SIX CHAIRS BOOKS – art & theory bookstore

The Ghetto Lane in Vilnius. Žydų gatvė

Authors: Moi Ver (Moišė Ravivas Vorobeičikas); Mindaugas Kvietkauskas (ed.)
Title: The Ghetto Lane in Wilna / Žydų gatvė
Publisher: The Institute of Lithuanian Literature and Folklore / Lietuvių literatūros ir tautosakos institutas
Subject: Periodicals & Reprints, Photography
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‘The Ghetto Lane in Wilna’ was first published in Zürich and Leipzig in 1931. Written in four languages, for a long time already its first edition is considered a real bibliophile treasure, full of its legends and uncertain presumptions. The lovers of photography, Judaica or the history of Vilnius appreciate this mini-album as a remarkable publication where Vilnius – the Jerusalem of Lithuania  is turned into the space for the avant-garde photographical experiments.

*facsimile edition

34.00 EUR

Wages Against Artwork

Author: Leigh Claire La Berge
Title: Wages Against Artwork. Decommodified Labor and the Claims of Socially Engaged Art
Publisher: Duke UP
Subject: Theory & Philosophy
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The last twenty years have seen a rise in the production, circulation, and criticism of new forms of socially engaged art aimed at achieving social justice and economic equality. In Wages Against Artwork Leigh Claire La Berge shows how socially engaged art responds to and critiques what she calls decommodified labor—the slow diminishment of wages alongside an increase in the demands of work. Outlining the ways in which socially engaged artists relate to work, labor, and wages, La Berge examines how artists and organizers create institutions to address their own and others' financial precarity; why the increasing role of animals and children in contemporary art points to the turn away from paid labor; and how the expansion of MFA programs and student debt helps create the conditions for decommodified labor. In showing how socially engaged art operates within and against the need to be paid for work, La Berge offers a new theorization of the relationship between art and contemporary capitalism.

26.00 EUR

Los Angeles Studio Conversations. Sixteen Women Talk About Art

Author: Stephanie Buhmann (ed.)
Title: Los Angeles Studio Conversations. Sixteen Women Talk About Art
Publisher: The Green Box
Subject: Essays & Non-fiction
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Los Angeles Studio Conversations marks the fourth Volume of an ongoing interview series conducted by art historian Stephanie Buhmann, which originated in 2013. ike its predecessors, New York Studio Conversations (2016), Berlin Studio Conversations (2017), and New York Studio Conversations II (2018), this book offers an intimate glimpse of the creative process while keeping an eye on diversity. The fifteen artists featured here work in a variety of media, ranging from film, photography, painting, sculpture, installation, and performance to drawing. In addition, they herald from different generations and represent various levels of renown. While some of them work primarily in the United States, most have shown internationally for a considerable amount of time. All of them have experienced different stages in their careers and have one immediate thing in common: they currently choose to live and work in Los Angeles.

By speaking with the artists about particular groups of work, characteristic approaches, personal philosophies, and political engagement, among others, Buhmann explores the many challenges and faceted lines of thought that go into the making of art. As the discussion of the commercial value of art increases, largely due to ever-soaring auction records and the wide media coverage these receive, this interview series serves as a reminder that most art starts as a private contemplation in the isolation of the artist’s studio.

Los Angeles Studio Conversations introduces the following artists: Lita Albuquerque, Sarah Cain, Andrea Fraser, Liza Lou, Shana Lutker, Kristen Morgin, Catherine Opie, Silke Otto-Knapp, Monique Prieto, Alison Saar, Analia Saban, Fran Siegel, Lisa C. Soto, Despina Stokou, and Diana Thater.

18.00 EUR

radiniai, sidabro dulkės ir kitos gėlės

Author: Rokas Pralgauskas
Title: radiniai, sidabro dulkės ir kitos gėlės
Publisher: Lietuvos fotomenininkų sąjunga
Subject: Artists' Books
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Roko Pralgausko kūrybą apibūdinti išties sudėtinga: viena vertus, naujoje menininko serijoje 'Radiniai, sidabro dulkės ir kitos gėlės' kuriamos savotiškos kasdienybės mizanscenos, kita vertus, šį ciklą 'pertraukiantys' eilėraščiai atriboja nuo buities ir verčia fotografijose ieškoti mylimosios pėdsakų. Vis dėlto ilgiau žvelgiant į seriją susidaro jausmas, kad menininkas pateikia netobulą mūsų tikrovę, tokią tolimą šiandieniame estetikos pasaulyje, kur kone kiekvienas blykstės išdegintas kadras atliepia paskutines dizaino madas.

Pats menininkas teigia: 'Ši vaizdinių serija daugeliu atvejų yra studijoje skenuoti ar perfotografuoti pamesti žmonių daiktai, rastos šiukšlės, pamiršti seni eskizai, juodraščių liekanos, dūlančios kūrybos archyvuose, atvirukų nuoplėšos, negatyvai, kiti pavieniai objektai – tiek fiktyviai sukonstruoti, tiek rasti buityje, gamtoje – sąmoningai atrinkti ir atrūšiuoti jie virsta gyva, kalbančia fotografija. Nors tokia vizuali tarpusavyje nesusijusių objektų dokumentacija gali pasirodyti apie nieką, visgi savo estetine išraiška, kuriama nuotaika, absurdo humoru ir vaizdiniais sąmojais emocionaliai paveiki fotografija paliečia žiūrovą savo metaforomis tarp eilučių – kaip gera poezija.'

Pralgausko fotografijų knyga – tarsi menininko dienoraštis, kurį, ko gero, taikliausiai apibūdino Agnė Narušytė, savo įvadinį tekstą užbaigdama šia mintimi: 'Tegyvuoja neideali ir visada vienintelė tikrovė, kurioje viskas ne taip, kaip turėtų būti.'

SPOILER ! THE BOOK IS IN LITHUANIAN

18.00 EUR

Art-Rite

Authors: Edit DeAk, Walter Robinson (eds.)
Title: Art-Rite
Publisher: Primary Information
Subject: Art History, Periodicals & Reprints
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Edited by Walter Robinson, Edit DeAk, and Joshua Cohn, Art-Rite was published in New York City between 1973 and 1978. The periodical has long been celebrated for its underground/overground position and its cutting, humorous, on-the-streets coverage and critique of the art world. Art-Rite moved easily through the expansive community it mapped out, paying homage to an emergent generation of artists, including many who were—or would soon become—the defining voices of the era. Through hundreds of interviews, reviews, statements, and projects for the page—as well as artist-focused and thematic issues on video, painting, performance, and artists’ books—Art-Rite’s sharp editorial vision and commitment to spotlighting the work of artists stands as a meaningful and lasting contribution to the art history of New York City and beyond.

ALL ISSUES OF ART-RITE ARE COLLECTED AND PUBLISHED HERE

Featured artists include Vito Acconci, Kathy Acker, Bas Jan Ader, Laurie Anderson, John Baldessari, Gregory Battcock, Lynda Benglis, Mel Bochner, Marcel Broodthaers, Trisha Brown, Chris Burden, Scott Burton, Ulises Carrión, Judy Chicago, Lucinda Childs, Christo, Diego Cortez, Hanne Darboven, Agnes Denes, Ralston Farina, Richard Foreman, Peggy Gale, Gilbert & George, John Giorno, Philip Glass, Leon Golub, Peter Grass, Julia Heyward, Nancy Holt, Ray Johnson, Joan Jonas, Richard Kern, Lee Krasner, Shigeko Kubota, Les Levine, Sol LeWitt, Lucy Lippard, Babette Mangolte, Brice Marden, Agnes Martin, Gordon Matta-Clark, Rosemary Mayer, Annette Messager, Elizabeth Murray, Alice Neel, Brian O’Doherty,Genesis P-Orridge, Nam June Paik, Charlemagne Palestine, Judy Pfaff, Lil Picard, Yvonne Rainer, Judy Rifka, Dorothea Rockburne, Ed Ruscha, Robert Ryman, David Salle, Carolee Schneemann, Richard Serra, Jack Smith, Patti Smith, Robert Smithson, Holly Solomon, Naomi Spector, Nancy Spero, Pat Steir, Frank Stella, Alan Suicide (Vega), David Tremlett, Richard Tuttle, Andy Warhol, William Wegman, Lawrence Weiner, Hannah Wilke, Robert Wilson, Yuri, and Irene von Zahn.

38.00 EUR

Freedom Within Us. East German Photography 1980-1989

Authors: Sonia Voss; Philippe Seclier (ed.)
Title: Freedom Within Us. East German Photography 1980-1989
Publisher: Walther Koenig
Subject: Art History, Photography
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Nearly thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall (the Anniversary will be celebrated in 2019), what do we know about East German photography? This body of work - a territory, borne of a country that, since the 1920s has played a central role in the history of photography; a period spanning four decades, from 1949 to 1989 - should be brought to light. From the various perspectives possible, the book focusses on how, in an authoritarian state relying on the physical constraints of the body (denial of the individual in favour of the people , confinement within G.D.R. borders, normativity bodies regarded as tools of production and vectors of ideology, constant Stasi surveillance), photography was a medium where the individual asserts, resists and expresses its freedom. The photographs presented here represent the decade predating the fall of the Wall and were taken by 14 different photographers.

38.00 EUR

I Seem to Live. The New York Diaries. vol. 1, 1950-1969

Authors: Jonas Mekas, Anne Konig (ed.)
Title: I Seem to Live. The New York Diaries. vol. 1, 1950-1969
Publisher: Spector Books
Subject: Artists' Books, Essays & Non-fiction
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I Seem to Live. The New York Diaries, 1950–2011 is Jonas Mekas’s key literary work. The first volume of this magnum opus, covering the period from 1950-69, appears posthumously one year after his death. It stands on an equal footing with his cinematic oeuvre, which he initially developed together with his brother Adolfas after their arrival in New York. In 1954, the two brothers founded Film Culture magazine, and in 1958 Jonas began writing a weekly column for The Village Voice. It was in this period that his writing, films, and unflagging commitment to art began to establish him as a pioneer of American avant-garde cinema and the barometer of the New York art scene.

'Jonas Mekas was a force of nature – an untiring artistic energy field. He disregarded genres and broke all the rules, always favoring pure expression and experimentation over formulas and expectations. He was / is one of the most inspiring artists I’ve ever encountered – the poets’ version of a Kung Fu Master. Long live Jonas Mekas!' –Jim Jarmusch

38.00 EUR

Labas, vaizduote

Author: Ieva Stankutė
Title: Labas, vaizduote
Publisher: self-published
Subject: Artists' Books, Kids 
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Menininkės Ievos Stankutės knyga LABAS, VAIZUOTE – tai savotiškas vaizduotės pratimų atlasas, skaitytojus (tiek vaikus, tiek suaugusiuosius) kviečiantis įspėti ir nupiešti įvairias abstrakčias formas puslapiuose. 

Knyga sukurta naudojant mišrias technikas, surišta rankomis. Išleista ribotu 70 egz. tiražu. SPOILER ! The book is in Lithuanian. 

 
20.00 EUR

The Feminist Bookstore Movement

Author: Kristen Hogan
Title: The Feminist Bookstore Movement. Lesbian Antiracism and Feminist Accountability
Publisher: Duke UP
Subject: Essays & Non-fiction, Theory & Philosophy, Communities
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From the 1970s through the 1990s more than one hundred feminist bookstores built a transnational network that helped shape some of feminism's most complex conversations. Kristen Hogan traces the feminist bookstore movement's rise and eventual fall, restoring its radical work to public feminist memory. The bookwomen at the heart of this story—mostly lesbians and including women of color—measured their success not by profit, but by developing theories and practices of lesbian antiracism and feminist accountability. At bookstores like BookWoman in Austin, the Toronto Women’s Bookstore, and Old Wives’ Tales in San Francisco, and in the essential Feminist Bookstore News, bookwomen changed people’s lives and the world. In retelling their stories, Hogan not only shares the movement's tools with contemporary queer antiracist feminist activists and theorists, she gives us a vocabulary, strategy, and legacy for thinking through today's feminisms.

28.00 EUR

Babette Mangolte Selected Writings, 1998–2015

Author: Babette Mangolte
Title: Babette Mangolte. Selected Writings, 1998–2015
Publisher: Sternberg Press, Kunstahelle Wien
Subject: Artists' Writings, Essays & Non-Fiction
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A single black-and white photograph taken by Babette Mangolte has come to epitomize New York's downtown art scene of the 1970s. The dancers performing Trisha Brown’s Roof Piece characterize perfectly the wild spirit of the time. Choreographed as an echo of movement unfolding across SoHo’s rooftops, the dancers mimed the chimneys, water towers, and fire escapes which surrounded them across that skyline. Influenced early on by Dziga Vertov’s Man with a Movie Camera and the work of Stan Brakhage and Jonas Mekas, Mangolte began studies in 1964 at the renowned École nationale de la photographie et de la cinematographie in Paris, one of the school’s first female students. In 1970, having become disillusioned with the film scene in France, Mangolte moved to New York and became involved in the avant-garde film and dance milieus of the Kitchen and the Anthology Film Archives. 

Selected Writings, 1998–2015
 is a collection of texts by Mangolte in which she reflects on her practice as a photographer and filmmaker and her collaborative work with filmmakers, artists, dancers, and choreographers. She provides insights into the techniques and methods she created as well as her relationships with notable collaborators such as Marina Abramović, Chantal Akerman, Trisha Brown, and Yvonne Rainer.

24.00 EUR

Allegories of the Anthropocene

Author: Elizabeth M. DeLoughrey
Title: Allegories of the Anthropocene
Publisher: Duke UP
Subject: Theory & Philosophy
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In Allegories of the Anthropocene Elizabeth M. DeLoughrey traces how indigenous and postcolonial peoples in the Caribbean and Pacific Islands grapple with the enormity of colonialism and anthropogenic climate change through art, poetry, and literature. In these works, authors and artists use allegory as a means to understand the multiscalar complexities of the Anthropocene and to critique the violence of capitalism, militarism, and the postcolonial state. DeLoughrey examines the work of a wide range of artists and writers—including poets Kamau Brathwaite and Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, Dominican installation artist Tony Capellan, and authors Keri Hulme and Erna Brodber—whose work addresses Caribbean plantations, irradiated Pacific atolls, global flows of waste, and allegorical representations of the ocean and the island. In examining how island writers and artists address the experience of finding themselves at the forefront of the existential threat posed by climate change, DeLoughrey demonstrates how the Anthropocene and empire are mutually constitutive and establishes the vital importance of  allegorical art and literature in understanding our global environmental crisis.

25.00 EUR

Tacit Knowledge. Post Studio/Feminism – CalArts 1970-1977

Author: Annette Jael Lehmann (ed.)
Title: Tacit Knowledge. Post Studio / Feminism - CalArts 1970-1977
Publisher: Spector Books
Subject: Essays & Non-Fiction, Art History
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Tacit Knowledge provides an insight into the complex artistic and educational practices that characterized the first decade of the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). There is a special focus on the conceptual and feminist strategies developed in and from John Baldessari’s Post Studio class as well as Judy Chicago and Miriam Schapiro’s Feminist Art Program, which was initiated in 1970 and brought to the newly founded art school in 1971. As Post Studio and feminist practices at CalArts are often characterized by the specific entanglement of cognitive and (habitual) bodily forms of knowledge, the idea of tacit knowledge, and thus learning through social and performative contexts of action, functions as an overarching principle linking all the contributions in the book. Combining short introductions with in-depth case studies and a broad range of documental and photographic material, the experimental publication takes the form of a magazine, allowing a diverse and lively approach to the ideas shaping the early years of CalArts. 

Authors: Kim Albrecht, Lea Becker, Katharina Brandt, Léïla Douliba, Carla Gabriel, Jennifer Gaschler, Pauline Gründing, Verena Kittel, Friederike Krause, Vivien Lambert, Annette Jael Lehmann, Alice Rugai, Jeffrey Schnapp, Anna Sønderup 

28.00 EUR

Anamorfozės: iškreiptos perspektyvos

Author: Jurgis Baltrušaitis
Title: Anamorfozės: iškreiptos perspektyvos
Publisher: Six Chairs Books 
Subject: Art History, Theory & Philosophy
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Save vadinęs lietuvių meno teoretiku, dailės istorikas, medievistas Jurgis Baltrušaitis didžiąją savo gyvenimo dalį praleido Paryžiuje, tad ir šiandien jis kur kas labiau žinomas Prancūzijoje nei Lietuvoje. Baltrušaičio tekstuose persipina Kaukazo kraštų meno tyrinėjimai, fantastiškieji vaizdiniai, mįslingi regėjimai, senųjų geometrijos ir perspektyvos tekstų studijos. Tyrinėdamas istorines meno formas ir jų raidą, autorius kartu analizavo ir žmogiškąją vaizduotę bei medijų vartojimo įpročius. 

Pirmą kartą lietuvių kalba išleista autoriaus knyga  „Anamorfozės: iškreiptos perspektyvos” (prancūzų kalba knyga  „Anamorphoses ounperspectives curieuses” išleista 1955 m., vėliau – ne kartą papildyta), kurią iš prancūzų kalbos vertė Daina Habdankaitė, pristato kerinčią anamorfozės reiškinio, istoriją ir atskleidžia monstrišką perspektyvos pusę, paisančią tikslių geometrijos taisyklių ir jungiančią meną ir mokslą, dailę ir filosofiją. 

Kaip knygos įžangoje pastebi vaizdo kultūros tyrinėtoja, menotyrininkė Odeta Žukauskienė: „Baltrušaitis neapsiriko sakydamas, kad anamorfozės priklauso ateities laikui, kuris tikriausiai jau atėjo. Anamorfozių tyrimai persikėlė į architektūrą ir urbanistiką, dizainą, literatūrą, kino ir naujųjų medijų teoriją, psichologiją ir kitas sritis, atskleisdami daugiaperspektyvumo ir daugialypumo principus: daugybės žiūros taškų buvimą ir požiūrio šališkumą, realybės paviršių fiktyvumą ir virtualių įsivaizduojamybės pasaulių santykį su realybe. „Tobulų technologijų sukurtos iliuzijos – taip pat anamorfozių kerai”, teigė jis. Kai anamorfinio formato objektyvai tapo plačiaekranio kino dalimi, anamorfozė įsiliejo ir į kompiuterinį daugiamačio vaizdo modeliavimą.” 

SPOILER ! The book is in Lithuanian! 

17.00 EUR

Wild Blue Media. Thinking Through Seawater

Author: Melody Jue
Title: Wild Blue Media. Thinking Through Seawater
Publisher: Duke UP
Subject: Theory & Philosophy
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In Wild Blue Media, Melody Jue destabilizes terrestrial-based ways of knowing and reorients our perception of the world by considering the ocean itself as a media environment—a place where the weight and opacity of seawater transforms how information is created, stored, transmitted, and perceived. By recentering media theory on and under the sea, Jue calls attention to the differences between perceptual environments and how we think within and through them as embodied observers. In doing so, she provides media studies with alternatives to familiar theoretical frameworks, thereby challenging scholars to navigate unfamiliar oceanic conditions of orientation, materiality, and saturation. Jue not only examines media about the ocean—science fiction narratives, documentary films, ocean data visualizations, animal communication methods, and underwater art—but reexamines media through the ocean, submerging media theory underwater to estrange it from terrestrial habits of perception while reframing our understanding of mediation, objectivity, and metaphor.

25.00 EUR

The Story of Bern, [or] Showing Colors

Authors: Dorothy Iannone; Clement Dirie (ed.)
Title: The Story of Bern, [or] Showing Colors
Publisher: JRP|Editions
Subject: Periodicals & Reprints, Artists' Books
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'As much as Love and Eros have defined my work since its beginnings, so too has censorship or its shadow, accompanied it,' recalls Dorothy Iannone in her introduction to this facsimile publication of her legendary 'The Story of Bern, [or] Showing Colors.'

First published in 1970, the book documents the censorship of Iannone's work 'The (Ta)Rot Pack' (1968–1969) and the subsequent removal of all his works by her then companion, artist Dieter Roth, from a collective exhibition at the Kunsthalle Bern. For his exhibition entitled 'Freunde,' Harald Szeemann invited Karl Gertsner, Roth, Daniel Spoerri, and Andre Thomkins who all decided to exhibit their artists friends; Roth chose Iannone alongside Emmett Williams. The censorship of Iannone, and Roth's protest, eventually led to Harald Szeemann's resignation as the director of the institution. 

Telling the story of this act of censorship as well as the context of the exhibition in Bern and its iteration in a non-censored version in Düsseldorf, 'The Story of Bern' is emblematic of Iannone's distinctive, explicit, and comic book style, and of her openness about sexuality and the strengthening of female autonomy

Accompanied by a 4-page insert that includes a new text by Dorothy Iannone and an essay about the context of the book publication by Centre Pompidou curator Frederic Paul, this publication is a facsimile of the original 1970 book. 

40.00 EUR

T*

Authors: Giordano Bonora; Ilaria Bombelli (ed.)
Title: T*
Publisher: Mousse Publishing
Subject: Photography,  Communities
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This book is inspired by the pictures that Giordano Bonora, a young streetcar operator and aspiring photographer, took of Bologna’s small transgender community in 1980 (although it would be more correct to speak, in this case, of proto-Transgenderism). Reproduced here for the first time, these raw and gilded images reflect—during a period in Italy characterized by subversive movements and political revolts that were not just rooted in questions of identity—attempts made by T* people at a construction of the self outside the binary logic of the genotypically XY male/genotypically XX female. By people like Valerie—a woman’s face, a hairless chest with no breasts, a fleur-de-lis tattooed on the shoulder, and two pairs of pantyhose—for whom 'gender' is not determined biologically but something to be embraced depending on the circumstances. A box containing a jigsaw puzzle with a picture that is constantly changing. Bundled with the photographs, a handful of texts set out to explain how the question of gender involves two cultural levels of sexual difference, the normative and the dissident, and how the decision-making power over organs outside heteropatriarchal systems of sexuality and processes of disidentification are the stakes in the new 'somato-political' struggle against hegemonic regimes of oppression conducted by enchanting, allied, opaque, and vulnerable bodies.

18.00 EUR

BIRTH V - Hi and Bye

Authors: Kris Lemsalu; Maria Arusoo (ed.)
Title: BIRTH V - Hi and Bye
Publisher: Mousse Publishing, Estonian Centre for Contemporary Art
Subject: Monographs, Exhibition Catalogue
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The work of Kris Lemsalu is pagan and it’s punk and it’s hers and it’s ours. . . . It’s the lightning of heaven and the volcanic heat in the abyssal ocean. It’s the carnival of objects Frankensteined together into concoctions as fragile as life itself. It’s life.–Andrew Berardini

Kris Lemsalu is an Estonian-born artist who creates mixed-media sculptures, installations, and performances utilizing unexpected materials. Often underscored by feminist themes, her works evoke the bestial side of humanity and civilizations. This book offers a peek into Lemsalu’s explorations in art and life, which in her case are inseparable. The rich visual material, selected by the artist herself, ranges from exhibition views; to analog photos of the artist, her friends, and her collaborators; to her everyday work at the studio; to the wild parties she attends. Essays by Los Angeles–based writer Andrew Berardini and Estonian curator and writer Tamara Luuk overview Lemsalu’s oeuvre with a particular focus on BIRTH V: Hi and Bye, her biggest project yet, which was co-published by Mousse Publishing and the Estonian Centre for Contemporary Art and produced for the Estonian Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale in 2019.

22.00 EUR

Gustav Metzger. Writings 1953-2016

Authors: Gustav Metzger; Mathieu Copeland and Clement Dirie (eds.)
Title: Gustav Metzger. Writings 1953-2016
Publisher: JRP | Ringier
Subject: Artists' Writings
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Bringing together more than 180 texts written between 1953 and 2016, this comprehensive volume establishes artist and activist Gustav Metzger (1926–2017) as a towering figure of the 20th century, a long-overdue recognition of the artist’s influential vision.

Renowned for his use of unstable materials and chemical reactions to create artworks that embody processes of change, destruction, and renewal, Metzger was also a prolific writer, theoretician, and satirist. His interest in technology and science lead him to create such concepts as auto-destructive and auto-creative art—terms he coined with his manifestos on ‘Auto-destructive Art’ in 1959 and ‘Auto-creative Art’ in 1961. He put these ideas into action with artworks made to decay, disintegrate, or change following natural processes.

Edited by Gustav’s long-time friend and curator Mathieu Copeland, this anthology of writings makes Metzger’s key thinking from the 1950s onward available to a wide audience. It includes seminal writings such as his manifestos of auto-destructive and auto-creative art (both 1961), ‘On Random Activity in Material/Transforming Works of Art’ (1964), ‘The Possibility of Auto-Destructive Architecture’ (1966), his inspiring interview with R. Buckminster Fuller from 1970, ‘The Artist in the Face of Social Collapse’ (1998), and his legacy manifesto entitled ‘Remember Nature’ from 2013, as well as art criticism, political satires, and lecture transcriptions.

