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Fantastic Architecture

Authors: Dick Higgins, Wolf Vostell (eds.)
Title: Fantastic Architecture
Publisher: Primary Information
Subject: Artists' Writings, Essays & Non-fiction, Periodicals & Reprints
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Primary Information is reprinting the seminal book, Fantastic Architecture, making the book widely available for the first time since it was originally published: first in 1969 by Droste Verlag in German (with the title Pop Architektur) and later in 1970 by Something Else Press as Fantastic Architecture. Edited by Dick Higgins and Wolf Vostell, this artist’s book/anthology explores the boundaries between pop art and architecture through writings and projects by key artists and thinkers of the 1960s and earlier—from John Cage and Buckminster Fuller to Kurt Schwitters and Joseph Beuys.  It will retain the book’s unique design, specifically its Mylar inserts, which add unique depth and elaborate the publication’s content.

Contributors to this publication are Ay-O, Joseph Beuys, Erich Buchholz, Pol Bury, John Cage, Philip Corner, Jan Dibbets, Robert Filliou, Buckminster Fuller, Geoffrey Hendricks, Richard Hamilton, Raoul Hausmann, Michael Heizer, Jan Jacob Herman, Bici Hendricks, Dick Higgins, K.H. Hoedicke, Hans Hollein, Douglas Huebler, Milan Knizak, Alison Knowles, Addi Koepcke, Franz Mon, Claes Oldenburg, Dennis Oppenheim, Gerhard Rühm, Diter Rot, Carolee Schneemann, Kurt Schwitters, Daniel Spoerri, Frances Starr, Jean Tinguely, Ben Vautier, Wolf Vostell, Lawrence Weiner, Stefan Wewerka.

25.00 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

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

Rock/Music Writings

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

Broken Music

Author: Ursula Block, Michael Glasmeier (eds.)
Title: Broken Music
Publisher: Primary Information
Subject: Periodicals & Reprints, Artists' Writings
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Broken Music is an essential compendium for records created by visual artists. The publication was edited by Ursula Block and Michael Glasmeier and originally published in 1989 by DAAD. Broken Music focuses on recordings, record-objects, artwork for records, and record installations made by thousands of artists between WWII and 1989.

It also includes essays by both editors as well as Theodor W. Adorno, René Block, Jean Dubuffet, Milan Knizak, László Moholy-Nagy, Christiane Seiffert, and Hans Rudolf Zeller, as well as a flexi disc of the Arditti Quartet performing Knizak’s "Broken Music." The centerpiece of the publication is a nearly 200-page bibliography of artists’ records.

Works chosen for the publication revolved around four criteria: (1) record covers created as original work by visual artists; (2) record or sound-producing objects (multiples/editions/sculptures); (3) books and publications that contain a record or recorded-media object; and (4) records or recorded media that have sound by visual artists.

30.00 EUR

Uncollected Texts

Author: Carolee Schneemann
Title: Uncollected Texts
Publisher: Primary Information
Subject: Artists' Writings, Essays & Non-fiction
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Uncollected Texts draws together a number of Carolee Schneemann’s earliest writings—many exceedingly rare and several that are published here for the first time—ranging from letters to the editor, dream journals, and film criticism, to satirical poems, detailed discussions of her art, and pointed feminist critiques. Edited by Branden W. Joseph, the book includes 30 texts by Carolee Schneemann written between 1956 and 1981, as well as an introduction by Joseph.

First published in short-run magazines like CaterpillarFilm Culture, The FoxManipulations, and Matter; academic journals such as Performing Arts Journal; and mainstream publications including the New York Times and The Village Voice, the writings gathered in this volume shed light on some of Schneemann’s most important artistic achievements. Schneemann writes about her most famous "kinetic theater" piece, Meat Joy; anti-Vietnam War works such as SnowsViet-Flakes, and Divisions and Rubble; the multimedia performance Up to and Including Her Limits; and the double-screen film Kitch’s Last Meal. Frequently referring to one another, the assembled writings produce a densely interwoven tapestry of cross-references that provide unique insights into Schneemann’s artistic development while also foregrounding the artist’s uniquely poetic style.

