MANIPULATIONS is a platform for an ongoing investigation of the concept of manipulation. Seeking to address the concept and relating practices from a range of perspectives, we lodge our investigation firmly within the present conjuncture and the crises and conflicts from which it is composed.

MANIPULATIONS, as a concept and a set of modes of acting in the world, affirms the existence of complex environments determined at various scales as sites, spaces and/or artefacts. It cannot be understood outside of the interrogation of specific materialities and the functions, modes of operation and practices that move and shape these environments.

MANIPULATIONS is an attempt to think through the concept of manipulation, to re-read significant sociopolitical practices as forms of manipulation that produce effects and affects in and beyond the environments in which they operate. It puts forth a simple question: What if what we do is always already a form of manipulation of the complex environments that shape the spaces we populate, rendering possible certain modes of access, inhabitation and action while excluding others?

MANIPULATIONS was initiated and is organised by Mahmoud Keshavarz, Eric Snodgrass & Ola Ståhl.