SIX CHAIRS BOOKS – art & theory bookstore

Goodbye, World! Looking at Art in the Digital Age

Author: Omar Kholeif
Title: Goodbye, World! Looking at Art in the Digital Age
Publisher: Sternberg Press
Subject: Essays and Non- Fiction
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The way we see the world has changed drastically since NASA released the “blue marble” image of the earth taken by Apollo 17 in 1972. No longer a placid slow-moving orb, the world is now perceived as a hothouse of activity and hyper-connectivity that cannot keep up with its inhabitants. The internet has collectively bound human society, replacing the world as the network of all networks. In Goodbye, World! Looking at Art in the Digital Age, writer and curator Omar Kholeif traces the birth of a culture propagated but also consumed by this digitized network. Has the internet transformed the way we see and relate to images? How has the field of perception been altered by evolving technologies, pervasive distribution, and our interaction with screens? How have artists working in diverse contexts, from eBay auctions to augmented reality, created new ways of emoting that are determined by these technologies? Focusing on a cultural and artistic landscape that has taken shape since the year 2000, Kholeif aims to put into context a new language for seeing, feeling, and being that has emerged through post-millennial technologies, and argues for a nuanced understanding of the post-digital condition. Taking cues from John Berger’s Ways of Seeing and Alvin Toffler’s Future Shock, this book—part memoir, part critical analysis—should prove essential for anyone interested in the changing world of the internet.

22.00 EUR

Better Books / Better Bookz

Author: Rozemin Keshvani, Axel Heil, Peter Weibel (eds.)
Title: Better Books / Better Bookz. Art, Anarchy, Apostasy: Counter-Culture & the New Avant-Garde
Publisher: Walther Koenig
Subject: Essays & Non-Fiction
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In the 1960s and ‘70s, the legendary independent London bookstore Better Books, located on the Charing Cross Road, was the hub for Britain’s counterculture, with the likes of Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, Alexander Trocchi, John Latham, Jeff Nuttall, Bob Cobbing, Barry Miles and Gustav Metzger regularly giving readings and performances or exhibiting their works. Countless other writers and artists got their start there by encountering the books, authors or artists that would determine their vocations and change their lives. With its unique range of small-press/underground literature, poetry readings, film screenings and happenings, Better Books was the hub of London’s 1960s counterculture scene. This book is the first to examine this special historic moment. Gathering archival documents, previously unpublished texts and photographs with the voices of the protagonists who launched this revolution, this volume provides a secret history of the real London counterculture.

36.00 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 Second Sound - Conversations On Gender And Music

Author:  (eds.) Julia Eckhardt, Leen De Grave
Title: The Second Sound - Conversations On Gender And Music
Publisher: Umland
Subject: Essays & Non fiction
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The second sound is an imaginary conversation between musicians and sound artists on the role of gender and sex within their field it. Gathering anonymous testimonies from artists of different backgrounds into a single stream of (often contrary) opinions, the book addresses discrimination as a paradigm of otherness, the possibility of gendered music and sound art, and how sound artists and musicians navigate the field.

The Second Sound raises questions such as: How do life circumstances find their way into music and sound art? How does music reflect historical and social structures? What does discrimination do, and how can we navigate around it? Is the under-representation of women and LGBTQ people in the field a symptom or a cause? Is art itself gendered? And can it reflect the gender of its maker? Is a different way of listening needed to more accurately understand those voices from outside the historical canon?

Although this book raises more questions than it answers, it came to be a pledge for embracing artistic differences, for the richness of contextual listening, and for honesty in the expression of concerns and doubts. The responses seem to suggest that understanding differences by theme and not as predetermination is a way to provide freedom in a field of seemingly abstract art.

15.00 EUR

The Black City. Glosses

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

24.00 EUR

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

Marcel Duchamp: The Afternoon Interviews

Author: Calvin Tomkins, Marcel Duchamp
Title: Marcel Duchamp: The Afternoon Interviews
Publisher: Badlands Unlimited
Subject: Essays & Non-Fiction
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In 1964, Calvin Tomkins spent a number of afternoons interviewing Marcel Duchamp in his apartment on West 10th Street in New York. Casual yet insightful, Duchamp reveals himself as a man and an artist whose playful principles toward living freed him to make art that was as unpredictable, complex, and surprising as life itself. Those interviews have never been edited and made public, until now. 

The Afternoon Interviews, which includes an introductory interview with Tomkins reflecting on Duchamp as an artist, guide and friend, reintroduces the reader to key ideas of his artistic world and renews Duchamp as a vital model for a new generation of artists

 

14.00 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

Radical Museology

Author: Claire Bishop
Title: Radical Museology: Or What's Contemporary in Museums of Contemporary Art?
Publisher: Koenig Books
Subject: Essays & Non-Fiction, Theory & Philosophy

With austerity cuts to public funding, many contemporary art museums have been forced to scale down their budgets, staff and acquisitions. In Radical Museology, New York–based art historian Claire Bishop argues that the incommensurability of fiscal and cultural temporality--one fast, the other slower--points to an alternative world of values in which museums (and by extension, culture, education and democracy in general) are not subject to the banalities of a spreadsheet, but enable us to access a rich and diverse history, to question the present and to realize a different future. She discusses creative solutions implemented at the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, the Museo Nacional de Reina Sofía in Madrid and MSUM in Ljubljana. This book is a manifesto for the importance of a politicized representation of the contemporary in today’s art.

