Cured Quail Volume 1

20th Jan 2017

Cured Quail Volume 1

With What Must a Journal That Will Not Be Read Begin?

A fundraising appeal

Cured Quail is a new journal of critical theory that takes seriously the aesthetic, social and conceptual problems of literacy. By literacy we don’t mean simply the ability to read and write. Rather, Cured Quail poses the question of illiteracy as a historically specific hindrance to fully experiencing the words on a page, the patience of an idea, or the particulars of a work of art. Cured Quail is concerned with discussions on culture, philosophy, political economy and modern and contemporary art, featuring critical essays, reviews, polemics, interviews, and other formats.

However, Cured Quail is a journal parti pris that faces the frustration of getting off the ground. As our commencing editorial describes, the redundancy of already existing publications devoted to the nomenclature society-art-culture presents us with a challenge; foremost derived from the experiential chasm nourished by the refreshing content of curated feeds that in its rapid-fire shots of interest prepares any but the most recondite reader for a diet of distraction.

For the thought and readership of Cured Quail—like everything else today—money stands as the transcendental condition for the possibility of experience. Your support will help finance a first run of Cured Quail Volume 1.

Moments ago, our fundraiser went live and we now have 30 days to reach our goal to send the journal to print: Your donation will go to help defray the cost of printing, book design and maintaining our online edition.

What will volume 1 feature?

The content of our inaugural issue can already be previewed along with select available articles in their entirety. Besides our collectively written editorial, our first issue includes a newly translated contribution by Christoph Hesse, a hitherto unpublished essay by Paul Mattick, and a 2012 conversation had between Martha Rosler and Ben Morea in New York during the height of the occupation movement. Also available already on our website is our first Rewriting Art Writing feature which critically assesses the quality of contemporary articles on art published elsewhere by rewriting them. Here is the full table of contents:

Prolegomena to any Future Editorial

Decorous Language by Zachary Dempster

Virtual Experience by Christoph Hesse

Do We Live in a Society of the Spectacle? by Paul Mattick

Agree to Disagree: A Happenstance Response to Paul Mattick by Eric-John Russell

Taking Comfort in Society: The Sociologization of Art and its Contents by Chris Crawford

Iconoclastic Idolatry: Speculations toward an Image of God, the Meaningful Process-Marks of Labor, & Purposefulness without Purpose by Jeffrey Schultz

An Olympian Stretch: An Unbalanced Tandem between Martha Rosler and Ben Morea transcribed by Veronika Zhizhchenko