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The Psychology of an Art Writer

Author: Vernon Lee
Title: The Psychology of an Art Writer
Publisher: David Zwirner Books
Subject: Art History, Theory & Philosophy
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An openly lesbian, feminist writer, Vernon Lee—a pseudonym of Violet Paget—is the most important female aesthetician to come out of nineteenth century England.

Though she was widely known for her supernatural fictions, Lee hasn’t gained the recognition she so clearly deserves for her contributions in the fields of aesthetics, philosophy of empathy, and art criticism. An early follower of Walter Pater, her work is characterized by extreme attention to her own responses to artworks, and a level of psychological sensitivity rarely seen in any aesthetic writing. Today, she is largely overlooked in curriculums, her aesthetic works long out of print. 

Ranging from deeply felt assessments of the way mood affects our ability to appreciate art, to detailed descriptions of some of the most powerful personal experiences with artworks, these writings provide profound insights into the fields of psychology and aesthetics. Her philosophical inquiries in The Psychology of an Art Writer leave no stone unturned, combining fine-grained ekphrases with high fancy and dense abstraction. The [Gallery Diaries, 1901-1904] diaries, in turn, establish Lee as one of the most sensitive writers about art in any language.

*with a foreword by Berkeley classicist Dylan Kenny

10.00 EUR

Exhibition-ism: Temporal Togetherness

Author: Mieke Bal
Title: Exhibition-ism: Temporal Togetherness
Publisher: Sternberg Press; Aarhus University and ARoS Art Museum
Subject: Essays & Non-fiction, Theory & Philosophy
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In Exhibition-ism, theorist and artist Mieke Bal develops the idea that exhibiting is a significant form of the contemporary. In an exhibition, visitors are in the actual company of artworks that can perform. This essay considers recent shows of Bal’s own video work, and is framed by observations on contemporary sculpture’s response to classics of the form. Looking at art as process, Bal makes the case that the being-together-in-time of an exhibition visit encourages and, if the curation is well thought-out, can heighten the sense of the contemporaneity—art being more capable of this than anything else.

8.00 EUR

Health

Author: Barbara Rodriguez Munoz (ed.)
Title: Health 
Publisher: Whitechapel (Documents of Contemporary Art)
Subject: Art History, Essays & Non-fiction, Artists' Writings
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In an era of fitness programs, increasing antidepressant usage, nutrition counseling and health-management apps, wellness is one of the defining issues of contemporary life, dictating every intimate aspect of our lives. Historically, art has been entwined with the values of medicine, beauty, and the productive body that have defined western scientific paradigms; contemporary artists are increasingly confronting and reshaping these ideologies, critically tackling illness and impairment in their practice while challenging ableist institutional dynamics. In this volume, artists, curators, writers, and thinkers engage with the ways the vulnerability of our bodies reveals structural aspects of our societies.

At a moment at which epidemics and global warming menace all forms of life, we see clearly how health intersects with sexuality, ethnicity, gender, class, and coloniality. By reclaiming other realities, beyond a state of health as a norm, this book questions the myths, stigmas, and cultural attitudes that shape normative perceptions, revealing the interdependence of our entangled existences. The book includes four newly commissioned texts: by artists Mahmoud Khaled and Patrick Staff, by curator Clare Barlow on disability in the museum, and by curator Portia Malatjie on the work of Dineo Seshee Bopape. It also features two texts on the current COVID-19 pandemic, by Anne Boyer and Filipa Ramos.

ARTISTS FEATURED: Oreet Ashery, Lucy Beech, Dineo Seshee Bopape, Lorenza Böttner, Canaries & Taraneh Fazeli, Grupo Chaclacayo, Anne Charlotte Robertson, Patricia Dominguez, Dora Garcia, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Luke Fowler, Alice Hattrick, Tamar Guimarães, Joseph Grigely, Gran Fury, Johanna Hedva, Mahmoud Khaled, Mujeres Creando, Carolyn Lazard, Simone Leigh, Park McArthur, Pedro Neves Marques, Tabita Rezaire, Jo Spence, Patrick Staff, Christine Sun Kim, Pedro Reyes, David Wojnarowicz

WRITERS: Aimar Arriola & Nanci Garin, Clare Barlow, Khairani Barokka, Dodie Bellamy, Anne Boyer, Rizvana Bradley, Eli Clare, Taraneh Fazeli, Theodore (ted) Kerr & Alexandra Juhasz, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, R.D. Laing, Miguel A. Lopez, Catalina Lozano, Audre Lorde, Portia Malatjie, Margarida Mendes, Peter Pal Pelbart, Naomi Pearce, Maria Puig de la Bellacasa, Filipa Ramos, Susan Sontag, Paul B. Preciado, Mary Walling Blackburn, Simon Watney & Sunil Gupta

19.00 EUR

Letters and Other Texts

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

18.00 EUR

Disordering the Establishment. Participatory Art and Institutional Critique in France, 1958–1981

Author: Lily Woodruff
Title: Disordering the Establishment. Participatory Art and Institutional Critique in France, 1958-1981
Publisher: Duke UP
Subject: Art History, Theory & Philosophy
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In the decades following World War II, France experienced both a period of affluence and a wave of political, artistic, and philosophical discontent that culminated in the countrywide protests of 1968. In Disordering the Establishment Lily Woodruff examines the development of artistic strategies of political resistance in France in this era. Drawing on interviews with artists, curators, and cultural figures of the time, Woodruff analyzes the formal and rhetorical methods that artists used to counter establishment ideology, appeal to direct political engagement, and grapple with French intellectuals' modeling of society. Artists and collectives such as Daniel Buren, André Cadere, the Groupe de Recherche d’Art Visuel, and the Collectif d’Art Sociologique shared an opposition to institutional hegemony by adapting their works to unconventional spaces and audiences, asserting artistic autonomy from art institutions, and embracing interdisciplinarity. In showing how these artists used art to question what art should be and where it should be seen, Woodruff demonstrates how artists challenged and redefined the art establishment and their historical moment.

25.00 EUR

Social Matter, Social Design

Authors: Jan Boelen, Michael Kaethler (eds.)
Title: Social Matter, Social Design. For Good or Bad, All Design Is Social
Publisher: Valiz
Subject: Theory & Philosophy, Architecture
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When you start to deconstruct or question design, all sorts of questions emerge: How does design affect our behaviour, our use of resources, our choices and freedoms to participate in social, political or economic decision-making, and the extent to which we feel we have agency over our lives?’ — Jan Boelen in conversation with Michael Kaethler

Social matter, social design challenges the way we look at, think of, and interact with the social world by emphasising the role of materiality. This enlarged field for engagement demands that design incorporates a more nuanced and complex reading of how the social is intertwined with the material, which confronts the often reductive or simplistic notion of ‘social design’, and offers novel forms of critical and meaningful engagement at a time of mounting social contradictions.

The essays in this book explore and unveil uncanny, disconcerting or discordant connections, bricolages, assumptions or breaches at critical junctures for transformation. They are centred around four major themes: the bodyearththe political; and technology.

With contributions by Jonas Althaus, Stephane Barbier Bouvet, Mariangela Beccoi, Ellie Birkhead, Gali Blay, Jan Boelen, Nadine Botha, Pablo Calderon Salazar, Marianne Drews, Brecht Duijf, Anastasia Eggers, Gabriel Fontana, Saba Golchehr, Alorah Harman, Dick van Hoff, Michael Kaethler, Eric Klarenbeek, Kuang-Yi Ku, Gabriel .A. Maher, Henrique Nascimento, Elisa Otanez, Ottonie von Roeder, Søren Rosenbak, Angela Rui, Vera Sacchetti, Noud Sleumer, Vivien Tauchmann, Henriette Waal

20.00 EUR

Modern Typography. An Essay in Critical History

Author: Robin Kinross
Title: Modern Typography. An Essay in Critical History
Publisher: Editions B42
Subject: Graphic Design, Theory & Philosophy
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Situating the birth of modern typography around 1700, when it started to be distinct from printing, Robin Kinross introduces in Modern Typography a new understanding of the subject: as something larger and more deeply rooted than a modernism of style, echoing Jürgen Habermas’s proposition that modernity is ‘a continuing project’. Starting with the early years of the Enlightenment in France and Britain, different cultures and countries successively become the focus for the discussion as they gain significance. Examining the social, technical and material contexts in which typographers operate, the argument also considers principles and explanations of practice. This essay is seminal in many ways, providing a lively and critical narrative of historical development, a springboard for further investigation, and reproductions of not-often seen items.

'This is a book to read and reread. It is provocative, dense, opinionated, and thoroughly original. […] It deserves to become a classic.' - Alastair Johnston, Bookways

28.00 EUR

Potential History. Unlearning Imperialism

Author: Ariella Aïsha Azoulay
Title: Potential History: Unlearning Imperialism
Publisher: Verso Books
Subject: Theory & Philosophy
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Azoulay argues that the institutions that make our world, from archives and museums to ideas of sovereignty and human rights to history itself, are all dependent on imperial modes of thinking. Imperialism has segmented populations into differentially governed groups, continually emphasized the possibility of progress while it tries to destroy what came before, and voraciously seeks out the new by sealing the past away in dusty archival boxes and the glass vitrines of museums.

By practicing what she calls potential history, Azoulay argues that we can still refuse the original imperial violence that shattered communities, lives, and worlds, from native peoples in the Americas at the moment of conquest to the Congo ruled by Belgium's brutal King Léopold II, from dispossessed Palestinians in 1948 to displaced refugees in our own day. In Potential History, Azoulay travels alongside historical companions—an old Palestinian man who refused to leave his village in 1948, an anonymous woman in war-ravaged Berlin, looted objects and documents torn from their worlds and now housed in archives and museums—to chart the ways imperialism has sought to order time, space, and politics.

Rather than looking for a new future, Azoulay calls upon us to rewind history and unlearn our imperial rights, to continue to refuse imperial violence by making present what was invented as "past" and making the repair of torn worlds the substance of politics.

33.00 EUR

Feminist City. Claiming Space in a Man-made World

Author: Leslie Kern
Title: Feminist City. Claiming Space in a Man-made World
Publisher: Verso Books
Subject: Cultural History, Theory & Philosophy
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We live in the city of men. Our public spaces are not designed for female bodies. There is little consideration for women as mothers, workers or carers. The urban streets often are a place of threats rather than community. Gentrification has made the everyday lives of women even more difficult. What would a metropolis for working women look like? A city of friendships beyond Sex and the City. A transit system that accommodates mothers with strollers on the school run. A public space with enough toilets. A place where women can walk without harassment.

