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Crowdfunding Update

Thank you to everybody who has helped support our campaign so far. We’re now close to a third of our target sum of £5,500 for the Mute Magazine Contributors’ budget. Crucially, we need to reach 100% of our target in order to collect any of the donations that have been pledged so far. This means we need your help more than ever. It’s an all or nothing deal!

We also have two new donation gifts available to our crowdfunders take a look at

— Help us reach the full 100% — if we don’t reach our total then we don’t get funded!

Please help in whichever way you can:

– Please donate whatever amount you can by clicking on the project link below. We really would appreciate any contribution you are able to make.

– Help us promote the campaign by sending news of the campaign to friends, mailing lists, blogs and any social media feeds you think are appropriate, saying why it is so important to continue to support Mute‘s contributors.


See the project: http://wefund.com/project/mute-magazine-2013-contributor-budget/p45575/

Watch the video: http://youtu.be/P0Aa3KD9x7E

Read more about the project and why Mute needs to do Crowdfunding: http://www.metamute.org/editorial/articles/mute-magazine-crowdfunding-campaign

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Regeneration Games (London)


Regeneration Games
Unpicking the Olympic regeneration of East London
Presented by Mute Magazine

Wed 20 Jun 2012, 6:30pm
Free Word Lecture Theatre

Photo by Alberto Duman

Artist, writer and photographer Alberto Duman, in association with Mute Magazine, invites Ben Campkin, Owen Hatherley and David Cross to respond to a series of videos, objects and documents that question the official story of East London’s regeneration.

The discussion will centre on three ‘artefacts’: a short film promoting East London as a regeneration supernova, the Adidas-sponsored outdoor gyms, also known as adiZones, and the inescapable mass of the ArcelorMittal Orbit tower. Each brief presentation will be followed by a short response from the three invited speakers and then offered to the audience for further discussion.

When the world-class city is marketed as a commodity on the global investors’ stage, how can we understand the role of its citizens? Are we the unpaid producers of the value repackaged as world-class status?

What can we make of sponsorship opportunities in mega-events such as the Olympics, which extend beyond the timeline of the event into a legacy framework that protects their status as permanent branding and frames their contribution as public service?

Has the role of landmark art and architecture at the heart of notions of cultural regeneration reached its terminal point with the ArcelorMittal Orbit in the Olympic Park?

Free Word Centre

60 Farringdon Road

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Proud to be Flesh: a Mute Magazine Anthology of Cultural Politics after the Net

Proud to be Flesh: a Mute Magazine Anthology of Cultural Politics after the Net

Edited by Josephine Berry Slater and Pauline van Mourik Broekman with Michael Corris, Anthony Iles, Benedict Seymour and Simon Worthington


Nearly five years in the making, Proud to be Flesh offers some of the finest articles to appear in Mute magazine organised around key contemporary themes. This expansive collection of texts charts the perilous journey from Web 1.0 to 2.0; exposes how the logic of technology intersects with that of art and music; heralds the rise of neoliberalism and condemns the human cost; amplifies the murmurs of dissent and revels in the first signs of collapse. In the midst of a global crisis, Proud to be Flesh is an invaluable sourcebook for anyone wondering how we found ourselves here.

‘Mute’s writers remind us that there are always real bodies, and consequences, behind the gleaming abstraction of “new” media. They have managed an almost impossible task: to remain both substantively critical and accessible to a wide readership.’

-Grant Kester
Chair of Visual Arts at University of California, San Diego; and author of Conversation Pieces: Community and Communication in Modern Art


On the fifteenth anniversary of Mute magazine, we go back in time to where it all began – the Slade School of Fine Art, where a student-initiated version of Mute was produced between 1989 and 1991 by Simon Worthington with Helen Arthur, Daniel Jackson and Steve Faulkner. Changing format with each issue, this proved an essential precursor to Mute when it was re-launched as an FT-style newspaper in 1994. For one night, the Slade’s Research Centre will turn into Mute‘s way-back machine, reanimating editorial, manifestoes, artist projects, sound-art, websites and other Mute-flavoured ephemera from two decades of experimental publishing.

Join us:

@ 6-9pm, Thursday 3rd December, 2009

Slade Research Centre (top floor)
Woburn Square
London WC1H 0AB

RSVP to party@metamute.org

More details closer to the date, check http://www.metamute.org for updates.

In the meantime, preview Proud to be Flesh at http://www.metamute.org/ptbf


Mute Publishing
Unit 9
The Whitechapel Centre
85 Myrdle Street
London E1 1HQ

T: +44 (0)20 7377 6949
E: mute@metamute.org
W: http://www.metamute.org

Published by Mute Publishing in association with Autonomedia

Mute is supported by Arts Council England. Proud to be Flesh has been supported by ACE and the British Academy.

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