13.00 EUR

Oceans of Love: The Uncontainable Gregory Battcock

Author: Gregory Battcock
Title: Oceans of Love: The Uncontainable Gregory Battcock
Publisher: Koenig Books, Printted Matter Inc. 
Subject: Essays & Non-Fiction
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Gregory Battcock (1937–1980, US) was a New York–based artist who gave up his practice as a painter to become an art critic; he wrote on Minimalism, Conceptual art, video art, and performance, and generally championed artists pushing the boundaries and definitions of contemporary art. On Christmas Day in 1980 Battcock was found stabbed to death on the balcony of his holiday home in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The murder remains unsolved.

In 1992, Joseph Grigely was exploring the recently abandoned facilities of a storage company in the same building as his studio when he found Battcock’s archive of manuscripts, photographs, and correspondence strewn throughout the space. After making copies of some of the material, a bulk of the collection was donated to the Archives of American Art. In making the exhibition The Gregory Battcock Archive, Grigely created a labyrinth of vitrines in which photographs, manuscripts, letters, and postcards, are juxtaposed in a way to construct portraits of both Battcock and the 1970s New York art world. The publication Oceans of Love: The Uncontainable Gregory Battcock, expands on this material, and includes a lengthy introduction by Grigely that investigates Battcock’s biographical history and his contributions to art criticism.

25.00 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
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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

This Is Television

Author: Judy Radul; DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program, Ariane Beyn, Judy Radul (eds.)
Title: This Is Television
Publisher: Sternberg Press, DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program
Subject: Essays & Non-Fiction
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This Is Television addresses the increasingly obsolete medium of television by way of the medium of the book—by extension commenting on media’s continuous changes of form and format. Through an interplay of theory and artistic research material, the book extends Judy Radul’s ongoing investigation of media with an idiosyncratic perspective on television—while still feeding off collective experience. The book thematizes television as a cultural container, both in its format as a 'box' for content and as an ideologically saturated apparatus for reception. 

With sections titled Craig, Oral History, Moon, Display, LandingEnd of Analog etc., the book charts our identification with specific media and a nostalgia connected with the obsolescence of technology. Springing from a desire to engage intermedia form by way of a book about television, and to commit to the ambiguity of its title’s announcement, This Is Television is organized around three central chapters: ' This,' 'Is,' and ' Television' are individually interpreted in newly commissioned essays by Honor Gavin, Ana Teixeira Pinto, and Diedrich Diederichsen, with additional short texts by Judy Radul.

26.00 EUR

Materija ir vaizduotė

Author: Kristupas Sabolius (ed.)
Title: Materija vaizduotė. Hibridinė kūryba tarp meno ir mokslo
Publisher: Vilniaus universiteto leidykla
Subject: Theory & Philosophy, Essays & Non-fiction
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Can we really envision and understand materiality—as it really exists? Today, the progress in technology frees both passionately optimistic and critically pessimistic fantasies, whereas the challenge of matter emerges as a field of hybrid creation. After all, matter always implies not only an opaque structure, but also an inner dynamic, whose perception and imagination turns out to be a real problem.

Collective monograph 'Matter and Imagination', edited by Kristupas Sabolius, proposes a scene for a dialogue between philosophy, synthetic biology, anthropology and contemporary art. It involves the contributions by Vytenis Burokas, Neringa Černiauskaitė, Mindaugas Gapševičius, Giedrius Gasiūnas, Marius Jatautas, Rimantas Jankauskas, laumes (Goda Budvytytė and Viktorija Rybakova), Vytautas Michelkevičius, Dainius Tautvaišas, Nomeda and Gediminas Urbonas.

SPOILER ! The book is in Lithuanian

15.00 EUR

Babette Mangolte Selected Writings, 1998–2015

Author: Babette Mangolte
Title: Babette MangolteSelected Writings, 1998–2015
Publisher: Sternberg Press
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

Is the Living Body the Last Thing Left Alive?

Authors: Cosmin Costinaș, Ana Janevski (Eds.)
Title: Is the Living Body the Last Thing Left Alive? The New Performance Turn, Its Histories and Its Institutions
Publisher: Sternberg Press, Para Site
Subject: Essays & Non-Fiction, Theory & Philosophy
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Contributions by Belkis Ayon, Claire Bishop, Boris Buden, Amy Cheng, Bojana Cvejic, Adrienne Edwards, Patrick D. Flores, Gauri Gill, Simryn Gill, Inti Guerrero, Tetsuya Ishida, Eisa Jocson, Firenze Lai, Andre Lepecki, Xavier Le Roy, Miguel A. Lopez, Carol Yinghua Lu, Rabih Mroue, Ruth Noack, Fernanda Nogueira, Manuel Pelmuș, Goran Sergej Pristaš, Nelly Richard, David Riff, Emily Roysdon, Simon Soon, Marten Spangberg, Catherine Wood, Yangjiang Group, Anthony Yung

The choreographic turn in the visual arts from 1958 to 1965 can be identified by the sudden emergence of works created by very different visual artists in very different places—artists such as Allan Kaprow, Robert Morris, Carolee Schneeman, and Robert Rauschenberg in the United States; Lygia Pape and Helio Oiticica in Brazil; the Gutai group in Japan; and Yves Klein in France. Each explicitly or implicitly used dance or choreographic procedures to reinvent, reimagine, and reimage how the visual arts produced and conceived its images and objects—and therefore conceived itself both as practice and as discourse. Dedicated to the renewed encounter between dance and performance and the institutions of global contemporary art, Is the Living Body the Last Thing Left Alive? proposes that a 'new performance turn' has emerged in the second decade of the century, and looks at its correlations with other shifts in practices, discourses, and broader society. 