In Feminist City, through history, personal experience and popular culture Leslie Kern exposes what is hidden in plain sight: the social inequalities built into our cities, homes, and neighborhoods. Kern offers an alternative vision of the feminist city. Taking on fear, motherhood, friendship, activism, and the joys and perils of being alone, Kern maps the city from new vantage points, laying out an intersectional feminist approach to urban histories and proposes that the city is perhaps also our best hope for shaping a new urban future. It is time to dismantle what we take for granted about cities and to ask how we can build more just, sustainable, and women-friendly cities together.

16.00 EUR

Beyond the World’s End

Author: T. J. Demos
Title: Beyond the World's End: Arts of Living at the Crossing
Publisher: Duke UP
Subject: Theory & Philosophy
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In Beyond the World's End T. J. Demos explores cultural practices that provide radical propositions for living in a world beset by environmental and political crises. Rethinking relationships between aesthetics and an expanded political ecology that foregrounds just futurity, Demos examines how contemporary artists are diversely addressing urgent themes, including John Akomfrah's cinematic entanglements of racial capitalism with current environmental threats, the visual politics of climate refugees in work by Forensic Architecture and Teddy Cruz and Fonna Forman, and moving images of Afrofuturist climate justice in projects by Arthur Jafa and Martine Syms. Demos considers video and mixed-media art that responds to resource extraction in works by Angela Melitopoulos, Allora & Calzadilla, and Ursula Biemann, as well as the multispecies ecologies of Terike Haapoja and Public Studio. Throughout Demos contends that contemporary intersections of aesthetics and politics, as exemplified in the Standing Rock #NoDAPL campaign and the Zad's autonomous zone in France, are creating the imaginaries that will be crucial to building a socially just and flourishing future.

24.00 EUR

Nuožmi taika. Žlugusių režimų fotografija dokumentiniame kine

Author: Natalija Arlauskaitė
Title: Nuožmi taika. Žlugusių režimų fotografija dokumentiniame kine
Publisher: Vilniaus universiteto leidykla
Subject: Theory & Philosophy, Cinema
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Knygoje Nuožmi taika: žlugusių režimų fotografija dokumentiniame kine literatūros, kino ir vizualumo tyrinėtoja Natalija Arlauskaitė analizuoja, kaip žlugusių politinių režimų fotografija apmąstoma šiuolaikiniame dokumentiniame kine.

'Šioje knygoje bus svarbu ne tai, ar vaizdas dokumentinis, o tai, kaip istorinės dokumentikos pasakojimuose sąveikauja, jungiasi, konfliktuoja, derasi skirtingi vizualieji vaizdų režimai. Kaip jie kuria nuožmią taiką su praeitimi. Žlugusių režimų fotografinių dokumentų eksponavimas, taip pat kine, ne tiek būtinai su jais sutaiko, kiek kuria vizualųjį režimą, kuris nuožmią taiką padaro regimą ir artikuliuojamą ir sykiu reflektuoja jos sąlygas. Nuožmi atvaizdo taika visuomet susijusi su jos radimosi konteksto permąstymu, kuris neapsiriboja mechanišku atkartojimu. O permąstymas visuomet tiesiogiai arba per aplinkui verčia nusakyti savo vietą šioje istorinėje vaizduotėje ir optikoje', – teigia autorė.

Daugiausia dėmesio knygoje tenka represinių institucijų darytoms nuotraukoms ir privatiems šeimos fotografijų archyvams. Įvairūs būdai pakartotinai naudoti šias nuotraukas archyvinėje dokumentikoje, animacijoje ir šiuolaikiniame mene siejami su galios ir žinojimo formomis, kurias šios fotografijos dokumentuoja ir liudija. Fotografinių archyvų perdirbimas siūlo klausti, kaip šios formos išardomos ir kokios naujos kuriamos. Lietuviškoji medžiaga aptariama greta Portugalijos, Kambodžos, Rusijos, Suomijos, Vokietijos ir kitų šalių dokumentinio kino, animacijos ir šiuolaikinio meno projektų, dirbančių su fotografijos archyvais.

SPOILER! This book is in Lithuanian

16.50 EUR

Creativity Exercises. Emancipatory Pedagogies in Art and Beyond

Authors: Dora Hegyi, Zsuzsa Laszlo, Franciska Zolyom  (eds.)
Title: Creativity Exercises. Emancipatory Pedagogies in Art and Beyond
Publishers: Sternberg Press, co-published with GfZK — Museum of  Contemporary Art Leipzig and tranzit.hu, Budapest
Subject: Art History, Exhibition Catalogue, Essays & Non-fiction
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The book contextualizes the Creativity Exercises—an amateur art course led by neo-avant-garde artists Miklos Erdely and Dora Maurer in Budapest from 1975 to 1977—within the postwar intellectual networks that connected artists, architects, educators, sociologists and other socially engaged professionals, fostering the exchange of ideas and concepts and making connections between different fields of knowledge. The first part of the publication consists of historical texts translated into English for the first time, including the exercise descriptions that functioned as the curriculum for the Creativity Exercises, studies written on the methods employed in the Creativity Exercises course, and parallel models for progressive pedagogies and art education. In the second part of the book, newly commissioned essays offer historical and transnational context for the 'case study' of the Creativity Exercises course. The impact that such 'creativity exercises' had on aesthetic, educational and institutional concepts, and the impulses for participation, co-creation, knowledge production and exchange that they continue to give—even beyond the realm of art—are the central themes of the book.

Laszlo Beke, Ildiko Enyedi, Miklos Erdely, Dora Maurer, Ferenc Merei and Tamas St. Auby, Eva Forgacs, Janna Graham, Dora Hegyi, Sandor Hornyik, Zsolt K. Horvath, Emese Kurti, Zsuzsa Laszlo, Marion von Osten, Axel Wieder

28.00 EUR

When Fact Is Fiction. Documentary Art in the Post-Truth Era

Author: Nele Wynants (ed.)
Title: When Fact Is Fiction. Documentary Art in the Post-Truth Era
Publisher: Valiz
Subject: Theory & Philosophy
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What is the value of fiction at a time when fake news, alternative facts, and infotainment undermine the integrity of politics and media? This question is the common thread of When Fact Is Fiction. It brings together contributions by and about artists who probe the boundaries between fact and fiction. The ambiguous relationship between the documentary and the imaginary has been investigated and questioned within the arts for decades. The artists discussed in this volume deliberately blur the boundaries between what is generally known as ‘fiction’ and as ‘reality’. They share a fascination with the same problem: the impossible challenge of representing reality. Their artistic re-interpretation of oral and archival sources often has an explicit critical potential to rewrite history, rethink our present time or imagine possible futures.

Contributors: Pascal Gielen, Andrea Gorki, Charlotte Lybeer, Sigrid Merx, Patricia Portela, Jonas Rutgeerts, Nienke Sholts, Katharina Smets, Elly Van Goethem, Stefan Vanthuyne, Ludovik Vermeersch, Nele Wynants

23.00 EUR

Design Dedication. Adaptive Mentalities in Design Education

Author: Annelys de Vet (ed.)
Title: Design Dedication. Adaptive Mentalities in Design Education
Publisher: Valiz, Sanberg Instituut
Subject: Theory & Philosophy, Graphic Design
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Design Dedication makes a plea for adaptive mentalities within design pedagogy, with a non-normative approach to design practices. It explores an attitude in and towards design education that is socially engaged, politically aware, generous in approach, lyrical in tone, experimental in form and collaborative in practice. How can we talk about and bring out the political that’s inherent in the work that design students are doing? How to work on specific urgencies that are rooted in experience and narration? What are the underlying values of such a pedagogy? What kind of practices are developed in the context? How can an institute support and safeguard this? 

Design Dedication explores these approaches through statements from within and reaches out to design students, designers, artists, and teachers who are open to questioning their own practices and reformulating values in design dedication for a yet unpredictable, but surely dedicated tomorrow.

Contributors: Hannes Bernard, Michele Champagne, Rana Ghavami, Anja Groten, Agata Jaworska, Anstasia Kubrak, Sherida Kuffour, Gui Machiavelli, Daniel van der Velden and others.

20.00 EUR

Anamorfozės: iškreiptos perspektyvos

Author: Jurgis Baltrušaitis
Title: Anamorfozės: iškreiptos perspektyvos
Publisher: Six Chairs Books 
Subject: Art History, Theory & Philosophy
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Save vadinęs lietuvių meno teoretiku, dailės istorikas, medievistas Jurgis Baltrušaitis didžiąją savo gyvenimo dalį praleido Paryžiuje, tad ir šiandien jis kur kas labiau žinomas Prancūzijoje nei Lietuvoje. Baltrušaičio tekstuose persipina Kaukazo kraštų meno tyrinėjimai, fantastiškieji vaizdiniai, mįslingi regėjimai, senųjų geometrijos ir perspektyvos tekstų studijos. Tyrinėdamas istorines meno formas ir jų raidą, autorius kartu analizavo ir žmogiškąją vaizduotę bei medijų vartojimo įpročius. 

Pirmą kartą lietuvių kalba išleista autoriaus knyga  „Anamorfozės: iškreiptos perspektyvos” (prancūzų kalba knyga  „Anamorphoses ounperspectives curieuses” išleista 1955 m., vėliau – ne kartą papildyta), kurią iš prancūzų kalbos vertė Daina Habdankaitė, pristato kerinčią anamorfozės reiškinio, istoriją ir atskleidžia monstrišką perspektyvos pusę, paisančią tikslių geometrijos taisyklių ir jungiančią meną ir mokslą, dailę ir filosofiją. 

Kaip knygos įžangoje pastebi vaizdo kultūros tyrinėtoja, menotyrininkė Odeta Žukauskienė: „Baltrušaitis neapsiriko sakydamas, kad anamorfozės priklauso ateities laikui, kuris tikriausiai jau atėjo. Anamorfozių tyrimai persikėlė į architektūrą ir urbanistiką, dizainą, literatūrą, kino ir naujųjų medijų teoriją, psichologiją ir kitas sritis, atskleisdami daugiaperspektyvumo ir daugialypumo principus: daugybės žiūros taškų buvimą ir požiūrio šališkumą, realybės paviršių fiktyvumą ir virtualių įsivaizduojamybės pasaulių santykį su realybe. „Tobulų technologijų sukurtos iliuzijos – taip pat anamorfozių kerai”, teigė jis. Kai anamorfinio formato objektyvai tapo plačiaekranio kino dalimi, anamorfozė įsiliejo ir į kompiuterinį daugiamačio vaizdo modeliavimą.” 

SPOILER ! The book is in Lithuanian! 

