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  • Martin Mosch

    Die typografische Komposition

  • Vera Egbers, Christa Kamleithner, Özge…

    Architectures of Colonialism

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    Are You a Model? On an Architectural Medium of Spatial…

  • Gilbert Simondon, Emmanuel Alloa (Hg.)

    Imagination und Invention

  • Philipp Schönthaler

    Wie rationale Maschinen romantisch wurden

  • Nicolas Uphaus

    Frei. Selbstständig arbeiten als Designer (2. überarb.…

  • Anne Querrien, Brigitta Kuster (Hg.)

    Maschinen | Gefüge | Karten

  • Sabine Nuss

    Wessen Freiheit, welche Gleichheit? Das Versprechen einer…

  • Legacy Russell

    Black Meme. A History of The Images That Make Us

  • Benjamin H. D. Buchloh, Hal Foster

    Exit Interview. Benjamin Buchloh in conversation with Hal…

  • Gabriel Catren

    Pleromatica, or Elsinore's Trance

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    You Can Sit With Us - 24/7

  • Rainald Goetz

    wrong

  • Johann Braun

    Stadt von Rechts. Über Brennpunkte und Ordnungsversuche

  • Domitilla Dardi

    Playgrounding. The playground as a symbolic form of society…

  • Paolo Pileri, Christina Renzoni, Paola…

    Piazze Scolastiche / School squares. Reinventing the…

  • e-flux

    e-flux Index 1

  • Kim Förster

    Building Institution. The Institute for Architecture and…

  • Florian Heilmeyer, Sandra Hofmeister

    Umbau Architektur in Flandern. Architecture of…

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    Unterwegs in die Stadt der Zukunft. Urbane Gärten als Orte…

  • Paul Wood (ed.)

    Biting the Hand. Traces of Resistance in the Art &…

  • Sezgin Boynik, Taneli Viitahuhta (eds.)

    Free Jazz Communism.

  • Slavoj Žižek, Rastko Močnik, Zoja Skušek

    Punk Suprematism. Theoretical Writings on Punk, Nation,…

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    Sustainable Housing in a Circular Economy

  • Karel Teige

    The Marketplace of Art. 2 Volumes

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    Lodown Magazine: Sound

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    Parasite 2.0: Collective Keywords

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    The Virtual Sentence: A Book of Exercises

  • Exhibition Politics. Die documenta und die DDR

  • Karsten Krampitz

    Pogrom im Scheunenviertel. Antisemitismus in der Weimarer…

  • Thomas Irmer

    René Pollesch – Arbeit. Brecht. Cinema. Interviews und…

  • Işil Eğrikavuk

    Global Protests Through Art. collaboration, co-creation,…

  • Felix Sommer, SB5ÜNF

    Beton & Nicht Beton

  • Julia Schulz-Dornburg

    The Complete Guide to Combat City

  • Dorothee Albrecht

    Assemblages of the Future

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    Little Joe: A book about queers and cinema, mostly

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    Architektur Klima Atlas. Klimabewusst entwerfen in…

  • Charlotte Malterre-Barthes

    On Architecture and Greenwashing. The Political Economy of…

  • Judith Hopf

    Judith Hopf. Énergies

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    Kafka

  • Onur Erdur

    Schule des Südens. Die kolonialen Wurzeln der französischen…

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    Contemporanea. A Glossary for the Twenty-First Century

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  • Vladimir Guculak, Paul Bourel

    Sh*tscapes. 100 Mistakes in Landscape Architecture

  • Fulya İLBEY

    CONSTRUCTIVE MANIPULATIONS™ FOR STRATEGIC RESILIENCE

  • Alan Smart, Jack Henrie Fisher (ed.)

    Counter-Signals 5. Systems and their Discontents

  • Silke Kapp, Mariana Moura (ed.)

    Sérgio Ferro. Architecture from Below. An Anthology

  • Daniel Loick

    Die Überlegenheit der Unterlegenen. Eine Theorie der…

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    Party Studies Vol. 2. Underground Clubs, Parallel…

  • Nina Dragičević

    Auditory Poverty and its Discontents – An Essay

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    Displacing Theory through the Global South

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    Über Tourismus

  • Ubani. Tbilisi cityscape research center

    Hollow. A Map of Tbilisi

  • Bernd Stiegler

    Bildpolitiken der Identität. Von Porträtfotografie bis zu…

  • Chris Kraus

    Ehrgeiz, Demut, Glück. Texte zu Kunst und Freundschaft

  • Laboratory EAST

    Studies on Assemblies: Mass Made Units.