The new performance turn is closely related to, on one hand, the increasing tendency to bring contemporary dance into the museum, with more artists working in and around dance, and more museums, art centers, and biennials striving to deepen their commitment to performance in order to develop new aesthetic forms and new modes of production; on the other hand, this 'turn' is also related to specific developments in dance and choreography that took place in the mid-1990s. This publication tries to think about performance as more than a medium, beyond its liveness and ephemerality, and rather as a series of questions and reflections about how art mediates social relations among people. 

39.00 EUR

Carceral Capitalism

Author: Jackie Wang
Title: Carceral Capitalism
Publisher: Semiotext(e)
Subject: Essays & Non-fiction, Theory & Philosophy
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What we see happening in Ferguson and other cities around the country is not the creation of livable spaces, but the creation of living hells. When people are trapped in a cycle of debt it also can affect their subjectivity and how they temporally inhabit the world by making it difficult for them to imagine and plan for the future. What psychic toll does this have on residents? How does it feel to be routinely dehumanized and exploited by the police?—from Carceral Capitalism

In this collection of essays in Semiotext(e)'s Intervention series, Jackie Wang examines the contemporary incarceration techniques that have emerged since the 1990s. The essays illustrate various aspects of the carceral continuum, including the biopolitics of juvenile delinquency, predatory policing, the political economy of fees and fines, cybernetic governance, and algorithmic policing. Included in this volume is Wang's influential critique of liberal anti-racist politics, 'Against Innocence,' as well as essays on RoboCop, techno-policing, and the aesthetic problem of making invisible forms of power legible.

13.00 EUR

e-flux journal. The Internet Does Not Exist

Authors: Julieta Aranda, Brian Kuan Wood, Anton Vidokle (eds.)
Title: e-flux journal. The Internet Does Not Exist
Publisher: Sternberg Press
Subject: Essays & Non-Fiction, Theory & Philosophy
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The internet does not exist. Maybe it did exist only a short time ago, but now it only remains as a blur, a cloud, a friend, a deadline, a redirect, or a 404. If it ever existed, we couldn't see it. Because it has no shape. It has no face, just this name that describes everything and nothing at the same time. Yet we are still trying to climb onboard, to get inside, to be part of the network, to get in on the language game, to show up on searches, to appear to exist. But we will never get inside of something that isn’t there. All this time we’ve been bemoaning the death of any critical outside position, we should have taken a good look at information networks. Just try to get in. You can’t. Networks are all edges, as Bruno Latour points out. We thought there were windows but actually they’re mirrors. And in the meantime we are being faced with more and more—not just information, but the world itself. 

Contributions by Julian Assange, Franco 'Bifo' Berardi, Benjamin Bratton, Diedrich Diederichsen, Keller Easterling, Rasmus Fleischer, Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, Ursula K. Heise, Brian Kuan Wood, Bruno Latour, Geert Lovink, Patricia MacCormack, Metahaven, Gean Moreno, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Jon Rich, Hito Steyerl.

12.00 EUR

Insert Complicated Title Here

Author: Virgil Abloh
Title: Insert Complicated Title Here
Publisher: Sternberg Press, Harvard University Graduate School of Design
Subject: Architecture, Essays & Non-fiction

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

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

12.00 EUR

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
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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 Dept. of Corrections

Author: Bob Nickas
Title: The Dept. of Corrections
Publisher: Karma
Subject: Essays & Non-Fiction
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This volume is comprised of years of recent writing by the influential New York–based critic and curator Bob Nickas, widely considered one of the few independent voices still at work today. The 50 essays and interviews, written since 2007, are spread across five chapters, touching on encounters with artists from the 1960s to the ’80s to the present – among them, Jack Smith, Andy Warhol, Frank Stella, On Kawara, Isa Genzken, Steven Parrino, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Kara Walker, Wolfgang Tillmans, Kelley Walker and Pierre Huyghe.
29.00 EUR

Five Heads (Tavan Tolgoi). Art, Anthropology and Mongol Futurism

Author:  Hermione Spriggs (ed.)
Title:  Five Heads (Tavan Tolgoi). Art, Anthropology and Mongol Futurism
Publisher: Sternberg Press
Subject: Theory & Philosophy, Essays & Non-fiction
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What does the future look like, or feel like, from the perspective of a yak in the coal-mining district of Khovd? From the perspective a Mongolian root extracted, illegally traded, and sold internationally as a pharmaceutical product? Or from that of the toolkit of an urban shaman securing economic futures for professional women in Ulaanbaatar?

Five Heads (Tavan Tolgoi): Art, Anthropology and Mongol Futurism brings together the work of five anthropologists and five artists/collectives researching and responding to the dramatic rise and fall of Mongolia’s mineral economy. Launched in tandem with the eponymous exhibition at greengrassi and Corvi-Mora in London, the publication features visual documentation of multiple art-anthropology exchange processes, ethnographic texts, and further written contributions that introduce contemporary Mongolia as a dynamic site for conceptual and creative experimentation. 

Contributions by Baatarzorig Batjargal & Nomin Bold, Lauren Bonilla, Bumochir Dulam, Rebecca Empson, Richard D.G. Irvine, Yuri Pattison, Rebekah Plueckhahn, Dolgor Ser Od & Marc Schmitz, Hermione Spriggs, Simon O’Sullivan, Deborah Tchoudjinoff, Tsendpurev Tsegmid, Uranchimeg Tsultem, Hedwig Waters, Tuguldur Yondonjamts

15.00 EUR

Book of Mutter

Author: Kate Zambreno
Title: Book of Mutter
Publisher: Semiotext(e)
Subject: Literature & Poetry, Essays & Non-fiction
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Composed over thirteen years, Kate Zambreno’s Book of Mutter is a tender and disquieting meditation on the ability of writing, photography, and memory to embrace shadows while in the throes—and dead calm—of grief. Book of Mutter is both primal and sculpted, shaped by the author’s searching, indexical impulse to inventory family apocrypha in the wake of her mother’s death. The text spirals out into a fractured anatomy of melancholy that includes critical reflections on the likes of Roland Barthes, Louise Bourgeois, Henry Darger, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Peter Handke, and others. Zambreno has modeled the book’s formless form on Bourgeois’s Cells sculptures–at once channeling the volatility of autobiography, pain, and childhood, yet hemmed by a solemn sense of entering ritualistic or sacred space.

