An unfinished lexicon for autonomous publishing


The unfinished lexicon for autonomous publishing explores the spaces, relations, and interdependencies that can be produced by recognising publishing as a precarious, collective and distributed activity. Our web-based lexicon brings together practitioners and theorists across disciplines who are engaging with publishing as an emancipatory practice, to share verbs and contributions to an evolving library that delineate their approach. Through this experimental assemblage we seek to map out a constellation that enables open-ended stories, and operates to ‘hold together with others,’ across different scales and temporalities (Kelleher, 2015). The lexicon does not offer fixed or final definitions; in hosting these in a virtual space, we seek to enable non-linear readings and multiple adjacencies. This article introduces the lexicon, and three initial entries, from the fields of architecture, performance, and fine art. We invite guest contributions to our emerging web project,, which we will launch later this year. 


Arnatt, M. Mollin, D. and K. Mollin (2002) 100 Reviews. London: Black Dog Publishing. 

Bell, L. and P. O’Hare (2019) ‘Latin American politics underground: Networks, rhizomes and resistance’, International Journal of Cultural Studies, 23(1): 20-41. 

Bennett, J. (2016) The enchantment of modern life: Attachments, crossings and ethics. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

Campt, T.M. (2019) ‘The visual frequency of black life: Love, labor, and the practice of refusal’, Social Text, 37(3): 25-46.

Cárrion, U. (1975) ‘The new art of making books’, Kontexts, 6/7.

Chan, S. (2015) ‘France uses sweeping powers to curb climate protests, but clashes erupt’, The New York Times, 29 November. []

France24 (2015) ‘Paris Attacks: French president François Hollande addresses nation, state of emergency declared’. []

Global Times (2015) ‘French senate approves bill to extend state of emergency to three months’. [ 9.shtml]

Holert, T. (2011) Distributed agency, design’s potentiality. New York: Bedford Press.

Hudson, J. (2019) The environment on stage. Scenery or shape shifter? London: Routledge. 

Human Rights Watch (2015) ‘France: New emergency powers threaten rights’. [ owers-threaten-rights]

Jackson, S. (2015) ‘Future conditional: Artists and designers at COP21’, Arts Research Center, University of California, Berkeley. [https://arts.berkeley. edu/future-conditional-artists-and-designers-at-cop21-by-shannon-jackson/]. 

Kanngieser, A.M. (2020) ‘To tend for, to care with: Three pieces on listening as method. Part 1: Listening as coming-to’, The Seed Box. [https://these]

Kelleher, J. (2013) ‘A golden surface: On virtuosity and cosmopolitic’, in J. Edkins and A. Kear (eds.) International politics and performance: Critical aesthetics and creative practice. New York: Routledge.

Klein, N. (2007) The shock doctrine: The rise of disaster capitalism. London: Penguin Books. 

Klein, N. (2015) ‘What’s really at stake at the Paris climate conference now marches are banned’, The Guardian, 21 November. []

Mattern, S. (2018) ‘Sonic archaeologies’, in M. Bull (ed.) The Routledge companion to sound studies. London: Routledge.

LaBelle, B. (2020) Sonic agency: Sound and emergent forms of resistance: 1. London: Goldsmiths Press / Sonics.

Nelson, A. (2015a) ‘Paris climate activists put under house arrest using emergency laws’, The Guardian, 28 November. [] 

Nelson, A. (2015b) ‘Activists promise largest climate civil disobedience ever at Paris summit’, The Guardian, 8 October. []

Oliveros, P. (2005) Deep listening: A composer's sound practice. Lincoln, NE: iUniverse.

Oxford English Dictionary (2021a) ‘Infiltration’. [ /Entry/95395?redirectedFrom=infiltration#eid]

Oxford English Dictionary (2021b) ‘Pressing’. [ ntry/150768?rskey=zlhfTT&result=1&isAdvanced=false#eid]

Pashley, A. (2015) ‘Police and activists clash at Paris climate summit protest’, Climate Home News. [ /2015/12/05/police-and-activists-clash-at-paris-climate-summit-protest/]

Rendell, J. (2008) ‘Critical spatial practice’. [ /essays/critical-spatial-practice] 

Shukaitis, S. and J. Figiel (2019) ‘Publishing to find comrades: Constructions of temporality and solidarity in autonomous print cultures’, Lateral 8(2). []

Severson, D. (2015) ‘France's  extended state of emergency: What new powers did the government get?’, Lawfare.[ m/frances-extended-state-emergency-what-new-powers-did-governmen t-get]

Shaw, B. and M. Ramsden (2005) ‘Institutions with fringes’, The Internationaler, pilot edition 1. 

Solnitt, R. (2015) ‘Climate change is violence’, Truth OutI. [https://truthout. org/articles/climate-change-is-violence/]

Stoner, J. (2012) Towards a minor architecture. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Sullivan, P. (2012) ‘Exit Limerick’, EVA international catalogue. []

The Guardian (2015) ‘Paris climate protest banned but 10000 shoes remain’, 29 November. [ /2015/ nov/29/paris-climate-protesters-banned-but-10000-shoes-remain-video]

Udall, J., A. De Little, J. Orlek, J. Gilmore, and R. Cook (2021) ‘Sonic acts of noticing’ [https//].

Undercommoning (2015) ‘Do-it-yourself strategies for revolutionary study groups’, Black Orchid Collective. [ rself-strategies-for-revolutionary-study-groups-black-orchid-collective/]

Van de Sande, M. (2017) ‘The prefigurative power of the commons’, in G. Ruivenkamp and A. Hilton (eds.) Perspectives on commoning: Autonomist principles and practices. London: Zed Books.

Weinmayr, E. (2018) ‘One publishes to find comrades’, in M. Pichler (ed.) Publishing manifestos. Cambridge MA: MIT Press. 

Weizmann, E. (2012) ‘Agents and sensors’, in N. Hirsch and M. Miessen (eds.) What is critical spatial practice? Berlin: Sternberg Press.

World Tourism Group (2015) ‘21 Unmissable environmental arts events at COP21’. [] 

Zilles, C. (2021) ‘If social media companies are publishers and not platforms, that changes everything’, Social Media Headquarters Inc. []