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The Rio Tape/Slide Archive Book

Title: The Rio Tape/Slide Archive Book
Publisher: Isola Press
Subject: Cultural History, Communities, Photography

The Rio Tape/Slide Newsgroup was a community project in the 1980s that met in the basement of the Rio Cinema in Dalston, east London. It taught unemployed local young people photography and sound-recording skills and then sent them out to report on Hackney life. The resulting ‘newsreels’ were then shown on screen at the Rio before the main feature.

The slides were rediscovered in a battered filing cabinet in the Rio basement during renovation work in 2016. They are a treasure trove of radical community photography depicting protests and activism, street scenes, work, play and 80s Dalston style.

In addition to the slides, the book features oral histories from more than 25 people connected with the RTSNG, the Rio, or who appear in the photos. It is a treasure trove of stunning images and a time capsule from the radical past with a strong message about the value of community and protest.

29.00 EUR

The New Woman's Survival Catalog

Authors: Kirsten Grimstad, Susan Rennie (eds.)
Title: The New Woman's Survival Catalog
Publisher: Primary Information
Subject: Cultural History, Periodicals & Reprints, Art History

Published in 1973, The New Woman’s Survival Catalog is a seminal survey of Second Wave feminist efforts, which, as the editors noted in their introduction, represented an 'active attempt to reshape culture through changing values and consciousness.'

Assembled by Kirsten Grimstad and Susan Rennie in only five months, The New Woman’s Survival Catalog makes a nod to Stewart Brand’s influential Whole Earth Catalog to map a vast network of feminist alternative cultural activity in the 1970s. Grimstad and Rennie set out on a two month road trip in the summer of 1973, meeting and interviewing all the featured organizations and individuals, and gathering information and further references along the way to complete the publication.

From arts organizations to bookstores and independent presses, health, parenting, and rape crisis centers, and educational, legal and financial resources, this book provides crucial insight into feminist initiatives and activism nationwide during the Women’s Movement. Styled as a sales catalog, The New Woman’s Survival Catalog comprises listings and organizational descriptions, articles, and extensive illustrations, as well as a 'Making the Book' section, detailing the publication’s production.

28.00 EUR

How many female type designers do you know?

Author: Yulia Popova
Title: How many female type designers do you know?
Publisher: Onomatopee
Subject: Art History, Graphic Design, Cultural History

This book aims to shine light on work of women in type. The first part of the book offers research on the gender issue in type design field. It includes statistics, data and an overview of some works that address this issue. Further it contains some biographies of female type designers that worked in the 19th and in the beginning of 20th century. These women contributed to the industry, yet they are rarely mentioned in educational material.
The second part is a series of the interviews with 14 women that are either currently working as type designers or are in any other way involved in the field of type design. These interviews intend to uncover the topic of unequal share of female and male speakers at type conference as well as the lack of women in the industry. The last part of the book is a showcase of typefaces designed by women. The purpose of this part is to show the great amount and broad variety of such typefaces.

Interviews with Designers: Gayaneh Bagdasaryan, Veronika Burian, Maria Doreuli, Louise Fili, Martina Flor, Loraine Furter, Jenna Gesse, Golnar Kat Rahmani, Indra Kupferschmid, Briar Levit, Zuzana Licko, Ana Regidor, Fiona Ross and Carol Wahler.

24.00 EUR

Black Lives 1900: W.E.B. Du Bois at the Paris Exposition

Authors: W.E.B. Du Bois; introduction by Jacqueline Francis, Stephen G. Hall, forword by David Adjaye, contribution by Henry Louis Gates Jr. 
Title: Black Lives 1900: W.E.B. Du Bois at the Paris Exposition
Publisher: The Red Stone Press
Subject: Cultural History

At the 1900 Paris Exposition the pioneering sociologist and activist W. E. B. Du Bois organised an exhibit demonstrating the progress of African Americans since the abolition of slavery. In striking graphic visualisations, hand-drawn charts, maps and photographs he showed the changing status of a newly emancipated people across the United States and more specifically in Georgia, the state with the largest Black population.

W. E. B. Du Bois became the most influential Black civil rights activist of the first half of the twentieth century. His exhibit at the Paris Exposition continues to resonate as a powerful affirmation of the equal rights of Black Americans to lives of freedom and fulfilment. This beautiful new book reproduces the photographs alongside the revolutionary graphic works for the first time, and includes a marvellous essay by two celebrated historians, Jacqueline Francis and Stephen G. Hall.