Neither memoir, essay, nor poetry, Book of Mutter is an uncategorizable text that draws upon a repertoire of genres to write into and against silence. It is a haunted text, an accumulative archive of myth and memory that seeks its own undoing, driven by crossed desires to resurrect and exorcise the past. Zambreno weaves a complex web of associations, relics, and references, elevating the prosaic scrapbook into a strange and intimate postmortem/postmodern theater

16.00 EUR

Tell Them I Said No

Author: Martin Herbert
Title: Tell Them I Said No
Publisher: Sternberg Press
Subject: Essays & Non-fiction

This collection of essays by Martin Herbert considers various artists who have withdrawn from the art world or adopted an antagonistic position toward its mechanisms. A large part of the artist’s role in today’s professionalized art system is being present. Providing a counterargument to this concept of self-marketing, Herbert examines the nature of retreat, whether in protest, as a deliberate conceptual act, or out of necessity. By illuminating these motives, Tell Them I Said No offers a unique perspective on where and how the needs of the artist and the needs of the art world diverge. Essays on Lutz Bacher, Stanley Brouwn, Christopher D’Arcangelo, Trisha Donnelly, David Hammons, Agnes Martin, Cady Noland, Laurie Parsons, Charlotte Posenenske, and Albert York. 

18.00 EUR

Vis-a-vision. Conversations with Russian Conceptual Artists, 1979-2013

Author: Victor Tupitsyn
Title:Vis-a-vision. Conversations with Russian Conceptal Artists, 1979-2013
Publisher: Spector Books
Subject: Essays & Non-Fiction, Theory & Philosophy
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In the Soviet era Victor Tupitsyn had already begun making recordings in Moscow kitchens and studios of conversations with Russian conceptual artists. They were intended for readers who had no access to these artists, as their work ran foul of official conceptions of art in the Soviet Union and were not shown in exhibitions. Today Russian conceptualism is considered as one of the most influential art tendencies of the late twentieth century. Like many other Russian intellectuals
and artists, Tupitsyn emigrated to New York in the 1970s, where he continued the conversations he had begun. In Vis-a-vision he emerges as an astute interview partner who knows how to build connections between the separate worlds. The conversations, which are here published in full for the first time, feature Ilya Kabakov, Boris Mikhailov, Komar & Melamid, Erik Bulatov, and the groups Collective Actions and Inspection Medical Hermeneutics as well as many others.

28.00 EUR

In Part: Writings by Julie Ault


Author: Julie Ault
Title: In Part: Writings by Julie Ault
Publisher: Dancing Foxes Press, Galerie Buhholz
Subject: 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

Author: Kim Gordon, Brandon W. Joseph (ed.)
Title: Is It Mu Body? Selected Texts
Publisher: Sternberg Press
Subject: Essays & Non-fiction, Artists' Writings

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

Hegel after Occupy

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

8.00 EUR

I am Built Inside You

Authors: Julia Grosse, Elke aus dem Moore, Yvette Mutumba (eds.)
Title: I am Built Inside You (C&)
Publisher: Sternberg Press, Contemporary And (C&), ifa Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen
Subject: Essays & Non-Fiction
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Over the past four years, the art magazine Contemporary And (C&) has called attention to exhibitions, artists, and curators from diverse African perspectives while boosting new areas of debate. I am built inside youC&’s first book, is a compilation of eighteen pieces published since the magazine was launched in 2013. The point of departure is a conversation with the great South African artist Helen Sebidi that took place on the occasion of the 32rd São Paulo Biennial in 2016. The volume collects significant pieces from the C& archive that expand upon and contextualize Sebidi’s concepts of home, history, and spirituality. Included as well are interviews with emerging South African artist Tabita Rezaire; Senga Nengudi, artist and core member of the African-American avant-garde in 1970s and ’80s Los Angeles; Thelma Golden, legendary director of the Studio Museum in Harlem; and pathbreaking academic Walter Mignolo.

Contributions by Naomi Beckwith, Clare Davies, Aïcha Diallo, Gabriele Genge, Thelma Golden, Gugulective, Elsa Guily, EJ Hill, Euridice Kala, Basia Lewandowska Cummings, Youssef Limoud, Misheck Masamvu, Walther Mignolo, Patrick Mudekereza, Senga Nengudi, Gabi Ngcobo, An Paenhuysen, Thiago de Paula Souza, Adriana Quinones León, Luciane Ramos-Silva, Tabita Rezaire, Magnus Rosengarten, Sidney Santiago Kuanza, Helen Sebidi, Lucelia Sergio, Olufemi Terry, Wana Udobang

19.00 EUR

What’s Love (or Care, Intimacy, Warmth, Affection) Got to Do with It?