25.00 EUR

Animal Books For/ Dierenboeken Voor Jaap Zeno Anna Julian Luca

Author: Lous Martens
Title: Animal Books For / Dierenboeken Voor Jaap Zeno Anna Julian Luca
Publisher: Roma Publications
Subject: Artists' Books, Kids
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LOUS MARTENS: 'Seventeen years ago our grandson Jaap was born. That was the start of an animal book for Jaap. I used a dummy for the OASE journal of architecture and loosely pasted in pictures of animals that I had clipped from newspapers and magazines about art, literature and science. Plus stamps and photos from advertising brochures. Then Zeno was born and the same thing happened: an animal book for Zeno. Now I was working on two books at once. Then came Anna. Julian. Luca. At this point, there were five books-in-the-making on the table. And none of those five are finished yet. The children, as well as myself, enjoy seeing the small, ever-evolving changes. The additions. These books were never intended for the outside world where I had found all the pictures. Never intended to be published. Now they lie here, grouped into one big book, because others have convinced me it’s what they deserve.' - Roma Publications

36.00 EUR

Vilnius dailėje / Vilnius in Art 1939-1956

Author: Rima Rutkauskienė (ed.)
Title: Vilnius dailėje / Vilnius in Art 1939-1956
Publisher: Lithuanian Art Museum
Subject: Exhibition Catalogue, Art History
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*bilingual 

The public has already seen Vilnius depicted in the artworks from differenf periods, previously displayed at numeruous events. This publication offers a look at Vilnius through the eyes of the artists who lived anx worked in the capital during the hardships of war and the dofficulties of post-war yearss (1939-1956). 

Artists featured in the publication: Petras Povilas Aleksandravičius, Mečislovas Bulaka, Rafael Chwoles, Zygmunt Mieczyslaw Czaykowski, Vladas Drėma, Rimtautas Vincentas Gibavičius, Antanas Gudaitis, Pranas Gudynas, Rapolas Jakimavičius, Vytautas Kazimieras Jonynas, Eugenija Jurkūnienė (Macytė-Mikšienė), Vytautas Kalinauskas, Juozapas Kamarauskas, Leonas Katinas, Anastazja Korttowna, Vaclovas Kosciuška, Leon Komukski, Antanas Kučas, Edward Kuczynski, Lukas Lukošius Petras, Vytautas Mackevičius, Jozef Marian Marcinkowski, Ivan Medvedev (Jonas Meškauskas), Levas Chaimas Mergašilskis, Juozas Mikėnas, Bronė Mingilaitė-Uogintienė, Bronius Murinas, Barbara Narębska-Dębska, Zigmas Petravičius, Rolocz Stanislaw, Samuelis Rozinas, Augustinas Savickas, Piotr Siergijewicz, Irena Trečiokaitė-Žebenkienė, Bronius Uogintas, Liuda Vaneikytė, Adolfas Valeška, Justina Vienožinskis, Jonas Vilutis, Viktoras Vizgirda, Czeslaw Znamierowski, Antanas Žmuidzinavičius.

Texts by Rima Rutkauskienė, Vidas Poškus, Gražina Mareckaitė. Published also are the excerpts from Sofia's Lelyukhina's diary (1946-1964)

17.00 EUR

Black Mountain. An Interdisciplinary Experiment 1933 –1957

Authors: Eugen BlumeMatilda FelixGabriele KnapsteinCatherine Nichols (eds.)
Title: Black Mountain. An Interdisciplinary Experiment 1933-1957
Publisher: Spector Books
Subject: Art History, Essays & Non-fiction
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The interdisciplinary and experimental educational ideas espoused by Black Mountain College (BMC), founded in North Carolina in 1933, made it one of the most innovative schools in the first half of the twentieth century. Visual arts, economics, physics, dance, architecture, and music were all taught here on an equal footing, and teachers and students lived together in a democratically organized community. The first rector of the school was John Andrew Rice, and Josef Albers, John Cage, Walter Gropius, and Buckminster Fuller were among the many adepts to give courses here. In consequence, BMC witnessed the development of a range of avant-garde concepts. This richly illustrated book appears in conjunction with the Black Mountain exhibition. It is the first comprehensive publication on BMC in the German-speaking world and traces the key moments in the history of this legendary school.

Texts by Gabriele Brandstetter, Brenda Danilowitz, Arnold Dreyblatt, Fabienne Eggelhofer, Matilda Felix, Mary Emma Harris, Gabriele Knapstein, Annette Jael Lehmann, Catherine Nichols, Andi Schoon, Craig Schuftan, Alice Sebrell

42.00 EUR

Eros Paintings

Author:  Dorothy Iannone
Title: Eros Paintings
Publisher: Innen, Centre d’edition contemporaine, Geneva
Subject: Artists' Books
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Eros Paintings is a collection of full color erotic paintings by American artist Dorothy Iannone. Named for the Greek god of love (known as Cupid in Roman mythology), Iannone’s publication centers on work created over a three-year period between 1969 and 1971, all of which seek to affirm sexual pleasure, experience, and erotic love, through both visual and integrated text elements.

Influenced by cultures and religions from the Asian, African, and European continents, Iannone’s work draws on various artistic sources, influencing form, medium, and subject. In one painting, I Begin to Feel Free (1970), Iannone depicts herself and former partner Swiss artist Dieter Roth as Antony and Cleopatra.

*offset, colours, 16 pages, 16,5 x 23,6 cm.

15.00 EUR

Festac ‘77: The 2nd World Festival of Black Arts and Culture

Authors: (ed.) Chimurenga
Title: Festac '77: The 2nd World Festival of Black Arts and Culture
Publisher: Chimurenga, Afterall Books
Subject: Periodicals & Reprints, Essays & Non-fiction, Art History
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Early in 1977, thousands of artists, writers, musicians, activists and scholars from Africa and the black diaspora assembled in Lagos for FESTAC ’77, the 2nd World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture. With a radically ambitious agenda underwritten by Nigeria’s newfound oil wealth, FESTAC ’77 would unfold as a complex, glorious and excessive culmination of a half-century of transatlantic and pan-Africanist cultural-political gatherings.

As told by Chimurenga, this is the first publication to address the planetary scale of FESTAC alongside the personal and artistic encounters it made possible. Featuring extensive unseen photographic and archival materials, interviews and new commissions, the book relays the stories, words and works of the festival’s extraordinary cast of characters. w/ Wole Soyinka, Leopold Sedar Senghor, Ahmed Sekou Tpure, Archie Shepp, Miriam Makeba, Allioune Diop, Jeff Donaldson, Louis Farrakhan, Stevie Wonder, Abdias do Nascimento, Keorapetse Kgositsile, Mario de Andrade, Ted Joans, Nadi Qamar,Carlos Moore, Ayi Kwei Armah, Ama Ata Aidoo, Johnny Dyani, Werewere Liking, Marilyn Nance, Barkley Hendricks, Mildred Thompson, Ibrahim El-Salahi, Jayne Cortez, Atukwei Okai, Jonas Gwangwa, Theo Vincent, Lindsay Barrett, Gilberto de la Nuez, Sun Ra and many others.  & featuring new writing by Akin Adesokan, Moses Serubiri, Harmony Holiday, Semeneh Ayalew, Hassan Musa, Emmanuel Iduma, Michael McMillan, Dominique Malaquais and Cedric Vincent, Molefe Pheto, Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi, Hermano Penna and Alice Aterianus.

25.00 EUR

Henry van de Velde. The Artist as Designer - From Art Nouveau to Modernism

Author:  Richard Hollis
Title: Henry van de Velde. The Artist as Designer - From Art Nouveau to Modernism
Publisher: Occassional Papers
Subject: Graphic Design, Monographs, Art History
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Henry van de Velde (1863–1957) is a pivotal figure in the history of modern design. His range was prodigious: from furniture, jewellery and dress design to interiors and entire buildings.

The book is the first major study of van de Velde’s work in English in 30 years. Hollis follows van de Velde from his beginnings as a painter in Belgium, through his conversion to English Arts and Crafts values and his connections with the literary and artistic avant-garde in Paris, to celebrity in pre-1914 Berlin. Hollis examines van de Velde’s life-long campaign for a ‘new style’ based on reason, and his role as a pioneer of the ‘new architecture’ between the two World Wars.

The figure that emerges is strikingly contemporary. Devoted to balancing aesthetic freedom and market forces, a belief in the social power of art in an era of growing nationalism, van de Velde paved the way from Art Nouveau to Modernism.

25.00 EUR

Sisters Alike

Author: Lene Markusen
Title: Sisters Alike. Female Identities in the Post-Utopian
Publisher: Spector Books
Subject: Monographs, Artists' Books
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Lene Markusen first visited St. Petersburg in 1993. With only a very rudimentary knowledge of Russian, she made drawings of the women she observed in the urban environment. Both of her films GRAD (2004) and Sankt – Female Identities in the Post-Utopian (2017) are set in St. Petersburg (Sankt Petersburg in Russian) or the former LeninGRAD. They revolve around a female perspective on the post-socialist transformation and the societal and political changes that took place after the fall of the Iron Curtain. They deal with what these upheavals mean for the lives of individual women. Through drawings, film stills, and excerpts from the film scripts Lene Markusen offers a subjective, temporal narrative, delineating the living conditions, contemporary and historical figures of women, and the construction of female identities in relation to the former so-called 'East' and 'West”.

26.00 EUR

South of Pico

Author: Kellie Jones
Title: South of Pico. African American Artists in Los Angeles in the 1960s and 1970s
Publisher: Duke UP
Subject: Essays & Non-fiction, Art History, Theory & Philosophy
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In South of Pico Kellie Jones explores how the artists in Los Angeles's black communities during the 1960s and 1970s created a vibrant, productive, and engaged activist arts scene in the face of structural racism. Emphasizing the importance of African American migration, as well as L.A.'s housing and employment politics, Jones shows how the work of black Angeleno artists such as Betye Saar, Charles White, Noah Purifoy, and Senga Nengudi spoke to the dislocation of migration, L.A.'s urban renewal, and restrictions on black mobility. Jones characterizes their works as modern migration narratives that look to the past to consider real and imagined futures. She also attends to these artists' relationships with gallery and museum culture and the establishment of black-owned arts spaces. With South of Pico, Jones expands the understanding of the histories of black arts and creativity in Los Angeles and beyond.

28.00 EUR

En algun lado y en ninguno. Poemas

Authors: Sun Ra; Mariana Castillo Deball, Tania Islas Weinstein and Alberto Ortega (eds.)
Title: En algun lado y en ninguno. Poemas
Publisher: Bom Dia Boa Tarde Boa Noite
Subject: Artists' Writings, Literature & Poetry
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*billingual: Spanish / English

En algun lado y en ninguno is a compilation of poems by the jazz musician and poet Sun Ra (Alabama 1914 – Birmingham 1993), selected and translated into Spanish by Mariana Castillo Deball, Tania Islas Weinstein and Alberto Ortega.

The adventure began in a library that looks like a spaceship, next to a monument in the shape of a burned marshmallow that celebrates the first atomic reaction generated by humans. A plaque in the monument suggests that the powerful energy should be used for beneficial purposes. Inside this lunar library is the Special Collections Centre at the University of Chicago, that keeps the archive of Alton Abraham – Sun Ra Collection, comprising the period 1822-2008. Alton Abraham (1927-1999), entrepreneur and hospital technician, was a friend and partner of Sun Ra, and throughout his life he collected manuscripts, ephemera, artifacts, photographs and audio-visual recordings of the work of Sun Ra and his collaborators. Within the archive, which occupies 48 m of linear shelf space (146 boxes and a large folder) we found Sun Ra’s wallet, containing his lawyer’s business card, the insurance receipt for his car, a cabalistic amulet, and a million dollar bill perforated in the center. We also discovered Sun Ra’s typed poems, with handwritten corrections and in various versions.

20.00 EUR

Daugiakampis

Author: Valentinas Klimašauskas
Title: Daugiakampis
Publisher: Six chairs books
Subject: Literature & Poetry, Artists' Writings
Stock: ✔

A foreign investigator lands in Vilnius on April Fool’s Day on a mission to collect all possible information that would help to crack a password and unlock a sensitive dataset. The investigator has only twenty four hours to meet the locals who could be useful in the search of any clues to untangle the hint phrase – a purple city gate. Together with a poet and a retired detective they visit the main landmarks of Vilnius and even find themselves in a former CIA Black Site. They discuss history and art, memorisation techniques, plane spotting and news making. What kind of keywords or facts can they find in a post-truth era, when neither media nor government or one’s own eyes and language can not be trusted?

Polygon is firstly a reference to a plot device, but its logic is also used in the character development and structure of language. Imagine the plot as if it was a feed in the social networks where the only thing in common between its posts is that they make a new multifaceted present. The story is augmented with a highly subjective repertoire of the artworks that represent the everyday circumstances where we all often find ourselves struggling. The author’s kaleidoscopic vision draws another perspective on contemporary experience, liquid identity, veering between contrasting values and discourses, and asks what does the truth mean in today’s click driven economy.

 (SPOILER: Book in Lithuanian)

10.00 EUR

Coloring Book

Author: Dr. Lakra
Title: Coloring Book
Publisher: Bom Dia Boa Tarde Boa Noite; BOM DIA Kinder
Subject: Kids
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Dr. Lakra is a Mexican artist living in Oaxaca, Mexico. The images compiled inside this coloring book come from various references, inspirations, as well as drafts for the tattoos that Dr. Lakra has made, or wishes he’d made over the years. This is an insight into the world of Dr. Lakra, where many of the interests present in his work collide; ancient mythologies, punk rock fanzines, classic tattoo designs, popular culture icons, Japanese monsters, animal illustrations etc.

14.00 EUR

Plasticity of the Planet. On Environmental Challenge for Art and Its Institutions

Authors: Magdalena Ziółkowska (ed.)
Title: Plasticity of the Planet. On Environmental Challenge for Art and Its Institutions
Publisher: Mousse Publishing
Subject: Essays & Non-fiction, Theory & Philosophy
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Can plastic planetarism replace neoliberal globalization? This publication is informed by Catherine Malabou’s conception of destructive plasticity—an irreversible destruction of form that makes it possible for new phenomena to emerge. Here, the idea provides a framework for reflecting on an environmental crisis that is turning into an increasingly serious social crisis before our very eyes. This is a challenge to which neither contemporary art nor its institutions can remain indifferent; they must urgently develop their responses to it. The theoretical essays contained in this publication shed light on the nature and consequences of the destructive changes taking place in the natural/social environment. They are juxtaposed with artists’, curators’, and art researchers’ comments on more specific practices, protocols, and formats of reaction, with the Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art serving as a particular case study. In a conversation conducted specially for the book, Malabou speaks of the consequences of man’s destructive activities and introduces the notion of ecological plasticity.

w/ contributions by Defne Ayas, Viviana Checchia, Grzegorz Czemiel, Daniel Falb, Cathy Fitzgerald, Mira Gakjina, Alexander Hope, Anne Szefer Karlsen, Jarosław Lubiak, Małgorzata Ludwisiak, Ewa Majewska, Catharine Malabou, Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez, Małgorzata Sugiera, and Magdalena Ziółkowska

25.00 EUR

Art and Language International: Conceptual Art Between Art Worlds

Author: Robert Bailey
Title: Art & Language International: Conceptual Art Between Art Worlds
Publisher: Duken UP
Subject: Art History, Theory & Philosophy
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In Art & Language International Robert Bailey reconstructs the history of the conceptual art collective Art & Language, situating it in a geographical context to rethink its implications for the broader histories of contemporary art. Focusing on its international collaborations with dozens of artists and critics in and outside the collective between 1969 and 1977, Bailey positions Art & Language at the center of a historical shift from Euro-American modernism to a global contemporary art. He documents the collective’s growth and reach, from transatlantic discussions on the nature of conceptual art and the establishment of distinct working groups in New York and England to the collective’s later work in Australia, New Zealand, and Yugoslavia. Bailey also details its publications, associations with political organizations, and the internal power struggles that precipitated its breakdown. Analyzing a wide range of artworks, texts, music, and films, he reveals how Art & Language navigated between art worlds to shape the international profile of conceptual art. Above all, Bailey underscores how the group's rigorous and interdisciplinary work provides a gateway to understanding how conceptual art operates as a mode of thinking that exceeds the visual to shape the philosophical, historical, and political.

25.00 EUR

Reading Sedwick

Author: Lauren Berlant (ed.)
Title: Reading Sedwick
Publisher: Duke UP
Subject: Theory & Philosophy, Essays & Non-fiction
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Over the course of her long career, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick became one of the most important voices in queer theory, and her calls for reparative criticism and reading practices grounded in affect and performance have transformed understandings of affect, intimacy, politics, and identity. With marked tenderness, the contributors to Reading Sedgwick reflect on Sedgwick's many critical inventions, from her elucidation of poetry's close relation to criticism and development of new versions of queer performativity to highlighting the power of writing to engender new forms of life. As the essays in Reading Sedgwick demonstrate, Sedgwick's work is not only an ongoing vital force in queer theory and affect theory; it can help us build a more positive world in the midst of the bleak contemporary moment.

w/ contributions by Lauren Berlant, Kathryn Bond Stockton, Judith Butler, Lee Edelman, Jason Edwards, Ramzi Fawaz, Denis Flannery, Jane Gallop, Jonathan Goldberg, Meridith Kruse, Michael Moon, Jose Esteban Munoz, Chris Nealon, Andrew Parker, H. A. Sedgwick, Karin Sellberg, Michael D. Snediker, Melissa Solomon, Robyn Wiegman

28.00 EUR

Work! A Queer History of Modelling

Author: Elspeth H. Brown
Title: Work! A Queer History of Modelling
Publisher: Duke UP
Subject: Essays & Non-fiction, Theory & Philosophy
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From the haute couture runways of Paris and New York and editorial photo shoots for glossy fashion magazines to reality television, models have been a ubiquitous staple of twentieth- and twenty-first-century American consumer culture. In Work! Elspeth H. Brown traces the history of modeling from the advent of photographic modeling in the early twentieth century to the rise of the supermodel in the 1980s. Brown outlines how the modeling industry sanitized and commercialized models' sex appeal in order to elicit and channel desire into buying goods. She shows how this new form of sexuality—whether exhibited in the Ziegfeld Follies girls' performance of Anglo-Saxon femininity or in African American models' portrayal of black glamour in the 1960s—became a central element in consumer capitalism and a practice that has always been shaped by queer sensibilities. By outlining the paradox that queerness lies at the center of capitalist heteronormativity and telling the largely unknown story of queer models and photographers, Brown offers an out of the ordinary history of twentieth-century American culture and capitalism.


28.00 EUR

Who am I?

Author: Adam Higton
Title: Who am I?
Publisher: Nieves
Subject: Kids, Artists' Books
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*note the dimensions!  10,5 x 10,5 cm, 28 pages (ill.)

Have you ever seen a tree waving like a hand? Or heard autumn leaves whispering a song? Or thought that caterpillars look like eyebrows? Maybe they are… but whose are they?

Who Am I? is a children’s book conceived by Adam Higton. It’s small square size was inspired by the Pixi children’s books and by the Nupuset series from Petomies. Illustrator Adam Higton is best known for his images of psychedelic, folkloric characters, drawn in his distinctive, nostalgic style. He lives and works in York, UK

4.00 EUR

The Brutal Turtle

Author: Keren Cytter
Title: The Brutal Turtle
Publisher: Pork Salad Press
Subject: Kids, Artists' Books
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The Brutal Turtle tells the story of a Turtle wandering in the desert, trying to reach the animal farm. Facing cruel obstacles during his journey, he becomes angry and terrorizes the farm's people once he arrives at the farm. A tale on power's relativity, hate, violence, and on the importance to be nice.

15.00 EUR

Planet Earth: 21st Century

Author: Daniela Comani
Title: Planet Earth: 21st Century
Publisher: Humboldt Books
Subject: Artists' Books, Architecture
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Planet Earth: 21st Century stems from visual material sourced from Apple Maps Flyover and from Google Earth Virtual Reality, Apps that allow you to fly over cities and buildings in 3D. Between 2015 and 2019 Daniela Comani flew through virtual city views and made her own pictures, then she turned those screenshoots in black and white postcards. The book collects the spoils of her virtual trip: 360 postcards with streets, buildings, and monuments from all around the world. Re-enacting geography in the era called Anthropocene, the focal point of the project Planet Earth: 21st Century is the interaction between human perception of the planet, urban landscapes, and technology of the 21st Century.

26.00 EUR

Spalvink Vilnių. Miesto įkūrimas

Authors: Lina Steponavičiūtė, Dalia Sirgedaitė, Laima Bačkienė (eds.)
Title: Spalvink Vilnių. Miesto įkūrimas
Publisher: Lietuvos nacionalinis dailės muziejus / Lithuanian Art Museum
Subject: Art History, Kids, Architecture
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SPOILER! The publication is in Lithuanian only

Ši spalvinimo knyga skirta pažinti Lietuvos sostinę Vilnių nauju būdu  – spalvinant nuostabius grafikos, tapybos darbus, kuriuos per šimtmečius kūrė Vilnių mylėję menininkai. Didžioji dalis atrinktų kūrinių yra saugomi Lietuvos nacionaliniame dailės muziejuje, kelių eksponatų skaitmeninius vaizdus leido naudoti Vytauto Didžiojo karo muziejus, Nacionalinis M. K. Čiurlionio dailės muziejus, Kernavės archeologinės vietovės muziejus. 

3.00 EUR

The Artist’s Novel. The Fantasy of the Novel

Author: David Maroto
Title: The Artist's Novel. The Fantasy of the Novel
Publisher: Mousse Publishing
Subject: Artists' Writings
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Why do artists write novels? What impact does the artist’s novel have on the visual arts? How should such a novel be experienced? In recent years, there has been a proliferation of visual artists who create novels as part of their broader art practice. They do so in order to address artistic issues by means of novelistic devices, favoring a sort of art predicated on process and subjectivity, introducing notions such as fiction, narrative, and imagination. In this sense, it is possible to see the novel as a new medium in the visual arts; yet very little is known about it. This two-volume publication is the first to explore in depth the subject of the artist’s novel.

Part 2, The Fantasy of the Novel, is a research project in the form of a novel; it examines the process of creating an artist’s novel derived from five episodic performances and an exhibition. The creative process was affected by the circumstances of production, including intersubjective relationships usually invisible to audiences. The protagonist assumes the role of a detective who tries to understand the conditions under which an artist decides to write, and how this writing is possible within an artistic setting.

18.00 EUR

Fair Game Leipzig

Author: Nathalie Du Pasquier
Title: Fair Game Leipzig
Publisher: Nieves
Subject: Artists' Books, Drawings
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This publication was planned before it was decided to coincide it with the exhibition Fair Game Leipzig at the Museum of Contemporary Art Leipzig. It is composed of drawings that I made in 2013. The cover instead was designed in 2019 in relation to the exhibition in Leipzig. I wanted it to be in contrast with the gentle drawings inside. - Nathalie Du Pasquier

Nathalie Du Pasquier’s work is at the interface of design and fine art. She was a founding member ofthe designer's group Memphis for which she designed numerous textiles and carpets, along with objects and furniture. Since 1987, Nathalie Du Pasquier has increasingly devoted herself to painting. Most of her paintings describe the relationship between shapes, objects and spaces. The space and the work form an inseparable whole. Various objects reappear as protagonists in different contexts of her work. The journey through her work is a journey through the world of her things. The game referred to in the ambiguous title is concerned with several things at the same time: playing with things, playing with constructions and compositions in the picture and in the space, the challenge to the viewers.

12.00 EUR

The Artist’s Novel. A New Medium

Author: David Maroto
Title: The Artist's Novel. A New Medium
Publisher: Mousse Publishing
Subject: Theory & Philosophy, Art History, Essays & Non-fiction
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Why do artists write novels? What impact does the artist’s novel have on the visual arts? How should such a novel be experienced? In recent years, there has been a proliferation of visual artists who create novels as part of their broader art practice. They do so in order to address artistic issues by means of novelistic devices, favoring a sort of art predicated on process and subjectivity, introducing notions such as fiction, narrative, and imagination. In this sense, it is possible to see the novel as a new medium in the visual arts; yet very little is known about it. This two-volume publication is the first to explore in depth the subject of the artist’s novel. 

Part 1, A New Medium, is a theoretical examination that looks critically at the different ways contemporary artists employ the artist’s novel, focusing mainly on four key case studies: Benjamin Seror’s Mime Radio, Cally Spooner’s Collapsing in Parts, Mai-Thu Perret’s The Crystal Frontier, and Goldin+Senneby’s HeadlessIt seeks to situate the artist’s novel within the broader context of the visual arts in the hopes of sparking a much-needed discussion about a practice that has long been ignored by critical strands in art discourse. It includes valuable resources, such as the only existing bibliography of artists’ novels. 

*An essay by David Maroto, accompanied by interviews with Benjamin Seror, Cally Spooner, Mai-Thu Perret, Goldin+Senneby, Francis McKee, Vivian Ziherl, Natasha Soobramanien, Clive Phillpot, Alex Cecchetti, Łukasz Gorczyca, Jan Jasiński

22.00 EUR

Earthrise. Ecological Visions on Both Sides of the Wall

Author: Marco Scotini (ed.)
Title: Earthrise. Ecological Visions on Both Sides of the Wall
Publisher: Archive Books
Subject: Theory & Philosophy, Essays & Non-fiction, Exhibition Catalogue
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*billingual (Italian / English)

There is no question that ecological ideas have acquired a central role in contemporary episteme. In contrast, the heuristic function that these ideas can assume in the current polarisation is questionable: that which, over the last decade, has identified the environmental crisis with the (categorical and totalitarian) concept of the Anthropocene. Ecological discourse positioned itself inside historically situated trajectories that contributed to the transformation of aesthetical paradigms and political practices.
 
