edited by Louis Armand, Edmund Berrigan, Ali Alizadeh, Stephen Mooney, David Vichnar, Stephan Delbos, Jane Lewty, Peter Cockelbergh
Publication date: May 2012
Litteraria Pragensia: Prague, London, New York, Melbourne, Paris, Amsterdam
Contributors to VLAK 3 include Ali Alizadeh, Guillermo Suarez Ara, Louis Armand, David Ashford, Zoe Beloff, Stuart Barnes, Bill Berkson, Charles Bernstein, Edmund Berrigan, Johannes Birringer, Sean Bonney, Michael Brennan, Nicole Brossard, Pam Brown, Robert Carrithers, Andrei Codrescu, Joshua Cohen, A.D. Coleman, Jennifer Cooke, Chris Crawford, Becky Cremin, Emily Critchley, Eric Cummings, Vincent Dachy, Steve Dalachinsky, Stephan Delbos, Jaroslav Divis, Vadim Erent, Allen Fisher, Steven J. Fowler, Ulli Freer, Christopher Funkhouser, Drew Gardner, Susana Gardner, Glass-Steagall Fraction, Filip Gordi, Catherine Hales, Vaclav Havel, John Hawke, David Hayman, Jeff Hilson, Jack Hirshman, Travis Holloway, Stewart Home, D.J. Huppatz, Peter Jaeger, Ivan Martin Jirous, Antony John, Jill Jones, Keith Jones, Pierre Joris, Robert Kiely, John Kinsella, Chris Kraus, Tom Leonard, Ruark Lewis, Erri De Luca, Richard Makin, Tom Mandel, Matt Martin, John Mateer, Aodan Mccardle, Mark Melnicove, Drew Milne, Peter Minter, Tara Mokhtari, Jeroen Nieuwland, Maldo Nollimerg, Damien Ober, Ryan Ormonde, Richard Parker, Olga Pekova, Marjorie Perloff, Holly Pester, Bern Porter, Michal Rehus, Jakub Repicky, Joan Retallack, William Rowe, David Ruzicka, Ryan Scott, Seekers of Lice, Ladislav Selepko, Josef Skvorecky, Philippe Sollers, Josef Straka, Stephanie Strickland, Benjamin Tallis, Thierry Tillier, Anthony Tognazzini, Adam Trachtman, Lawrence Upton, David Vichnar, Mckenzie Wark, Jacqueline Waters, Carol Watts, Karen Weiser, Michael Zand, Kamil Zbruz, Slavoj Zizek.
VLAK is an international curatorial project with a broad focus on contemporary poetics, art, film, philosophy, music, design, science, politics, performance, ecology, and new media.
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 creative methods.
"What is lost in abstraction? What is signified by a long work? By a serial work? What are its limitations? How might multiple voices reflect reality? 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."