Failed States is an occasional publication that aims to collate and investigate ideas around place, or more specifically: “indeterminate geographies”. Each themed issue is a trove of innovative text and image by emerging and established writers, artists, filmmakers, photographers and academics. The open-ended nature of the invitation extended to our contributors allows the journal to become a space for the exploration of new ways of working, potentially diverging from established practices. Rather than cultivate a house style, we strive to publish content that varies widely in intent, tone and realisation. This — together with the characteristic pithiness of the texts — engenders a journal both unique among art and literary publications and a radical departure from traditional geographic research. Read more…

A Map to Fall Through

Arcade East, London
Friday, 23 August 2019

Failed States presents an expedition through the intertwined terrains of place and identity: a miscellany of talks, poetry, discussion, screenings and sound performance. Artists, writers and activists explore shifting cultural landscapes, endangered queer spaces, borders, refuge and the poetics of the city. Read more…

issue no.3: refuge

With contributions from Alex Bennett, Britt Hill, Bryony Quinn, Colter Jacobsen, Every Ocean Hughes, Felix Bazalgette, Gareth Evans, Hannah Quinlan & Rosie Hastings, Jamie Atherton, Jasleen Kaur, Jeremy Atherton Lin, Joanne McNeil, Lucy Atherton, Moath Alofi, Paul Clinton, Prem Sahib, Sabelo Mlangeni, Sam Williams, Todd Bura, and William Kherbek. Read more…

issue no.2: suburb

With contributions from Ayesha Malik, Baneen Mirza, Brian W. Ferry, Bryony Quinn, Charles Atlas, Colter Jacobsen, Daniel P Callanan, Donal Mosher, Ian Giles, Jack Self, Jacques Bellavance, Jenny Lin, Jeremy Atherton Lin, Josh Cheon, Justinien Tribillon, Karen Tongson, KT Browne, Matt Wolf, Nina Power, Olivia Laing, Peter Nencini, Sabelo Mlangeni, Tara Sinn, Thabiso Sekgala, Unity Queer Skateboarding, and Wayne Koestenbaum. Read more…

issue no.1: island

With contributions from Anh Do, Beth Bramich, Bryony Quinn, Cally Spooner, Calvin Seibert, Carrie Friese, Doris Ho-Kane, Eli Diner, Euan Macdonald, Fiona Churchman, Gabriella Beckhurst, Isabel Taube, Jasleen Kaur, Jay Simpson, Jeremy Atherton Lin, Jesse Hewitt, Joseph Curran, Joyce Dixon, Julie Lindow, Lucy Watson, Luke O’Sullivan, Martin John Callanan, Mary Hannity, Mary Manning, Matt Connors, Matt Wolf, Monique Mouton, Niki Ford, Nina Schack Kock, Olivia Laing, Oscar Gaynor, Paul Clinton, Richard Dodwell, Sam Ashby, Sam Williams, and Thea Smith. Read more…