In the scenario that 1968 opened up, the transversal nature of subjectivity allowed it to cover different fields, beginning with the tension between the logic of a unitary discourse and the creation of a multiplicity of possible worlds, between the molar and the molecular, the micro and the macro. Ecological thought, as such, cannot help but conflict with that which is assumed to be homogeneous and constant, with that which forces the earth to be centred, measured, and expropriated, just as life must be biogenetically controlled, colonised, and subjected to patriarchy.

w/ contributions by 9999, Gianfranco Baruchello, Enrico Bonanate, Oriett Brombin, Valeri Ceregini, Antonio D'Avossa, Maja Fowkes, Piero Gilardi, Caterina Iaquinta, Petra K. Kelly, Henry  Martin, Marco Ornella, Daniela  Palazzoli, Marko Pogačnik, Marco Scotini, Ettore Sottsass, Elvira Vannini.

20.00 EUR

The Glossary of Cognitive Activism – (For a Not So Distant Future)

Author: Warren Neidich
Title: Glossary of Cognitive Activism – (For a Not So Distant Future)
Publisher: Archive Books
Subject: Theory & Philosophy
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This glossary is meant to accompany the three-volume publication The Psychopathologies of Cognitive Capitalism Part 1, 2 and 3. It reflects the concerns contained in those volumes. It marks the beginning of a long-term process of creating a dictionary of terms with which to understand and eventually destabilize the complex ways through which a future Neural Capitalism will work in creating contemporary forms of neural subsumption. Neural subsumption is a future condition brought about by an assemblage of networked neural technologies that will link our brainwaves to the Internet of Everything (IoE) and then encode them to use in advanced data analysis. No thought conscious or unconscious will be left unrecorded, encoded or surveyed. Furthermore this data will be used for a future form of data inscription upon the connectome: the data set describing the connection matrix of the nervous system and which represents the network of anatomical connections linking neural elements together. This in the end constitutes what I have called the Statisticon.—Warren Neidich

18.00 EUR

Children’s Games

Authors: Cuauhtmoc Medina, David MacDougall, Francis Alys, Jaap Guldemond, Marente Bloemheuvel (eds.)
Title: Francis Alys: Children's Games
Publisher: Eye Filmmuseum & Nai010 publishers
Subject: Exhibition Catalogue, Monographs
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Francis Alys has documented children at play all over the world, from kids playing knucklebones in Nepal to musical chairs in Mexico or flying kites in Afghanistan. He filmed in peaceful towns and villages, but also against the backdrop of conflict and tension, such as at a Yezidi refugee camp in Iraq or in besieged Kabul. This book shows the ways children everywhere pass the time and create their own fantasies in games and leisure, whether skipping stones, sandcastles, marbles, or hopscotch. The project is presented here as a series for the first time, with contributions by journalist Lorna Scott Fox, filmmaker David MacDougall, and art critic and curator Cuauhtemoc Medina.

21.00 EUR

Rehearsing Hospitalities

Authors: Yvonne Billimore, Jussi Koitela (eds.)
Title: Rehearsing Hospitalities
Publisher: Archive Books, Frame Contemporary Art Finland
Subject: Essays & Non-fiction, Theory & Philosophy
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Upon what kind of power structures of knowledge and knowing are contemporary art and artistic institutions dependent? Do practitioners in the art field reproduce oppressive Western epistemic paradigms through artistic practices and institutional structures, and if so, is there space for emancipatory ways of knowing? What are the ways that intersectional subjectivities open up new epistemic processes within the artistic field? These are among the questions and considerations that provide a critical lens for the 2019 Rehearsing Hospitalities programme by Frame Contemporary Art Finland, Helsinki.

15.00 EUR

Feminist Art Activisms and Artivisms

Author:  Katy Deepwell (ed.)
Title: Feminist Art Activisms and Artivisms
Publisher: Valiz
Subject: Essays & Non-fiction, Theory & Philosophy
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‘Feminisms’ (as a plural) is widely used today to draw attention to inequalities and to critique the status quo in limiting women’s roles/ positions/ lives/ potential. Art can offer a vision of future worlds, manifesting a desire for projecting change, playing with existing realities and conventions. Feminist Art Artivism and Activism, two sides of the same coin, arise where art approaches, develops or transforms into activism and vice versa, where activisms become artivisms. In both, art emerges in differing forms of political intervention, at both an individual, shared or collective level, apparent in actions, events, identifications and practices. 

This volume wants to reveal the diversity of these practices and realities. Representing a range of critical insights, perspectives and practices from artists, activists, curators, academics and writers, it explores and reflects on the enormous variety of feminist interventions in the field of contemporary art, social processes, the public sphere and politics. In doing so, Feminist Art Activisms and Artivisms touches upon broader questions of cultural difference, history, class, economic position, ecology, politics, sexual orientation, and the ways in which these intersect.

Contributions by Linda Aloysius, Marissa Begonia, Sreyashi Tinni Bhattacharyya, Marisa Carnesky, Paula Chambers, Amy Charlesworth, Emma Curd, Katy Deepwell, Tal Dekel, Emma Dick, Lior Elefant, Christine Eyene, Abbe Leigh Fletcher, GraceGraceGrace, Alana Jelinek, Sonja van Kerkhoff, Alexandra Kokoli, Elke Krasny, Loraine Leeson, Laura Malacart, Rosy Martin, Alice Maude-Roxby, Kathleen Mullaniff, Louise O’Hare, Tanja Ostojić, Martina Pachmanová, Gill Park, Pune Parsafar, Roxane Permar, Anne Robinson, Stefanie Seibold, Pam Skelton, Mare Tralla, Christina Vasileiou, Camille Melissa Waring, Michelle Williams Gamaker, Virginia Yiqing Yang. 

28.00 EUR

Autumn’s Sun

Author: Loren Connors
Title: Autumn's Sun
Publisher: Blank Form Editions
Subject: Artists' Writings, Literature & Poetry, Music
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In the mid-80s, Connors took a partial break from music and focused instead on the art of haiku, for which he received the Lafcadio Hearn Award in 1987. With his wife Suzanne Langille he also co-wrote an article on blues and haiku, 'The Dancing Ear,' published in the Haiku Society of America's journal. It was during this period that Connors penned the material that appears in Autumn's Sun, a chapbook first published by Thurston Moore and Byron Coley's Glass Eye in 1999. The text features diary excerpts from 1987, lyrically fragmented observations interspersed with haiku-like poems that paint an idyllic impression of the passing seasons in his home of New Haven, Connecticut. With synesthetic perception, Connors gazes from tranquil domestic streets. Sycamore, elm, and catalpa trees are activated by the breeze and made to rustle in unison with their natural and artificial surroundings, including the howling dogs from which Connors derived his 'Mazzacane' moniker. As summer fades to winter, Connors portrays death as an undramatic certitude, the flux of his own maturation reflected in musings on his son's. Like his music, Autumn's Sun is tender without being sentimental, conjuring those rare, delicate moments when time stands still.

This edition includes 'The Dancing Ear'  and an introduction by Lawrence Kumpf.

20.00 EUR

F. R. David, Spring 2020. Very Good

Authors: Paula Abbott, Will Holder (ed.)
Title: F. R. David (Spring 2020): Very Good
Publisher: uh Books, KW Institute for Contemporary Art
Subject: Periodicals & Reprints, Essays & Non-fiction, Literature & Poetry
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Like music, the issue’s 'theme' is better off unaccounted for, and up in the air, like a flock of birds (creatures who feature heavily), circling around performance, listening bodies, given time, and loving relations.

This issue serves as a reader for 'We can still see the horizon (and it’s curved)' a Summer residency at Hospitafield, Scotland; led by Will Holder and Paul Abbott.

w/ contributions and texts by Ibn Al-Razzaz Al Jazari, Robert Ashley, Lula Bak, Jorge Luis Borges, Judith Butler, Italo Calvino, Hugo Cole, Ornette Coleman, Milford Graves, Keira Greene (& Alexandrina Hemsley) , Wilson Harris, Barbara Herrnstein Smith, Bernadette Mayer, Sophie Nys, Evan Parker, Harry Partch, Paul Pitchford, Marcel Proust, Cecil Taylor, Wu Tsang & Fred Moten, Michel Serres, Lucy Skaer, Gertrude Stein, Ian White, WH. 

11.00 EUR

YES YES YES Revolutionary Press in Italy 1966-1977

Authors:  Emanuele De Donno, Amedeo Martegani (eds.)
Title: YES YES YES Revolutionary Press in Italy 1966-1977. From Mondo Beat to Zut
Publisher: Viaindustriae publishing, A+Mbookstore
Subject: Essays & Non-fiction, Art History
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Yes Yes Yes Revolutionary Press in Italy investigates the Italian scene of Revolutionary Press and editorial 'organs' printed as news sheets, newspapers, magazines, mimeographs, pamphlets, some daily papers and magazines, other discontinuous publications including single editions printed while awaiting authorization… Sometimes the journals were a one time only supplement or attachment, ephemeral and volatile. The dynamic printing activities were linked to the political, ideological, antagonist and counter-cultural struggle of a period of protest and occupation of civil spaces, areas of freedom and social creativity.

A critical selection of over 600 publications printed between 1966 and 1977 are cataloged in this book. This research is the natural continuation of the substantial publication, released in 2014 and published by the same publishers: Yes Yes Yes, Alternative press, 66-77 from Provo to Punk, curated by Emanuele De Donno and Amedeo Martegani. That first volume examined the role of European, American alternative, underground and counter-cultural press in a flourishing period: 1966-1977; this new edition focuses, on the same frame of time, on the Italian scene which extensive strategy of 'connivance' and the disparate regional geography, has made it necessary, in order to thematically section the topic, to offer a wide view not only of the underground, independent and counter-cultural alternative press media but also of counter-information, ultra-radical political and ideological publications.

*bilingual (English / Italian)

49.00 EUR

Wolfskinder

Author:  Claudia Heinermann
Title: Wolfskinder
Publisher: Self-published
Subject: Photography, Artists' Books
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When the Red Army conquered East Prussia in 1945, thousands of German children were left on their own, because their parents had been killed during bombing raids or during harsh winters without any food or shelter. Older children often tried to keep their siblings together, and survival—searching for food and shelter—became their number-one priority. Many went on food-scrounging trips into neighboring Lithuania and were adopted by the rural Lithuanian farmers, who often employed them. Most of these children made these trips back and forth many times to get food for their sick mothers or siblings. They were called 'Wolfskinder' because of their wolf-like wandering through the forests and along railroad tracks, sometimes catching rides on top or in between railroad cars, jumping off before reaching Soviet control stations. All who assisted the German children to survive had to hide their efforts from the Soviet occupation authorities in Lithuania. Therefore, many German childrens names were changed, and only after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1990 could they reveal their true identities.

Some hundred Wolfskinder were discovered in Lithuania after the separation from Russia. Today almost 80 still live there. From the beginning of the 1990s on, Wolf children have fought for their German citizenship. They have their own association. The Federal Office of Administration within the Federal Ministry of the Interior (Germany) held for a long time to the standpoint that persons who left Konigsberg territory after World War II had renounced their German citizenship.

w/ a text by Sonya Winterberg

50.00 EUR

Natural Enemies of Books. A Messy History of Women in Printing and Typography

Authors: MMS (Maryam Fanni, Matilda Flodmark and Sara Kaaman)
Title: Natural Enemies of Books. A Messy History of Women in Printing and Typography
Publisher: Occassional Papers
Subject: Graphic Design, Essays & Non-fiction
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The Natural Enemies of Books is a response to the groundbreaking 1937 publication Bookmaking on the Distaff Side, which brought together contributions by women printers, illustrators, authors, typographers and typesetters. It highlights the print industry’s inequalities and proposes a takeover of the history of the book.

Edited by feminist graphic design collective MMS, Natural Enemies includes several new essays and poems by Kathleen Walkup, Ida Borjel, Jess Baines and Ulla Wikander. It also offers conversations with former typesetters Inger Humlesjo, Ingegard Waaranpera, Gail Cartmail and Megan Dobney as well as reprints of the original book.

16.00 EUR

Works and Words

Authors: Josine van Droffelaar, Piotr Olszanski (eds.)
Title: Works and Words
Publisher: De Appel, Roma Publications
Subject: Art History, Periodicals & Reprints
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This publication is an unedited reprint of the catalog originally published by De Appel in 1980 as a follow-up to the international art manifestation Works and Words.

The event sought to break with the one-way traffic of Western artists traveling to the East by inviting artists from Eastern Bloc countries to Amsterdam. The invited artists, theoreticians, film-makers, and art historians represented a broad spectrum of practices, theoretical approaches, and developments. The project resulted in an active exchange of ideas, new insights, and collaborations.

22.00 EUR

Modern Typography. An Essay in Critical History

Author: Robin Kinross
Title: Modern Typography. An Essay in Critical History
Publisher: Editions B42
Subject: Graphic Design, Theory & Philosophy
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Situating the birth of modern typography around 1700, when it started to be distinct from printing, Robin Kinross introduces in Modern Typography a new understanding of the subject: as something larger and more deeply rooted than a modernism of style, echoing Jürgen Habermas’s proposition that modernity is ‘a continuing project’. Starting with the early years of the Enlightenment in France and Britain, different cultures and countries successively become the focus for the discussion as they gain significance. Examining the social, technical and material contexts in which typographers operate, the argument also considers principles and explanations of practice. This essay is seminal in many ways, providing a lively and critical narrative of historical development, a springboard for further investigation, and reproductions of not-often seen items.

'This is a book to read and reread. It is provocative, dense, opinionated, and thoroughly original. […] It deserves to become a classic.' - Alastair Johnston, Bookways

28.00 EUR

The Legend of Barbara Rubin. Film Culture 80

Authors:  Jonas Mekas, Barbara Rubin, Chuck Smith, Charity Coleman, Christian Hiller, Sebastian Mekas, Anne Koenig, Sarai Meyron, Marc Siegel (eds.)
Title: The Legend of Barbara Rubin: Film Culture 60
Publisher: Spector Books
Subject: Essays & Non-fiction, Artists' Writings, Periodicals & Reprints
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Having entered the New York underground in the 1960s while still a teenager, filmmaker Barbara Rubin quickly became one of its key figures. Her pioneering 1963 double-projection film Christmas on  Earth was both sexually provocative and aesthetically innovative. She worked regularly with Jonas Mekas and Andy Warhol, introduced Bob Dylan to Allen Ginsberg, and connected Warhol with The Velvet Underground. During an intense period of activity and travel, Rubin wrote passionate letters about film and the underground to Mekas. This special eightieth issue of the magazine Film Culture features her previously unpublished letters to Mekas. It also includes interviews and Rubin’s script, Christmas on Earth Continued, a planned sequel to her notorious film.

28.00 EUR

Full Scale False Scale. A Reader of Sorts

Authors: Experimental Jetset
Title: Full Scale False Scale. A Reader of Sorts
Publisher: Roma Publications
Subject: Graphic Design, Artists' Books
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Four years after Statement and Counter-Statement (2015), Experimental Jetset returns with their second paperback for Roma Publications. Whereas the previous publication had a more overall monographic scope, Full Scale False Scale focuses on a single project: the long-term, site-specific installation that the studio recently created for the Museum of Modern Art in New York (commissioned to coincide with the museum's reopening in October 2019). Part reader part collage, the book forms a subjective archive of documentary material, just as constructed as the installation itself - a research project that took them from esoteric colour theories to dark political alliances, and from modernist diagonals to postmodern arches. The 276-page paperback comes with a 24-page zine, filled with photos by Johannes Schwartz - fully documenting the installation, in colour and black & white.

22.00 EUR

Don’t Trust Anyone Over Thirty

Author: Dan Graham
Title: Don't Trust Anyone Over Thirty
Publisher: Koenig Books
Subject: Monographs, DVDs, Artists' Books
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Continuing the artist’s cultural analysis of the ’60s, this is a satiric entertainment which began with Graham’s 1981 video, Rock My Religion, dealing with the evolution of youth culture during the ’50s, ’60s, and after. Don’t Trust… is set in the late ’60s to early ’70s period when the ‘hippie’ tribes moved their ‘counter culture’ to settlements to the bucolic ‘wilderness’ of the countryside. The work as Graham originally conceived it was meant to be staged as a puppet show, like The Muppets, for entertainment of former hippie fathers or grandfathers to see as a historical recreation by their children or grandchildren.

This is an artist book with an accompanying DVD of the film, Don’t Trust Anyone Over Thirty.

25.00 EUR

Architecture Itself and Other Postmodernization Effects

Author: Sylvia Lavin
Title: Architecture Itself and Other Postmodernization Effects
Publisher: Spector Books
Subject: Architecture, Exhibition Catalogue
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Postmodern architecture was characterized by four dominant beliefs: that architecture was distinct from the materiality of things; that history had an operative role to play in the present; that the emergence of a culture dominated by images enabled architects to equate drawing with authorship; and that architecture could secure its status among the arts by staking a claim to the exhibition space. While each strand of this belief system had deep historical roots, the expanding reach of American corporations played a crucial role in transforming these ideas into what was then termed the first global style. Architecture Itself and Other Postmodernist Myths features a series of fragments salvaged from canonic buildings of the late twentieth century together with archival materials from the CCA and other museum collections.

30.00 EUR

You

Author: Ann Noel 
Title: You
Publisher: Evryedition
Subject: Artists' Books, Periodicals & Reprints
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Ann Noël, whose multidisciplinary background integrates painting, graphic design, printmaking, photography, and performance, has lived and worked in Berlin since 1980. ‘You’ was first published in 1981, soon after her move to the city, when she became an active participant in the Fluxus movement. This new, revised edition comprises more than 400 drawings by the artist from the late 1970s and early ’80s – all handmade variations of the letter 'i'.

22.00 EUR

Conceptual Art in a Curatorial Perspective

Author: Nathalie Zonnenberg
Title: Conceptual Art in a Curatorial Perspective
Publisher: Valiz
Subject: Theory & Philosophy, Art History
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Conceptual Art in a Curatorial Perspective: Between Dematerialization and Documentation focuses on the curatorial practice of exhibiting conceptual art. The fact that conceptual works are not object-based, creates challenges in exhibiting or re-exhibiting them. This book offers various perspectives on how to handle conceptual art in the context of the museum, based on three detailed case studies and an extensive introduction in which the paradox of conceptual art is analyzed. It also elaborates on the history of exhibiting conceptual artworks, and on the influence of curators in their canonization. 

The aim of the book is not to offer clear-cut practical solutions, but to raise awareness of the issue and the different ways of dealing with it within the traditional curatorial field. It is relevant for students of art and culture (particularly in museum and curatorial studies), art and museum professionals, and everyone interested in the art of the 1960s and 1970s.

27.00 EUR

The Readymade Century

Author: Dieter Daniels
Title: The Readymade Century
Publisher: Spector Books
Subject: Essays & Non-fiction, Art History
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When Marcel Duchamp invented the readymade one hundred years ago, there was no way of knowing that these random objects taken from everyday life would have such a lasting influence on art. The book The Readymade Century examines his readymades from two perspectives: the Readymade Index investigates the genesis and consistency of Duchamp’s concept in the first fifty years (1914 – 1964) of the 'readymade century'. The second part, Readymade Exposition, describes the history of its reception, which extends far beyond the artist’s lifetime. The edition of Duchamp’s readymades as multiples and the exhibition of Andy Warhol’s Brillo Boxes constitute the hinge between the two sections. Occurring at the same time – although independently of one another – these two events in 1964 mark a turning point in the middle of the readymade century that has direct relevance for contemporary artistic practices of the “already made”. The book combines theoretical reflection with the visual staging of art.

W/ a contribution by Olaf Nicolai

16.00 EUR

Film Lexicon of Sexual Practices / Prohibited Imports

Authors: Maria Eichhorn, Scott Watson (ed.)
Title: Film Lexicon of Sexual Practices / Prohibited Imports
Publisher: Walther Koenig
Subject: Monographs, Exhibition Catalogue
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This book tracks two ongoing projects by German installation artist Maria Eichhorn (born 1962), both of which explore the representation of sexual imagery. Prohibited Imports now consists of four books that were censored by Japanese customs; Film Lexicon of Sexual Practices currently comprises 20 films.

The essays by Nina Power, Nora M. Alter, Pamela M Lee, and Scott Watson engage the critical dimension of these compelling works.

30.00 EUR

Gyvenimo lai(š)kai

Author: (ed.) Kęstutis Pikūnas; Jonas ir Adolfas Mekai
Title: Gyvenimo lai(š)kai
Publisher: Post Scriptum. Littera
Subject: Essays & Non-fiction
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Nuo 1957 iki 1995 metų iš Niujorko megapolio į Semeniškių kaimą Jonas ir Adolfas Mekai išsiuntė daugybę mamai, broliui Petrui ir kitiems artimiesiems adresuotų laiškų. Laiškuose pasakojamos išskirtinės brolių istorijos, minimos neįtikėtinos pažintys ir patirtys Amerikoje, tačiau dauguma jų persmelkti vaikystės ilgesio ir prisiminimų iš Lietuvos. Daugiau nei šimtas knygoje pirmą kartą viešai publikuojamų laiškų atskleidžia ne tik itin artimą ryšį tarp Jono ir jo jauniausio brolio Adolfo, bet ir visos Mekų šeimos istoriją.

Originalius laiškus, iškarpas ir nuotraukų albumus išsaugojo brolis Petras Mekas, o su knygos sudarytoju Kęstučiu Pikūnu šia medžiaga pasidalijo Biržuose gyvenančios Mekų dukterėčios Edita Rubinienė ir Ina Guogienė. Knygoje gausu ir mažai kam matytų šios giminės gyvenimą iliustruojančių nuotraukų, kurios surinktos iš plačios Mekų giminės asmeninių albumų bei žinomų Lietuvos fotografų Algimanto Kunčiaus, Antano Sutkaus, Viktoro Kapočiaus ir kitų fotomenininkų archyvų. Beveik šimtą metų apimantis foto pasakojimas papildytas šeimos narių prisiminimais.

SPOILER! The book is in Lithuanian

30.00 EUR

The Making of Husbands. Christina Ramberg in Dialogue

Authors: Christina Ramberg, Anna Gritz (ed.)
Title: The Making of Husbands. Christina Ramberg in Dialogue
Publisher: Walther Koenig, KW Institute for Contemporary Art
Subject: Monographs, Exhibition Catalogue
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Christina Ramberg was one of the most intriguing painters to emerge within a generation of Chicago Imagists. She left a significant body of comic, formally elegant, erotically sinister paintings. Her understanding of the body as an environment that is closely intertwined with its surrounding, shaped by corsets, hairdos as well as behavioural conventions was central to the exhibition at KW Institute for Contemporary Art (Berlin) in 2019 – in connection to which this book was published – proposing an analysis of conduct based on her approach as something constructed by the structures that externally and internally determine our existence.

This clothbound book contains a representative selection of Ramberg’s paintings and drawings and places them in dialogue with the work of fellow artists such as Alexandra Bircken, Sara Deraedt, Gaylen Gerber, Frieda Toranzo Jaeger, Konrad Klapheck, Ghislaine Leung, Hans-Christian Lotz, Senga Nengudi, Ana Pellicer, Richard Rezac, Diane Simpson, Terre Thaemlitz and Kathleen White.

The book also comprises texts by Dodie Bellamy, Kathrin Bentele, Jen George, Larne Abse Gogarty, Judith Russi Kirshner, Leon Kruijswijk.

30.00 EUR

Much Obliged

Author: Stephen Sutcliffe; Gavin Everall (ed.)
Title: Much Obliged
Publisher: Bookworks
Subject: Artists' Writings
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This book is called Much Obliged for two reasons. The first is that it is what Stephen’s dad says when he has been served in shops. The second is because Stephen has noticed that he only does things to stop himself letting people down.

Joe Brainard’s I Remember is the inspiration for Stephen Sutcliffe’s similarly constructed assemblage of loosely connected reminiscences, each containing a reference to ‘Stephen’. John Ashbery described Brainard’s writing as ‘humane smut’, and, drawing on the comedy of childhood, experience of work, and school friends, as well as family snapshots and Stephen’s own collages, Much Obliged finds a similar tone, firmly rooted in class, the challenge to authority, self-doubt and self-deprecation.

15.00 EUR

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

Authors: Jan-Frederik Bandel, Annette Gilbert, Tania Prill (eds.)
Title: Under the Radar. Underground Zines and Self-Publicatins 1965-1975 (2nd edition)
Publisher: Spector Books
Subject: Exhibition  Catalogues, Artists' Books
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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

The Bear in The Mirror

Author: Simone Forti
Title: The Bear in the Mirror
Publisher: Cornerhouse Publications, Vleeshal
Subject: Artists' Writings, Literature & Poetry
Stock: ✔

Iʼve gathered so many books (….), all about the family. This is all washing over me like a waterfall. I canʼt figure out the genealogy, the chronology flows like currents that wind around each other at different rates. (…). And now Iʼm recognizing that Iʼm part of this tribe, this family of writers writing about our tribe.

