7 1/2 inch × 10 inch plastic jacket containing two 7 1/2 inch × 10 inch softcover books
112 pages each
“I’m interested in the artists’ attempt to map their world, to order and make sense of it. This activity is not exclusive to artists; people do it constantly to find some relationships to abstractions, global events, invisible machinations of finance and those decisions that affect the future of the world.” —Mark Lombardi
Strange Attractor takes its name from the tendency of vibrant patterns to emerge from non-linear, unpredictable systems. Expanding on ideas and connections forged in the 2017 Ballroom Marfa exhibition of the same name, Strange Attractor explores the uncertainties and poetics of networks, environmental events, technology, and sound.
Rue brings together artists and practitioners from a variety of fields to converse on the stochastic topological dynamics of lived existence. The topic of sound pervades the book, as leitmotif in a web of increasingly complex relationships between systems, revealing a backdrop of socio-political power, transmigration, and asylum.
Contributors include: Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Thomas Ashcraft, Robert Buck, Alexander Calder, Beatrice Gibson, Phillipa Horan, Channa Horwitz, Lucky Dragons (Luke Fishbeck and Sara Rara), Mark Lombardi, Herbert Matter, Haroon Mirza, Elias Sime, and Douglas Ross, as well as conversations between tropical ecologist Merlin Sheldrake, novelist Chloe Aridjis, and economic sociologist Juan Pablo Pardo-Guerra, as well as texts by media art historian Douglas Kahn and poet Bernadette Mayer.
Strange Attractor – the exhibition – Ballroom Marfa Select Press