Authors: Julieta Aranda, Brian Kuan Wood, Stephen Squibb, Anton Vidokle (eds.)
Title: What's Love (or Care, Intimacy, Warmth, Affection) Got to Do with It?
Publisher: Sternberg Press
Subject: Essays & Non-Fiction, Theory & Philosophy
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With contributions by Paul Chan, Keti Chukhrov, Cluster, Antke Engel, Hu Fang, Brian Kuan Wood, Lee Mackinnon, Chus Martínez, Tavi Meraud, Fred Moten and Stefano Harney, Elizabeth A. Povinelli and Kim Turcot DiFruscia, Paul B. Preciado, Martha Rosler, Virginia Solomon, Jalal Toufic, Jan Verwoert, Slavoj Žižek

It is often said that we no longer have an addressee for our political demands. But that’s not true. We have each other. What we can no longer get from the state, the party, the union, the boss, we ask for from one another. And we provide. Lacan famously defined love as giving something you don’t have to someone who doesn’t want it. But love is more than a YouTube link or a URL. Love’s joy is not to be found in fulfillment, it is to be found in recognition: even though I can never return what was taken away from you, I may be the only person alive who knows what it is.

18.00 EUR

School: A Recent History of Self-Organized Art Education

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

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

24.00 EUR

ABC

Author: Bruno Munari
Title: ABC
Publisher: Corraini Edizioni
Subject: Artists' Books, Kids
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ABC is an alphabet book written and designed by Bruno Munari in 1960 with his characteristic, colourful humour. Originally conceived for the United States, it has become a simple and entertaining English lesson for Italian children and adults.

25.00 EUR

Twenty-Nine Thousand Nights. A Communist Life. Nan Berger

Author: Ruth Evans
Title: Twenty-Nine Thousand Nights. A Communist Life - Nan Berger
Publisher: Bookworks
Subject: Essays & Non-Fiction, Artists' Books
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Twenty–Nine Thousand Nights: A Communist Life is an unusual chronicle of the personal journey of Nan Berger through her writings, intelligence reports and visual images. From a wealthy middle class Northern family, Berger was drawn to the Communist Party in the 1930s because of her horror of fascism. Shocked by the tactics of the British police at an anti- fascist meeting, she became a lifelong campaigner for Civil Liberties. World War Two brought her into the civil service and she was awarded an OBE in 1948 for her work in the Ministry of Fuel. Nevertheless in the changed post-war world she found herself regarded as lacking qualifications. Through the Communist Party and the National Assembly of Women, Nan Berger became an early critic of gender inequality, writing Woman Fancy or Free? with Joan Maizels. This intriguing exploration of documents from one woman’s life conveys the many unexpected byways of left political commitment in the Twentieth Century, bringing to the surface a wider social history.’ ­– Sheila Rowbotham

‘Nan Berger is no Rosa Luxemburg or La Pasionaria but a conventional Englishwoman with not much in her head, from a respectable Tory home in Southport. Joining the Communist Party emancipates and educates her, opening her eyes to the world's suffering and inequalities. With its collage of documents, MI5 surveillance reports and contemporary photographs, this is a vivid account of the transforming power of progressive politics in one woman’s life.’ – Alison Light

18.00 EUR

The Complete Madame Realism and Other Stories

Author: Lynne Tillman
Title: The Complete Madame Realism and Other Stories
Publisher: Semiotext(e)
Subject: Essays & Non-fiction, Literature & Poetry
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The Complete Madame Realism and Other Stories gathers together Lynne Tillman's groundbreaking fiction/essays on culture and places, monuments, artworks, iconic TV shows, and received ideas, written in the third person to record the subtle, ironic, and wry observations of the playful but stern 'Madame Realism.'

Through her use of a fictional character, Tillman devised a new genre of writing that melded fiction and theory, sensation, and critical thought, disseminating her third-person art writer's observations in such magazines as Art in America and in a variety of art exhibition catalogs and artist books. Two decades after the original publication of these texts, her approach to investigation through embodied thought has been wholly absorbed by a new generation of artists and writers. Provocative and wholly pleasurable, Tillman's stories/essays dissect the mundane with alarming precision. As Lydia Davis wrote of her work, 'Our assumptions shift. The every day becomes strange, paradox is embraced, and the unexpected is always around the corner.'

16.00 EUR

Learning What Love Means

Author: Mathieu Lindon
Title: Learning What Love Means
Publisher: Semiotext(e)
Subject: Essays & Non-fiction

'I loved Michel as Michel, not as a father. Never did I feel the slightest jealousy or the slightest embitterment or exasperation when it came to him.  … I was intensely close to Michel for a full six years, until his death, and I lived in his apartment for close to a year. Today I see that time as the period that changed my life, my cut-off from a fate leading to the precipice. In no specific way I'm grateful to Michel, without knowing for exactly what, for a better life.'—from Learning What Love Means

In 1978, Mathieu Lindon met Michel Foucault. Lindon was twenty-three years old, part of a small group of jaded but innocent, brilliant, and sexually ambivalent friends who came to know Foucault. At first the nominal caretakers of Foucault's apartment on rue de Vaugirard when he was away, these young friends eventually shared their time, drugs, ambitions, and writings with the older Foucault. Lindon's friend, the late Herve Guibert, was a key figure within this group. The son of the renowned founder of Editions de Minuit, Lindon grew up with Marguerite Duras, Alain Robbe-Grillet, and Samuel Beckett as family friends. Much was expected of him. But, as he writes in this remarkable spiritual autobiography, it was through his friendship with Foucault—who was neither lover nor father but an older friend—that he found the direction that would influence the rest of his life.  

 The book won the prestigious Prix Medicis in 2011 when it was published in French.

16.00 EUR

Like a Woman

Author: Quinn Latimer
Title: Like a Woman. Essays, Readings, Poems
Publisher: Sternberg Press
Subject: Essays & Non-fiction, Poetry

Moving from Southern California to central and southern Europe, crossing geographies and genres, Quinn Latimer's texts record specters and realities of culture, migration, and displacement, compounding the vagaries of rhetoric and poetics with those of personal history and criticism. 