34.00 EUR

Return of the Repressed: Destroy All Monsters 1974-1977

Authors: Mike Kelley, Dan Nadel (eds.)
Title: Return of the Repressed: Destroy All Monsters 1974-1977
Publisher: PictureBox
Subject: Cultural History, Art History, Music

The influential Detroit 'anti-rock' group Destroy All Monsters (Mike Kelley, Cary Loren, Niagara, Jim Shaw) made raucous music, irreverent art and legendary zines, performing and disseminating their activities through an elaborate self-mythology. The Destroy All Monsters zines have been reprinted in facsimile editions, but the art objects made by the members have never been examined as independent works. 

Return of the Repressed: Destroy All Monsters 1974–1977 is the first retrospective of the artwork itself, as well as a DAM overview. Produced in collaboration with the artists, it collects the work of the collective between circa 1974–1977, almost all of which is previously unpublished. Included are dozens of candid photographs of the group and their environs by DAM member Carey Loren, which serve as both documents of a proto-punk group at its height and snapshots of the collective’s often hilarious attempts to construct identities as characters in the larger Destroy All Monsters mythology; early prints and drawings by Jim Shaw that show the seeds of his later work, and remain powerful images; a voluminous quantity of drawings and etching by Mike Kelley, often of monsters and political personalities, that indicate the artist’s anarchic roots; and hitherto unseen drawings and prints by Niagara that show the heady imagination and sure-footed line that would continue to serve her well. Return of the Repressed leaves off just as DAM shifted into the now legendary rock band with Niagara at the helm.

33.00 EUR

Letters and Other Texts

Author: David Lapoujade (ed.); Gilles Deleuze
Title: Letters and Other Texts
Publisher: Semiotext(e)
Subject: Essays & Non-fiction, Cultural History, Theory & Philosophy

Letters and Other Texts is the third and final volume of the posthumous texts of Gilles Deleuze, collected for publication in French on the twentieth anniversary of his death. It contains several letters addressed to his contemporaries (Michel Foucault, Pierre Klossowski, Francois Chatelet, and Clement Rosset, among others). Of particular importance are the letters addressed to Felix Guattari, which offer an irreplaceable account of their work as a duo from Anti-Oedipus to What is Philosophy? Later letters provide a new perspective on Deleuze's work as he responds to students' questions. his volume also offers a set of unpublished or hard-to-find texts, including some essays from Deleuze's youth, a few unusual drawings, and a long interview from 1973 on Anti-Oedipus with Guattari.

18.00 EUR

On Weaving

Authors: Anni Albers; afterword by Nicholas Fox Weber; contributions by Manuel Cirauqui and T'ai Smith
Title: On Weaving: New Expanded Edition
Publisher: Princeton UP 
Subject: Art History, Cultural History

Written by one of the twentieth century’s leading textile artists, this splendidly illustrated book is a luminous meditation on the art of weaving, its history, its tools and techniques, and its implications for modern design. First published in 1965, On Weaving bridges the transition between handcraft and the machine-made, highlighting the essential importance of material awareness and the creative leaps that can occur when design problems are tackled by hand.

With her focus on materials and handlooms, Anni Albers discusses how technology and mass production place limits on creativity and problem solving, and makes the case for a renewed embrace of human ingenuity that is particularly important today. Her lucid and engaging prose is illustrated with a wealth of rare and extraordinary images showing the history of the medium, from hand-drawn diagrams and close-ups of pre-Columbian textiles to material studies with corn, paper, and the typewriter, as well as illuminating examples of her own work.

45.00 EUR

The FACIT Model

Author: Our Polite Society (ed.)
Title: The FACIT Model. Globalism, Localism, Identity.
Publisher: Spector Books
Subject: Graphic Design, Cultural History

In Sweden, the FACIT brand is as well-known as IBM or Olivetti. Based in Åtvidaberg, the company produced mechanical calculators, typewriters, and office furniture in the period between 1922 and 1998. By the 1970s the company had grown from a local family business into one of the world’s leading manufacturers. The company-sponsored football team ÅFF was playing in the first division. A few years later the FACIT organisation had disappeared—worn down by global capitalism. The FACIT Model looks at this peculiar outgrowth of corporate modernism through the printed matter produced in FACIT’s inhouse print shops. Type specimens, manuals, advertising leaflets, and product catalogues bear witness to a culture in which many of the codes and forms familiar to us from today’s world of work were defined or invented. The FACIT Model documents the visual research carried out by Our Polite Society in the archives of FACIT AB.

