Issa SambWORD! WORD? WORD!
Issa Samb and the Undecipherable Form
This comprehensive monograph contains a selection of emblematic works by Sengalese-born artist Issa Samb, aka Joe Ouakam. The publication follows Samb’s first solo exhibition in Europe, curated by Koyo Kouoh, entitled “WORD! WORD? WORD! Issa Samb and the Undecipherable Form,” at the Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA).
Aleksandra MirThe Space Age
The Space Age consists of seven fold-out posters and a text by Martin Herbert. The publication coincides with the exhibition at M – Museum Leuven which encompasses fourteen years of Mir’s career (1999–2013).
Ion GrigorescuOmul cu o singur camer / The Man with a Single Camera
The Man with a Single Camera provides an extraordinary overview of Ion Grigorescu’s body of work since the late 1960s until today. Regarded as one of the key protagonists of Eastern European conceptualism, the Romanian artist advocates a radical convergence between the organic and spiritual, an uninhibited immersion of life into art.
Geta BrătescuAtelierul | The Studio
The book is dedicated to Romanian artist Geta Brătescu, one of the most remarkable personalities of the Eastern European postwar avant-garde. The main part of the publication comprises visual materials and texts written by the artist that span several decades of her activity, outlining the exceptional manner in which she has appropriated the lesson of modernism and interrelated it with conceptual challenges.
This publication consists of two essays by Sven Beckstette and Gabriele Knapstein, as well as Andrea Pichl’s photographs, sculptures, and drawings to date.
The Italian Journeys of
Four Walks by Daniel Maier-Reimer, 2012–2013
The publication, conceived by Clegg & Guttmann, is a response to Maier-Reimer’s invitation to present his recent body of work for his contribution to the exhibition “Villa Romana 1905–2013: Das Künstlerhaus in Florenz” at the Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn.
Rémy ZauggThe Art Museum of My Dreams
or A Place for the Work and the Human Being
In his influential 1986 text, now translated into English for the first time, Swiss artist Rémy Zaugg (1943–2005) laid out fundamental ideas on the art museum. For him, the museum is an everyday tool that enables the encounter between viewer and work—raising the question of the kind of architecture appropriate for such a space.
Chantal PontbriandThe Contemporary, the Common
Art in a Globalizing World
The essays in this collection were written in the first decade of the new millennium by the critic, editor, and curator Chantal Pontbriand. Pontbriand examines themes of being-in-common in today’s world and their relation to the development of art practices.
Kirsty BellThe Artist’s House
From Workplace to Artwork
The artist’s house is a prism through which to view not only the artistic practice of its inhabitant, but also to apprehend broader developments in sculpture and contemporary art in relation to domestic architecture and interior space. Based on a series of interviews and site visits with living artists about the role of their home in relation to their work, Kirsty Bell looks at the house as receptacle, vehicle, model, theater, or dream space.
Attention EconomyJahresring #60: Jahrbuch für moderne Kunst
The 60th Jahresring takes the form of a compilation of artist interviews and offers a snapshot of a highly active art scene that stretches from Berlin, as a new international center for art. Nicolaus Schafhausen put a series of questions to thirty-one art practitioners, less geared toward the artists’ respective praxis and more toward the conditions under which it arises.
This comprehensive new monograph on the influential British artist-filmmaker—renown for his playful and formally ingenious subversion of the everyday world—contains essays by Ian Christie, Martin Herbert, Kathrin Meyer, and Ethan de Seife.
Nina Möntmann (Ed.)Scandalous
A Reader on Art and Ethics
Recent encounters between art and real life, the ubiquity of images of violence and humiliation in visual culture and the media, and the persistence of controversial debates on public and participatory art projects are raising fundamental questions about the importance of ethical decisions in art and curating. How far can provocation in art go, before it becomes cynical and abusive? Does “good censorship” exist? Are ethical decisions seen as more urgent in participatory art?
Gavin Butt, Irit RogoffVisual Cultures as Seriousness
The contemporary art world has become more inhospitable to “serious” intellectual activity in recent years. Set against this context, Gavin Butt and Irit Rogoff raise the question of “seriousness” in art and culture. What is seriousness exactly, and where does it reside? Is it a desirable value in contemporary culture?
Astrid Schmetterling, Lynn TurnerVisual Cultures as Recollection
Memory has become a major preoccupation in the humanities in recent decades, be it individual and collective memory, cultural and national memory, or traumatic memory and the ethics of its representation. Drawing on these complex concerns, Astrid Schmetterling and Lynn Turner focus on distinct films—a series of short meditations on the September 11, 2001, attacks commissioned by Alain Brigand and collectively titled 11’09”01 – September 11 (2002), and Richard Linklater’s Tape (2001).
Jorella Andrews, Simon O'SullivanVisual Cultures as Objects and Affects
Largely due to the “linguistic turn” that has dominated the humanities since the mid-twentieth century, many contemporary scholars and artists habitually equate works of art with highly coded texts to be deciphered, deconstructed, or otherwise interpreted. Within this quest to consider art differently, Jorella Andrews and Simon O’Sullivan pay attention to the asignifying character of art, or simply its affective qualities.
Gelatin's exhibition “Loch,” and the week-long performance that preceded it, form the basis for this book. The catalogue comprehensively documents the Austrian art collective’s elaborate site-specific performance at the 21er Haus in Vienna (June 5–September 29, 2013).
Barry SchwabskyWords for Art
Criticism, History, Theory, Practice
Walter Benjamin’s views on color, E. H. Gombrich’s theory of perception, Mel Bochner’s and Liz Kotz’s narratives of Conceptualism, and Sarah Thornton’s peregrinations in the “art world” are but a few of the topics explored in this volume of essays. In an era of hyper-specialization and rigid academic protocols, Barry Schwabsky revives a form of criticism one imagined barely existed—a criticism of varied interests and passionate opinions.
Martha RoslerCulture Class
In this collection of essays Martha Rosler embarks on a broad inquiry into the economic and historical precedents for today’s soft ideology of creativity, with special focus on its elaborate retooling of class distinctions.
Deborah LigorioSurvival Kits
For years now our lives have been shaped by a crisis impacting both our economy and our personal lives. But what is ultimately in crisis? Survival Kits offers twelve perspectives on this issue—from fields as diverse as philosophy, politics, media theory, environmental activism, feminism, post-human theory, literature, geopolitics, art, and economics.
Karen van den Berg, Ursula Pasero (Eds.)Art Production beyond the Art Market?
A fundamental reordering of artistic production and a transformation of the art field are about to take place. Heated debates have been sparked over new forms of work, public subsidies, and the expanding impact of the creative industries. Independent education programs, self-organized urban planning, and artistic practices in the field of scientific research, among other initiatives, have unfolded over the last few years. This publication addresses this wide field, focusing on theoretical reflections and insights into alternative artistic working models.
Zin TaylorLichen Voices/Stripes and Dots
This catalogue accompanies Taylor’s exhibition “The Story of Stripes and Dots (Chapter 5)” at Fogo Island Gallery, which follows his two-part residency with Fogo Island Arts in 2010 and 2012. Featuring essays by Zoë Gray and Saelan Twerdy, and Taylor in conversation with Patrick Staff and Robin Simpson, the book also presents the artist’s portfolio An Index Describing the Individual 19 Thoughts about Stripes and Dots Arranged on a Vitrine Made of Brass and Glass.
Douglas CouplandShopping in Jail
Ideas, Essays, and Stories for the Increasingly Real Twenty-First Century
In Douglas Coupland's writing, the doldrums of a world afflicted by the pains of dotcom booms and busts, the ascendency of subcultures to pop cultures, and the subsequent struggle for identity are counterbalanced by droll, personal, and incisive analyses. This collection of nonfiction essays provides an illuminating meander through what we call culture today.
Ekaterina Degot, David Riff (Eds.)Monday Begins on Saturday
Monday Begins on Saturday is the title of a fantasy novel from the 1960s about a magical research institute in the Soviet Union, written by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky. It is also the title of the first edition of Bergen Assembly, a new triennial of contemporary art.
Anaël Lejeune, Olivier Mignon, Raphaël Pirenne (Eds.)French Theory and American Art
Many postwar American artists were influenced by French philosophy, literary studies, and social sciences. French Theory in American Art examines some of the main historical conditions of this reception.
Sven LüttickenHistory in Motion
Time in the Age of the Moving Image
The moving image has irrevocably redefined our experience and construction of history. In the contemporary economy of time, history has become an image in motion, a series of events animated and performed through various media. Analyzing a variety of films, video pieces, and performances, Sven Lütticken evaluates the impact that our changing experience of time has had on the actualization of history in the present.
Diedrich Diederichsen, Anselm Franke (Eds.)The Whole Earth
California and the Disappearance of the Outside
The exhibition “The Whole Earth” is an essay composed of cultural-historical materials and artistic positions that critically address the rise of the image of “One Earth” and the ecological paradigm associated with it. The accompanying publication includes image-rich visual essays that explore key themes: “Universalism,” “Whole Systems,” “Boundless Interior,” and “Apocalypse, Babylon, Simulation,” among others.
Cerith Wyn EvansThe What If?... Scenario (after LG)
This catalogue accompanies the eponymous exhibition at TBA21–Augarten in Vienna and brings together threads and voices of leading contemporary artists, scientists, and theoreticians exploring Cerith Wyn Evans’s polyphonic oeuvre.
Stuart Bailey, Angie Keefer, David Reinfurt (Eds.)Bulletins of The Serving Library #5
Conceived while in residency at the library of the Goethe-Institut New York, this issue of Bulletins of The Serving Library used the context of the hosting institution as a thematic starting point. Germany, and often the author’s specific relationship to the German language, is the unifying thread that unites these diverse pieces.
Kate NewbyLet the other thing in
In Kate Newby’s site-responsive installations, handcrafted and found objects are often combined with words or phrases to form artworks that engage with the particularities of place. The New Zealand artist’s intimate engagement with materials and nonhierarchical involvement with space exhibit a sophisticated understanding of the role that architecture plays in the shaping of thought and perception, our sense of self in the body and in community.
Marie-Louise EkmanNo Is Not an Answer
On the Work of Marie-Louise Ekman
No Is Not an Answer is the largest presentation of Marie-Louise Ekman’s art ever featured in the form of a book. As one of the most influential artists in Sweden in the postwar period, Ekman was both part of Swedish pop and the rebellious underground in the ’60s and ’70s.
Milena Hoegsberg, Cora Fisher (Eds.)Living Labor
Living Labor considers the increasing subordination of life to work. In response to the eroding boundaries between work and life, and against the historic backdrop of the Scandinavian labor movement, the writers gathered in Living Labor propose viable forms of refusal and imagine prospects for a post-work future.
Undoing Property? examines complex relationships inside art, culture, political economy, immaterial production, and the public realm today. In its pages artists and theorists address aspects of computing, curating, economy, ecology, gentrification, music, publishing, piracy, and much more.
Ingo Niermann (Ed.)Solution 247–261
In its ninth volume, the Solution series departs from its previous geopolitical focus on regions and countries. The issue becomes the infinite prospect of connection as well as transformation: this book explores the biopolitical and psychosexual topic of love.
Greg Lynn (Ed.)Archaeology of the Digital
Archaeology of the Digital delves into the genesis and establishment of digital tools for design conceptualization, visualization, and production at the end of the 1980s and the beginning of the 1990s. Conceived as an object-based investigation of four pivotal projects that established distinct directions in architecture’s use of digital tools, the book highlights the dialogue between computer sciences, architecture and engineering that was at the core of these experiments.
Hilke Wagner, Axel Wieder (Eds.)Susanne Kriemann
This publication was created as part of the solo exhibitions “Cold Time” at the Kunstverein Braunschweig and “Modelling (Construction School)” at Arnolfini in Bristol. Even if the exhibitions were organized entirely independently of one another, the joint effort in producing this catalogue made it possible to go beyond simple exhibition documentation and provide a more in-depth view into the work of Kriemann.
