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Wednesday 16 July 2014, London
INS General Meeting chaired by Tom McCarthy

On the occasion of the exhibition Artefacts of/from the Archive (see below) General Secretary Tom McCarthy chairs a society meeting open to the public at The Function Room, London. Agenda includes reports from agents, on inauthenticity, on digital capitalism, and any other business.

Rendezvous: The Function Room, upstairs at The Cock Tavern, 23 Phoenix Road, London NW1 1HB, Wednesday 16 July 2014, 6.30pm

9 July–7 August 2014, London
Artefacts of/from the Archive of the International Necronautical Society (INS)

Installation arranged by INS Chief of Propaganda (Archiving and Epistemological Critique) Anthony Auerbach in co-operation with The Function Room, London, showing the two lecterns from which the INS London Declaration on Inauthenticity was delivered at Tate Britain on 17 January 2009 and related material.

Rendezvous: The Function Room, upstairs at The Cock Tavern, 23 Phoenix Road, London NW1 1HB
Open when the pub is open

5 April–10 August 2014: Düsseldorf
Admission Procedure (Einlassverfahren)

The INS admits you to Smart New World, curated by Elodie Evers and Magdalena Holzhey. Terms and conditions apply.

Rendezvous: Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Grabbeplatz 4, 40213 Düsseldorf, Tuesday–Sunday, 11-1800h

4 April 2014: Düsseldorf
INS Declaration on Digital Capitalism

The INS Declaration on Digital Capitalism, presented by INS General Secretary Tom McCarthy and INS Chief Philosopher Simon Critchley (Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, 4 April 2014), explains how the Smart New World promised by digital capitalism already haunts our past.
Summary: The spectre of the digital

Rendezvous: Salon des Amateurs, Grabbeplatz 4, 40213 Düsseldorf


The Mattering of Matter

Documents from the Archive of the International Necronautical Society, anthology of key INS texts collected and published by Sternberg Press (ISBN 9783943365344). Presented on 30 September 2012 at The NY Art Book Fair, MoMA PS1, New York.

Get The Mattering of Matter from Amazon.

2 February 2012: Berlin
Respect Spectre Berlin

Statement by INS General Secretary, Tom McCarthy. Organised by CTM Festival in cooperation with Transmediale Berlin.

Rendezvous: HAU 3, Tempelhofer Ufer 10, 10963 Berlin

6 January–11 February 2012: New York
Object Fictions: Authentic Copies, New York

The INS Department of Propaganda has authorised the display of the Report Calling All Agents: Transmission, Death, Technology, previously authorised by INS General Secretary Tom McCarthy (2003, ISBN 9780952027485), Authorised Copies (2010, ISBN 9780956194718), Authentic Series (released 2011, copy #10) as part of the exhibition Object Fictions, curated by Jessica Lin Cox and Elyse Goldberg.

Rendezvous: James Cohan Gallery, 533 West 26th Street, New York, NY 10001

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INS Official Documents: in German

The following texts, previously authorised for publication by INS Gen. Sec. Tom McCarthy, and/or INS Chief Philosopher Simon Critchley, were authorised for translation into the German language and have now been published in the city of Berlin by Diaphanes.

INS Founding Manifesto (1999)
Navigation was Always a Difficult Art (2002)
Shackleton’s Toes (2002)
Calling All Agents (2003)
INS Declaration Concerning the Relationship between Art and Democracy (2003)
INS Interim Report on Recessional Aesthetics (2009)
INS Declaration on Inauthenticity (2007)
INS Declaration on the Notion of ‘The Future’ (2010)

About the German publication

Authorised Copies: the Authentic Series

The Authentic Series of Authorised Copies of the two INS General Secretary’s reports by Tom McCarthy, Navigation was Always a Difficult Art (2002) and Calling All Agents (2003), has been released by the INS Department of Propaganda in accordance with the INS Declaration on Inauthenticity: of each report, ten unique copies, cloth-bound, numbered 1 to 10 and signed.

