You Are Here: Art After the Internet. Omar Kholeif (Ed.). Cornerhouse / SPACE.

Posted in art, books, writing on April 17th, 2014
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You Are Here: Art After the Internet. Omar Kholeif (Ed.). Cornerhouse / Space.

You Are Here: Art After the Internet is the first major publication to critically explore both the effects and affects that the Internet has had on contemporary artistic practices.

Responding to an era that has increasingly chosen to dub itself as ‘post-internet’, this collective text traces a potted narrative exploring the relationship of the Internet to art practices from the early millennium to the present day.

The book positions itself as a provocation on the current state of cultural production, relying on first-person accounts from artists, writers and curators as the primary source material.

The book raises urgent questions about how we negotiate the formal, aesthetic and conceptual relationship of art and its effects after the ubiquitous rise of the Internet.

Published by Cornerhouse and SPACE.

D €22.00

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Pages Deux. Julien J. Bismuth. Motto Books.

Posted in books, distribution, writing on April 12th, 2014
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Pages Deux. Julien J. Bismuth. Motto Books.

Publié à l’occasion de expositions Le signe singe au Centre d’art contemporain de la Ferme du Buisson à Noisiel, France et L’image dans le tapis aux Ateliers des Arques, les Arques, France.

Language: French
ISBN: 978-2-940524-15-0

Price: €10.00

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Il pleut by Guillaume Apollinaire. Natalie Czech. Motto Books.

Posted in books, distribution, poetry, writing on April 12th, 2014
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Il pleut by Guillaume Apollinaire. Natalie Czech. Motto Books.

For the series “Il pleut by Guillaume Apollinaire” Natalie Czech invited eight writers – Vanessa Desclaux, Mara Genschel, April Elizabeth Lamm, Ashkan Sepahvand, Oliver Tepel, Jacques Roubaud, Amilcar Packer, and Vincenzo Latronico – to each write a text that contains the same calligram by the French poet, Guillaume Apollinaire (1880 – 1918). Each text is written in the mother tongue of each author (French, German, English, Portugese, Italian). The texts were precisely composed around the calligram, so as to embed it in their very fabric, and thus dissolve its iconicity. Natalie Czech presents these texts as photographs of book pages and re-presents the calligram by marking its component words in the photographs with acrylic paint.

Published on the occasion of the exhibition L’image dans le tapis aux Atelier des Arques, Les Arques, France.

ISBN: 978-2-940524-20-4

Price: €8.00

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GOD DAMMIT!. Kahil Janssens. Möbius Publications.

Posted in books, graphic design, writing on April 3rd, 2014

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GOD DAMMIT!

The book is the result of an intensive quest for the sources of evil in the world of faith. For mankind faith is expected to function as a source of hope, joy of life and consolation. It should guide man on his journey from womb to tomb. Up on closer examination this idea doesn’t agree. Man has become a victim of manipulative techniques, mental as well as physical. Official religions and cults alike attempt to tie men by every possible mean. The more one delves into the records, the clearer it becomes that these activities are executed in the name of a divine being—if it exists at all. This book is an attempt to admit the reader through words and pictures into the labyrinth of methods what gullible victims are subjected to.

Author: Kahil Janssens
Publisher: Möbius Publications
Language: dutch/english
Pages: 354
Binding: Softcover

€36.00

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A Scent Of Danger. Kahil Janssens. Möbius Publications

Posted in books, graphic design, performance, writing on April 3rd, 2014

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A Scent Of Danger

An essay about ritual with texts by Jon P. Mitchell, Richard Schechner, Tracey Warr, Dawn Perlmutter. Concept and design by Kahil Janssens.

Author: Kahil Janssens
Publisher: Möbius Publications
Language: English
Pages: 188
Binding: Softcover

35 €

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Permafo 1970-1981. Wroclaw Contemporary Museum. Motto Books.

Posted in art, books, distribution, performance, photography, writing on March 27th, 2014
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First published in Polish in 2012 on the occasion of the exhibition Where is PERMAFO? at Wroclaw Contemporary Museum (30 November 2012- 4 February 2013)

Date of publishing: Nov 25, 2013
Language: English
Pages: 456
Size: 30.5 x 22.5 x 3.5
Binding: Hardcover
ISBN: 9788363350093

Price: €29.80
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James Langdon. A School for Design Fiction. Spector Books

Posted in books, design, writing on March 20th, 2014

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A School for Design Fiction

A school for design fiction was convened on 8 November, 2013 at Gallery for Contemporary Art, Leipzig. This itinerant school employs the curious genre of ‘design fiction’ to assert storytelling as the primary function of design, assuming that every artefact has the potential to express the character of the culture that produced it. This publication documents and expands on the founding of the school through a series of imagined scenarios. These include a drama at the printer for architect Augustus Pugin in 1836, the history of the universe as observed on an English hillside in 1937, the first human trial of split brain surgery in California in 1961, and a Scottish speech synthesis studio in 2013.