Alex Coles, Catharine Rossi (Eds.)EP Vol. 1
The Italian Avant-Garde: 1968–1976
EPis the first critically underpinned series of publications that fluidly move between art, design, and architecture. The first volume is devoted to the activities of the Italian avant-garde between 1968 and 1976. While emphasizing the multiple correspondences between collectives and groups like Arte Povera, Archizoom, Superstudio, and figures such as Ettore Sottsass and Alessandro Mendini, The Italian Avant-Garde: 1968–1976 also highlights previously overlooked spaces, works, and performances generated by Zoo, Gruppo 9999, and Cavart.
Joanna Warsza (Ed.)Ministry of Highways
A Guide to the Performative Architecture of Tbilisi
Once described as “Italy gone Marxist,” Georgia, located in both an advantageous and vulnerable geopolitical position between the Black Sea, Russia, Central Asia, and the Middle East, enjoys a Mediterranean climate and viniculture in combination with a community-oriented and self-determined spirit. Taking the exhibition “Frozen Moments: Architecture Speaks Back”(2010) as its starting point, this guidebook maps the social, urban, and art discourses of the country’s post-Soviet years as seen from its hilly capital of Tbilisi.
Donatien GrauThe Age of Creation
In the last two hundred years, “art” has become one of the most fetishized concepts in Western civilization. The idea according to which certain people—also known as artists—would provide the world with their inner vision is a modern myth, but has proved to be a contemporary reality. Since so much art now considers itself as cultural production, mystical creation has been turned into a minority paradigm. The Age of Creation analyzes the entrance of art into culture at large.
Dénes FarkasEvident in Advance
“If I don’t trust this evidence why should I trust any evidence?," Wittgenstein asked himself in "On Certainty." Dénes Farkas’s work is haunted by a drama of not delivering a trust to a singular evidence of this world: a world as he found it. Hysterically reproduced paper maquettes of choreographed architecture, imprisoned within a clumsy, photographic frame, are abstract shelters for imagined and unspoken texts. Words are characters in performance of a world as a text.
Since the so-called dematerialization of currencies and art practices in the late 1960s and early 1970, we have witnessed a move into what Joshua Simon calls an economy of neomaterialism. With this, several shifts have occurred: the focus of labor has moved from production to consumption, the commodity has become the historical subject, and symbols now behave like materials.
Gardar Eide EinarssonVersuchsstation des Weltuntergangs
Over the past decade Gardar Eide Einarsson’s exhibition practice has followed a highly consistent thematic trajectory, continuously tracing out what one could call an “iconography of resistance.” The signs and symbols we can read out of Einarsson’s works often refer to fundamental conflictual structures between a society of control following September 11, 2001, and the individual’s rebellion against and threat to central power.
Mara Ambrožič, Angela Vettese (Eds.)Art as a Thinking Process
Visual Forms of Knowledge Production
The work of art has often been a battleground—its decorative and formal aspects positioned against its nature as an embodiment of cognitive acts. Leonardo da Vinci’s claim that art be a “cosa mentale” is winning at last: recent debates around art schools and their methods, of which this book is a vast survey, demonstrate that, now more than ever, art is considered the result of a thinking process.
Thomas Thiel (Ed.)Schaubilder
In recent years, it has been possible to discern a growing interest in diagrams. The exhibition "Schaubilder" (Diagrams) explores how these developments affect the worlds of images in contemporary art. This publication presents ten artists who deal with diagrammatic forms in their work. The additional text contributions from the perspectives of art theory, philosophy, and information design encourage an ongoing discussion of the theme.
Thomas Keenan, Tirdad Zolghadr (Eds.)The Human Snapshot
The Human Snapshot draws upon a conference of the same name organized by the LUMA Foundation and Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College. The conference contributions and subsequent essays examine contemporary forms of humanism and universalism as they circulate and are produced in art and photography.
Dorothee Böhm, Petra Lange-Berndt, Dietmar Rübel (Eds.)A World of Wild Doubt
The starting point of this exhibition and subsequent publication is the novel The Man Who Was Thursday by British poet G. K. Chesterton from 1908, a mysterious crime story about a seven-headed anarchist council functioning in a world of permanent emergency. Yet in the end, the real danger emanates from artists and intellectuals.
Charlotte BirnbaumOn the Table
Pies, Pâtés, and Pastries: Secrets Old and New of the Art of Cooking
Pies, pâtés, and pastries are the noblest of foods. Their inner life is always a secret; their outer form, a sculpture. No other dishes are so well suited to surprises and culinary amusements.
T. J. DemosReturn to the Postcolony
Specters of Colonialism in Contemporary Art
In the wake of failed states, growing economic and political inequality, and the ongoing US- and NATO-led wars for resources, security, and economic dominance worldwide, contemporary artists are revisiting former European colonies, considering past injustices as they haunt the living yet remain repressed in European consciousness.
Jos de Gruyter & Harald ThysOptimundus
M HKA 08 02 13 - 19 05 13
Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys’s art casts a merciless perspective on reality. Through their numerous artistic approaches—including installations, video, drawing, sculpture, performance, and photographs—the artist duo visualize their imaginings of the parallel world inherent within the modern human psyche, along with how it manifests itself in the everyday aspects of life and civic conformity. This book accompanies their major exhibition at M HKA of the same title.
Marcel Duchamp/Ulf LindeDe ou par Marcel Duchamp par Ulf Linde
Ulf Linde is without doubt one of the world’s most important interpreters of Marcel Duchamp’s art. For more than half a century, he has pursued intense studies of Duchamp’s entire oeuvre and has made perfect replicas of all his major works. His as-yet unpublished manuscript scrutinizing the mathematical principles behind Duchamp’s art reveals what Linde claims to be the key to Duchamp’s poetic universe.
Mai Abu ElDahab (Ed.)Behave Like an Audience
Behave Like an Audience is a limited-edition vinyl commissioned and produced by Mai Abu ElDahab, and features musical tracked penned by a group of artists ElDahab worked with at Objectif Exhibitions, Antwerp, and performed by the musical trio Concert.
Apolonija ŠušteršičSelected Projects, 1995–2012
Published on the occasion of her project at MUSAC Museo de Arte Contemporáneo in León (January–June 2013), this publication offers the first comprehensive survey on the work of Slovenian artist/architect Apolonija Šušteršič.
Clara Meister (Ed.)Compilation of Translations: One Year at Ludlow 38
The publication gives an overview of the 2012 curatorial year at MINI/Goethe-Institut Curatorial Residencies Ludlow 38. Curatorial resident Clara Meister’s program focused on different concepts of translation, bringing together an interdisciplinary exhibition program based on the assumption that artistic ideas can be translated into disparate forms and therefore can take varying modes of expression.
Tecoh is a sprawling series of buildings designed by the artist Jorge Pardo deep in the Yucatán jungle. Taking over six years to fabricate, and engaging existing ruins of a nineteenth-century hacienda, the project is by far the artist’s most ambitious work to date. This book offers the only available glimpse of the project, as it was primarily conceived as a private residence.
Beatrice GibsonThe Tiger's Mind
In 2010, a production process was instigated by filmmaker Beatrice Gibson and typographer Will Holder, with the intention of using British composer Cornelius Cardew’s musical score The Tiger’s Mind as a means of producing speech. Since the score concerns the changing relations between six characters in production, practitioners from other fields (musicians and visual artists) were invited to three conversations at Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, Kunstverein in Amsterdam, and CAC Brétigny.
Sharon LockhartSharon Lockhart | Noa Eshkol
The catalog Sharon Lockhart | Noa Eshkol accompanies the eponymous exhibition at TBA21 in Vienna which consists of a complex installation of videos, photographs, and archival material, composing a subtle and sensuous portrait of the Israeli choreographer, dancer, researcher, and textile artist Noa Eshkol.
Stuart Bailey, Angie Keefer, David Reinfurt (Eds.)Bulletins of the Serving Library #4
Devised by Stuart Bailey, Lars Bang Larsen, Angie Keefer, and David Reinfurt, this bulletin is based on Larsen’s just-completed PhD dissertation at the University of Copenhagen, A History of Irritated Material: Psychedelic Concepts in Neo-Avantgarde Art. The idea was to contrive a popular version of his academic thesis by editing it psychedelically.
FuturefarmersA Variation on Powers of Ten
A Variation on Powers of Ten uses the opening picnic scene of Charles and Ray Eames’s film Powers of Ten as score to guide ten discussions. The result of a research-based residency at the University of California Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, the publication includes four essays and ten interviews with researchers whose work relates to one of the magnitudes of ten of the 1968 IBM-commissioned film.
Ruth BuchananThe weather, a building
This new artist book by Ruth Buchanan charts three narratives associated with the life of the Staatsbibliothek Berlin, which acts as an example of the tension between what is contained in libraries and how it is contained.
Markus Miessen, Chantal MouffeCritical Spatial Practice 2
The Space of Agonism
The second volume in the Critical Spatial Practice series presents a selection of conversations between Markus Miessen and political philosopher Chantal Mouffe. The dialogues attempt to unpack current dilemmas and popular mobilizations in terms of consensus-driven formats of political decision making.
Lene BergLene Berg
“The work of Lene Berg probes questions about the difference between truth and falsehood, between reality and fantasy, between veracity and mendacity. Berg crafts short, witty, incisive, and often humorous filmic stories, using lo-fi means such as drawing, photocopies, collage, and her own as well as found footage, to interrogate the question of history and historiography,” so states Katerina Gregos. These themes, among others, are explored in Berg’s latest film, Kopfkino (2012), which was filmed over the course of two days in Berlin and focuses on eight women as they exchange stories about their line of work—the fulfillment of sexual fantasies.
Katja Gretzinger (Ed.)In a Manner of Reading Design
If design aims at taking a critical stance, it needs to change its acquaintance with knowledge and develop its own discourse to understand the underlying conceptions that are at play. The metaphor of the "blind spot" proposes the perspective of looking at what is implicit or unnoticed in our perception. By doing so, it seeks to open up common readings of what design is and can do. In a Manner of Reading Design features different texts and artistic contributions, opening up a debate that reminds us of our dependence on the other in any conception—and any project design might aspire to.
Maria Fusco, Ursula MayerGonda
Gonda, a new book by Ursula Mayer and Maria Fusco, experiments in cinematic and linguistic registers through polyphonic monologue. Taking the form of a ciné-roman, the book is based on Mayer’s 16mm film of the same name, with a screenplay written by Maria Fusco and commissioned by Film London.
In the fall of 2010, Jessica Warboys discovered photographic portraits of dancer Hélène Vanel in the disused Bibliothèque Smith-Lesouëf, Nogent-sur-Marne. Warboys later discovered an unpublished manuscript by Vanel in the adjoining archives of the Maison nationale des artistes, a retirement home for elderly artists.The artist then translated the texts herself and condensed the drama, and thus shifted Vanel’s role from manuscript to script.
Zak KyesZak Kyes Working With...
To accompany his exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Leipzig, this book presents the work of the Swiss-American graphic designer Zak Kyes. In collaboration with the curator, Barbara Steiner, the exhibition and publication bring together a range of works by Kyes, as well as works by a host of collaborators that includes architects, artists, writers, curators, editors, and graphic designers, presenting contemporary graphic design as a practice that mediates, and is mediated by, its allied disciplines.
Steve RushtonMasters of Reality
Masters of Reality brings together the first collection of texts by Steve Rushton exploring the interrelations between art, anthropology, social sciences, psychology, media, politics, and economy. Central to Rushton’s research is an investigation into the conception of feedback, social control, and the culture of “self-performance.”
Omer Fast5,000 Feet Is the Best
This publication focuses on a single work of art: 5,000 Feet is the Best (2011) by artist Omer Fast.With this cinematic video work, Fast has entered into a discussion about one of the most pressing issues today, namely drone surveillance and warfare—that is, the use of unmanned planes operated by “pilots” on the ground.
Isabelle Graw, Daniel Birnbaum, Nikolaus Hirsch (Eds.)Thinking through Painting
Reflexivity and Agency beyond the Canvas
Painting has demonstrated remarkable perseverance in the expanding field of contemporary art and the surrounding ecology of media images. It appears, however, to have dispelled its own once-uncontested material basis: no longer confined to being synonymous with a flat picture plane hung on the wall, today, painting instead tends to emphasize the apparatus of its appearance and the conduits of its circulation.
