SIX CHAIRS BOOKS – art & theory bookstore

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

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

Double Lives in Art and Pop Music

Author: Jorg Heiser
Title: Double Lives in Art and Pop Music
Publisher: Sternberg Press
Subject: Theory & Philosophy, Art History, Essays & Non-fiction
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Why did Andy Warhol decide to enter the music business by producing the Velvet Underground, and what did the band expect to gain in return? What made Yoko Ono use the skills she developed in the artistic avant-garde in pop music, and what in turn drew John Lennon to visual art? Why, in 1980s West Germany, did Joseph Beuys record a pop single and artists such as Walter Dahn, Albert and Markus Oehlen, and Michaela Melian form bands? What role does utopia play in the pop music and art of Brian Eno, Laurie Anderson, and Fatima Al Qadiri? And, vice versa, did dystopias of transgressive imagery and noise lead the artist group COUM Transmissions to make music as Throbbing Gristle?

In Double Lives in Art and Pop Music, Jorg Heiser argues that context shifting between art and pop music is an attempt to find solutions for contradictions faced in one field of cultural production. Ever since Duchamp’s readymade und Hugo Ball’s sound poetry, the definition of art has widened and dissolved to a point where nearly anything geared toward an art audience can be considered an artwork. Today it has become convention to praise art as a way of questioning conventions, not least in regard to conventional borders between disciplines, media, and genres. However, heroic claims of dissolving borders have become a way of kicking at doors that are already wide open—in a political and economic environment defined by neoliberal deregulation and flexibilization geared toward new markets, and permeating every social and cultural sphere.

24.00 EUR

Conflictual Aesthetics

Author: Oliver Marchart
Title: Conflictual Aesthetics. Artistic Activism and the Public Sphere
Publisher: Sternberg Press
Subject: Theory & Philosophy
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A new wave of artistic activism has emerged in recent years in response to the ever-increasing dominance of authoritarian neoliberalism. Activist practices in the art field, however, have been around much longer. As Oliver Marchart claims, there has always been an activist undercurrent in art. In this book he traces trajectories of artistic activism in theater, dance, performance, and public art, and investigates the political potential of urbanism, curating, and 'biennials of resistance.' What emerges is a conflictual aesthetics that does not conform with traditional approaches to the field and that activates the political potential of artistic practice.

Oliver Marchart is a political theorist and philosopher. He is currently professor of political theory at the University of Vienna. His books include Post-foundational Political Thought: Political Difference in Nancy, Lefort, Badiou and Laclau (2007), Thinking Antagonism: Political Ontology after Laclau (2018), and the forthcoming Post-foundational Theories of Democracy: Reclaiming Freedom, Equality, Solidarity.

18.00 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

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

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

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

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

Conceptual Art in a Curatorial Perspective: Between Dematerialization and Documentation

Author: Nathalie Zonnenberg
Title: Conceptual Art in a Curatorial Perspective: Between Dematerialization and Documentation
Publisher: Valiz
Subject: Art History, Theory & Philosophy
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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. 

Nathalie Zonnenberg is an art historian and curator. She holds a PhD in Art History from Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam (NL). Zonnenberg regularly writes on contemporary art. She lectures Art History at the Open University (NL) and at the post-graduate Curatorial Studies programme at KASK/the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent (BE).

25.00 EUR

The Jean Freeman Gallery Does Not Exist

Author: Christopher Howard
Title: The Jean Freeman Gallery Does Not exist
Publisher: The MIT Press
Subject: Theory & Philosophy, Art History
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From the summer of 1970 to March 1971, advertisements appeared in four leading art magazines—ArtforumArt in AmericaArts Magazine, and ARTnews—for a group show and six solo exhibitions at the Jean Freeman Gallery at 26 West Fifty-Seventh Street, in the heart of Manhattan's gallery district. As gallery goers soon discovered, this address did not existthe street numbers went from 16 to 20 to 24 to 28—and neither did the art supposedly exhibited there. The ads were promoting fictional shows by fictional artists in a fictional gallery. The scheme, eventually exposed by a New York Times reporter, was concocted by the artist Terry Fugate-Wilcox as both work of art and critique of the art world. In this book, Christopher Howard brings this forgotten Conceptual art project back into view.

Howard demonstrates that Fugate-Wilcox's project was an exceptionally clever embodiment of many important aspects of Conceptualism, incisively synthesizing the major aesthetic issues of its time—documentation and dematerialization, serialism and process, text and image, publishing and publicity. He puts the Jean Freeman Gallery in the context of other magazine-based work by Mel Bochner, Judy Chicago, Yoko Ono, and Ed Ruscha, and compares the fictional artists' projects with actual Earthworks by Walter De Maria, Peter Hutchinson, Dennis Oppenheim, and more. Despite the deadpan perfection of the Jean Freeman Gallery project, the art establishment marginalized its creator, and the project itself was virtually erased from art history. Howard corrects these omissions, drawing on deep archival research, personal interviews, and investigation of fine-printed clues to shed new light on a New York art world mystery.

