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Social Matter, Social Design

Authors: Jan Boelen, Michael Kaethler (eds.)
Title: Social Matter, Social Design. For Good or Bad, All Design Is Social
Publisher: Valiz
Subject: Theory & Philosophy, Architecture
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When you start to deconstruct or question design, all sorts of questions emerge: How does design affect our behaviour, our use of resources, our choices and freedoms to participate in social, political or economic decision-making, and the extent to which we feel we have agency over our lives?’ — Jan Boelen in conversation with Michael Kaethler

Social matter, social design challenges the way we look at, think of, and interact with the social world by emphasising the role of materiality. This enlarged field for engagement demands that design incorporates a more nuanced and complex reading of how the social is intertwined with the material, which confronts the often reductive or simplistic notion of ‘social design’, and offers novel forms of critical and meaningful engagement at a time of mounting social contradictions.

The essays in this book explore and unveil uncanny, disconcerting or discordant connections, bricolages, assumptions or breaches at critical junctures for transformation. They are centred around four major themes: the bodyearththe political; and technology.

With contributions by Jonas Althaus, Stephane Barbier Bouvet, Mariangela Beccoi, Ellie Birkhead, Gali Blay, Jan Boelen, Nadine Botha, Pablo Calderon Salazar, Marianne Drews, Brecht Duijf, Anastasia Eggers, Gabriel Fontana, Saba Golchehr, Alorah Harman, Dick van Hoff, Michael Kaethler, Eric Klarenbeek, Kuang-Yi Ku, Gabriel .A. Maher, Henrique Nascimento, Elisa Otanez, Ottonie von Roeder, Søren Rosenbak, Angela Rui, Vera Sacchetti, Noud Sleumer, Vivien Tauchmann, Henriette Waal

20.00 EUR

Lithuanian Architects Assess the Soviet Era: The 1992 Oral History Tapes / Lietuvos architektai pasakoja apie sovietmetį: 1992 m. įrašai

Authors: John V. Maciuika, Marija Drėmaitė (eds.)
Title: Lithuanian Architects Assess the Soviet Era: The 1992 Oral History Tapes / Lietuvos architektai pasakoja apie sovietmetį: 1992 m. įrašai
Publisher: LAPAS books
Subject: Architecture, Cultural History
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In this book, the legendary Lithuanian architectural creators of modern Vilnius – Algimantas Nasvytis, Vytautas Edmundas Čekanauskas, Vytautas Brėdikis, and Gediminas Baravykas – offer their candid assessments of what it was like to plan, design, and build in the Lithuanian SSR. In 1992 the four architects were interviewed by the visiting Lithuanian-American John V. Maciuika, then a doctoral student at UC Berkeley, and currently a professor of art and architectural history at Baruch College and the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City. The interviews are presented in both the original Lithuanian and in English translation.

Introductory essays by the architectural historians John V. Maciuika and Marija Drėmaitė offer contrasting perspectives of the Soviet-Lithuanian historical context, as well as divergent modes for reconsidering the still-controversial Soviet legacy in Lithuania. 

This bilingual publication is lavishly illustrated throughout with rare archival images as well as photographs from the personal collections of the author and the architect-interviewees themselves.

13.00 EUR

The Saddest Thing Is That I Have Had to Use Words: A Madeline Gins Reader

Author: Madeline Gins; Lucy Ives (ed.)
Title: The Saddest Thing Is That I Have Had to Use Words: A Madeline Gins Reader
Publisher: Siglio
Subject: Artists' Writings, Architecture, Literature & Poetry
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Poet, philosopher, speculative architect and transdisciplinary artist, Madeline Gins (1941–2014) is well-known for her collaborations with her husband, the artist Arakawa, on the experimental architectural project Reversible Destiny, in which they sought to arrest mortality by transforming the built environment. Yet, her own writings—in the form of poetry, essays, experimental prose, and philosophical inquiries—represent her most visionary and transformative work. Expansive and playful, Gins’s vigorous and often ecstatic exploration of the physicality of language challenges us to sense more acutely the ways in which we can—and could—write and read. Like Gertrude Stein before her, Gins transfigures grammar and liberates words. Like her contemporaries in conceptual art, her writing is attuned to the energized, collaborative space between reader and page. She invites the reader into a field of infinite, ever-multiplying possibility.