A speculative, existentialist fiction on the melancholia of revolutionary politics and good intentions, Tirdad Zolghadr’s novel is composed of the logorrhea of online communication and unpublished manuscripts. At the start of the New Zion Empire in 2016—a time of unprecedented dystopic stability with superpower coalitions, generous drone regiments, awesome capital investments, and more soft-power propaganda than ever employed in modern history—Sergeant Jim of the United States is taken hostage in Yazd, once the proud seat of the Persian Empire, and becomes a wildly popular mouthpiece for Third World rhetoric, postcolonial jingles, anti-imperial anecdotes, and anti-Zionist mottos.
Tom McCarthy, Simon Critchley, et al.The Mattering of Matter
Documents from the Archive of the International Necronautical Society
On August 7, 1999, Tom McCarthy founded the International Necronautical Society (INS) with a public presentation of the "Founding Manifesto," a touchstone that would inform the organization’s proceedings for years to come. Composed of official committee members and illicit “agents,” the INS harks back to early twentieth-century avant-gardes, producing declarations, reports, public hearings, broadcasts, and research documents, as well as orchestrating more covert media infiltrations, all governed by the objective, set out in the "Founding Manifesto," of mapping, entering, and occupying the space of death through literature, philosophy, culture, and technology.
Valérie Knoll, Hannes Loichinger, Magnus Schäfer (Eds.)Dealing with—Some Texts, Images, and Thoughts Related to American Fine Arts, Co.
The New York gallery American Fine Arts, Co.—whose name today is largely synonymous with that of its gallerist, Colin de Land (1955–2003)—represents a gallery practice in which a decided deviation from conventional models overlaps with successful activities within the framework of the art market. Faced with the obvious risk of romanticization, it appears all the more important to pursue an understanding of how American Fine Arts, Co. functioned as a gallery.
Hito Steyerle-flux journal
The Wretched of the Screen
In Hito Steyerl’s writing we begin to see how, even if the hopes and desires for coherent collective political projects have been displaced onto images and screens, it is precisely here that we must look frankly at the technology that seals them in.
Nikolaus Hirsch, Markus Miessen (Eds.)Critical Spatial Practice 1
What Is Critical Spatial Practice?
In September 2011, Nikolaus Hirsch and Markus Miessen invited protagonists from the fields of architecture, art, philosophy, and literature to reflect on the single question of what, today, can be understood as a critical modality of spatial practice.
Beyond the lunatic fringe views regarding the end of the world, a more constructive reading of the phenomenon is found in new age circles claiming that 2012 might be the beginning of a higher consciousness in humanity, coming to the realization that, in fact, Western systems have not brought prosperity and fulfillment to everybody as once imagined.
Triple Canopy (Ed.)Invalid Format
An Anthology of Triple Canopy, Vol. 2
Invalid Format is an archive of the widespread publishing activities of Triple Canopy, the editorial collective and online magazine based in New York, Los Angeles, and Berlin. The book explores how works produced for the screen might be transposed to the codex in a way that recalls that former context while also fully inhabiting the page.
Beatrice von Bismarck, Jörn Schafaff, Thomas Weski (Eds.)Cultures of the Curatorial
Cultures of the Curatorial assumes a curatorial turn in contemporary cultural practice and discourse. Coming from a variety of disciplines and professional backgrounds, the contributors exemplify the entanglement of theory and practice, consider recent developments within the curatorial field, allow self-reflexive analysis, and explore the conditions—disciplinary, institutional, economic, political, and regional—under which art and culture become public.
Stuart Bailey, Angie Keefer, David Reinfurt (Eds.)Bulletins of The Serving Library #3
This issue of Bulletins of the Serving Library doubles as a catalog of sorts to "Ecstatic Alphabets/Heaps of Language," a group exhibition curated by Laura Hoptman at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Mai Abu ElDahab (Ed.)After Berkeley
Objectif Exhibitions, 2010–2011
Following From Berkeley to Berkeley: Objectif Exhibitions, 2008–2010, this publication is the second in a two-part series of interviews with artists who exhibited at Objectif Exhibitions, Antwerp, between 2010 and 2011. The interviews are accompanied by a collection of secondary and parallel material produced in collaboration with each artist.
Keren CytterD.I.E. Now
The True Story of John Webber and His Endless Struggle with the Table of Content
Published on the occasion of the performance of Show Real Drama, this monographic publication concentrates on a performance Keren Cytter developed for If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want to be Part of Your Revolution’s edition on Masquerade (2008–10).
Jonatan Habib Engqvist, Annika Enqvist, Michele Masucci, Lisa Rosendahl, Cecilia Widenheim (Eds.)Work, Work, Work
A Reader on Art and Labour
What is “work” today and what is its relation to art? What is the position of the artist if “creativity” has become a commodity? How can the artist’s conditions of production be described, and what role can art and architecture play in societal change?
Akram ZaatariA Conversation with an Imagined Israeli Filmmaker Named Avi Mograbi
In April 2010, during his residency at Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers, Akram Zaatari attempted to write, improvise, and deliver a conversation with an imagined Israeli filmmaker, giving him the name Avi Mograbi. In this conversation, Zaatari revisits photographs he made in his teenage years during the Israeli occupation of his hometown, Saida, in 1982, and imagines what an Israeli filmmaker could have experienced in the same period.
Erik Niedling with Ingo NiermannThe Future of Art: A Diary
The Future of Art: A Diary is the sequel to The Future of Art: A Manual (2011), in which Niedling joined Niermann on his search for a new, epic artwork. The book is published on the occasion of the exhibition “18.10.1973–29.02.2012” at the Neues Museum Weimar.
Boris Groys (Ed.)e-flux journal
Could it be that the Moscow Conceptualists were so elusive or saturated with the particularities of life in a specific economic and intellectual culture that they precluded integration into a broader art historical narrative? If so, then their simultaneously modest and radical approach to form may present a key to understanding the resilience and flexibility of a more general sphere of global conceptualisms that anticipate, surpass, or even bend around their purported origins in canonical European and American regimes of representation, as well as what we currently understand to be the horizon of artistic practice.
Johanna Burton, Lynne Cooke, Josiah McElheny (Eds.)CCS Readers: Perspectives on Art and Culture
Encounters with art engage various conditions of interiority—whether through psychic spaces or specific physical environments, such as museums and private residences. Through diverse discursive modes—commissioned essays, conversations and talks, historical writings, and artistic projects—this anthology, the first CCS Readers volume, examines the poetics and politics of interior experience within the frame of contemporary art.
Juliane RebentischAesthetics of Installation Art
In recent years, debates surrounding the concept of art have focused in particular on installation art, as its diverse manifestations have proven to be incompatible with the modern idea of aesthetic autonomy. Here, Juliane Rebentisch asserts that installation art does not, as is often assumed, dispute aesthetic autonomy per se, and rather should be understood as calling for a fundamental revision of this very concept.
Maria Lind (Ed.)Performing the Curatorial
With and Beyond Art
Because the curatorial has clear performative sides, ones that seek to challenge the status quo, it also includes elements of choreography, orchestration, and administrative logistics—like all practices working with defining, preserving, and mediating cultural heritage in a wider sense. Is curating therefore essentially an act of translation? If so, with what purpose, and can it be performed elsewhere?
Actors, Agents and AttendantsSocial Housing—Housing the Social: Art, Property and Spatial Justice
Social Housing—Housing the Social: Art, Property and Spatial Justice is the second volume in the Actors, Agents and Attendants series of publications and symposia initiated by SKOR | Foundation for Art and Public Domain to investigate the role of cultural practice in the organization of the public domain.
Maria LobodaOh, Wilderness
“Verbal sculptures” and “strange archaeologies”—Maria Loboda’s recent works expose prior events through sparse details of entangled secrets, material contradictions, and masked collusions. Oh, Wilderness demonstrates the artist’s aesthetic equation between language and materiality as it works the other way around, translating materials expressive of a certain weak semiotics to language.
Simon Starling / SuperflexReprototypes, Triangulations and Road Tests
Reprototypes, Triangulations and Road Tests brings together seven seminal works by Simon Starling and Superflex in a dialogical setting. These works “collapse” as unstable complexes around pertinent themes whose triangulated speculations are articulated by undisciplined objects, piercing through the layers of time and history and revisiting long-held certainties.
Paul Sietsemainterviews on films and works
Published on the occasion of his solo exhibition at Kunsthalle Basel (June–August 2012), this publication includes interviews and images of the work of the Los Angeles-based artist Paul Sietsema.
Cybermohalla Hub, a hybrid of studio, school, archive, community center, library, and gallery is a structure that moves between Delhi and diverse art contexts. The Cybermohalla project, which takes on the meaning of the Hindi word mohalla (neighborhood), has been engaged in rethinking urban life, and reimagining and reanimating the infrastructure of cultural and intellectual life in contemporary cities.
Martin BeckThe Aspen Complex
Martin Beck’s exhibition “Panel 2—‘Nothing better than a touch of ecology and catastrophe to unite the social classes…’” draws on the events of the 1970 International Design Conference in Aspen and the development of the Aspen Movie Map to form a visual environment that reflects the interrelations between art, architecture, design, ecology, and social movements. The Aspen Complex documents two versions of Beck’s exhibition, and brings together yet unpublished archival material and new research on the 1970 IDCA and the Aspen Movie Map.
Matthias Ulrich (Ed.)Playing the City: Interviews
In Playing the City: Interviews, Matthias Ulrich, curator of the Schirn project, asks fifty-one of the involved artists ten central questions about the participatory and collaborative art context. Their answers and comments provide a telling picture of the multiple forms of interactive, cooperative, and interdisciplinary practices in contemporary art.
Yorgos SapountzisA statue has remembered me / Eine Statue hat sich an mich erinnert
Yorgos Sapountzis's work appropriates public space and the statues, monuments, and memorials that inhabit it. The Athens-born artist concentrates less on their historical-political meanings and much more on their function as a medium of recollection. Sapountzis consciously tries to ignore historical information about the sculptures and instead allows them to “speak” through their gestures, poses, and ornaments.
Although Marianne Heier abandons the traditional exhibition spaces in connection with her projects, Art with a capital A is still always measured against other social constructs. At this point of intersection, Heier looks at the typical features of the various economies or values of given fields and how they overlap and collide. This project renders visible societal structures and consequences of such structures—of which we are not always aware. By shifting the perspective slightly, we can perhaps glimpse distinct values and new outcomes.
Alex ColesThe Transdisciplinary Studio
We have entered a post-post-studio age, and find ourselves with a new studio model: the transdisciplinary. This volume delves into four pioneering transdisciplinary studios—Jorge Pardo Sculpture, Konstantin Grcic Industrial Design, Studio Olafur Eliasson, and Åbäke—by observing and interviewing the practitioners and their assistants.
Tobias SpichtigBlue, Red, and Green
The artist book Blue, Red, and Green by Tobias Spichtig is published on the occasion of the exhibition at Ursula Blickle Stiftung, “the blue, the red, the green, the cuboid, and the pyramid.”
Decoy documents the eponymous exhibition at Landesgalerie Linz in 2011 in which Grubinger presented large-scale sculptural works, all of which referenced the fishing—lures, mooring rings, a dock—and both subtly and explicitly engaged a vocabulary of the alluring.
bankleerfinger in the pie
This monograph features in depth essays on the collective’s work as well as an annotated image section, which highlights bankleer’s recent projects and deployments.
Thomas Keenan, Eyal WeizmanMengele's Skull: The Advent of a Forensic Aesthetics
In 1985, the body of Josef Mengele, one of the last Nazi war criminals still at large, was unearthed in Brazil. The ensuing process of identifying the bones in question opened up what can now be seen as a third narrative in war crime investigations—not that of the document or the witness but rather the birth of a forensic approach to understanding war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Charlotte Birnbaum (Ed.)On the Table
The Beauty of the Fold: A Conversation with Joan Sallas
Joan Sallas, a virtuoso of the fold, has meticulously researched and mastered the history and techniques of the art of the fold. With the banquet table as setting, his expertise and philosophy pour forth in the form of splendid, folded linen.
