|Iman MersalHow to Mend
Motherhood and Its Ghosts
Iman Mersal intricately weaves a new narrative of motherhood, moving between interior and exterior scapes, diaries, readings, and photographic representations of motherhood to question old and current representations of motherhood and the related space of unconditional love, guilt, personal goals, and traditional expectations. What is hidden in narratives of motherhood in fictional and nonfictional texts as well as in photographs?
|Haytham El-WardanyHow to disappear|
If this book had been titled something like “How to listen” or “How to be all ears,” the title would have been appropriate to the content and directly explained the book’s focus. Why, then, does the title prefer to obscure its subject rather than reveal it, running counter to a title’s traditional function? The reason is that this book is grounded in the experience of the unseen listener. Speakers are seen when they speak, whereas listeners recede into the background of the scene dominated by speakers.
|Natascha Sadr HaghighianHow to spell the fight|
How to spell the fight follows a thread that has been running through our fingers from centuries past till the present day, morphing from the tangible string figures that join our hands in childhood to the more elusive computational algorithms that engage our fingers today. Following this line of inquiry through various twists and turns, a conversation about collective agency emerges with the aim of rethinking current paradigms of cognition, education, and power.
|Hubert FichteThe Black City
The Black City is a portrait of New York written by Hubert Fichte between 1978 and 1980. Fichte researched the city as the center of the African diaspora, conducting interviews and composing essays about syncretism in culture and the arts, material living conditions in the city, and political and individual struggles based on race, class, and sexuality. Translated into English for the first time, The Black City is part of Fichte's multivolume experimental literary cycle, The History of Sensitivity, which was left unfinished due to his untimely death in 1986.
|Alex Cecchetti Tamam Shud
An Artist’s Novel
The Tamam Shud narrative emerged through a series of episodic performances and an exhibition by Alex Cecchetti at the Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw. For two years the writing process and the artistic process were interwoven, feeding each other as they evolved. The art project and the artist’s novel are linked together as much as the life of the victim is connected to the piece of paper found in his pocket.
|Roee RosenLive and Die as Eva Braun and Other Intimate Stories|
Live and Die as Eva Braun and Other Intimate Stories is a bilingual edition of short writings by Roee Rosen. At the heart of this collection are three provocative texts extracted from important artworks by Rosen, offered here as genre-defying literature at the intersection between reality and fiction, speculative narrative and historical-political critique, humor and eroticism.
|Keren CytterA–Z Life Coaching|
An incomplete guide for life. Each person written about is represented by a letter, and when an object turns into a subject it is marked in bold.
This book was written from the middle. The contents of these pages have been modified numerous times. Notes were taken, ideas were rewritten—the ones that survived bare the most essential guidelines and wisdom for life
|Ingo NiermannSolution 257
It’s 2011, late summer. All over Europe, young people are occupying central public squares to demonstrate for more social justice. In Berlin, their agenda is different. The completists gathered at Alexanderplatz aspire for justice primarily on an intimate level. They believe that only when the redistribution of material wealth includes equal chances of finding sex and love—no matter how elderly, disabled, or ugly you are—communism will become real.
|Benjamin SerorMime Radio|
Mime Radio was performed and written orally by French artist Benjamin Seror at a series of events over a two-year period, then transcribed and edited into a novel. The story revolves around a cast of eccentric characters, who meet at the Tiki Coco, a bar in Los Angeles that holds “Challenging Reality Open Mic” nights for amateur inventors and performers.
“K. D. has created a masterwork of metaphysical detective fiction. Headless is a coded, clandestine novel that nevertheless makes for breathless reading until the last page.”
Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, artist
|F. T. Marinetti and Fillìa The Futurist Cookbook
On the Table IV
In 1932, F. T. Marinetti and his collaborator Fillìa published The Futurist Cookbook, a manifesto-as-culinary-innovation. Replete with experimental recipes (the founder of Futurism, Marinetti, is known to have ranted about the social dangers of pasta eating), the book is a multilayered exploration of cultural metabolisms, with the dining table as its centerpiece, of course!
|Noon on the MoonPoetic Series #4|
The fourth issue in the “Poetic Series” is a seasonally themed special issue, a festive anthology composed of contributions from more than twenty writers and artists. Each interpreting the theme in an unconventional and abstract sense, it is an alternative omnibus of everyone's favorite and most controversial holiday. Noon on the Moon's title comes from a poem by Barry Schwabsky, featured alongside poetry by Charles Bernstein, Judith Goldman and Dorothea Lasky, prose by Veronica Gonzalez Peña, Andreas Schlaegel and Sarah Wang, amongst others. Artwork is provided in the form of a colorful collection of romance covers illustrated by Vicki Khuzami.
|Gerry BibbyThe Drumhead |
Artist Gerry Bibby’s first publication is a work of fiction that expands on the use of text in his sculpture, performance, and image work. Evoking William Burroughs’s The Wild Boys and Robert Walser’s The Walk, these “language costumes” pay homage to an unruly tradition of radical and queer literary presences over the last century. Their captivating passages brim with wit, wry observation, and (occasional) disgust, offering viewers “ways out,” even if only while reading.
|Mark von SchlegellIckles, Etc.
