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Welcome to the Liquid Books series wiki!


Culture Machine Liquid Books is a series of experimental digital ‘books’ published under the (gratis/libre) conditions of both open editing and free content. As such, you are free to compose, rewrite, edit, annotate, translate, tag, add to, remix, reformat, reinvent and reuse any of the books in the series, or produce parallel versions of them - and what's more you are expressly invited and encouraged to do so. (We would appreciate it if you would tell us about it if you do so away from this site.)


The wiki you are currently reading has been set up to expressely facilitate such experimention. It provides you with read/write access to all the volumes in the Liquid Books series. (All you need to do is click on 'Log in' above the Sidebar on the right and request access.)  A full list of the volumes in the series is provided for you on the Sidebar. You also have the ability to comment on, respond to, and debate with the text of these books, the authors, and other readers using the 'Add a comment' feature (see below). 


Where appropriate, some of the most interesting results of such open writing and editing - as chosen by Culture Machine's editors and peer-reviewers on a case by case basis - will be 'frozen' and published by Open Humanities Press as new versions of volumes in the Liquid Books series in their own right (see Photomediations: An Open Reader for an example). These volumes, in common with all of Open Humanities Press' books, will be made freely available full text online, as HTML, and - again where appropriate - PDF as well. It is hoped that Print-on-Demand and e-pub book versions will be available in this way, too.



Volume 1. New Cultural Studies: The Liquid Theory Reader


The first volume in the Culture Machine Liquid Books series is New Cultural Studies: The Liquid Theory Reader. This has initially been put together by Gary Hall and Clare Birchall as a follow up to their 2006 woodware volume, New Cultural Studies: Adventures in Theory (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press). The first 'frozen liquid' version of this book - New Cultural Studies: The Liquid Theory Reader (Version 1.0) - appeared as part of the Culture Machine journal's 'Pirate Philosophy' issue in 2008. 


Volume 2. The Post-Corporate University


The second volume in the Culture Machine Liquid Books series is The Post-Corporate University, which is being openly written and edited by Davin Heckman.    


Volume 3. Technology and Cultural Form: A Liquid Theory Reader


The third volume in the Culture Machine Liquid Books series is Technology and Cultural Form: A Liquid Theory Reader, which is being openly written and edited by Joanna Zylinska and the students on the MA Digital Media at Goldsmiths, University of London.


Volume 4. Wyrd to the Wiki: Lacunae Toward Wiki Ontologies


Fore! Ecstatic allocentric linking and transduction. Wyrd to the Wiki: Lacunae Toward Wiki Ontologies is an Unindentifiable Digital Object calling on your attentions and intentions. Woven wyrds  leak wiki wisdom wantonly. Resonant multi-player composition for N players. Openly and collaboratively written by Shareriff (Trey Conner, University of South Florida, St. Petersburg) and mobius (Richard Doyle, Penn State University), Wyrd to the wiki is an invocation and call to all.


Volume 5. 'We're All Game Changers Now': Open Education - A Study in Disruption


The fifth volume in the Culture Machine Liquid Books series is 'We're All Game Changers Now': Open Education - A Study in Disruption. This is a book engaging with the burgeoning phenomenon of Open Education (OpenCourseWare, MOOCs,  TED, Wikiversity, AAAAARG et al), co-authored by Coventry’s Open Media Group and Mute Publishing, and designed as a critical experiment with both collaborative, processual writing and concise, medium-length forms of shared attention.


Volume 6. Biomediaciones / Biomediations


Life as such doesn’t exist: it is always mediated by language, culture, technology and biology. It is these multiple mediations of life that form the theme of this liquid, living book, the sixth volume in the Culture Machine Liquid Books series. Biomediaciones/Biomediations has been collaboratively speed-edited in three hours at the Living Books workshop at the Festival of New Media Art and Video Transitio_MX 05 BIOMEDIATIONS (Biomediaciones) in Mexico City, September 2013.


If you are planning a conference or festival, and would like us to run a similar workshop for you, please contact:





Volume 7. After New Media: A Liquid Reader


After New Media is a 'liquid reader' for the non-assessed, online and open access course 'After New Media' from Goldsmiths, University of London. Each section relates to a lecture on the After New Media course, with links highlighted in bold representing key reading. This reader provides links to additional learning resources, including key texts, videos and podcast lectures.  As with the After New Media course, the reader experiments with its own mediation as a form of pedagogy and seeks to intervene in and problematise the increasingly hegemonic, branded and top-down model of the MOOC (massive open online course). 