Raimundas MalašauskasPaper Exhibition
Selected Writings by Raimundas Malašauskas
Paper Exhibition is an anthology of writings by curator and writer Raimundas Malašauskas.
Carson Chan, Nadim Samman (Eds.)Higher Atlas/Au-delà de l’Atlas
The Marrakech Biennale  in Context
The catalogue Higher Atlas/Au-delà de l’Atlas, published on the occasion of the Marrakech Biennale , frames the biennial in a historical and theoretical context.
Charlotte MothBleckede 2009 / Rochechouart 2011
Charlotte Moth conceived this book as a further elaboration of her artistic practice, linking different projects that have been realized since 2009.
Stuart Bailey, Angie Keefer, David Reinfurt (Eds.) Bulletins of The Serving Library #2
The second issue of Bulletins of The Serving Library includes contributions by Dimmi Davidoff, Július Koller, David Fischli & Peter Weiss, Rob Giampietro, Anthony Huberman, Junior Aspirin Records, Perri MacKenzie, David Senior, and Jan Verwoert.
Maria Lind, Olav Velthuis (Eds.)Contemporary Art and Its Commercial Markets
A Report on Current Conditions and Future Scenarios
Contemporary Art and Its Commercial Markets maps and analyzes the complex and contested entanglements of contemporary art and its commercial markets.
Flaca / Tom Humphreys
Emerging from the eponymous exhibition at Portikus in Frankfurt am Main, Flaca / Tom Humphreys reflects on the London exhibition space, Flaca, that Tom Humphreys organized between 2003 and 2007.
Tariq RamadanOn Super-Diversity
Invited to reflect on the notion of “super-diversity,” the acclaimed scholar Tariq Ramadan sets out an argument that foregrounds universalism as a necessary, if devalued, horizon, and offers a critique of the uses and limits of dialogue and discourse within the day-to-day practice of diversity.
Eva Grubinger, Jörg Heiser (Eds.)Sculpture Unlimited
Against the historical backdrop of expansions of the notion of sculpture—from Auguste Rodin to Rosalind Krauss and beyond—one could think that the sculptural discipline has become defined by its near arbitrary malleability, since practically anything can be construed as sculpture. Yet interest in the history of sculpture seems to be experiencing a revival, including traditional techniques and production methods, which often appear appealing, even radical, in the age of the Internet and social media.
Hassan KhanThe Agreement
Five Stories by Hassan Khan
Artist, writer, and musician Hassan Khan explores the margins at which a vernacular, be it linguistic or formal, attains its stature. Through a series of narrative portraits and accompanying images of his recent sculptures, Khan’s seemingly ubiquitous tales are in fact an attempt to let a story tell itself.
Design ActSocially and Politically Engaged Design Today—Critical Roles and Emerging Tactics
Design Act: Socially and Politically Engaged Design Today—Critical Roles and Emerging Tactics is a project that presents and discusses contemporary design practices that engage with political and societal issues.
Isabelle Graw, Daniel Birnbaum, Nikolaus Hirsch (Eds.)Art and Subjecthood
The Return of the Human Figure in Semiocapitalism
This book brings together contributions from the eponymous conference, all of which seek to speculate on the reasons as to why, since the turn of the millennium, we have encountered so many artworks that tend to reconcile Minimalism with suggestions of the human figure.
Markus Miessen, Andrea Phillips (Eds.)Actors, Agents and Attendants
Caring Culture: Art, Architecture and the Politics of Health
Caring Culture: Art, Architecture and the Politics of Public Health examines changing political uses of the concept of care in neoliberal democracies and asks how artists, architects, and designers both contribute to and attempt to critique its social manifestations.
Synne Bull, Marit Paasche (Eds.)Urban Images
Unruly Desires in Film and Architecture
Cinema was the single medium capable of capturing what Alexander Kluge describes as the “the impossible moment”—a moment we couldn’t think of beforehand, and which cannot be repeated later. Thus cinema leads the way to what later becomes reality: to cities, bridges, ideas, gestures, skyscrapers, literature, and art. This anthology traces some of the paths of this “becoming.”
In connection with Tauba Auerbach’s exhibition “Tetrachromat” at Bergen Kunsthall, Folds presents Auerbach’s eponymous painting series for the first time in book form. In these paintings Auerbach twists and folds the canvas before applying the paint. Transferred to the medium of the book, the paintings are presented here in a new and unexpected way alongside mathematical diagrams and three texts.
Martti Kalliala with Jenna Sutela and Tuomas ToivonenSolution 239–246
Finland: The Welfare Game
Welcome to Finland, a young land of rapid aging, where newly founded institutions are already outmoded and geographic impediments are a constant crippling agent. As part of Ingo Niermann’s Solution Series, Solution Finland: The Welfare Game by architect Martti Kalliala with writer and curator Jenna Sutela and architect Tuomas Toivonen, addresses the Nordic country’s numerous predicaments.
Chris EvansGoofy Audit
The work of artist Chris Evans evolves through conversations with people from various walks of life, selected in relation to their public position or symbolic role—resulting in sculptures, letters, drawings, film scripts, and unwieldy social situations. To all intents and purposes, this publication is a comprehensive survey of his work, isolating and documenting the formalities of objects and situations.
Binna Choi, Axel Wieder (Eds.)Casco Issues XII: Generous Structures
Casco Issues is a magazine published by Casco – Office for Art, Design and Theory, which explores recurring issues that emerge from Casco’s program. The twelfth edition of Casco Issues, Generous Structures, is a playful enquiry into "playfulness" as a value in critical cultural practice. It positions alternative notions of playing against the grain of neoliberal ideologies of "lifelong learning" and "work as play."
Mai Abu ElDahab, Binna Choi, Emily Pethick (Eds.)Circular Facts
Circular Facts is a collaborative endeavor between three European contemporary art organizations: Casco – Office for Art, Design and Theory, Utrecht; Objectif Exhibitions, Antwerp; and The Showroom, London, which acted as an informal think tank and a mutual support structure for the production and dissemination of artistic projects. The publication aims to gather a spectrum of perspectives to explore the roles of specific initiatives within their particular localities.
Antje MajewskiThe World of Gimel
How to Make Objects Talk
The alchemy of things is at the core of Antje Majewski’s multimedia project, which aims at rethinking the representation and meaning of objects in the form of a highly personal and quasi-surreal collection. Based on the investigation of various museums and collections Majewski presents a utopian and subversive take on how to make objects talk. A German-language version of this publication is also available!
Juan A. Gaitán, Nicolaus Schafhausen, Monika Szewczyk (Eds.)Cornerstones
This publication compiles a series of essays on contemporary art written by leading art historians and experts. First presented in lecture format at Witte de With, Center for Contemporary Art, these essays reflect the wealth of the exchange that exists between theoretical writing and artistic thinking, sharing the fascination that each of these authors has with both the work of an artist and how this work functions in relation to larger contexts and broader ideas.
Ingo Niermann with Erik NiedlingThe Future of Art: A Manual
In 1831 Honoré de Balzac wrote a short story, “The Unknown Masterpiece,” in which he invented the abstract painting. Almost 200 years later, writer Ingo Niermann tries to follow in his footsteps to imagine a new epoch-making artwork. Together with the artist Erik Niedling he starts searching for the future of art and, seeking advice, meets key figures of the art world.
Mai Abu ElDahab (Ed.)From Berkeley to Berkeley
Objectif Exhibitions, 2008-2010
The publication includes a series of interviews with artists who exhibited at Objectif Exhibitions, Antwerp, over a two-year period, along with a collection of secondary and parallel material produced in collaboration with each artist. Ranging from the humorous to the pseudo-scientific, the artists discuss the methods by which their research is transformed into practice. Both the artists and the interviewers constitute a community of active and concerned arts practitioners who, through art-making, writing, curation and teaching, deal with issues of representation, behavioral patterns and historical legacy.
Marit Paasche, Judy Radul (Eds.)A Thousand Eyes
Media Technology, Law, and Aesthetics
Through the contribution of internationally renowned artists and scholars, this anthology explores how the aesthetics of new media technology and its spatial implementations affect the judicial system in relation to fundamental concepts such as truth and representation.
Pauline J. Yao, Rania Ho, Wang Wei (Eds.)3 Years: Arrow Factory
Arrow Factory is an independently run art space located in a narrow 200-year old alleyway in the center of Beijing. This publication provides a valuable look into the uniqueness of our contemporary situation, and captures for posterity the fleeting connections that situate Arrow Factory in China’s larger economic, intellectual, and artistic zeitgeist.
Merlin CarpenterThe Opening
This book presents the work of London-based artist Merlin Carpenter. Focused on a series of exhibitions entitled, The Opening—marked by the fact that all the paintings presented were produced at the galleries during the exhibition openings—the book documents all six events via text and snapshot-like images.
Mark von SchlegellNew Dystopia
New Dystopia is contemporary author Mark von Schlegell’s illustrated screenplay-as-science fiction novel. In conjunction with the curator Alexis Vaillant, von Schlegell curated an exhibition of contemporary art at CAPC musée d'art contemporain de Bordeaux, “Dystopia,” based on his novel’s dystopian-present.
Charlotte Birnbaum (Ed.)On the Table
Three Banquets for a Queen
In 1668, Queen Christina of Sweden was greeted in Rome with three spectacular banquets that surpass all historical precedents and successors in the register of extravagant gastronomy. As the first publication of her series, On the Table, Charlotte Birnbaum presents Antonio degli Effetti’s newly translated seventeenth-century text, which elaborately describes the three feasts in all their sumptuous and performative glory.
R. H. QuaytmanSpine
Spine resembles a catalogue raisonné of R. H. Quaytman’s work produced since 2001, the year the artist began organizing paintings in what are called “Chapters.” Conceived and written by Quaytman, this more than 400-page volume presents a full decade’s output.
Brice DellspergerBrice Dellsperger’s Body Double
Brice Dellsperger's Body Double is the first monograph ever published on the artist's already cult film productions, with a long essay by art historian Marie Canet that addresses filmic remake, but also issues of models, gender politics, and representational chaos.
tranzit.hu (Ed.)Art Always Has Its Consequences
Artists’ Texts from Croatia, Hungary, Poland, Serbia, 1947–2009
Art Always Has Its Consequences is a collection of manifestos, critical texts, and writings addressing public issues written by artists and artist groups from Eastern Europe between 1947 and 2009.
Julieta Aranda, Anton Vidokle, Brian Kuan Wood (Eds.)e-flux journal
Are You Working Too Much?
Post-Fordism, Precarity, and the Labor of Art
When the flexibility, certainty, and freedom promised by being part of a critical outside are considered as extensions of recent advances in economic exploitation, does the field of art then become the uncritical, complicit inside of something far more compelling?
Stuart Bailey, Angie Keefer, David Reinfurt (Eds.)Bulletins of The Serving Library #1
Bulletins of The Serving Library is the new biannual publication from Dexter Sinister, which continues where the final issue of their previous house journal DOT DOT DOT left off.
Ewa Lajer-BurcharthChardin Material
Adapted from the lecture she delivered at the Institut für Kunstkritik, Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main, Ewa Lajer-Burcharth’s essay explores the dimension of self-reflexivity in the work of eighteenth-century French painter, Jean-Siméon Chardin.
Sebastian Cichocki, Galit Eilat (Eds.)A Cookbook for Political Imagination
The publication A Cookbook for Political Imagination accompanies the exhibition “… and Europe will be stunned” for the Polish Pavilion at the 54th Biennale of Art in Venice. This is not a traditional exhibition catalogue but rather a manual of political instructions and recipes, delivered by more than forty international authors.
Birgit MegerleBirgit Megerle
Birgit Megerle’s figurative and abstract paintings are characterized by an artificial, rigid, and stage-like atmosphere. This exhibition catalogue accompanied Megerle’s exhibition at Kunsthalle Lingen in the fall of 2010.
