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Book Launch at Manifesta 14

Diamela Eltit

Custody of the Eyes

Part of Manifesta 14 in Prishtina Kosovo, Leah Whitman-Salkin, editor of Custody of the Eyes, and the artist and writer Anna Zett will share their texts and host a structured dialogue in this dual book launch.

Writing, storytelling, addressing: in the face of repressive authority these are sometimes our only tools for self-defense and autonomy. Letter writing in particular—as protest, as processing—gives form to a struggle for agency. It’s an address, even if there is no chance for a reply; even if the letter is never delivered.

In Anna Zett’s book Artificial Gut Feeling (Divided, 2019; reprinted 2022), the I writes to her former kindergarten teacher; in Diamela Eltit’s Custody of the Eyes (Sternberg Press, 2022), Mama writes to you. Both texts originate in political dictatorships; both address the sphere of intimate care; both are feminist accounts of survival.

Saturday, August 6, 2022
4:00–6:30 p.m.

Centre for Narrative Practice

Str. “UÇK”, nr. 110, Prishtina

More info here.

Berlin book launch and reading

Denise Ferreira da Silva

Unpayable Debt

As part of the program Future Perfect at SAVVY Contemporary, Denise Ferreira da Silva will present a poethical reading from her latest book, Unpayable Debt.

Saturday, June 25, 2022
6:30–10:00 p.m.

SAVVY Contemporary
Reinickendorfer Str. 17
13347 Berlin

More info here.

Please join us as well for the book launch and conversation between Denise Ferreira da Silva and Sergio Costa, Jeanette Ehrmann, Liesbeth Schoonheim, Abibi Stewart, and Vanessa Eileen Thompson.

Thursday, June 30, 2022
2:15–3:45 p.m.

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Unter den Linden 6
10117 Berlin

More info here.


Book Reviews

Diamela Eltit

Custody of the Eyes

In the current edition of Art Agenda’s series “Rearviews,” Olivia Casa writes about the forgotten history behind Diamela Eltit’s Custody of the Eyes.

“The reissue of Eltit’s 1994 novel Los vigilantes, published in English as Custody of the Eyes, offers an opportunity to consider the relevance of the Escena de Avanzada to contemporary debates about art’s discursive strategies under repression. An epistolary novel narrated through a series of desperate letters dispatched by “Mama,” or Margarita, from a dystopian, authoritarian city, it leads us through a series of increasingly sinister events in which citizens are turned against one another and the unhoused are left to die on the streets.”

Read the full review here.

Image credit: CADA (Colectivo Acciones de Arte: Raúl Zurita, Fernando Balcells, Diamela Eltit, Lotty Rosenfeld, and Juan Castillo), No +, 1983. Documentation of live action, dimensions variable. Image courtesy of CADA. Photo by Lotty Rosenfeld.

Book Launch

Zach Blas

Unknown Ideals

As part of the opening weekend of the 12th Berlin Biennale, please join us for the launch of Zach Blas’s Unknown Ideals. Join editor Edit Molnár along with artist Zach Blas and contributors Marc Siegel and Övül Ö. Durmuşoğlu, as well as designers Pia Christmann and Ann Richter from Studio Pandan, for a conversation on the book.

Organized by Edith-Russ-Haus in collaboration with the 12th Berlin Biennale.

Sunday, June 12, 2022
5:00 p.m.

KW Institute for Contemporary Art
Auguststraße 69
10117 Berlin

More info here.

Author talks

Omar Kholeif

in conversation with Lawrence Abu Hamdan

In this conversation with Lawrence Abu Hamdan, part of the “Authored” series, Omar Kholeif will discuss their recent books, including Goodbye, World! Looking at Art in the Digital Age, and issues ranging from the birth of the World Wide Web to the world of cryptocurrency.

Tuesday, May 24, 2022
8:00 p.m.

The Arts Club Dubai
ICD Brookfield Place

More info here.

online book presentation

Curating without a System

Tune in for a presentation of Curator without a System with curators and writers Viktor Misiano, Silvia Franceschini, and Nataša Peterešin-Bachelez. Co-hosted by Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.), Berlin, and the Igor Zabel Association for Culture and Theory, Ljubljana.