A single copy was made of the last remaining copy of the original edition. Each successive copy is a unique copy of the previous copy and is numbered accordingly. The Authorised Copies hitherto released are all copies of no. 10 in their respective series hence are all numbered 11.

The Authentic Series is published by Vargas Organisation, London and is priced linearly from £100.00 (10) to £1,000.00 (1). View and buy

Calling All Agents: Transmission, Death, Technology (2003)
Navigation was Always a Difficult Art (2002): Authorised Copies

The two INS General Secretary’s reports by Tom McCarthy are now available again. The INS Department of Propaganda has authorised a numbered series of copies to be issued, in accordance with the INS Declaration on Inauthenticity.
Order now

24 October 2010: Shanghai
INS Shanghai Declaration on Inauthenticity

Joint Statement by INS Chief Philosopher Simon Critchley and INS General Secretary Tom McCarthy. Hosted by Get It Louder.
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Rendezvous: 800 Changde Lu (near Changping lu), Shanghai, China 常德路800号 (近昌平路, 地铁7号线昌平路站)

15 September 2010: New York
What do Necronauts Want? Helping with Enquiries

INS General Secretary Tom McCarthy and Chief Philosopher Simon Critchley agreed to help the editors of Cabinet and Triple Canopy with their enquiries during a public hearing in Brooklyn, NY.

Rendezvous: 177 Livingston Street, Brooklyn, NY

The Endpoint of All Gravity Is the Grave

Audio file and transcript published by Triple Canopy out of Brooklyn claims to disclose INS activities in Berlin. While the magazine has proven itself a reliable instrument of INS propaganda, an unpublished draft obtained by INS D/Prop. may be evidence of paranoia.

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Transmission IDs (TT: Test Transmission, CT: Coded Transmission, ECT: En Clair Transmissions, RPT: repeat) are no longer included.
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29 July 2010: London
INS Commission on Crypts: Architecture, Neurosis and Death

A public session of the INS Inspectorate Technical Commission on Crypts, chaired by INS General Secretary Tom McCarthy with external assessors award-winning novelist Chloe Aridjis and scholar Richard Martin met to hear testimony from architect Patrick Lynch and psychoanalyst Darian Leader. Hosted by Sigmund Freud and Buster Keaton as part of The Surreal House.
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Rendezvous: Barbican Art Gallery, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS

29 July 2010: Berlin
Triple Canopy: Sender, Carrier, Receiver

Triple Canopy, the ambitious online magazine out of Brooklyn, from its inception a reliable instrument of INS propaganda, and currently proselytising in Berlin (the city designated the World Capital of Death by the INS) held a meeting purporting to disclose INS activities in Berlin.
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Rendezvous: Program, Invalidenstraße 115, 10115 Berlin

until 8 August 2010: London
Narcissus Trance

Exhibition curated by Shama Khanna and Paul Purgas, with Ben Washington, International Necronautical Society, Joe Watling, Karl O'Connor & Mick Harris, Mark Titchner, Rose Kallal & Mark Beasley, Sara VanDerBeek, Sayshun Jay, Takeshi Murata, Wade Guyton.

Rendezvous: E:vent Gallery, 96 Teesdale Street, London E2 6PU. Saturday and Sunday 1200-1800h, and by appointment

12 February 2010: London
Declaration on the Future

INS Declaration, or Admonitions and Exhortations for the Cultural Producers of the early-to-mid Twenty-first Century, delivered by General Secretary Tom McCarthy. This declaration will ‘loop back to where we started, to the ink-rich ditch we never left: the future ends where it begins — or ends before it begins, pre-ends in anticipation of its eternal recommencement, however you like to put it — with a car crash.’
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Rendezvous: Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2EU

Monday 14 December 2009: London
General Meeting: 10th Anniversary of the Founding Manifesto

INS General Secretary Tom McCarthy reviewed ten years of necronautical activity and made an announcement.
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Rendezvous: The Barley Mow, 127 Curtain Rd, London, EC2A 3BX

Sunday 27 September 2009: London
Publication: Aerial Reconnaissance Berlin

A public session of the INS Inspectorate Committee heard evidence and inspected material recovered by Anthony Auerbach. Chair: Tom McCarthy, INS General Secretary, with: assessors Eyal Weizman and Margarita Gluzberg.
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Rendezvous: A Foundation, London: Rochelle School, Arnold Circus, London E2 7ES

16 May–18 October 2009: Dortmund
Exhibition: Awake Are Only the Spirits

INS Black Box Transmitter installated as part of the exhibition curated by Inke Arns and Thibaut de Ruyter.

