The Emblem of Instability at 1080 Brew

downstairs and upstairs at 1080 Wyckoff Avenue 

Every Saturday the next installment  of The Emblem of Instability Transposed is published in a postcard booklet at 1080 Brew on Wyckoff Avenue (Ridgewood, Queens, NY). You can also see and read the preceding emblems either in booklets downstairs, the archive of instability upstairs or, of course, online here.
A transposing emblem or emblem transpoзиция is an artistic derivative of transposition. In the art of transposition a form is examined in various contexts. The Emblem of Instability Transposed examines the form of instability around the world.
Translators and writers from Argentina, Belarus, Brazil, Bulgaria, Ecuador, France, Greece, Hungaria, Italy, India, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Norway, Serbia, Spain, Syria, the Netherlands, and the United Arab Emirate (so far) have composed emblems of instability on topics ranging from nature and society to language and politics. Both online and in the postcard exhibition, their texts are combined with photography to reflect on various aspects of instability.
Transposition is a genre developed by Angelika Friedrich, Yuri Smirnov and Henry Whittlesey. It falls somewhere between translation and adaptation. Originally applied to literary fiction, the method of transposition involves retaining the original sentence structure of a foreign text, while shifting the content to the modern day, with the new context determining the configuration of this content. A collection of transposed classics was published under the title of From Wahnsinnig to the Loony Bin in 2013.
Swing by 1080 Brew in the future as well to see the latest postcards in print. The Emblem of Instability Transposed will be updated every Saturday at 1080 Brew and online at

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Real place: downstairs and upstairs at 1080 Brew, Wyckoff Avenue, Ridgewood, Queens (Halsey stop on L line)

Virtual place: and
Forthcoming emblems

April 1: Brazil - Sera Kelvin
April 8: Russia - Anastasiya Zakharova
April 15: Guinea and Gambia - Shunit
April 22: Venezuela - Veronica Cordido
April 29: Spain - Mariela Larrosa
May 6: Guatemala - Jose Lobos
May 13: Hungary - Jirina Nevosadova
May 20: Indonesia - Rina Sitorus
May 27: United Kingdom - Andrea Alvisi
June 3: Korea - Ellie
June 10: Russia - Marina Shalunova
June 17: Argentina and Turkey - Peren Çakir
June 24: Mongolia - Barhas
July 1: Serbia - Aleksandar Protić
July 8: Turkey - Sabahattin Yücel
July 15: Ukraine - Vladyslav Skrypka
July 22: Russia - Ekaterina Korneeva
July 29: Lithuania - Justas Staniulus
August 5: Serbia - Jelena Sekulić

Subject to change Rest to be announced
Exhibited and published emblems

Delibasheva, Emilia. Political Instability: Electoral Coups in America and Bulgaria. December 2016.
Bichen, Svetlana Novoselova. Mental and Cultural Instability: Russia and Turkey. February 2017.
Caetano, Raphael. Instabilidade emocional: Brazil. February 2017.
Dastan, S.A. The Stability of Instability: Turkey and Syria. March 2017.
D'Adam, Anton. Psychosocial Instability in Argentina and America: El granero del mundo and The Manifest Destiny. January 2017.
Friedrich, Angelika. Introduction: The Emblem of Instability. September 2016.
Fondevik, Vigdis. Unstable Nature: Norway and Denmark. October 2016.
Halimi, Sophia. Modern Instabilité: Youth and Employment in France and China. March 2017.
Hernandez, Jonay Quintero. Embracing Instability - Spain. February 2017.
Mankevich, Tatsiana. The Absence of Linguistic Stabilнасцi: Does the Belarusian Language Have a Future? December 2016.
Meschi, Isabelle. Linguistic Instabilité and Instabilità: France and Italy. November 2016.
Mitra, Ashutosh. The Instability of Change: India. January 2016.
Moussly, Sahar. The Instability of Tyranny: Syria and the Syrian Diaspora. December 2016.
Nastou, Eliza. Psychological Αστάθεια and Inestabilidad during the Economic Crisis: Greece and Spain. December 2016.
Partykowska, Natalia. Niestabilność and адсутнасць стабільнасці in the Arts: Polish and Belarusian Theater. January 2017.
Persio, P.L.F. Social Instabilità and Instabiliteit: Italy and the Netherlands. November 2016.
Pranevich, Liubou. Cultural Instability: Belarus and Poland. March 2017.
Romano, Mavi. Unstable Identities: Ecuador and Europe. October 2016.
Sousa, Antonia. Social and Economic Instabilidade: Portugal. January 2017.
Vuka. My Intimate Imbalanced Inclination. March 2017.
Walton, Éva. Historical and Psychological Bizonytalanság within Hungarian Culture. January 2017.
Zadrożna-Nowak, Amelia. Economic Instability: Poles at Home and the Polish Diaspora. November 2016.

To follow: texts by Russian, Spanish, Guatemalan, New Guinean, Serbian, Lithuanian, Ukrainian writers and translators
Further reading

Azazeal, Alex. Отражение Spiegelt Reflection. 2014.
Friedrich, Angelika. The Emblem of Instability. September 2016.
Friedrich, Angelika. Sub-Under-U-метро-Bahn-Ground-Way. 2014.
Gergiev, Vladimir. Street - Straße - Улица. 2014
Metivier, Anthony. Kunstart. 2014.
Smirnov, Yuri. Art de streetулица. 2013.
Whittlesey, Henry, et al. Transposing Emblem - Junk Culture - Müll Trashed Мусор (Part I). August 2016.
Whittlesey, Henry, et al. Transposing Emblem - Junk Culture - Müll Trashed Мусор (Part II). August 2016.
Whittlesey, Henry, et al. Transposing Emblem - Junk Culture - Müll Trashed Мусор (Part III). September 2016.
Whittlesey, Henry. Forward to Next Transposing Emblem. January 2016.
Whittlesey, Henry. Changes to Transposing Emblems. November 2015.
Whittlesey, Henry. Excerpt of new emblem transpoзиция on trash. September 2015.
Whittlesey, Henry. Müll trashed мусор. 2013

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