Journal of Aesthetics and Protest
Based in Los Angeles California, the Journal of Aesthetics and Protest forwards political and cultural change in the neo-liberal age. They are a collectively-run DIY project; who publish books, host a public archive and public events, and sometimes act as an art collective. The Journal of Aesthetics and Protest may be a rare critical machine in that, while it publishes critical theory, in spirit and practice it has as much in common with Indymedia as it does with October. They see their project and projects like it as a generous and rigorous possibility, filling the vacuum left after the de-funding of smaller institutions, the corporatization of knowledge production, and the ensuing commodification and spectacularization of discourse. They sculpt projects that concretely link knowledge, art, and activism to specific sites and contexts or that spark situations for community-based social change or creation. They work collaboratively with individuals and collectives on several continents. Current editorial collective members include Marc Herbst and Christina Ulke.