Andreas ErikssonNordic Pavilion
54th Venice Biennale, 2011
Andreas Eriksson employs a variety of techniques and media, including painting, sculpture, photography, installation art and, more recently, film. Trivial events and observations from everyday life and nature set off his metaphorical and existential contemplations.
Dora GarciaMad Marginal
Cahier #2: The Inadequate
The Inadequate is the second cahier of the Mad Marginal project started by artist Dora García in November 2009. It is presented as the publication for the Spanish Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale 2011.
Zin Taylor has become known internationally for his elaborate installations encompassing elements of performance and sculpture along with drawing, printing, and video. This artist book is published on the occasion of the exhibition at the Ursula Blickle Stiftung, “The Units,” from May 29 to July 10, 2011.
Sanctuary is a fiction set in the ruins of a Modernist building on the outskirts of a city in Northern Europe. The structure, a Catholic seminary built in the 1960s and abandoned twenty years later, embodies the failure of certain ambitions: architectural, civic, and spiritual.
Sung Hwan KimKi-Da Rilke
The artist’s book Ki-da Rilke evolved in relation to the exhibition “Line Wall” by Sung Hwan Kim. In the book, Kim engages with the work of the Prague born poet Rainer Maria Rilke (1875–1926).
Christoph SchlingensiefGerman Pavilion
54th Venice Biennale, 2011
This catalogue pays tribute to one of Germany’s most radical, experimental, and progressive voices. With contributions from over thirty internationally renowned curators, artists, critics, theorists, directors, and practitioners.
Armen Avanessian, Luke Skrebowski (Eds.)Aesthetics and Contemporary Art
This inter- and transdisciplinary collection of essays by philosophers, artists, critics, and art historians, reconsiders the place of the aesthetic in contemporary art, with reference to four main themes: aesthetics as “sensate thinking”; the dissolution of artistic limits; post-autonomous practices; and exhibition-values in a global artworld.
The Book of Japans
As part of Ingo Niermann’s Solution Series, Solution Japan, or The Book of Japans, makes a case for the rehabilitation of the idea of the “far.” The Book of Japans restores a sense of wonder—along with a plethora of imagination-triggering inaccuracies—by taking the reader on a trip not just through space but also time.
The publication by Libia Castro and Ólafur Ólafsson is conceived as a first comprehensive overview / in depth analysis of more than ten years of their artistic practice—leading up to their most current works.
Fia BackströmNordic Pavilion
54th Venice Biennale, 2011
Fia Backström produces events, environments, and projects, which challenge our habitual notions of what constitutes an exhibition—its institutional context, the dialogue with the audience, and even the works of art that are presented.
For the last decade, Markus Weisbeck has been redefining this prevailing client-designer relationship and subsequently challenging what constitutes a graphic design practice today. This pocket book presents a selection of seminal graphic design projects developed by Weisbeck and his firm, Surface, over the last ten years; projects that strongly reveal Surface’s experimental approach and conceptual dexterity, contributing to and informing contemporary graphic design.
Anton VidokleNew York Conversations
New York Conversations is a text film. Shot in a Chinatown storefront converted for this occasion into an improvised kitchen/restaurant, the film documents three days of public conversations between artists, critics, curators, and a free floating public.
Hans Dickel and Lisa Puyplat (Eds.)Reading Susanne Kriemann
The book is comprised of texts on Susanne Kriemann’s practice and its relation to the concept of Reading in a wider sense: reading photographs, archives, and texts and transforming these into new compositions with photography, urban space, and historiography.
Wendelien van OldenborghA Well Respected Man, or Book of Echoes
The publication unfolds and draws an open-ended connection between individual and collective struggles and (emotional) conflicts intertwined with the colonial and decolonizing histories of Indonesia and the Netherlands by taking two film works by artist Wendelien van Oldenborgh, No False Echoes (2008) and Instruction (2009), as points of departure.
Joshua Simon (Ed.)Solution 196–213
United States of Palestine-Israel
Solution 196–213: United States of Palestine-Israel is an anthology of texts proposing a doable solution for the region. With contributors based in Ramallah and Tel Aviv-Jaffa, Beirut and Jerusalem, New York and Bethlehem, Nazareth and Warsaw, the book offers solutions that will make life better, and proposes ways to do it.
April Lamm (Ed.)Hans Ulrich Obrist
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Curating*
*But Were Afraid to Ask
Everything you ever wanted to know about Hans Ulrich Obrist but were afraid to ask has been asked by the sixteen practitioners in this book.
Miki Kratsmanall about us
Miki Kratsman’s photographs show the complex reality of everyday Israeli life and its many different guises and narratives.
Martin Ebner, Florian Zeyfang (Eds.)Poor Man’s Expression
Technology, Experimental Film, Conceptual Art
A Compendium in Texts and Images
Poor Man's Expression examines the relationship between film, video, technology, and art, with a particular focus on the reciprocal influences between conceptual art and experimental film.
Valérie MannaertsAn Exhibition—Another Exhibition
An Exhibition—Another Exhibition is the first monograph of the work of Belgian artist Valérie Mannaerts. The book catalogues two solo exhibitions that took place in 2010—“Blood Flow” at Extra City Kunsthal Antwerpen, and “Diamond Dancer” at de Appel arts centre.
Alexis Vaillant (Ed.)BigMinis
Fetishes of Crisis
This mini, compact catalogue, written in both French and English, accompanies the exhibition “BigMinis,” at CAPC museum of contemporary art of Bordeaux.
Gabriel Kurijoin the dots and make a point
This monograph documents the solo exhibition at Bielefelder Kunstverein and Kunstverein Freiburg and also focuses on Kuris` marble works since 2006.
Knut ÅsdamThe long gaze, the short gaze
For several decades Norwegian artist Knut Åsdam has worked independently and uncompromisingly with his artistic projects, and he is today considered one of the central contemporary practitioners of film and video art.
This book centers around two exhibitions which took place at the Grazer Kunstverein, “Die Blaue Blume” (2007) and “Idealismusstudio” (2008).
Mario PfeiferReconsidering The new Industrial Parks near Irvine, California by Lewis Baltz, 1974
by Mario Pfeifer, 2009
The book discusses Mario Pfeifer’s recent 16mm film installation Reconsidering The new Industrial Parks near Irvine, California by Lewis Baltz, 1974. This installation, consisting of two synchronized, looped, and parallel projected films, takes it point of departure from the first monograph of Baltz’s work, published by Castelli Graphics, New York in 1974.
Alexis Vaillant (Ed.)Options with Nostrils
Options with Nostrils brings together a collection of previously unpublished essays, both theoretical and visual, by artists, curators, a writer, a scholar, and a group of postgraduates from the Piet Zwart Institute’s Fine Art programme in Rotterdam, who together founded the “Office for the Unknown.”
Boris GroysGoing Public
As the first in the series of e-flux journal readers to be written by a single author, Going Public brings together a collection of influential essays by Boris Groys.
Maria FuscoThe Mechanical Copula
The Mechanical Copula is the first collection of short stories by Maria Fusco. Stripping bare the accord of culture and commodity, this sequence of stories tracks the slimy path of social mobility with serious playfulness and an eye for the absurd.
Markus MiessenThe Nightmare of Participation
(Crossbench Praxis as a Mode of Criticality)
The Nightmare of Participation calls for a format of conflictual participation—no longer a process by which others are invited “in,” but a means of acting without mandate, as uninvited irritant: a forced entry into fields of knowledge that arguably benefit from exterior thinking. Sometimes, democracy has to be avoided at all costs.
Maria LindSelected Maria Lind Writing
Selected Maria Lind Writing brings together twenty-two essays selected by Beatrice von Bismarck, Ana Paula Cohen, Liam Gillick, Brian Kuan Wood, and Tirdad Zolghadr.
Hu FangGarden of Mirrored Flowers
Garden of Mirrored Flowers is
a labyrinth of reality in which one can get lost or find his/her own way; a theme park constantly consuming history; a contemporary Chinese garden replete with multiple routes.
John KelseyRich Texts
Selected Writing for Art
Compiled for the first time here, the critic, artist, gallerist, dealer, translator John Kelsey’s selected essays gamesomely convey some of the most poignant challenges in the art world and in the many social roles it creates.
Jan VerwoertTell Me What You Want, What You Really, Really Want
Tell Me What You Want, What You Really, Really Want brings together a selection of recent writings by art critic Jan Verwoert for the first time. The book galvanizes central themes Verwoert has been developing in pursuit of a language to describe art’s transformative potential in conceptual, performative, and emotional terms.
Shahryar NashatDownscaled and Overthrown
Downscaled and Overthrown is the first monograph on the work of the Swiss artist Shahryar Nashat.
Andrea Geyer/Katya SanderMeaning is what hides the instability of one’s position
Andrea Geyer and Katya Sander’s Meaning is what hides the instability of one’s position is an artist’s book; a photographic essay that takes us through spaces of international airports.
Ingo NiermannSolution 186–195
Solution 186–195: Dubai Democracy is the fifth book in the Solution series. Using Dubai as a sort of modernist blank slate for urban and social renewal, author Ingo Niermann confronts today’s most relevant cultural and technological developments with analytical elixirs that are as pertinent as they are unbelievable.
Internal NecessityA Reader Tracing the Inner Logics of the Contemporary Art Field
Internal Necessity was the topic of the Sommerakademie 2009, curated by Tirdad Zolghadr. The result is an independent reader that does not aim to merely document the academy 2009, but reflects and develops its topics in a rich diversity of visual and textual forms.
The artists Agnieszka Kurant and Aleksandra Wasilkowska are representing Poland at the 12th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice 2010, August 29 – November 21, 2010.
Magnus af Petersens (Ed.)Keren Cytter
This catalogue provides the reader with the opportunity to read six of Keren Cytter’s scripts for films that are being shown in the exhibition at the Moderna Museet, Stockholm, May 8 – August 15, 2010.
Jean-Yves LeloupDigital Magma
Writer, DJ, and French sound artist, Jean-Yves Leloup has followed the evolution of electronic music from its first appearance in Europe at the end of the eighties. A fortunate witness to the electronic scene, he is also interested in all questions relative to contemporary art and digital technologies.
Angelika Burtscher, Judith Wielander (Eds.)visible
“where art leaves its own field and becomes visible as part of something else”
Visible documents a research project by Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto in collaboration with Fondazione Zegna. The publication highlights nine curators, who showcase forty-one ways of making art.
SilberkuppeUnder One Umbrella
Under One Umbrella is the first overall presentation of Silberkuppe, one of Berlin’s most outstanding independent spaces for contemporary art.
BLESSRetroperspective Home N° 30 – N° 41
This book brings together visual and written documentation of BLESS's last twelve collections (N° 30–N° 41), continually prompting and challenging the question of where a product begins and ends.
Julieta Aranda, Brian Kuan Wood, Anton Vidokle (Eds.)e-flux journal
What Is Contemporary Art?
E-flux journal: What Is Contemporary Art? puts the apparent simplicity and self-evident term into doubt, asking critics, curators, artists, and writers to contemplate the nature of this catchall or default category.
Daniel Birnbaum, Isabelle Graw (Eds.)The Power of Judgment
A Debate on Aesthetic Critique
Comprised of a lecture by Christoph Menke and two respective responses to it by Daniel Loick and Isabelle Graw, The Power of Judgment both attests to the importance of judgment in art criticism and argues against its determining verdicts.
Auguste Orts: Correspondence is an exhibition catalogue accompanying the same-titled exhibition at M HKA, Antwerp (Summer 2010).
Moyra DaveySpeaker Receiver
Published on the occasion of the exhibition “Speaker Receiver” at Kunsthalle Basel, June 17 – August 29, 2010, the same-titled monograph brings the diverse aspects of Moyra Davey’s work together.
Nav Haq, Tirdad Zolghadr (Eds.)Lapdogs of the Bourgeoisie
Class Hegemony in Contemporary Art
Class inevitably raises awkward questions for the protagonists of contemporary art—about their backgrounds, patrons, and ideological partialities. Lapdogs of the Bourgeoisie investigates this latent yet easily overlooked issue, which has been historically eclipsed by gender, sexuality, ethnicity, and nationality.
