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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.
percent cut by the Arts Council of England
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
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.**
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.
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
Any and all donations are deeply appreciated. With all our thanks,
The Mute Team
Slater, Darron Broad, Tom Clark
Heron, Matthew Hyland
Iles, Demetra Kotouza, Hari Kunzru
Mattar, Raquel Perez
van Mourik Broekman, Laura
Oldenbourg, Benedict Seymour
Szczelkun, Simon Worthington
With special thanks to Mattin
, Melanie Gilligan
, Brian Holmes
, Shu Lea Cheang
, Evan Clader Williams
, Suzanne Treister
Harwood for their help in making the video.
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- published: 20 Sep 2012
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