It is crucial to Glass Bead that we do not just operate as a journal that publishes annually a selection of articles but also as a research platform that actively explores the conceptual terrains opened up by these contributions as a continuous process. The research platform consists of contributions submitted by the participants to the workshops organized on the occasion of Glass Bead’s public events, but also unabridged versions of some of the texts published in the journal. More info on the workshops here.

Of Complaints and Apologies: Feminist Theses Against Carceralism

Madeline Lane-McKinley

Inquiring, specifically, into the complaint and the apology, I ask what it means to have a feminist ear, but also to push that further – toward the possibility to collectively practice feminist listening. Yet to encounter these question...

For any, for all, for each

Nick Houde

Navigation is a precarious operation on the open sea. That is what makes the traditional methods of wave piloting used across the Marshall Islands so astonishing. Having little to no fixed landmarks for orientation, they use wave and wind patterns to orient themselves f...

Computing the Enigma of Love

Adam Berg

The history of the concept of love is linked to physicalistic descriptions of its chemistry and biology or to a transcendental plane of ideas thus leaving it cloaked in an enigma. My attempt here is to redescribe love’s traditional enigma in terms of its ‘black box,...

“Please call again. C-L-O-S-E-D!”. Homoerotic censorship and the architectural semiotics of the body

Sara Giannini Jacopo Miliani

The following sequence of texts and images continues our research on censorship, language and non-normative forms of sexuality that led to the publication of Whispering Catastrophe. On the Language of Men Loving Men in Japan (Self Pleasure Publishing in collabo...

Complexity, Information and Diversity, in Science and in Democracy

Giuseppe Longo

Interview with Giuseppe Longo by Paolo Bartolini, extended and translated by M.R. Doyle and S. Savic 1 1) Professor Longo, what would you say are the limitations of the broad use of computational metaphors to explain the complexity of human nature? As a mathematic...

Arity & Abstraction

Anil Bawa-Cavia

What does it mean to hijack the latent space of a computation? Arity can act as a short-hand for both connectivity and dimensionality in a functional model, akin to degree in graph models, an indicator of valence within a broader system. Learning is i...

Three Nightmares of the Inductive Mind

Reza Negarestani

All in all, my aim is to argue that the force of epistemological scepticism as expressed in the problem of induction can be understood not only in terms of a formidable challenge to entrenched philosophical dogmas and cognitive biases, but also in terms of a razor-sharp...

Diagramming Horizons Between Art, Technē, and the Artifactual Elaboration of Mind

Keith Tilford

In their adoption of scientific and technically motivated vectors of abstraction mitigating a formal and conceptual integration of rationality, certain tendencies of artistic modernism and the avant-garde attempted to maximally reactivate the links between art...

A Thought Disincarnate: What Does it Mean to Think?

Daniel Sacilotto

In what follows I specify some aspects concerning the philosophical foundations and systematic structure of a ‘functionalist computationalist’ theory of mind, departing from some considerations elaborated by Reza Negarestani his text "Revolution Backwards, Functiona...

Gaston Bachelard: From Mathematical Structures to Reality

Anna Longo

This paper aims to show that Gaston Bachelard’s epistemological position can be considered as a third option between the computational/determinist and the embodied/evolutionary approaches to scientific knowledge.

The Perspectival Eye

Antoine Bousquet

Heralded as “the most important event of the Renaissance”, the invention of linear perspective in the Italian quattrocento occupies a pivotal role in the intertwined processes of rationalization of vision and mathematization of space that constitutes one of...

Complexité, science et démocratie (Entretien avec Giuseppe Longo)

Giuseppe Longo

Entretien de Giuseppe Longo réalisé en italien par Paolo Bartolini  pour  MEGAchip, Democrazia nella comunicazione et traduit ici en français par Sara Longo.

Wittgenstein Sheaves (Anonymous, communicated by Fernando Zalamea)

I investigate the method of the late Wittgenstein. I begin by pointing out certain similarities and dissimilarities between his early and late work. His ideas of the mystical, I claim, remain the same but his conception of “nonsense” undergoes a radical change. I th...

Ear of Cyclone


• is part of Ear of Cyclone, a sound installation developed by d-n-e for Glass Bead at Les Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers in 2015

140919_colthyi, 140919_colthyi-udx5ot, When Time Yawns

Lendl Barcelos

140919_colthyi, 140919_colthyi-udx5ot, When Time Yawns are a selection of works by Lendl Barcelos engaging with abstraction, improvisation, and experimental poetry.

Not yet fording, not yet complete

Sonia de Jager

There are several faces to the inquisitive nature of H64, but overall it can be said to originate from a fascination with the programming nature of language. The idea of language as a system that structures and models the ways we go about interacting...

Le Réel photographique (extended version)

Tristan Garcia

This text is the unabridged version of Tristan Garcia's essay for Issue 0: Castalia, the Game of Ends and Means. To avoid reducing photography to a sort of luminous drawing (the reality of which the moderns strangely believed in) we must go back through the h...