25.00 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
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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 Lip Anthology: an Australian Feminist Arts Journal 1976-1984

Author: Vivian Ziherl (ed.)
Title: The Lip Anthology: an Australian Feminist Arts Journal 1976-1984
Publisher: Macmilian, Kunstverein Publishing
Subject: Periodicals & Reprints, Theory & Philosophy, Artists' Writings, Art History

'Lip' magazine was self-published by women in Melbourne from 1976 to 1984 and stood as a lightning rod for Australian feminist artistic practice over the Women’s Liberation era. The art and ideas expressed over Lip’s lifetime track with groundbreaking moves into performance, ecology, social-engagement, and labour politics; all at an intersection with local realities.

Collecting and presenting the materials of 'Lip' for the first time since their original appearance, 'The Lip Anthology', edited by Vivian Ziherl, privileges the range and dynamism of contesting feminisms that comprised the Lip project.Selected interviews, artist-pages, essays and activist reports are re-produced in facsimile, preserving Lip’s graphic experimentation.

20.00 EUR

I Can't Work Like This

Author: Joanna Warsza (ed.)
Title: I Can't Work Like This. A Reader on Recent Boycotts and Contemporary Art
Publisher: Sternberg Press, Salzburg International Summer Academy for Fine Arts
Subject: Essays & Non-Fiction, Theory & Philosophy, Art History

In recent years, artists and curators have often been confronted with the political dilemma of engagement or disengagement. The ideological, economic, or ethically objectionable circumstances of certain biennials and art exhibitions have raised the question of whether to continue and, if so, under what circumstances, with what consequences, and to what ends? From 2013 to 2015, biennials in Istanbul, St. Petersburg, Sydney, and Sao Paulo demonstrated that curating and art production can’t just carry on as if nothing had happened.

Contributions by Corina L. Apostol, Julieta Aranda, Burak Arikan, Dave Beech, Boris Buden, Brad Butler & Karen Mirza, Libia Castro & Olafur Olafsson, Tony Chakar, Chto Delat?, Ekaterina Degot, Galit Eilat, Charles Esche, Lara Fresko, Maria Galindo, Erdem Gunduz, Thomas Hirschhorn, Clara Ianni, Alevtina Kakhidze, Matthew Kiem, Kasper Konig, Vasif Kortun, Maria Kulikovska, Pablo Lafuente, Ana Lira, Vesna Madžoski, Angela Mitropoulos, Ahmet Ogut, Andrea Phillips, Natascha Sadr Haghighian, Christoph Schafer, Gregory Sholette, Jonas Staal, Hito Steyerl, Chen Tamir, Nato Thompson, Gabrielle de Vietri, Dmitry Vilensky, Joanna Warsza, Tirdad Zolghadr

20.00 EUR

The Long 80s

Author: Nick Aikens, Teresa Grandes, Nav Haq, Beatriz Herraez, Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez (eds.)
Title: The Long 80s. Constellations of Art, Politics, and Identities: A Collection of Microhistories
Publisher: Valiz
Subject: Theory & Philosophy, Art History
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The 1980s triggered a fundamental reorientation in the relationship between governments and their publics, in turn shaping the imaginative landscape of the 21st century. Art and culture played a central role in responding to, pre-empting, and articulating these changes. Although globalisation has produced greater inequality and mixed economic results, it has also permitted the emergence of new regional cultural and activist networks, along with the possibility of a new global or transnational culture. How the effects of this shift have impacted our contemporary condition is told in diverse microhistories which compare very different geopolitical situations in Europe and beyond.

Contributions by Nick Aikens, Henry Andersen, Zdenka Badovinac, Barıs Gencer Baykan, Cristina Camara Bello, Hakim Bey, Manuel Borja-Villel, Rosi Braidotti, Boris Buden, Jesus Carrillo, Bojana Cvejić, Luc Deleu, Ayşe Düzkan, Diedrich Diederichsen, Nazım Hikmet Richard Dikbaş, Corinne Diserens, Merve Elveren, Charles Esche, Marcelo Expósito, Božidar Flajšman, Annie Fletcher, Diana Franssen, June Givanni, Lisa Godson, Teresa Grandas, Nav Haq, Beatriz Herraez, Lubaina Himid, Lola Hinojosa, Antony Hudek, Tea Hvala, Gal Kirn, Neža Kogovšek Šalamon, Anders Kreuger, Elisabeth Lebovici, Rogelio López Cuenca, Geert Lovink, Amna Malik, Pablo Martínez, Lourdes Mendez, Aleš Mendiževec, Ana Mizerit, Alexei Monroe, Meric Oner, Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez, Bojana Piškur, Marta Popivoda, Carlos Prieto del Campo, Pedro G. Romero, Rafael Sanchez Ferlosio, Igor Španjol, Chris Straetling, Erman Ata Uncu, Jelena Vesić, Mar Villaespesa, Vladimir Jerić Vlidi, Ana Vujanovic.

27.50 EUR