17.00 EUR

Politics of Food

Authors: Danni Burrows, Aaron Cezar (eds.)
Title: Politics of Food
Publisher: Sternberg Press, Delfina Foundation
Subject: Essays & Non-fiction, Theory & Philosophy
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The last decade has witnessed a proliferation of artists and artist collectives interrogating the global politics and ethics of food production, distribution, and consumption. As an important document of new research and thinking around the subject, this book, published with Delfina Foundation, contains reflections on food by prominent artists, anthropologists, and activists, amongst others. Interviews with chefs, policy makers, and agronomists critically assess and illuminate the ways the arts confront food-related issues, ranging from the infrastructure of global and local food systems, its impact on social organization, alternatives and sustainability, climate and ecology, health and policy, science and biodiversity, and identity and community.

Texts by Tim Lang, Raj Patel, Harry G. West; Conversations between Ferran Adria and Marta Arzak, Tamara Ben-Ari and Asuncion Molinos Gordo, Mark Hix and Patrick Holden, Michel Pimbert and Thomas Uhnak, Michael Vazquez and Michael Rakowitz; Contributions from Kathrin Bohm, Center for Genomic Gastronomy, Leone Contini, Cooking Sections, Chris Fite-Wassilak, Amy Franceschini and Michael Taussig, Fernando Garcia-Dory, Melanie Jackson, Dagna Jakubowska, Nick Lessing, Jane Levi, Poppy Litchfield, Candice Lin, Christine Mackey, Taus Makhacheva, Elia Nurvista, Senam Okudzeto, Thomas Pausz, Daniel Salomon, Vivien Sansour, Standart Thinking, Serkan Taykan, Lantian Xie, Raed Yassin

24.00 EUR

Earthrise. Ecological Visions on Both Sides of the Wall

Author: Marco Scotini (ed.)
Title: Earthrise. Ecological Visions on Both Sides of the Wall
Publisher: Archive Books
Subject: Theory & Philosophy, Essays & Non-fiction, Exhibition Catalogue
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*billingual (Italian / English)

There is no question that ecological ideas have acquired a central role in contemporary episteme. In contrast, the heuristic function that these ideas can assume in the current polarisation is questionable: that which, over the last decade, has identified the environmental crisis with the (categorical and totalitarian) concept of the Anthropocene. Ecological discourse positioned itself inside historically situated trajectories that contributed to the transformation of aesthetical paradigms and political practices.
 
In the scenario that 1968 opened up, the transversal nature of subjectivity allowed it to cover different fields, beginning with the tension between the logic of a unitary discourse and the creation of a multiplicity of possible worlds, between the molar and the molecular, the micro and the macro. Ecological thought, as such, cannot help but conflict with that which is assumed to be homogeneous and constant, with that which forces the earth to be centred, measured, and expropriated, just as life must be biogenetically controlled, colonised, and subjected to patriarchy.

w/ contributions by 9999, Gianfranco Baruchello, Enrico Bonanate, Oriett Brombin, Valeri Ceregini, Antonio D'Avossa, Maja Fowkes, Piero Gilardi, Caterina Iaquinta, Petra K. Kelly, Henry  Martin, Marco Ornella, Daniela  Palazzoli, Marko Pogačnik, Marco Scotini, Ettore Sottsass, Elvira Vannini.

20.00 EUR

Stockhausen Serves Imperialism

Author: Cornelius Cardew
Title: Stockhausen Serves Imperialism
Publisher: Primary Information
Subject: Theory & Philosophy, Art History 
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Originally published in 1974, Stockhausen Serves Imperialism is a collection of essays by the English composer Cornelius Cardew that provides a Marxist critique of two of the more revered avant-garde composers of the post-war era: Karlheinz Stockhausen and John Cage. A former assistant to Stockhausen and a champion of Cage in England, Cardew provides a cutting rebuke of the composers’ works and ideological positions, which he saw as reinforcing an imperialist order rather than spotlighting and serving the struggles of the working class.

The author also provides constructive criticism of his contemporaries Christian Wolff and Frederic Rzewski for utilizing politically progressive content, yet failing to work in a musical form that would appeal to the proletariat. Cardew’s music does not escape his own scrutiny: the book contains critiques and repudiations of his canonical compositions from the 1960s and early 1970s, Treatise and The Great Learning. Complimenting Cardew’s essays are writings by Rod Eley, who contributes 'A History of the Scratch Orchestra,' and John Tilbury, who contributes an 'Introduction to Cage’s Music of Changes.'

Stockhausen Serves Imperialism was initially published in a single edition by Latimer New Dimensions in 1974 and this edition is the first time the book has been published in its original form since.

Cornelius Cardew was an English composer and musician. He became well known in the 1960s for his experimental music and as a proponent in the United Kingdom of avant-garde composers such as John Cage, Morton Feldman, and La Monte Young. He was one of the founders of the Scratch Orchestra and an early member of the free improvisational group AMM. Several of his works from this period are considered hallmarks of post-war experimental music. In the early 1970s, Cardew abandoned avant-garde music and devoted his work to the people’s struggle, becoming more directly involved in left-wing activism.

17.00 EUR

Alternative Art New York

Author: Julie Ault (ed.)
Title: Alternative Art New York
Publisher: Minnesota UP and The Drawing Centre, New York
Subject: Art History, Theory & Philosophy
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By the mid-1960s, New York’s art establishment-its major museums and galleries-had ceased to reflect the city’s diversity and had largely ignored the decade’s social, political, and cultural ferment. In response, marginalized artists created an oppositional network of organizations, exhibit spaces, and cooperative galleries that both paralleled and challenged the status quo. This alternative art movement flourished for more than two decades, repositioning New York at the center of international contemporary art. Alternative Art New York brings together a diverse group of artists and critics to explore the origins and evolution of this diffuse and vibrant cultural scene from a variety of perspectives: political, philosophical, organizational, economic, and aesthetic. 

Locating the movement within both the art world and its larger social and political context, these authors decipher the shifting configurations of cultural power in this period and the complex relationship between the mainstream and the marginal. With a unique, annotated chronology of the alternative art scene from 1965 to 1985, and illustrated with 150 images of key works, installations, and exhibits; reproductions of posters, communiques, and other ephemera; and photographs of protests and meetings, this volume is an important work of contemporary art history and a valuable sourcebook that suggests the basis for the return of an artist-driven cultural economy.

Contributors: Martin Beck; Juli Carson, UCLA; Jim Cornwell; David Deitcher, Cooper Union; Arlene Goldbard; Miwon Kwon, UCLA; Lucy R. Lippard; Alan Moore; Brian Wallis, International Center of Photography.

27.00 EUR

Wages Against Artwork

Author: Leigh Claire La Berge
Title: Wages Against Artwork. Decommodified Labor and the Claims of Socially Engaged Art
Publisher: Duke UP
Subject: Theory & Philosophy
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The last twenty years have seen a rise in the production, circulation, and criticism of new forms of socially engaged art aimed at achieving social justice and economic equality. In Wages Against Artwork Leigh Claire La Berge shows how socially engaged art responds to and critiques what she calls decommodified labor—the slow diminishment of wages alongside an increase in the demands of work. Outlining the ways in which socially engaged artists relate to work, labor, and wages, La Berge examines how artists and organizers create institutions to address their own and others' financial precarity; why the increasing role of animals and children in contemporary art points to the turn away from paid labor; and how the expansion of MFA programs and student debt helps create the conditions for decommodified labor. In showing how socially engaged art operates within and against the need to be paid for work, La Berge offers a new theorization of the relationship between art and contemporary capitalism.

26.00 EUR

Propositions For Non-Fascist Living, Tentative and Urgent

Authors: Maria Hlavajova, Wietske Maas (eds.)
Title: Propositions For Non-Fascist Living, Tentative and Urgent
Publisher: BAK, MIT Press
Subject: Theory & Philosophy
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Propositions for Non-Fascist Living begins from the urgent need to model a world decidedly void of fascisms during a time when the rise of contemporary fascisms threatens the very foundations of a possibility for common life. Borrowing from Michel Foucault's notion of 'non-fascist living' as an 'art of living counter to all forms of fascism,' including that 'in us all… the fascism that causes us to love power, to desire the very thing that dominates and exploits us,' the book addresses the practice of living rather than the mere object of life.

Artists, theorists, activists, and scholars offer texts and visual essays that engage varied perspectives on practicing life and articulate methods that support multiplicity and difference rather than vaunting power and hierarchy. Architectural theorist Eyal Weizman, for example, describes an 'unlikely common' in gathering evidence against false narratives; art historian and critic Sven Lütticken develops a non-fascist proposition drawn from the intersection of art, technology, and law; philosopher Rosi Braidotti explores an ethics of affirmation and the practices of dying.

Contributors include Rosi Braidotti, Denise Ferreira da Silva, Jota Mombaca, and Thiago de Paula Souza, Forensic Architecture, Stefano Harney and Fred Moten, Patricia Kaersenhout and Lukaš Likavčan, Sven Lütticken, Jumana Manna, Dan McQuillan, Shela Sheikh, Eyal Weizman, Mick Wilson

18.00 EUR

Anthropocene Poetics. Deep Time, Sacrifice Zones, and Extinction

Author: David Farried
Title: Anthropocene Poetics. Deep Time, Sacrifice Zones, and Extinction
Publisher: University of Minnesotta Press
Subject: Theory & Philosophy, Literature & Poetry
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The Anthropocene describes how humanity has radically intruded into deep time, the vast timescales that shape the Earth system and all life-forms that it supports. The challenge it poses—how to live in our present moment alongside deep pasts and futures—brings into sharp focus the importance of grasping the nature of our intimate relationship with geological time. In Anthropocene Poetics, David Farrier shows how contemporary poetry by Elizabeth Bishop, Seamus Heaney, Evelyn Reilly, and Christian Bok, among others, provides us with frameworks for thinking about this uncanny sense of time.

Looking at a diverse array of lyric and avant-garde poetry from three interrelated perspectives—the Anthropocene and the 'material turn' in environmental philosophy; the Plantationocene and the role of global capitalism in environmental crisis; and the emergence of multispecies ethics and extinction studies—Farrier rethinks the environmental humanities from a literary critical perspective. Anthropocene Poetics puts a concern with deep time at the center, defining a new poetics for thinking through humanity’s role as geological agents, the devastation caused by resource extraction, and the looming extinction crisis

20.00 EUR

Reverse Cowgirl

Author: McKenzie Wark
Title: Reverse Cowgirl
Publisher: semiotext(e)
Subject: Essays & Non-fiction, Theory & Philosophy
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ANOTHER GENRE FOR ANOTHER GENDER

What if you were trans and didn't know it? What if there were some hole in your life and you didn't even know it was there? What if you went through life not knowing why you only felt at home in your body at peak moments of drugs and sex? What if you expended your days avoiding an absence, a hole in being? Reverse Cowgirl is not exactly a memoir. The author doesn't, in the end, have any answers as to who she really is or was, although maybe she figures out what she could become.