  • Tom Holert

    „ca. 1972” Gewalt – Umwelt – Identität – Methode

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    Alvar Aalto in Deutschland: Gezeichnete Moderne / Alvar…

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    Sauerbruch Hutton. Drawing in Space

  • Derek McCormack

    Judy Blame's Obituary. Writings on Fashion and Death

  • Corinne Cath

    Eaten by the Internet

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    After All, there is No Finish Line

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    Beyond Limitations. Wolfgang Kaleck, Tomas Saraceno

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    Challenging Corporate Power. Gearoid O Cuinn, Miriam Saage-…

  • Jeanne Gang

    The Art of Architectural Grafting. Usefulness and Desire in…

  • Jochen Eisenbrand

    Transform! Designing the Future of Energy

  • Adam Gibbons, Eva Wilson

    Abbas Zahedi in conversation with Eva Wilson "" #7

  • Kevin Yuen Kit Lo

    Design Against Design. Cause and consequence of a…

  • Timon Beyes

    Organizing Color. Toward a Chromatics of the Social

  • Eric Drott

    Streaming Music, Streaming Capital

  • Francois Laruelle

    Phenomenon & Difference. Essays on the Ontology of…

  • Mohammad Salemy (ed.)

    Model Is the Message. Incredible Machines Conference 2022

  • Joshua Comaroff, Ong Ker-Shing

    Horror in Architecture. The Reanimated Edition

  • Armen Avanessian, Daniel Falb

    Planeten Denken. Hyper-Antizipation und Biografische…

  • Achim Szepanski

    Die Ekstase der Spekulation. Kapitalismus im Zeitalter der…

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    Arch+ 254. Klaus Heinrich - Dahlemer Vorlesungen: Giovanni…

  • Tim Carpenter

    To Photograph is to Learn How to Die

  • Oxana Timofeeva

    Solarpolitik. Ein philosophischer Essay über die Sonne,…

  • Hans-Christian Dany

    Schuld war mein Hobby. Bilanz einer Familie

  • Andreas Weber

    Indigenialität

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    In the Delirium of the Simulation: Baudrillard Revisited by…

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  • Diedrich Diederichsen

    Das 21. Jahrhundert. Essays

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    Protocol 14. Nonkonforme Architekturpraxis

  • Markus Miessen (Ed.)

    Agonistic Assemblies. On the Spatial Politics of…

  • Isabelle Graw

    Texte zur Kunst 133. Restitution

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    Daidalos Nr 22-23

  • Hella Gerlach

    Gelenkstellen - Loose Joints

  • Grant H. Kester

    Beyond the Sovereign Self. Aesthetic Autonomy from the…

  • Jana Müller

    Jana Müller. Falscher Hase / Mock Rabbit

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    Anarcho-Indigenism. Conversations on Land and Freedom

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    Starship 20

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    2G 90. Johansen Skovstedt

  • Achille Mbembe

    Brutalism

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    Material Trajectories. Designing With Care?

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    The Complex Answer. On Art as a Nonbinary Intelligence

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cover The Virtual Sentence

The Virtual Sentence: A Book of Exercises

The Virtual Sentence is an exercise book for the era of ChatGPT. Its title is indebted to Gilles Deleuze, who uses “virtual” to name a reality that is neither actual (already here), nor potential (not yet here). Said of the sentence, the term points to the articulate alternatives that surround what gets spoken out loud or committed to ink and pixel. This is neither the total space of linguistic possibility, nor the particulars of what you might have said, considered afterward in a spirit of regret, or relief. In other words, the virtual sentence is not concerned with the before or with the after. Rather, it is what you might be saying, even as you say what you actually say, and what you might be hearing, even as you hear what you actually hear—a “might” that is in fact simultaneous with sentence making, surrounding it and making it meaningful. The virtual sentence inhabits a space defined by a kind of immanent syntactic and lexical alterity. What might be otherwise is already there.

Today, the space of the virtual sentence is increasingly endangered, most dramatically by the accelerating aptitude of text-prediction algorithms used in the large-scale, unsupervised language models collectively known as Generative Pre-trained Transformers (GPT). This is the technology that companies like Google and Apple rely on when they volunteer to finish sentences in your texts and emails. Gmail, for example, offers tools “personalized to your writing style.” It can do this because it has read every email you have written, and also what everyone else has written, which is why it proposes what you want to say more quickly than your wants do.

This book aims to interrogate these techno-linguistic regimens by offering hands-on exercises from eight contributors, each designed to provoke exploration, and expansion, of the space of the virtual sentence. The values in its pages are variety and self-surprise, and it turns to the genre of the exercise—a miniature ritual of permutation and invention—in order to generate, rather than to stipulate.

Since the need of this book is not expected to go away, it is published as a binder so that new exercises and their accompanying essays can be added to it as they are commissioned. Those purchasing this book can sign up to receive these future contributions in the form of PDFs that can be printed at home and added to the original set of eight.


Kyle Booten, D. Graham Burnett, Brian Dillon, Jeff Dolven, Jan Mieszkowski, Sally O’Reilly, Mónica de la Torre, Elena Vogman
The Virtual Sentence: A Book of Exercises
Cabinet, 2024, 9781932698862
12,00 €