These sentences can be found in Simone Fortiʼs new publication, The Bear in the Mirror – a wonderful collection of stories, prose-poems, drawings, photos, letters, notes and memories.

Simone Forti dives into the (his)stories of her family and of the woollen mills they once owned, trying to put all the myths and fragments of information into some kind of perspective. She takes us on a mind-provoking, mesmerizing journey through time and place, from December 1938 till the present moment, from Italy to Los Angeles.

Along the journey we find ourselves in different cities and in the woods, where we meet her family, bears, dogs and spiders.

 & the design by the dearest Nerijus Rimkus 

20.00 EUR

Between the Sum and the Parts

Authors: Lydia Cabrera; Karen Marta, Gabriela Ranger (eds.)
Title: Between the Sum and the Parts
Publisher: Walther Koenig, Americas Society
Subject: Literature & Poetry, Monographs
Stock: temporary unavailable

Ever the trickster, Lydia Cabrera blurred the lines between historian and storyteller, reality and fiction. Finding their initial audience in the avant-garde milieu of interwar Paris, Cabrera's stories influenced by Afro-Cuban myths and folktales continue to delight and inspire generations of artists, writers, and scholars. When the rise of fascism forced Cabrera's return to her native Cuba, she devoted her life to the preservation of Afro-Cuban cultures, work that culminated in her scholarly masterpiece, El Monte, in which the voices and rituals of the dead animate Cuba's wilderness. The first English volume dedicated to her life and work, this publication introduces her substantial legacy to a new audience.

Texts by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Gabriela Rangel, Asad Raza, and Christopher Winks, with a facsmile of a story illustrated by Alexandra Exter.

24.00 EUR

Sol LeWitt: Folds and Rips 1966-1980

Author: Sol Lewitt, Dieter Schwartz (ed.)
Title: Sol LeWitt: Folds and Rips 1966-1980
Publisher: Walther Koenig
Subject: Monographs, Exhibition Catalogue
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In 1966, Sol LeWitt conceived a new type of work, ‘drawings without drawing’, replacing traditional drawing by using various ways of folding paper.

In 1969, he started to regularly produce what he called Folds, first as gifts to friends, but then as works to be distributed by his dealers. In 1971 he added the Rips, drawings made of ripped paper. LeWitt went from ripping papers of various sizes and colours in different ways, to working with city maps, air view photos of Florence, Manhattan and Chicago from which he removed areas.The systematic approach on which LeWitt’s work is based, was also applied to the Folds and Rips, and so they most often were created in series.

The book presents these works for the first time, with a historical essay by influential Swiss curator Dieter Schwarz, and a complete catalogue of the Folds and the Rips.

40.00 EUR

Städelschule Lectures 1

Authors: (eds.) Philippe Pirottem Arielle Bier
Title: Städelschule Lectures 1
Publisher: Koenig Books
Subject: Art History, Theory & Philosophy, Essays & Non-fiction
Stock: temporary unavailable

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Städelschule Lectures 1 presents lectures, conversations, and interviews by Monika Baer, Petra Van Brabandt, Douglas Gordon, Mark Leckey, Joshua Oppenheimer, Philippe Parreno, Philippe Pirotte, Lucy Raven, Willem de Rooij, Martha Rosler, Adi Rukun, Georgia Sagri, Mark von Schlegell, Amy Sillman, and Josef Strau. This publication is the first of a series cataloguing selected presentations from the past twenty years. 

20.00 EUR

Questions? Looking for Answers in the Middle of Somewhere

Authors: (eds.) David BennewithSereina Rothenberger, Studio HammerStaatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe
Title: Questions? Looking for Answers in the Middle of Somewhere
Publisher: Spector Books
Subject: Essays & Non-fiction, Graphic Design
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Q: What did you do exactly? A: First, in May 2015, and then again in November 2017, we invited a selection of graphic designers to Otl Acher's "Institut für analoge Studien" in Rotis, near Neukirch im Allgäu. Over two days these designers were interviewed in a myriad of ways by graphic design students from the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design, whose assignment it was to learn to ask, and design, questions. 

Q: Who did you invite? A: Marietta Eugster and Manuel Krebs (Norm) from Switzerland, Wayne Daly and Veronica Ditting from the UK, Elisabeth Klement & Laura Pappa and Vinca Kruk (Metahaven) from the Netherlands, Monika Maus from Germany, Boy Vereeken from Belgium, Vier 5 from France and Honza Zamojski from Poland.

Q: How did it go? A: Weeeeelllll...

20.00 EUR

Composing the Space. Sculptures in the Avant-garde

Authors: (eds.) Malgorzata Jedrzejczyk, Katarzyna Sloboda
Title: Composing the Space. Sculptures in the Avant-garde. A Reader / Anthology
Publisher: Walther Koenig
Subject: Art History, Theory & Philosophy
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Guided in part by the concerns of Polish sculptor Katarzyna Kobro, Composing the Space looks at avant-garde sculpture’s dialogues with various conceptions of space, movement and the human body. Kobro’s artistic experiments are presented in the context of comparable sculptural endeavors by artists such as Naum Gabo, Friedrich Kiesler and El Lissitzky. In Kobro’s view, the dynamism of our motor skills should be counterbalanced with a carefully measured and organized sequence of plastic (sculptural, architectural) rhythms unfolding in both time and space.

According to Kobro, sculpture was becoming a model of the new order to be introduced in our immediate environment, based on a psychophysical coordination of human beings leading to a rationalized and purposeful construction of the space of everyday life. Included here are texts by Naum Gabo, Barbara Hepworth, Katarzyna Kobro, Laszló Moholy-Nagy, Vladimir Tatlin and Georges Vantongerloo, alongside critical commentary by Yve-Alain Bois, Carola Giedion-Welcker, Rosalind Krauss, Megan Luke and Alex Potts.

35.00 EUR

Holding the Camera

Author: Alberto Vieceli
Title: Holding the Camera
Publisher: Spector Books
Subject: Artists' Books
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How one tilts the camera, holds it with both hands in front of the waist. How one looks through the viewfinder, gazes one-eyed into the world. How one hides it in stockings, behind the back, and how one lets it peep out from behind the corner of a building, as though it were a detective. Holding the Camera shows a pictorial genre from the now extinct era of analogue photography. Like the dinosaurs, supposedly the victims of a violent meteorite bombardement, also these images that were once distributed a million times over in instructions and advertisements, have been erased, deleted. -  Nadine Olonetzky

32.00 EUR

Bauhaus #11

Author: (ed.) Claudia Perren (Bauhaus Dessau Foundation)
Title: Bauhaus 11. Centenary
Publisher: Spector Books
Subject: Periodicals & Reprints, Architecture
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The magazine Bauhaus No. 11 appears at the end of the major Bauhaus anniversary year. A review as preview. What was, what remains, and, most importantly, what is to come at the Bauhaus Dessau after '100 Years of Bauhaus'? The magazine looks back at an eventful jubilee and captures special moments, atmospheres, encounters, and insights. Bauhaus No. 11 presents the radical ideas that the Bauhaus has inspired in 100 young architecture students from all over the world and asks what a modern-day Bauhaus school might look like—it dances on the stage, browses in the building research archive, visits the new Bauhaus Museum Dessau, and experiences the Dessau Bauhaus buildings in a completely new way. In the process, it meets Bauhaus experts and newcomers, fans and sceptics, tourists and performance artists, historians and shapers of the future.

12.00 EUR

Word, Image and Institutional Critique

Author: (ed.) Christa-Maria Lerm Hayes
Title:  Brian O'Doherty / Patrick Ireland.Word, Image and Institutional Critique
Publisher: Valiz
Subject: Essays & Non-fiction
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This collection of essays assembles investigations of Brian O’Doherty’s / Patrick Ireland’s seminal work: his visual art practice, art criticism, institutional leadership and critique, media work, and literary writing. The international authors provide fresh perspectives on an oeuvre that has resonance on both sides of the Atlantic. 
O’Doherty’s role in and for conceptual art and minimalism in New York through, among others, publication of a box-shaped journal, Aspen 5+6 (1967) is as much a theme as his seminal critique of the Modernist white cube gallery (Inside the White Cube, 1976), his art-historical ventures, and Irish origins. O’Doherty’s key role in creating funding mechanisms for conceptual and live art in the US (as a Director of the National Endowment for the Arts) is featured, together with his differentiation and calling into question of many categories, such as landscape, drawing, the senses, and word and image relations. 

Features contributions by:  Alexander Alberro, Hans Belting, Anne-Marie Bonnet, Lucy Cotter, Patricia Falguières, Christina Kennedy, Ingmar Lähnemann, Christa-Maria Lerm Hayes, Thomas McEvilley, Brenda Moore-McCann, Barbara Novak, Whitney Rugg, Yvonne Scott, Mary-Ruth Walsh

25.00 EUR

Painting Beyond Itself

Authors: Isabelle Graw, Ewa Lajer-Burcharth (eds.)
Title:  Painting Beyond Itself. The Medium in the Post-medium Condition
Publisher: Sternberg Press
Subject: Essays & Non-fiction, Theory & Philosophy
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In response to recent developments in pictorial practice and critical discourse, 
Painting beyond Itself: The Medium in the Post-medium Condition seeks new ways to approach and historicize the question of the medium. Reaching back to the earliest theoretical and institutional definitions of painting, this book—based on a conference at Harvard University in 2013—focuses on the changing role of materiality in establishing painting as the privileged practice, discourse, and institution of modernity. Myriad conceptions of the medium and its specificity are explored by an international group of scholars, critics, and artists. Painting beyond Itself is a forum for rich historical, theoretical, and practice-grounded conversation.

With contributions by Carol Armstrong, Benjamin H. D. Buchloh, Sabeth Buchmann, Rene Demoris, Isabelle Graw, David Joselit, Jutta Koether, Ewa Lajer-Burcharth, Jacqueline Lichtenstein, Julie Mehretu, Matt Saunders, Amy Sillman

15.00 EUR

Art and (Bare) Life

Author: Josephine Berry
Title:  Art and (Bare) Life
Publisher: Sternberg Press
Subject: Theory & Philosophy
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Art and (Bare) Life: A Biopolitical Inquiry analyzes modern and contemporary art’s drive to blur with life, and how this is connected to the democratic state’s biologized control of life. Art’s ambition to transform life intersects in striking ways with modern biopower’s aim to normalize, purify, judge, and transform life—rendering it bare. In these intersecting yet different orientations toward life, this book finds the answer to the question: How did autonomous art become such an effective tool of the capitalist state?  

From today’s 'creative cities' to the birth of modern democracy and art in the French Revolution, Art and (Bare) Life explores how the Enlightenment’s discovery of life itself is mirrored in politics and art. The galvanizing revelation that we are, in Michel Foucault’s words, 'a living species in a living world,' free to alter our environment to produce specific effects, is compared here to the discovery that art is an autonomous system that can be piloted toward its own self-determined ends—art for art’s sake. But when both art and the capitalist state seek to change life rather than reflect it, they find themselves set on a collision course.  

'The millennial body of the human is a territory marked by sacred codes, disciplines, and abstractions. To the technologies of biopower Josephine Berry waves the Medusa head of the art of rebellion.'

—Matteo Pasquinelli, Professor in Media Theory, Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design

25.00 EUR

Asukų knyga

Author: Beatričė Mockevičiūtė
Title: Asukų knyga
Publisher: self-published
Subject: Artists' Books
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Beatričė Mockevičiūtė associates the act of creating with the possibility to grasp that which is usually translucent and ephemeral in the everyday. Apartment blocks visited by reflections of the sun or truck tarpaulins blown about in the wind may be meticulously man-made, but they are also independent and unpredictable. A gaze is the main instrument which allows us to recognise and define such translucent characters of the everyday.

The book of 'Asukas' is the natural extension of the artist's exploration of the sun and the shadows, the translucent and the ephemera of the everyday. Limited edition of 50.

Gathered and bounded together on demand. 

45.00 EUR

Pusiniai namai

Author: Inga Navickaitė
Title: Pusiniai namai / Half Houses
Publisher: Self-published
Subject: Artists' Books, Architecture
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This project started as an aesthetic riddle: is this house not lacking its second half? So then we returned to Vilijampolė, Kaunas for a bunch more times, wandering through its streets and yards, seeking to re-think and re-imagine the stories behind these halves. Strange feeling of compositional lack comes to us every time when we look at these pictures. It is a forceful reflection of the loss here experienced: the missing half of the city's history. However neither the houses nor their inhabitants seem to forget that which has been lost, its legacy can be heard even in a brief chat that interrupts their daily toil. 

Photographs and interviews with the residents are tied together by a paperclip, like a cadastral file. Techniques used: ink, offset and silkscreen printing. Edition of 100! 

25.00 EUR

Scrapbook of the Sixties (Reprint) Writings 1954-2010

Authors: Jonas Mekas, Anne Konig (ed.)
Title: Scrapbook of the Sixties (Reprint). Writings 1954-2010
Publisher: Spector Books
Subject: Artists' Books, Essays & Non-fiction
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Andy Warhol, Susan Sontag, John Lennon & Yoko Ono — Jonas Mekas was well acquainted with a great many New York artists. Born in Lithuania, he came to Brooklyn via Germany in 1949 and began shooting his first experimental films there. Mekas developed a form of film diary in which he recorded his daily observations. He became the barometer of the New York art scene and a pioneer of American avant-garde cinema. Every week, starting in 1958 he published his legendary »Movie Journal« column in the Village Voice, writing on a range of subjects that were by no means restricted to the world of film. He conducted numerous interviews with artists, some of which will now appear for the first time in his Scrapbook of a Sixties. The book contains published and unpublished texts that reveal Mekas as a thoughtful diarist and an unparalleled chronicler of the day — a phenomenon that has continued now for over fifty years.

28.00 EUR

Žurnalas Kaunui ‘Į’ #4

Authors: Akvilė Anglickaitė,Viktoras Bahmetjevas, Miglė Ceinorytė, Gintaras Česonis, Gintarė Krasuckaitė, Viktorija Mašanauskaitė-Rinkšelė (eds.)
Title: Žurnalas Kaunui 'Į': įvairiatautis Kaunas
Publisher: Kaunas Photography Gallery
Subject: Periodicals & Reprints
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Kaunas pastarąją pusę amžiaus gyvavo įsitikinimu, kad yra lietuviškiausias miestas pasaulyje. Tai buvo tiesa. Lyginant su Vilniumi, Klaipėda ar Panevėžiu, Kaune iš tiesų buvo didžiausias lietuvių nuošimtis. Tačiau tai ne visa tiesa. Iki pat Antrojo pasaulinio karo šis miestas buvo itin mišrios tautinės sudėties, tokiu jis po truputį virsta ir dabar.

Šiame numeryje bandome apžvelgti daugiakultūrį Kauną. Žydai, rusai, lenkai, vokiečiai, indai, totoriai, italai atsiskleidžia pačiais įvairiausiais rakursais ir pjūviais. Kaunas, pasirodo, nėra toks vienalytis, kokiu save laiko. Tai buvo vienas atradimas, nuspėjamas, tačiau vis tiek įdomus.

Tačiau rengiant šį numerį nutiko ir kitas dalykas. Bandydami atkapstyti kitas, nelietuviškas, kultūras Kaune, neišvengiamai turėjome priimti ir pamatyti tų kultūrų žvilgsnį į save. Tai, ką laikome duotybe, lietuviškumu, norma, čia mums grįžo tarsi veidrodžio atspindy – kitų kultūrų atstovai atvėrė Kauną, kuris mums gal šiek tiek neįprastas ir naujas, tačiau įdomus ir vis tiek savas. Čia aptikome ir indus, žaidžiančius kriketą, ir kenijietę, sudėjusią meilės dainą Kaunui, ir net indišką šventyklą Rotušės aikštėje.

15.00 EUR

Borrowed Sympathy

Author: Kristina Alijošiūtė
Title: Borrowed Sympathy
Publisher: Self-published, 
Subject: Artists' Books, Photography, Zines
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Borrowed Sympathy is a collective diary containing 14 personal stories from different individuals. It's a call to share details acquainted by simpky living one's day-to-day life with irs brights and darks. It can be a feeling, self-criticism, random observation or anything we would usually find not significant enough to be shared on social media. 

sympathy (noun): understanding between people; common feeling; support in the form of shared feelings or opinions; agreement with or an approval of an option or aim; a favourable attituted. 

Contributions by Algė Ramanauskienė, Eglė Ožalaitė, Elisa Rodríguez, Demian Jacob, Justas Ambrizas, Kelly A. Berry, Kristina Alijošiūtė, Lisa-Mary Dickinson, Mariejem Tordjo, Robert Pantel, Stasys Mačiulskas, Vaiva Žemaitytė. All the photos were submitted by contributors. 

Risography (printed by Drucken 3000, Berlin), limited edition of 75. 
Cover picture and the color of  a rubber band may vary. 

14.00 EUR

Archives (Pohulianka)

Author: Algirdas Šeškus
Title: Archives (Pohulianka). Photographs 1975-1983
Publisher: Lithuanian Art Museum
Subject: Monographs
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The name of Algirdas Šeškus, a photographer from Vilnis, is often mentioned by art critics and historians of photography when marking a turning point in Lithuanian photography. Šeškus focuses on the nature of the visible, on the matching of the intention and the meaning with the fact (the event being the act of photographing itself), the de-contextualisation of the content. Developing his creation without a direction, without any topics, without artistic research into objects, without conceptual projects, and thus cultivating the aesthetics of "amateurishness", the artist has balanced between artistic nihilism and the fetishism of the creaive act, between the underground and the official, between collectivism and individualism (...) His position is expressed in indistintict, blurred snapshots, devoid of any order and messy from the point of view of composition, and the bleak, minimalist form of the print, lacking in contrast, as well as by the valueless and uninteresting choice of content. 

The 1875-1983 archive of photographs reveals a (neo)avant-garde(anti)aesthetics, experimental expression, and original ideas, which found their expression beyond its limits of traditional Lithuanian photography. - Margarita Matulytė

*In the past Pohulianka (now it is Jono Basanavičiaus st.) was a well-known part of Vilnius. The name originated from Polish word pohulanka, and means "to have a drink, a pub crawl, a feast".

6.00 EUR

eeK 2014-2018

Authors: Robertas Narkus, Nerijus Rimkus (eds.)
Title: eeK 2014-2018. Eksperimentinės inžinerijos stovykla eeKūlgrinda
Publisher: Six Chairs Books 
Subject: Artists' Books
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Within the management of circumstances career that the artist Robertas Narkus has created for himself, the role of Eek - a yearly two week break with a daily fluctuating number of artists - has received little attention yet it has played an important role. In fact Kartena, an archetypical Lithuanian village just a few-hours drive from Vilnius, located on the banks of the river Minija, surrounded by hills and lush forests areas, with its one-main-square, one-restaurant, one-shop, one-bus-stop, one-candle-factory and one-cemetary-at-the-edge-of-town was the perfect set to see Narkus’ hazy practice in its clearest form. 

For five consecutive years Eek functioned as a focus point for good food, good drinks, lots of smoking, telling stories, jokes and experiment. Aside from a super fast internet connection, not much more was provided to guests and the bare staging of the surroundings served as a reminder of the artificiality of this group of people being there. The attendees of Eek weren’t asked to create or show any work, they were just asked to show up and spend time together. Yet a potent mixture of pragmatics, time and enthusiasm shared between the attendees instigated that over the course of the days spent there things would start to take shape. And, as the photographs of the several editions of Eek featured in this book allow us to see, what a gathering place Eek was.  - YANA FOQUE

with texts by Auridas Gajauskas, Jokūbas Čižikas, Valentinas Klimašauskas, Yana Foque, Monika Kalinauskaitė, Žygimantas Kudirka and with thanks to everyone who joined the roads. 

SPOILER ! The book is in Lithuanian! 

10.00 EUR

Over There. A Queer Anthology of Joy

Author: Richard Porter (ed.)
Title: Over Threre. A Queer Anthology of Rage
Publisher: Pilot Press
Subject: Artists' Writings, Zines

Anthology number two asks what is joy? Is joy possible in the world today? If so, how do queer people imagine or experience it? Over 30 writers, artists and performers consider queer joy with contributors including Eileen Myles, Wayne Koestenbaum, Hilton Als, AA Bronson, Timothy Thornton, Sophie Robinson, Eley Williams and Honey Dijon.

16.00 EUR

A Queer Anthology of Rage

Author: Richard Porter (ed.)
Title: A Queer Anthology of Rage
Publisher: Pilot Press
Subject: Artists' Writings, Zines
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The final anthology in the trilogy looks at rage with contributors including AA Bronson, Christeene, Sarah Schulman, Olivia Laing, Paul Lee, Chris Kraus, Paul P. and G.B. Jones, John Maybury, David Rattray, FAG MOB, and many more.

18.00 EUR

Seven Years. The Rematerialization of Art from 2011 to 2017

Author: Maria Lind
Title: Seven Years. The Rematerialization of Art from 2011 to 2017
Publisher: Sternberg Press
Subject: Theory & Philosophy, Art History, Essays & Non-fiction
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This is a subjective chronicle of contemporary art from 2011 to 2017. During this period, the curator, writer, and educator Maria Lind regularly wrote a column for the print edition of ArtReview. The writings focused on individual art works and exhibitions, extending to conversations and debates that were developing in the art world and beyond during these seven years. Works by Haegue Yang, Hassan Khan, Uglycute, Tania Perez-Cordova, and Walid Raad, among others, are thought through, alongside exhibitions such as dOCUMENTA (13), the 2014 Sharjah Biennial, the 2015 Ural Industrial Biennial, as well as several editions of the Venice Biennale.

In Seven Years, Lind’s writings are complemented with an introduction by artists Goldin+Senneby, who discuss Lind’s materialist approach through the use of the word 'hand' and how it applies to art. The writings are further complemented by the book’s design produced by long-term collaborators Metahaven. Three additional essays then filter her writing: Sofía Hernandez Chong Cuy reflects on how writing can affect curatorial work, and the other way around, both for Lind and for herself. Artist Ahmet Ogut conducts an imagined interview with Maria Lind, and Philippe Parreno weaves a summary of the years between 2010 and 2018, highlighting the notion of potentiality. The book closes with a postscript by Joanna Warsza, fellow curator, in which she compiles a glossary of the book’s key ideas and terms.

22.00 EUR

TV

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

36.00 EUR

Love and Ethnology

Authors: Diedrich Diederichsen, Anselm Franke (eds.)
Title: Love and Ethnology. The Colonial Dialectic of Sensitivity (after Hubert Fichte)
Publisher: Sternberg Press, Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW)
Subject: Theory & Philosophy, Essays & Non-fiction, Artists' Writings
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Can the ethnological observations and feelings on Afro-diasporic cultures of a German writer be 'restituted'? What are the possibilities and limits of using self-reflection and gay sexuality as research tools?

Since 2017, the exhibition and publication project Hubert Fichte: Love and Ethnology has followed these questions through Hubert Fichte’s cycle of novels Die Geschichte der Empfindlichkeit (The History of Sensitivity). Fascinated by Afro-diasporic arts and religions, Fichte (1935–1986) traveled to cities such as Salvador da Bahia, Santiago de Chile, Dakar, New York, and Lisbon. For the project, translations from his Geschichte der Empfindlichkeit became the basis for critical local receptions and new artistic works in these cities. The final exhibition Love and Ethnology – The Colonial Dialectic of  Sensitivity (after Hubert Fichte) at Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin presents these reflections against the background of the relationship between ethnology and the aesthetic avant-garde in post-war West Germany.

w/ contributions by Dulcie Abrahams Altass, Kader Attia, Jan-Frederik Bandel, Jürgen Bock, Max Jorge Hinderer Cruz, Lisa Deml, Diedrich Diederichsen, Rosa Eidelpes, Erhard Eppler, Anselm Franke, Renee Green, Ayrson Heraclito, Koyo Kouoh, Dirck Linck, Tiona Nekkia Mcclodden, Mario Navarro, Amilcar Packer, Marleen Schroder, Denise Ferreira da Silva, David Simo, Kerstin Stakemeier, Yesomi Umolu. 

28.00 EUR

Kaip vogti knygas

Author: David Horvitz
Title: Kaip vogti knygas
Publisher: Six Chairs Books, Edition Taube 
Subject: Artists' Books
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The artists’ book 'How to shoplift books' by David Horvitz is a guide on how to steal books. It details 80 ways in which one can steal a book, from the very practical, to the witty, imaginative, and romantic.

'Hide the book inside a fake rock.'

This textbook is readable, but also shamelessly draws attention to its existence as an object, a conversation starter, a thing that can be acquired by fair means or foul. This is a book that turns a point of sale display into an intellectual and ethical adventure. 

