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Tender explores publishing as a radical act of relation. A shareholding. Drawing language through thresholds of care, Tender is a thickness. A dividend. A Lure. We cannot say we publish this or that, only that we are published by our experience between and beyond. Tender seeks to expand new temporal horizons through sociality, collaboration and trade.

Opening both the field of enquiry and the means of producing the intrinsic rewards of its exchange, Tender is a relation. A fluctuating body of concern. Perhaps it is too easy to call it love, this participatory economy of dull ache and sponge. This queering of value. This moving towards. A waterfall made of trying.

An appendix;

  1. Mutual;

    Held in common by two or more parties. Reciprocal. A financial organisation that is owned by its members and dividing some or all of its profits between them. A type of financial fund that pools money from many people to invest in stocks, bonds or other assets. Each investor in the fund owns shares which represent a part of these holdings.

    A wandering tree fern supported by green metal pole. The Cataract Gorge Reserve, Launceston, lutruwita/Tasmania. This is text
  2. Minerality;

    to become attentive to our minerality is, according to Kathryn Yusoff, to appreciate that we are in extremely close contact (entwined, even) with matters and energies that form the nonhuman dimensions of collective human subjectivity. 1

    1. Bianca Hester, ‘Groundwork’, 2021
  3. Recess;

    a space waiting to be made full; of potential, for receding into. An arm off of a larger body. A temporary withdrawal or cessation from the usual labour or activity; pauses, intervals and halts. To resist exploitation, even momentarily.

    Ken Isaacs’s Superchair (1967), with a page from R. Buckminster Fuller’s ‘I Seem to Be a Verb’ (1970), designed by Quentin Fiore and Jerome Agel, in the background.
  4. Sift;

    SIFT, verb transitive. 1. To separate by a sieve, as the fine part of a substance from the coarse; as, to sift meal; to sift powder; to sift sand or lime. 2. To separate; to part. 3. To examine minutely or critically; to scrutinize. Let the principles of the party be thoroughly sifted. We have sifted your objections.

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    1. Noah Webster, American Dictionary of the English Language, 1828
  5. Fragment;

    FRAG’MENT, noun [Latin fragmentum, from frango, to break.]

    1. A part broken off; a piece separated from any thing by breaking. Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing is lost. John 6:12.
    2. A part separated from the rest; an imperfect part; as fragments of ancient writings.
    3. A small detached portion; as fragments of time.

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    1. Noah Webster, American Dictionary of the English Language, 1828
  6. Erratic;

    from err – to wander. Not even or regular in pattern of movement. Intervals of instability. Acting, moving, or changing in ways that are not expected or usual. To stray. Prone to unexpected change. Fluid, mutable wanderings. The transposition of material. Of a lichen; having no attachment to the surface on which it grows. As sensation. Sometimes queering. Eccentric, queer. Queering the landscape

    Margaret Woodward with Balanced Rock, CT.
  7. Reflection;

    REFLEC’TION, noun [from reflect.]

    1. The act of throwing back; as the reflection of light or colors. The angle of incidence and the angle of reflection are always equal.
    2. The act of bending back.
    3. That which is reflected. As the sun in water we can bear, yet not the sun, but his reflection there.
    4. The operation of the mind by which it turns its views back upon itself and its operations; the review or consideration of past thoughts, opinions or decisions of the mind, or of past events.
    5. Thought thrown back on itself, on the past or on the absent; as melancholy reflections; delightful reflections. Job’s reflections on his once flourishing estate, at the same time afflicted and encouraged him.
    6. The expression of thought.
    7. Attentive consideration; meditation; contemplation. This delight grows and improves under thought and reflection.
    8. Censure; reproach cast. He died, and oh! may no reflection shed its pois’nous venom on the royal dead.

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    1. Noah Webster, American Dictionary of the English Language, 1828
    passanger self portrait
  8. Quiescence;

    Quiescence comes from the Latin ‘quiescere’, to rest or become quiet, a temporary cessation of activity, it is also the period in which a glacier is slow-moving or stagnant.

