SIX CHAIRS BOOKS – art & theory bookstore

Diagram of Historical Development of Fluxus and Other 4 Dimentional, Aural, Optic, Olfactory, Epithelial, and Tactile Art Forms

Author: George Maciunas
Title: Diagram of Historical Development of Fluxus and Other 4 Dimensional, Aural, Optic, Olfactory, Epithelial, and Tactile Art Forms
Publisher: Primary Information
Subject: Artists' Writings

George Maciunas’ Diagram of Historical Development of Fluxus and Other 4 Dimentional, Aural, Optic, Olfactory, Epithelial and Tactile Art Forms, was released in 1979 in the Swedish magazine Kalejdoskop (Issue 3). This issue of the magazine consisted of three versions of Fluxus, one being Maciunas’ historical diagram and the others being two essays (one in English and one in Swedish) summarizing the movement by Mats B. on the poster’s sleeve. Primary Information’s edition recreates all three as they originally appeared in 1979.

Maciunas’ Diagram of Historical Development outlines the development of Fluxus while situating it within a wider cultural and art historical spectrum, sometimes to humorous effect. The timeline begins with Roman circuses, medieval fairs, and Futurist theater and moves into Dada, Surrealism, and Vaudeville before addressing developing genres like Earth Art and Happenings and finally ending with FLUXGAMES in 1973. Maciunas’ vast outline dedicates a great deal of space to Fluxus activities, detailing both well-known and obscure performances, publications, and artists from 1961 through 1973. 


16.00 EUR

Twenty-Nine Thousand Nights. A Communist Life. Nan Berger

Author: Ruth Evans
Title: Twenty-Nine Thousand Nights. A Communist Life - Nan Berger
Publisher: Bookworks
Subject: Essays & Non-Fiction, Artists' Books

Twenty–Nine Thousand Nights: A Communist Life is an unusual chronicle of the personal journey of Nan Berger through her writings, intelligence reports and visual images. From a wealthy middle class Northern family, Berger was drawn to the Communist Party in the 1930s because of her horror of fascism. Shocked by the tactics of the British police at an anti- fascist meeting, she became a lifelong campaigner for Civil Liberties. World War Two brought her into the civil service and she was awarded an OBE in 1948 for her work in the Ministry of Fuel. Nevertheless in the changed post-war world she found herself regarded as lacking qualifications. Through the Communist Party and the National Assembly of Women, Nan Berger became an early critic of gender inequality, writing Woman Fancy or Free? with Joan Maizels. This intriguing exploration of documents from one woman’s life conveys the many unexpected byways of left political commitment in the Twentieth Century, bringing to the surface a wider social history.’ ­– Sheila Rowbotham

‘Nan Berger is no Rosa Luxemburg or La Pasionaria but a conventional Englishwoman with not much in her head, from a respectable Tory home in Southport. Joining the Communist Party emancipates and educates her, opening her eyes to the world's suffering and inequalities. With its collage of documents, MI5 surveillance reports and contemporary photographs, this is a vivid account of the transforming power of progressive politics in one woman’s life.’ – Alison Light

18.00 EUR

Carolee's Magazine

Author: Carolee Scheeman, Jenny Jaskey and A. E. Benenson (eds.)
Title: Carolee's Magazine
Publisher: Walther Konig, The Artists' Institute
Subject: Artists' Books, Periodicals & Reprints

Carolee’s is the second issue of The Magazine of the Artist’s Institute. Dedicated to CAROLEE SCHEEMAN, it features a previously unpublished image archive from Schneemann’s studio that documents half a century of morphological connections between her work and other visual material, including art, advertising, and popular culture. A new long-form profile of Schneemann by writer MAGGIE NELSON accompanies this project and considers the artist’s relationship to the history of her reception and Schneemann’s significant influence on subsequent generations of feminists.

