published annually in Prague, London, New York,
Melbourne, Paris & Amsterdam //
VLAK is an international magazine with a broad focus on contemporary poetics, art,
film,philosophy, music, design, science, politics, performance, ecology, and
VLAK invites contributions that extend our understanding about what is possible;
which pose questions about the prevailing attitude of norms; which explore
the ramifications of contemporary culture and attempt new critical and
"What is lost in abstraction? What is signified by a long work? By a serial work?
What are its limitations? How might multiple voices reflectreality? Infect reality?
And how sustain such a work? How does the world enter the work? How is the
inside destroyed or transformed into 'another' space? How end a work? How
reshape parts of the world, and is that what we aspire to anyway? Are we
breathing easier, feeling better, glutted with our 'contemporary practice' digested?
Or fiercely unsatisfied, curious, anxious, asking, 'What are tomorrow's questions?'"
(Abigail Child, This is Called Moving)
VLAK stands for the drive to experiment, to synthesise, to extend – holding
to the principle that a vital culture is always experimental and thus always
"at a crossroads."
Inside VLAK 3:
JOSEF ŠKVORECKÝ on Allen Ginsberg; SLAVOJ ŽIŽEK on Capitalism
& Democracy; VÁCLAV HAVEL on The Power of the Powerless; MARJORIE
PERLOFF on Susan How; MCKENZIE WARK on Occupy Wall Street;
ERRI DE LUCA on Political Violence; LOUIS ARMAND on Joshua Cohen’s
Witz; DAVID VICHNAR on Christine Brooke-Rose; KEITH JONES on Punk
in Africa; ROBERT KELLY on Pierre Joris; STUART BARNES on The Cure’s
Robert Smith; D.J. HUPPATZ on Mashup Cultures; A.D. COLEMAN on Errol
Sawyer; DREW MILNE on The Unnatural History of Pure Poetry; JEROEN
NIEUWLAND on Stephen Walter’s London Maps; BENJAMIN TALLIS on
Czech Brutalist Architecture; STEPHAN DELBOS on Stanley Kunitz; DAVID
HAYMAN on Interviewing Philippe Sollers, Alain Robbe-Grillet &
Samuel Beckett; OLGA PEKOVÁ on Philippe Sollers’ The Park; JOHANNES
BIRRINGER onGesture & Politics; CHRISTPHER FUNKHOUSER on
Marko Niemi; CATHERINE HALES on Peter Dent; GUILLERMO SUÁREZ
ARA on G.Cabrera Infante; CHARLES BERNSTEIN & PIERRE JORIS
Photography by ADAM TRACHTMAN, VINCENT DACHY, ROBERT CARRITHERS,
BERN PORTER, VADIM ERENT...
Fiction by STEWART HOME, JOSHUA COHEN, CHRIS KRAUS, RICHARD
MAKIN, RYANSCOTT, ANTHONY TOGNAZZINI, PHILIPPE SOLLERS,
Poetry by IVAN MARTIN JIROUS, JOAN RETALLACK, EMILY CRITCHLEY,
BECKY CREMIN, STEPHANIE STRICKLAND, PAM BROWN, JOHN MATEER,
PETER MINTER, RICHARD PERKER, JEFF HILSON, AODAN MCCAERDLE,
MICHAEL BRENNAN, MARK MELNICOVE, JOHN KINSELLA, HOLLY PESTER,
JENNIFER COOKE, JILL JONES,SUSANA GARDNER, LAWRENCE UPTON,
SEEKERS OF LICE, MICHAL REHÚŠ, DAVIDRŮŽIČKA, LADISLAV SELEPKO,
BILL BERKSON, TOM MANDEL, EDMUND BERRIGAN, JACQUELINE
WATERS, ROBERT KIELEY, CAROL WATTS, STEVEN J FOWLER, ULLI FREER,
WILLIAM ROWE, ANDREI CODRESCU, STEVE DALACHINSKY, ALI ALIZADEH,
JOSEF STRAKA, CHRIS CRAWFORD, KAREN WEISER, NICOLE BROSSARD...
Artwork by ZOE BELOFF, MALDO NOLLIMERG, SEAN BONNEY, THIERRY TILLIER,
ALLEN FISHER, TOM LEONARD, RUARK LEWIS, KAMIL ZBRUŽ, JAKUB REPICKÝ,
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