The Anxious Prop is both a sporadic publication and a loose collective bound by a desire to work with two looping yet sequential parameters: (1) The labour of producing forms, shapes and figures as a means of exploring collective knowledge by challenging the discourse of digital fabrication; (2) These forms, shapes, and figures emerge with a disposition to be activated, triggering their condition as theatrical objects and their consequent instrumental or anthropological role in the world.
The publication launch-come-happening of Case 5 at Lehrter Siebzehn invited the public to play with feedback loops of visual data. The central debate around intellectual property led to two core questions that were explored, amongst many others, during the preparation for the publications launch: what is a digital original, and what implications does digitalization have on everyday life?
The launch drew on the visual motifs of fire and the prism as signifiers of origin, continuity and of knowledge and light. The visual data produced became merged and extracted in order to be printed as a series of covers for Case 5.
Co-directed by Miodrag Kuč and Jan Bovelet Edited by Luis Berríos-Negrón Translations and Proofreading by Carrie Roseland Graphic Design by Jonathan Pierni and Sebastian Weindauer Contributors: Mario Carpo, Gabriella Coleman, Ben Cope, Florian Dombois, Julia Gill, Tim Gough, Alex Head, Anna Kostreva, Jonas Marx, Gerald Raunig, Carrie Roseland, Gabi Schillig, Florian Sievers.