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Eine „Schule für Design Fiction” wurde am 8. November 2013 in der Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig gegründet. Diese wandernde Schule beschäftigt sich mit dem obskuren Genre der „Design Fiction”: Geschichtenerzählen wird hier als die Hauptaufgabe von Gestaltung angesehen und zwar unter der Prämisse, dass jeder Artefakt das Potential hat, etwas über die Kultur auszudrücken, in der er produziert wurde. Das Buch dokumentiert und erweitert die Schulgründung durch eine Serie imäginärer Szenarien: ein Drama, das der Architekt Augustus Pugin mit einem Buchdrucker 1836 erlebt, die Geschichte des Universums von einem englischen Berghang aus im Jahr 1937 betrachtet, die erste neuchirurgische Split-Brain-Operation an einem Patienten in Kalifornien

Author: James Langdon
Publisher: Spector Books
Language: English/Deutsch
Pages: 128
Binding: Softcover
ISBN: 9783044669274

€20.00

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What is the future of architecture? Vol.2. Pieterjan Grandry (Ed.). Crap is Good Press

Posted in architecture, writing on March 14th, 2014
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What is the future of architecture? Vol.2

After a very successful first edition of the participatory book ‘What is the future of architecture?’ we are very happy to present – ‘What is the future of architecture? Vol. 2’!

Volume 2 continues the same path as last years edition and aims to capture an image. Going through the answers, we can say there are some recurring assumptions, a red line weaving its way through the book. The book, consisting of 53 very different takes on the same question – ‘What is the future of architecture?’ – takes us from essays to short stories, through series of images and photography, practical approaches and active engagement to urban change, to science-fiction and poetry. While leafing through, often a blurry image would come to mind, an imaginative glimpse of the future.

Contributions by:

Senad Alibegović, Michaël Oliveira, Pedro Manuel Araújo, Özgür Atlagan, Onur Gokmen, Ethel Baraona Pohl, Florian Berner, Erik Bernhardsson, Solveig Suess, Tom Baxter, Cécile Bouffard, Benjamin Busch, Ludmilla Cerveny, Nick Chadde, Dominik Mederer, Matthew Clubbs Coldron, Collectif ETC, Donghyun Kim, Michael Fesca, Foxtrot Collective, Orlando Franco, Cristobal Gonzalez, Olaf Grawert, Patrick Grime, Jia Gu, Jason Hilgefort, Stijn Jonckheere, Eli Kerr, Stavros Koumoutsos, Herman Lee, M. Markaki, N.Bathla, Luciana Martinez, Maria Martins, AHAM, AJ Artemel, Lauren McQuistion, Francesco Mele, Photini Mermyga, Maxim Nasab, Pez Estudio, Katerina Kritou, Nikolaos Platsas, Polyanina, Greg Ponchak, Joanne Pouzenc, ReFunk, Alan Powell, S / C, Lorenzo Sandoval, George Sinclair, Michalis Softas, Jaime Solares, Something Fantastic, Spectacularch!, Ida Tam, Kia Tasbihgou, Tiago Torres-Campos, Bart van Haren, Sophia Vysoviti, Tsang Aron Wai Chun

Publisher: Crap = Good
Language: English
Pages: 216
Binding: Softcover
ISBN: 978-3-00-044564-4
€20.00

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New Reproductions. David Maljković. Mousse Publishing.

Posted in art, books, distribution, photography, writing on February 25th, 2014
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New Reproductions. David Maljković. Mousse Publishing.

Jurga Daubaraitė (Ed.)

“She, the grid system is aware only of her corners, not of her straight lines. She perceives her own space and those persons who traverse her space as flat entities moving swiftly and without substance.” – Maria Fusco.

The artist book New Reproductions, published in conjunction with David Maljković’s exhibition at CAC Vilnius, is a dense object jn which the textual contributions function as poetic and fictional response to the artist’s collaged 48 images. Here, Maljković provides a certain utilitarian take on re-reading, remembering, incompleteness, and exhaustion as artistic positions in order to assemble filiations between works separated by time span and by his changing ideas.

New Reproduction is part of MIDI, an imprint of Mousse Publishing initiated by Åbäke

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An Inquiry into Meaning and Truth (2nd Edition). Thomas Raat. Onomatopee.

Posted in books, graphic design, writing on February 24th, 2014
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An Inquiry into Meaning and Truth (2nd Edition). Thomas Raat. Onomatopee.

Second edition (November 2013 )

Thomas Raat’s An Inquiry into Meaning and Truth takes off from the cover designs of popular “egghead” paperbacks published from the late 1940s until the early 70s. The artist’s repurposing of the predominantly abstract imagery of the jackets mediates an abstruse range of synthetic epistemologies (from “freedom and responsibility” to “the law of civilization and decay”) as well as the needs or demands of various book series and the branding orientations of the publishing houses that commissioned them.

The accompanying essay by John C. Welchman discusses how Raat’s work operates at the technical interface between abstract painting and visual construction and on the generic borderlines between art, design and the history of ideas; and how his intervention precipitates a salient crisis in the signifying assumptions delivered to non-figurative compositionality in the mid-twentieth century—and its later reassessments. Prompted by an ethos of design that fronts the inevitability of reading, Raat’s project asks how abstract signs have been organized as the future of a long and stealthy illusion.

Editors: Thomas Raat, Edwin van Gelder, John C. Welchman and Freek Lomme
text by John C. Welchman
Graphic design: mainstudio
Printing: Lecturis
Photograpy: Willem Vermaase
Pages: 80 (Japanese folding)
Binding: Softcover
ISBN: 978-94-91677-09-0

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