By Nicolas Jaar, Jena Myung and Maziyar Pahlevan
Published by Printed Matter, Inc and Other People
Network, an artists’ project by Nicolas Jaar, designed by Jena Myung and Maziyar Pahlevan, the book is the culmination of a multi-phase project from Jaar which takes the form of an online, semi-fictitious network of interlocking radio stations built around chance operations.
Network, like the web-based radio network which precedes it, is conceived in thirds and built from three primary threads:
i. new visual essays and text contributions from Lydia Lunch, Linda van Deursen and Nicolas Jaar
ii. poster artwork advertising 111 radio shows (across 333 stations) created by Pahlevan, Myung, and Jaar
iii. Loose transcriptions of each radio program, comprised of sprawling text culminating in a full-color section of manipulated images.
In its form and content, Network gives theoretical consideration to the inherent political possibilities of radio broadcast. The contributed texts and transcribed radio-chatter that filter through the book offer ways of resistance against entrenched power-structures (of political systems, of the mega-wealthy). Resistencia de Ayer Es La Resistencia de hoy, a station which plays exclusively Latin American Resistance music from the 60-70s, is one such example, though the work of the project is more broadly interested in the model/mechanism itself, a distribution system (in radio and publications alike) which is capable of operating ‘underground’, through pirate channels, and outside the reach of the State. Nicolas Jaar’s Network is looking for word of the revolution, but guarded against the fear it may come Red Bull-sponsored.
Network is 8 x 11 inches, 336 pages, otabound with smythe sewn signatures. The publication features fore-edge printing and includes a half-sheet bookmark. It is printed on 120 gsm Munken Polar Rough, in a first edition of 1100 copies.