The work is romantic and anachronistic: as our primary source for buying books becomes impersonal online shops (that pretend to deliver a personal experience) it is almost impossible to spontaneously steal anything, and the act of disobedience becomes a story of the past. Horvitz’ compendium of delightfully written performance instructions is a collection of modern culture scripts and is, so to speak, writing history.

SPOILER! The book is in Lithuanian 

10.00 EUR

Aesthetics of Standstill

Authors: Barbara Gronau, Reinhold Gorling, Ludger Schwarte     (eds.)
Title: Hospitality. Hosting Relations in Exhibitions
Publisher: Sternberg Press
Subject: Theory & Philosophy
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'Standstill' could be the name for the exact kind of experience that is the hiatus between social expectations and real possibilities of agency. Standstill may also be the name of an aesthetic strategy to instill a non-linear time of resistance and experience into the political protocol of progress. Finally, standstill can be the name for the temporal fissure in the midst of the subject, for the lapse between the subject of the enunciation and the subject of a statement, the limit that is the border between the inside and the outside. It can be the name for the mode of potentiality, for the moment of gesture, or, with Walter Benjamin, the medium of the dialectical image. The essays of this book transverse these dimensions of standstill as an in-between of time. The book includes essays by Georges Didi-Huberman, David Lapoujade, Peter Osborne, Jacques Rancière, Christine Ross, and others as well as conversations with Via Lewandowsky, Aernout Mik and Marcel Odenbach.

22.00 EUR

Thinking Through Painting

Authors: Daniel Birnbaum, Isabelle Graw, Nikolaus Hirsch (eds.)
Title: Thinking Through Painting. Reflexivity and Agency Beyond the Canvas
Publisher: Sternberg Press
Subject: Theory & Philosophy
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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. With contributions by Peter Geimer, Isabelle Graw, and André Rottmann, Thinking through Painting investigates painting’s traits and reception in cultural and socioeconomic discourse.

12.00 EUR

The Observer Effect

Author: Barry Schwabsky; Rob Colvin, Sherman Sam (eds.)
Title: The Observer Effect. On Contemporary Painting
Publisher: Sternberg Press
Subject: Theory & Philosophy
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In The Observer Effect: On Contemporary Painting, poet and critic Barry Schwabsky looks at the different directions that painting has taken since the turn of the millennium. He deflates the twentieth-century belief that abstraction and figuration in painting are dichotomous. Instead, Schwabsky argues, they are methods of asking or answering the questions: What is painting? What can painting become in an observer’s encounter with it? This wide-ranging selection of texts emphasizes the coextensive work the viewer brings to painting alongside the artist—the construction of form and meaning.

22.00 EUR

Dedication(s)

Author: Robin Waart
Title: Dedication(s)
Publisher: Self-published
Subject: Artists' Books
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To C.L.S.’, ‘For A.L.M.’, ‘In Memory of J.V.C.’ – Starting from his collection of three-letter dedications, “Dedication(s)” looks at public yet hidden modes of address. While these dedications appear in printed books, they remain private, intimate allusions between author and intended recipient. The project infers the strange position of the reader who encounters these cryptic dedications, which perhaps get in the way of—or better clarify?—the relationship between author and audience. Waart’s project questions the relationship between a work and the reality in which it comes about, and why, and for whom, we make what we make.

37.00 EUR

Enghelab Street, a Revolution through Books: Iran 1979-1983

Author: Hannah Darabi
Title: Enghelab Street, a Revolution through Books: Iran 1979-1983
Publisher: Spector Books
Subject: Artists' Books
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Enghelab Street, Revolution Street, is located in the centre of Tehran—a main artery in the city’s cultural life with a host of bookshops. The publication presents a variety of photographic and propaganda books collected by Iranian artist Hannah Darabi. Drawing on works published between 1979 and 1983—years corresponding to the short period when freedom of speech prevailed at the end of the Shah’s regime and the beginning of the Islamic government—she takes us to the heart of an intense artistic and cultural period in Iranian history. Darabi has developed a visual essay accompanied by a critical apparatus written by Chowra Makaremi. The publication with its extensive landscape of books gives us the opportunity to look at rare printed matter for the first time.


48.00 EUR

Hospitality

Authors: Beatrice von Bismarck, Benjamin Meyer-Krahmer (eds.)
Title: Hospitality. Hosting Relations in Exhibitions
Publisher: Sternberg Press
Subject: Theory & Philosophy
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A curatorial situation is always one of hospitality. It implies invitations to artists, artworks, curators, audiences, and institutions; people and objects are received, welcomed, and temporarily brought together. It offers resources for material and physical support while also responding to a need for recognition, respect, or attention. Finally, and very importantly, a curatorial situation operates in the space between an unconditional acceptance of the other and exclusions legitimized through various rules and regulations.

This publication analyzes, from the perspective of hospitality, the curatorial within the current sociopolitical context through key topics concerning immigration, conditions along borders, and accommodations for refugees. The contributions in this volume, by international curators, artists, critics, and theoreticians, deal with conditions of decontextualization and displacement, encounters between the local and the foreign, as well as the satisfaction of basic human needs. Hospitality: Hosting Relations in Exhibitions is the third volume in the Cultures of the Curatorial book series.

w/ Beatrice von Bismarck, Nanne Buurman, Alice Creischer, Andrea Fraser, Lorenzo Fusi, Wiebke Gronemeyer, Erik Hagoort, Anthony Huberman, Thomas Locher, Benjamin Meyer-Krahmer, Dieter Roelstraete, Stefan Romer, Jorn Schafaff, Andreas Siekmann, Ruth Sonderegger, Maja Ćirić.

19.00 EUR

Curatorial Things

Authors: Beatrice von Bismarck, Benjamin Meyer-Krahmer (eds.)
Title: Curatorial Things
Publisher: Sternberg Press
Subject: Theory & Philosophy
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The meaning, function, and status of things have changed decisively over the past two decades—a development that stems from increasing skepticism about the ability of things to present culture. This questioning of thingness is an integral part of presentation and has shaped the relevance of the field of the curatorial. Immanent to presentation as a mode of being (public) in the world, the curatorial has the potential to address, visualize, and investigate the central effects of the changing status and function of things. The presentational mode has played a generative role, vitally participating in the mobilization of things through its aesthetic, semantic, social, and, not least, economic dimensions. Intertwining transdisciplinary discourses, transcultural perspectives, and methods of practice, the anthology Curatorial Things provides new insight into the analysis of things.

w/ Arjun Appadurai, Annette Bhagwati, Beatrice von Bismarck, Bill Brown, Sabeth Buchmann,  Clementine Deliss, Andre Lepecki, Maria Lind, Sven Lütticken, Florian Malzacher, Benjamin Meyer-Krahmer, Sarah Pierce, Peter J. Schneemann, Jana Scholze, Kavita Singh, Lucy Steeds, Leire Vergara, Katharina Weinstock, Judith Welter. 

19.00 EUR

The Language of Secret Proof. Indigenous Truth and Representation

Authors: Nina Valerie Kolowratnik; Nikolaus Hirsh, Markus Miessen (eds.)
Title: The Language of Secret Proof. Indigenous Truth and Representation
Publisher: Sternberg Press
Subject: Architecture, Theory & Philosophy
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In The Language of Secret Proof, Nina Valerie Kolowratnik challenges the conditions under which Indigenous rights to protect and regain traditional lands are currently negotiated in United States legal frameworks. The tenth volume in the Critical Spatial Practice series responds to the urgent need for alternative modes of evidentiary production by introducing an innovative system of architectural drawing and notation.

Today, most Western legal forums utilized by Indigenous communities for recognition of their rights continue to employ evidentiary rules that do not allow for Native truths to be accepted as 'reliable' evidence. When tribes are asked to provide proof of their traditional connection to the land, what Western legal forums accept as documentation does not truly represent or respect tribal culture and traditional formats of knowledge transfer.

Kolowratnik’s research focuses on the double bind Pueblo communities in the American Southwest confronted with when they become involved in a legal effort to reclaim and protect ancestral lands, since the process of producing evidence runs counter to their structural organization around oral history and cultural secrecy. The spatial notational systems developed by Kolowratnik with the support of Hemish people, members of Jemez Pueblo in northern New Mexico, and presented in this volume are an attempt to produce evidentiary documentation that speaks Native truths while respecting demands on secrecy. These systems also attempt to instigate a dialogue where there currently is none, deconstructing the fixed opposition between secrecy and disclosure within Western legal systems.

15.00 EUR

The Mill

Authors: Jesse Birch, Will Holder (eds.)
Title: The Mill
Publisher: Sternberg Press
Subject: Artists' Writings, Exhibition Catalogue
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The Mill is the second of three projects to engage the resource industries of Vancouver Island (mining, forestry, and fishing) through contemporary art and writing. This publication responds to forestry: a mobile industry of logging camps that follow the trees; prices that rise and fall; mills that open and close; communities that boom and bust. In The Mill, artworks are accompanied by a multiplicity of voices, including forestry workers, plant ecologists, and indigenous land stewards. Together, these perspectives chart the cultural and material shifts brought about when trees become commodities.

Contributions by E. Richard Atleo (Umeek), Celestine Aleck, Marian Penner Bancroft, Myrtle Bergren, Peter Culley, Jason de Haan and Miruna Dragan, Wilmer Gold, Al Bersch and Leslie Grant, Bus Griffiths, Robert Guest, Ursula K. Le Guin, Richard Hebda, Robert Wall Kimmerer, Duane Linklater, Liz Magor, Anne Pask-Wilkinson, George Sawchuk, Carol Sawyer, W. G. Sebald, Kathy Slade, Kate Stefiuk, Kika Thorne, Nancy Turner, Fred Wah, Elias Wakan, Merv Wilkinson, Ashes Whityman. 

20.00 EUR

Radio Revolten

Authors: Corax e.V., Knut Aufermann, Helen Hahmann, Sarah Washington, Ralf Wendt (eds.)
Title: Radio Revolten. 30 Days of Radio Art
Publisher: Spector Books
Subject: Exhibition Catalogue, Essays & Non-fiction
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Leading art institutions such as Tate Modern, the São Paulo Biennial, and Documenta have now recognized that an ongoing artistic use of the airwaves has generated an autonomous genre called radio art. Over the last few decades independent radio stations in North America and Europe have provided crucial support for this art form to develop and flourish. In October 2016 the International Radio Art Festival Radio Revolten, organized by community radio station CORAX, brought together today’s radio artists in Halle (Saale) in Germany. Radio Revolten featured a dedicated radio art station, installations, live performances, conferences, workshops, and public interventions. This book documents the world’s most extensive radio art festival, which presented community radio as an open-access medium for cultural use.

Texts by: Knut Aufermann, Helen Hahmann, Sarah Washington, Ralf Wendt.
With additional contributions by: Xentos Fray Bentos, Anna Friz, Hartmut Geerken, Lucinda Guy, Martin Hartung, Lukas Holfeld, Udo Israel, Tina Klatte, Jan Langhammer, Sophea Lerner, Michael Nicolai, Gabi Schaffner, Helen Thein, Nina Westermann, Gregory Whitehead, Florian Wüst and Elisabeth Zimmermann

28.00 EUR

An Exhibition Always Hides Another Exhibition. Texts o Hans Ulrich Obrist

Author: April Lamm (ed.)
Title: An Exhibition Always Hides Another Exhibition. Texts on Hans Ulrich Obrist
Publisher: Sternberg Press
Subject: Essays & Non-fiction
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Hans Ulrich Obrist’s every undertaking is a journey. Here, it is a journey into his own night, that of his memories, of his life. Since his childhood he has looked to go further, with the Swiss mountains as the first horizon for him to cross. And go further he has. From one thing to the next, moving but never stopping.
—Etel Adnan

An Exhibition Always Hides Another Exhibition is a collective portrait of Hans Ulrich Obrist composed by friends, collaborators, admirers, and inquisitors. From personal anecdotes to analytic estimations to visual representations, the contributions respond to the questions that frame the book: Who is HUO? What does HUO do? What has HUO done?

Contributions by Etel Adnan, Bruce Altshuler, Ed Atkins, Daniel Birnbaum, Stefano Boeri, Sophie Collins, Douglas Coupland, Cui Jie, Manthia Diawara, Michael Diers, Andrew Durbin, Jimmie Durham, Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, Simone Fattal, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Giorgio Griffa, Joseph Grigely, Boris Groys, Jacques Herzog, Ho Rui An, Jamian Juliano-Villani, Alex Katz, Koo Jeong A, Bruno Latour, Sophia Al-Maria, D. T. Max, Yoko Ono, Alan Pauls, Raqs Media Collective, Gerhard Richter, Torbjørn Rødland, Adrian Villar Rojas, Pascale Marthine Tayou, Adam Thirlwell, Agnès Varda, Wong Hoy Cheong

15.00 EUR

A Mental Masquerade

Authors: Mary Josephson, Brian O'Doherty, Astrid Mania
Title: A Mental Masquerade. When Brian O'Doherty was a female Art critic: Mary Josephson's collected writings
Publisher: Spector Books
Subject: Art History, Essays & Non-fiction
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Between 1971 and 1973 American conceptual artist and author Brian O’Doherty published several essays and exhibition reviews under the name Mary Josephson, his sole female pseudonym. These appeared in various magazines, among them Art in America, which he was editor of at the time. In 1988 he wrote the short story 'The History of X' for Artforum. O’Doherty only revealed the identity of his four alter egos some forty years later in his lecture 'Divesting the Self: A Striptease', which appeared in The Recorder magazine in 2012. Writing about Mary Josephson, he said, 'I wanted to think and write from a female persona, to free myself from limiting male selfhood, to substitute another voice for that inner voice that never stops speaking, that won’t leave us alone.' Mary Josephson was the only fictitious female art critic in the early 1970s. The publication brings together her texts for the first time.

16.00 EUR

Womens Work

Authors: Alison Knowles and Annea Lockwood (eds.)
Title: Womens Work
Publisher: Primary Information
Subject: Art History, Periodicals & Reprints
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Originally published in the mid-1970s, Womens Work was a magazine that sought to highlight the overlooked work of female artists working at the cusp of the visual arts, music, and performance. The magazine was edited by Alison Knowles and Annea Lockwood and featured text-based and instructional performance scores by the following 25 artists, composers, and choreographers:

Beth Anderon, Ruth Anderson, Jacki Apple, Barbara Benary, Sari Dienes, Nye Ffarrabas (participating as Bici Forbes), Simone Forti, Wendy Greenberg, Heidi Von Gunden, Françoise Janicot, Alison Knowles, Christina Kubisch, Carol Law, Annea Lockwood (also included as Anna Lockwood), Mary Lucier, Lisa Mikulchik, Ann Noël (included as Ann Williams), Pauline Oliveros, Takako Saito, Carolee Schneemann, Mieko Shiomi, Elaine Summers, Carole Weber, Julie Winter, and Marilyn Wood.

The magazine was designed by Alison Knowles, who deliberately chose off-white paper and brown inks as a contrast to the sterile, white-paged publications prevalent at the time. The works contained in the magazine range in scope and take on a multitude of forms, employing both typed and written text, often with visual elements such as diagrams, drawings, and photographic images. The editors were and remain adamant that the work should be performed; that they not remain static as an artifact.

We wanted to publish work which other people could pick up and do: that aspect of it was really important…this was not anecdotal, this was not archival material, it was live material. You look at a score, you do it. - Annea Lockwood

23.00 EUR

Dust and Data. Traces of the Bauhaus across 100 Years

Authors: Ines Weizman (ed.)
Title: Dust & Data. Traces of the Bauhaus across 100 Years
Publisher: Spector Books
Subject: Art History, Architecture, Theory & Philosophy
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This publication brings together case studies by scholars from around the world that engage with the history of the Bauhaus as an entangled problem—the multiple historiographies of the Bauhaus and the global history of modernist architecture within which it is located. The aim of this book is to read Bauhaus objects, documents, and buildings as molecular units of politics and history. Taking these objects as a starting point, it also sets out to plot their complex patterns of circulation and migration and trace forms of connection that are otherwise invisible to architectural history. Bauhaus history, as this book seeks to show, is indeed a history of migration: of its architects, artists, documents, objects, and, of course, its ideas, as they have scattered across a fragmented world, leading to disputes and sometimes to legal challenges concerning authenticity, physical and intellectual ownership, and copyright.

Contributions by Pep Aviles, Anya Bokov, Peter Bernhard, Nicholas de Moncheaux, MARIJA DRĖMAITĖ, Christopher T. Green, Hamed Khosravi, Norbert Korrek, Michael Kubo, Jorg Paulus, Alina Payne, Robin Schuldenfrei, Bernhard Siegert, Ines Sonder, Daniel Taliesnik, Georg Vrachliotis, Anselm Wagner

45.00 EUR

New York Studio Conversations II. Twenty-one Women Talk About Art

Author: Stephanie Buhmann (ed.)
Title: New York Studio Conversations. Part II. Twenty-One Women Talk About Art
Publisher: The Green Box
Subject: Essays & Non-fiction
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For the third volume of this ongoing series entitled New York Studio Conversations (Part II) art historian Stephanie Buhmann conducted interviews with twenty artists, whose ages range from early 41 to 96. While the featured genres, processes and aesthetic approaches vary decisively, all participants have one thing in common: they work and usually live in New York. 

Conceived as a counter-balance to the notion of art as a commodity, which has spread in the media with ever-soaring auction records, the project further aims to provide a permanent forum for some of the inspiring female artists working today. To this end, Buhmann has visited the artists in their studios or on site of a major public installation, discussing their unique processes, individual philosophies, inspirational sources, and personal histories. 

New York Studio Conversations (Part II) introduces the following artists: Mary Abbott, Ghada Amer, Petah Coyne, Louise Fishman, Judy Glantzman, Lorrie Goulet, Julie Heffernan, Alicia Henry, Virva Hinnemo, Sharon Horvath, Julie Mehretu, Keiko Narahashi, Shirin Neshat, Leslie Roberts, Carolee Schneemann, Shahzia Sikander, Rebecca Smith, Pat Steir, Jessica Stockholder, Kim Uchiyama.

19.00 EUR

Extended French Theory and the Design Field...On Nature and Ecology: a Reader

Authors: Catherine Geel, Clement Gaillard (eds.)
Title: Extended French Theory & the Design Field... On Nature and Ecology: a Reader
Publisher: T&P Publishing
Subject: Theory & Philosophy, Essays & Non-fiction, Graphic Design
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Professor, critic, and curator Catherine Geel directed the anthology of reference texts that comprises this book, which is published to document the common reflections of practitioners and researchers of the French section for ‘Broken Nature’, the 22nd International Exhibition of La Triennale di Milano. Besides an original text by Alain Badiou, the publication contains texts by Quentin Meillassoux, Philippe Descola, Claude Imbert, Gilles Deleuze, Georges Bataille, Andre Gorz, Jean-Baptiste Vidalou, Tristan Garcia, Michel Serres, Vinciane Despret, Emanuele Coccia, Barbara Glowczewski, Henri Lefebvre, Bruno Latour, Andre Corboz, Vildm Flusser, Pierre Damien Huyghe, Andre Leroi Gourhan, Gilbert Simondon, Bernard Stiegler, Gregoire Chamayou, Mathieu K. Abonnenc, Samir Boumediene, Antoinette Rouvroy, Thomas Berns, Edouard Glissant.

19.00 EUR

The Artist as Curator. An Anthology

Author: Elena Filipovic (ed.)
Title:  The Artist as Curator. An Anthology
Publisher: Mousse, Koenig Books
Subject:  Theory & Philosophy, Essays & Non-Fiction
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This is an anthology of essays that first appeared in The Artist as Curator, a series that occupied eleven issues of Mousse from no. 41 (December 2013/January 2014) to no. 51 (December 2015/January 2016). It set out to examine what was then a profoundly influential but still under-studied phenomenon, a history that had yet to be written: the fundamental role artists have played as curators. Taking that ontologically ambiguous thing we call 'the exhibition' as a critical medium, artists have often radically rethought conventional forms of exhibition making. This anthology surveys seminal examples of such exhibitions from the postwar to the present, including rare documents and illustrations.

It includes an introduction and the twenty essays that first appeared in Mousse, a newly commissioned afterword by Hans Ulrich Obrist, and two additional essays that appear here for the first time, discussing twenty-two exhibitions by the Avant-Garde Argentinian Visual Artists Group; Mel Bochner; Marcel Broodthaers; Hank Bull, Shen Fan, Zhou Tiehai, Shi Yong, and Ding Yi; John Cage; Judy Chicago, Miriam Schapiro, and the CalArts Feminist Art Program; Collaborative Projects Inc. (Colab); Alice Creischer, Andreas Siekmann, and Max Jorge Hinderer; Liam Gillick and Philippe Parreno; Group Material; Richard Hamilton and Victor Pasmore; David Hammons; Martin Kippenberger; Mark Leckey;  Goshka Macuga; Lucy McKenzie and Paulina Ołowska; Helio Oiticica; Walid Raad and Akram Zaatari; Martha Rosler; Avdey Ter-Oganyan; Philippe Thomas; and Andy Warhol.

25.00 EUR

Conversations with Filmmakers

Author:  Jonas Mekas
Title: Conversations with Filmmakers
Publisher: Spector Books
Subject: Essays & Non-fiction, Artists' Writings
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Every week, from 1958 until 1977, Jonas Mekas published his 'Movie Journal' column in the Village Voice, conducting numerous interviews with filmmakers from all over the world. Conversations is the first time that these interviews with his filmmaker friends and associates have been put together in a book. Mekas recorded the conversations with his camera. From the films he shot with his interlocutors, Mekas selected one photo or still to introduce each interview. The collection of texts is supplemented by letters and extracts from related scenarios /scriptsand rounded out with an index of the people involved.

Jonas Mekas in conversation with Storm de Hirsch and Louis Brigante, Andy Warhol, Nico Papatakis, Albert and David Maysles, Peter Kubelka, Agnes Varda, Harry Smith, John Cassavetes, Stan Brakhage

38.00 EUR

What do people do?

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This is a travel magazine about creative life & unconventional work

We know the feeling of loneliness related to freelance work and not having someone to help out or offer a compassionate advice when times get difficult. So we created this textbook-like magazine! While talking to bright and creative minds we share practical advice and discuss how to make your (and our) dreams and hobbies into a sustainable career path.

We also see that young and creative people are leaving their home countries for cities like Berlin and London in search for better opportunities and a more creative life. Places like these have created a reputation of being full of potential. Yet, people often overlook the struggles they may face by moving to such places and the very real opportunities and unique lifestyle they can have back home.

So we travel to explore undiscovered creative economies in search for a balanced and happy life where one can live and work without exhaustion, insomnia and anxiety.

17.00 EUR

Sad Sack

Author: Sophia Al-Maria
Title: Sad Sack
Publisher: Bookworks
Subject: Artists' Writings
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Sad Sack is a book of collected writing by Sophia Al-Maria, taking feminist inspiration from Ursula K. Le Guin’s 1986 essay 'The Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction’; opposing ‘the linear, progressive, Time’s-(killing)-arrow mode of the Techno-Heroic.’ Encompassing more than a decade of work, Sad Sack tracks Al-Maria’s speculative journey as a writer, from the first seed of her ‘premature’ memoir, through the coining and subsequent critique of ‘Gulf Futurism’, towards experiments in gathering, containing, welling up and sucking dry.

Sophia Al-Maria is an artist and writer living in London. She is contributing editor of Bidoun, and guest editor of The Happy Hypocrite – Fresh Hell, issue 8 (Book Works, 2015). Al-Maria’s memoir, The Girl Who Fell to Earth (Harper Perennial, 2012), was translated into Arabic and published by Bloomsbury Qatar in 2015, and her short stories have been published in various collections including The Djinn Falls in Love (Solaris, UK, 2017). In 2016 Al-Maria presented ‘Black Friday’, her first US solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and was nominated for Film London’s Jarman Award. Recently, she has been screenwriting for film and television, alongside solo exhibitions at Project Native Informant in London (‘ilysm’, 2018), Third Line Gallery in Dubai, and further presentations, participation in film festivals and arts events internationally.

18.00 EUR

Private Book 5

Author: Lee Lozano
Title: Private Book 5
Publisher: Karma 
Subject: Artists' Books
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This is the fifth volume in Karma’s 11-volume facsimile printing of Lee Lozano’s 'Private Book' project. It is primarily a calendar of Lozano’s personal, artistic and chemical interactions in 1969-1970.

*A prolific writer and documenter of both her art and her relationships, the public and private, the painter Lee Lozano (1930–99) kept a series of personal journals from 1968 to 1970 while living in New York’s SoHo neighborhood. In 1972 she rigorously edited these books, thus completing the project. Eleven of these private books survive, containing notes on her work, detailed interactions with artist friends and commentary on the alienations of gender politics, as well as philosophical queries into art’s role in society and humorous aside

23.00 EUR

Grace Crowley

Author: Riet Wijnen (ed.)
Title: Grace Crowley
Publisher: Kunstverein Amsterdam
Subject: Artists' Writings, Essays & Non-fiction
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Grace Crowley is a publication based on letters sent to the Australian artist and pioneer of modernist painting Grace Crowley (1890–1979) by friends, family and colleagues. Parts of those letters, which are now housed in the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the State Library of New South Wales archives in Sydney, were transcribed and categorized by Wijnen in subsections such as ‘Marital Status’, ‘Teaching’, ‘Hosting’, ‘Eurasia’, ‘X’, ‘Being A Woman’, ‘War’, ‘$’, and ‘Making Work’. The result is an alternative biography constructed solely through a living set of relations.