30.00 EUR

The Great Outdoors

Author: Monika Kalinauskaitė, Monika Janulevičiūtė
Title: The Great Outdoors
Publisher: TLTRPress
Subject: Literature & Poetry, Artists' Books
Stock: ✔

written by Monika Kalinauskaitė, illustrated and designed by Monika Janulevičiūtė

It’s 2017 and your life ISN’T a clusterfuck? Grow the fuck up. Though it’s often cloaked in reticence, the distance between what we want and what we’re offered is unravelling at the seams. Our fail-safes are falling apart. Our bodies are willed into cosmic orgies of fate, time, chance, and cum bubbles. Our universe is collapsing.  It’s no time for shyness—we need all hands on dick. What will happen when we bare it all in the open for everyone to see: our loves, our legs, and our late-night dirty texts, dirty secrets, and dirty pants? There’s a world busting open like a nut: Welcome to the Great Outdoors. ― Nathan Beyonce Ma

12.00 EUR


Author: Inga Navickaitė, Alfredas Drąsutis
Title: Desentimental
Publisher: Self-Published, edition of 30
Subject: Artists' Books

Desentimental is a photography project which started on 31 December, 2016. The idea for this project came up in an effort to honorably bid farewell to an old and broken sofa which had served different generations and constantly changing tenants for more than 40 years. In a way, it is a relationship documentary. The same shot was taken every day, throughout a year, with the sofa as an unchanging part that only rotates several times. Other constants are the sheets and me who naturally changes poses in different photos and performs a certain choreography. This project is an intimate trace of a relationship and a way to 'desentimentalize' the object which has witnessed so many important moments

60.00 EUR

On Continuous and Systematic Nutrition Improvement

Author: Indrė Klimaitė
Title: On Continuous and Systematic Nutrition Improvement
Publisher: Jan van Eyeck Academie
Subject: Artists' Books

It is a narrative of human culture within a system. It is insider view that lifts sheets to ideology mechanism, it’s propaganda and practice. This publication extends history and itself becomes a plan for tomorrow.

Research itself is based on textual and visual materials collected from Soviet public catering books between 1935 until 1990. Material spans over a broad range of documents, from official sanitation memorandum to archeological photographs, from woman liberation slogans to dishwashing instructions, from technical plans for the classification of potatoes to dinner room schemes, from soviet gastronomy recipes to sanitary norms and measures to fight rodents and microbes. Human life as a never stopping potato washing machine.

20.00 EUR

The Metaphysics Of Beer: A Symposium Of Humans And Microorganisms

Author: Vytenis Burokas
Title: The Metaphysics Of Beer. A Symposium Of Humans And Microorganisms
Publisher: &editions
Subject: Artists' Writings

Rather than merely cite and quote his research, the artist stages an increasingly drunken discussion between himself and a crowd of philosophers, scientists, and theoreticians.  In the play, Burokas ventriloquises, and is inhabited by, a strange constellation of characters who have all dealt with the properties of the clinamen in some way, including the philosophers Aristotle, Epicurus, Lucretius, Julia Annas, and Michel Serres, the scientists Henri Poincare and Ilya Prigogine, and the composers and theorists John Rahn and Michel Dellvile, amongst many other voices. (text by Post Brothers)

12.00 EUR

You Can Call Him Another Man

Author:   Maria Kapajeva
Title: You Can Call Him Another Man
Publisher:  Kaunas Photography Gallery
Subject: Artists' Books

This summer the first artist book of Maria Kapajeva ‘You can call him another man’ was published in collaboration with Kaunas Photography Gallery and partial support by Estonian Cultural Endowment. The project started with a box of negatives the artist found at her parents’ house a few years ago. There were about 200 processed and unprocessed films, shot by her father. Kapajeva excavated their contents, delving deeper into the lost images of the father’s life, to create her own stories by using these photographs he took before his marriage to artist's mother and her birth. She let herself enter into the world of a young man she  never knew, and find connections in what possibly cannot be connected being inspired by Italo Calvino’s words from his novel ‘If on a winter’s night a traveller’.


30.00 EUR

Bas Jan Ader: Discovery File 143/76

Author: Marion van Wijk and Koos Dalstra (eds.)
Publisher: New Documents
Subject: Monographs, Artists' Books

In 1976, Bas Jan Ader’s boat, the Ocean Wave, was found unmanned and partially submerged 150 miles off the coast of Ireland by a Spanish fishing vessel. The Dutch artist’s boat was taken to La Coruna for investigation. Days later, the boat was stolen and the cult of Ader, whose body was never recovered, was truly cemented. In this volume, artists Marion van Wijk and Koos Dalstra, compile ten years of research into this unsolved mystery. The Spanish police report documenting the theft is reproduced in facsimile alongside a translation into English, many pages of additional documentation, and the transcriptions of interviews produced during the editors’ investigations.