32.00 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

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

Essays on Kitchens

Authors: chmara.rosinke; Ania Rosinke, Maciej Chmara (eds.)
Title: Essays on Kitchens
Publisher: Spector Books
Subject: Architecture, Cultural History, Design

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

Menas ir politika Vilniaus viešosiose erdvėse

Author: Rasa Antanavičiūtė
Title: Menas ir politika Vilniaus viešosiose erdvėse
Publisher: Lapas
Subject: Art History, Cultural History

Rasa Antanavičiūtė tyrinėja istoriją, kad suprastų ir paaiškintų šiandienos procesus. Knygoje 'Menas ir politika' ji nuosekliai pasakoja apie Vilniaus viešųjų erdvių simbolinio ženklinimo raidą 1895–1953 m.: nuo vėlyvosios Rusijos imperijos iki stalininės Sovietų Sąjungos. Skaitytojams prieš akis iškyla aikštės ir paminklai, gimę iš skirtingų politinių paskatų, atskleidžiama, kaip viena kitą keitusios valdžios įsivaizdavo ir formavo miestą. Vaizdų tekstą dar labiau pagyvina virš 150 Vilniaus kaitą iliustruojančių archyvinių nuotraukų ir atvirukų iš Lietuvoje ir svetur sukauptų atminties institucijų rinkinių. Kai kurie vaizdai publikuojami pirmą kartą.

SPOILER! This book is in Lithuanian! 

23.00 EUR

Haunted Bauhaus. Occult Spirituality, Gender Fluidity, Queer Identities, and Radical Politics

Author: Elizabeth Otto
Title: Haunted Bauhaus. Occult Spirituality, Gender Fluidity, Queer Identities, and Radical Politics
Publisher: MIT Press
Subject: Art History

The Bauhaus (1919–1933) is widely regarded as the twentieth century's most influential art, architecture, and design school, celebrated as the archetypal movement of rational modernism and famous for bringing functional and elegant design to the masses. In Haunted Bauhaus, art historian Elizabeth Otto liberates Bauhaus history, uncovering a movement that is vastly more diverse and paradoxical than previously assumed. Otto traces the surprising trajectories of the school's engagement with occult spirituality, gender fluidity, queer identities, and radical politics. The Bauhaus, she shows us, is haunted by these untold stories.

Otto enlarges this narrow focus by reclaiming the historically marginalized lives and accomplishments of many of the more than 1,200 Bauhaus teachers and students, arguing that they are central to our understanding of this movement. Otto reveals Bauhaus members' spiritual experimentation, expressed in double-exposed 'spirit photographs' and enacted in breathing exercises and nude gymnastics; their explorations of the dark sides of masculinity and emerging female identities; the 'queer hauntology' of certain Bauhaus works; and the role of radical politics on both the left and the right—during the school's Communist period, when some of the Bauhäusler put their skills to work for the revolution, and, later, into the service of the Nazis.

32.00 EUR

Artists’ Publications: The Belgian Contribution

Author: Johan Pas
Title: Artists' Publications: The Belgian Contribution
Publisher: Koenig Books
Subject: Art History, Cultural History

This is the first book completely dedicated to books and maga­zines by Belgian artists and art publishers. The focus of the study is on artists’ publications from the 1950s to now, but it also ­covers avant-garde books and magazines of the late 19th and early 20th century.

Johan Pas lectures on modern art and on artists’ publications at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp. He is the author of books about contemporary art and artists’ publications, a curator and a collector. He recently founded the Collection for Research on Artists’ Publications.

45.00 EUR

Viduramžių ruduo

Author: Johan Huizinga
Title: Viduramžių ruduo
Publisher: Aukso žuvys
Subject: Theory & Philosophy, Cultural History

Viduramžių ruduo – bene garsiausia nyderlandų istoriko ir kultūrologo Johano Huizingos studija, pirmą kartą išleista 1919 m. Tai įtraukiantis, vaizdingas, tarsi žodžiais nutapytas pasakojimas, kuriame, remiantis dailės ir literatūros kūriniais, taip pat publicistiniais tekstais, atskleidžiama  XIV–XV a. žmogaus mąstysena ir gyvensenos ypatumai. Pagrindinė veiksmo vieta – Burgundijos hercogo dvaras, pagrindiniai herojai – riteriai ir miestelėnai, kurių aukštieji idealai ir kasdienės godos neatsiejami nuo tikėjimo, meilės, mirties, šventumo vaizdinių.

Huizingos įžvalgos apie vienalaikį Viduramžių ir Renesanso susiliejimą buvo ne tik novatoriškos, bet ir žymėjo naują kryptį istoriografijoje, kurios esmė – aprėpti kultūros formų visumą. Tad ir šioje knygoje nuo socialinės hierarchijos tvarkos ir riterystės idėjos aptarimo nuosekliai pereinama prie gyvenimo stiliaus estetikos ar pokyčių religinėje jausenoje.

