Living Room Light Exchange Publication No. 3: After the Internet (October 2018)


Published and edited by Elia Vargas and Liat Berdugo, the third installment of Living Room Light Exchange’s Publications investigates the question of future networks. Somewhere between utopian dreams and dystopian net neutrality collapses lies alternative possibilities of a network that could be otherwise. Buy your copy here.


The Great Sublimation (July 6, 2018)

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Written by Elia Vargas and Dorothy Santos and featured on VICE Motherboard, The Great Sublimation explores the following question: What gives rise to intelligence, artificial or otherwise? And is language enough to understand—or contain—it? Read the full story here.

Image by Jenny Odell


Dust As (August 29, 2017)


“The earth itself is a cyborg. So declares our otherworldly narrator in the opening line of Dorothy Santos and Elia Vargas's meditation on what a nonhuman observer "processing" our planet for the first time—for undisclosed reasons—might find. The work is excerpted from San Francisco Bay Area-based art/tech/media theorist collective Living Room Light Exchange, whose second published book is STATE CHANGE. Check it out for more cerebral weirdness and thoughtful prognostications of our ever-precarious future moment. Enjoy.” - the editor of VICE Motherboard

Written by Elia Vargas and Dorothy Santos, Image by Jenny Odell

To read Dust As, click here.


Living Room Light Exchange Publication No. 2: State Change (May 2017)


This book features commissions of new works from new media artists, writers, and media theorists in the greater San Francisco Bay Area, a nexus of the technology industry, and from satellite Light Exchanges in New York, Paris, and Tel Aviv. Published and edited by Elia Vargas and Liat Berdugo, this is the second series of award winning curatorial publications,  gathering the work of current new media artists who question the role of technology, extraction, avatars, surveillance, and more.

Publication Two was printed as a limited edition run of 200 books, 140 pages, color, each containing a bookmark of “Fuck Trump” protest stickers by artist Jenny Odell. The launch of this book was made possible by an Alternative Exposure grant from Southern Exposure Gallery in San Francisco, CA, and the Andy Warhol Foundation.

Participating artists include: 100 DAYS ACTION, LaTurbo Avedon, Liat Berdugo, BlinkPopShift, Kevin Chen, Alex Cruse, Laura Hyunjhee Kim, James David Lee, T.J. Demos, Benjamin Gaulon, Tanya Gayer, Desiree Holman, Parker Higgins, Jason Huff, Rao Li, Rose Linke, Charlie Macquarie, Tom Marioni, Takako Matoba, Forrest McGarvey, Elisabeth Nicula, Jenny Odell, Rebecca Ora, A. Laurie Palmer, Rick Prelinger, Andy Puls, Eden Redmond, Tiare Ribeaux, Antonio Roberts, Dorothy Santos, Caroline Sinders, Theo Triantafyllidis, Lee Tusman, Elia Vargas, Emily Wick. 

This book was designed by Natalie Sims. Buy here.


“An Ecology of Light Based Art” in The 3-D Additivist Cookbook (2016)

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The 3D Additivist Cookbook, devised and edited by Morehshin Allahyari & Daniel Rourke, is a free compendium of imaginative, provocative works from over 100 world-leading artists, activists and theorists. The 3D Additivist Cookbook contains .obj and .stl files for the 3D printer, as well as critical and fictional texts, templates, recipes, (im)practical designs and methodologies for living in this most contradictory of times. Download here.


Living Room Light Exchange Publication No. 1 (May 2015)


The Living Room Light Exchange is a place. But, these pages are not a living room in Oakland or the Bay; they will travel. These pages will live on shelves and tables, add to stacks and make things taller. These pages have words and images, and carry ideas.

Contributors: Jeremiah Barber, Liat Berdugo, Kevin Chen, Paul Clipson, Christina Corfield, Robb Godshaw, Laura Hyunjhee Kim, James David Lee, Wei Li, Rose Linke, Chip Lord, Charlie Macquarie, Emily Martinez, Margaret McCarthy, Elisabeth Nicula, Nicholas O'Brien, Jenny Odell, Rebecca Ora, Andy Puls, Ingrid Rojas, Dorothy Santos, Tara Shi, Natalie Sims, Elia Vargas, and Joe Veix.

With immeasurable gratitude to Rose Linke, who joined us in making this publication a reality; Natalie Sims, our world-class designer and brilliant thinker; and to SoEx's Alternative Exposure grant, which brought the ink to these pages. Purchase here.


Exquisite Gardening: The Ecology of Culture

Read more here.