20.00 EUR

May 25 Is Now October

Author: Bardhi Haliti
Title: May 25 Is Now October
Publisher: Cpress
Subject: Artists' Books, Graphic Design
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May 25 is now October 1 is an extensive research across Kosovar newspapers published between 1974 and 2018. The book documents sports activities that took place in seven identical sports halls in seven cities of Kosovo. The images have been cropped, zoomed in on, and paired together by similarity. The choreography is not meant to render them jewels or treasures, but rather to help find their meaning beyond their meaning within the now unfashionable sports halls. Through repetition, the images and texts reveal the multifunctional nature of community space in which larger sociopolitical and cultural cycles are reflected.

APERTURE FIRST PHOTO BOOK AWARD (SHORTLIST), 2019

34.00 EUR

Re-Printed Matter

Author: Karel Martens
Title: Re-Printed Matter
Publisher: Roma Publications
Subject: Graphic Design, Artists' Books, Monographs
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The work of Karel Martens occupies an intriguing place in the present European art-and-design landscape. Martens can be placed in the tradition of Dutch modernism, in the line of figures such as Piet Zwart, H.N. Werkman, Willem Sandberg. Yet he maintains some distance from the main developments of this time: from both the practices of routinized modernism and of the facile reactions against this. His work is both personal and experimental. At the same time, it is publicly answerable. Over the decades of his practice, Martens has been prolific as a designer of books. He has also made contributions in a wide range of design commissions: including stamps, coins, signs on buildings. Also a renowned teacher of graphic design, Karel Martens is co-initiator of the Werkplaats Typografie, a two-year master’s design programme related to ArtEZ, Arnhem, and guest professor at Yale University, New Haven. Intimately connected with this design work has been his practice as an artist. This started with geometric and kinetic constructions, and developed in work with the very material of paper. Over a long period he has been making monoprints.

This book looks for new ways to show and discuss the work of a designer and artist, and is offered in the same spirit of experiment and dialogue that characterizes the work it presents. 

35.00 EUR

Poster Town

Author: Erich Brechbühl, Klaus Fromherz, Martin Geel, Michael Kryenbühl, Simon Rüegg, Raphael Schoen, Ivan Weiss, Megi Zumstein (eds.)
Title: Poster Town. Contemporary Poster Design from Lucerne
Publisher: Spector Books
Subject: Graphic Design, Exhibition Catalogue
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Lucerne—Switzerland’s poster town—has a vibrant graphic design scene, which in recent years has become known for its sophisticated posters well beyond the country’s borders. Professional colleagues are in awe of how a relatively small city can produce so many well-designed posters. Lucerne posters can be found in many exhibitions. To give one example: in 2015 alone, twenty-six of the hundred best posters from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland came from Lucerne and the surrounding area—in other words, more than a quarter of all the awardwinning works. What’s behind this? Is it coincidence or a preponderance of designers of above-average talent in a comparatively small area? The book Poster Town tracks this phenomenon with a wealth of images and texts and creates a record of Lucerne’s poster designs for posterity. 

WWW.POSTERTOWN.CH

36.00 EUR

In Order of Dissapearance

Author: Deimantė Jasiulevičiūtė
Title: In Order of Dissapearance
Publisher: Self-published, Graphic design
Subject: Artists' Books
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Phone-wallet-keys. A typical scenario everyone is running through their head when leaving the house. But what if keys are soon a thing of the past?

In 2017 a U.S. tech company first introduced microchips to their employees that turned this convention on its head. On a voluntary basis the company began offering its staff the possibility to insert a small chip under the skin, between the thumb and index finger, which could be used to unlock doors and computers in the office buildings without the necessity of physical keys or having to memorize any passwords.

Since the early 2000s, biohacking has become a 'thing' among tech aficionados and the pressing question that has arisen in this field is whether or we will still need to carry keys in the future. This question extends not only to our keychains but also to our wallets. Can we maybe replace all bank or credit cards with just one chip that sits comfortably millimeters under our skin?

But through 'keys' also notions of security, safety and privacy arise, which all become matters of debate when a lock breaks or a key gets lost, stolen or hacked. Similarly keys and locks connote ownership and accessibility, so can we even begin to imagine a (Western) world without them?

6.00 EUR

The Serving Library Annual 2019/20

Authors: Francesca Bertolotti-Bailey, Stuart Bertolotti-Bailey, Vincenzo Latronico, and David Reinfurt (eds.)
Title: The Serving Library Annual 2019/20 (Bruno Munari Obvious Code)
Publisher: Roma Publications
Subject: Essays & Non-fiction, Periodicals & Reprints
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The 2019/20 issue of The Serving Library Annual is entirely devoted to the late Italian designer, artist, inventor and polymath Bruno Munari. The core of the annual is the first English translation of Obvious Code, the 1971 collection of Munari‘s own writings, sketches and poems about his own work, published by arrangement with Corraini, who issued the book's anastatic edition in 2017. It includes iconic design objects such as the Abitacolo, ground-breaking artworks such as his 1952 series of hand-made projection slides, and little known rhymes about the art market, as well as an original piece from his 'unreadable books' series. In the margins, dozens of artists, designers, writers and curators have been invited to annotate Munari‘s texts — with a sketch or a quotation, an in-depth analysis, a fragment of conversation, a free association — as a testament to the depth of the influence exerted on international art by an often under acknowledged pioneer, whose visual experiments were so iconic as to become a self-evident part of visual culture, an anonymous invention: an obvious code.

Marginalia is provided by: Giovanni Anceschi, Thom Andersen, Paola Antonelli, Leonor Antunes, Justin Beal, Eugenia Bell, Stuart Bertolotti-Bailey, Robert Bresson, Barbara Casavecchia, Celine Condorelli, Matali Crasset, Michael Crowe, Valerie Da Costa, Umberto Eco, Morgan Fisher, Davide Fornari, Jason Fulford, Rob Giampietro, Shannon Harvey & Adam Michaels, Anthony Huberman, Jenny Jaskey, Emily King, James Langdon, Louis Lüthi, Lauren Mackler, Marco Meneguzzo, Laszló Moholy-Nagy, Jenny Monick, Rosalind Nashashibi, Julie Peeters, Arturo Carlo Quintavalle, David Reinfurt, João Ribas, Elodie Royer & Yoann Gourmel, Giovanni Rubino, Alberto Salvadori, Tamara Shopsin, Saul Steinberg, Franciszka & Stefan Themerson, Joseph Weizenbaum, Orson Welles, Luca Zaffarano, and Olimpia Zagnoli. 

29.00 EUR

Talker #3. Richard Maxwell

Authors: Richard Maxwell; Giles Bailey (ed.)
Title: The Talker #3
Publisher: self-published / Giles Bailey / Talker
Subject: Periodicals & Reprints, Essays & Non-fiction
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This is issue #3. It features a conversation with the director and playwright Richard Maxwell. 

Since 1999 he has worked with his company New York City Players producing theatre work for the stage, for galleries and as moving image. His plays are set in the everyday environments of lobbies, living rooms, karaoke bars and highway intersections. Often non-professionals, his actors portray American archetypes through spare, stylised dialogue and occasionally sing. Recent productions include Queens Row at ICA London, Paradiso at Greene Naftali Gallery and Good Samaritans at Abrons Arts Centre. 

TALKER is an interview zine about performance produced by artist Giles Bailey

6.00 EUR

The Place is Here

Author: Nick Aikens, Elizabeth Robles  (eds.)
Title: The Place is Here. The Work of Black Artists in 1980s Britain
Publisher: Sternberg Press, Van Abbemuseum
Subject: Essays & Non-fiction
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Contributions by Nick Aikens, Sonia Boyce, Laura Castagnini, Deborah Cherry, Alice Correia, Chandra Frank, June Givanni, Sunil Gupta, Evan Ifekoya, Claudette Johnson, Raisa Kabir, Gail Lewis, Amna Malik, Samia Malik, Priyesh Mistry, Dorothy Price, susan pui san lok,  Raju Rage, Elizabeth Robles, Ashwani Sharma, Marlene Smith, Leon Wainwright, Michelle Williams Gamaker, Rehana Zaman


The publication developed from the exhibition and research project The Place Is Here (2016–19), which traced the urgent and wide-ranging conversations taking place between black artists, writers, and thinkers in Britain during the 1980s. Within the context of Thatcherism and a racist art establishment, a new generation of black artists and intellectuals produced some of the most compelling ideas and images in recent British cultural history. Across four exhibitions, The Place Is Here brought together over one hundred works by forty artists and collectives, spanning painting, sculpture, installation, photography, video, and expanded archival displays. Richly illustrated, the book includes thematic essays, close readings of works, and a series of panel discussions bringing together key scholarly, critical, and artistic voices foundational to art in Britain in the 1980s. The result is an intergenerational dialogue around pressing intellectual, political, and aesthetic debates, highlighting the significance of the work of these artists for the present.  

30.00 EUR

Anachrony, Contemporaneity, and Historical Imagination

Author: Jacob Lund
Title: Anachrony, Contemporaneity, and Historical Imagination
Publisher: Sternberg Press, Aarhus University, ARoS Art Museum
Subject: Essays & Non-fiction, Theory & Philosophy
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Taking its point of departure in an 'anachronic' exhibition, 'Soulèvements' (2016–18), this book is a theoretical exploration of how the notion of contemporaneity—understood as the coming together of different times in the same historical present—relates to the end of a certain history of art. Critical of hitherto dominant chronological, ahistorical, and/or culturally restricted notions of the contemporary, Lund’s overall aim is to make an argument for 'the contemporary contemporary' as the point of departure for any anachronic relationship with time today, and as the inescapable point of departure for any possible historical imagination.

8.00 EUR

Jolly Rogers

Author: Peter Wächtler
Title: Jolly Rogers
Publisher: Sternberg Press, Bergen Kunsthalle, Kunsthalle Zurich
Subject: Artists' Writings
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Jolly Rogers is a collection of Peter Wächtler’s latest short texts, written in preparation of his two solo exhibitions at Bergen Kunsthall and Kunsthalle Zürich (both 2019), and combined with a nearly complete collection of the artist’s drawings and prints from recent years. The texts operate like vignettes to a larger story, and the images as unreliable illustrations to the narrative. However, the larger story never really is revealed. Each individual text, each single work, articulates itself by means of an intense focus. It is as if we were suspended in a continual zooming motion, as if the artist and author wanted to tell and show it all. But alas, such is life under the microscope: always larger-than-life, but at the wrong scale at a time driven by individual interests, self-optimization, and egos that stage themselves simultaneously as victims and disruptors.

Peter Wächtler works in a variety of media: bronze, ceramics, drawings and video. But in many ways 'stories' could be described as his main artistic material. His works often evoke a narration, with animals or human figures in animated states. They are made in ways that use and adapt elements of fiction and folklore, relating to specific traditions and common tales, and materialize the ways of telling a story as much as the story itself.

25.00 EUR

Tai yra Vilnius / This Is Vilnius

Authors:  Andrej Vasilenko; Gediminas G. Akstinas, Gerda Paliušytė (eds.)
Title: Tai yra Vilnius / This is Vilnius
Publisher: Self-published
Subject: Artists' Books
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Andrej Vasilenko’s new photobook is a presentation of his ongoing project, started in 2014, and his first solo publication. ‘This is Vilnius’ draws a portrait of the Lithuanian capital as a diverse city in constant flux. It captures Vilnius’ multilayered history, laconically builds the storylines of its alternative versions, and test the possibilities of exposing the city’s chimeric identity through artistic and investigative documentary. According to Gerda Paliušytė, one of the book’s editors, in these photographs Vilnius, much like a drive around town without a definite aim, is just as personal as it is universal, and its definition, as well as the romanticism, humor or melancholy evoked thusly, rests not only on long-term social and cultural changes, but also on the daily individual experience of the city and the natural change of seasons. 

30.00 EUR

Mycelium

Author: Annette Weisser
Title:  Mycelium
Publisher: Semiotext(e)
Subject: Literature & Poetry
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Going to openings and parties, setting up a studio and breaking up with her longtime boyfriend, Noora is living the post–art school life in Berlin when, in 2005, she's diagnosed with breast cancer. Vaguely restless, until now she's been neither happy nor unhappy, but her entry into what she calls 'Cancerland' forces her to question the assumptions by which she lived her life so far. Uneasily, she realizes that the 'relationships of the soul' she and her friends value over everything else might not be as indelible as family, after all. 

In this sharp and picaresque first novel, conceptual artist Annette Weisser depicts the transformation of Berlin from the frontier city of the cold war to an international art hub as an analog and backdrop to the chaotic, corporeal transformation Noora undergoes through cancer and its treatments. Written in the casual, associative style of a female coming-of-age novel, Mycelium examines German trauma, art school dramas, and the inevitable parsing into winners and losers that her generation undergoes as they enter their mid-thirties.

15.00 EUR

Gorilos archyvai

Author: Vaiva Grainytė
Title: Gorilos archyvai
Publisher: Lietuvos rašytojų sąjungos leidykla
Subject: Literature & Poetry
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Šis poezijos rinkinys galėjo tapti mano pirmąja knyga. Tačiau taip susiklostė, kad pirmiausiai išėjo dokumentinių esė knyga, o paskui aktyviai veikiau įvairiose meninėse konsteliacijose savo tekstus dažniausia pristatydama ne popieriuje, o per tarpdisciplinines raiškas – operose, radijo teatre, aplinkos šokio spektaklyje, muzikiniame performanse, audiopoetiniuose eksperimentuose. Veikiama laiko, ši knyga galiausiai tapo 'Gorilos archyvais'. Ji – lyg kūrybinė archeologija: kelis dešimtmečius rašyti eilėraščiai galiausiai buvo peržiūrėti, surūšiuoti, atrinkti ir inventorizuoti. Dabar, kai archyvai sutvarkyti, randasi vietos naujiems vėjams.'– Vaiva Grainytė.

SPOILER ! - The book is in Lithuanian

6.00 EUR

Atlantic Island

Author: Tony Duvert
Title: Atlantic Island
Publisher: Semiotext(e)
Subject: Literature & Poetry
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Tony Duvert's novel Atlantic Island (originally published in French in 1979) takes place in the soul-crushing suburbs of a remote island off the coast of France. It is told through the shifting perspectives of a group of pubescent and prepubescent boys, ages seven to fourteen, who gather together at night in secret to carry out a series of burglaries throughout their neighborhood. The boys vandalize living rooms and kitchens and make off with, for the most part, petty objects of no value. Their exploits leave the adult community perplexed and outraged, especially when a death occurs and the stakes grow more serious.

Duvert's portrayal of adult life on this Atlantic Island is savage to the point of satire, but the boys and their thieving and sexuality are explored with sympathy. A novel on the loneliness of childhood and the solitude induced by geographical space, it is also an empathetic and generous homage to youth, a crime novel without suspense, and an unsettling fairytale for adults.

16.00 EUR

Bedančiai / Toothless

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

Private Book 3

Author: Lee Lozano
Title: Private Book 2
Publisher: Karma 
Subject: Artists' Books
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This third volume in Karma’s 11-volume facsimile edition of Lee Lozano’s Private Book project is primarily a calendar of Lozano’s personal, artistic and 'chemical' interactions in 1969–70. A prolific writer and documenter of both her art and her relationships, the painter Lee Lozano (1930–99) kept a series of personal journals from 1968 to 1970 while living in New York’s SoHo neighborhood. In 1972 she rigorously edited these books, thus completing the project. Eleven of these private books survive, containing notes on her work, detailed interactions with artist friends and commentary on the alienations of gender politics, as well as philosophical queries into art’s role in society and humorous asides from daily life.

24.00 EUR

Insert Complicated Title Here

Author: Virgil Abloh
Title: Insert Complicated Title Here
Publisher: Sternberg Press, Harvard University Graduate School of Design
Subject: Architecture, Essays & Non-fiction
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'What’s my DNA?' Virgil Abloh asks to an overflowing auditorium at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Abloh goes on to provide his audience with a 'cheat code'—advice he wishes he had received as a student. He then unpacks a series of 'shortcuts' for cultivating a 'personal design language.' Trained as an architect and engineer, Abloh has translated the tools and techniques of his student days into the world of fashion, product design, and music. His label, Off-White, works in seeming contradictions, marrying streetwear with couture, collaborating with brands like Nike, Ikea, and the Red Cross; musicians like Lil Uzi Vert and Rihanna; and 'mentors' like Rem Koolhaas. Impervious to hurdles ('They literally don’t exist.'), Abloh takes us behind the scenes of his design process, sharing the essentials of editing, problem-solving, and storytelling. He paints a picture of his DNA, and then flips the question: What’s your DNA?

Insert Complicated Title Here is the sixth title in the book series The Incidents based on uncommon events at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design from 1936 to tomorrow.

12.00 EUR

Concorde

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

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

Rock/Music Writings

Author: Dan Graham
Title: Rock/Music Writings
Publisher: Primary Information
Subject: Artists' Writings, Essays & Non-fiction

Rock/Music Writings
 collects Dan Graham’s influential writings about rock and roll music and its cultural impact. First published in 2009, Rock/Music Writings includes thirteen essays written between 1968 and 1988, most of which were originally printed in small magazines or journals, including Extensions, Fusion, REAL LIFE, and ZG.

Graham was a friend and supporter of many musicians active in the No Wave scene that was centered around New York City in the late ’70s. In addition to collaborating with musicians during this period, Graham created "Rock My Religion," a video that demonstrates parallels between rock music culture and religious rituals, such as Shaker dances and revivalist meetings. The work’s related text, also titled "Rock My Religion," is included in Rock/Music Writings, along with texts such as "The End of Liberalism," "New Wave Rock and the Feminine," "McLaren’s Children," and "Artist as Producer." These texts examine the lyrics and backgrounds of bands like The Beatles, The Kinks, Devo, The Ramones,  the Patti Smith Group, the Sex Pistols, and Bow Wow Wow, relating them to consumerism and visual art movements, including Abstract Expressionism and Pop art.

16.00 EUR

Animal Shelter 5

Author: Hedi El Kholti, Chris Kraus, Janique Vigier (eds.)
Title: Animal Shelter 5
Publisher: Semiotext(e)
SubjectPeriodicals and Reprints

Conceived as the journal’s final issue, Animal Shelter 5 closes a decade of publication and hovers, fittingly, around issues of mortality, loss, and trauma—charting existential drift, but also finding new eddies of belonging, homecoming, and hospitality. As Chris Kraus reflects, 'Things have to move elsewhere. So I think this issue is like smoke, or signal blocking.' 

Contributions by Bruce Hainley (on Herve Guibert), Masha Tupitsyn (on Ingmar Bergman), Jean Louis Schefer (on Vertigo); also War Diaries by Michel Leiris, poems by Ariana Reines,  and a story by Colm Tóibín.

Other contirbutors includeNikki Darling, Guillaume Dustan, Charlie Fox, Herve Guibert, Raquel Gutierrez, Jeff Jackson, Bernard-Marie Koltes, Chris Kraus, Clara López Menendez,  Nicole Miller, Julietta Singh, Natasha Soobramanien & Luke Williams, Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, Natasha Stagger, McKenzie Wark, Abdellah Taïa, and Janique Vigier.

Art by: Soufiane Ababri, Jean-Luc Blanc, Nicole Chambers, Hedi El Kholti, Matt Fishbeck, Kathryn Garcia, Herve Guibert, Jessica Dean Harrison, Galen Johnson, Krisjanis Kaktins-Gorsline, Alan Kleinberg, Patrick Kwon, Michael Oblowitz, Evan Sabourin, Valerie Schultz, Elaine Stocki, and Torbjorn Vejvi.

11.00 EUR

BRUT Boredom. High-rises, Emptiness and Play

Author: Marija Nemčenko, Ana Tudos
Title: BRUT Boredom. High-rises, Emptiness and Play / BRUT nuobodulys. Daugiabučiai, tuštuma ir žaidimai
Publisher: self-published
Subject: Artists' Books, Architecture
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BRUT. High-rises, emptiness and play. is based on a conversation between architecture professor Edward Hollis, researcher Hussein Mitha, curator Anna Tudos and artist Marija Nemcenko. It delves into the complexities of brutalist architecture, housing solutions and public spaces as they exist in different cities across Europe. The four writers address the aspects of architectural heritage, preservation, progress, gentrification and exotification of the concrete colonies through their written works, which follow each other as a dialogue, each having a connecting link to the previous text.

Contributions by Marija Nemčenko, Edward Hollis, Hussein Mitha and Anna Tudos.

10.00 EUR

BILL 2

Author: Julie Peeters
Title: Bill 2
Publisher: Roma Publications
Subject: Periodicals & Reprints

Bill 2 is the second issue of an annual magazine of photographic stories, edited and designed by Julie Peeters. Twelve contributors present new or previously unpublished work. The images in the magazine are printed without any accompanying text: Bill prioritizes visual reading without distraction. Contributors to the second issue are: Gintaras Didziapetris, Jason Dodge, Archiv Hans Hollein, Inge Ketelers, Tadashi Kurahashi by Tadanori Yokoo - Tadanori Yokoo by Tadashi Kurahashi, Jochen Lempert, Raimundas Malasauskas, Bart Julius Peters / T L P S, Reto Schmid, Megan Francis Sullivan, Linda van Deursen, Ann Woo, and Jiajia Zhang.

22.00 EUR

Talker #2. Kate Valk

Authors: Kate Valk; Giles Bailey (ed.)
Title: The Talker #2
Publisher: self-published / Giles Bailey / Talker
Subject: Periodicals & Reprints, Essays & Non-fiction
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It features a conversation with performer Kate Valk. As a founding member of experimental theatre company the Wooster Group, she has contributed to some of the most vital and exploratory live work of the past three decades. This interview took place in October 2016 as her first directorial contribution to the company Early Shaker Spirituals was being performed at the Pompidou Centre. 

TALKER is an interview zine about performance produced by artist Giles Bailey.

6.00 EUR

Talker #4. Sue Tompkins

Authors: Sue Tompkins; Giles Bailey (ed.)
Title: The Talker #4
Publisher: self-published / Giles Bailey / Talker
Subject: Periodicals & Reprints, Essays & Non-fiction
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Tompkins is based in Glasgow and at the heart of her practice is a unique treatment of language. This finds form as typed works on paper, installations, paintings and live performances.

The interview focuses on how the performances are made and the situations in which they are experienced. We speak about movement, migraines, parenthood and a desire not to leave the visual world.

TALKER is an interview zine about performance produced by artist Giles Bailey.

6.00 EUR

Talker #1. Ian White

Authors: Ian White; Giles Bailey (ed.)
Title: The Talker #1
Publisher: self-published / Giles Bailey / Talker
Subject: Periodicals & Reprints, Essays & Non-fiction
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Issue #1 features a conversation with artist, writer and curator of film , Ian White. The interview took place in January 2012 and focuses on Ian’s live work — from early experimental collaborations to his landmark solo trilogy Ibiza Black Flags Democracy and hybrid curatorial projects.

TALKER is an interview zine about performance produced by artist Giles Bailey.

Each issue features a long-form interview with a performance-maker and is produced as an extension of my own work with the aim of opening up discourse around live practices.

6.00 EUR

Talker #5. Kathy Acker and Spalding Gray

Authors: Kathy Acker, Spalding Gray; Giles Bailey (ed.)
Title: The Talker #5
Publisher: self-published / Giles Bailey / Talker
Subject: Periodicals & Reprints, Essays & Non-fiction
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This is Issue #5. It is a transcript of an event hosted by the writer Kathy Acker at the ICA, London in February 1987 in which the performer Spalding Gray discussed his work.

A founding member of the Wooster Group, Spalding Gray gained fame for his autobiographical monologue performances. At the time of this conversation, he had just completed filming Jonathan Demme’s movie adaptation of his work Swimming to Cambodia, a performance in which he describes experiences surrounding a trip to Southeast Asia to play a small role in the film The Killing Fields (1984). In this dialogue with Acker, Gray focuses on the process of developing work and compares his experience of writing with making live performance.

TALKER is an interview zine about performance produced by artist Giles Bailey. 

6.00 EUR

The Last Resident

Author: Verina Gfader et al.
Title: The Last Resident
Publisher: Sternberg Press, Aarhus University, ARoS Art Museum
Subject: Theory & Philosophy, Essays & Non-fiction
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By Verina Gfader, with Victoria Browne, Rebecca Carson, William Forsythe, Claire Hsu, William Kentridge, Mochu, Monica Narula, Pallavi Paul, Lea Porsager, Gerald Raunig, Sif, Lantian Xie

Hardly a gray matter of catching the spirit of our present. From the sun-drenched-ness of the Dubaian atmosphere, to the feathery encounter in a secret printing workshop, words and materials are discreetly—spectrally, outspokenly—put forward: a bunch of residents cruising the seas of nine temporary realities, the result of an ongoing swapping of facts and speculations from the earthly realm. At one end of the spectrum, players, voyagers, entering the machinery (cacophony) of thought processing. At the other, the anchoring point, The Last Resident, one who opens a possible scene.

