Summer 2002

Issue 7 Contributors


Magnus Bärtås presents his project, The Disappointed and the Offended. Bärtås is an artist and writer based in Stockholm.

Mike Ballou created the image for the cover of the CD insert, Syntax Error. Ballou is an artist based in Brooklyn, New York.

M. Behrens and Tobias Schmitt collaborated on Chair, a sound project for the CD. Behrens (born 1970 in Germany) has lived and worked internationally as an artist and designer in Frankfurt since 1991. Since 1996 he has worked mainly with sound and video installations. Tobias Schmitt. 1975: born in Frankfurt; 1989: first experiments with electronic music; 1994: started working as sbc; 1996: started doing artworks as Mischstab; 1999: founded Acrylnimbus.

David Brody on evolutionary theorist and biological illustrator Ernest Haeckel. Brody is an artist who lives and works in Brooklyn.

Matthew Buckingham examines the past and possible future of Mt Rushmore in text and image. Buckingham is an artist based in New York.

Brian Burke-Gaffney on the abandonment of Hasima Island, Japan. Burke-Gaffney has been professor at the Nagasaki Institute of Applied Science since 1996.

Paul Collins on the unsinkable fleet of inventor Geoffrey Pyke. The Portland, Oregon-based Collins edits the Collins Library for McSweeney’s Books, and is the author of Banvard’s Folly (Picador: 2001) and the forthcoming travelogue-memoir Sixpence House (Bloomsbury USA).

Nancy Davenport: artist’s project, Concert. Davenport is a New York-based artist represented by Nicole Klagsburn Gallery.

Andrew Deutsch contributed three pieces to the Syntax Error CD. Deutsch lives in Hornell, NY, and teaches sound art at Alfred University.

Jon Dryden impersonated Richard M. Nixon on the CD. Dryden is a musician and writer living in Brooklyn, New York.

Elizabeth Esch on the Ford Motor Company’s Brazilian adventure. Esch is completing a dissertation in the Department of History at New York University.

Matt Freedman and Kris Lee present Cabinet’s newest unlimited edition, the Olympic consolation medal. Freedman is an artist and writer living in Brooklyn; Lee is a multi-media artist living in South America.

Tim Griffin on the dark heart of safety orange. Griffin is a writer, curator, and reviews editor of Artforum.

Daniel Harris on paint names. Harris is most recently the author of A Memoir of No One In Particular (Basic Books, 2002).

David Hawkes on the commercialization of the American college campus. Hawkes teaches at a university in Pennsylvania and is the author of Ideology (Routledge, 1996) and Idols of the Marketplace (Palgrave, 2001).

Sharon Hayes interprets the interpreters of the National Park Service. Hayes is an artist and MFA candidate in the Interdisciplinary Studio at UCLA’s Department of Art.

Brooklyn-based soundmaker Douglas Henderson presents Sodapop, part of the Syntax Error CD. Henderson has been working with electro-acoustic composition, music for dance, and installation pieces for 20 years.

Bill Jones on the work of Dr. Merrill Garnett. Garnett is a cancer researcher and the founder and CEO of Garnett McKeen Laboratory, Inc. Jones is an artist and writer represented by the Sandra Gering Gallery, NY, and currently director of operations at Garnett McKeen.

Jeffrey Kastner in conversation with materials scientist George Scherer. Scherer is a professor in the department of civil and environmental engineering at Princeton University. Kastner is a New York-based writer and senior editor of Cabinet.

Nina Katchadourian on the sad fate of artist Allen Mooney’s Iroquois Walk. Katchadourian is an artist who lives in Brooklyn and teaches at Brown University.

Emma Kay: artist’s project, The Bible From Memory. Kay lives and works in London and has forthcoming exhibitions at The Approach, London, the Muscarnok Kunsthalle, Budapest, and Tate Modern, London.

Peter Lew presents No! on the CD insert, Syntax Error. Lew is a New York-based artist whose work includes painting, installation and sound art.

Paul Lukas unrolls the history of Scotch tape. Lukas is the author of Inconspicuous Consumption: An Obsessive Look at the Stuff We Take for Granted and editor of Beer Frame: The Journal of Inconspicuous Consumption.

Christof Migone contributes the sound piece, Fado, to Syntax Error. Migone is a multidisciplinary artist and writer who lives and works in Montreal and New York.

Susette Min on the soothing strains of Muzak. Min is a Los Angeles-based independent curator and currently a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Pomona College.

Sina Najafi and David Serlin interview Scott Sandage on the invention of failure. Najafi is editor-in-chief, and Serlin an editor and columnist, of Cabinet. Sandage is Associate Professor in the Department of History at Carnegie Mellon University. His book, Forgotten Men: Failure in American Culture, 1819-1893 is forthcoming from Harvard University Press.

Pauline Oliveros contributes her 1966 soundwork Untitled (Failure 1) to the Syntax Error CD. Born in 1932, Oliveros is a composer living in Kingston, NY, and teaching at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Mills College, and Bard College.

Amy Jean Porter: artist’s project, Birds of North America Sing Hip-Hop and Sometimes Pause for Reflection. Porter is an artist currently based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Kendall C. Sanford displays examples from his air crash cover collection. Sanford lives in Geneva and is a past president of the American Air Mail Society, the world’s largest aerophilatelic society.

Peter Santino: artist’s project, Failure Institute Stock Certificate. Santino was born in Kansas in 1948.

Paul Schmelzer on signatures and celebrity. Schmelzer lives in Minneapolis and writes on art and activism for publications including Adbusters, The Progressive, and Raw Vision.

Lytle Shaw focuses in on the fuzzy details of Ernst Moiré life. Shaw is co-editor of Shark magazine; his most recent poetry book is The Lobe (Roof, 2002).

Michael Smith mourns the untimely demise of Austin, Texas’s Travelfest. Smith is an artist based in New York.

Nedko Solakov: artist’s project, Romantic Paintings with Parts Missing. Solakov is a Bulgarian artist living and working in Sofia. The series from which his Cabinet contribution is drawn was first presented at Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin, in May 2002 and will then travel to the Ulmer Museum, Ulm, and Reina Sofia, Madrid.

Yasunao Tone contributes Wounded Man’Yo at Lovebytes, a sound work on the Syntax Error CD. Tone, an original member of Fluxus and a co-founder of Group Ongaku, was born in Tokyo in 1935 and has resided in New York since 1972.

Tom Vanderbilt retrieves information about the history of the “black box” flight data recorder. Vanderbilt lives in Brooklyn and is the author of Survival City: Adventures Among the Ruins of Atomic America (Princeton Architectural Press).

Claude Wampler contributes the sound project, Life is Long Xavier Leroi, to the Syntax Error CD. Wampler is an artist based in New York City.

Allen S. Weiss looks into how to cook a phoenix. Weiss is a Cabinet editor-at-large and columnist; he recently co-edited French Food (Routledge), and his Feast and Folly is forthcoming (SUNY).

Gregory Whitehead on bibliovores. Whitehead is the author of numerous broadcast essays and earplays, and is presently at work on a new play, Resurrection Ranch.

Gregory Williams on consolation prizes. Williams is a critic and art historian living in New York City. He is also an editor of Cabinet.

David Womack on the charms of Indonesia’s cultural theme park, Taman Mini. A former Darmasiswa scholar in Indonesian literature and Javanese language at the Universitas Gadjah Mada in Yogyakarta, Java, Womack is currently director of new media at the American Institute of Graphic Arts.