Volume 8. Photomediations: An Open Reader


Photomediations: An Open Reader is an open, wiki-based part of the online project Photomediations: An Open Book, led by Professor Joanna Zylinska. It contains academic, curatorial and mainstream open access essays on the dynamic relationship between photography and other media. The Reader is free for everyone to read. The open wiki format also allows different communities of users (lecturers, students, curators, artists, independent learners) to add to, re-edit and re-version the material.


Volume 9. Really, We're Helping To Build This . . . Business: The Academia.edu Files


Really, We're Helping To Build This . . . Business: The Academia.edu Files, charts the debate over for-profit academic social networking sites (aka academic research sharing platforms) such as Academia.edu, ResearchGate and Mendeley. It features contributions from Gary Hall, Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Eileen Joy and Guy Geltner. Although it has initially been put together by Janneke Adema and Gary Hall, like all those titles in the Liquid Books series, The Academia.edu Files is open for anyone to add to, edit, reversion and comment upon.


Volume(n) 10. Critical Theory and Environmental Posthumanities in Spanglish


This book gathers a series of Spanish translations and mis/dis/appropriations of the ecological turn of the (post-)Humanities, including a liquid version of an MA seminar on ecological thinking and deconstruction, a series of translated essays from the series Critical Climate Change, a couple of blogs and a collaborative re-writing exercise on Chernobyl and weeds. 


Forthcoming Volume. Aesthetic Programming: A Handbook of Software Studies


The book explores the technical as well as cultural imaginaries of programming from its insides. It follows the principle that the growing importance of software requires a new kind of cultural thinking — and curriculum — that can account for, and with which to better understand the politics and aesthetics of algorithmic procedures, data processing and abstraction. It takes a particular interest in power relations that are relatively under-acknowledged in technical subjects, concerning class and capitalism, gender and sexuality, as well as race and the legacies of colonialism. This is not only related to the politics of representation but also nonrepresentation: how power differentials are implicit in code in terms of binary logic, hierarchies, naming of the attributes, and how particular worldviews are reinforced and perpetuated through computation. Using p5.js, it introduces and demonstrates the reflexive practice of aesthetic programming, engaging with learning to program as a way to understand and question existing technological objects and paradigms, and to explore the potential for reprogramming wider eco-socio-technical systems. The book itself follows this approach, and is offered as a computational object open to modification and reversioning.


Git repository: https://gitlab.com/aesthetic-programming/book/




Volume 11. Deconstituting Museums


We have been deconstituting museums. We have worked and worked at the constitutional knot and it is loosening, it is fraying. We did not always know that our work was the work of deconstitution. Yet naming it as such makes palpable its signifiance. Calling the work deconstitution proposes a method. It also generates a question: is a differently constituted museum possible? 


This volume is launched in April 2021 and is being writing and run as an open inquiry by Helen Graham.





See also Liquid Books' companion series: Living Books About Life


Funded by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC), and published by Open Humanities Press (OHP), Living Books About Life is a series of curated, open access books about life -- with life understood both philosophically and biologically -- which provide a bridge between the humanities and the sciences. Produced by a globally-distributed network of writers and editors, the books in the series repackage existing open access science research by clustering it around selected topics whose unifying theme is life: e.g., air, agriculture, bioethics, cosmetic surgery, electronic waste, energy, neurology and pharmacology.


All the books in the series are themselves ‘living’, in the sense that they, too - like those in the Liquid Books series - are open to ongoing collaborative processes of writing, editing, updating, remixing and commenting by readers. As well as repackaging open access science research -- along with interactive maps, visualisations, podcasts and audio-visual material -- into a series of books, Living Books About Life (again, like the Liquid Books series) is thus engaged in rethinking ‘the book’ itself as a living, collaborative endeavour in the age of open science, open education, open data and e-book readers such as Kindle and the iPad.


Living Books About Life from Peter Woodbridge on Vimeo.

Call for Contributions to the Culture Machine Liquid Books series


You are also free to write, create and publish liquid books of your own using this wiki. Anyone interested in contributing a volume to Culture Machine Liquid Books should contact Gary Hall - or just publish them using this Culture Machine Liquid Books wiki.


Gary Hall

Email: gary@garyhall.info




If you add a new volume in the series, please add it to this list on the main page so people can easily find it.


You can easily add a new page to the Liquid Books series wiki by creating a wiki link with the title of the page  
 you want to create on the front page. Then, when you click on that link, you will be taken to a new page that you can add to.



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