SIX CHAIRS BOOKS – art & theory bookstore

eeK 2014-2018

Authors: Robertas Narkus, Nerijus Rimkus (eds.)
Title: eeK 2014-2018. Eksperimentinės inžinerijos stovykla eeKūlgrinda
Publisher: Six Chairs Books 
Subject: Artists' Books
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Within the management of circumstances career that the artist Robertas Narkus has created for himself, the role of Eek - a yearly two week break with a daily fluctuating number of artists - has received little attention yet it has played an important role. In fact Kartena, an archetypical Lithuanian village just a few-hours drive from Vilnius, located on the banks of the river Minija, surrounded by hills and lush forests areas, with its one-main-square, one-restaurant, one-shop, one-bus-stop, one-candle-factory and one-cemetary-at-the-edge-of-town was the perfect set to see Narkus’ hazy practice in its clearest form. 

For five consecutive years Eek functioned as a focus point for good food, good drinks, lots of smoking, telling stories, jokes and experiment. Aside from a super fast internet connection, not much more was provided to guests and the bare staging of the surroundings served as a reminder of the artificiality of this group of people being there. The attendees of Eek weren’t asked to create or show any work, they were just asked to show up and spend time together. Yet a potent mixture of pragmatics, time and enthusiasm shared between the attendees instigated that over the course of the days spent there things would start to take shape. And, as the photographs of the several editions of Eek featured in this book allow us to see, what a gathering place Eek was.  - YANA FOQUE

with texts by Auridas Gajauskas, Jokūbas Čižikas, Valentinas Klimašauskas, Yana Foque, Monika Kalinauskaitė, Žygimantas Kudirka and with thanks to everyone who joined the roads. 

SPOILER ! The book is in Lithuanian! 

10.00 EUR

Love and Ethnology

Authors: Diedrich Diederichsen, Anselm Franke (eds.)
Title: Love and Ethnology. The Colonial Dialectic of Sensitivity (after Hubert Fichte)
Publisher: Sternberg Press, Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW)
Subject: Theory & Philosophy, Essays & Non-fiction, Artists' Writings
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Can the ethnological observations and feelings on Afro-diasporic cultures of a German writer be 'restituted'? What are the possibilities and limits of using self-reflection and gay sexuality as research tools?

Since 2017, the exhibition and publication project Hubert Fichte: Love and Ethnology has followed these questions through Hubert Fichte’s cycle of novels Die Geschichte der Empfindlichkeit (The History of Sensitivity). Fascinated by Afro-diasporic arts and religions, Fichte (1935–1986) traveled to cities such as Salvador da Bahia, Santiago de Chile, Dakar, New York, and Lisbon. For the project, translations from his Geschichte der Empfindlichkeit became the basis for critical local receptions and new artistic works in these cities. The final exhibition Love and Ethnology – The Colonial Dialectic of  Sensitivity (after Hubert Fichte) at Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin presents these reflections against the background of the relationship between ethnology and the aesthetic avant-garde in post-war West Germany.

w/ contributions by Dulcie Abrahams Altass, Kader Attia, Jan-Frederik Bandel, Jürgen Bock, Max Jorge Hinderer Cruz, Lisa Deml, Diedrich Diederichsen, Rosa Eidelpes, Erhard Eppler, Anselm Franke, Renee Green, Ayrson Heraclito, Koyo Kouoh, Dirck Linck, Tiona Nekkia Mcclodden, Mario Navarro, Amilcar Packer, Marleen Schroder, Denise Ferreira da Silva, David Simo, Kerstin Stakemeier, Yesomi Umolu. 

28.00 EUR

The Mill

Authors: Jesse Birch, Will Holder (eds.)
Title: The Mill
Publisher: Sternberg Press
Subject: Artists' Writings, Exhibition Catalogue
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The Mill is the second of three projects to engage the resource industries of Vancouver Island (mining, forestry, and fishing) through contemporary art and writing. This publication responds to forestry: a mobile industry of logging camps that follow the trees; prices that rise and fall; mills that open and close; communities that boom and bust. In The Mill, artworks are accompanied by a multiplicity of voices, including forestry workers, plant ecologists, and indigenous land stewards. Together, these perspectives chart the cultural and material shifts brought about when trees become commodities.

Contributions by E. Richard Atleo (Umeek), Celestine Aleck, Marian Penner Bancroft, Myrtle Bergren, Peter Culley, Jason de Haan and Miruna Dragan, Wilmer Gold, Al Bersch and Leslie Grant, Bus Griffiths, Robert Guest, Ursula K. Le Guin, Richard Hebda, Robert Wall Kimmerer, Duane Linklater, Liz Magor, Anne Pask-Wilkinson, George Sawchuk, Carol Sawyer, W. G. Sebald, Kathy Slade, Kate Stefiuk, Kika Thorne, Nancy Turner, Fred Wah, Elias Wakan, Merv Wilkinson, Ashes Whityman. 