The Saddest Thing Is That I Have Had to Use Words: A Madeline Gins Reader is a revelatory anthology, edited and with an introduction by the writer and critic Lucy Ives. It brings never-before-published poems and essays together with a complete facsimile reproduction of Gins’s 1969 masterpiece, WORD RAIN (or A Discursive Introduction to the Intimate Philosophical Investigations of G,R,E,T,A, G,A,R,B,O, It Says), along with substantial excerpts from her two later books What the President Will Say and Do!! (1984) and Helen Keller or Arakawa (1994). Long out of print or unpublished, Gins’s poems and prose form a powerful corpus of experimental literature, one which is sure to upend existing narratives of American poetics at the close of the twentieth century.

28.00 EUR

Essays on Kitchens

Authors: chmara.rosinke; Ania Rosinke, Maciej Chmara (eds.)
Title: Essays on Kitchens
Publisher: Spector Books
Subject: Architecture, Cultural History, Design
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Essays on Kitchens summarizes contemporary discourses relating to the kitchen from the realms of sociology, design and gastrosophy. Based on six kitchens designed by the chmara.rosinke studio, the project examines different facets of the kitchen: its performative and representational functions and its social and societal role, as well as craft and design aspects. The volume explores how these norms and expectations have developed in public, gastronomic, and private settings, and how the kitchen has made its mark on cultural history.

22.00 EUR

The New Model. An Inquiry

Authors: Lars Bang Larsen, Maria Lind (eds.)
Title: The New Model. An Inquiry
Publisher: Sternberg Press
Subject: Art History, Exhibition Catalogue, Architecture
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For three weeks in October 1968, Stockholm’s Moderna Museet was transformed into a sprawling adventure playground that was free to access for children: Gunilla Lundahl and Palle Nielsen’s The Model: A Model for a Qualitative Society concatenated art, research, and urban activism into a visionary hybrid framework.

Half a century later, through a series of seminars, exhibitions, and new artworks, The New Model revisited this utopian intervention, reviving discussions of public participation, children’s agency, and shifting ideals of collective being. Curated by Lars Bang Larsen and Maria Lind, this inquiry took place from 2011 to 2015 at and around Tensta konsthall in one of Stockholm’s late modernist suburbs. Through essays, exhibition documentation, and dialogues with the participating artists—among them Magnus Bärtås, Hito Steyerl, Ane Hjort Guttu, and Dave Hullfish Bailey—this volume charts the evolution of two artistic, curatorial, and institutional experiments.

Contributions by Dave Hullfish Bailey, Magnus Bartas, Jessica Gogan, Ane Hjort Guttu, Lars Bang Larsen, Maria Lind, Gunilla Lundahl, Palle Nielsen, Hito Steyerl

 

22.00 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

Design In a Frame of Emotion

Authors: Hannah Beachler with Jacqueline Stewart and Toni L. Griffin; Marielle Suba (ed.)
Title: Design in a Frame of Emotion (The Incidents Series)
Publisher: Sternberg Press
Subject: Essays & Non-fiction, Artists' Writings, Architecture
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Hannah Beachler is known as an award-winning production designer, but she tells the audience that she considers herself to be more of a story designer. As film stills and concept art from a few of those stories—MoonlightMiles AheadCreedLemonade, and Black Panther—flash across a screen, Beachler engages in a conversation with Jacqueline Stewart and Toni L. Griffin about set building and curation, urban design, location scouting, Afrofuturism, fictional histories, and Black feminist narratives, and elucidates her role: a designer behind on-screen tableaux that provide not only visual feasts of artistry and imagination but also intimate spaces of emotion, humanity, and constructed memory.