45.00 EUR


Author: Algirdas Šeškus, Gintaras Didžiapetris (ed.)
Title: TV
Publisher: Lietuvos nacionalinis radijas ir televizija  / Lithuanian National Radio and Television
Subject: Artists' Books

What you might take in your hands, is a selection of photographs made by Algirdas Šeškus while at work as a camera operator at the National Television. All of the images were made between 1975 and 1985. The book is published on the occassion of the 60 year anniversary since the first television broadcast in Lithuania

30.00 EUR

The Great Outdoors: Soft Voices & Flat Earths 1

Author: Monika Janulevičiūtė, Miša Skalskis
Title: The Great Outdoors: Soft Voices & Flt Earths 1
Publisher: TLTRPreß
Subject: Artists' Books, Artists' Writings

Freshly bound 'Soft Voices' and 'The Flat Earths 1' further explore The Great Outdoors universe. The doublet brings about familiar yet uncharted social fabric(s) in the form of a promiscuous sci-fi. Unitedly being driven by short attention span, they are all about the extremes. In a traction of microsecond narratives sway from being intimately close, consoling, and suddenly lifting up, unbounding internal heat and instigating shiver.

Set of 2 softcover publications*
8.00 EUR

Under the Radar. Underground Zines and Self-Publications 1965-1975

Author: Jan-Frederik Bandel, Annette Gilbert, Tania Prill (eds.)
Title: Under the Radar. Underground Zines and Self-Publicatins 1965-1975
Publisher: Spector Books
Subject: Exhibition  Catalogues, Artists' Books

The mid-1960s witnessed a boom in underground and self-published works in West Germany. Hectographs, mimeographs and offset printing not only allowed for the production of small, low-cost print runs, but also promoted a unique aesthetic. Using wild mock-ups, these messianic amateurs combined typescript aesthetics, handwriting, scribbled drawings, assemblages of collaged visuals, porn photos, snapshots and comic strips, forging a new, wildly free, sensibility in the process. This book is the first to present the underground and self-published works that came out of West Germany in such depth, while also showing the international context in which they emerged – not as an anecdotal history but as an attempt to tap into the aesthetic cosmos of the Do-It-Yourself rebellion. Insomuch, Under the Radar also challenges us to take a new look at the current boom in independent publishing, the risograph aesthetic and more.

38.00 EUR

365 Days of Invisible Work

Author:  Werker
Title: 365 Days of Invisible Work
Publisher: Spector Books, Casco
Subject: Artists' Books

365 Days of Invisible Work contains 365 images collected and compiled by the Domestic Worker Photographer Network. Members of this open network took photographs of themselves and others as gardeners, dishwashers, domestic workers, mothers, interns, artists, and as (illegal) migrants, generating a collective and political representation of domestic space. 365 Days of Invisible Work depicts a critical view of domestic work and work at home, as seen through the eyes of contemporary amateur photographers.

365 Days of Invisible Work is the third edition of the Werker Magazine series initiated by the founders of the Werker Collective, Marc Roig Blesa and Rogier Delfos. It was conceived as part of the Grand Domestic Revolution, a 'living research' project by Casco – Office for Art, Design and Theory, Utrecht, that ran from 2009/10–12. The Werker Collective’s practice is inspired by the Worker Photography Movement of the 1920s and 1930s. Far from having a rhetorical approach, it looks into ways of reactivating the movement’s working methodologies, based on self-representation, self-publishing, image analysis, and collective learning processes.

20.00 EUR


Author: Wolfgang Tillmans
Title: Concorde
Publisher: Walther Konig
Subject: Artists' Books

According to photographer Wolfgang Tillmans, "For the chosen few, flying Concorde is apparently a glamorous but cramped and slightly boring routine while to watch it in air, landing or taking off is a strange and free spectacle, a super modern anachronism and an image of the desire to overcome time and distance through technology." With no text other than the inner-front flap's description, this fourth printing of Tillmans' iconic artist's book consists of 62 color photographs of the Concorde airplane--taking off, landing or in flight, and sometimes as just a tiny, bird-like silhouette in the sky. The photographs speak of both the beauty and the environmental devastation produced by this fabled French airplane, both sides of which Tillmans captures in his casual yet formally elegant signature style.