20.00 EUR

Radio Revolten

Authors: Corax e.V., Knut Aufermann, Helen Hahmann, Sarah Washington, Ralf Wendt (eds.)
Title: Radio Revolten. 30 Days of Radio Art
Publisher: Spector Books
Subject: Exhibition Catalogue, Essays & Non-fiction
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Leading art institutions such as Tate Modern, the São Paulo Biennial, and Documenta have now recognized that an ongoing artistic use of the airwaves has generated an autonomous genre called radio art. Over the last few decades independent radio stations in North America and Europe have provided crucial support for this art form to develop and flourish. In October 2016 the International Radio Art Festival Radio Revolten, organized by community radio station CORAX, brought together today’s radio artists in Halle (Saale) in Germany. Radio Revolten featured a dedicated radio art station, installations, live performances, conferences, workshops, and public interventions. This book documents the world’s most extensive radio art festival, which presented community radio as an open-access medium for cultural use.

Texts by: Knut Aufermann, Helen Hahmann, Sarah Washington, Ralf Wendt.
With additional contributions by: Xentos Fray Bentos, Anna Friz, Hartmut Geerken, Lucinda Guy, Martin Hartung, Lukas Holfeld, Udo Israel, Tina Klatte, Jan Langhammer, Sophea Lerner, Michael Nicolai, Gabi Schaffner, Helen Thein, Nina Westermann, Gregory Whitehead, Florian Wüst and Elisabeth Zimmermann

28.00 EUR

Poster Town

Author: Erich Brechbühl, Klaus Fromherz, Martin Geel, Michael Kryenbühl, Simon Rüegg, Raphael Schoen, Ivan Weiss, Megi Zumstein (eds.)
Title: Poster Town. Contemporary Poster Design from Lucerne
Publisher: Spector Books
Subject: Graphic Design, Exhibition Catalogue
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Lucerne—Switzerland’s poster town—has a vibrant graphic design scene, which in recent years has become known for its sophisticated posters well beyond the country’s borders. Professional colleagues are in awe of how a relatively small city can produce so many well-designed posters. Lucerne posters can be found in many exhibitions. To give one example: in 2015 alone, twenty-six of the hundred best posters from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland came from Lucerne and the surrounding area—in other words, more than a quarter of all the awardwinning works. What’s behind this? Is it coincidence or a preponderance of designers of above-average talent in a comparatively small area? The book Poster Town tracks this phenomenon with a wealth of images and texts and creates a record of Lucerne’s poster designs for posterity. 

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36.00 EUR

Legsicon

Author: Laure Prouvost
Title: Legsicon
Publisher: Bookworks
Subject: Monographs, Exhibition Catalogue
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Legsicon delves into the philosophical depths of the artist’s practice, through the familiar, if transformed, format of a lexicon, to portray the work of an artist developing complex thought through artistic languages. Deviating from a typical monograph, Legsicon functions as a sort of dictionary, exploring and expanding on thirty-six notions in Prouvost’s work, with each incorporating a commissioned text, new drawings created by the artist and selected documentation of her related works.

Words such as Artist, Boobs, Dream, Grandad, Octopus, Woman, and thirty other key words, have triggered contributions from Celidor Aikvost, Nuar Alsadir, Paul Becker, Dodie Bellamy, Paul Buck, Sophie Collins, Marie Darrieussecq, Bart De Baere, Melissa Gronlund, Nicoline van Harskamp, Nav Haq, Alistair Hudson, Elisa Kay, Martha Kirszenbaum, Brian Kuan Wood, Peter Kubelka, John Latham, Huw Lemmey, Kathy Noble, Elizabeth Price, Bernard Prouvost, Laure Prouvost, Natasha Soobramanien, Jonas Staal, Barbara Steveni, Abdellah Taïa, Maija Timonen, Murtaza Vali, Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven, Agnes Varda, Timothy Vermeulen, Emily Wardill, Marina Warner, Mark Webber, and Lawrence Weiner.

29.00 EUR

Monica Ross. Ethical Actions

Author: Susan Hiller, Suzanne Treister (eds.)
Title: Monika Ross. Ethical Actions. A Critical Fine Art Practice
Publisher: Sternberg Press
Subject: Monographs, Exhibition Catalogue
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British artist Monica Ross (1950–2013) left behind forty years of socially engaged, feminist, and performative artwork, which has had a deep effect on contemporary art and society. This fully illustrated publication documents Ross’s works from 1970 to 2013, including early feminist collaborative works, drawings made at the Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp in the 1980s, poster designs for the antinuclear movement, works relating to the writings of Walter Benjamin, and documentation from the sixty performances of Anniversary—an act of memory (2008–13), solo, collective, and multilingual recitations from memory of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which concluded with a final collaborative performance at the UN in Geneva on the day of Ross’s death. * With essays by Esther Leslie, Eric Levi Jacobson, Alexandra M. Kokoli, Denise Robinson, and Yve Lomax, this book is a valuable art-historical document.