8.00 EUR

Theatre, Garden, Bestiary. A Materialist History of Exhibitions

Authors: Tristan Garcia, Vincent Normand (eds.)
Title:  Theatre, Garden, Bestiary. A Materialist History of Exhibitions
Publisher: Sternberg Press, ECAL / University of Art and Design Lausanne
Subject: Essays & Non-fiction, Theory & Philosophy

Contributions by Etienne Chambaud, Elitza Dulguerova, Anselm Franke, Tristan Garcia, Fabien Giraud & Raphael Siboni, Dorothea von Hantelmann, Yuk Hui, Pierre Huyghe, Sami Khatib, Jeremy Lecomte, Stephane Lojkine, Rafael Mandressi, Vincent Normand, Peter Osborne, Filipa Ramos, Juliane Rebentisch, Joao Ribas, Pamela Rosenkranz, Anna-Sophie Springer, Lucy Steeds, Olivier Surel, Etienne Turpin, Kim West, Charles Wolfe


This volume both gathers and expands on the results of the research project 'Theater, Garden, Bestiary: A Materialist History of Exhibitions' held at ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne, and proposes to draft a history of exhibitions sourced from a wide corpus reaching beyond the framework of art institutions. It undertakes a transdisciplinary history, at the nexus of art history, science studies, and philosophy, exploring the role the exhibition played in the construction of the conceptual categories of modernity, and outlines a historiographical model that grasps the exhibition as both an aesthetic and epistemic site.

28.00 EUR

What About Activism?

Authors: Steven Henry Madoff (ed.)
Title:  What About Activism?
Publisher: Sternberg Press
Subject: Essays & Non-fiction, Theory & Philosophy
Stock: temporary unavailable

Texts by Defne Ayas, Ute Meta Bauer, Nicolas Bourriaud, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Joshua Decter, Clementine Deliss, Irmgard Emmelhainz, Boris Groys, Hou Hanru, Maria Lind, Steven Henry Madoff, Antonia Majaca, Gabi Ngcobo, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Jack Persekian with Alison Carmel Ramer, Pi Li, Maria Belen Saez de Ibarra, Terry Smith, Nato Thompson, Mick Wilson, Brian Kuan Wood, Tirdad Zolghadr

With the global rise of a politics of shock driven by authoritarian regimes that subvert the rule of law and civil liberties, what paths to resistance, sanctuary, and change can cultural institutions offer? What about activism in curatorial practice? In this book, more than twenty leading curators and thinkers about contemporary art present powerful case studies, historical analyses, and theoretical perspectives that address the dynamics of activism, protest, and advocacy. What unfolds in these pages is a vast range of ideas—a tool kit for cultural producers everywhere to engage audiences and face the fierce political challenges of today and tomorrow.

19.00 EUR

Non-human Photography

Author: Joanna Zylinska
Title: Nonhuman Photography
Publisher: The MIT Press
Subject: Theory & Philosophy
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Today, in the age of CCTV, drones, medical body scans, and satellite images, photography is increasingly decoupled from human agency and human vision. In Nonhuman Photography, Joanna Zylinska offers a new philosophy of photography, going beyond the human-centric view to consider imaging practices from which the human is absent. Zylinska argues further that even those images produced by humans, whether artists or amateurs, entail a nonhuman, mechanical element—that is, they involve the execution of technical and cultural algorithms that shape our image-making devices as well as our viewing practices. At the same time, she notes, photography is increasingly mobilized to document the precariousness of the human habitat and tasked with helping us imagine a better tomorrow. With its conjoined human-nonhuman agency and vision, Zylinska claims, photography functions as both a form of control and a life-shaping force.

Zylinska explores the potential of photography for developing new modes of seeing and imagining, and presents images from her own photographic project, Active Perceptual Systems. She also examines the challenges posed by digitization to established notions of art, culture, and the media. In connecting biological extinction and technical obsolescence, and discussing the parallels between photography and fossilization, she proposes to understand photography as a light-induced process of fossilization across media and across time scales.

30.00 EUR

The Love of Painting

Author: Isabelle Graw
Title: The Love of Painting. Genealogy of a Success Medium
Publisher: Sternberg Press
Subject: Essays & Non-Fiction, Theory & Philosophy, Art History
Stock: temporary unavailable

Painting seems to have lost its dominant position in the field of the arts. However, looking more closely at exhibited photographs, assemblages, installations, or performances, it is evident how the rhetorics of painting still remain omnipresent. Following the tradition of classical theories of painting based on exchanges with artists, Isabelle Graw’s The Love of Painting considers the art form not as something fixed, but as a visual and discursive material formation with the potential to fascinate owing to its ability to produce the fantasy of liveliness. Thus, painting is not restricted to the limits of its own frame, but possesses a specific potential that is located in its material and physical signs. Its value is grounded in its capacity to both reveal and mystify its conditions of production. Alongside in-depth analyses of the work of artists like Edouard Manet, Jutta Koether, Martin Kippenberger, Jana Euler, and Marcel Broodthaers, the book includes conversations with artists in which Graw’s insights are further discussed and put to the test.

'It’s about time for a book declaring 'the love of painting' to appear, afer the aridity of postmodernism’s announcement of painting’s demise. Isabelle Graw’s argument in favor of this love turns on what she terms 'vitalistic fantasies': the perception of artworks as 'quasi subjects' saturated with the life of their creator. This notion of the work of art as a quasi subject relates directly to the philosopher Stanley Cavell’s consideration that 'the possibility of fraudulence, and the experience of fraudulence, is endemic in the experience of contemporary art.' To understand this we must ask: Why do we relate to works of art in the same way we relate to people? The Love of Painting works on this question—and does so with success.'Rosalind E. Krauss

25.00 EUR

The Disintegration of a Critic

Authors: Jill Johnston; Fiona McGovern, Megan Francis Sullivan, Axel Wieder (eds.)
Title: The Disintegration of a Critic
Publisher: Sternberg Press, Bergen Kunsthall
Subject: Essays & Non-fiction
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JILL JOHNSTON  —cultural critic, auto/biographer, and lesbian icon—was renowned as a writer on dance, especially on the developments around JUDSON DANCE and the 1960s downtown New York City scene, and later as the author of the radical-feminist classic Lesbian Nation (1973). This book collects thirty texts by Jill Johnston that were initially published in her weekly column for The Village Voice between 1960 and 1974. The column provided a format in which Johnston could dissolve distinctions between the personal, the critical, and the political. Her writing took turns and loops, reflecting its times and contexts, and set a stage for the emergence of Johnston as a public figure and self-proclaimed radical lesbian that defied any prescribed position. 

Johnston’s original texts are accompanied by three new contributions by Ingrid Nyeboe, Bruce Hainley, and Jennifer Krasinski, as well as an appendix with archival material related to a panel Johnston organized in 1969, titled 'The Disintegration of a Critic: An Analysis of Jill Johnston'.

16.00 EUR

The Day I Am Free

Authors: Lawen Mohtadi, Katarina Taikon; with an introduction by Maria Lind
Title: The Day I Am Free
Publisher: Sternberg Press
Subject: Essays & Non-fiction
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KATARINA TAIKON was an epoch-changing activist, prolific writer, and countercultural icon in Sweden. Her activist work brought her face-to-face with the most marginalized communities in society as well as prime ministers. Her writing defined the Roma struggle for equal rights and made accessible anti-racist narratives in children’s literature. Active from the early 1960s through the 1970s, Taikon faced a Sweden in which the Roma minority was heavily discriminated against. They were excluded from housing, the education system, and the rights of citizenship that the welfare state provided.

This book tells the story of Taikon’s life in three parts. The first is a 2012 biography by journalist Lawen Mohtadi. The second is Taikon in her own words: the first volume of her autobiographical children’s book series, Katitzi. In Katitzi, a fierce coming-of-age story, Taikon writes about her struggle as part of an ethnic minority in Sweden. The final section is an essay written by curator Maria Lind that articulates the cultural impact of Katitzi.

22.00 EUR

Productive Universals - Specific Situations

Authors: Anne Kockelkorn, Nina Zschocke (eds.) 
Title: Productive Universals - Specific Situations. Critical Engagements in Art, Architecture, and Urbanism
Publisher: Sternberg Press
Subject: Essays & Non-fiction, Theory & Philosophy, Architecture
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In today’s increasingly digitalized and neoliberal societies, debates on universals and specifics have gained new momentum. This volume situates the contemporary return to universal claims and concepts in the fields of art, architecture, and urbanism, and highlights the interrelation of the specific and the universal in diverse historical situations from the nineteenth century to the present. The collection’s essays thus venture an epistemic shift of the concept of universality: from essence to modality, from the abstract and static to the performative and productive.

'To counter the populist pull of a post-truth era this collection dares to return to a thought of universality—and successfully introduces the applicable concept of the productive universal. It must work! Planetary urbanism, the algorithmic management of a global population, and climate crises are all at stake. This thought-provoking book invites architects and urbanists to think through the friction of concrete occasions toward concerns that are universally shared.' Helene Frichot, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm

CONTRIBUTIONS BY Ursula Biemann, Ariane Varela Braga, Gaia Caramellino, Manuel Shvartzberg Carrió, Khadija von Zinnenburg Carroll, Johan F. Hartle, Samia Henni, Christa Kamleithner, Anne Kockelkorn, Filippo De Pieri, Katarzyna Ruchel-Stockmans, Emily E. Scott, Laila Seewang, Alla Vronskaya, Andrew Stefan Weiner, Nina Zschocke

25.00 EUR

Notebooks 1967-70

Author: Lee Lozano
Title: Notebooks 1967-70
Publisher: Primary Information
Subject: Artists' Writings, Essays & Non-fiction
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This publication is a compilation of Lee Lozano’s notebooks from 1967 to 1970. The three notebooks included here contain her seminal "Language Pieces" and drawings for her paintings, including 12 studies for her 11-panel masterpiece, "Wave Series."

Lee Lozano (1930-1999) was an enigmatic artist making a diverse body of drawings, paintings, and conceptual works. While prolific, her production was limited to her time in New York from the early 1960s to the early 1970s. She was very actively engaged with other artists in New York until she decided to leave the art world in 1972. Until recently, much of her work has been difficult for the public to access. From the time of her boycott of the art world until her death, Lozano was an artist working conceptually even though she did not participate actively in the commercial art world for the last three decades of her life.

The pages of the notebooks contain notes and sketches related to her abstract paintings and also contain her texts, which were known as "Language Pieces." The artist’s work in the books reveal her desire to live and create art within a structured system. Lozano considered the individual pages of her notebooks to be drawings, and they were sometimes separated and exhibited. Twenty-five years ago, the notebooks were photocopied and it is that record which serves as the basis for this book.

27.00 EUR

Private Book 4

Author: Lee Lozano
Title: Private Book 4
Publisher: Karma 
Subject: Artists' Books
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This is the fourth volume in Karma’s 11-volume facsimile printing of Lee Lozano’s 'Private Book' project. It is primarily a calendar of Lozano’s personal, artistic and chemical interactions in 1969-1970.

*A prolific writer and documenter of both her art and her relationships, the public and private, the painter Lee Lozano (1930–99) kept a series of personal journals from 1968 to 1970 while living in New York’s SoHo neighborhood. In 1972 she rigorously edited these books, thus completing the project. Eleven of these private books survive, containing notes on her work, detailed interactions with artist friends and commentary on the alienations of gender politics, as well as philosophical queries into art’s role in society and humorous asides from daily life.

23.00 EUR

Motion

Author: Karel Martens
Title: Motion
Publisher: Roma Publications
Subject:  Artists' Books, Graphic Design
Stock: temporary unavailable

Published as part of ‘Motion’, an exhibition by Dutch artist and graphic designer Karel Martens at Kunstverein München, this book is the seventh instalment of the ‘Companion’ series produced by the Kunstverein and Roma Publications. With concept and design by Julie Peeters, the greater part of the book’s content is derived from the video ‘Not for Resale’, a sequence of photographs of the array of images and objects found on the artist’s studio wall, taken in 2000. Material from two other videos, ‘Lost & Found’ (2004) and ‘Tol’ (2008), is also included, along with a transcription of a conversation between Martens and Chris Fitzpatrick, director of the Kunstverein.

30.00 EUR

Žurnalas Kaunui "Į" #3 / Magazine for Kaunas "Į" #3

Publisher: Kaunas Photography Gallery
Subject: Periodicals & Reprints
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In Kaunas it is still possible to find an aged, diminishing, species: giants of 20th century industry. Next to these fallen giants – i.e., the large Kaunas factories, that used to determine  urban development – have remained the communities that formed around them. Members of these communities, the loyal workers, keep a small part of the remaining industry’s mammoths alive. Old giants of industry are replaced by modern ones. A different kind of organism is born in the city and its surroundings. These new organisms are set in close proximity to residential buildings, which were themselves supposed to be in the refuge of nature, but as industry expands, it takes the place of this nature. 

Brackets are useful when talking about (post)industrial Kaunas, because the phenomena being signified is not complete. In other words, 'post' has not happened yet. There are manifold signs of industry’s prosperity in Kaunas; the diminishing of industry is an ongoing process, and the memory is still alive of those that were, or still are, affected by these changes. The magazine hence does not provide final answers about post-industrial reality, but is rather an attempt to search for starting points of a discussion by selecting the particular case of Kaunas and the dynamics of the ongoing processes of transformation inside of it – a process that encompasses the city’s past, present and future perspectives. 

15.00 EUR

Legsicon

Author: Laure Prouvost
Title: Legsicon
Publisher: Bookworks
Subject: Monographs, Exhibition Catalogue
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Legsicon delves into the philosophical depths of the artist’s practice, through the familiar, if transformed, format of a lexicon, to portray the work of an artist developing complex thought through artistic languages. Deviating from a typical monograph, Legsicon functions as a sort of dictionary, exploring and expanding on thirty-six notions in Prouvost’s work, with each incorporating a commissioned text, new drawings created by the artist and selected documentation of her related works.

Words such as Artist, Boobs, Dream, Grandad, Octopus, Woman, and thirty other key words, have triggered contributions from Celidor Aikvost, Nuar Alsadir, Paul Becker, Dodie Bellamy, Paul Buck, Sophie Collins, Marie Darrieussecq, Bart De Baere, Melissa Gronlund, Nicoline van Harskamp, Nav Haq, Alistair Hudson, Elisa Kay, Martha Kirszenbaum, Brian Kuan Wood, Peter Kubelka, John Latham, Huw Lemmey, Kathy Noble, Elizabeth Price, Bernard Prouvost, Laure Prouvost, Natasha Soobramanien, Jonas Staal, Barbara Steveni, Abdellah Taïa, Maija Timonen, Murtaza Vali, Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven, Agnes Varda, Timothy Vermeulen, Emily Wardill, Marina Warner, Mark Webber, and Lawrence Weiner.

29.00 EUR

Black Dada Reader

Author: Adam Pendleton; Stephen Squibb (ed.)
Title: Black Dada Reader
Publisher: Walther Koenig
Subject: Artists' Writings, Essays & Non-fiction
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Black Dada Reader is a collection of texts and documents that elucidates "Black Dada," a term that acclaimed New York–based artist Adam Pendleton (born 1984) uses to define his artistic output. The Reader brings a diverse range of cultural figures into a shared conceptual space, including Hugo Ball, W.E.B. Du Bois, Stokely Carmichael, LeRoi Jones, Sun Ra, Adrian Piper, Joan Retallack, Harryette Mullen, Ron Silliman and Gertrude Stein, as well as artists from different generations such as Ad Reinhardt, Joan Jonas, William Pope.L, Thomas Hirschhorn and Stan Douglas. It also includes essays on the concept of Black Dada and its historical implications from curators and critics, including Adrienne Edwards (Walker Arts Center/Performa), Laura Hoptman (MoMA), Tom McDonough (Binghamton), Jenny Schlenzka (PS122) and Susan Thompson (Guggenheim).

25.00 EUR

The Black City. Glosses

Author: Hubert Fichte
Title: The Black City
Publisher: Sternberg Press
Subject: Artists' Writings, Essays & Non-Fiction
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The Black City is a portrait of New York City written by Hubert Fichte between 1978 and 1980. One of Germany’s most important postwar authors, 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. His interview partners include Michael Chisolm, arts educator and coordinator of the Black Emergency Cultural Coalition; German emigre and artist Lil Picard; photographer Richard Avedon; Leopold Joseph, publisher of the exile newspaper Haiti Observateur; and Teiji Ito, composer and Vodou initiate. The book opens with notes on an exhibition of Haitian art at the Brooklyn Museum, and closes with a self-reflective literary analysis of Herodotus, the first white European to write extensively of his travels and (desirous) encounters in Africa.

24.00 EUR

Return to the Postcolony Specters of Colonialism in Contemporary Art

Author: T. J. Demos
Title: Return to the Postcolony. Specters of Colonialism in Contemporary Art
Publisher: Sternberg Press
Subject: Theory and Philosophy
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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. With great timeliness, projects by Sven Augustijnen, Vincent Meessen, Zarina Bhimji, Renzo Martens, and Pieter Hugo have emerged during the fiftieth anniversary of independence for many African countries, inspiring a kind of 'reverse migration'—a return to the postcolony, which drives an ethico-political as well as aesthetic set of imperatives: to learn to live with ghosts, and to do so more justly.   

T. J. Demos places contemporary art within the context of neoliberal globalization and what scholars have referred to as the 'colonial present.' The analysis is complex and provocative, both for an understanding of the historical material as well as for the contemporary theoretical discourse. Return to the Postcolony is one of the most ambitious, intelligent, and readable texts on contemporary art related to the African context that I have read.
 —Alexander Alberro, author of Conceptual Art and the Politics of Publicity   

19.00 EUR

Proteus and the Radical Imaginary

Author: Kristupas Sabolius 
Title: Proteus and the Radical Imaginary
Publisher: Bunkier Sztuki Gallery, Karkow, the CAC Vilnius
Subject: Theory & Philosophy
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Proteus and the Radical Imaginary is an original and timely re-evaluation of the concept of the imagination in relation to aesthetics and contemporary art. Starting with the humorous story of Nasreddin’s eighteenth camel, an odd surplus that is necessary in order for reality to work (in this case, solving the riddle of a father’s mathematically perplexing testament), Sabolius goes on to discuss the metaphysical, aesthetic, political, phenomenological, and technological dimension of the imagination; providing both a philosophical history of the notion as well as making a unique intervention in contemporary debates. (...) Sabolius’ theoretical discussions are enlivened by analyses of a surprising mix of films, artworks, popular culture, and theatre, including: exhibitions by Raimundas Malašauskas (Photo Finish in Vilnius, and the Lithuania/Cyprus oO/Oo Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale), the underwear-stealing gnomes of South Park, Michelangelo Antonioni’s Blow Up, Victor Erice’s The Spirit of the Beehive, and the avant-garde performances of Romeo Castellucci. - Aaron Schuster

Proetus and the Radical Imaginary is the first major translation of Sabolius oeuvre to English. Published in 2016 as part of XII Baltic Triennial.

 

7.00 EUR

Public Space? Lost and Found

Authors: Gediminas Urbonas, Ann Lui, Lucas Freeman  (eds.)
Title: Public Space? Lost and Found
Publisher: The MIT Press
Subject: Architecture, Theory & Philosophy
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Public Space? Lost and Found combines significant recent projects in art and architecture with writings by historians and theorists. Contributors investigate strategies for responding to underrepresented communities and areas of conflict through the work of Marjetica Potrč in Johannesburg and Teddy Cruz on the Mexico-U.S. border, among others. They explore our collective stakes in ecological catastrophe through artistic research such as atelier d'architecture autogeree's hubs for community action and recycling in Colombes, France, and Brian Holmes's theoretical investigation of new forms of aesthetic perception in the age of the Anthropocene. Inspired by artist and MIT professor Antoni Muntadas' early coining of the term “media landscape,” contributors also look ahead, casting a critical eye on the fraught impact of digital media and the internet on public space.

Contributors: atelier d'architecture autogre, Dennis Adams, Bik Van Der Pol, Adrian Blackwell, Ina Blom, Christoph Brunner with Gerald Raunig, Nestor Garcia Canclini, Colby Chamberlain, Beatriz Colomina, Teddy Cruz with Fonna Forman, Jodi Dean, Juan Herreros, Brian Holmes, Andres Jaque, Caroline Jones, Coryn Kempster with Julia Jamrozik, Gyorgy Kepes, Rikke Luther, Matthew Mazzotta, Metahaven, Timothy Morton, Antoni Muntadas, Otto Piene, Marjetica Potrč, Nader Tehrani, Troy Therrien, Gedminas and Nomeda Urbonas, Angela Vettese, Mariel Villere, Mark Wigley, Krzysztof Wodiczko

37.00 EUR

Dunes

Author:  Antanas Gerlikas 
Title: Dunes
Publisher:  CAC Vilnius
Subject: Artists' Books
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DUNES, by Antanas Gerlikas may be a result of a dream the artist had back in 2013 during which he experienced sounds he never heard before, coming from an instrument he’d never seen before and he was struck by the strong nonhuman powers which he had never encountered before. Not long after, he had a dream in which an invisible, inaudible force asked him if he would like to learn how to 'catch the right moment.' In another, the same force offered to teach him how to 'communicate with space and its diversity.' Unwavered by the staggering abyss of total groundlessness, he said yes to both and continued to pose his own questions related to those from the dreams -- how to govern things that cannot be governed? How to know when to give something up? Are dreams outside our reality?

The book is made up of conversations that Gerlikas had with people who may have had similar experiences, but who he mainly knew as experts in their crafts, who subscribe to the idea of apprenticeship and mastery and who, he also knew, allow the notion that some aspects of their work lie far beyond rational explanation. He thus approached carpenter Algimantas Verseckas, dowser and ethnic culture enthusiast Vaclovas Mikailionis and photographer Gintautas Trimakas – who later took the pictures in this book – as well as writer and self-aware 'amateur' Post Brothers. Jonas Žakaitis had earlier conducted an interview with Gerlikas, which mainly focused on the musical instrument is reprinted here as well. 

15.00 EUR

Private Book 2

Author: Lee Lozano
Title: Private Book 2
Publisher: Karma 
Subject: Artists' Books
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A prolific writer and documenter of both her art and her relationships, the public and private, Lee Lozano (1930-99) kept a series of personal journals from 1968 to 1972 while living in New York’s SoHo neighbourhood. Eleven of these private books survive. Private Book 2 is the second in a series of 11 pocket-sized books, which are printed as facsimiles with spiral binding. The notebooks contain notes on her work, detailed interactions with artist friends and commentary on the alienations of gender politics, as well as philosophical queries into art's role in society and humorous asides from daily life. In the decade before her infamous dropout piece— culminating in a move to Dallas where she would remain until her death — Lozano returned to these notebooks, editing the entries, sometimes blacking out entire pages. Private Book 2 is the second in a series of 11 pocket-sized books, which are printed as facsimiles with spiral binding.

24.00 EUR

The Blind Man - New York Dada, 1917

Author: Marcel Duchamp, Beatrice Wood, Henri-Pierre Roche. Sophie Seita (ed.)
Title: The Blind Man - New York Dada, 1917
Publisher: Ugly Duckling Press
Subject: Periodicals and Reprints
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The Blind Man and rongwrong were seminal New York Dada magazines edited and published by Marcel Duchamp, Henri-Pierre Roche, and Beatrice Wood in 1917. This facsimile edition, introduced by Sophie Seita, celebrates the 100th anniversary of their publication. The box set also includes a two-color offset reproduction of Beatrice Wood’s poster for The Blind Man’s Ball (1917) and a letterpress facsimile of Man Ray’s The Ridgefield Gazook (1915). Translations of the French texts by Elizabeth Zuba accompany the facsimile reprints. 

The Blind Man and rongwrong were part of a network of little magazines that introduced audiences to avant-garde movements in art and literature; they featured contributions of poetry, prose, and visual art by Mina Loy, Louise Norton, Robert Carlton Brown, Erik Satie, Walter Arensberg, Francis Picabia, Alfred Stieglitz, and others. The Blind Man was the first print publication to circulate an image of Duchamp’s (OR MOST PROBABLY NOT - SEE: Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven) 'Fountain'  (photographed by Stieglitz) after its rejection from the first annual exhibition of the Society of Independent Artists, presenting a public challenge to the accepted definition of art during this time. 

74.00 EUR

Born in Flames

Author: Lizzie Borden, Kaisa Lassinaro (ed.)
Title: Born in Flames
Publisher: Occassional Papers
Subject: Artists' Books
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Born in Flames – the publication – is the complete authorised graphic translation of Lizzie Borden’s mythical 1983 film ‘Born in Flames’. Kaisa Lassinaro’s post-facto screenplay captures all the political energy and visual brilliance of Borden’s film, which describes a futuristic society (eerily similar to our own) where the achievements of a past revolution are threatened by reactionary sexist forces. The film suggests various modes of female resistance – from armed struggle to intellectual opposition – without endorsing one strategy over another. The published version of Born in Flames allows for a frame-by-frame analysis of the film’s complex plot and soundtrack, with songs by The Bloods and Red Crayola. Included is an interview with Borden conducted by Lassinaro, in which the filmmaker looks back on the making of the film in late 70s/early 80s New York.