Traveling from Sydney in the 1980s to New York today, Reverse Cowgirl is a comedy of errors, chronicling the author's failed attempts at being gay and at being straight across the shifting political and media landscapes of the late twentieth century. Finding that the established narratives of being transgender don't seem to apply to her, Wark borrows from the genres of autofiction, fictocriticism, and new narrative to create a writing practice that can discover the form of a life outside existing accounts of trans experience: an auto-ethnography of the opacity of the self.

15.00 EUR

Radical Museology

Author: Claire Bishop
Title: Radical Museology
Publisher: Walther Koenig
Subject: Theory & Philosophy
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In the face of austerity cuts to public funding, a handful of museums of contemporary art have devised compelling alternatives to the mantra of ‘bigger is better and richer’.

In Radical Museology, art historian and critic, Claire Bishop presents the collection displays of the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, the Museo Nacional de Reina Sofía in Madrid and MSUM in Ljubljana as outlines of a new understanding of the contemporary in contemporary art.

Rather than denoting presentism, the contemporary comes to signal a dialectical method: scouring the past for the origins of our present historical moment, which in turn is the determining motivation for our interest in the past. It is an anachronic action that seeks to reboot the future through the unexpected appearance of a relevant past.

Accompanying and complimenting Claire Bishop’s text are illustrations by artist Dan Perjovschi.

13.00 EUR

Städelschule Lectures 1

Authors: (eds.) Philippe Pirottem Arielle Bier
Title: Städelschule Lectures 1
Publisher: Koenig Books
Subject: Art History, Theory & Philosophy, Essays & Non-fiction
Stock: to be re-stocked

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Städelschule Lectures 1 presents lectures, conversations, and interviews by Monika Baer, Petra Van Brabandt, Douglas Gordon, Mark Leckey, Joshua Oppenheimer, Philippe Parreno, Philippe Pirotte, Lucy Raven, Willem de Rooij, Martha Rosler, Adi Rukun, Georgia Sagri, Mark von Schlegell, Amy Sillman, and Josef Strau. This publication is the first of a series cataloguing selected presentations from the past twenty years. 

20.00 EUR

Fandom as Methodology. A Sourcenbook for Artists and Writers

Authors: Catherine Grant, Kate Random Love (eds.)
Title: Fandom as Methodology. A Sourcebook for Artists and Writers
Publisher: Goldsmith Press
Subject: Art History, Theory & Philosophy
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Fandom as Methodology examines fandom as a set of practices for approaching and writing about art. The collection includes experimental texts, autobiography, fiction, and new academic perspectives on fandom in and as art. Key to the idea of 'fandom as methodology' is a focus on the potential for fandom in art to create oppositional spaces, communities, and practices, particularly from queer perspectives, but also through transnational, feminist and artist-of-color fandoms. The book provides a range of examples of artists and writers working in this vein, as well as academic essays that explore the ways in which fandom can be theorized as a methodology for art practice and art history. 

Fandom as Methodology proposes that many artists and art writers already draw on affective strategies found in fandom. With the current focus in many areas of art history, art writing, and performance studies around affective engagement with artworks and imaginative potentials, fandom is a key methodology that has yet to be explored.

Contributors Taylor J. Acosta, Catherine Grant, Dominic Johnson, Kate Random Love, Maud Lavin, Owen G. Parry, Alice Butler, SooJin Lee, Jenny Lin, Judy Batalion, Ika Willis.

Artists featured in the artist pages Jeremy Deller, Ego Ahaiwe Sowinski, Anna Bunting-Branch, Maria Fusco, Cathy Lomax, Kamau Amu Patton, Holly Pester, Dawn Mellor, Michelle Williams Gamaker, The Women of Colour Index Reading Group, Liv Wynter, Zhiyuan Yang

31.00 EUR

A *New* Program for Graphic Design

Author: David Reinfurt
Title: A *New* Program for Graphic Design
Publisher: Inventory Press
Subject: Graphic Design, Theory & Philosophy
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A *New* Program for Graphic Design is the first Communication Design text book expressly of and for the 21st century. Synthesizing the pragmatic with the experimental, A *New* Program for Graphic Design builds upon mid- to late-20th-century pedagogical models to convey advanced principles in an understandable form for students of all levels. 

David Reinfurt, a graphic designer, writer, and educator, has developed a design curriculum at Princeton University in which three courses provide a broad and comprehensive introduction to the field for students coming from a range of other disciplines. These courses—Typography, Gestalt, and Interface—are the foundation of this book. 

Through a series of in-depth historical case studies and assignments that progressively build in complexity, the book serves as a practical guide to visually understanding and shaping the increasingly networked world of information and design.

25.00 EUR

Viduramžių ruduo

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

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

SPOILER! This book is in Lithuanian! 
21.00 EUR

Reading Sedwick

Author: Lauren Berlant (ed.)
Title: Reading Sedwick
Publisher: Duke UP
Subject: Theory & Philosophy, Essays & Non-fiction
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Over the course of her long career, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick became one of the most important voices in queer theory, and her calls for reparative criticism and reading practices grounded in affect and performance have transformed understandings of affect, intimacy, politics, and identity. With marked tenderness, the contributors to Reading Sedgwick reflect on Sedgwick's many critical inventions, from her elucidation of poetry's close relation to criticism and development of new versions of queer performativity to highlighting the power of writing to engender new forms of life. As the essays in Reading Sedgwick demonstrate, Sedgwick's work is not only an ongoing vital force in queer theory and affect theory; it can help us build a more positive world in the midst of the bleak contemporary moment.

w/ contributions by Lauren Berlant, Kathryn Bond Stockton, Judith Butler, Lee Edelman, Jason Edwards, Ramzi Fawaz, Denis Flannery, Jane Gallop, Jonathan Goldberg, Meridith Kruse, Michael Moon, Jose Esteban Munoz, Chris Nealon, Andrew Parker, H. A. Sedgwick, Karin Sellberg, Michael D. Snediker, Melissa Solomon, Robyn Wiegman

28.00 EUR

Curating Research

Authors: Paul O'Neil, Mick Wilson (eds.)
Title: Curating Research
Publisher: Open Editions
Subject: Theory & Philosophy
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This anthology presents a series of detailed examples of the different kinds of knowledge production that have recently emerged within the field of curatorial practice. The first volume of its kind to provide an overview of the theme of research within contemporary curating, Curating Research marks a new phase in developments of the profession globally. Consisting of case studies and contextual analyses by curators, artists, critics and academics, this publication will be an indispensible resource for all those interested in the current state of art, with particular regard to curating. [*published in 2014]

Texts and contibutions by Hyunjoo Byeon, Carson Chan & Joanna Warsza, Chris Fite-Wassilak, Olga Fernandez Lopez, Kate Fowle, Maja & Reuben Fowkes, Liam Gillick, Georgina Jackson, Sidsel Nelund, Simon Sheikh, Henk Slager, tranzit.hu, Jelena Vesic, Marion von Osten,  Vivian Ziherl

25.00 EUR

Self-Organized

Authors: Stine Hebert, Anne Szefer Karlsen (eds.)
Title: Self-Organized
Publisher: Open Editions
Subject: Theory & Philosophy
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Exploring one of the most influential methods of contemporary cultural production, Self-Organised takes a broad view on the matter. Artists, curators and critics discuss empirical and theoretical approaches from Europe, Africa and South and North America to how self-organisation today oscillates between the self and the group, self-imposed bureaucratisation and flexibilism, aestheticisation and activism. The contributors identify their time as a crucial moment to propose ways forward for parallel initiatives and institutions alike: from de-organisation and waiting, to rupture and coexistence of aesthetics and politics. However, what they all seem to share is a refreshing search for critical platforms of citizenship, harnessing self-determination in the wake of neo-liberal mainstreaming and right-wing populism alike. [*published in 2013]

Texts and contributions by Julie Ault, Maibritt Borgen, Celine Condorelli & Johan Frederik Hartle, Anthony Davies, Stephan Dillemuth & Jakob Jakobsen, Ekaterina Degot, Charles Esche & David Riff, Barnaby Drabble, Jonas Ekeberg, Linus Elmes, Juan A Gaitan, Abdellah Karroum, Livia Pancu, Jan Verwoert, What, How & For Whom / WHW

25.00 EUR

What’s the Use? On the Uses of Use

Author: Sarah Ahmed
Title: What's the Use? On the Uses of Use
Publisher: Duke UP
Subject: Theory & Philosophy
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In What’s the Use? Sara Ahmed continues the work she began in The Promise of Happiness and Willful Subjects by taking up a single word—in this case, use—and following it around. She shows how use became associated with life and strength in nineteenth-century biological and social thought and considers how utilitarianism offered a set of educational techniques for shaping individuals by directing them toward useful ends. Ahmed also explores how spaces become restricted to some uses and users, with specific reference to universities. She notes, however, the potential for queer use: how things can be used in ways that were not intended or by those for whom they were not intended. Ahmed posits queer use as a way of reanimating the project of diversity work as the ordinary and painstaking task of opening up institutions to those who have historically been excluded.

25.00 EUR

Politics of Study

Authors: Sidsel Meineche Hansen, Tom Vandeputte (eds.)
Title: Politics of Study
Publisher: Open Editions
Subject: Theory & Philosophy
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There's not a single contemporary art college or university today that isn't a battleground. These wars are wars about value, meaning, pedagogy, criticality, and above all, unfortunately, the market. Whether we rise above them, move sideways, go underground, embrace or escape these fights, we did not choose them and their terms generate increasing losses for all those who still desire a relationship to something irreducible to money. This collection of interviews contains passionate visions and analyses that lay bare the stakes of our contemporary political, emotional and educational predicament. [*published in 2015]

Interviews w/ Judy Chicago, Andrea Fraser, Melissa Gordon & Marina Vishmidt, Brian Holmes, Gal Kim, Suhail Malik, The New Centre for Research & Practice, Gerald Raunig, Ruth  Sonderegger

19.00 EUR

How to Make Art at the End of the World

Author: Natalie Loveless
Title: How to Make Art at the End of the World. A Manifesto for Research-Creation
Publisher: Duke UP
Subject: Theory & Philosophy
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In recent years, the rise of research-creation—a scholarly activity that considers art practices as research methods in their own right—has emerged from the organic convergences of the arts and interdisciplinary humanities, and it has been fostered by universities wishing to enhance their public profiles. In How to Make Art at the End of the World Natalie Loveless draws on diverse perspectives—from feminist science studies to psychoanalytic theory, as well as her own experience advising undergraduate and graduate students—to argue for research-creation as both a means to produce innovative scholarship and a way to transform pedagogy and research within the contemporary neoliberal university. Championing experimental, artistically driven methods of teaching, researching, and publication, research-creation works to render daily life in the academy more pedagogically, politically, and affectively sustainable, as well as more responsive to issues of social and ecological justice.