Composed in the space between the page and live performance, Latimer’s recent essays and poems collected here examine issues of genealogy and influence, the poverty and privilege of place, architecture’s relationship to language, and feminist economies of writing, reading, and art making. Shifting between written language and live address, between the needs of the internal and the external voice, Like a Woman retrieves the refrain, the litany, and the chorus, exploring their serial ecstasies and political possibilities.

20.00 EUR

Into Words: The Selected Writings of Caroll Dunham

Author: Caroll Dunham
Title: Into Words: Selected Writings of Caroll Dunham
Publisher: Badlands Unlimited
Subject: Essays & Non-Fiction
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'No one writes about art like this.'—Amy Sillman, Bookforum

Artist Carroll Dunham (b. 1949) is one of the most acclaimed and innovative painters of his generation. But he is also an astute writer who has engaged with a wide variety of artists in the form of reviews, catalog essays, and interviews. Collected here for the first time, Into Words reveals the true depth of Dunham’s writing. From reviews of Pablo Picasso and Jasper Johns to a gonzo Peter Saul interview, to an appreciation of Kara Walker’s films and reflections on his own practice, Dunham writes about what is made and why it matters with real wit and candor. Into Words is an invaluable reader for anyone interested in contemporary art and culture. With an introduction by Scott Rothkopf, chief curator of the Whitney Museum of American Art, and a publisher’s foreword by Paul Chan.

Every order of Into Words comes with a free poster designed by Paul Chan.

25.00 EUR

The Baltic Atlas

Authors: Kārlis Bērziņš, Jurga Daubaraitė, Petras Išora, Ona Lozuraitytė, Niklāvs Paegle, Dagnija Smilga, Johan Tali, Laila Zariņa, Jonas Žukauskas  (eds.)
Title: The Baltic Atlas
Publisher: Sternberg Press
Subject: Architecture, Essays & Non-fiction
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This atlas is a gradient between two questions. The first: 'what is possible to imagine?' focuses on interpretations, fictional stories, analyses, and reflections on the ongoing processes, and proposes future projections. The second: 'what is possible?' is an inquiry into the methods, resources, and parameters that define space.

All texts have been specially written for this publication. Parallel discourses are positioned next to each other—overlaid in an atlas that works in range of different modes. An atlas is a medium that unravels multiple ways of seeing the region of the Baltic States as an intensification of networks, agendas, and ideas that are relevant on a global scale. Along with the Baltic Pavilion exhibition, this publication offers a sense of an open-ended ecology of practices—a forum on what is to come.

Contributions by Åbäke, Indrek Allmann, Reinis Āzis, Viesturs Celmiņš, Nancy Couling, Tom Crosshill, Muriz Djurdjevic, Leonidas Donskis, Jānis Dripe, Keller Easterling, David Grandorge, Felix Hummel, Gustav Kalm, Karolis Kaupinis, Maroš Krivý, Jonathan Lovekin, Carl-Dag Lige, Laura Linsi, Agata Marzecova, Timothy Morton, Kaja Pae, Thomas Paturet, Ljeta Putāne, Eglė Rindzevičiūtė, Markus Schaefer, Jack Self, Nasrine Seraji, Tuomas Toivonen, Nomeda and Gediminas Urbonas, Jānis Ušča, Aro Velmet, Ines Weizman.

30.00 EUR

I'm Very into You

Author: Kathy Acker, McKenzie Wark
Title: I'm Very Into You: Correspondence, 1995-1996
Publisher: Semiotext(e)
Subject: Essays & Non-Fiction

'Why am I telling you all this? Partly ‘cause the whole queerness/identity thing for me stretches through everything, absolutely everything. Slipping between straight/gay is child’s play compared to slipping between writer/teacher/influence-peddler whatever. I forget who I am. You reminded me of who I prefer to be.' [M.W.]

'It’s two in the morning. . . I know what you mean about slipping roles: I love it, going high low, power helpless even captive, male female, all over the place, space totally together and brain-sharp, if it wasn’t for play I’d be bored stiff and I think boredom is the emotion I find most unbearable. . . ' [KA]
—from I’m Very into You

13.00 EUR

What is Poetry? (Just Kidding, I Know You Know). Interviews from the Poetry Project Newsletter (1983-2009)

Author: Anselm Berrigan (ed.)
Title: What is Poetry? (Just Kidding, I Know You Know). Interviews from the Poetry Project Newsletter (1983-2009)
Publisher: Wave Books
Subject: Literature and Poetry, Essays & Non-Fiction

The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church was founded in 1966 for the overlapping circles of poets in the Lower East Side of New York. These interviews from The Poetry Project Newsletter form a kind of conversation over time between some of the late 20th century's most influential poets and artists, who have come together in this legendary venue over the past 50 years. Includes interviews with Charles North, Anne Waldman, Bernadette Mayer, David Rattray, Allen Ginsberg, Kenneth Koch, Harryette Mullen, Barbara Henning, David Henderson, Lisa Jarnot, Alice Notley, Ed Sanders, Samuel Delany, Harry Matthews, Victor Hernandez Cruz, Renee Gladman, Lorenzo Thomas, Fred Moten, Stan Brakhage, Alex Katz, Lewis Warsh, Ron Padgett, Maggie Nelson, Wayne Koestenbaum, Eileen Myles, and more.

22.00 EUR

Communal Nude

Author: Robert Glück 
Title: Communal Nude. Collected Essays
Publisher: Semiotext(e)
Subject: Literature, Essays & Non-fiction
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Since cofounding San Francisco’s influential New Narrative circle in 1979, Robert Glück has been one of America’s finest prose stylists of innovative fiction, bending narrative into the service of autobiography, politics, and gay writing. This collection brings together for the first time Glück’s nonfiction, a revelatory body of work that anchors his writing practice. Glück’s essays explore the ways that storytelling and selfhood are mutually embedded cultural forms, cohering a fractured social reality where generating narrative means generating identity means generating community. 