Maria Lind (Ed.)Philippe Parreno
This publication focuses on “Philippe Parreno,” an exhibition at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College which consists of a selection of Parreno’s films and collaborative projects.
Haegue YangSiblings and Twins
Siblings and Twins, a catalogue of Haegue Yang’s installation works, documents the same-titled exhibition held at Portikus, Frankfurt am Main. The exhibition was part of a serial project designed by Yang in which she staged additional installations in other international exhibition sites.
Raqs Media CollectiveSeepage
Seepage gathers together a compilation of texts authored by Raqs Media Collective (Monica Narula, Jeebesh Bagchi, and Shuddhabrata Sengupta).
Julika RudeliusSoft Intrusion
An extended selection of edited video stills, Soft Intrusion offers a coherent oeuvre of Julika Rudelius’s video works.
Tirdad ZolghadrSolution 168–185
Solution 168-185: America is the fourth book in the Solution series. Opting for the United States of America—which the author says is “still the most proficiently colonial place” [he knows]—Tirdad Zolghadr provides a compilation of highly entertaining “solutions” for a nation suspicious of progressive politics yet rich in its history of harboring and cultivating the avant-garde.
Peter FriedlSecret Modernity
Selected Writings and Interviews 1981–2009
Since the early 1980s, Friedl has written on a variety of subjects. The book Secret Modernity: Selected Writings and Interviews 1981–2009 compiles for the first time a representative selection of his (partly unpublished) texts, along with a series of interviews.
Peter FriedlDie heimliche Moderne
Ausgewählte Texte und Interviews 1981–2009
Die heimliche Moderne brings together a collection of Friedl’s writings and interviews from 1981–2009. It is available in both English and German editions.
Anselm Franke (Ed.)Animism (Volume I)
The publication Animism (Volume I) brings together theoretical and artistic reflections on the history and contemporary relevance of animism.
Agnieszka BrzezanskaL’artiste, le modèle et la peinture
L’artiste, le modèle et la peinture is the first monographic publication of Agnieszka Brzeżańska’s work.
Dieter Daniels, Gunther Reisinger (Eds.)Net Pioneers 1.0
Contextualizing Early Net-Based Art
Net Pioneers 1.0 discusses media art history with a new, interdisciplinary look at the historical, social, and economic dynamics of our contemporary, networked society.
Isabelle GrawHigh Price
Art Between the Market and Celebrity Culture
Today, the art world is not dominated by a small group of insiders. According to Graw, the art economy has been transformed from a retail business into an industry that produces visuality and meaning. Written during both the height of the most recent art boom in early 2008 and its sudden collapse thereafter, High Price upholds a unique position towards the art world's inner contradictions between symbolic meaning and monetary value.
Joseph GrigelyExhibition Prosthetics
Exhibition Prosthetics by Joseph Grigely is the first in the Bedford Press Editions series of artists’ books edited by Zak Kyes. The series will engage with publications as a primary medium of practice, enabling artists to explore the inherent constraints and possibilities of the printed document.
Bettina FunckePop or Populus
Art Between High and Low
The alienation between modern high culture and its public is a fundamental conflict of art. This book develops a theory of contemporary art in response to our moment, when artists and critics must respond to art’s unprecedented popularity.
Magnus Ericson, Martin Frostner, Zak Kyes, Sara Teleman, Jonas Williamsson (Eds.)Iaspis Forum on Design and Critical Practice
What happens when you look at design as some thing more than a service-based relationship between client and designer? What new strategies and models help to question and challenge the limits of design? What outer circumstances influence this kind of practice?
Friedrich KunathHome wasn’t built in a day
In his drawings, texts, objects, photographs, and videos, German artist Friedrich Kunath deals with such themes as longing, melancholy, loneliness, wanderlust, and wistfulness from a subjective viewpoint. He combines personal life experiences with literary, musical, or art historical references into visual, ironic commentaries in various media.
The Otolith GroupA Long Time Between Suns
A Long Time Between Suns has been edited as an archival assemblage of The Otolith Group’s two-venue solo exhibition at Gasworks (February 15 – April 5, 2009) and The Showroom (September 8 – October 25, 2009).
Helke BayrlePortikus Under Construction
For many years now, Helke Bayrle has documented the activities of the Portikus. The result is a unique collection of artist portraits. Portikus Under Construction presents the last decade, edited backstage material that the viewer of the finished exhibitions never sees.
Dominic EichlerWritten All Over Us
Written All Over Us constitutes the first book of poems by art critic, artist, musician, and curator Dominic Eichler. With illustrations by Nairy Baghramian, Julian Göthe, Shahryar Nashat, Henrik Olesen, and Danh Vo.
Dexter SinisterPortable Document Format
This book explores contemporary publishing in its broadest, most exploded sense. The first part of this book consists of pieces of writings written since the conception of Dexter Sinister’s New York basement workshop and bookstore in the summer of 2006. The second part consists of reproductions of a series of lithographic proof prints.
Julieta Aranda, Anton Vidokle, Brian Kuan Wood (Eds.)e-flux journal reader 2009
The selection of essays included in this book seeks to highlight an ongoing topical thread that ran throughout the first eight issues of e-flux journal. It aims at providing a fresh approach to the function of an art journal as something that situates the multitude of what is currently available, and makes that available back to the multitude.
Céline CondorelliSupport Structures
Support Structures is a manual for what bears, sustains, and props, for those things that encourage, care for, and assist; for that which advocates, articulates; for what stands behind, frames, and maintains: it is a manual for those things that give support.
Sylvère Lotringer (Ed.)The German Issue
I like to stand with one leg on each side of the wall. Maybe this is a schizophrenic position, but none other seems to me real enough. —Heiner Müller, The German Issue
Diango HernándezLosing You Tonight
This artist’s book comes in two volumes and is published on the occasion of Diango Hernández’ exhibition in the Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen, October 4, 2009 – April 5, 2010.
Anton VidokleProduce, Distribute, Discuss, Repeat
Anton Vidokle is an artist who captures the attention of 70,000 people each day through e-flux, as well as unitednationsplaza, Martha Rosler Library, and other traveling projects. The essays and interview in this book highlight how two threads in Vidokle’s practice—unobtrusiveness and the freedom of self-sufficiency—are often interwoven, and are at the center of an intellectual proposal that undermines common assumptions about making art in the twenty-first century.
Nikolaus Hirsch, Wolfgang Lorch, Andrea Wandel (Eds.)Gleis 17/Track 17
“Crimes against humanity,” especially genocide, have been excluded from amnesty since the Nuremburg Trials. On a cultural level, oblivion by decree becomes an obligation to remember. This reversal is well-intended, but it opens up critical questions: Can memory be permanently established? Is it possible to maintain it in a monument?
Jean-Luc BlancOpera Rock
This is the first monograph on Jean-Luc Blanc’s enigmatic “glam” oeuvre. It documents his retrospective exhibition at the CAPC Musée d'art contemporain de Bordeaux, where Blanc’s works have been juxtaposed to those of forty-five historic and contemporary artists as well as to numerous artifacts, antiques, jewels, crystals, curios, and naturalia; thus, setting up what shall be considered a “collective retrospective.”
Dave Hullfish BaileyWhat’s Left
Using non-linear heuristic methods and experimental webs of information to draw links between the cities of Utrecht, and Slab City, California, USA, this book brings together speculative proposals that ask basic questions about public space, conceived as a physical and conversational sphere.
Sabine Bitter & Helmut WeberAutogestion, or Henri Lefebvre in New Belgrade
The artist book by Sabine Bitter and Helmut Weber is based on an unpublished text by French philosopher and urbanist Henri Lefebvre which is printed as a facsimile and accompanied by essays from Ljiljana Blagojevic, Zoran Eric, Klaus Ronnberger, and Neil Smith.
Nikolaus Hirsch, Philipp Misselwitz, Markus Miessen, Matthias Görlich (Eds.)Institution Building
Artists, Curators, Architects in the Struggle for Institutional Space
This book presents a study that conceptualizes, tests, and practically applies the spatial strategy for the European Kunsthalle. The investigation is the result of the activities incorporated into a two-year work practice from 2005 to 2007, an iterative “applied research” informed by resonances between theory and practice.
Cecilia Widenheim (Ed.)Voice Over
On Staging and Performative Strategies in Contemporary Art
Voice Over examines staging, theatricality, and performative strategies in contemporary art practices. With contributions by the artists Miriam Bäckström, Goldin+Senneby, Saskia Holmkvist, Fia-Stina Sandlund, and Geist magazine, an essay by curator and writer Anselm Franke, and an introduction by Cecilia Widenheim.
Mike BouchetSelected Works 1989-2009
This first monograph on American artist Mike Bouchet provides an overview of selected works from the last twenty years.
Jörg Heiser (Ed.)Fare una scenata / Making a Scene
“Fare una scenata” was the first group show at Fondazione Morra Greco in Naples. It featured the work of nine international artists who are either commissioned new work, or asked to adapt existing work specifically to the picture-gallery and basement spaces of this newly established foundation located in an old palazzo in the heart of Naples.
Liam GillickHow Are You Going to Behave? A Kitchen Cat Speaks/
Wie würden Sie sich verhalten? Eine Küchenkatze spricht
This book documents Liam Gillick’s project for the German Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2009.
Loris GréaudTrajectories and Destinations
Trajectories and Destinations is an artist book documenting a selection of Loris Gréaud’s works.
Sven LüttickenIdols of the Market
Modern Iconoclasm and the Fundamentalist Spectacle
This book reexamines the legacies of modern theoretical and artistic iconoclasm in the context of the current religious-political image wars.
Ingo NiermannSolution 1–10
In Solution 1-10: Umbauland, Ingo Niermann devises ten provokingly simple ideas which would see Germany work it out after all, including a new grammar, a new political party, assigning allotment gardens to unemployed people and retirees, and the Great Pyramid, the tallest building of the world which would serve as a democratic tomb for millions of people.
Simon Dybbroe MøllerKompendium
Kompendium is an artist book accompanying the Danish artist’s first comprehensive solo exhibition at the Frankfurter Kunstverein and the Kunstverein Hannover.
Nicolas BourriaudThe Radicant
In his most recent essay, Nicolas Bourriaud claims that the time is ripe to reconstruct the modern for the specific context in which we are living. If modernism was a return to the origin of art or of society, to their purification with the aim of rediscovering their essence, then our own century’s modernity will be invented, precisely, in opposition to all radicalism, dismissing both the bad solution of re-enrooting in identities as well as the standardization of imaginations decreed by economic globalization.
Klaus WeberLarge Dark Wind Chime (Tritone Westy)
The record Large Dark Wind Chime (Tritone Westy) contains the sound of a wind chime that was recorded in the dome of Secession in Vienna on September 17, 2008 at 2.30 pm. The specifically developed wind chime was installed on the top of the building to send out “bad vibes” over Vienna during the course of Klaus Webers’ solo exhibition.
Roee RosenSweet Sweat
Erudite, baroque, a dazzling writer and painter but maniacal and all-encompassing in his approach, Roee Rosen keeps erasing the fine line that separates fiction and truth, imagination and reality, just as Sade and Lautréamont have done before him. But this division doesn’t exist anymore. What makes his summa erotica erotic is that, for him as for Georges Bataille, pornography is philosophy.
Olaf HolzapfelNakano Sakaue
Nakano Sakaue documents a series of photographs realized by Olaf Holzapfel during a residency in Tokyo. The artist has depicted a kind of residue from the city’s buildings: neon lights, images, and street signs, which are featured as so many promises for orientation.
The Book of Scotlands
At a time when functional independence seems to be a real possibility for Scotland—and yet no one is quite sure what that means—a delirium of visions, realistic and absurd, is necessary.
This comprehensive catalogue documents for the first time Klaus Weber’s oeuvre and reveals a recurring sense of limit-experiences: accidents, organism mutations, altered states, incursions from the outside.