SPOILER! This book is in Lithuanian! 
21.00 EUR

Šaltojo karo kapsulė: lietuvių dizainas Londone 1968

Author: Karolina Jakaitė
Title: Šaltojo karo kapsulė: lietuvių dizainas Londone 1968
Publisher: Lapas
Subject: Art History, Cultural History

Pačiame Šaltojo karo įkarštyje, 1968 m., Londone vyko Sovietų Sąjungos prisistatymo paroda, kurioje daug dėmesio buvo skirta Baltijos šalims. Lietuvos paviljoną kurti patikėta jauniems menininkams – architektui Tadui Baginskui ir vitražistui Algimantui Stoškui.

Apie tai, koks dizainas, eksportiniai leidiniai, mada ir suvenyrai parinkti reprezentuoti tuometę sovietinę Lietuvą, kas juos kūrė ir kaip spalvingame Londone jautėsi iš už geležinės uždangos ištrūkę jauni kūrėjai, pasakoja dizaino istorikė Karolina Jakaitė.

Knygoje publikuojama virš 200 iliustracijų, minima per 100 Lietuvos dizaino vardų – septinto dešimtmečio kūrėjų: nuo svarbiausių paviljono menininkų iki smulkiausių prekės ženklų autorių, pakuočių ir bukleto dizainerių. Knygoje pirmąkart pristatomos Tado Baginsko ir Algimanto Stoškaus 1968-ųjų Londono nuotraukos: nuo oro uosto prieigų, gerai atpažįstamų centrinių gatvių, ryškių reklamų iki užmiesčio vaizdų. Daugiausia kadrų yra iš garsiosios Carnaby Street, kuri septinto dešimtmečio viduryje buvo tapusi spalvingos jaunimo mados ir dizaino centru.

SPOILER! This book is in Lithuanian! 

21.00 EUR

Houses that Talk

Authors: Aelita Ambrulevičiūtė, Gintė Konstantinavičiūtė, Giedrė Polkaitė-Petkevičienė
Title: Houses that Talk. Everyday Life in Žydų Street in the 19th and 20th Century (up to 1940)
Publisher: Aukso žuvys
Subject: Cultural History

*bilingual (LT/ EN)

This quiet little street in the Old Town was once one of the liveliest streets of the 'Black Quarter' of Vilnius. Here stood the Great Synagogue and the Strashun Library with the Vilna Gaon himself residing in the area; it was a place of the hustle and bustle of markets and restaurants shouldered by numerous little shops, and where Vilnius’s Jewish population lived, suffered from poverty and traded.

This culture guide to Žydų Street is like a longlost archive that has been re-discovered. Its chronological narrative and numerous photographs, sketches and other material create a fascinating panoramic account of the street in the 19th-20th century: its defunct and surviving buildings, names of residents, their professions and daily lives. 

 It is not by accident that the authors decided to collaborate on this book-project: all three studied history at a similar time, took similar courses, and worked in a similar professional environment. The detailed and informative chapters on possessions make up the main body of the book and are based on meticulous archival research, revised and selected by Aelita Ambrulevičiūtė and Giedrė Polkaitė- Petkevičienė. The review of the social and cultural history of the Litvaks, based on historiographical sources was prepared by Gintė Konstantinavičiūtė, whereas the historical survey of the 19th- and early 20th-century social history is the result of a shared scholarly endeavour of all three authors.

11.00 EUR

Ultrablack of Music

Author: Achim Szepanski (ed.)
Title: Ultrablack of Music
Publisher: Mille Plateaux
Subject: Cultural History, Theory & Philosophy

The ultra-blackness manifesto: a Deleuzian reading of the philosophical and socio-political stakes of the current electronic music scene (publication marking the reactivation of the influential label Mille Plateaux, with texts by an ensemble of international musicians, artists and theorists: Frederic Neyrat, Achim Szepanski, Holger Schulze, Gerriet K. Sharma, Bernd Herzogenrath, Corry Shores, Marcus Schmickler, Thomas Brinkmann, Thomas Koner). 

Ultrablack of Music speculates on the manifold ways in which the objective, inhuman soundworlds, which roar underneath humans' sensological apparatus, pervade and smoothly colonize our humanoid-alien, affective and cognitive capacities—and how to construct ways out of the mess of the Master Rhythms of Sonic Thanaticist Capital and its stratagems of annihilation and pulpification.

Speculative rhythm productions drive the mathematical operationality and its decisional self-amputations to the edge and create the missing corporeality that rewires our affective capacities and inhibitions by un-mooring, alienating/de-realizing our relations to the killing abstractions (reductive Binarism, identitism/autism), the techgnostical mindset and its mystifications.

Ultrablackened music confronts and pushes us also into the experimentation with this nameless in-between, in which new temporalities can emerge whose winding paths and outcomes can neither be predicted nor guaranteed. Its cruel love vigorously informed and fueled by the hate in ending this world, as we know and sonically experience it.

30.00 EUR

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