Simone Osthoff
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Over the past decade my artistic practice melded into a scholarly voice that expanded my definition of the visual arts. This work could perhaps be included in Sarat Maharaj's description of new forms of knowledge production with oblique relations to the visual—"works and events that don't look like art and don't count as art, but are somehow conductors of new thinking, new subjectivity and action that a visual artwork in the traditional sense is not able to articulate." I hope to continue engaging such "art forms," in relation to the past as well as the future.

Here are a series of selected publications in relation to the work I am doing.



Performing the archive: The transformation of the archive in contemporary art from repository of documents to art medium. New York and Dresden: Atropos Press, 2009.


  • Jonathan Zilberg, review of Performing the Archive: The Transformation of the Archives in Contemporary Art from Repository of Documents to Art Medium. Leonardo Reviews April, 2011. Also published in Leonardo Reviews Quarterly 1.03, 2011, pp. 54-56.
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  • Jonathan Zilberg “Beyond the Estuary Metaphor.” Leonardo Reviews Quarterly 1.04, 2011, pp. 1-11. [pdf]


  • “Elsewhere in Contemporary Art: Topologies of Artists’ Works, Writings, and Archives.” Art Journal, Winter 2007. 6-17. [pdf]

  • “From Mail Art to Telepresence: Communication at a Distance in the Works of Paulo Bruscky and Eduardo Kac” in At a Distance: Precursors to Art and Activism on the Internet. Eds. Annmarie Chandler and Norie Neumark. Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press, 2005. 260-280. [pdf]

  •  “Eduardo Kac: Networking as Medium and Trope” in Ecosee: Image, Rhetoric, and Nature. Eds. Sid Dobrin and Sean Morey. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 2009. [pdf]

  • “From Muses to Makers of Media Arts” in ://Brasil. Ed. Annick Bureaud. Paris: Anomos/Hyx, 2005. 168-199. [French/English version]. [pdf] “De Musas a Autoras: Mulheres, Arte e Tecnologia no Brasil.” ARS 15. ECA-USP, São Paulo, 2011. 73-93.  This portuguese version is also available online:

  • “Lygia Clark and Hélio Oiticica: a Legacy of Interactivity and Participation for a Telematic Future.” Leonardo Journal 30.4, 1997. 249-259. [pdf]

  • “Orson Welles in Brazil and Carmen Miranda in Hollywood: Mixing Chiclets with Bananas.” Blimp: Zeitschrift für Film 33, Austria, 1996. 42-49. [pdf]



Refereed Journals:


  • “ISEA2002: Connecting Art & Technology With Transportation, Transit, Tourism, and Theory.” Review of the 11th Inter-Society for the Electronic Arts (ISEA) Conference. Leonardo Reviews, December 2002. Also published in Leonardo 36.3 (2003).
  • “Eduardo Kac’s Genesis: Biotechnology Between the Verbal, the Visual, the Auditory, and the Tactile.” Leonardo Reviews, October 2001.


Flusser Studies, May 2009 issue onFlusser and Art edited by Simone Osthoff

“Tropical Modern: The Political Ambivalence of Cultural Remix.” Chto Delat 17 (2007).

"Tropical MODERN: the Political Ambivalence of Cultural Remix”, Canal Contemporâneo November 2006 and Documenta 12 Magazines in Sept. 28, 2007.


Non-refereed Publications:

  • “A Sky on the Floor: Utopia, Alterity and the Violence of History.” Gê Orthof Exhibition Catalogue. Brasília: Fundo da Arte e da Cultura, FAC/SEC/DF, 2003.


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