Arcades Materials: RED

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RED: History and Temporality

This pamphlet explores primal history, natural history, formal methodologies, and (meta)histories of progress and catastrophe. It is prefaced with an email from Puerto Rico, written in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, a reminder of the politics of natural history. The pamphlet then moves to a discussion of the architectonics of the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris where Benjamin worked on The Arcades Project, sheltering from the catastrophe of the world outside. It then turns to utopian plants, women in mirrors, obscure allegories and defamiliarised angels, locomotives with screaming brakes, ruffles on dresses and wrinkled hands. The pamphlet ends with an appendix of appendices.

Contributors: Noé J. García, Bruno Ferrer i Higueras, Yanik Avila, Esther Leslie, Christina Chalmers, Andrés Saenz De Sicilia, Mijael Jiménez, Bolívar Echeverría, Benjamin Noys, Mikkel Jørgensen, Sam Dolbear, Hannah Proctor, Anthony Iles

Edited by Sam Dolbear and Hannah Proctor
Insides Designed by Sophie Carapetian
Cover Designed by Sophie Carapetian and Lucy Killoran
Typeset by Sophie Carapetian, Sam Dolbear and Louis Hartnoll
Copy-edited by Lizzie Homersham