Two transcripts of conversations between friends/colleagues reveal the informal genealogy of a work in progress, published in multiple iterations incrementally. They condense three years of collective/solitary rumination on the idea of the body public. By dissecting the published body into five parts—face (cara/cover), circulation, spine, guts, and feet—the co author attempts to understand how each limb/organ/system functions in relation to/isolation from the whole.
PUBLISHING AS BLOODLETTING is a social media play that precedes a printed essay on circulatory tactics in developing world megacities, circulatory ennui in European art schools, and the circulation of knowledge from vernacular producers to institutional managers. Written and performed in collaboration with Amy Wu, Florian Cramer, Ming Lin, Reinaart Vanhoe, Sami Hammana, and Simon Kentgens.
THE SECRETARIAL SPINE is a fragmented series of conversations (and one monologue) generated during Unbound Libraries, a worksession on digital libraries and forms of knowledge organization curated by Constant, a F/LOSS design and research outpost in Brussels. Written in collaboration with Andrea González Garrán, Czar Kristoff, Dante Carlos, Jessica Gysel, Kristian Henson, Loraine Furter, Maria Mazzanti, Matthew Stadler, and Mia Melvær.
Clara Balaguer is a
cultural worker and grey literature circulator. From 2010 to 2018, she articulated cultural
programming with rural, peri-urban, and diasporic communities from the
Philippines through the OCD, a
residency space and social practice platform. In 2013, she co-
founded Hardworking Goodlooking, a cottage industry
publishing hauz interested in the material vernacular, collectivizing
authorship, and the value of the error. Currently, she
heads the Social Practices department at Willem de Kooning
Academy and teaches in the Experimental Publishing masters of Piet Zwart
Institute. Frequently, she operates under
collective or individual aliases that intimate her stewardship in a
given project, the latest of which is To Be Determined.