Omer Fast

Omer Fast
5,000 Feet Is the Best

Edited by Milena Hoegsberg, Melanie O’Brian
Essays by T. J. Demos, Liz Kotz, David Rohde; further contributions by Jennifer Allen, Christoph Cox, Céline Condorelli, Simon Critchley, Am Johal, Tom McCarthy, Marit Paasche, Ed Steck, Karen Brown.

This publication focuses on a single work of art: 5,000 Feet is the Best (2011) by artist Omer Fast. With this cinematic video work, Fast has entered into a discussion about one of the most pressing issues today, namely drone surveillance and warfare—that is, the use of unmanned planes operated by “pilots” on the ground.

Produced to accompany exhibitions of Fast’s work at Henie Onstad Kunstsenter (HOK) in Oslo (February 9–May 6, 2012) and at the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery in Toronto (September 15–November 25, 2012), this publication aims to bridge the gap between a critical reader and an artist book. Although the respective exhibitions include additional works by Fast, the examination of this single work allows not only for a consideration of his broader practice, but also an extensive examination of the subject of the work.

Informed by Fast’s layering of narrative and documentary material, this book compiles critical analyses of his film by art historians Liz Kotz and T. J. Demos, an article on drones reprinted from the journal Foreign Policy, as well as the artist’s research and script materials set alongside film stills. Additionally, an e-mail thread of responses from practitioners active in different fields engages a range of issues pertaining to drone warfare, opening the conversation into a forum on politics, ethics, aesthetics, and human experience.

Design by NODE Berlin Oslo

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Discipline No 2
Autumn, 2012

Second issue of Melbourne’s Discipline!

CONTENTS

ESSAYS
Nicholas Croggon & Helen Hughes Editorial
Emanuele Coccia (trans. by Connal Parsley)  End of Love
Amelia Barikin  Time Shrines: Melancholia and Mourning in the Work of Ash Keating
Francis Plagne  Matt Hinkley and the Embedded Mark
Helen Hughes  Aestheticising Architecture / Architecturalising Aesthetics: Callum Morton and Bianca Hester
Timothy Morton  Yukultji Napangati: Occupying Dreaming
Helen Johnson  A Moment An Immeasurable Whole (on Mira Gojak)
David Homewood  RR / SK: Public Exhibition
Steve Salisbury  Kimberley Dinosaur Tracks
Kate Warren  Unstable Realities in Omer Fast’s Five Thousand Feet Is The Best
Adrian Martin  Price Tag
Vivian Ziherl  Recommended Reading: LIP Magazine (1976-1984)
Sarinah Masukor  All The News That’s Fit To Sing: Vernon Ah Kee’s Tall Man
Tim Alves  The Telling Moment Revisited: Vernon Ah Kee’s Tall Man
Nikos Papastergiadis  Can There Be a History of Contemporary Art?
James Parker  Retromania and the Atemporality of Contemporary Pop

GUEST EDITED SECTION – MARIA FUSCO (EDITOR)
Maria Fusco  Editorial: The Human Word is Midway Between the Muteness of Animals and the Silence of God
Nikolaus Gansterer & Moira Roth  The Hand & The Creature
John Berger  Why Look At Animals?
Yve Lomax  A Philosopher, A Cat, A Monkey and Nudity
John Bevis  Mnemonics for Bird Songs and Calls
Nikolaus Gansterer & Moira Roth  The Hand, The Creatures & The Singing Garden

ARTIST PAGES
A Constructed World
Elizabeth Newman
Sandra Selig
Kate Meakin
Rongsolo
Christopher LG Hill
Paul Knight
S.T. Lore

POSTER INSERT
Janet Burchill
Editors: Nick Croggon and Helen Hughes
Guest Editor: Maria Fusco
Design: Annie Wu and Ziga Testen

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