Alexandre Nunes
No. 107 – spring-summer 2014

Stephen Wright, Toward a Lexicon of Usership

Stephen Wright, Toward a Lexicon of Usership, Ed. Eindhoven: Van Abbemuseum, 2013, 68 p.

The Van Abbemuseum in the Netherlands commissioned art writer and theorist Stephen Wright to compile a lexicon of artistic and subjective political terms as a way of addressing the alleged lexical crisis in today’s cultural sphere. Published in 2013, Toward a Lexicon of Usership serves as a textual toolkit in which the reader is introduced to ‘emergent concepts’ (1:1 scale, allure, usology, loopholes, deactivate, etc.), ‘modes of usership’ like hacking, gaming, usership and to words that Wright feels should be ‘retired’ from our vocabulary, such  as assisted readymades and prototypes, ownership and spectatorship, to name a few. All the terms in the book are contextualized and are becoming ever more relevant today.