• Tom McCarthy: International Necronautical Society: Calling All Agents: Authorised Copy
  • Tom McCarthy: International Necronautical Society: Calling All Agents: Authorised Copy

Calling All Agents: Transmission, Death, Technology
General Secretary's Report to the International Necronautical Society
(Authorised Copy)
Tom McCarthy

129 numbered copies in manilla folder, with diagram
14pp, 344 x 240 mm
2010
ISBN 9780956194718

INS General Secretary Tom McCarthy's second report to the International Necronautical Society analyses and maps the testimony of the witnesses arraigned at the Second First Committee Hearings held at London's Cubitt Gallery in 2002 on the subjects of wireless communication, cryptography and broadcasting. McCarthy develops the themes of encoding, encryption and entombment, transmission, subjectivity and death, as the model for the INS's own Radio Broadcasting Unit which was installed at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, in 2004.

In Cocteau's 1950 film Orphée, in scenes modelled on the secret communications networks operated by the Résistance during the Second World War, the hero hears lines of coded radio transmissions from a dead poet. In Calling All Agents, INS General Secretary Tom McCarthy argues that this conjunction of the technological, the aesthetic and the political is loaded with contemporary significance. He maps the transmission-reception figure across Freud, Heidegger, Hergé, Burroughs and Nabokov, the invention of the telephone and the discovery of Tutenkhamun, connecting it with contemporary artistic strategies and wireless technologies.

This reprint of General Secretary Tom McCarthy's report to the INS is issued in accordance with the INS Declaration on Inauthenticity, and authorised by The INS Department of Propaganda.

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