Glück’s essays affirm this radical narratorial precept in rich spirals of reading, self-reflection, anecdote, escapade, and 'metatext.' These texts span the author’s career and his creative affinities—from lost manifestos theorizing the poetics of New Narrative; to encomia for literary and philosophic muses (Kathy Acker, the HOW(ever) poets, Frank O’Hara, Georges Bataille, and others); to narrative journalism, book reviews, criticism, and public talks. Many of the texts are culled from obscure little magazines and ephemeral online sources; others have never been published. As lucid as story, as lush as theory, and as irresistible as gossip, Glück’s essays are the quintessence of New Narrative theory in practice.

17.00 EUR

When is the Digital in Architecture?

Author: Andrew Goodhouse (ed.)
Title: When is the Digital in Architecture?
Publisher: Sternberg Press, Canadian Centre for Architecture
Subject: Architecture, Essays & Non-fiction

When is the digital in architecture? What are the conditions that led architects to integrate digital tools into their practices? Over the course of its research program Archaeology of the Digital, the CCA has collected the archival records of twenty-five projects realized between the late 1980s and the early 2000s in order to understand this period as a point of origin for the digital. But if we take care to identify the digital as a condition that is made possible by the conceptual foundations of digital media and not necessarily by digital media itself, the boundaries of the digital moment—when it began and under what circumstances—become less clear. 

There are eight million stories of the origins of the digital in architecture, and this book brings together fourteen of them. The arguments address specific changes in ways of thinking about architecture, building, and cities, as well as the shifts in technology that resulted from these changes, marking both a capstone of Archaeology of the Digital and the start of an investigation into other beginnings of the digital in architecture.

Contributions by Stan Allen, Phil Bernstein, Nathalie Bredella, Mario Carpo, Wolfgang Ernst, Marco Frascari, Peter Galison, Orit Halpern, Greg Lynn, Antoine Picon, Molly Wright Steenson, Bernard Tschumi, Mark Wigley, Andrew Witt

29.00 EUR

Atelier Bow-Wow with K. Michael Hays: Architectural Ethnography

Authors: Yoshi Tsukamoto, Momoyo Kaijima, K. Michaael Hays
Title: Atelier Bow-Wow with K. Michael Hays: Architectural Ethnography
Publisher: Sternberg Press, Harvard University Graduate School of Design
Subject: Architecture, Essays & Non-fiction
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When Yoshi Tsukamoto and Momoyo Kaijima of the Tokyo-based firm Atelier Bow-Wow arrived at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design as guest professors, in the winter of 2016, they challenged students to deeply consider their surroundings and record their reactions as a large pencil drawing. In this 'public drawing' time is suspended and expanded; futures, presents, and pasts converge; and the act of drawing becomes an instrument of dialogue and engagement.

Tsukamoto and Kaijima later spoke about the project with K. Michael Hays, Eliot Noyes Professor of Architectural Theory at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, and reflected on representation, occupation, and the democracy of architecture. They unfolded their concept of an 'ecology of livelihood' 
wherein shadowless figures, objects, and spaces coexist with construction details. Explaining their belief in the 'behavioral capacities' of humans, architecture, and nature, Tsukamoto and Kaijima revealed the generosity of spirit in their work, and the importance of pushing such capacities to their most yielding limits.

12.00 EUR

The Contemporary Composition

Author:  Terry Smith
Title:  The Contemporary Composition (The Contemporary Condition)
Publisher: Sternberg Press
Subject: Essays & Non-fiction, Theory & Philosophy

Can we speak of composition when we are in a state of unfathomable decomposition? Art being made today defies coherent categorization, and the world presents itself, day after day, as spinning into confused chaos, structural disintegration, and violent disorder. Revising his well-known histories of contemporary art, Terry Smith argues that we must respond to the compelling need for coeval composition at a time defined by the contemporaneity of divisive difference. This book traces how—despite many obstacles—visual artists across the globe are rising to this challenge.

The second volume of the Contemporary Condition series continues the investigation into contemporaneity as a defining condition of our historical present. The series aims to question the formation of subjectivity and concept of temporality in the world now. It begins from the assumption that art, with its ability to investigate the present and make meaning from it, can lead to an understanding of wider developments within culture and society. Addressing a perceived gap in existing literature on the subject, the series focuses on three broad strands: the issue of temporality, the role of contemporary media and computational technologies, and how artistic practice makes epistemic claims.

8.00 EUR

Abstract from the Concrete

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

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

12.00 EUR

Miamification

Author: Armen Avanessian
Title: Miamification
Publisher: Sternberg Press
Subject: Essays & Non-Fiction, Theory & Philosophy
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Strange how many deja vus you have here. 

How might we conceive of comradeship with a present that is increasingly predetermined by algorithms and governed by techno-politics? Armen Avanessian chronicles his stay in Miami as an experiment in writing about our times of individual optimization and digitization. An inventory of the self in the second person—and a philosopher’s reflections in the infinity pool of the art world—this book reckons with a new time complex as well as the aesthetics and infrastructures of the contemporary. Can we advance from conditions of financial feudalism and climate change to a progressive poetics of the digital? The city of tropical noir becomes a case study for a geopolitics and economics of the future—Miami vision, Miami vacation, Miami fiction, Miamification.

18.00 EUR

Word, Image and Institutional Critique

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

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

25.00 EUR

What Was I Thinking?