14.00 EUR

Optimizmo architektūra: Kauno fenomenas 1918–1940

Author: Marija Drėmaitė (ed.)
Title: Optimizmo architektūra: Kauno fenomenas 1918-1940
Publisher: Lapas
Subject: Architecture
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Kaunui netikėtai tapus laikinąja Lietuvos sostine, miesto transformacija prilygo stebuklui. Kauno tapatybė radikaliai pasikeitė: per mažiau nei 20 metų gyventojai pavertė miestą modernia, elegantiška, europietiška sostine. Architektūra čia atliko didelį vaidmenį.

Ši knyga yra ne vien apie miestą ir ne vien apie architektūrą. Ji yra apie nuolat gimstančias ir žlungančias viltis, apie kūrybos pastangas ir įkvepiantį optimizmą, apie idėjų ir formų migraciją, lokalumą ir bendrumą, apie meną ir laisvę, karą ir priespaudą. Apie praeities formų ir idėjų kaitą bei jų santykį su šiandiena.

Texts by Giedrė Jankevičiūtė, Marija Drėmaitė, Vaidas Petrulis, Vilma Akmenytė-Ruzgienė, Norbertas Černiauskas, Paulius Tautvydas Laurinaitis, Arvydas Pakštalis, Viltė Migonytė-Petrulienė.

Spoiler! This book is in Lithuanian! 

15.00 EUR

Architektūros link

Author: Le Corbusier; with an introduction by Marija Drėmaitė
Title: Architektūros link
Publisher: Lapas
Subject: Architecture, Artists' Writings
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Ikoniškojo šveicarų architekto Le Corbusier manifestas 'Architektūros link' (Vers une architecture, 1923) yra vienas svarbiausių 20 a. architektūros tekstų, žymintis ir paties autoriaus įspūdingos karjeros pradžią. Ekspresyvia ir aštria kalba parašytas manifestas tapo galingu įrankiu skleidžiant funkcionalizmo architektūros idėjas ir kritikuojant eklekticizmą bei miesčionišką gyvenimo būdą. 

Le Corbusier knyga 'Architektūros link' yra privalomas skaitinys architektams, miesto planuotojams, kultūros istorikams ir visiems, kuriuos domina radikalių pokyčių teorijos. Tiek likusios popieriuje, tiek tapusios tikrove, jos visam laikui pakeitė mūsų supratimą apie aplinką, kurioje gyvename. Le Corbusier idėjos apie architektūrą šiandien gali atrodyti beprotiškos, juokingos arba negailestingai autoritarinės, tačiau jomis žavėjosi ir sekė didžiuma 20 a. architektų ir planuotojų. O kiek jos aktualios šiandien?

SPOILER! This book is in Lithuanian! 

22.00 EUR

Building Critique. Architecture and Its Discontents

Authors: Gabu HeindlMichael KleinChristina Linortner (eds.)
Title: Building Critique. Architecture and Its Discontents
Publisher: Spector Books
Subject: Architecture, Essays & Non-fiction
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For much of the 20th century, critique played an important part in what was considered “modern” architecture; the canon of modern architecture considered itself dedicated to both formal progress and social critique. But as the 1960s spurred a rereading of modern architecture from a perspective informed by Marxism and the decade’s new social movements, many concluded that a building practice could not be critical, owing to its interdependent relationship with power and business.

With recent economic crises hitting the building and property sectors, and research playing an increasingly large role in architectural practice, we are witnessing a renewed interest in critique in contemporary architecture, especially from postcolonial and feminist positions. The essays contained in this book, authored by a variety of international architects and thinkers, address this revived moment of critique, arguing that, far from being dead, architectural critique is now indispensable.

