SIX CHAIRS BOOKS – art & theory bookstore

Questions? Looking for Answers in the Middle of Somewhere

Authors: (eds.) David BennewithSereina Rothenberger, Studio HammerStaatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe
Title: Questions? Looking for Answers in the Middle of Somewhere
Publisher: Spector Books
Subject: Essays & Non-fiction, Graphic Design
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Q: What did you do exactly? A: First, in May 2015, and then again in November 2017, we invited a selection of graphic designers to Otl Acher's "Institut für analoge Studien" in Rotis, near Neukirch im Allgäu. Over two days these designers were interviewed in a myriad of ways by graphic design students from the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design, whose assignment it was to learn to ask, and design, questions. 

Q: Who did you invite? A: Marietta Eugster and Manuel Krebs (Norm) from Switzerland, Wayne Daly and Veronica Ditting from the UK, Elisabeth Klement & Laura Pappa and Vinca Kruk (Metahaven) from the Netherlands, Monika Maus from Germany, Boy Vereeken from Belgium, Vier 5 from France and Honza Zamojski from Poland.

Q: How did it go? A: Weeeeelllll...

20.00 EUR

May 25 Is Now October

Author: Bardhi Haliti
Title: May 25 Is Now October
Publisher: Cpress
Subject: Artists' Books, Graphic Design
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May 25 is now October 1 is an extensive research across Kosovar newspapers published between 1974 and 2018. The book documents sports activities that took place in seven identical sports halls in seven cities of Kosovo. The images have been cropped, zoomed in on, and paired together by similarity. The choreography is not meant to render them jewels or treasures, but rather to help find their meaning beyond their meaning within the now unfashionable sports halls. Through repetition, the images and texts reveal the multifunctional nature of community space in which larger sociopolitical and cultural cycles are reflected.

APERTURE FIRST PHOTO BOOK AWARD (SHORTLIST), 2019

34.00 EUR

Re-Printed Matter

Author: Karel Martens
Title: Re-Printed Matter
Publisher: Roma Publications
Subject: Graphic Design, Artists' Books, Monographs
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The work of Karel Martens occupies an intriguing place in the present European art-and-design landscape. Martens can be placed in the tradition of Dutch modernism, in the line of figures such as Piet Zwart, H.N. Werkman, Willem Sandberg. Yet he maintains some distance from the main developments of this time: from both the practices of routinized modernism and of the facile reactions against this. His work is both personal and experimental. At the same time, it is publicly answerable. Over the decades of his practice, Martens has been prolific as a designer of books. He has also made contributions in a wide range of design commissions: including stamps, coins, signs on buildings. Also a renowned teacher of graphic design, Karel Martens is co-initiator of the Werkplaats Typografie, a two-year master’s design programme related to ArtEZ, Arnhem, and guest professor at Yale University, New Haven. Intimately connected with this design work has been his practice as an artist. This started with geometric and kinetic constructions, and developed in work with the very material of paper. Over a long period he has been making monoprints.

This book looks for new ways to show and discuss the work of a designer and artist, and is offered in the same spirit of experiment and dialogue that characterizes the work it presents. 

35.00 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
Stock: temporary unavailable

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. 

WWW.POSTERTOWN.CH

36.00 EUR

In Order of Dissapearance

Author: Deimantė Jasiulevičiūtė
Title: In Order of Dissapearance
Publisher: Self-published, Graphic design
Subject: Artists' Books
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Phone-wallet-keys. A typical scenario everyone is running through their head when leaving the house. But what if keys are soon a thing of the past?

In 2017 a U.S. tech company first introduced microchips to their employees that turned this convention on its head. On a voluntary basis the company began offering its staff the possibility to insert a small chip under the skin, between the thumb and index finger, which could be used to unlock doors and computers in the office buildings without the necessity of physical keys or having to memorize any passwords.

Since the early 2000s, biohacking has become a 'thing' among tech aficionados and the pressing question that has arisen in this field is whether or we will still need to carry keys in the future. This question extends not only to our keychains but also to our wallets. Can we maybe replace all bank or credit cards with just one chip that sits comfortably millimeters under our skin?

But through 'keys' also notions of security, safety and privacy arise, which all become matters of debate when a lock breaks or a key gets lost, stolen or hacked. Similarly keys and locks connote ownership and accessibility, so can we even begin to imagine a (Western) world without them?

6.00 EUR

Extended French Theory and the Design Field...On Nature and Ecology: a Reader

Authors: Catherine Geel, Clement Gaillard (eds.)
Title: Extended French Theory & the Design Field... On Nature and Ecology: a Reader
Publisher: T&P Publishing
Subject: Theory & Philosophy, Essays & Non-fiction, Graphic Design
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Professor, critic, and curator Catherine Geel directed the anthology of reference texts that comprises this book, which is published to document the common reflections of practitioners and researchers of the French section for ‘Broken Nature’, the 22nd International Exhibition of La Triennale di Milano. Besides an original text by Alain Badiou, the publication contains texts by Quentin Meillassoux, Philippe Descola, Claude Imbert, Gilles Deleuze, Georges Bataille, Andre Gorz, Jean-Baptiste Vidalou, Tristan Garcia, Michel Serres, Vinciane Despret, Emanuele Coccia, Barbara Glowczewski, Henri Lefebvre, Bruno Latour, Andre Corboz, Vildm Flusser, Pierre Damien Huyghe, Andre Leroi Gourhan, Gilbert Simondon, Bernard Stiegler, Gregoire Chamayou, Mathieu K. Abonnenc, Samir Boumediene, Antoinette Rouvroy, Thomas Berns, Edouard Glissant.

19.00 EUR

Motion

Author: Karel Martens
Title: Motion
Publisher: Roma Publications
Subject:  Artists' Books, Graphic Design
Stock: temporary unavailable

Published as part of ‘Motion’, an exhibition by Dutch artist and graphic designer Karel Martens at Kunstverein München, this book is the seventh instalment of the ‘Companion’ series produced by the Kunstverein and Roma Publications. With concept and design by Julie Peeters, the greater part of the book’s content is derived from the video ‘Not for Resale’, a sequence of photographs of the array of images and objects found on the artist’s studio wall, taken in 2000. Material from two other videos, ‘Lost & Found’ (2004) and ‘Tol’ (2008), is also included, along with a transcription of a conversation between Martens and Chris Fitzpatrick, director of the Kunstverein.

30.00 EUR

The Alphabet Book

Author: Eric Metcalfe, Gary Lee Nova, Glenn Lewis, and Paul Oberst
Title: The Alphabet Book
Publisher: Kunstverein Amsterdam
Subject: Artists' Books, Graphic Design

In 1971, Michael Morris and Vincent Tarsov, founders of the Vancouver based artist network, Image Bank, invited Eric Metcalfe, Gary Lee Nova, Glenn Lewis, and Paul Oberst to create their own, unique alphabet. Now, 40 years later, with the permission of the participating artists and the help of Image Bank, these historic silk-screened alphabets have finally been published together. 'The Alphabet Book' is designed by Marc Hollenstein, who was inspired to re-initiate the alphabet publication project after having a conversation with Glenn Lewis during the opening of Lewis’ retrospective exhibition at Kunstverein back in 2014.

20.00 EUR