20.00 EUR

Pateř 2116

Author:  Jan Novak (concept, graphic design, typography), Tomaš Bilina (story)
Title: Pateř 2116
Publisher: Page Five
Subject: Graphic Design, Artists' Books
Stock: ✔

Pater is a raw science-fiction novel and futuristic design polemic, taking place in streets of Prague in a year 2115.

Bit by bit, you lose patience. You thumb through the manual angrily. Nothing. You find the contents. The modest imprint only confirms that the pages containing the key to the system’s language, necessary to overcome the programmable barrier, isn’t there. You turn on AČ, who’s trying to cut the composite tape on the AC vent.

'Are you fucking kidding me, asshole?!' AČ shrivels up in anticipation of another blow. You aim the paralyzer at him. He’s huddled in the corner, whining like a beaten dog.

'I don’t know anything. I really don’t know anything! I swear!'

Not again. 'What did we say about swearing?!' The paralyzer beam hits one of his kidneys. 'I’ll give you one more chance to tell the truth. I won’t lie, you’ll get another one afterwards, but then you’ll have no kidneys left, so think about what you’re gonna say.'

AČ’s become a crying, salivating wreck only barely reminiscent of a person. Not that he was a feast for the eyes before the radiotherapy, but this is too much.

25.00 EUR

Bedančiai / Toothless

Author: Inga Navickaitė
Title: Bedančiai / Toothless
Publisher:  Self-published, ink press, edition of 30
Subject: Artists' Books

'Bedančiai is a village in the municipality of Raseiniai district, Šiluvos neighborhood. My parents moved here from Kelmė district, so I grew up here. Bedančiai village has four things which are necessary to be mentioned then telling guests about this land: monument of nature The Grąžusis (Beautiful) Oak, First World War cemetery, Dubysa river regional park and of course 32 residents which, I guess, have 32 teeth each.
These photos are of the village people who are living there. The strange meaning of the name of the village Bedančiai (toothless) would be totally forgotten by residents if there would not be any newcomers who occasionally asks questions about the need of dentists in the village or asks to grin and show how many teeth they have.
The people of the village captured during the studies in Vilnius Academy of Arts Faculty of Kaunas are migrating sometimes: they are leaving to England, then returning back or moving to a larger city in Lithuania. But it is very rare for someone to move in. In the spring of 2015 there were 32 people who posed in the white background – today there would be less. Aging decreases the teeth in the mouth and Bedančiai is decreasing in population.'

35.00 EUR

The George Kuchar Reader

Author:  Andrew Lampert (ed.)
Title: The George Kuchar Reader
Publisher: Primary Information
Subject: Artists' Writings 

Despite being a consummate polymath, George Kuchar (1942–2011) is best known as a pioneering underground film and video maker with a disarming do-it-yourself aesthetic and a hilariously eccentric sensibility. Quirky and ingenious, heartfelt and campy, Kuchar’s movies know no boundaries and are an entirely unique development in the history of cinema. The artist’s characteristic instinct for kitsch, his humor and conceptual brilliance, were not confined to the screen alone; they can be glimpsed in all the activities he carried out throughout his life. The George Kuchar Reader, edited by Andrew Lampert, collects a wide swath of previously uncollected and newly unearthed writings and visual work, including essays, comics, drawings, paintings, photographs, film stills, scripts, movie blurbs, correspondence, letters of recommendation for his students, documentation of his UFO sightings, excerpts from his dream journal, selections from his private notebooks and much more.


32.00 EUR

The Movement of Clouds around Mount Fuji

Author:  Helmut Volter
Title: The Movement of Clouds around Mount Fuji
Publisher: Spector Books
Subject: Artists' Books

In the late 1920s, the Japanese physicist Masanao Abe built an observatory with a view of Mount Fuji. From it, over the course of fifteen years, he recorded the clouds that surrounded the mountain. He was interested in the scientific question of how the air currents around Fuji could be visualized by means of film and photography. Albeit unintentionally, Abe’s motifs fit into a long iconographic tradition: the mountain and the clouds. For decades his archive was left untouched in a Tokyo garden shed. Helmut Völter, who discovered Abe’s legacy while working on his book »Cloud Studies«, sifted through the images of the passionate cineaste who saw a combination of individual images, moving pictures and stereo recordings as the ideal form of scientific evidence. The mere contemplation of these dynamic cloud photographs centring on snow-covered Fuji seems to lift the viewer into the air.