  9. Quietitude;

    Did I miss something? I often ask myself what is the connection between hearing and listening? Some years ago I started to lose my hearing. Quietly, silently and indiscernibly to me, it was receding. I slowly entered a state of what I think of as ‘quietitude’, placed somewhere between solitude and quietness. This state softly enveloped me, where background noise became muted, conversations became distant and confusing and, without even realising, the sounds of birds, wind, traffic and waves stopped registering. Yet despite these changes, I was still listening – listening and hearing the deafening roar of silence, or the loud ringing of my ears.

  10. Fluctuate;

    to be always-already. To change continually. To be in flux. Motion. Irregular. To shift from one to an other. To oscillate wildly. To move within range of the feeder.

    Cornell Lab Feeder Watch Cam at Sapsucker Woods, 2020-05-07
  11. Flows;

    (n.) something irregularly or clumsily composed; it moves there steadily and continuously; pathways through matter, mo(ve)ments of value, ephemeral routes through an infrastructural ‘stack’.

  12. Smelt;

    Fuse or melt (ore etc.) in order to extract the metal;

    1. obtain (metal) by this process.
    2. Past participle of smell.
    3. A small slender migratory fish, Osmerus eperlanus, of European coasts and rivers, having a characteristic odour and caught for food. Also called sparling. Any of various small fishes of northern waters, esp. Sand-smelts; spec. Any of the family Osmeridae, related to salmons as Osermus mordax (in full rainbow smelt) and O. Dentex (in full Asiatic smelt), of coastal and fresh waters in N. America and Asia.

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    1. The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, p2991
  13. Open Outcry;

    is a trading method used in futures pits and stock exchanges. Stock exchanges allow companies to raise capital and investors to make informed decisions using real-time price information. Exchanges can be a physical location or an electronic trading platform. Open outcry involves shouting and the use of hand signals to transfer information primarily about buy and sell orders.

    The part of the trading floor where this takes place is called a pit. 1

    1. from Wikipedia: Open outcry
    Chicago Board of Trade. The ‘Pit’. 1908
  14. Pit;

    an attractive idea of emptiness
    the physical rhythm of the body, crowbar, shovel, pick and bucket effort force attention 1

    The mattock’s heavy metal head remembers its place in the earth. The contact shoots up through my forearms, unsettling my elbows and landing in my shoulders. The mattock’s memory of the earth that bore it is pressed into my body with every crack. It suffocates face down in the earth whilst my muscle memory learns its past. The mattock is not an imposter to the underground. It is unafraid and the earth yields. They know each other and each blow marks a small, smile-like opening for old friends to get under one another’s skin. What comes of the tangling of their bodies – the force of their remembering – is the becoming of a hole. 2

    1. Wendy Morrow, Digging a Hole, 2020. For Gestures of Care. BUS Projects. Melbourne
    2. Sarah Jones, Silver/Lead, 2017. For Lost Rocks (2017–21). A Published Event. Hobart
    Image from the artwork ‘Digging a Hole’. 2020 by Wendy Morrow.
  15. Friendship;

    FRIEND’SHIP, noun frend’ship. 1. An attachment to a person, proceeding from intimate acquaintance, and a reciprocation of kind offices, or from a favorable opinion of the amiable and respectable qualities of his mind. Friendship differs from benevolence, which is good will to mankind in general, and from that love which springs from animal appetite. True friendship is a notable and virtuous attachment, springing from a pure source, a respect for worth or amiable qualities. False friendship may subsist between bad men, as between thieves and pirates. This is a temporary attachment springing from interest, and may change in a moment to enmity and rancor. There can be no friendship without confidence, and no confidence without integrity. There is little friendship in the world. The first law of friendship is sincerity.

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    1. Noah Webster, American Dictionary of the English Language, 1828.
  16. Tenderness;

    In her essay Scenography of Friendship, Svetlana Boym draws the reader into a world of ‘diasporic intimacy’—a kind of tender, non-posessive friendship of shared longing. Boym writes; ‘Tenderness is not about complete disclosure, saying what one really means, and getting closer and closer. It excludes absolute possession and fusion. Not goal-oriented, it defies symbols of fulfillment. In the words of Roland Barthes, “tenderness … is nothing but an infinite, insatiable metonymy” and a “miraculous crystallization of presence.” In tenderness, need and desire are joined. Tenderness is always polygamous, non-exclusive. “Where you are tender, you speak your plural.”’