18.00 EUR

Notebooks 1967-70

Author: Lee Lozano
Title: Notebooks 1967-70
Publisher: Primary Information
Subject: Artists' Writings, Essays & Non-fiction

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

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

The Legend of Barbara Rubin. Film Culture 80

Author:  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

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

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

Yvonne Rainer. Moving and Being Moved

Author: Yvonne Rainer (ed.)
Title: Yvonne Rainer. Moving and Being Moved
Publisher: Roma Publications
Subject: Monographs, Artists' Writings
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Edited by Yvonne Rainer, this selection of texts and images by Rainer and various authors, offers a retrospective portrait of her work, focusing on some of her most notable performances and projects from both the late 1960s (‘Trio A’, ‘The Mind Is a Muscle’) and since her return to dance with the White Oak Dance Project in 2000. Rainer is known for her challengingly experimental and sometimes minimalist work as a dancer, choreographer, and filmmaker, which spearheaded the rise of postmodern dance. An essay by Rainer frames things from the perspective of an ageing dancer who is aware of her physical limitations. * With a conversation between Rainer and dancer Trisha Brown.

28.00 EUR

Komplaint Dept.

Author: Bob Nickas
Title: Komplaint Dept. 
Publisher: Karma
Subject: Essays & Non-fiction, Artists' Writing
Stock: ✔

Bob Nickas’s 2012-14 Vice magazine column, Komplaint Dept., forms the core of this volume, which contains trenchant, witty and personal essays, critiques, an dialogues on the author’s omnivorous interests, from Neil Young, Sun Ra, and Royal Trux to Jeff Koons, Richard Prince, and David Cronenberg. Along the way, Nickas guides us through New York architecture, the fate of punk fashion, the problem with contemporary graffiti, and two different presidents.

27.00 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

A Die With Twenty-Six Faces

Author:  Louis Luthi
Title: A Die With Twenty-Six Faces
Publisher: Roma Publications
Subject: Artists' Writings, Literature & Poetry

In ‘A Die With Twenty-Six Faces’, the author guides us through his collection of books with letters for titles, referred to as "alphabet books". Some of these titles are familiar, such as John Updike’s ‘S.’, Georges Perec’s ‘W’, and Louis Zukofsky’s ‘A’. Others are obscure, perhaps even imaginary, like Arnold Skemer’s ‘C’ and ‘D’, or Zach Sodenstern’s ‘A’.

Tracing connections between these books, the author elaborates on the symbolic content of letters, Joycean characters, Franz Kafka, Guy Davenport, and libraries within libraries. Designed by the author and mixing essay and fiction, the book is a playful meditation on contemporary literature, typography, and book collecting.

18.00 EUR

Conversations with Filmmakers

Author:  Jonas Mekas
Title: Conversations with Filmmakers
Publisher: Spector Books
Subject: Essays & Non-fiction, Artists' Writings

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

The Bear in The Mirror

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

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

I Had Nowhere to Go

Author:  Jonas Mekas
Title: I Had Nowhere to Go
Publisher: Spector Books
Subject: Essays & Non-fiction, Artists' Writings

In 1944 Mekas and his younger brother Adolfas had to flee from the Nazis for copying leaflets. They were interned for eight months in a labour camp in Elmshorn. The Soviet occupation prevented him from returning to his native Lithuania after the war and, classed as a displaced person, he lived in DP camps in Wiesbaden and Kassel. Towards the end of 1949 he and his brother emigrated to New York. In his autobiography I Had Nowhere to Go he describes his survival in the camps and his arrival in New York. Mekas tells a universal story, that of an emigre who can never go back, whose loneliness in his new world is emblematic of human existence.

22.00 EUR

Les Goddesses / Hemlock Forest

Author: Moyra Davey
Title: Les Goddesses / Hemlock Forest
Publisher: Dancing Foxes Press, Bergen Kunsthall
Subject: Artists' Writings

This latest book by New York–based artist Moyra Davey is based on two related projects, Les Goddesses (2011) and Hemlock Forest (2016), which each take form through text, photography, and film. Layering introspection and personal narratives with meditations on the lives and works of other writers, filmmakers, and artists—ranging from 18th-century feminist writer and activist Mary Wollstonecraft to Chantal Akerman, Karl Ove Knausgård, and Davey’s own five sisters—the artist explores such themes as compulsion, artistic production, family, and life and its passing.

