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Reviewed by: Christine Oka, Research & Instruction, Northeastern University Libraries, Boston, MA
There are no typos here--continent. --lower case, with a period -- is the title of this open access publication, which “maps a topology of unstable confluences and ranges across new thinking, traversing interstices and alternate directions in culture, theory, biopolitics and art.” The journal also has a facebook page and the timeline starts in 2010 with a picture of the founding document, the word “continent.” written on a bar coaster! (The facebook URL is https://www.facebook.com/continentcontinent; one continent will get to facebook for the band, Continent, and their MERCH page.)
This informality is reinforced on the About page which states the journal “is currently run through the good will of those involved and their devotion to new ideas and new ways of distributing them. If you enjoy continent. and would like to help defer the costs of web hosting, accounts and developing new material, please consider donating through our public donation page. ” Additional financial support is provided by the Danish Arts Council / Statens Kunstråd. The editors and advisors hail from a variety of academic institutions and countries, including: Brown University and The New School for Social Research, New York (United States), Pontificia Universidade Católica de São Paulo (Brazil) and The European Graduate School (Switzerland and Malta).
Many of the archived issues (under the link Past), are thematic, covering topics related to Lost and Found, Social Glitch, or Intangible Architectures. The latest continent. is a special issue about the Technosphere Project of the Haus der Kulturen der Welt and conversations, interviews and collaborations with continent. This issue is found under the link for Present. The technosphere is a term for technology emerging as a geologic force; Peter Haff, geologist, describes technosphere as “planetary-scale networks of transport, information, energy and media operating at a scale and functional efficacy that we can now compare with geological and climatic forces. . . .” The Technosphere Project interview subjects show a broad range of interests and interdisciplinary studies--when a researcher at the Stockholm Environment Institute was asked, “What pieces of the technosphere do you have on you?” He responded, “I have computers on either hip, printed money, probably a whole lot of toxins from my exposure to everything—having worked in labs and eaten bad tainted food, all sorts of things like that.” Another interview subject working in media ecology, was asked to pick one image that resonates with her idea of the technosphere and her answer was “The Welsh island with windmills. I like how it combines landscape and the technosphere. This is what is happening in our world at the moment: the energy system transforms the landscape, and these transformations become more and more obvious to our eyes.” It’s a fascinating new view of the world around us.
Generally published quarterly in previous years, the editors have noted “continent. will appear in low frequency throughout the year. Check the Future link for information about article submission and editorial guidelines as well as calls for new topics. This is a no-frills online publication pushing the edges of our understanding and perception of our world.