22.00 EUR

Georgia Sagri

Authors:  Christina Lehnert, Philippe Pirotte (eds.)
Title: GEORGIA SAGRI GEORGIA SAGRI and I
Publisher: Sternberg Press
Subject: Exhibition Catalogue, Monographs
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As her first comprehensive publication, this catalogue surveys the multi-facetted oeuvre of the Greek artist Georgia Sagri. As the title of this book suggests, the staged objects Sagri produces are doubled modules, where each I or self can be 'cross-eyed.' This effect, often produced theatrically, reorders the collective gaze to be subverted through a 'catastrophe of emotions.' Across performance, video work, and sculpture, Sagri navigates the murky relationships between the artist’s body and her body of work, subjectivity and persona, original and reproduction with equal parts humor and severity.

Collected in this catalogue is both current documentation of Sagri’s work and rich archival material since 1999; together they are juxtaposed against essays by Sotirios Bahtsetzis, Daniel Horn, Ruba Katrib, Christina Lehnert, Diego Singh and Stephen Squibb, an interview conducted with Silvia Federici, and a conversation between the artist, Bettina Funcke, and John Kelsey.

A founding organizer of the Occupy Wall Street movement, Georgia Sagri’s social activism (alongside her artistic activities) dates back to 1997, when she was a member of the Void Network in Athens. Sagri has organized the perambulatory curatorial project Saloon and the audio-only magazine Forte since 2009. In 2013 she initiated the semi-public and semi-personal space Ύλη[matter]HYLE in Athens, with the mission to develop a new model for the contemporary work-life structure. She has exhibited and participated in documenta 14 (2017), Manifesta 11 (2016), Istanbul Biennial (2015), La biennale de Lyon (2013), Whitney Biennial (2012), Thessaloniki Biennale (2011), and the Athens Biennale (2007).

24.00 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

Under the Radar. Underground Zines and Self-Publications 1965-1975

Author: Jan-Frederik Bandel, Annette Gilbert, Tania Prill (eds.)
Title: Under the Radar. Underground Zines and Self-Publicatins 1965-1975
Publisher: Spector Books
Subject: Exhibition  Catalogues, Artists' Books

The mid-1960s witnessed a boom in underground and self-published works in West Germany. Hectographs, mimeographs and offset printing not only allowed for the production of small, low-cost print runs, but also promoted a unique aesthetic. Using wild mock-ups, these messianic amateurs combined typescript aesthetics, handwriting, scribbled drawings, assemblages of collaged visuals, porn photos, snapshots and comic strips, forging a new, wildly free, sensibility in the process. This book is the first to present the underground and self-published works that came out of West Germany in such depth, while also showing the international context in which they emerged – not as an anecdotal history but as an attempt to tap into the aesthetic cosmos of the Do-It-Yourself rebellion. Insomuch, Under the Radar also challenges us to take a new look at the current boom in independent publishing, the risograph aesthetic and more.

38.00 EUR

Friendship of Nations: Polish Shi'ite Showbiz (New Edition 2017)

Author: Slavs and Tatars
Title: Friendship of Nations: Polish Shi'ite Showbiz (New Edition 2017)
Publisher: Bookworks
Subject: Monographs, Exhibition Catalogues

Beginning as an investigation into the apparently disparate events that bookend the twentieth and twenty-first century – the collapse of Communism and the Islamic Revolution in Iran – Friendship of Nations: Polish Shi’ite Showbiz traces unlikely points of convergence in Iran and Poland’s economic, social, political, religious and cultural histories. Drawing on Slavs and Tatars’ multi-disciplinary practice encompassing research, installations, lecture-performances and print media, this publication embraces new contributions in the form of essays, interviews, and archival presentation on subjects that range from seventeenth-century Sarmatism to the twenty-first-century Green Movement, taking in along the way, tales of the Polish Exodus, Wojtek the bear, craft, hospitality, Passion plays and taziyeh, and the political lessons of a Polish slow burn revolution for contemporary Iran.

Slavs and Tatars is a faction of polemics and intimacies devoted to an area east of the former Berlin Wall and west of the Great Wall of China and is joined here by Agata Araszkiewicz, Ramin Jahanbegloo and Adam Michnik, Mara Goldwyn, Shiva Balaghi and Michael D. Kennedy.

29.00 EUR

The Long Road to Xico

Author: Pedro de Llano (ed.)
Title: The Long Road to Xico / El Largo Camino a Xico. Maria Thereza Alves 1991-2015
Publisher: Sternberg Press
Subject: Monographs, Catalogues
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The Long Road to Xico, 1991–2015 is the first monograph of Brazilian artist Maria Thereza Alves, and the outcome of her solo show at the Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporaneo in Seville in 2015. It gathers more than twenty projects realized between 1991 and 2015, including rarely viewed early works that help us see her most recent production from a new perspective. This publication also collects a selection of Alves’s writings and contextualizes her work in the political and cultural debates from the 1980s, when she became an activist—in the United States and Brazil—and an early participant in discourses around 'postcolonialism' and 'ecology'. Together with these materials, the book contains essays by the editor, Pedro de Llano, and T. J. Demos, professor of art and visual culture at the University of California, Santa Cruz. 

20.00 EUR