29.00 EUR

Function Follows Vision, Vision Follows Reality

Authors: Frederick Kiesler
Title: Function Follows Vision, Vision Follows Reality
Publisher: Sternberg Press, Kunsthalle Wien
Subject: Artists' Writings, Essays & Non-fiction

This collection of unpublished or rare texts by Frederick Kiesler written between 1927 and 1957 is published on the occasion of the exhibition 'Function Follows Vision, Vision Follows Reality' at Kunsthalle Wien (May 27–August 23, 2015), curated by Luca Lo Pinto and Vanessa Joan Müller. The exhibition, developed in cooperation with the Austrian Frederick and Lillian Kiesler Private Foundation, focuses on Kiesler’s ideas on display, and juxtaposes works of contemporary artists with a number of original drawings by Kiesler. Views of the exhibition are included in the pages of this publication.

With works by Leonor Antunes, Olga Balema, Celine Condorelli, Morton Feldman, Annette Kelm, Friedrich Kiesler, Charlotte Moth, Francesco Pedraglio, Luca Trevisani, Nicole Wermers

14.00 EUR

In Part: Writings by Julie Ault

Author: Julie Ault
Title: In Part: Writings by Julie Ault
Publisher: Dancing Foxes Press, Galerie Buhholz
Subject:  Essays & Non-fiction, Artists' Writings
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Introduction by Lucy R. Lippard*

Spanning more than three decades, this book brings together a full spectrum of the artist, writer, and activist’s published texts through carefully selected extracts in a singular volume. Reprinted in sequence alongside a selection of full-length texts, this series of excerpts contours a chronology that relates Ault’s continuous artistic growth, longstanding political concerns, and dynamic interpersonal affinities. Beginning in the 1980s with texts written with her collaborators in Group Material, In Part highlights Ault’s shift from exhibition making in the mid-1990s to include publishing and writing. Ault’s dialogic practice, extends to the present day through her sustained engagements and relationships with such artists as Corita Kent, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Nancy Spero, and Martin Wong. - Dancing Foxes Press

31.00 EUR

Is It My Body? Selected Texts

Authors: Kim Gordon, Brandon W. Joseph (ed.)
Title: Is It Mu Body? Selected Texts
Publisher: Sternberg Press
Subject: Essays & Non-fiction, Artists' Writings
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Throughout the 1980s and early ’90s, Kim Gordon—widely known as a founding member of the influential band Sonic Youth—produced a series of writings on art and music. Ranging from neo-Conceptual artworks to broader forms of cultural criticism, these rare texts are brought together in this volume for the first time, placing Gordon’s writing within the context of the artist-critics of her generation, including Mike Kelley, John Miller, and Dan Graham. In addressing key stakes within contemporary art, architecture, music, and the performance of male and female gender roles, Gordon provides a prescient analysis of such figures as Kelley, Glenn Branca, Rhys Chatham, Tony Oursler, and Raymond Pettibon, in addition to reflecting on her own position as a woman on stage. The result—Is It My Body?—is a collection that feels as timely now as when it was written. This volume additionally features a conversation between Gordon and Jutta Koether, in which they discuss their collaborations in art, music, and performance. 

15.00 EUR

Writings, Conversations, Scripts

Author: Ane Hjort Guttu
Title: Writings, Conversations, Scripts
Publisher: Sternberg Press
Subject: Monographs, Artists' Writings

Writings, Conversations, Scripts is the first survey of text works by Ane Hjort Guttu. Written between 2003 and 2018, the texts range from public statements, poetic short prose, and film scripts to reflections on the role of the artist and essays on art for children. With a special focus on the significance of 'image-text constellations,' this anthology, edited by Rike Frank and designed by HIT, suggests connections between artistic writing and curatorial publishing.

