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.
Jos de Gruyter & Harald ThysOptimundus
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Raqs Media CollectiveSeepage
Seepage gathers together a compilation of texts authored by Raqs Media Collective (Monica Narula, Jeebesh Bagchi, and Shuddhabrata Sengupta).
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kai AlthoffGebärden und Ausdruck
Gebärden und Ausdruck (Gestures and Expression) is the first comprehensive publication on the work of German artist Kai Althoff.
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.”
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.