Paul B. Preciado

Paul B. Preciado is a writer, philosopher, curator, and one of the leading thinkers in the study of gender and sexual politics. He is the author of Pornotopia (Zone Books) for which he was awarded the Sade Prize in France, and other books. He lives in Paris and is Associated Philosopher to the Centre Pompidou.

  • An Apartment on Uranus

    An Apartment on Uranus

    Chronicles of the Crossing

    Paul B. Preciado

    A “dissident of the gender-sex binary system” reflects on gender transitioning and political and cultural transitions in technoscientific capitalism.

    Uranus, the frozen giant, is the coldest planet in the solar system as well as a deity in Greek mythology. It is also the inspiration for uranism, a concept coined by the writer Karl Heinrich Ulrich in 1864 to define the “third sex” and the rights of those who “love differently.” Following Ulrich, Paul B. Preciado dreams of an apartment on Uranus where he might live beyond existing power, gender and racial strictures invented by modernity. “My trans condition is a new form of uranism,” he writes. “I am not a man. I am not a woman. I am not heterosexual. I am not homosexual. I am not bisexual. I am a dissident of the gender-sex binary system. I am the multiplicity of the cosmos trapped in a binary political and epistemological system, shouting in front of you. I am a uranist confined inside the limits of technoscientific capitalism.”

    This book recounts Preciado's transformation from Beatriz into Paul B., but it is not only an account of gender transitioning. Preciado also considers political, cultural, and sexual transition, reflecting on issues that range from the rise of neo-fascism in Europe to the technological appropriation of the uterus, from the harassment of trans children to the role museums might play in the cultural revolution to come. An Apartment on Uranus is a bold, transgressive, and necessary book.

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  • Roee Rosen

    Roee Rosen

    Desire and Dust

    Anne Mikél Jensen and Roee Rosen

    The artistic universe of Israeli artist and filmmaker Roee Rosen.

    “We're all like carpets, craving suction action—or dirty, dirty is the cleaning market!”—Maxim Komar-Myshkin

    Can fiction be more real than reality? Can hybrids teach us about politics? How do we remember the past, and is satire a tool for both subalterns and power players? In this book, the animation of commodity objects magically connects erotic frolics and political horrors, from a DC07 vacuum cleaner to a detention center for refugees; from little irons, socks, and sweaters to the particulars of post-Soviet power and Vladimir Putin. Roee Rosen: Desire and Dust collects poems, eighteenth-century jokes, a sci-fi text based on files from Mars, a retro-garde manifesto and, in Roee Rosen's Vengeful Animism, biographies of both objects and subjects.

    Rosen has created an artistic universe that undermines normative hegemonies, using fiction and satire as he merges Israeli and global politics with myths and historical references. This book, with images of artworks, stills, and sketches, examines works from The Mosquito-Mouse and Other Hybrids and the process behind them. It includes the newly commissioned text “The Dust Files,” written by Paul B. Preciado, and the classic “The Biography of the Object” by Sergei Tretíakov as well as texts by Roee Rosen and his fictive identities, Maxim Komar-Myshkin and the Buried Alive Group.

    Contributors

    The Buried Alive Group, Maxim Komar-Myshkin, Paul B. Preciado, Roee Rosen, Sergei Tretíakov

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