25.00 EUR

REALLIFE Magazine: Selected Writings and Projects 1979-1994

Author: Miriam Katzeff, Thomas Lawson, and Susan Morgan (eds.)
Title:REALLIFE Magazine: Selected Writings and Projects 1979-1994
Publisher: Primary Information
Subject: Periodicals and Reprints, Artists' Writings

with introductions by Matthew Higgs, Thomas Lawson, and Susan Morgan 

REALLIFE Magazine: Selected Writings and Projects 1979-1994 highlights a selection of writings and artists’ projects from REALLIFE magazine, which was originally edited by artist, writer, and curator, Thomas Lawson and writer, Susan Morgan. Published in twenty-three issues from 1979-1994 as an intermittent black and white magazine, REALLIFE featured artists and art historians writing on art, media and popular culture interspersed with pictorial contributions. The development of the magazine through its 15 year history, traces the influences, development and transitions of artists through the 80s.

The anthology features writings by and about Dara Birnbaum, Eric Bogosian, Rhys Chatham, Mark Dion, Jack Goldstein, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Kim Gordon, Dan Graham, Thomas Lawson, Louise Lawler, Sherrie Levine, Allan McCollum, John Miller, Dave Muller, Matt Mullican, Adrian Piper, Richard Prince, David Robbins, Ed Ruscha, Cindy Sherman, Laurie Simmons, Michael Smith, John Stezaker, Bernard Tschumi, Jeff Wall, Lawrence Weiner, and James Welling among others.

29.00 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

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

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

Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema (Rose / Mulvey)

Author:  Rachel Rose
Title: Laura Mulvey: Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema
Publisher: Afterall Books
Subject:  Theory & Philosophy, Artists' Writings

Since it first appeared in Screen in 1975, Laura Mulvey's essay ‘Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema’ has been an enduring point of reference for artists, film-makers, writers and theorists. Mulvey’s compelling, structured and polemical analysis of visual pleasure has provoked and encouraged others to take positions, challenge pre-conceived ideas and produce new works that owe their possibility to the generative qualities of this key essay.

In this book, the artist Rachel Rose has produced an innovative work that extends and adds to the essay’s frame of reference. Drawing on eighteenth and nineteenth-century fairy tales, and observing that their flat narratives matched the flatness of their depictions, Rose has drawn a connection between what happened in these illustrations before cinema, and what Mulvey describes in her essay – cinema flattening sexuality into visuality. Rose’s intricately layered work, with its mixing of genres and histories, is a complex and playful reformation.

This title is a unique Two Works book: an artist responds to a key text that has informed their understanding of art and its histories.

13.00 EUR

The Complete Plays

Author:  Guy de Cointet; Hugues Decointet, Francois Piron, Marilou Thiebault (eds.)
Title:  The Complete Plays
Publisher: Paraguay Press
Subject: Artists' Writings, Literature & Poetry, Monographs

Guy de Cointet (1934–1983) was fascinated with language, which he explored primarily through performance and drawing. His practice involved collecting random phrases, words, and even single letters from popular culture and literary sources—he often cited Raymond Roussel's novel Impressions of Africa as influential—and working these elements into nonlinear narratives, which were presented as plays to his audience. 

Paintings and works on paper would then figure prominently within these performances. In his play At Sunrise . . . A Cry Was Heard (1974), a large painting depicting letters bisected by a white sash served as a main subject and prop, with the lead actress continuously referring to it and reading its jumble of letters as if it were an ordinary script. His drawings likewise are almost readable but just beyond comprehension. De Cointet is recognized as one of the major figures in the conceptual art movement that emerged in Los Angeles in the 1970s, having strongly influenced a number of prominent artists working in southern California, including Paul McCarthy and Mike Kelley.

Guy de Cointet: The Complete Plays gathers for the first time all the theatrical works by Guy de Cointet, written between 1973 and 1983. With twenty-five plays in the original French and English and in translation, the book also features commentaries, interviews, and documents relating to their intended design and staging, including notebooks, drawings, photographs, posters, and invitation cards from the archives of Guy de Cointet Estate at the Centre Pompidou's Kandinsky Library in Paris.

39.00 EUR

Somewhere I've Never Been

Author: Steph Kretowicz, Tom Clark (ed.)
Title: Somewhere I've Never Been
Publisher: TLTRPress, Pool
Subject: Artists' Writings

Can you tell a story of a place in the same fracturing way it was experienced?

Pulling together field recordings from international soundscapes, Somewhere I've Never Been follows the author's account of loss and being alone in a self-started journey through the US, Europe and the Middle East. One part of an expanded narrative on many platforms (more at: http://thepoweroflove.cz/), and against the grain of dominant visual narratives, the book is told through the sounds of corporate expansion and pop cultural hegemony heard in an ever-uneven era of globalisation and cultural mediation.

