Many collaborative art and design practices take the sociality of cultural practices as their starting point. As such these forms of contemporary culture challenge us to experience desire beyond the framework of pleasure, lack, natural drive, or even subjectivity. Inevitably, what begins to happen here is that we start to think and experience 'desire' as a zone of intensity or affectivity that defies rigid organization. This issue of Drain intends to lean upon the concept of 'desire' as material process to explore cultural activities that operate according to a spirit of cooperation, all the while clearly situating the specificity of such practices within a contemporary political context.

The editorial board of Drain presents work addressing cultural practices that prompt us to face the perennial problem of desire in a capitalist world. In this respect this issue aims to further our understanding of the different investments desire can take (repressive or open) from the vantage point of culture. Works that examine the politics and/or ethics implicit within practices operating along the interstices of art and technology, art and design, architecture and urbanism, or theory and practice were especially welcome.


Drain is a refereed online journal published biannually. The journal seeks to promote lively and well-informed debate around theory and praxis. Each issue of Drain will have a specific concept that it explores. We are especially keen to publish pieces that connect the conceptual framework of each issue to themes such as globalization, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, capitalism and new technologies, as well as ethical and aesthetic concerns. As such, we welcome creative responses to contemporary culture, as well as written work by practitioners in the field of culture. Our primary mission is to provide an environment where a variety of creative activities can be explored with a combination of sensitivity and rigor

Managerial board:
Avantika Bawa
Celina Jeffery
Adrian Parr

Celina Jeffery
Greg Minissale
Adrian Parr

Art Editors:
Avantika Bawa
Michelle Barczak

Creative Writing Editor:
Hattie Gordon
Advisory Editors:

Nikos Papastergiadis
Anthony Shelton
Simon O' Sullivan
Administrative Assistant:
Erin Dziedzic
Brantley Johnson
Web Design:
Adam Aylard


Olivier Chow
Michael Jenson
Leigh-Ann Pahapill

Carla Lipsig-Mumm
Finn Els
Hattie Gordon
C.J. Evans
Katharine Rapkin

Jack Anderson
Olivier Chow
T J Norris
Norene Leddy
Leon Johnson
Jesika Joy
Leon Johnson
Jessica Westbrook
Jenene Nagy
Teresa Brazen
Zev Robinson
Tatjana Vujinovic/ Zvonka Simcic

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