Articles by: Florian Cramer

Florian Cramer is a reader/research professor in twentieth-century visual culture/autonomous practices at Willem de Kooning Academy & Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands.

What Is Urgent Publishing?

What Is Urgent Publishing?

Publishing is increasingly being challenged through instantaneous social media publishing, even in the fields of scholarship and cultural, philosophical and political debate. Memetic self-publishers, such as the right-wing ‘YouTube intellectual’ Jordan Peterson and his left-wing counterpart Natalie Wynn, seem to tap into urgent needs that traditional publishing fails to identify and address. Does their practice amount to a new form of urgent publishing? How is it different from non-urgent publishing on the one hand and from propaganda on the other? Which urgencies can be addressed by urgent publishing? What is the role of artists and designers in it?