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Geometer: Special Issue
Art and Politics

Throughout January Geometer Magazine has been publishing articles on a
wide range of topics and disciplines, all of which negotiate the
difficult territory at the intersection of Art and Politics. These pieces
seek in their different ways to understand and document the way in which
artists and writers, musicians and film-makers, respond to and document
the different cultural and political challenges they face.

Featured Articles Include:-

Realism vs. Reality TV in the War on Terror: Artworks as Models of
Interpretation - It could be argued that the warfare of our time is
defined by its increased tendency to target the civilian; both directly
by terrorist bombs and state ordinance, and indirectly by images of those
same attacks. At the same time camera phones and the internet have
allowed civillians to become ever more sophisticated in their creation
and negotiation of these images of warfare. David Crawford examines the
way in which the 'war on terror' is mediated by imagery and asks how we
might secure some critical distance from the messages it seeks to

The Visions of Vicki Weaver - Steve Ely is a unusual among contemporary
poets for the degree of his focus on real historical events. His
JerUSAlem sequence probes the American consciousness through the
footnotes of its decline. This extract from JerUSAlem centres on the
shooting in 1992 of white separatist Vicki Weaver during the so-
called 'Siege of Ruby Ridge'. A cause celebre amongst human rights
activists, constitutionalists and the libertarian right, the incident has
been cited as a motivation for the Oklahoma City bombing.

An Interview with the Artist Guy Denning -Guy Denning is one of the small
group of contemporary artists currently making a name for themselves
through small independent galleries on Vyner Street and across the UK.
Though often linked with “urban art” Guy marks himself out from that
scene by channelling his artistic and political concerns through his
interest in classical mythology and the abstractionism of Franz Kline

Neo-Neo-Classicism: the Artistic and Political Challenge of Ian Hamilton
Finlay - Brian Butler considers the legacy of Ian Hamilton Finlay, whose
iconography of war provides a powerful and troubling critique of
contemporary art theory and practice in its relationship to the

We also include essays on Baudrillard, Che and V for Vendetta, and the
political nature of Sound Art plus poems by Adam Burbage, Patric Cunnane
and Uddipana Goswami.

Forthcoming Special Issues

Geometer is also currently preparing special issues on the following:
David Peace - In his Red Riding Quartet (filmed and shortly to be
televised by Channel 4) Peace set about documenting 1970s Britain under
the shadow of the ripper murders with a ferocity and an originality that
sets him apart from his contemporaries. Peace's novels, whilst aspiring
in some senses to act as historical documents, are not tied to the flat
drudgery of fact and proceed by way of linguistic and textual
experimentation. In later books Peace has developed both of these trends,
filtering post-war Japan, the UK miner strikes and Brian Cloughs fraught
1974 residence at Leeds United, all through the lens of prose that is
equal parts craft and frenzy.

Geometer calls for responses in essay, fiction, poetry, image or any
other format, to Peace's unique oeuvre.

Short Fiction - The short story is often seen as the poor cousin of the
novel. While the novel has arguably been the main focus of literary
prestige for at least two centuries and while theories of the novel have
abounded, the short story's own history has been far more modest and has
drawn far less ideological attention. While the great novels have sought
to capture the world between their covers, short stories have tended to
dwell a little out of sight of that world - in Gregor Samsa's back
bedroom or Raymond Carver's blue collar neighbourhoods - and have perhaps
too often been viewed as a sideshow or apprenticeship for the main event.

But the contemporary novel is not perhaps in such rude health itself. In
Zadie Smith's recent article for the New York Review of Books both of
her "Two Paths for the Novel" seemed crushed by their consciousness of
the history of the form; only able to forget themselves by more or less
consciously playing games of make believe- As if the novel were still
revolutionary. As if it held the key to authentic experience. As if we
still believed in our own literary manifestos.

The short story, forced by its brevity to deal with the world piecemeal,
is not so burdened as the novel, yet its episodic nature and its natural
incompleteness are at least as true of our experience as the novel's
appetite for omniscience and unity. One might also argue that the short
story offers ways of writing and thinking that are barely available to
the novel - its qualities of discreteness and incompleteness are integral
to the abjection of Bolano's short fiction, the helpless clarity of
Raymond Carver, and the imaginary lines of flight of Jorge Louis Borges.

Geometer calls for short fiction from authors who value the short story
on its own terms and who would explore the full breadth of its

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