Photographed and filmed by Masanao Abe

56.00 EUR

This is Not My Book

Author:  Erik van der Weijde
Title: This is Not My Book
Publisher: Spector Books
Subject: Artists' Books

In the last ten years, the Dutch photographer Erik van der Weijde has been responsible for over fifty publications: these include not only slim photozines and simply produced brochures but also voluminous cloth-bound books — many of them distributed via his own publishing house 4478ZINE.

This Is Not My Book provides for the first time an overview of his work, which constitutes one of the most important artistic positions at the interface between photography and independent publishing. The book uses large-format representations to show the lines of connection between the individual publications. It also contains van der Weijde’s 4478ZINE publishing manifesto and other texts as well as five conversations with the publishers Anne König and Jan Wenzel. This Is Not My Book indicates a full stop, an act of punctuation set down by the author with his published work.

32.00 EUR

Puffy Grip Logic

Author: Martin Kohaut, Matilda Tjäder
Title: Puffy Grip Logic
Publisher: TLTRPress
Subject: Artists' Books

Contributions by Sasha Engelmann and Jol Thomson, Kaspars Groševs, Monika Kalinauskaitė, Nora N. Khan, Žygimantas Kudirka, Nathan Beyonce Ma, Susan Ploetz, Felix Riemann, Daniel Taylor, and Matilda Tjäder. Designed by Monika Janulevičiūtė. Directed by Martin Kohout and Matilda Tjäder.

The publication by Martin Kohout, Matilda Tjäder, and invited guests uses so-called gamebook structure, where readers themselves choose the steps they want to take in its space and plot. The events and insights presented by the text resemble some kind of fantastic multitasking fever and information overload. The main story-line is written by Martin Kohout, but the book is a collective result, where invited co-authors create their own islands, parallel story lines, or unpredictable interruptions.

10.00 EUR

Not Here - a Queer Anthology of Loneliness

Title: Not Here - a Queer Anthology of Loneliness
Publisher: Pilot Press
Subject: Artists' Books

Richard Dodwell launches his publication Not here, a queer anthology of lonelinessWhat does it mean to be lonely? What does loneliness look like? Feel like?

31 artists, poets, performers and writers consider the experience of loneliness, with contributors including Olivia Laing, Colby Keller, Marc Hundley, Monique Mouton, Timothy Thornton, Alice Goodman, Charlie Porter and David Hoyle.

Not here is the debut publication from Pilot Press, founded in London by the artist Richard Dodwell to shed new light on contemporary queer lives.

12.00 EUR


Author: Erik Thys; Anthony Huberman, Scott Ponik, Robert Snowden (eds.)
Title: Portraits
Publisher: CAC Vilnius, kim? Contemporary Art Center, Riga
Subject: Artists' books

The reputation of Erik Thys (b. 1961) rests on his work as a psychiatrist, not as an artist. Thys lives in Brussels where he composes music, draws, and practices in two psychiatric hospitals. On the occasion of this book, Thys invited a colleague, the British psychoanalyst Darian Leader, to reflect on his infatuation with automobiles. The drawings in this book are a small, almost pitiful, portion of the number Erik Thys provided. They came to us on all types of office paper, prescription pads, and whatever else was at hand.

Publsihed as part of XII Baltic Triennial

20.00 EUR

Memories of the Star

Author: Elena Narbutaitė
Title: Memories of the Star
Publisher: CAC Vilnius
Subject: Artists' books

Memories of the Star (Žvaigždės atsiminimai) is a 56-page artist book by Elena Narbutaitė published in two separate Lithuanian and English editions alongside the artist's solo exhibition Prosperity (June 16 – August 13, 2017). It includes writings by Elena Narbutaitė, Candice Lin, Marcel Proust, Bernardo Jose de Souza, Luca Turin and Raimundas Malašauskas.