Rendezvous: Hartware Medienkunstverein Phoenix Halle, Hochofenstr, Dortmund, Germany. Exhibition continues until 18 October 2009.

Latest press: The London Declaration reviewed in Triple Canopy, 3:AM Magazine, not once but twice, blogged by Tate and Mr Trippy (be sure to read the comments).

INS Department of Propaganda Press Digest 2008
A summary of recent press reports on the INS including important articles in the New York Review of Books, Triple Canopy, as well as reviews and interviews.
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Sunday 14 June 2009: Athens
The Athens Declaration on Inauthenticity

Part of the second Athens Biennial.

Saturday 17 January 2009: London
The London Declaration on Inauthenticity

INS General Secretary Tom McCarthy and INS Chief Philosopher Simon Critchley presented the Joint Statement on Inauthenticity in the last of a series of events anticipating the Altermodern.
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view Tate video

Renezvous: Tate Britain, Auditorium, Millbank, London SW1P 4RG

18 October 2008: London
Proclamation: Art and Democracy

INS General Secretary Tom McCarthy delivered the INS Proclamation on Art and Democracy as part of the Serpentine's Manfisto Marathon.
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Rendezvous: Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, Kensington Gardens, London W2 3XA

31 May–24 August 2008: Stockholm
Exhibition: Eclipse — Art in a Dark Age
Publication: Calling All Agents (Swedish translation)

INS participated alongside contemporary artists Paul McCarthy, Mike Nelson, Dana Schutz and others in an exhibition curated by Magnus af Petersens. A Black Box Transmitter was installed at Stockholm's museum of modern art, transmitting on 94.4 FM in the Stockholm area for the duration of the exhibition.
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listen to transmission
watch INS Gen. Sec. Tom McCarthy explain

Rendezvous: Moderna Museet, Skeppsholmen, Stockholm

18 March 2008: New York
Publication: The State of Inauthenticity

Article by Peter Schwenger on the INS New York Declaration appeared in the inaugural issue of Triple Canopy, New York. Readers are advised that recordings and transcripts of the Declaration appearing on the internet are not authorised by INS.

24 February 2008: New York
Briefing: Aerial Reconnaissance

INS Chief of Propaganda Anthony Auerbach explained flash bombs, reading material and INS aerial reconnaissance operations. Images recovered during the INS Inspectorate Berlin were shown. The results of fieldwork were be aligned with INS central concerns: marking and erasure; transit, circulation and control; cryptography and death. INS Chief Philosopher Simon Critchley was in attendance. Host: Triple Canopy
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Rendezvous: Freddy’s Backroom 485 Dean Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217

4 December 2007: Official News Release
Joint Statement on Inauthenticity

INS Department of Propaganda releases a summary of the INS New York Declaration in anticipation of the official transcript; warns unauthorised recordings and transcripts circulating on the Internet cannot be authenticated.
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25 September 2007: New York
Joint Statement on Inauthenticity

INS General Secretary Tom McCarthy and INS Chief Philosopher Simon Critchley presented the Joint Statement advancing inauthenticity as the central tenet of INS doctrine, with a compelling critique of the notion of authenticity in art, literature, philosophy and politics.

Rendezvous: The Drawing Center, 35 Wooster Street, New York, NY 10013

24 August 2007: Edinburgh
INS Lecture: Reading Material

INS Chief of Propaganda (Archving and Epistemological Critique) Anthony Auerbach discussed reading material, detective work and aerial reconnaissance. A transcript will shortly be filed in the Committee Papers of the INS Inspectorate Berlin.

Rendezvous: Stills, 23 Cockburn Street, Edinburgh EH1 1BP

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