22.00 EUR

Specialism

Author: David Blamey (ed.)
Title: Specialism
Publisher: Open Editions
Subject: Theory & Philosophy
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It is widely assumed that everyone is ‘interdisciplinary’ nowadays, that we all work at the intersections of conventional disciplines. But if being flexible, multi-skilled and polymathic are the prerequisites of survival in today’s world, why do educators and art marketeers still find it imperative to maintain conditions of production that advocate specialist outcomes? The aim of this anthology in the Occasional Table series is to critically reflect upon the role of specialism in art and society and to understand better how the claim of those who seek to transcend the parameters of specialisation contrasts to that of others who maintain that deep levels of achievement can only be attained within highly focused methods and forms.

Texts and contributions by David Blamey, Matthew Cornford, Neil Cummings, Dan Fox, Anouchka Grose, Mingyuan Hu, Stephen Knott, Frances Loeffler, Nina Power, Rick Poynor, Alistair Rider, Andrew Robinson, Irit Rogoff & Ruth Sonderegger, Chris Watson & Jon Wozencroft, Ian Whittlesea

23.00 EUR

The Feminist Bookstore Movement

Author: Kristen Hogan
Title: The Feminist Bookstore Movement. Lesbian Antiracism and Feminist Accountability
Publisher: Duke UP
Subject: Essays & Non-fiction, Theory & Philosophy, Communities
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From the 1970s through the 1990s more than one hundred feminist bookstores built a transnational network that helped shape some of feminism's most complex conversations. Kristen Hogan traces the feminist bookstore movement's rise and eventual fall, restoring its radical work to public feminist memory. The bookwomen at the heart of this story—mostly lesbians and including women of color—measured their success not by profit, but by developing theories and practices of lesbian antiracism and feminist accountability. At bookstores like BookWoman in Austin, the Toronto Women’s Bookstore, and Old Wives’ Tales in San Francisco, and in the essential Feminist Bookstore News, bookwomen changed people’s lives and the world. In retelling their stories, Hogan not only shares the movement's tools with contemporary queer antiracist feminist activists and theorists, she gives us a vocabulary, strategy, and legacy for thinking through today's feminisms.

28.00 EUR

Plasticity of the Planet. On Environmental Challenge for Art and Its Institutions

Authors: Magdalena Ziółkowska (ed.)
Title: Plasticity of the Planet. On Environmental Challenge for Art and Its Institutions
Publisher: Mousse Publishing
Subject: Essays & Non-fiction, Theory & Philosophy
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Can plastic planetarism replace neoliberal globalization? This publication is informed by Catherine Malabou’s conception of destructive plasticity—an irreversible destruction of form that makes it possible for new phenomena to emerge. Here, the idea provides a framework for reflecting on an environmental crisis that is turning into an increasingly serious social crisis before our very eyes. This is a challenge to which neither contemporary art nor its institutions can remain indifferent; they must urgently develop their responses to it. The theoretical essays contained in this publication shed light on the nature and consequences of the destructive changes taking place in the natural/social environment. They are juxtaposed with artists’, curators’, and art researchers’ comments on more specific practices, protocols, and formats of reaction, with the Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art serving as a particular case study. In a conversation conducted specially for the book, Malabou speaks of the consequences of man’s destructive activities and introduces the notion of ecological plasticity.

w/ contributions by Defne Ayas, Viviana Checchia, Grzegorz Czemiel, Daniel Falb, Cathy Fitzgerald, Mira Gakjina, Alexander Hope, Anne Szefer Karlsen, Jarosław Lubiak, Małgorzata Ludwisiak, Ewa Majewska, Catharine Malabou, Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez, Małgorzata Sugiera, and Magdalena Ziółkowska

25.00 EUR

Productive Universals - Specific Situations

Authors: Anne Kockelkorn, Nina Zschocke (eds.) 
Title: Productive Universals - Specific Situations. Critical Engagements in Art, Architecture, and Urbanism
Publisher: Sternberg Press
Subject: Essays & Non-fiction, Theory & Philosophy, Architecture
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In today’s increasingly digitalized and neoliberal societies, debates on universals and specifics have gained new momentum. This volume situates the contemporary return to universal claims and concepts in the fields of art, architecture, and urbanism, and highlights the interrelation of the specific and the universal in diverse historical situations from the nineteenth century to the present. The collection’s essays thus venture an epistemic shift of the concept of universality: from essence to modality, from the abstract and static to the performative and productive.

'To counter the populist pull of a post-truth era this collection dares to return to a thought of universality—and successfully introduces the applicable concept of the productive universal. It must work! Planetary urbanism, the algorithmic management of a global population, and climate crises are all at stake. This thought-provoking book invites architects and urbanists to think through the friction of concrete occasions toward concerns that are universally shared.' Helene Frichot, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm

CONTRIBUTIONS BY Ursula Biemann, Ariane Varela Braga, Gaia Caramellino, Manuel Shvartzberg Carrió, Khadija von Zinnenburg Carroll, Johan F. Hartle, Samia Henni, Christa Kamleithner, Anne Kockelkorn, Filippo De Pieri, Katarzyna Ruchel-Stockmans, Emily E. Scott, Laila Seewang, Alla Vronskaya, Andrew Stefan Weiner, Nina Zschocke

25.00 EUR

Allegories of the Anthropocene

Author: Elizabeth M. DeLoughrey
Title: Allegories of the Anthropocene
Publisher: Duke UP
Subject: Theory & Philosophy
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In Allegories of the Anthropocene Elizabeth M. DeLoughrey traces how indigenous and postcolonial peoples in the Caribbean and Pacific Islands grapple with the enormity of colonialism and anthropogenic climate change through art, poetry, and literature. In these works, authors and artists use allegory as a means to understand the multiscalar complexities of the Anthropocene and to critique the violence of capitalism, militarism, and the postcolonial state. DeLoughrey examines the work of a wide range of artists and writers—including poets Kamau Brathwaite and Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, Dominican installation artist Tony Capellan, and authors Keri Hulme and Erna Brodber—whose work addresses Caribbean plantations, irradiated Pacific atolls, global flows of waste, and allegorical representations of the ocean and the island. In examining how island writers and artists address the experience of finding themselves at the forefront of the existential threat posed by climate change, DeLoughrey demonstrates how the Anthropocene and empire are mutually constitutive and establishes the vital importance of  allegorical art and literature in understanding our global environmental crisis.

25.00 EUR

Wild Blue Media. Thinking Through Seawater

Author: Melody Jue
Title: Wild Blue Media. Thinking Through Seawater
Publisher: Duke UP
Subject: Theory & Philosophy
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In Wild Blue Media, Melody Jue destabilizes terrestrial-based ways of knowing and reorients our perception of the world by considering the ocean itself as a media environment—a place where the weight and opacity of seawater transforms how information is created, stored, transmitted, and perceived. By recentering media theory on and under the sea, Jue calls attention to the differences between perceptual environments and how we think within and through them as embodied observers. In doing so, she provides media studies with alternatives to familiar theoretical frameworks, thereby challenging scholars to navigate unfamiliar oceanic conditions of orientation, materiality, and saturation. Jue not only examines media about the ocean—science fiction narratives, documentary films, ocean data visualizations, animal communication methods, and underwater art—but reexamines media through the ocean, submerging media theory underwater to estrange it from terrestrial habits of perception while reframing our understanding of mediation, objectivity, and metaphor.

25.00 EUR

Art and Language International: Conceptual Art Between Art Worlds

Author: Robert Bailey
Title: Art & Language International: Conceptual Art Between Art Worlds
Publisher: Duken UP
Subject: Art History, Theory & Philosophy
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In Art & Language International Robert Bailey reconstructs the history of the conceptual art collective Art & Language, situating it in a geographical context to rethink its implications for the broader histories of contemporary art. Focusing on its international collaborations with dozens of artists and critics in and outside the collective between 1969 and 1977, Bailey positions Art & Language at the center of a historical shift from Euro-American modernism to a global contemporary art. He documents the collective’s growth and reach, from transatlantic discussions on the nature of conceptual art and the establishment of distinct working groups in New York and England to the collective’s later work in Australia, New Zealand, and Yugoslavia. Bailey also details its publications, associations with political organizations, and the internal power struggles that precipitated its breakdown. Analyzing a wide range of artworks, texts, music, and films, he reveals how Art & Language navigated between art worlds to shape the international profile of conceptual art. Above all, Bailey underscores how the group's rigorous and interdisciplinary work provides a gateway to understanding how conceptual art operates as a mode of thinking that exceeds the visual to shape the philosophical, historical, and political.

25.00 EUR

Work! A Queer History of Modelling

Author: Elspeth H. Brown
Title: Work! A Queer History of Modelling
Publisher: Duke UP
Subject: Essays & Non-fiction, Theory & Philosophy
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From the haute couture runways of Paris and New York and editorial photo shoots for glossy fashion magazines to reality television, models have been a ubiquitous staple of twentieth- and twenty-first-century American consumer culture. In Work! Elspeth H. Brown traces the history of modeling from the advent of photographic modeling in the early twentieth century to the rise of the supermodel in the 1980s. Brown outlines how the modeling industry sanitized and commercialized models' sex appeal in order to elicit and channel desire into buying goods. She shows how this new form of sexuality—whether exhibited in the Ziegfeld Follies girls' performance of Anglo-Saxon femininity or in African American models' portrayal of black glamour in the 1960s—became a central element in consumer capitalism and a practice that has always been shaped by queer sensibilities. By outlining the paradox that queerness lies at the center of capitalist heteronormativity and telling the largely unknown story of queer models and photographers, Brown offers an out of the ordinary history of twentieth-century American culture and capitalism.