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    1. For a discussion of diasporic intimacy, see Boym’s Future of Nostalgia (New York: Basic Books, 2001) and Barthes, A Lover’s Discourse: Fragments, trans. Richard Howard (New York: Hill and Wang, 1978), pp. 224–225.
  17. Perishables;

    ‘The time of human life is a finite, perishable thing. Which is why two quantities, X and Y of perishable human time, can be brought into a relationship of fungibility only by means of a third thing, Z, that we agree upon as being imperishable, at least in comparison to human life. For thousands of years, this Z was condensed into units of precious metals, especially gold, which were treated as valuable precisely because their durability and their apparent imperishability made them appear as things that lived outside of time.’

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    1. e-flux, Journal #27 - Planktons in the Sea: A Few Questions Regarding the Qualities of Time). Raqs media Collective.
  18. Loss (in exhaustion);

    ‘When we are done with accounting for our exhaustions, we are still left with the question of how, for instance, we value a person’s life—the sum total of the value of their time on earth. The thing is, you can gauge the value of a thing only when you know what you miss when you lose it. The problem is, you would not be in a position to judge the worth of your life were you to lose it. And so, to one school of thinking, the worth of a life can only be gauged from what its absence means to those who inherit the loss.’

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    1. e-flux, Journal #27 - Planktons in the Sea: A Few Questions Regarding the Qualities of Time). Raqs media Collective.
    Small circle near the Calanais Standing Stones, Isle of Lewis.
  19. loess;

    Deposits of silt laid down by aeolian processes over extensive areas of the mid-latitudes during glacial and postglacial times.

  20. Time;

    ‘When thinking about the qualities or, to use a more precise term, the qualia of time—the ineffable, intrinsic, private, directly apprehensible sense of what happens when we are confronted with duration—be it in waiting for a bus, the arms of a lover, the walls of a prison, or by the shores of a sea—we realize that every instance of the apprehension of time’s qualia is layered on the memory of other experiences, that in some incomprehensible way, the time spent in the arms of a lover is understood not just in reference to itself, but also in contrast to the time spent waiting our turn at a ticket counter. And often, at the ticket counter or on the assembly line, waiting while the clock weighs down on us, we are recalling the intensity and the comfort of the time spent in the arms of a lover. When we trade time, which time are we trading, which layer of qualia, and how can these add up and be accounted for when our own clocks drift away from each other, from time to time?’

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    1. e-flux, Journal #27 - Planktons in the Sea: A Few Questions Regarding the Qualities of Time). Raqs media Collective.
  21. Time (again);

    ‘It is time that has us, not we that have time…Our time began when we were born, and will end when we die. We have done nothing to earn it, so we cannot pretend that it is ours. How do we share and exchange that which is not ours? What does it mean to use words like sharing, exchange, and reciprocity in relation to something that cannot be owned?’

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    1. e-flux, Journal #27 - Planktons in the Sea: A Few Questions Regarding the Qualities of Time). Raqs media Collective.
  22. Gifting;

    ‘The gift is not a gift, the gift only gives to the extent it gives time. The difference between a gift and every other operation of pure and simple exchange is that the gift gives time. There where there is gift, there is time. What it gives, the gift, is time. But the gift of time is also a demand of time. The thing must not be restituted immediately and right away. There must be time, it must last, there must be waiting—without forgetting (l’attente—sans oubli). It demands time, the thing, but it demands a delimited time, neither an instant nor an infinite time, but a time determined by a term, in other words, a rhythm, a cadence. The thing is not in time; it is or it has time, or rather it demands to have, to give, or to take time—and time as rhythm, a rhythm that does not befall a homogenous time but that structures it originally.’ (after The Gift by Marcel Mauss, 1925).

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    1. Jacques Derrida, Given Time: 1. Counterfeit Money (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1994), 41.
  23. Value;

    always in excess of mea­sure, in excess of its-­self, value is what cannot be possessed. Shimmer, gloss, pulse, value is the qualitative edge of the being of relation. 1

    1. Manning, Erin. For A Pragmatics of the Useless. 2020. Duke University Press
  24. A bird in the hand;

    from a proverb concerning prudence and risk, a bird in the hand is worth two in the wood, suggesting it is better to be content with what one has than to try to get more and risk losing everything