Critical Spatial Practice 5
Helming Los Angeles’s most misunderstood info-architecture practice is Henries Ickles, “the man without self-concept.” Time and again Ickles offers practical solutions to the most impenetrable theoretical entanglements of art, architecture, and science in the 2090s. In the fifth book in the Critical Spatial Practice series, Mark von Schlegell’s fusion of theory and fiction puts the SF back in notions of “speculative aesthetics.” A collection of interconnected comical sci-fi stories written for various exhibitions, Ickles, Etc. explores the future of architectural practice in light of developments in climatology, quasicrystalography, hyper-contemporary art, time travel, and the EGONET.
|Michael SchindhelmSolution 262
The tenth speculation in the Solution series imagines a possible European present and future.
Seventy years ago, the small island nation of Lavapolis was founded. It began as an alternative, a gambling destination to rival Las Vegas, and became a model for a new way of living. With its principle of universal solidarity, the nation counters the pitfalls of contemporary global society. It is an ever-shifting utopia; a volcano jutting out of the Mediterranean Sea; an extension of the open frontier. The biographies of its inhabitants are integral to the whole. If the world backs down from the challenges of Lavapolis, the island is destined to erupt.
|Fear of LanguagePoetic Series #3|
The third issue in the Poetic Series takes its title Fear of Language from the work of emerging Slovenian poet Katja Perat, featured alongside poetry by Judith Goldman and excerpts from Eileen Myles’s forthcoming memoir, Afterglow. Artwork is provided by Willem de Rooij, whose series comprises collected images from the Internet displaying the aftermaths of destroyed and looted cultural heritage sites in conflict zones such as Iraq, Mali, Egypt, Syria, and Bosnia-Herzegovina.
|Hu FangDear Navigator|
Hu Fang’s Dear Navigator is a collection of ten short stories that takes us on a journey across time and space. Performance artists, astronauts, an airplane, Zen masters, and hunger artists are some of the companions of this exploration into hidden realities. Hu draws on the experience of everyday life, the past, and the future to create otherworldly stories where reality turns into fiction and science fiction becomes reality.
|Roee RosenMaxim Komar-Myshkin: Vladimir’s Night|
Vladimir's Night is the chimerical final work by Maxim Komar-Myshkin, one of the most elusive and tragic figures in Israeli-Russian art. Part children’s book, part gory political assault and part erotic farce involving elaborately detailed paintings that draw from the most disparate sources, the work is not only Komar-Myshkin's magnum opus, but an instrument of psycho-aesthetic retaliation against Vladimir Putin, whom the artist believed had a personal vendetta against him. Komar-Myshkin committed suicide in 2011, soon after completing the album.
|Peacocks with HiccupsPoetic Series #2|
The second issue in the Poetic Series takes its title Peacocks with Hiccups from the poetry of Berlin-based artist Karl Holmqvist, whose work is featured alongside American poet Catherine Wagner and emerging Spanish writer Luna Miguel. Artwork is provided by Koo Jeong-A, whose simple line drawings were chosen from a series titled “Dr. Vogt.” Koo Jeong-A walks personal and cultural grounds to record relationships and comical encounters within landscapes and interiors.
|Brian O’DohertyThe Crossdresser’s Secret|
The eighteenth century was an era of violent contrasts and radical change, intellectual brilliance and war, spies and diplomatic intrigue, elegance and cruelty. One of the century’s most mysterious figures was the Chevalier d’Eon, who lived as both man and woman, French spy and European celebrity. Written from the perspective of this historical figure, the novel by Brian O’Doherty reveals d’Eon’s radical modernity, certified by his attitudes to gender and his examination of his own nature.
|Peter WächtlerCome On|
At a moment when narrating experiences seems more important than having them, Peter Wächtler’s writing foregrounds different narrative techniques and traditions as means of rationalizing one’s place in the world, of grappling with and giving meaning to one’s existence. Here, the social totality creeps into the picture. Come On compiles ten texts written between 2011 and 2013.
|The Atlantis Search EnginePoetic Series #1|
The Atlantis Search Engine, the first edition in the Poetic Series, features a selection of poetry and prose by Matthew Dickman, Roman Baembaev, Josef Strau, and drawings produced specifically by John Kelsey based on the film The Canyons.
|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.
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.
|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.
|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.
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.
|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.
|Hu FangGarden of Mirrored Flowers|
Garden of Mirrored Flowers
a labyrinth of reality
in which one can get lost
or find his/her own way;
a theme park constantly
a contemporary Chinese garden
replete with multiple routes.
|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.
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.
|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.
|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?
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
|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).