Three fragments from Les plaisirs et les jours by Marcel Proust, translated from French by Louise Varese, are reprinted from the book’s first English edition (Pleasures and Regrets, Crown Publishers, New York, 1948). The book contains a fragment of Rosalind Nashashibi’s painting Dust (2017) and a photograph from Dalia Dūdėnaitė’s personal album. Cover photograph is by Darius Petrulaitis.

5.00 EUR

Super Duper

Author: Inga Navickaitė
Title: Super Duper
Publisher:  Self-published, risography, edition of 30
Subject: Artists' Books

Super Duper is a project inspired by Lithuanian mythology, which here has taken form of several interactive mediums such as printed publication, animation and screen prints. In the book, mythological creatures are shown as super heroes possesing supernatural powers and wearing tight latex suits. Here their physical and behavioral traits are shown. As well as depictions of their super powers and relationships among each other.

50.00 EUR

Mr. Peanut Drawings

Author:  Vincent Trasov, Jeff Khonsary (ed.)
Title: Mr. Peanut Drawings
Publisher: New Documents
Subject: Artists' Books, Artists' Writings 

In 1970, Trasov assumed the identity of Mr. Peanut, donning a handmade paper mache replica of the mascot of the Planters Peanut Company. Soon after, he produced The Mr. Peanut Mayoralty Campaign of 1974, a twenty-day performance developed in collaboration with members of the Vancouver arts community. The legume quickly became Trasov’s cipher and central component of his practice. Mr. Peanut Drawings collects nearly a hundred of Trasov’s Peanut drawings together with a text by Nancy Tousley.

40.00 EUR

Grey, But not Grey

Author:   Algirdas Šeškus 
Title: Grey, But not  Grey
Publisher: Kaunas photography gallery / Galerie du Château d'Eau
Subject: Artists' Books

Vilnius based artist Algirdas Šeškus (b. 1945) is often cited by the texts on art criticism and the history of photography to mark the breaking stage in Lithuanian photography.

The artist made his debut in 1980 during the young photographers’ exhibit in Vilnius, held by the Union of Lithuanian Art Photographers. The very first of his showcased photos revealed a new phenomenon challenging Soviet culture.

However, his art has not as of yet received a comprehensive analytical investigation and appraisal. A recent dialogue with the artist breaking the silence of nearly thirty years was inspired by his retrospective at the National Art Gallery in Vilnius, where the works of Algirdas Šeškus – the pioneer of Lithuanian photography avant-garde were on.

By the way - for the whole summer Šeškus' photographs are presented at the Documenta 14! Go Athens, go Kassel.

20.00 EUR

Body Starting to Change

Author: Elena Narbutaitė
Publisher: CAC Vilnius
Subject:  Artists' Books

Body Starting to Change is a conversation on music between two artists. When in 1960s despite the official ban foreign radio stations gained in availability within USSR, the newscasts and political comments broadcasted by them became an important part of alternative education. Musical programmes were of no less or perhaps of even more importance as they exposed the vitality of youth culture (or subculture) behind the Iron Curtain. Deimantas Narkevičius shares his musical experiences with Elena Narbutaitė, starting with this period of ‘catching waves’ and continuing until 1993, when the introduction to the London music scene became the turning-point (sooner or later experienced by many) in the artist’s relationship to the changing urban culture. The publication includes watercolours by Elena Narbutaitė, the reproduction of the cover of Satori, an album by Flower Travelling Band, stills from July 20, 2015, the new film by Narkevičius, and graphics by Mark Geffriaud.

5.00 EUR

Nuotraukos dokumentams / Photographs for Documents

Author:   Vytautas V. Stanionis, Gntautas Česonis (ed.)
Title: Nuotraukos dokumentams / Photographs for Documents
Publisher:  Kaunas photography gallery
Subject: Artists' Books

"This book’s folio design is shaped by its content: Lithuanian identification photographs from 1946, when citizens were required to get new, Soviet documents. What’s distinctive about these images—taken by Vytautus V. Stanionis’s father, also named Vytautus—is that, to save money and materials, each print features two people side-by-side, to be sliced in half for individual use. Photographs for Documents highlights the strangeness of this arrangement by using only gatefold pages, each folding out to reveal a second, silent portrait partner—both "hiding and revealing the gist of the book," says Todd Hido. The viewer is left to speculate on both the relationship between subjects—are they family? Strangers?—and on their fates.”

35.00 EUR