28.00 EUR

The Glossary of Cognitive Activism – (For a Not So Distant Future)

Author: Warren Neidich
Title: Glossary of Cognitive Activism – (For a Not So Distant Future)
Publisher: Archive Books
Subject: Theory & Philosophy
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This glossary is meant to accompany the three-volume publication The Psychopathologies of Cognitive Capitalism Part 1, 2 and 3. It reflects the concerns contained in those volumes. It marks the beginning of a long-term process of creating a dictionary of terms with which to understand and eventually destabilize the complex ways through which a future Neural Capitalism will work in creating contemporary forms of neural subsumption. Neural subsumption is a future condition brought about by an assemblage of networked neural technologies that will link our brainwaves to the Internet of Everything (IoE) and then encode them to use in advanced data analysis. No thought conscious or unconscious will be left unrecorded, encoded or surveyed. Furthermore this data will be used for a future form of data inscription upon the connectome: the data set describing the connection matrix of the nervous system and which represents the network of anatomical connections linking neural elements together. This in the end constitutes what I have called the Statisticon.—Warren Neidich

18.00 EUR

Rehearsing Hospitalities

Authors: Yvonne Billimore, Jussi Koitela (eds.)
Title: Rehearsing Hospitalities
Publisher: Archive Books, Frame Contemporary Art Finland
Subject: Essays & Non-fiction, Theory & Philosophy
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Upon what kind of power structures of knowledge and knowing are contemporary art and artistic institutions dependent? Do practitioners in the art field reproduce oppressive Western epistemic paradigms through artistic practices and institutional structures, and if so, is there space for emancipatory ways of knowing? What are the ways that intersectional subjectivities open up new epistemic processes within the artistic field? These are among the questions and considerations that provide a critical lens for the 2019 Rehearsing Hospitalities programme by Frame Contemporary Art Finland, Helsinki.

15.00 EUR

Composing the Space. Sculptures in the Avant-garde

Authors: (eds.) Malgorzata Jedrzejczyk, Katarzyna Sloboda
Title: Composing the Space. Sculptures in the Avant-garde. A Reader / Anthology
Publisher: Walther Koenig
Subject: Art History, Theory & Philosophy
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Guided in part by the concerns of Polish sculptor Katarzyna Kobro, Composing the Space looks at avant-garde sculpture’s dialogues with various conceptions of space, movement and the human body. Kobro’s artistic experiments are presented in the context of comparable sculptural endeavors by artists such as Naum Gabo, Friedrich Kiesler and El Lissitzky. In Kobro’s view, the dynamism of our motor skills should be counterbalanced with a carefully measured and organized sequence of plastic (sculptural, architectural) rhythms unfolding in both time and space.

According to Kobro, sculpture was becoming a model of the new order to be introduced in our immediate environment, based on a psychophysical coordination of human beings leading to a rationalized and purposeful construction of the space of everyday life. Included here are texts by Naum Gabo, Barbara Hepworth, Katarzyna Kobro, Laszló Moholy-Nagy, Vladimir Tatlin and Georges Vantongerloo, alongside critical commentary by Yve-Alain Bois, Carola Giedion-Welcker, Rosalind Krauss, Megan Luke and Alex Potts.

35.00 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

Painting Beyond Itself

Authors: Isabelle Graw, Ewa Lajer-Burcharth (eds.)
Title:  Painting Beyond Itself. The Medium in the Post-medium Condition
Publisher: Sternberg Press
Subject: Essays & Non-fiction, Theory & Philosophy
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In response to recent developments in pictorial practice and critical discourse, 
Painting beyond Itself: The Medium in the Post-medium Condition seeks new ways to approach and historicize the question of the medium. Reaching back to the earliest theoretical and institutional definitions of painting, this book—based on a conference at Harvard University in 2013—focuses on the changing role of materiality in establishing painting as the privileged practice, discourse, and institution of modernity. Myriad conceptions of the medium and its specificity are explored by an international group of scholars, critics, and artists. Painting beyond Itself is a forum for rich historical, theoretical, and practice-grounded conversation.

With contributions by Carol Armstrong, Benjamin H. D. Buchloh, Sabeth Buchmann, Rene Demoris, Isabelle Graw, David Joselit, Jutta Koether, Ewa Lajer-Burcharth, Jacqueline Lichtenstein, Julie Mehretu, Matt Saunders, Amy Sillman

15.00 EUR

Art and (Bare) Life

Author: Josephine Berry
Title:  Art and (Bare) Life
Publisher: Sternberg Press
Subject: Theory & Philosophy
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Art and (Bare) Life: A Biopolitical Inquiry analyzes modern and contemporary art’s drive to blur with life, and how this is connected to the democratic state’s biologized control of life. Art’s ambition to transform life intersects in striking ways with modern biopower’s aim to normalize, purify, judge, and transform life—rendering it bare. In these intersecting yet different orientations toward life, this book finds the answer to the question: How did autonomous art become such an effective tool of the capitalist state?  

From today’s 'creative cities' to the birth of modern democracy and art in the French Revolution, Art and (Bare) Life explores how the Enlightenment’s discovery of life itself is mirrored in politics and art. The galvanizing revelation that we are, in Michel Foucault’s words, 'a living species in a living world,' free to alter our environment to produce specific effects, is compared here to the discovery that art is an autonomous system that can be piloted toward its own self-determined ends—art for art’s sake. But when both art and the capitalist state seek to change life rather than reflect it, they find themselves set on a collision course.  

'The millennial body of the human is a territory marked by sacred codes, disciplines, and abstractions. To the technologies of biopower Josephine Berry waves the Medusa head of the art of rebellion.'

—Matteo Pasquinelli, Professor in Media Theory, Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design

25.00 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

Aesthetics of Standstill

Authors: Barbara Gronau, Reinhold Gorling, Ludger Schwarte     (eds.)
Title: Hospitality. Hosting Relations in Exhibitions
Publisher: Sternberg Press
Subject: Theory & Philosophy
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'Standstill' could be the name for the exact kind of experience that is the hiatus between social expectations and real possibilities of agency. Standstill may also be the name of an aesthetic strategy to instill a non-linear time of resistance and experience into the political protocol of progress. Finally, standstill can be the name for the temporal fissure in the midst of the subject, for the lapse between the subject of the enunciation and the subject of a statement, the limit that is the border between the inside and the outside. It can be the name for the mode of potentiality, for the moment of gesture, or, with Walter Benjamin, the medium of the dialectical image. The essays of this book transverse these dimensions of standstill as an in-between of time. The book includes essays by Georges Didi-Huberman, David Lapoujade, Peter Osborne, Jacques Rancière, Christine Ross, and others as well as conversations with Via Lewandowsky, Aernout Mik and Marcel Odenbach.

22.00 EUR

Thinking Through Painting

Authors: Daniel Birnbaum, Isabelle Graw, Nikolaus Hirsch (eds.)
Title: Thinking Through Painting. Reflexivity and Agency Beyond the Canvas
Publisher: Sternberg Press
Subject: Theory & Philosophy
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Painting has demonstrated remarkable perseverance in the expanding field of contemporary art and the surrounding ecology of media images. It appears, however, to have dispelled its own once-uncontested material basis: no longer confined to being synonymous with a flat picture plane hung on the wall, today, painting instead tends to emphasize the apparatus of its appearance and the conduits of its circulation. With contributions by Peter Geimer, Isabelle Graw, and Andre Rottmann, Thinking through Painting investigates painting’s traits and reception in cultural and socioeconomic discourse.

12.00 EUR

Curatorial Things

Authors: Beatrice von Bismarck, Benjamin Meyer-Krahmer (eds.)
Title: Curatorial Things
Publisher: Sternberg Press
Subject: Theory & Philosophy
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The meaning, function, and status of things have changed decisively over the past two decades—a development that stems from increasing skepticism about the ability of things to present culture. This questioning of thingness is an integral part of presentation and has shaped the relevance of the field of the curatorial. Immanent to presentation as a mode of being (public) in the world, the curatorial has the potential to address, visualize, and investigate the central effects of the changing status and function of things. The presentational mode has played a generative role, vitally participating in the mobilization of things through its aesthetic, semantic, social, and, not least, economic dimensions. Intertwining transdisciplinary discourses, transcultural perspectives, and methods of practice, the anthology Curatorial Things provides new insight into the analysis of things.

w/ Arjun Appadurai, Annette Bhagwati, Beatrice von Bismarck, Bill Brown, Sabeth Buchmann,  Clementine Deliss, Andre Lepecki, Maria Lind, Sven Lütticken, Florian Malzacher, Benjamin Meyer-Krahmer, Sarah Pierce, Peter J. Schneemann, Jana Scholze, Kavita Singh, Lucy Steeds, Leire Vergara, Katharina Weinstock, Judith Welter. 

19.00 EUR

The Language of Secret Proof. Indigenous Truth and Representation

Authors: Nina Valerie Kolowratnik; Nikolaus Hirsh, Markus Miessen (eds.)
Title: The Language of Secret Proof. Indigenous Truth and Representation
Publisher: Sternberg Press
Subject: Architecture, Theory & Philosophy
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In The Language of Secret Proof, Nina Valerie Kolowratnik challenges the conditions under which Indigenous rights to protect and regain traditional lands are currently negotiated in United States legal frameworks. The tenth volume in the Critical Spatial Practice series responds to the urgent need for alternative modes of evidentiary production by introducing an innovative system of architectural drawing and notation.

Today, most Western legal forums utilized by Indigenous communities for recognition of their rights continue to employ evidentiary rules that do not allow for Native truths to be accepted as 'reliable' evidence. When tribes are asked to provide proof of their traditional connection to the land, what Western legal forums accept as documentation does not truly represent or respect tribal culture and traditional formats of knowledge transfer.

Kolowratnik’s research focuses on the double bind Pueblo communities in the American Southwest confronted with when they become involved in a legal effort to reclaim and protect ancestral lands, since the process of producing evidence runs counter to their structural organization around oral history and cultural secrecy. The spatial notational systems developed by Kolowratnik with the support of Hemish people, members of Jemez Pueblo in northern New Mexico, and presented in this volume are an attempt to produce evidentiary documentation that speaks Native truths while respecting demands on secrecy. These systems also attempt to instigate a dialogue where there currently is none, deconstructing the fixed opposition between secrecy and disclosure within Western legal systems.

15.00 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

The Artist as Curator. An Anthology

Author: Elena Filipovic (ed.)
Title:  The Artist as Curator. An Anthology
Publisher: Mousse, Koenig Books
Subject:  Theory & Philosophy, Essays & Non-Fiction
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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

Anachrony, Contemporaneity, and Historical Imagination

Author: Jacob Lund
Title: Anachrony, Contemporaneity, and Historical Imagination
Publisher: Sternberg Press, Aarhus University, ARoS Art Museum
Subject: Essays & Non-fiction, Theory & Philosophy
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Taking its point of departure in an 'anachronic' exhibition, 'Soulèvements' (2016–18), this book is a theoretical exploration of how the notion of contemporaneity—understood as the coming together of different times in the same historical present—relates to the end of a certain history of art. Critical of hitherto dominant chronological, ahistorical, and/or culturally restricted notions of the contemporary, Lund’s overall aim is to make an argument for 'the contemporary contemporary' as the point of departure for any anachronic relationship with time today, and as the inescapable point of departure for any possible historical imagination.