Drawn away from the music of loaded family pasts and brittle presents to the sprawling inertia of a US road trip, Kretowicz is hooked by Jason Derulo, Fairuz, Harry Partch, Lipgloss Twins, poorly pronounced Polskibus safety announcements, the crucial influence of Celine Dion; in the end pulled back to the jarring patter and endless shifts of London.

14.00 EUR

The George Kuchar Reader

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

 

32.00 EUR

In Memoriam...Mary Cecil,Victoria Callihoo (nee Belcourt), and Eleanor (Helene) Thomas Garneau

Author:  Postcommodity, Alex Waterman, Ociciwan Contemporary Art Collective 
Title: In Memoriam...
Publisher:  Uh Books
Subject: Artists' Books
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in memoriam… adds a new score and production by Postcommodity and Alex Waterman to a suite of four early scores by the American composer Robert Ashley. The fifth score honours the lives of Mary Cecil, Victoria Callihoo (nee Belcourt), and Eleanor (Helene) Thomas Garneau, three Indigenous women from territory at the turn of the Century as it became the province of Alberta. This significant addition continues Ashley’s project investigating the connections between musical forms and constructs of historicization, opening a conversation regarding whom and how we memorialize individuals and inscribe their legacies.

[from essay by Candice Hopkins] What histories are remembered and who is doing the remembering? What form do these rememberings take? It is not as simple as taking down one monument and replacing it with another. We need to ask more questions, take note of the voids that stand in for the past, and actively make way for other voices, particularly those are trapped under the ‘sea ice of English’. 'Listen for sounds', writes the Tlingit poet and anthropologist Nora Marks Dauenhauer, 'They are as important as voices. Listen. Listen. Listen. Listen.'

15.00 EUR

Mažoji a

Author:  Tautvydas Bajarkevičius
Title: mažoji a
Publisher: No Routine Books 
Subject: Essays & Non-Fiction
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9.00 EUR

Smoking Nurse

Author: Matt Burt
Title: Smoking Nurse
Publisher: TLTRPress
Subject: Artists' Writings, Literature & Poetry

Smoking Nurse is the first printed selection of Matt Burt's poetry. Written during the late 90s for his spoken word performances, the pieces were a continuation of his earlier writings, which he recorded on a semi-broken micro-cassette player. These primitive recordings were later sampled by Burt's musician friend Helge Sten, which is how I found out about his work a decade ago. In the early 90s, Sten (later known as Deathprod) encouraged Burt to leave his job as a farm journalist for the second smallest newspaper in Wisconsin, USA, and move to Trondheim, Norway, to study at the local art academy. In 2004, Burt started his own band (Dog & Sky) and since has written and performed spoken word, music, and short stories, as well as collaborated with Norwegian bands like Motorpsycho and Spidergawd. Susanna and the Magical Orchestra covered his song These Days on their Melody Mountain album (Martin Kolhout)


12.00 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

Memoirs of a Hypnotist

Author: Marcos Lutyens
Title: Memoirs of a Hypnotist. 100 Days
Publisher: Sternberg Press, Kunstverein Toronto, CAC Vilnius / XII Baltic Triennial
Subject: Artists' Writings 
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Edited by Kari Cwynar
Foreword by Raimundas Malašauskas

When Marcos Lutyens arrived in Kassel in the summer of 2012, he didn’t know he would end up staying for the entire 100 days of documenta 13 to perform 340 hypnotic sessions with the audience. Unfolding in the Reflection Room in Kassel’s Karlsaue Park, it was the most involved installment of the Hypnotic Show to date—“an exhibition that exists only in the mind of the audience,” according to Lutyens’s collaborator Raimundas Malašauskas. 

Lutyens also didn’t know that he would write a book about it: Memoirs of a Hypnotist: 100 Days, an intimate and hardly qualifiable document. Here, the artist chronicles the Hypnotic Show and puts together all kinds of improbable experiences for his readers: research of cognition and neurological activity, deep exploration of varying states of consciousness, and, at the center, the possibility for contingency and embodied dematerialization within the current thinking of art.

14.00 EUR