The cycle LOW TEXT aims to explore text production as a social practice and texts that surround us, invisible in their ubiquity. These “exhausting” types of texts – work emails, applications, manuals, automated texts, contracts, footnotes – while being a device of initiating and relating, became today an appendage of a bureaucratic machine that frames, silences, and flattens the diversity.
LOW TEXT seeks to provide a space for a conversation rather than a celebration of an individual ego. In a sense, this cycle seeks to take a step back from individual authorship by choosing the texts of every day as a point of departure. But this stepping back is at once a step towards it. How can we engage critically with normative texts and claim them back?
LOW TEXT is an event-based research platform. Initiated by Maru Mushtrieva it has been since co-curated together with Alexandra Zakharenko, Liudmila Savelyeva, Elena Vogman, Hrefna Hörn Leifsdóttir, and Katharina Ludwig. LOW TEXT grew out of After The Eclipse series founded by Ebba Fransén Waldhör, Imri Kahn, Sarah M. Harrison and it is a part of the event program of Flutgraben e.V., Berlin.
Issues so far: #1 Conversations, #2 Applications, #3 Instructions, #4 Automations, #5 Commercials, #6 Footnotes, #7 Contracts. tbc. Artists, writers, and thinkers participated so far: Perila, SAGE, Mona Varichon, Göksu Kunak a.k.a Gucci Chunk, Dylan Spencer Davidson, R&D, Eric Winkler, Alina Lupu, Linda Spjut & Kate Moss, Erica Scourti, John Holten, Timur Akhmetov & Anni Puolakka, PLATFRM, Katharina Ludwig, Jan Domicz, Noah Lichtblau, Graw Böckler, Inger Wold Lund, Stefanie Rau, Vitya Glushchenko, Lorenzo Sandoval, Stine Sampers & Maily Beyrens, Theresa Kampmeier, Francisco Petrucci, Jasmijn Visser & PWR, Maya Schweizer, eeefff, Ahmet Öğüt & Maru Mushtrieva, Cruna Encarnação & Acqua Vrzal*a, Dmitry Paranyshkin, Brendan Howell, Emilia Kurylowicz, Egor Kraft, buren collective, Marija Pavlovic & Willi Andrick, Laura Stellacci, Georgina Hill & Thomas Grogan, Stanislav Dorochenkov, Victoria Martínez, Jenny Ames, Aseptic Stir a.ka. Alexandra Zakharenko & mxdr a.k.a Maxim Drachyov, Giuseppe Boccassini, Theresa Kampmeier, Caroline Adler, Andrés Baron, Maria Correia & Henrique Martins, Walter Solon & Jorge Loureiro, Sharon Kivland, Corinna Sigmund, Kat Schneider, Rheremita Cera, alex cruse, Alia Zapparova, Parrr Geng.