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The Last Resident

Author: Verina Gfader et al.
Title: The Last Resident
Publisher: Sternberg Press, Aarhus University, ARoS Art Museum
Subject: Theory & Philosophy, Essays & Non-fiction
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By Verina Gfader, with Victoria Browne, Rebecca Carson, William Forsythe, Claire Hsu, William Kentridge, Mochu, Monica Narula, Pallavi Paul, Lea Porsager, Gerald Raunig, Sif, Lantian Xie

Hardly a gray matter of catching the spirit of our present. From the sun-drenched-ness of the Dubaian atmosphere, to the feathery encounter in a secret printing workshop, words and materials are discreetly—spectrally, outspokenly—put forward: a bunch of residents cruising the seas of nine temporary realities, the result of an ongoing swapping of facts and speculations from the earthly realm. At one end of the spectrum, players, voyagers, entering the machinery (cacophony) of thought processing. At the other, the anchoring point, The Last Resident, one who opens a possible scene.

8.00 EUR

Return to the Postcolony Specters of Colonialism in Contemporary Art

Author: T. J. Demos
Title: Return to the Postcolony. Specters of Colonialism in Contemporary Art
Publisher: Sternberg Press
Subject: Theory and Philosophy
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In the wake of failed states, growing economic and political inequality, and the ongoing US- and NATO-led wars for resources, security, and economic dominance worldwide, contemporary artists are revisiting former European colonies, considering past injustices as they haunt the living yet remain repressed in European consciousness. With great timeliness, projects by Sven Augustijnen, Vincent Meessen, Zarina Bhimji, Renzo Martens, and Pieter Hugo have emerged during the fiftieth anniversary of independence for many African countries, inspiring a kind of 'reverse migration'—a return to the postcolony, which drives an ethico-political as well as aesthetic set of imperatives: to learn to live with ghosts, and to do so more justly.   

T. J. Demos places contemporary art within the context of neoliberal globalization and what scholars have referred to as the 'colonial present.' The analysis is complex and provocative, both for an understanding of the historical material as well as for the contemporary theoretical discourse. Return to the Postcolony is one of the most ambitious, intelligent, and readable texts on contemporary art related to the African context that I have read.
 —Alexander Alberro, author of Conceptual Art and the Politics of Publicity   

19.00 EUR

Proteus and the Radical Imaginary

Author: Kristupas Sabolius 
Title: Proteus and the Radical Imaginary
Publisher: Bunkier Sztuki Gallery, Karkow, the CAC Vilnius
Subject: Theory & Philosophy
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Proteus and the Radical Imaginary is an original and timely re-evaluation of the concept of the imagination in relation to aesthetics and contemporary art. Starting with the humorous story of Nasreddin’s eighteenth camel, an odd surplus that is necessary in order for reality to work (in this case, solving the riddle of a father’s mathematically perplexing testament), Sabolius goes on to discuss the metaphysical, aesthetic, political, phenomenological, and technological dimension of the imagination; providing both a philosophical history of the notion as well as making a unique intervention in contemporary debates. (...) Sabolius’ theoretical discussions are enlivened by analyses of a surprising mix of films, artworks, popular culture, and theatre, including: exhibitions by Raimundas Malašauskas (Photo Finish in Vilnius, and the Lithuania/Cyprus oO/Oo Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale), the underwear-stealing gnomes of South Park, Michelangelo Antonioni’s Blow Up, Victor Erice’s The Spirit of the Beehive, and the avant-garde performances of Romeo Castellucci. - Aaron Schuster

Proetus and the Radical Imaginary is the first major translation of Sabolius oeuvre to English. Published in 2016 as part of XII Baltic Triennial.

 

7.00 EUR

On Writing a Literary History of the Contemporary, or What is, or was, "the Contemporary," and should we keep calling it that?

Author: Margaret-Anne Hutton
Title: On Writing a Literary History of the Contemporary, or What is, or was, "the Contemporary,” and should we keep calling it that?
Publisher: Sternberg Press, Aarhus University, ARoS Art Museum
Subject: Essays & Non-fiction, Theory & Philosophy
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'The contemporary' is an established term in a range of scholarly and disciplinary discourses, but what does it mean? Interweaving sections drawn from an (apparently) hypothetical and oxymoronic project—the writing of a literary history of 'the contemporary'—with a critical analysis of the term(s) 'the contemporary' and 'contemporary' in the work of a range of theorists, Margaret-Anne Hutton sets out to expose the inconsistencies and ambiguities in its terminological usage, and to unpick some of the knots which bind the substantive and adjective. How can '(the) contemporary' function as a critical term, and how might we map its history?

8.00 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

Distributed

Author: David Blamey, Brad Haylock (eds.)
Title: Distributed
Publisher: Open Editions
Subject: Theory & Philosophy
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This volume in the Occasional Table series of critical anthologies focusses attention on the act of distribution as a subject for serious creative consideration and one of great social and economic importance. Contributors from a variety of backgrounds paint a big picture that embraces the actions of the individual along-side the workings of global markets. From the attention-seeking impulse of the poseur to the democratisation of art and knowledge through books, digital networks, pop music and self-organised libraries, and to the question of what can be known and by whom, the urge to disseminate is explored here as an elemental phenomenon of our time.

Texts and contributions by Ahmed Ansari, Stuart Bertolotti-Bailey, Justin Clemens, Alex Coles, Jonathan Lindley, Neil Cummings, Arnaud Desjardin, Markus Miessen, Bille Muraben, Patricia Reed, Adrian Shaughnessy, Freek Lomme, Eva Weinmayr et al.

25.00 EUR

A Slow, Contemporary Violence: Damaged Environments of Technological Culture

Author:  Jussi Parikka
Title:  A Slow, Contemporary Violence: Damaged Environments of Technological Culture (The Contemporary Condition)
Publisher: Sternberg Press
Subject: Essays & Non-fiction, Theory & Philosophy
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The contemporary moment is comprised of many overlapping speeds, rhythms, and periods of time. A central theme of Jussi Parikka’s book concerns slowness instead of acceleration: a different sort of a temporal horizon in order to understand some of the environmental temporalities that media and technological arts are involved in. This is approached through art and design practices that unfold this multiplicity of time, closely entwined with contemporary concerns in aesthetic theory, to understand and engage with the planetary time scales of slow environmental violence. 

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We Are Here, But Is It Now? (The Submarine Horizons of Contemporaneity)

Author: Raqs Media Collective
Title: The Contemporary Condition: We Are Herem But Is It Now? (The Submarine Horizons of Contemporaneity)
Publisher: Sternberg Press, Aarhus University, ARoS Art Museum 
Subject: Artists' writings, Theory & Philosophy
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It is said that we know more about far-away galaxies than we do about the bottom of the oceans on earth. One could say something similar about our relationship to the future and to the contemporary. The distant future can seem more familiar than the deep present. We know it will come, regardless of whether or not we are around to witness it. Searching for the present is a bit like deep sea diving. How to dive without drowning in the turbulent waters of now? How to find and share sources of illumination in submarine darkness? When to surface and how to ride a strong current? Why stay afloat on the present moment at all? And what to look for while beachcombing the sea-floor of our time? These are some of the questions that Raqs Media Collective address in their account of contemporaneity, guided by a motley collection of figures lost and found in the turbulence of their practice.

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The Flood of Rights

Author: Thomas Keenan, Suhail Malik, Tirdad Zolghadr (eds.)
Title: The Flood of Rights
Publisher: Sternberg Press
Subject: Essays & Non-Fiction, Theory & Philosophy
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It is difficult to imagine making claims for human rights without using images. For better or worse, images of protest, evidence, and assertion are the lingua franca of struggles for justice today. And they seem to come in a flood, more and more, day and night. But through which channels does the torrent pass? The Flood of Rights examines the pathways through which these images and ideas circulate—routes that do not merely enable, but actually shape human-rights claims and their conceptual background. What are the technologies and languages that structure the global distribution of humanism and universalism, and how do they leave their mark on these ideas themselves? Which narratives and imageries have proven easier to export and import, and whose interests are at stake in the configurations in question? 

Contributions by Amanda Beech, Rony Brauman, David Campbell, Olivia Custer, Rosalyn Deutsche, Thomas Keenan, Eric Kluitenberg, David Levine, Suhail Malik, Sohrab Mohebbi, Sharon Sliwinski, Hito Steyerl, Bernard Stiegler, Tirdad Zolghadr

26.00 EUR

Improper Life

Author: Timothy C. Cambell
Title: Improper Life. Technology and Biopolitics from Heidegger to Agamben
Publisher: Minnesota UP
Subject: Theory & Philosophy
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Has biopolitics actually become thanatopolitics, a field of study obsessed with death? Is there something about the nature of biopolitical thought today that makes it impossible to deploy affirmatively? If this is true, what can life-minded thinkers put forward as the merits of biopolitical reflection? These questions drive Improper Life, Timothy C. Campbell’s dexterous inquiry-as-intervention.

Campbell argues that a "crypto-thanatopolitics" can be teased out of Heidegger’s critique of technology and that some of the leading scholars of biopolitics—including Michel Foucault, Giorgio Agamben, and Peter Sloterdijk—have been substantively influenced by Heidegger’s thought, particularly his reading of proper and improper writing. In fact, Campbell shows how all of these philosophers have pointed toward a tragic, thanatopolitical destination as somehow an inevitable result of technology.

20.00 EUR

Atlas of Diagrammatic Imagination / Diagraminės vaizduotės atlasas

Authors: Lina Michelkevičė, Vytautas Michelkevičius (eds.)
Title: Atlas of Diagrammatic Imagination: Maps in Research, Art and Education
Publisher: Vilniaus dailės akademijos leidykla
Subject: Theory & Philosophy, Artists' Writings, Essays & Non-fiction
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How does a diagram differ from a text? What are the pros and cons of diagrams when compared to text?  Can a map be a research component, an artwork, and a scientific means of communication, all at the same time?

How do diagrams mediate between different cognitive systems? How can diagrams convey bodily experiences and gestures? How do they facilitate education? These are only few questions that delineate a general research territory where the book authors’ imaginations overlap.

