanie Gilligan and Dan Mitchell created for, and used in, Melanie Gilligan's film Popular Unrest, May, 2010. More info on the film: http://popularunrest.org/. More info and donate: http://www.metamute.org/editorial/articles/100-or-bust-mute-crowdfunding-update-new-incentives-and-video
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At £100 we'd like to say thank you with a framed 1st issue of Mute Magazine from way back in 1994 in all its pink broadsheet glory. This piece of Mute history will help us continue to carry out our original mission to blur the boundaries of the news shelf, and take art, technology, economics and politics out of their media-mental pigeon holes
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Heath Bunting - 'Unlimited Free Travel On First Great Western'. Framed letter (2 x A4, framed) from FGW to Heath Bunting granting him unlimited free travel on their train network, with detailed instructions on how to go about it. This particular print is signed by Irational artists Heath, Kate Rich and Vahida Ramujkic, and is in 2 x frames that have, uniquely, been dowsed in Cube Cola concentrate courtesy of the Cube Cola artists, Kate Rich and Kayle Brandon. It was last exhibited in the STUK Artefact exhibition 2012.
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signed copy of B.I.T. Plane by Bureau of Inverse Technology UK/USA, 1999, 15 minutes B&W, Sound, Video
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For a generous donation of £200 we would like to say thank you by offering you a series of 5 silkscreen prints by Alberto Duman - 'London Postcards', 2008. Edition of 50. Size 70cmx100cm. More info: http://www.albertoduman.me.uk/past18_london.htm
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A set of four signed HEXEN 2.0/Tarot posters by Suzanne Treister from the exhibition HEXEN 2.0 at Hartware Media Kunst Dortmund, 2012.
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For a generous donation of £250 we would like to say thank you by offering you a signed photographic print (10 x 8in from an edition of 3) of Peter Kennard's 'Dirty White Gold', 2012. More info: http://www.peterkennard.com/main/chronology/chron6.htm
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For a generous donation of £300 we would like to offer you a DVD copy of early net.art project History of Art for Airports (1998) by the artist Vuk Ćosić. This piece was exhibited at the Slovenian Pavilion of the Venice Biennial in 2001 as part of the show 'Net.art per me' also curated by Ćosić and is part of a series of 4 that retails for 7k€. More info: http://www.metamute.org/editorial/articles/100-or-bust-mute-crowdfunding-update-new-incentives-and-video
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For a whopping big donation of £400 we would like say thank you by offering an archival giclée print print of 'WWIWWIIWWW' (2010) by Suzanne Treister. From an edition of 25. More info: http://www.metamute.org/editorial/articles/100-or-bust-mute-crowdfunding-update-new-incentives-and-video
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