Tuesday, May 24, 2022
7 p.m. CET

More info here.

Book Launch

Jesse Ash


We’re happy to announce the launch of Jesse Ash’s book Avoidance—Avoidance at Tenderbooks in London. The evening will be filled with readings along with a signing by the author.

Wednesday, May 11, 2022
6:00–8:00 p.m.

6 Cecil Court
London WC2N 4HE

More info here.


book launch

From the Pot to the Earth at Rochester Square

The community of Rochester Square warmly welcomes you for the book launch of From the Pot to the Earth at Rochester Square. We suggest to get there early for the pizza by Laura Bolus, served from 6:00–8:00 p.m.!

Friday, May 6, 2022
6:00–9:00 p.m.

1 Rochester Square
London, NW1 9SD

More info here.

Montana series Launch

Valerie Solanas

Up Your Ass

Join Montana series editor Leah Whitman-Salkin at the Index Art Book Fair for the launch of Valerie Solanas’s legendary play Up Your Ass. Published for the first time—as the inaugural entry into Montana, a new series published by Sternberg Press—Solanas’s play explodes social and sexual mores and the hypocritical, patriarchal culture that produces them.

Saturday, April 30, 2022
5:00–6:00 p.m.

Index Art Book Fair
Calle Sabino 369, Col. Atlampa
Ciudad de México

More info here.


online book presentation

Shona Illingworth

Topologies of Air

Please join us for an online book launch of Shona Illingworth: Topologies of Air. Shona Illingworth will be joined by the book’s editor, Anthony Downey, two of the book’s contributors, Jill Bennett and Giuliana Bruno, and the director of the Power Plant, Gaëtane Verna.

Saturday, April 30, 2022
4:00 p.m. EST

More info here.

Book presentation

Gregor Schneider

On the occasion of the release of Gregor Schneider, and in the context of Art Düsseldorf 2022, the book’s editor and author Raimund Stecker will be in conversation with artist Gregor Schneider at Kunsthalle Düsseldorf. The discussion will be moderated by Sabine Maria Schmidt.

Friday, April 8, 2022
4:00 p.m.

Kunsthalle Düsseldorf
Grabbeplatz 4
40213 Düsseldorf

More info here.

Book Reviews

Zach Blas

Unknown Ideals

Kevin Brazil reviews Zach Blas’s Unknown Ideals in Art Agenda.

“The book is far from a collected works: writing is central to Blas’s practice, and he has published a long bibliography of academic writings on film, queer theory, and digital media. Yet beyond being a simple miscellany, it serves as an introduction to the distinctive imaginary world which has animated the artist’s work in film, digital media, installation, and sculpture.”

Read the full review here.

Image credit: Zach Blas, Contra-Internet: Jubilee 2033, 2018. Still from HD video featuring Cassils, 30:52 minutes. Image courtesy of the artist.

Online Book launch

Don’t Follow the Wind

Critical Spatial Practice 12

Join us on e-flux Live for the launch of Don’t Follow the Wind, with presentations and videos by Jodi Dean, Don’t Follow the Wind, Grand Guignol Mirai (Noi Sawaragi, Norimizu Ameya, Shuji Akagi, Fuyuki Yamakawa), Meiro Koizumi, Sven Lütticken, and Ahmet Öğüt.

Wednesday, January 26, 2022
9 a.m. EST / 3 p.m. CET / 11 p.m. JST

More info here.

Image credit: Ahmet Öğüt, Once Upon a Time Breathing Apparatus for Breathable Air, 2015

Best Art Books of 2021

Yannis Tsarouchis

Dancing in Real Life

New York Times art critic Holland Cotter has selected Yannis Tsarouchis: Dancing in Real Life, edited by Niki Gripari and Adam Szymczyk, as one of the best art books of 2021!