Ian WallaceA Literature of Images
This is the first extensive survey catalogue of the work of Vancouver-based artist Ian Wallace—a key figure of the extraordinary artistic ferment in the Canadian city of Vancouver and a pioneer and theorist of its internationally regarded tradition of photo-conceptualism.
Daniel Birnbaum, Anders OlssonAs a Weasel Sucks Eggs
An Essay on Melancholy and Cannibalism
As a Weasel Sucks Eggs examines the enigmatic relation of melancholia to an early kind of cannibalism, which psychoanalysis, in particular, stressed. It contains readings of, amongst others, Franz Kafka, Samuel Beckett, Thomas Bernhard, Sigmund Freud, G. W. F. Hegel, and the Swedish poet Gunnar Ekelöf.
Agnieszka KurantUnknown Unknown
The catalogue Unknown Unknown documents recent work by Polish artist and curator Agniezka Kurant and was published on the occasion of Kurant’s presentation at Frieze Projects 2008.
Antje MajewskiMy Very Gestures
This comprehensive catalogue traces the many stages of Antje Majewski’s work, including paintings, photographs, videos, film, installation, and dance theatre.
Markus Miessen (Ed.)East Coast Europe
“East Coast Europe,” which took place during Spring 2008, is a project about the perceptions of contemporary European identity and its relation to spatial practices and international politics.
Diedrich DiederichsenOn (Surplus) Value in Art
Drawing on fresh readings of Marxist and postmodern thought, renowned German cultural critic Diedrich Diederichsen compares the abstract and climbing values of artworks with the plunging value of music—a traditionally immaterial art—in order to formulate a broad reflection on the current “crisis of value in the arts.”
Keren CytterThe seven most exciting hours of Mr. Trier’s life in twenty-four chapters
The seven most exciting hours… is an adventure novel based on a true story told in a televised interview by the notorious Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier. It describes seven hours in the life of Tibor Klaus Trier—Lars von Trier’s father—from the moment that his wife goes into labor early in the morning until Lars is born.
M/M (Paris)Live Recorded Delay
An Archive of “Il Tempo del Postino”
The book Live Recorded Delay constitutes the only documentation of the legendary project “Il Tempo del Postino.” Conceived by the graphic design team M/M (Paris), it is both a personal archive and an open-ended score for future restagings of the event.
Alexis Vaillant (Ed.)Légende
This book accompanies the eponymous exhibition at the castle of Chamarande in France (May 25–September 28, 2008) which assembles the recent work of fifty international artists who interrogate the artificiality of the current world and render up intensified visions of it.
Maria Lind, Hito Steyerl (Eds.)The Greenroom
Reconsidering the Documentary and Contemporary Art #1
Documentary practices make up one of the most significant and complex tendencies within art during the last two decades. This anthology seeks to overcome the existing dispersion of texts on these practices and offer new perspectives on this crucial theme.
Daniel Birnbaum, Isabelle Graw (Eds.)Canvases and Careers Today
Criticism and Its Markets
Canvases and Careers Today brings together contributions from the eponymous conference organized by the Institut für Kunstkritik, Frankfurt am Main. Its goal is to provide deeper insights and more complexity to current debates on the relationship between criticism, art, and the market.
Ingo Niermann, Jens Thiel (Eds.)Solution 9
The Great Pyramid
German entrepreneurs are planning to outstrip the ancient Egyptians by building the world’s largest pyramid on a derelict site in eastern Germany – which they claim will eventually contain the remains of millions of people in concrete burial blocks. The Independent
Mariana Castillo DeballThese Ruins You See / Estas ruinas que ves
Mexico’s relationship with archaeology is a complex one. In addition to studying the distant past through its material vestiges, it is deeply engaged in more recent aspects of politics, education, national identity, and public works. These Ruins You See shifts between politics, history, heritage, and identity in an attempt to find, in the present, the vestiges of archaeological practice.
Jörg HeiserAll of a Sudden
Things that Matter in Contemporary Art
Since the mid-1990s, contemporary art has been booming like never before. There is more of everything—more artists, more collectors, more galleries, more art fairs, more museums, more biennials … with one exception: criteria with which the art of the moment can be understood, judged, praised and, if need be, damned.
Daniel BirnbaumThe Hospitality of Presence
Daniel Birnbaum’s The Hospitality of Presence is a study of the concept of otherness in Edmund Husserl’s phenomenology. In the late 1990s it gained international attention in academic circles. It was reviewed favorably in specialized philosophy journals such as Review of Metaphysics and quoted extensively, most notably by Paul Ricoeur in one of the legendary French thinker’s last books.
Joseph Backstein, Daniel Birnbaum, Sven-Olov Wallenstein (Eds.)Thinking Worlds
The Moscow Conference on Philosophy, Politics, and Art
Thinking Worlds brings together contributions from a two-stage symposium organized in connection with the 2nd Moscow Biennial of Contemporary Art. These essays address questions of the sense and purpose of the “event” in contemporary artistic culture, of the current status of philosophy and aesthetic theory, and of the political significance of artistic interventions.
Daniel Birnbaum, Isabelle Graw (Eds.)Under Pressure
Pictures, Subjects, and the New Spirit of Capitalism
Under Pressure gathers together the contributions to the same-titled conference held at the Institut für Kunstkritik from 2006–07.
Nomeda & Gediminas UrbonasVilla Lituania
The artists Nomeda & Gediminas Urbonas are representing Lithuania at the 52nd International Art Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia. This book documents the artistic process of the Villa Lituania project, from its inception in 2006 through to the realization of the first performance event and pavilion exhibition in June 2007. It collects the archival material associated with the challenge of building a pigeon loft in Rome, and a visual and textual artists’ diary.
Perros Negros, Toasting Agency (Eds.)Otra de vaqueros
Otra de vaqueros documents the eponymous residency and exhibition project that took place in Mexico City in 2007.
This book discusses Michael Sailstorfer’s most recent work, with a special focus on issues of space and site specificity.
Markus Miessen (Ed.)The Violence of Participation
Europe, as a political space, is as conflictual as its constitution. It needs to be designed and negotiated. It is longing for an architecture of strategic encounters. Based on the curation of a space at the 2007 Lyon Biennial, London-based architect and writer Markus Miessen has drawn together a group of people to lead conversations around alternative notions of participation, the clash of democratic heterogeneities, and what it means to live in Europe today.
Julia Moritz, Nicolaus Schafhausen (Eds.)Die Frage des Tages / The Question of the Day
With its 100 questions and answers from major practitioners of the art world and beyond, this book helps to examine the various parameters for a new institutional model.
Peter FriedlWorking at Copan / Trabalhando no Copan
Working at Copan collects interviews with workers and employees at Edifício Copan, a landmark modernist architecture in the center of São Paulo. Designed by Oscar Niemeyer and completed in 1966, it became the largest residential building in Latin America. As a historical building and symbol of “vertical utopia,” it embodies an era of radical political and economic changes within Brazilian society.
Nikolaus HirschOn Boundaries
In several theoretical essays, dialogues on collaborative projects and reflections on his own work, the architect Nikolaus Hirsch explores the critical transformations of contemporary space and its effects on spatial practice.
Bernadette CorporationEine Pinot Grigio, Bitte
Eine Pinot Grigio, Bitte is a screenplay that cannot be a film; it is a film that can only be on paper. If the property of a film producer, Bernadette Corporation claims Eine Pinot Grigio, Bitte would be left derelict, abandoned to vagabonds and squatters. It is intended as a narrative of messy revenge, ruined by the screenplay form. With Eine Pinot Grigio, Bitte, Bernadette Corporation asks: How many amateur screenplay writers are there in existence compared to how many amateur novelists? What is the difference between a zombie and an insane cannibal?
Ina BlomOn the Style Site
Art, Sociality, and Media Culture
While style has all but disappeared from art historical and art critical discourse, artistic practice since the 1960’s onwards has seemed increasingly focused on the stylistics of the life-environment, the way in which everyday life itself is formed, designed or stylized. This development calls for a new reading of the relationship between art and the question of style, one that approaches the question of style itself not just as an art historical “tool” or method of explanation but as a social site in which relations between appearance, recognition and social identity is negotiated.
With a Special Project by Paul Chan
In these multiple excursions through recent artist film-installations, Daniel Birnbaum pursues a problem that preoccupied Deleuze in post-war cinema: what is the logic of this peculiar time “after finitude”, based neither in God nor Man, salvation nor destiny; and what does it mean for our brains and our lives to invent new ways to make it visible? With a light wry wit, he thus renews a question, at once aesthetic and philosophical, still very much with us. John Rajchman, Philosopher, Columbia University
Łukasz Ronduda, Florian Zeyfang (Eds.)1,2,3… Avant-Gardes
Film/Art between Experiment and Archive
1,2,3… Avant-Gardes is dedicated to the ongoing history of the experiment in ﬁlm and art. This book describes and analyses the works of ﬁlmmakers and artists, deﬁning two decades of experiments in Polish avant-garde ﬁlm, and juxtaposes their work with contributions by international artists, who started to work during the last fifteen years.
Mariana Castillo Deball, Irene Kopelman (Eds.)A for Alibi
In the last few decades, a new branch of historical studies, called “experimental history” has begun to investigate scientific processes from a particular perspective, derived from a “hands-on” methodology.
In A for Alibi, the Uqbar Foundation has invited a group of artists to perform research and develop projects using the impressive collection of optical instruments housed in the Utrecht University Museum. Exploring the boundaries of scientific practice and art, the book documents the various stages of this project and reflects on the origins of modern visual culture.
Noah Horowitz, Brian Sholis (Eds.)The Uncertain States of America Reader
The Uncertain States of America Reader constitutes a unique compilation of writing around art and cultural politics in America since 2000.
Aleksandra MirThe Meaning of Flowers
Drawing upon the classic notion that flowers are imbued with meanings and a specific set of semantics with idealistic and hopeful connotations, Sicily-based artist Aleksandra Mir has edited and revised the botanical code in a more socially relevant fashion.
Manuel RaederPopurri: Agenda 2007
Agenda is an ongoing project by graphic designer Manuel Raeder which focusses on different methods of how people organize, in a personal or non-personal way, their time.
Tanya Leighton (Ed.)In The Poem About Love You Don't Write The Word Love
This book provides a theoretical and critical framework for examining how contemporary art and cinema can still hold out against an experience of vision and of the “visual.”
Will Bradley, Mika Hannula, Cristina Ricupero, Superflex (Eds.)Self-Organisation / counter-economic strategies
This book is about the many approaches to the creation, dissemination and maintenance of alternative, “bottom-up” models for social or economic organisation, and the practical and theoretical implications, consequences and possibilities of these self-organised structures.
Jean-Max Colard, Thomas Lélu (Eds.)After
Visually expanding on the art world’s tendency to see the world through the prism of modern and contemporary art, the book depicts some 200 images of found or researched situations taken “after” an artist’s work – occupied realities that are, one might say, signed by the artists.
Bik Van der Pol Fly Me To The Moon
Taking as their starting point one of the oldest objects in the collection of the Rijksmuseum, a moon rock, artists Bik Van der Pol invited different writers to comment on issues of site-specificity, museum collections, and space law.
Desiree Heiss, Ines Kaag, Manuel Raeder (Eds.)BLESS. Celebrating Ten Years of Themelessness: N° 00 – N° 29
This fully illustrated book features for the first time the wide range of Bless’ activity and documents a unique mode of cultural production.
Higgie’s prose is fragmentary yet lucid, and the novel evokes the inextricable beauty and terror of Dadd’s sensory journey, while raising some of the philosophical questions it poses about art, language and other minds. Bedlam is a mystery story in which we search for clues as to how an individual might go from precocious talent to parricide. Oliver Harris, Times Literary Supplement
Katja Eydel (Ed.)Model ve Sembol. The Invention of Turkey
This publication documents both the visionary and utopic framework underlying the creation of modern Turkey.
This fully illustrated, artist-designed catalogue features the most recent work of New York-based artist Josephine Meckseper.