9.00 EUR

Georgia Sagri

Authors:  Christina Lehnert, Philippe Pirotte (eds.)
Title: GEORGIA SAGRI GEORGIA SAGRI and I
Publisher: Sternberg Press
Subject: Exhibition Catalogue, Monographs
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As her first comprehensive publication, this catalogue surveys the multi-facetted oeuvre of the Greek artist Georgia Sagri. As the title of this book suggests, the staged objects Sagri produces are doubled modules, where each I or self can be 'cross-eyed.' This effect, often produced theatrically, reorders the collective gaze to be subverted through a 'catastrophe of emotions.' Across performance, video work, and sculpture, Sagri navigates the murky relationships between the artist’s body and her body of work, subjectivity and persona, original and reproduction with equal parts humor and severity.

Collected in this catalogue is both current documentation of Sagri’s work and rich archival material since 1999; together they are juxtaposed against essays by Sotirios Bahtsetzis, Daniel Horn, Ruba Katrib, Christina Lehnert, Diego Singh and Stephen Squibb, an interview conducted with Silvia Federici, and a conversation between the artist, Bettina Funcke, and John Kelsey.

A founding organizer of the Occupy Wall Street movement, Georgia Sagri’s social activism (alongside her artistic activities) dates back to 1997, when she was a member of the Void Network in Athens. Sagri has organized the perambulatory curatorial project Saloon and the audio-only magazine Forte since 2009. In 2013 she initiated the semi-public and semi-personal space Ύλη[matter]HYLE in Athens, with the mission to develop a new model for the contemporary work-life structure. She has exhibited and participated in documenta 14 (2017), Manifesta 11 (2016), Istanbul Biennial (2015), La biennale de Lyon (2013), Whitney Biennial (2012), Thessaloniki Biennale (2011), and the Athens Biennale (2007).

24.00 EUR

Of Mongrelitude

Author: Julian Talamantez Brolaski
Title: Of Mongrelitude
Publisher: Wave Books
Subject: Literature & Poetry
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Finalist for the 2018 Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Poetry

Of Mongrelitude is a colloquy on the mongrel body, textual and actual, sexual, specieal, and racial. Composed in a hybrid style, it makes the argument that everything can and does come into ‘englyssh’: ancient and invented languages, european and indigenous, tongues not yet named. All of this ‘made up as medicine’, as ceremony for all creatures, as literal song.

16.00 EUR

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25.00 EUR

On Writing a Literary History of the Contemporary, or What is, or was, "the Contemporary," and should we keep calling it that?

Author: Margaret-Anne Hutton
Title: On Writing a Literary History of the Contemporary, or What is, or was, "the Contemporary,” and should we keep calling it that?
Publisher: Sternberg Press, Aarhus University, ARoS Art Museum
Subject: Essays & Non-fiction, Theory & Philosophy
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'The contemporary' is an established term in a range of scholarly and disciplinary discourses, but what does it mean? Interweaving sections drawn from an (apparently) hypothetical and oxymoronic project—the writing of a literary history of 'the contemporary'—with a critical analysis of the term(s) 'the contemporary' and 'contemporary' in the work of a range of theorists, Margaret-Anne Hutton sets out to expose the inconsistencies and ambiguities in its terminological usage, and to unpick some of the knots which bind the substantive and adjective. How can '(the) contemporary' function as a critical term, and how might we map its history?

8.00 EUR

Hegel after Occupy

Author: Mikkel Bolt Rasmussen
Title: Hegel after Occupy
Publisher: Sternberg Press, Aarhus University, ARoS Art Museum
Subject: Essays & Non-fiction, Theory & Philosophy
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Hegel after Occupy is a Western Marxist analysis of different attempts to understand the present historical situation and the way theories of postmodernity, globalization, and contemporaneity implicitly or explicitly conceptualize the relationship between the historical present and political action. They all persuasively describe a breakdown of former historical categories but paradoxically end up understanding this breakdown as the end of politics tout court. Analysis and 'position' thus merge, and the analytic diagnosis of a disavowal of the future (and the past) ends up as a disavowal of politics.

8.00 EUR

Ellen Cantor. A history of the world as it become known to me

Authors: Lia Gangitano, Fatima Hellberg, Jamie Stevens (eds.)
Title: Ellen Cantor. A history of the world as it become known to me.
Publisher: Sternberg Press, Kunstlerhaus Stuttgart, Participant Inc., CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts
Subject: Monographs, Artists' Writings
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Contributions by Dodie Bellamy, Jonathan Berger, John Brattin, Ellen Cantor, Lia Gangitano, Cy Gavin, Joseph Grigely, Clara Lopez Menendez, John Maybury

Ellen Cantor (1961–2013) combined ready-made materials with diaristic notes and drawings to probe her perceptions and experiences of personal desire and institutional violence. This book is concerned with, and a document of, Cantor’s work through the lens of Pinochet Porn (2008–16) and its making—an epic experimental film embodying and radically extending her multifaceted artistic practice. Taking the form of an episodic narrative about five children growing up under the regime of General Augusto Pinochet in Chile, and shot between her dual hometowns of London and New York, history is observed through Cantor’s fictive speculations on private experience within a totalizing political order. A history of the world as it has become known to me brings together writings and archival materials of Cantor’s, including a reproduction in full of her drawing-based script Circus Lives from Hell (2004), alongside contributions by writers, artists, collaborators, and friends reflecting on Cantor’s practice, Pinochet Porn, and a singularly transgressive vision: explicitly feminist, remorselessly emotional, dramatic in tone, and, as Cantor herself liked to put it, adult in subject matter.

26.00 EUR

OKEANOS

Authors: Daniela Zyman, Cory Scozzar (eds.)
Title: Allan Sekula. OKEANOS
Publisher: Sternberg Press, Fundació Antoni Tàpies (Barcelona), Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (Vienna)
Subject: Monographs
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Contributions by Nabil Ahmed, Keller Easterling, Carles Guerra Rojas, Celina Jeffery, Laleh Khalili, Rosa Lleó, Gabriele Mackert, Jegan Vincent de Paul, Filipa Ramos, Cory Scozzari, Allan Sekula, Sally Stein, Philip Steinberg, Daniela Zyman

This publication intersperses essays from scholars, historians, and thinkers with a selection of Allan Sekula’s seminal texts and excerpts from his private notebooks. The title is a reference to Okeanos—son of Gaia, the Greek goddess of the earth—who ruled over the oceans and water. Made and written across the decades, Sekula’s sketches and texts focus on maritime space and the material, economic, and ecological implications of globalization. In projects such as his magnum opus Fish Story (1989–95), or films like Lottery of the Sea (2006) and The Forgotten Space (2010), Sekula provided a view from and of the sea. This publication expands on these oceanic themes, seeking to honor the scope and complexity of the late artist-theorist’s work, and situate his ideas in current political, social, and environmental discourses. 

29.00 EUR

School: A Recent History of Self-Organized Art Education

Authors: Sam Thorne (ed.)
Title: School: A Recent History of Self-Organized Art Education
Publisher: Sternberg Press
Subject: Essays & Non-fiction, Theory & Philosophy
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Contributions by Bik Van der Pol, Bruce High Quality Foundation University, Tania Bruguera, Chto Delat?, Sean Dockray, Olafur Eliasson, Ryan Gander, Piero Golia, Fritz Haeg, Pablo Helguera, Jakob Jakobsen, Ahmet Oğuut, Yoshua Okon, Open School East, RUPERT (!), Wael Shawky, Tina Sherwell, Bisi Silva, Christine Tohme, Anton Vidokle

Sam Thorne’s School: A Recent History of Self-Organized Art Education is a chronicle of self-organized art schools and artist-run education platforms that have emerged since 2000. Comprising a series of twenty conversations conducted by Thorne with the artists, curators, and educators behind these schools, the book maps a territory at once fertile and contested. Spanning projects in London, Lagos, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Ramallah, Berlin, and Saint Petersburg, among other locations, these critical dialogues respond to spiraling student debt, the MFA system, and the 'pedagogical turn,' while offering proposals for the future of art education.

24.00 EUR

You Can Call Him Another Man

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

Shortlisted for the 2018 PhotoBook Awards (First PhotoBook category)

30.00 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

Desentimental

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

45.00 EUR

Calamities

Author: Renee Gladman
Title: Calamities
Publisher: Wave Books
Subject: Literature & Poetry, Essays & Non-fiction
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WINNER of the 2017 Firecracker Award for Nonfiction from the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP)

Reading Calamities is incantational. The reading experience is one drenched in the constant feeling of ignition and obstruction. Calamities at once demands and inhibits; it solicits and perturbs. It frustrates and tickles. And it reminds us, most forcefully, that narrative is erotically phenomenological. (Prathna Lor, Jacket2)

A collection of linked essays concerned with the life and mind of the writer by one of the most original voices in contemporary literature. Each essay takes a day as its point of inquiry, observing the body as it moves through time, architecture, and space, gradually demanding a new logic and level of consciousness from the narrator and reader.

15.00 EUR

Distributed

Author: David Blamey, Brad Haylock (eds.)
Title: Distributed
Publisher: Open Editions
Subject: Theory & Philosophy
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This new volume in the Occasional Table series of critical anthologies focusses attention on the act of distribution as a subject for serious creative consideration and one of great social and economic importance. Contributors from a variety of backgrounds paint a big picture that embraces the actions of the individual along-side the workings of global markets. From the attention-seeking impulse of the poseur to the democratisation of art and knowledge through books, digital networks, pop music and self-organised libraries, and to the question of what can be known and by whom, the urge to disseminate is explored here as an elemental phenomenon of our time.

Contributions by Ahmed Ansari, Stuart Bertolotti-Bailey, Justin Clemens, Alex Coles, Jonathan Lindley, Neil Cummings, Arnaud Desjardin, Markus Miessen, Bille Muraben, Patricia Reed, Adrian Shaughnessy, Freek Lomme, Eva Weinmayr et al.

25.00 EUR

Whites, Jews And Us. Towards A Politics of Revolutionary Love

Author: Houria Bouteldja
Title: Whites, Jews and Us. Toward a Politics of Revolutionary Love
Publisher: Semiotext(e)
Subject: Theory & Philosophy

Why am I writing this book? Because I share Gramsci's anxiety: 'The old are dying and the new cannot be born; in this interregnum a great variety of morbid symptoms appear.' The fascist monster, born in the entrails of Western modernity. Of course, the West is not what it used to be. Hence my question: what can we offer white people in exchange for their decline and for the wars that will ensue? There is only one answer: peace. There is only one way: revolutionary love.

With Whites, Jews, and Us, Houria Bouteldja launches a scathing critique of the European Left from an indigenous anti-colonial perspective, reflecting on Frantz Fanon's political legacy, the republican pact, the Shoah, the creation of Israel, feminism, and the fate of postcolonial immigration in the West in the age of rising anti-immigrant populism. Drawing upon such prominent voices as James Baldwin, Malcolm X, and Jean Genet, she issues a polemical call for a militant anti-racism grounded in the concept of revolutionary love.

14.00 EUR

A Slow, Contemporary Violence: Damaged Environments of Technological Culture

Author:  Jussi Parikka
Title:  A Slow, Contemporary Violence: Damaged Environments of Technological Culture (The Contemporary Condition)
Publisher: Sternberg Press
Subject: Essays & Non-fiction, Theory & Philosophy
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The contemporary moment is comprised of many overlapping speeds, rhythms, and periods of time. A central theme of Jussi Parikka’s book concerns slowness instead of acceleration: a different sort of a temporal horizon in order to understand some of the environmental temporalities that media and technological arts are involved in. This is approached through art and design practices that unfold this multiplicity of time, closely entwined with contemporary concerns in aesthetic theory, to understand and engage with the planetary time scales of slow environmental violence. 

8.00 EUR

The Happy Hypocrite 10 - Tolstoyevsky

Author: Virginija Januškevičiūtė (ed.)
Title: The Happy Hypocrite 10 - Tolstoyevsky
Publisher: Bookworks
Subject: Periodicals 
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‘Tolstoyevsky is not a Russian writer; it is a monster of sorts – a chimera, a composite of two and true to neither one nor a sum. It can make jokes (and threats) fly so fast they skip the funny parts. Here it lends its name to an issue that is about how humour is often not humour, or about how it sometimes doesn’t work, and how half our lives are filled with things that don’t work. Which probably means they work, right?’ – Virginija Januškevičiūtė, from the Outro

The Happy Hypocrite – Tolstoyevsky is, ideally, like a room full of high-spirited people playing a game, trying to do or say some nonsense, folding embarrassment and losses in translation into part of the exchange. The main portion of the journal is made up of responses to an open call; submissions picked up on cues within two short stories: ‘Moles & Mice’ by Candice Lin, and ‘Tolstoyevksy’, written by Virginija Januškevičiūtė about a hospitable man with a house full of books who exclaimed ‘Oh I have read all your Tolstoyevskys!’ when asked what he had read.

With contributions and new work by ateate, David Bernstein, Monika Kalinauskaitė, Zoe Kingsley, Erika Lastovskyte, Michael Lawton, Candice Lin, Elena Narbutaitė, Nick Norton, Kim Schoen, Isabel Waidner, and Jonas Žakaitis. Complemented by old work (images, illustrations) from Pierre Bonnard, Giovanni di Paolo, Felix Vallotton, and Edouard Vuillard.

12.00 EUR

We Are Here, But Is It Now? (The Submarine Horizons of Contemporaneity)

Author: Raqs Media Collective
Title: The Contemporary Condition: We Are Herem But Is It Now? (The Submarine Horizons of Contemporaneity)
Publisher: Sternberg Press, Aarhus University, ARoS Art Museum 
Subject: Artists' writings, Theory & Philosophy
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It is said that we know more about far-away galaxies than we do about the bottom of the oceans on earth. One could say something similar about our relationship to the future and to the contemporary. The distant future can seem more familiar than the deep present. We know it will come, regardless of whether or not we are around to witness it. Searching for the present is a bit like deep sea diving. How to dive without drowning in the turbulent waters of now? How to find and share sources of illumination in submarine darkness? When to surface and how to ride a strong current? Why stay afloat on the present moment at all? And what to look for while beachcombing the sea-floor of our time? These are some of the questions that Raqs Media Collective address in their account of contemporaneity, guided by a motley collection of figures lost and found in the turbulence of their practice.

8.00 EUR

Weird Fucks

Author: Lynne Tillman
Title: Weird Fucks
Publisher: New Herring Press
Subject: Literature & Poetry

FICTION. WOMEN'S STUDIES. ART BY AMY SILLMAN. The long out-of-print 1978 novella by the brilliant Lynne Tillman catalogs a series of encounters and relationships spanning the 60s and the 70s. Fucking is involved. So is weird, but in a way that means more than just weird. Think wyrd, like the witch sisters of Macbeth, or already feeling like a ghost, or waiting in a Victorian nightgown on Valium for two months, or knowing more about the cock of the baby alien in your bed than about his face. It's an early work, but already the sentences are classic Lynne Tillman, brutal, funny, concrete, and haunted. This is how WEIRD FUCKS should have always been, alone and beautiful and shiny in the world. The 8 full color artworks by Amy Sillman rub up against the words, and the fine detail and construction make it a pleasurably Weird Fuck to read and hold.

 

18.00 EUR

The Flood of Rights

Author: Thomas Keenan, Suhail Malik, Tirdad Zolghadr (eds.)
Title: The Flood of Rights
Publisher: Sternberg Press
Subject: Essays & Non-Fiction, Theory & Philosophy
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It is difficult to imagine making claims for human rights without using images. For better or worse, images of protest, evidence, and assertion are the lingua franca of struggles for justice today. And they seem to come in a flood, more and more, day and night. But through which channels does the torrent pass? The Flood of Rights examines the pathways through which these images and ideas circulate—routes that do not merely enable, but actually shape human-rights claims and their conceptual background. What are the technologies and languages that structure the global distribution of humanism and universalism, and how do they leave their mark on these ideas themselves? Which narratives and imageries have proven easier to export and import, and whose interests are at stake in the configurations in question? 

Contributions by Amanda Beech, Rony Brauman, David Campbell, Olivia Custer, Rosalyn Deutsche, Thomas Keenan, Eric Kluitenberg, David Levine, Suhail Malik, Sohrab Mohebbi, Sharon Sliwinski, Hito Steyerl, Bernard Stiegler, Tirdad Zolghadr

26.00 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
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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

PHILE 2

Title: Phile 2
Subject: Periodicals & Reprints
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the international journal of DESIRE AND CURIOSITY

Issue No. 2 will feature 130 pages of cerebral content and thought provoking imagery. Our contributors range in ethnic background as well as gender and sexual identities. PHILE contains articles, interviews, photo essays and creative writing which explore how communities reject societal structures and create space to explore sexuality.

The publication combines elements of an academic journal, an art book and an erotic magazine. Phile dissects forms and practices of sexuality with the aim to encourage a more empathetic understanding towards people and communities who live outside of normative or binary structures. - PHILE

18.00 EUR

The Long Road to Xico

Author: Pedro de Llano (ed.)
Title: The Long Road to Xico / El Largo Camino a Xico. Maria Thereza Alves 1991-2015
Publisher: Sternberg Press
Subject: Monographs, Catalogues
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The Long Road to Xico, 1991–2015 is the first monograph of Brazilian artist Maria Thereza Alves, and the outcome of her solo show at the Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporaneo in Seville in 2015. It gathers more than twenty projects realized between 1991 and 2015, including rarely viewed early works that help us see her most recent production from a new perspective. This publication also collects a selection of Alves’s writings and contextualizes her work in the political and cultural debates from the 1980s, when she became an activist—in the United States and Brazil—and an early participant in discourses around 'postcolonialism' and 'ecology'. Together with these materials, the book contains essays by the editor, Pedro de Llano, and T. J. Demos, professor of art and visual culture at the University of California, Santa Cruz. 

20.00 EUR

Abstract from the Concrete

Author:  David Harvey
Title:  Abstract from the Concrete
Publisher: Sternberg Press, Harvard University Graduate School of Design
Subject: Essays & Non-fiction, Architecture
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Featuring an interview with David Harvey by Mariano Gomez Luque and Daniel Ibanez

Marxist geographer David Harvey opened his lecture with a fact: between 2011 and 2013 China consumed 50 percent more cement than the United States had in the entire twentieth century. In Abstract from the Concrete, he asks why. Spiraling outward—geographically and materially—Harvey travels from the building industry in China to the foreclosed housing market in the United States to the automobile industry in São Paolo and back again. The why emerges as a direct result of 'anti-value,' of capital in crisis—intrinsic, he contends, to capital and capital cities today. 

12.00 EUR

Memories of the Star

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

Mr. Peanut Drawings

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

20.00 EUR

Improper Life

Author: Timothy C. Cambell
Title: Improper Life. Technology and Biopolitics from Heidegger to Agamben
Publisher: Minnesota UP
Subject: Theory & Philosophy
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Has biopolitics actually become thanatopolitics, a field of study obsessed with death? Is there something about the nature of biopolitical thought today that makes it impossible to deploy affirmatively? If this is true, what can life-minded thinkers put forward as the merits of biopolitical reflection? These questions drive Improper Life, Timothy C. Campbell’s dexterous inquiry-as-intervention.

Campbell argues that a "crypto-thanatopolitics" can be teased out of Heidegger’s critique of technology and that some of the leading scholars of biopolitics—including Michel Foucault, Giorgio Agamben, and Peter Sloterdijk—have been substantively influenced by Heidegger’s thought, particularly his reading of proper and improper writing. In fact, Campbell shows how all of these philosophers have pointed toward a tragic, thanatopolitical destination as somehow an inevitable result of technology.

20.00 EUR

Site Read. Seven Curators on Their Landmark Exhibitions

Author: Paula Marincola (ed.)
Title: Site Read. Seven Curators on Their Landmark Exhibitions
Publisher: Mousse Publishing with The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, Philadelphia
Subject: Essays & Non-fiction, Art History
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In this anthology, seven exhibition makers lay out the motivations, conditions, logistics, and consequences of shows they organized that now stand as icons of structural innovation in terms of site. These exhibitions treat the museum as a studio (with works realized on-site); appear outside the museum (in the landscape, in domestic spaces, in the street, in the sky); and take the form of publishing or broadcasting (in books, online, or on television), dispersing or networking (as mail art, or simultaneous happenings in different cities), or interspersing (interventions in the public sphere). Getting these curators on the record in their own voices gets at the core of their innovations—how the shows came to be, and what they became—and brings out the story and character of exhibitions that have, in many cases, already been written about extensively, while mitigating hagiography and historicization. This anthology provides a useful framework for understanding the foundations and mechanisms of current practice.

Texts by Yves Aupetitallot, Mary Jane Jacob, Lu Jie, Raimundas Malašauskas, Alan W. Moore, Seth Siegelaub with Teresa Gleadowe, Jennifer (Licht) Winkworth; w/ an introduction by Bruce Altshuler

18.00 EUR

How to Make Art at the End of the World

Author: Natalie Loveless
Title: How to Make Art at the End of the World. A Manifesto for Research-Creation
Publisher: Duke UP
Subject: Theory & Philosophy
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In recent years, the rise of research-creation—a scholarly activity that considers art practices as research methods in their own right—has emerged from the organic convergences of the arts and interdisciplinary humanities, and it has been fostered by universities wishing to enhance their public profiles. In How to Make Art at the End of the World Natalie Loveless draws on diverse perspectives—from feminist science studies to psychoanalytic theory, as well as her own experience advising undergraduate and graduate students—to argue for research-creation as both a means to produce innovative scholarship and a way to transform pedagogy and research within the contemporary neoliberal university. Championing experimental, artistically driven methods of teaching, researching, and publication, research-creation works to render daily life in the academy more pedagogically, politically, and affectively sustainable, as well as more responsive to issues of social and ecological justice.

22.00 EUR

What’s the Use? On the Uses of Use

Author: Sarah Ahmed
Title: What's the Use? On the Uses of Use
Publisher: Duke UP
Subject: Theory & Philosophy
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In What’s the Use? Sara Ahmed continues the work she began in The Promise of Happiness and Willful Subjects by taking up a single word—in this case, use—and following it around. She shows how use became associated with life and strength in nineteenth-century biological and social thought and considers how utilitarianism offered a set of educational techniques for shaping individuals by directing them toward useful ends. Ahmed also explores how spaces become restricted to some uses and users, with specific reference to universities. She notes, however, the potential for queer use: how things can be used in ways that were not intended or by those for whom they were not intended. Ahmed posits queer use as a way of reanimating the project of diversity work as the ordinary and painstaking task of opening up institutions to those who have historically been excluded.

25.00 EUR

Surrogate Humanity

Authors: Neda Atanasoski and Kalindi Vora
Title: Surrogate Humanity. Race, Robots, and the Politics of Technological Futures
Publisher: Duke UP
Subject: Theory & Philosophy
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In Surrogate Humanity Neda Atanasoski and Kalindi Vora trace the ways in which robots, artificial intelligence, and other technologies serve as surrogates for human workers within a labor system entrenched in racial capitalism and patriarchy. Analyzing myriad technologies, from sex robots and military drones to sharing-economy platforms, Atanasoski and Vora show how liberal structures of antiblackness, settler colonialism, and patriarchy are fundamental to human---machine interactions, as well as the very definition of the human. While these new technologies and engineering projects promise a revolutionary new future, they replicate and reinforce racialized and gendered ideas about devalued work, exploitation, dispossession, and capitalist accumulation. Yet, even as engineers design robots to be more perfect versions of the human—more rational killers, more efficient workers, and tireless companions—the potential exists to develop alternative modes of engineering and technological development in ways that refuse the racial and colonial logics that maintain social hierarchies and inequality.

24.00 EUR

Vitas Luckus. Biography

Authors: Margarita Matulytė, Tatjana Luckienė-Aldag (eds.)
Title: Vitas Luckus. Biography
Publisher: Duke UP
Subject: Lithuanian Art Museum, Kaunas Photography Gallery
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'History is always written by the winners. The same applies to the history of photography. Without such a powerful tool as information sharing and communication through museums, galleries, the media and various publications, we would never have heard of such artists as Avedon, Newton, Cartier-Bresson, Cindy Sherman and Nan Goldin. But the artists who lived behind an iron curtain, never had an access to these powerful tools. Thus, this book brings Vitas Luckus back to the history of world photography into which, despite his exceptional talent he was not able to get in because of the political system of the time.' -  K. Candrowicz

Vitas Luckus (1943-1987) is one of the most significant Lithuanian photography artists of the second half of the 20th century. In his work Luckus bridged tradition and the avant-garde, modernism and postmodernism. Along with Antanas Sutkus, Aleksandras Macijauskas, Romualdas Rakauskas, Algimantas Kunčius, and other peers Luckus founded the base for the Lithuanian photography school. In original expression he greatly expanded the boundaries of the prevailing aesthetics in photography. Luckus worked both in artistic and applied photography: he was one of the most innovative creators of fashion and advertising photography.

17.00 EUR