Texts by  Iva Cukic / Ministry of Space, Liza Fior, Eyal Weizman / Forensic Architecture, Gabu Heindl, Ana Jeinic, Michael Klein, Christina Linortner, Johannes Pointl / Nina Kolowratnik, Jane Rendell, Ruth Sonderegger, Pelin Tan, Matteo Trentini

22.00 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

Neringos architektūros gidas

Authors: Aistė Galaunytė, Ūla Ambrasaitė (eds.)
Title: Neringos architektūros gidas
Publisher: Leidykla Lapas
Subject: Architecture
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Neringos architektūros gidas – tai įtraukiantis pasakojimas apie Kuršių nerijos žvejų kaimelius, tapusius prestižiniu šalies kurortu.  Jūros ir marių skalaujama Kuršių nerija ir jos pušynai, balto smėlio paplūdimiai, kopos, maži išpuoselėti miesteliai bei laukinė gamta kasmet pritraukia dešimtis tūkstančių lankytojų iš viso pasaulio, nors čia nėra prabangių viešbučių ir SPA, restoranų ant jūros kranto ar atrakcionų. Kur slypi Neringos vietos dvasios paslaptis? Kas ją tokią suformavo?

Skaitydami Neringos architektūros gidą sužinosite, kad iki Antrojo pasaulinio karo Kuršių nerijos kurortinis centras buvo ištaigingomis vilomis garsėjanti Juodkrantė, o Nidoje ramybės ieškojo menininkai, nuo kopų sklandytuvus kėlė 'oro bei vėjo romantikai'– sportininkai sklandytojai; kad didžioji dalis šiandienos poilsiaviečių pastatyta sovietmečiu, gryną modernistinę architektūrą vėliau keitė regionalistinė, o nepriklausomybės laikotarpiu nepastatyta beveik nieko naujo.

w/ introductory texts by Vasilijus Safronovas, Marija Drėmaitė, Viltė Migonytė-Petrulienė and Martynas Mankus

SPOILER (!) The book is in Lithuanian

16.00 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Trading Between Architecture and Art

Authors: Wouter Davidts, Susan Holden, Ashley Paine (eds.)
Title: Trading Between Architecture and Art. Strategies and Practices of Exchange
Publisher: Valiz
Subject: Theory & Philosophy, Art History, Architecture
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Since the 1960s, art and architecture have experienced a series of radical and reciprocal trades. While artists have simulated ‘architectural’ means like plans and models, built structures and pavilions outside art institutions, or intervened in urban and public spaces, architects have employed ‘artistic’ strategies inside art institutions, in exhibitions, biennales and art events. At the same time, art galleries and museums have combined both activities in an interdisciplinary, hybrid field, playing with the conditional differences between inside and outside the institution.

Trading between Architecture and Art zooms in on specific examples or ‘cases’ of these two-way transactions: artists adopting architectural means on the one hand, and architects adopting artistic strategies on the other. In particular, it presents in-depth studies of both historical and contemporary examples of the transposition of means and strategies from architecture to art, and vice versa, up to the point that established understandings of institutional categories, disciplinary concepts, and concrete practices become interestingly opaque, and meanings provocatively uncertain.

Contributors: Angelique Campens, Guy Châtel, Wouter Davidts, Mark Dorrian, Susan Holden, John Kormeling, Maarten Liefooghe, Mark Linder, John Macarthur, Philip Metten, Sarah Oppenheimer, Ashley Paine, Lea-Catherine Szacka, Annalise Varghese, Stefaan Vervoort, Stephen Walker, Rosemary Willink

25.00 EUR

Handle With Care: Unpacking a Bulky Table

Authors: Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau (eds.)
Title: Handle With Care: Unpacking a Bulky Table
Publisher: Spector Books
Subject: Art History, Architecture
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What happens to an everyday object when it becomes part of a museum collection? The table designed by the Bauhaus designer and emigre Marcel Breuer for the Isokon Furniture Company in London in 1936, which is today part of the Bauhaus collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum, is used as a case study on the postgraduate research and curatorial programme.

While the history of art and design generally focuses on the stylistic classification of objects, the Bauhaus Lab participants suggest an alternative approach: they investigate the material stories, social practices, and different phases of commodification and ownership that the objects pass through on their way from personal possessions to items in a museum collection. The Lab critically analyses the various modes of social existence embodied in the objects.

Texts by Lisa Andreani, Simon Mitchel, Hanan Kataw, Roxanna Brands, Marianna Czwojdrak, Louise Rietvink, Gabriela Szałańska, Mara Trübenbach, Regina Bittner

10.00 EUR


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