Hans Ulrich Obrist...dontstopdontstopdontstopdontstop
On closer inspection ... the book covers a dizzying range of subjects, many of them spinning outwards from salient Obristian themes such as artistic collaboration, visionary architecture ("Cedric Price; Curating with Light Luggage"), ecology and waste ("Cloaca Maxima"), and economic development in the Far East ("Cities on the Move") and yet, as if the synthesis of some kind of intellectual centrifuge or particle accelerator experiment, always crystallizes around issues concerning museology and the display reception and discussion of art. Dan Fox, frieze
Pecafil discusses issues of art in public space and the social-political implications of Michael Beutler’s work.
Christopher WilliamsProgram. For Example: Dix-Huit Leçons Sur La Société Industrielle (Revision I)
Christopher Williams’ work operates within the conventions of advertising, the superficiality of surface, and, ultimately the history of Modernism.
In all of his works the Danish artist demonstrates an interest in an expanded notion of ecology, one that encompasses cultural history and sociopolitics as well as natural resources.
A philosophical essay on time, phenomenology and beyond, Daniel Birnbaum’s Chronology was presented in frieze as a “compelling and sophisticated take on the common theme of Deleuzian immanence."
Rirkrit Tiravanija, PLAN.b Publishing oVER
Initiated by artist Rirkrit Tiravanija and edited by his Bangkok publishing house PLAN.b, oVER magazine offers an innovative publishing format for artists, photographers, architects, musicians, poets, and other groups and individuals that can join in and collaborate any time, from anywhere.
Lars Bang Larsen, Cristina Ricupero, Nicolaus Schafhausen (Eds.)The Populism Catalogue
The Populism Catalogue documents the namesake exhibition and features works of fiction as a literary approach to the theme of populism.
Antje Majewski, Ingo Niermann (Eds.)Skarbek
Skarbek is a dance-theater project initiated by the German artist Antje Majewski in collaboration with the author Ingo Niermann.
Keren CytterThe Man Who Climbed Up the Stairs of Life and Found Out They Were Cinema Seats
Written in seven chapters and seven styles, this book constitutes the first novel by the Israeli artist and filmmaker Keren Cytter (*1977).
Anke Kempkes, Kunsthalle Basel (Ed.)Flesh at War with Enigma
Flesh at War with Enigma highlights an idiom in contemporary art that resorts deliberately and anachronistically to surreal forms and motifs.
Contributions by Cecil Balmond, Gilles Clément, Beatriz Colomina, Tacita Dean, Richard Drayton, David Elbaz, Patricia Falguières, Medard Gabel, André Gaudreault, Paul Gilroy, Edouard Glissant, Anna Halprin, David Held, Pekka Himanen, Bruno Latour, Charles Musser, Jean-Luc Nancy, Jane Poynter, Jean-Christophe Royoux, Saskia Sassen, Peter Sloterdijk, John Tresch, Eduardo Viveiros de Castro, and Robert Whitman
In the 1990s, Cuban-born artist Diango Hernández started an extended series of drawings which processed the political and economical crisis of Cuba after the collapse of the socialist systems in Eastern Europe.
Postproduction. Culture as Screenplay: How Art Reprograms the World is the most recent essay by French writer and curator Nicolas Bourriaud.
Alex MorrisonGiving the Story a Treatment
Giving the Story a Treatment is the first comprehensive publication on Canadian artist Alex Morrison. Best known for his documentations on the skater culture, Morrison’s videos, photographs and drawings reveal the growing aestheticisation of the political within the cultural spectrum.
Jacob Fabricius (Ed.)The Danish Pavilion – 51st Venice Biennale
Five artists’ books and one general catalogue document the works of Eva Koch, Joachim Koester, Peter Land, Ann Lislegaard, and Gitte Villesen.
Cristina Ricupero, Lars Bang Larsen, Nicolaus Schafhausen (Eds.)The Populism Reader
The Populism Reader accompanies Populism, an exhibition project in four European cities (Vilnius, Oslo, Amsterdam, Frankfurt am Main) exploring the relationships between contemporary art and current populist cultural and political trends.
M/M (Paris)Le Grand Livre
Fully conceived by M/M, this large-format limited edition contains an interview by Hans Ulrich Obrist, an introduction by Cristina Ricupero as well as illustrations from the designers’ recent projects.
This book constitutes the first monograph on New York-based artist Josephine Meckseper, with essays by writer/filmmaker John Kelsey and Andrew Ross, Professor in the American Studies program at New York University.
Charlotte Brandt, Lars Bang Larsen, Jean-Charles Massera, Cristina Ricupero (Eds.)Fundamentalisms of the New Order
Conceived as a textbook with images rather than an exhibition catalogue, the book reflects on the diversity of fundamentalisms, a phenomenon that is not confined to particular cultures or modes of thought; its intention is to explore the concept in its many forms and multiple origins.
Cerith Wyn Evans“Cerith Wyn Evans”
“Cerith Wyn Evans” provides a comprehensive overview of the artist's body of work.
Andrew Lee Walker, Rachel K. Ward (Eds.)Terminal 5
“It would make a beautiful ruin.” Eero Saarinen
Markus Heinzelmann, Nicolaus Schafhausen (Eds.)Markus Schinwald
The films, photos, installations, and graphic artworks of Austrian artist Markus Schinwald create a highly charged aesthetic collection of curios in which the human being stands in the focal point of observation.
Antje Majewski, Ingo Niermann (Eds.)Atomkrieg
Like space travel, nuclear war has for decades created a vast new territory for the imagination. Artists, however, have tended to subordinate themselves to the idea of the impossibility of adequate representation.
Peter FriedlFour or Five Roses
In Four or Five Roses, some 45 narratives by children are presented in the form of a monologue. Edited from numerous interviews and conversations recorded on playgrounds in South Africa, Peter Friedl creates a hybrid genre that is both fictionalised speech and serious counter-voice.
Vanessa Joan Müller and Nicolaus Schafhausen (Eds.)Bernhard Willhelm
This book provides an exemplary look at the work of Bernhard Willhelm, the German fashion designer whose sartorial skills have been hailed by both the fashion industry and the art world.
Gerard ByrneBooks, Magazines, and Newspapers
In his seminal essay, author George Baker links Gerard Byrne’s work to theater and notes that the presence of avant-garde dramatist Bertolt Brecht has never been less discussed, but more widely explored, than in the last decade of artistic practice.
AdornoThe Possibility of the Impossible (Vol. I)
Adorno. The Possibility of the Impossible (Vol. I) comprises theoretical essays which investigate the relevance of Adorno’s critical theory for the present.
AdornoThe Possibility of the Impossible (Vol. II)
Adorno. The Possibility of the Impossible (Vol. II) documents the Adorno exhibition which looks at the connection between contemporary art and Adorno’s writings, with the visual arts becoming a central platform for comparison to Adorno’s main subjects.
Thomas Eggerer's enigmatic depictions of groups and collectives attempt less to portray the singularity of the individual than to explore the mechanisms of exclusion and inclusion, conformity and hierarchy, as well as the potential of individual or collective utopia.
This catalogue is the most comprehensive treatment of Michaela Melián’s oeuvre to date and constitutes, with numerous essays and illustrations, a long due documentation of the German artist’s work.
Jean-Charles MasseraSex, Art, and the Dow Jones
How can the events in which we are supposed to participate be translated into experience? How can we represent ourselves in a History that is being written in terms of the economy and the stock market? Along these questions, French author Jean-Charles Massera discusses the works of various artists (Vito Acconci, Stan Douglas, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Pierre Huyghe, et al.) and film-makers (Jean-Luc Godard, Wong Kar-wai, Nanni Moretti, Pier Paolo Pasolini, et al.).
John Kelsey, Aleksandra Mir (Eds.)Corporate Mentality
Calling for a reassessment of the function of art in late capitalist society, Corporate Mentality focuses on the complex and ambiguous ways artistic production inhabits corporate processes, abandoning the autonomy of the artwork in order to elaborate resistant approaches to a world increasingly determined by commercial strategies and market concerns.
Lars Bang Larsen (Ed.)Sture Johannesson
This book, part psychedelic philosophy, part biography, is the first to present Sture Johannesson’s work in depth, documenting his affiliations with the “high” underground and the punk movement, his activism and his radical exploration of the relationships between art, politics, technology, and human consciousness.
Nicolaus Schafhausen (Ed.)deutschemalereizweitausenddrei
The exhibition deutschemalereizweitausenddrei (german painting two thousand and three) is a response to the needs and social circumstances that have given rise to painting’s present (return to) popularity, and to the strategies young artists are developing to meet this.
“Odenbach’s art ... criss-crosses the structural hybridization of video-based conceptualism with reflection on the lived experience of globalization.” Kobena Mercer
Julia ScherAlways There
Always There offers a comprehensive survey of American artist Julia Scher’s work. The artist’s installations and performances have always featured a complex relation to techno-social control, demonstrating our complicity in the proliferating technologies used to surveil both our physical and virtual identities.
Lolita Jablonskiene, Nicolaus Schafhausen (Eds.)Changing Society: Lithuania
The central theme of Changing Society: Lithuania is the state of transition in a Post-Soviet state, which has achieved political stability but is still looking for appropriate images to portray itself in the domestic spheres of politics and society.
Kai AlthoffGebärden und Ausdruck
Gebärden und Ausdruck (Gestures and Expression) is the first comprehensive publication on the work of German artist Kai Althoff.
Nicolaus Schafhausen (Ed.)Non-Places
Non-Places questions the redefined relationship between public and private space as well as the phenomenon of modern “nonplaces,” which appear to be everywhere and nowhere at the same time: airports, shopping malls, anonymous new suburbs, or international franchise companies.
Über das Unbehagen in der modernen Architektur
Anthony Vidler interprets contemporary buildings and projects in light of the uncanny as a metaphor for a fundamentally “unhomely” modern condition.
Nicolaus Schafhausen (Ed.)Neue Kunstkritik
Neue Kunstkritik (New Art Criticism) documents a symposium held at the Frankfurter Kunstverein in September 1999.
Nicolaus Schafhausen (Ed.)Neue Welt
Neue Welt (New World) documents a group show which investigates the political and social restructuring of recent years. Going beyond one-dimensional statements, the texts discuss the redefinition of public space and the effects of a globalized economy.
Karl-Heinz Kohl, Nicolaus Schafhausen (Eds.)New Heimat
The exhibition New Heimat documents how the phenomenon of globalization does not necessarily lead to the disappearance of local cultures, but can instead give birth to new, hybrid cultures, in which Western influences experience transformation and traditional cultures are assimilated.
Harun FarockiNachdruck / Imprint
Texte / Writings
“Nachdruck / Imprint” brings together a selection of writings produced by Harun Farocki over the past three decades. They provide an insight into Farocki’s filmic work and its underlying querying of the status, production, and perception of images conveyed technically and through media.
Urlaub constitutes Genzken’s multilayered inquiry into the meaning of work and leisure. “Artists never take vacations,” Genzken says, “but the entire art system urgently needs a vacation.”
Liam Gillickfive or six
five or six contains texts selected from more than 100 reviews, articles, and catalogue essays published by Liam Gillick since 1989. The book includes some of the formal, social, and ideological concerns that have merged in Gillick’s “What if? Scenario.”
Tom BurrLow Slung
With comprehensive texts and illustrations, this book features an artist who belongs among those who have shaped a new form of institutionally critical art.
Jeroen de Rijke / Willem de RooijAfter the Hunt
Dutch artists Jeroen de Rijke and Willem de Rooij received international recognition for their seemingly luxurious and self-reflexive 35mm films. This first comprehensive monograph discusses how Dutch painting, Minimal Art, and film conventions become the backdrop for a “cinema in its decontextualized form.”
Susanne Gaensheimer, Nicolaus Schafhausen (Eds.)Liam Gillick
This publication constitutes the first comprehensive documentation of the work of British artist Liam Gillick.
Eva Grubinger group.sex
The texts in group.sex discuss political groups and languages, abstract radicalism and art, feminism and bohemianism, social hierarchies, and telematic friendship.