Edited by Anthony Elms and Steve Reinke

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BLAST COUNTERBLAST features contributions by Stuart Bailey, Andrej Blatnik, Joerg Becker and Irena Knezevic, Elijah Burgher, Cameron Crawford, Jon Davies, Leif Elggren, Maria Fusco, Matthea Harvey and Adam Shecter, Nelson Henricks, Mike Hoolboom, Irena Knezevic, Erin Leland, Jessie Mott, My Barbarian, Christine Negus, Darren O’Donnell, Academy Records, Lane Relyea, John Russell, Jim Trainor, Ryan Trecartin, Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby.

BLAST COUNTERBLAST is a multifaceted, fascinating examination of the way intellectuals interact — through influence, through argumentation, and through criticism. Looking at both Wyndham Lewis’s modernist publication BLAST and Marshall McLuhan’s 1969 response to it, COUNTERBLAST, the contributors to this volume — a selection of writers, visual artists, performers, and filmmakers — skewer relational aesthetics and identity politics in order to restate what the role of identity formation is today. Taking McLuhan and Lewis as starting points, the essays in this volume develop and push the ideas presented in both BLAST and COUNTERBLAST while the book design by Toronto’s Underline Studio pays homage to both thinkers’ experiments in typography.

Mercer Union acknowledges publication support from the Canada Council for the Arts through the Media Arts Dissemination program.