This book lovingly excavates the career of a Greek modernist painter who designed sets for Maria Callas and kept a Greek Classical figurative tradition alive in paintings of homoerotic nudes. Tsarouchis (1910-1989) was both too radical and too conservative for the art world of his time and fell into oblivion outside of Greece. […] This tender tribute brings him back.

Read the full year-end roundup here.

Image credit: Yannis Tsarouchis, The Offering and Two Winged Men, 1965


Bordered Lives

Immigration Detention Archive

The Berlin presentation of Bordered Lives is cohosted by Arts of the Working Class and the bookshop Elgarafi BOM DIA. With a conversation between Khadija von Zinnerburg Carroll and María Inés Plaza Lazo.

Monday, November 8, 2021
6:00 p.m.

Elgarafi BOM DIA
Linienstraße 158
10115 Berlin

More info here.

Image credit: Khadija von Zinnerburg Carroll, Men in Waiting, Stryx Gallery, Birmingham, 2018. Photograph by Ilona Zielinska

Book Launch

Ilona Németh

Eastern Sugar

Join us for this special event to mark the culmination of the international research project Eastern Sugar and to launch its publication with artist Ilona Németh, editors Maja and Reuben Fowkes, and respondent Ros Gray.

Thursday, October 28, 2021
6:30 p.m.

The Showroom
63 Penfold Street
London NW8 8PQ

Seating is limited, please RSVP here.

Photo credit: Róbert Chalás, “Controlled explosion to demolish the chimney on August 5, 2008 at 4:00 p.m.,” 2008

Book Launch

Relative Intimacies

Intersubjectivity Vol. III

Celebrate the launch of the third volume in the Intersubjectivity series, Relative Intimacies, with a discussion with Lou Cantor, Agata Ingarden, Samantha Ozer, Patrick Urs Riechert, and Elena Vogman.

Sunday, October 24, 2021
5:00 p.m.

Lafayette Anticipations
Fondation d’entreprise Galeries Lafayette
9 rue du Plâtre
75004 Paris

Please RSVP here.

Image credit: Lou Cantor, Apocalypse not by Abolition but by a Transfiguration, 2021


Jacqueline Stewart

MacArthur Fellow 2021

Congratulations to film scholar, archivist, and curator Jacqueline Stewart for her being named a 2021 MacArthur Fellow. She is recognized for her work ensuring that overlooked Black filmmakers and communities of spectators have a place in the public imagination.

Jacqueline Stewart is coauthor, together with Hannah Beachler and Toni L. Griffen, of Design in a Frame of Emotion.

Read more about Jacqueline Stewart’s work here.


(How) do we (want to) work (together)?

The Studio Experimentelles Design will present, discuss, and celebrate their new research publication: (How) do we (want to) work (together) (as (socially engaged) designers (students and neighbors)) (in neoliberal times)?, which questions the precarious work ethics in design and summarizes the last five years of the Public Design Support program in Hamburg St. Pauli and elsewhere.

Thursday, September 30, 2021
7:00 p.m.

Floating University
Lilienthalstraße 32
10965 Berlin

Further information can be found here.

Online Book Presentation

Authors on Architecture

Wigley on Wachsmann

Tune in to the Society of Architectural Historians’ online event series Authors on Architecture. In this edition we hear from Mark Wigley, legendary architectural historian and author of Konrad Wachsmann’s Television: Post-architectural Transmissions. The presentation will focus on Wigley’s research and argument that Konrad Wachsmann was in fact an anti-architect—a student of some of the most influential designers of the 1920s who dedicated thirty-five post-Second World War years to the disappearance of architecture.

Saturday, June 19, 2021
1:00 p.m. PST

Event registration here.

online symposium

When I see the future...

Closing Conversation

Join us for the closing event of the exhibition “When I see the future, I close my eyes” at The Mosaic Rooms, London. For the final event, exhibition curator Anthony Downey will host a round-table conversation on research based practice with artists Heba Y. Amin, Michael Rakowitz, and Larissa Sansour—bringing together the protagonists from the first three volumes in the Research/Practice series.

Thursday, June 3, 2021
7:30 p.m. GMT

More info and RSVP for the livestream here.

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