Even though cartographic references play an important role, many of the maps presented and discussed in this atlas go beyond the geographical notion of map, and they often bear no reference to either a location or its representation. They may involve multilayered diagrams, trajectories of a freely moving body or a hand, visual signs of hesitancy, tools of material or visual thinking, charts of tacit knowledge, notations of sensual data, or the models of research hypotheses or findings.

This research is also a response to the times we live in. In the face of ever-increasing information flows and the challenges of big data processing and rendition, a linear text is not always the most suggestive form of communication. Meanwhile in maps, within a single plane, we can operate with multiple layers of knowledge, and use different means of expression in order to discover unexpected links.

Contributions by Arnas Anskaitis, Tomas S. Butkus, Vitalij Červiakov, Christoph Fink, Nikolaus Gansterer, Aldis Gedutis, Giedrė Godienė, Sandra Kazlauskaitė, Vytautas Michelkevičius, Lina Michelkevičė, Astrit Schmidt-Burkhardt

*bilingual (LT/EN)

31.00 EUR

Think Tank Aesthetics. Midcentury Modernism, the Cold War, and the Neoliberal Present

Author: Pamela M. Lee
Title: Think Tank Aesthetics. Midcentury Modernism, the Cold War, and the Neoliberal Present
Publisher: MIT Press
Subject: Theory & Philosophy, Art History 
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In Think Tank Aesthetics, Pamela Lee traces the complex encounters between Cold War think tanks and the art of that era. Lee shows how the approaches and methods of think tanks—including systems theory, operations research, and cybernetics—paved the way for a peculiar genre of midcentury modernism and set the terms for contemporary neoliberalism. Lee casts these shadowy institutions as sites of radical creativity and interdisciplinary practice in the service of defense strategy. Describing the distinctive aesthetics that emerged from such institutions as the RAND Corporation, she maps the multiple and overlapping networks that connected nuclear strategists, mathematicians, economists, anthropologists, artists, designers, and art historians.

Lee recounts, among other things, the decades-long colloquy between Albert Wohlstetter, a RAND analyst, and his former professor, the famous art historian Meyer Schapiro; the anthropologist Margaret Mead's deployment of innovative visual aids that recall midcentury abstract art; and the combination of cybernetics and modernist design in an 'Opsroom' for the short-lived socialist government of Salvador Allende in 1970s Chile (and its restaging many years later as a work of art). Lee suggests that we think of these connections less as disciplinary border crossings than as colonization of the specific interests of arts by the approaches and methods of the sciences. Hearing the echoes of think tank aesthetics in today's pursuit of the interdisciplinary and in academia's science-infused justification of the humanities, Lee wonders what territory has been ceded in a laboratory approach to the arts.

31.00 EUR

William James: Empiricism and Pragmatism

Author: David Lapoujade
Title: William James: Empiricism and Pragmatism
Publisher: Duke UP
Subject: Theory & Philosophy
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Originally published in French in 1997 and appearing here in English for the first time, David Lapoujade's William James: Empiricism and Pragmatism is both an accessible and rigorous introduction to James's thought and a pioneering rereading of it. Examining pragmatism's fundamental questions through a Deleuzian framework, Lapoujade outlines how James's pragmatism and radical empiricism encompass the study of experience and the making of reality, and he reopens the speculative side of pragmatist thought and the role of experience in it. The book includes an extensive afterword by translator Thomas Lamarre, who illustrates how James's interventions are becoming increasingly central to the contemporary debates about materialist ontology, affect, and epistemology that strive to bridge the gaps among science studies, media studies, and religious studies.

21.00 EUR

The Observer Effect: On Contemporary Painting

Author: Barry Schwabsky
Title: The Observer Effect. On Contemporary Painting
Publisher: Sternberg Press
Subject: Art History, Theory & Philosophy
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In The Observer Effect: On Contemporary Painting, poet and critic Barry Schwabsky looks at the different directions that painting has taken since the turn of the millennium. He deflates the twentieth-century belief that abstraction and figuration in painting are dichotomous. Instead, Schwabsky argues, they are methods of asking or answering the questions: What is painting? What can painting become in an observer’s encounter with it? This wide-ranging selection of texts emphasizes the coextensive work the viewer brings to painting alongside the artist—the construction of form and meaning.

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In the Shadow of the Art Work. Art-Based Learning in Practice

Author: Jeroen Lutters
Title: In the Shadow of the Art Work. Art-Based Learning in Practice
Publisher: Valiz
Subject: Theory & Philosophy
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Art is a form of thinking and dialoguing; it is an unusual source of knowledge. In this publication the reader is introduced to Art-Based Learning, a method that enables the spectator to explore these dialogues, and ‘converse’ with art works. Art-Based Learning can refer both to learning about art as a source and learning about art as a means, e.g. the way art can generate insight into the significance of learning itself. The method offers the possibility to seek fresh correlations in a dialogue with the art work. 
The author uses three triptychs to demonstrate, step by step, how relevant questions can produce a different perception and understanding, and how works of art, as ‘speaking objects’, can produce new experiences or new knowledge. 

In the Shadow of the Art Work is intended for students and teachers of art, art history, drama and cinema, literature, philosophy, anthropology, theology and interdisciplinary studies. The developed method is also highly suited to Artistic Research at academies of art, music, film and dance.

25.00 EUR

Creative Theories of (Just About) Everything

Author: Jeroen Lutters
Title: Creatiuve Theories of (Just About) Everything
Publisher: Valiz
Subject: Theory & Philosophy
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Creativity has been hailed as the driving force and most important skill of the twenty-first century–a power to be taught, understood and deployed on all levels of society. Debate concerning the origins and potential of creativity is mostly confined to the realms of the natural and social sciences, with insights ranging from neurology to theoretical physics to psychology and educational sciences. Here, using insights from these fields, and also delving into the ideas of Parmenides, Spinoza, Goethe, Emerson, Nietzsche, Freud, Benjamin, Bergson, Deleuze, Spivak, and many others, Jeroen Lutters argues that creativity should be explicitly enforced in education and society, to open up new perspectives.

The book represents a search for the potential of creativity in the twenty-first century. By re-thinking the origins and meaning of creativity today, the author explores the origin of creativity, the knowledge of creativity and the politics of creativity – taken together, these themes express the history of creativity as an evolutionary process of a new tradition in thinking about creativity, which can be described as: creative materialism. Creative Theories of (Just About) Everything explores and defines a ‘possible world’ in which creativity is part of everything in nature. Knowing and using this creative source should be a formative force, not only in the arts and in education, but in rethinking our society at large.

25.00 EUR

Trading Between Architecture and Art

Authors: Wouter Davidts, Susan Holden, Ashley Paine (eds.)
Title: Trading Between Architecture and Art. Strategies and Practices of Exchange
Publisher: Valiz
Subject: Theory & Philosophy, Art History, Architecture
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Since the 1960s, art and architecture have experienced a series of radical and reciprocal trades. While artists have simulated ‘architectural’ means like plans and models, built structures and pavilions outside art institutions, or intervened in urban and public spaces, architects have employed ‘artistic’ strategies inside art institutions, in exhibitions, biennales and art events. At the same time, art galleries and museums have combined both activities in an interdisciplinary, hybrid field, playing with the conditional differences between inside and outside the institution.

Trading between Architecture and Art zooms in on specific examples or ‘cases’ of these two-way transactions: artists adopting architectural means on the one hand, and architects adopting artistic strategies on the other. In particular, it presents in-depth studies of both historical and contemporary examples of the transposition of means and strategies from architecture to art, and vice versa, up to the point that established understandings of institutional categories, disciplinary concepts, and concrete practices become interestingly opaque, and meanings provocatively uncertain.

Contributors: Angelique Campens, Guy Châtel, Wouter Davidts, Mark Dorrian, Susan Holden, John Kormeling, Maarten Liefooghe, Mark Linder, John Macarthur, Philip Metten, Sarah Oppenheimer, Ashley Paine, Lea-Catherine Szacka, Annalise Varghese, Stefaan Vervoort, Stephen Walker, Rosemary Willink

25.00 EUR

Ultrablack of Music

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

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

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

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

30.00 EUR

Photography and Belief

Author: David Levi Strauss
Title: Photography and Belief
Publisher: David Zwirner Books
Subject: Photography, Theory & Philosophy
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Identifying a recent shift in the dominance of photography, Strauss looks at the power of the medium in the age of Photoshop, smartphones, and the internet, asking important questions about how we look and what we trust.

In the first ekphrasis title on photography, Strauss challenges the aura of believability and highlights the potential dangers around this status. He examines how images produced on cameras gradually gained an inordinate power to influence public opinion, prompt action, comfort and assuage, and direct or even create desire. How and why do we believe technical images the way we do?

Offering a poignant argument in the era of 'deepfakes,' Strauss draws attention to new changes in the technology of seeing. Some uses of 'technical images' are causing the connection between images and belief (between seeing and believing) to fray and pull apart. How is this shifting our relationship to images? Will this crisis in what we can believe come to threaten our very purchase on the real? This book is an inquiry into the history and future of our belief in images [publisher's note]

10.00 EUR

Futurity Report. Counter-Histories Vol. 1

Authors: Eric C. H. de Bruyn, Sven Lutticken (eds.)
Title: Futurity Report. Counter-Histories Vol. 1
Publisher: Sternberg Press
Subject: Essays & Non-fiction, Theory & Philosophy
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Not long ago, a melancholic left and a manic neoliberalism seemed to arrive at an awkward consensus: the foreclosure of futurity. Whereas the former mourned the failure of its utopian project, the latter celebrated the triumph of a global marketplace. The radical hope of realizing a singularly different, more equitable future displaced by a belief that the future had already come to pass, limiting post-historical society to an uneventful life of endless accumulation. Today, amidst an abundance of neofuturisms, posthumanisms, futurologies, speculative philosophies and accelerationist scenarios, there is as well an expanding awareness of a looming planetary catastrophe driven by the extractionist logic of capitalism. Despite this return to the future, the temporal horizon of our present moment is perhaps more aptly characterized by the 'shrinking future' of just-in-time production, risk management, high-frequency trading, and the futures market. In Futurity Report, theorists, historians, and artists address the precarious futurity of the notion of the future itself. [publisher's note]

Texts by Eric C. H. de Bruyn, T. J. Demos, Haytham El-Wardany, Kodwo Eshun, Natascha Sadr Haghighian, Sven Lutticken, Silvia Maglioni, Pedro Neves Marques, Achille Mbembe, Doreen Mende, China Mieville, Ana Teixeira Pinto, Johannes Paul Raether, Felicity D. Scott, Kerstin Stakemeier, Graeme Thomson, Marina Vishmidt, McKenzie Wark

24.00 EUR


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