Author: Jalal Toufic
Title: What Was I Thinking?
Publisher: Sternberg Press
Subject: Essays & Non-Fiction, Theory and Philosophy

What Was I Thinking? is an initiation into thinking. With a mind that is extremely analytical and yet extremely capable of rendering all kinds of knowledge and experiences permeable to each other, Jalal Toufic creates here a 'summa,' but an open-ended one. He looks into the arts as if they were the privileged site of thinking, even when they inevitably fail, and still confronts his insights/thoughts with texts taken from the traditional religions and mystics of the past. He has reached in this work an Olympian attitude—tuned to his basically Dionysian temperament—that announces the beginning of a detachment, of a remarkable serenity (a joy in thinking that Nietzsche had already understood) (...) To imagine the best possible worlds, to go into uncharted territory; these worlds are eminently those of the arts (as he practices them, as he delves into their layers, their paradoxes, their darings, ever admitting their maddening inbuilt inaccessibility). His kind of an endeavor takes a tremendous courage. And a unique freedom: letting his mind go into unpredicted ascertainments, so that his writing 'does not fall apart two days later.'(...)  —Etel Adnan

Ah İstanbul from Jalal Toufic on Vimeo.

18.00 EUR

Edgewise. A Picture of Cookie Mueller

Author:  Chloe Griffin (ed.)
Title: Edgewise. A Picture of Cookie Mueller
Publisher: b_books
Subject: Essays & Non-Fiction

Cookie Mueller was a firecracker, a cult figure, a wit, a WILD child, a writer, a go go dancer, a mother, an unlikely queer icon, an alchemist, a lightning rod in dark times. A child of suburban 50‘s Maryland and post-beatnik 60’s freakdom, she made her name first as an actress in the films of John Waters, and then as an art critic and columnist, a writer of hilarious and sublime stories and short fiction and a maven of the Downtown art world. Edgewise tells the story of Cookie‘s life through an oral history composed from over 80 interviews with the people who knew her. After tracing back some of the steps of the author’s 7-year trip in search of Cookie, the voices take us from the late 60’s artist communes of Baltimore to 70’s Provincetown where romantics and queers crawled the dunes and discos, to the sleepless creative high of post-industrial Bohemian New York, through 80‘s West Berlin and Positano, and into the depths and contradictions of Cookie’s life and loves.

22.00 EUR

Scrapbook of the Sixties. Writings 1954-2010.

Author:  Jonas Mekas
Title: Scrapbook of the Sixties. Writings 1954-2010
Publisher: Spector Books
Subject: Essays & Non-fiction, Artists' Writings

Jonas Mekas developed a form of film diary in which he recorded his daily observations. He became the barometer of the New York art scene and a pioneer of American avant-garde cinema. Every week, starting in 1958 he published his legendary 'Movie Journal' column in the Village Voice, writing on a range of subjects that were by no means restricted to the world of film. He conducted numerous interviews with artists, some of which will now appear for the first time in his Scrapbook of a Sixties. The book contains published and unpublished texts that reveal Mekas as a thoughtful diarist and an unparalleled chronicler of the day — a phenomenon that has continued now for over fifty years.

28.00 EUR

The New Existentialism

Author: (ed.) Tim Griffin
Title: The New Existentialism
Publisher: Les Presses du Reel
Subject: Theory & Philosophy, Essays & Non-Fiction
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In the face of radical transitions in social organization, technology, and the living environment, numerous thinkers have moved away from semiotic and psychoanalytic critical models in order to question human agency and imagine a broader material one existing in the world. Yet the language attending such endeavors—often put forward in the spirit of 'scientific' or 'objective' exercise—suggests we would benefit from revisiting another era's interrogations of rationalism to engage the dilemmas of our own time. The New Existentialism takes stock of contemporary art in light of these philosophical dialogues, proposing how the tenuous human subject is again faced with the prospect of defining its parameters and context in order to arrive at different terms for ethical thinking, conduct, and meaning.

Features contributions by Emily Apter, Patricia Falguières, Tristan Garcia, Patrice Maniglier, and Matthew Ritchie.

20.00 EUR

Mažoji a

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

Club Univers

Author: Chus Martínez
Title: Club Univers
Publisher: Sternberg Press
Subject: Essays & Non-Fiction
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'I've been writing these notes continuously for years but I never thought about publishing them. These pages gather some thoughts on artists who continue to be a source of motivation for me to invest in complexity and who also all possess a rare sense of humor. I write these texts mostly at the end of a working day or in the very early morning, which for me are not the hours for argumentation. They expose no foreseeable line of research or an unequivocal sequence of arguments. However, through continuous exchange with the students at the Institute of Art of the FHNW Academy of Arts and Design in Basel, I came to the conclusion that it would be useful to publish this peculiar research as a strange textbook. Its sole goal is to motivate the students to keep our conversation going and to further open this possibility up to others.'

12.00 EUR

Gerhard Benedikt Friedl: An Approach by Helmut Färber

Author: Helmut Färber
Title: Gerhard Benedikt Friedl: An Approach by Helmut Färber
Publisher: Harun Farocki Institut & Motto Books
Subject: Artists' Writings, Essays & Non-Fiction
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In An Approach by Helmut Färber, an unpublished text written in 2007, documentary filmmaker Gerhard Friedl (Knittelfeld. A Town without a History, Wolff von Amerongen. Did He Commit Bankruptcy Offences?) describes his experience of Färber’s courses at film school – a method of scrupulous, close analysis at the editing table that also played a crucial role in Harun Farocki’s teaching. Farocki got to know Färber in the 1970s and remained deeply indebted to his thoughts and methods throughout his career.

4.00 EUR