Hypnotised: A Journey Through Trance Music 1990-2005. Arjan Rietveld. Mary Go Wild

Posted in books, music, writing on November 25th, 2021
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Trance has been the flagship for electronic music across the globe during the nineties and early zeroes. The sound’s trademark optimistic and euphoric aspects has brought some of the most compelling musical pieces of its time, and undoubtedly had a significant influence on future electronic music to come. Yet, its historical significance has been highly overlooked.

Hypnotised is the first encyclopedia to cover the global trance movement during its most prolific years. The 322-page book spans a near-complete discography of supposedly essential albums, labels and releases, alongside exclusive photos and in-depth interviews with influential artists and label owners.

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Speech!. Rita McBride. Verlag der Buchhandlung Franz und Walther König

Posted in Artist Book, critique, writing on November 23rd, 2021
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The artist Rita McBride was Director of the Düsseldorf Art Academy from 2013 to 2017. During this time she gave ten groundbreaking speeches connecting contemporary artistic production with art education, processing the classic lecture format with passion and humor. Manifestos and performative elements found their way into the speeches, illuminating the artistic and educational aims of these public events. Speech! brings these lectures together for the first time. This book is a guide for artistic activity, a critical reaction on the present, and an invitation to look at our society from new perspectives.

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The Carrier Bag of Recipes. Elena Braida. Self published

Posted in Artist Book, writing on November 20th, 2021
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To write, to boil, to cook ideas, stir them all, spice them up with some references and again write and knead the dough out of it. To what forms can recipes lead? This is the central question of this thesis. Recipes follow a certain literary genre. Whether carved on stones or written along the horizontal edges of a notebook, they all conform to a specific structure. In the text I analyse these structures, to show the way in which the recipe itself unveils its deeper meanings, concerns, and secrets. Why, when, who and how are fundamental questions I ask, while I read out loud a recipe about macaroni from the 1495 – or when I look at a Sumerian tablet where a Cuneiform system of writing states that epilepsy is a tease of the demons. Material form, literary form and social interaction are the flavors I want to bring up from each recipe I use as an example, hoping to find a way to understand how these three elements are melted together to form an interconnected circle.

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Locomotion. Ipek Burçak (Ed.). Well Gedacht Publishing

Posted in magazines, travel, writing, zines on November 19th, 2021
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Locomotion is a one-off travel zine with contributions from art-related actors, engaging with modes and troubles of travel. Featuring contributions by Samar al Summary, Fully Funded Residencies, Burak Taşdizen, Azar Pajuhandeh, Ipek Burçak, Ada Karayel and Eren Ileri. It is a wandering around (im)mobilities of non-humans, artist residencies as a way of survival, road and driving memories, heatwaves and meltings, and commercial space travel.

Locomotion is designed by Ada Karayel, and co-faciliated by Eren Ileri. Illustrations are made by Goodnewsforbadguys.

The magazine comes with a sticker set; a fly and the Locomotion logo.

From Editor’s and Publisher’s Note:

“…When things started to resemble sci-fi dystopia, the absurdity of writing applications for artist residencies at that time has triggered us to have a look at the issue of traveling more deeply and we found ourselves digging up different holes that leave threads for you to connect…”

“…Before we came to the idea of making a magazine, we were speculating on various issues entangled with travel: the materiality of roads, and their related social meanings, debates that can be categorized as anti-travel or travel skepticism and slowing down, inactivity or motionlessness, and also the luxury of not-to-travel by choice…”

“…Since this publication took its start with the pandemic, attentiveness towards some of the matter that are partly in our bodies, and to others that are not, brought us to the word locomotion, which means not just the motion of the human and the living but also of the non-living and the non-human, of which you will find pieces scattered all over the magazine.”

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The Author As Producer Of Nothing. Peter Gidal. RAB-RAB PRESS

Posted in Theory, writing on November 13th, 2021
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The book includes the first publication of Gidal’s text from 1978, with a new introduction. Gidal in this dense theoretical essay deals with the limits of language and representation in the practice of experimental filmmaking and writing. Considered as one of the most influential experimental filmmakers, Gidal’s lost text “The Author as Producer of Nothing”, will give a new insight into the theoretical and political context to the artistic film practices. Afterword by Sezgin Boynik. Design by Ott Kagovere.

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I See / You Mean. Lucy R. Lippard. New Documents

Posted in art, Artist Book, writing on October 16th, 2021
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I See / You Mean is an experimental novel about mirrors, maps, relationships, the ocean, elusive success, and possible happiness. Through a collage of verbal photographs, overheard dialogue, sexual encounters, found material, and self identi­fication devices (astrology, the I Ching, palmistry, Tarot), it charts from past to future the changing currents between two women and two men­: a writer, a model/stockbroker/maybe dictator, a photographer, and an actor. A lot happens between the lines. Art critic Lucy Lippard wrote this novel in 1970 and became a feminist in the process: “I started writing and realized I was ashamed to be a woman. Then I had to find out why. Then I got very angry. The fragmented visual form came out of contemporary art and the conflicting emotions of 1960s political confrontation; they suggested a new way to put things back together—an open-ended, female way that didn’t pretend conclusions.”

Lucy R. Lippard is a writer, activist, and curator. She is the author of twenty-five books on contemporary art and cultural criticism and has curated some fifty exhibitions in the United States, Europe, and Latin America.

Afterword by Susana Torre
Edited by Jeff Khonsary

First Edition (2021)

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Notes App. Matt Brand. Qualitative Methods

Posted in books, writing on October 13th, 2021
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Matt Brand’s second book could not be more of a departure from his first. To embrace the value of incompletion and observing works in progress, the author has published his “Free Writing” note from the Notes app on his phone, where he would capture lines and fragments whenever they came to him between the dates of 9/4/18 and 12/08/20. Some entries are only 2 or 3 words, whereas others are entire poems and paragraphs of thought.

Most published books can only provide a reader with an obscured vantage of the text’s origin, after having taken it through countless rounds of edits and revisions prior to release. Notes App aims to eliminate these confounding factors and hauntological smudges by instead showcasing creative writing ideas and fragments in their original state. The book offers readers the linguistic equivalent of a fine artist’s sketchbook or a recording artist’s draft folder. Here entries may be just as likely to stimulate inspiration as they are to spur reflection on the nature and lifespan of creative ideas.

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Breathing Out of School—RAW Académie / Respirer hors école—RAW Académie. Koyo Kouoh (Ed.). RAW Material Company; Motto Books

Posted in art, Motto Books, politics, writing on October 7th, 2021
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Authors: Amina Lawal Agoro, Dulcie Abrahams Altass, Yemisi Aribisala, Eva Barois De Caevel, Mamadou Diallo, Carine Doumit, Ayesha Hameed, Ava Hess, Sandrine Honliasso, Marinette Jeannerod, Koyo Kouoh, Ariane Leblanc, Dominique Malaquais, Lionel Manga, Zen Marie, Jenny Mbaye, Thierno Niang, Julie Peghini, Marie Helene Pereira, Esther Poppe, farid rakun, Frida Robles Ponce, Sumesh Manoj Sharma, Marion Louisgrand Sylla, Maya Tounta, Margrethe Troensegaard, Ibrahima Wane, Peter Webb, Syham Weigant

RAW Académie was developed in Dakar to create a space of experimental teaching and collaboration, of deconstruction and exposure, of knowledge and nourishment. Koyo Kouoh, founder of RAW Material Company, wished for curatorial inquiry and critical writing to join artistic thinking at this site of international encounters. During these two-month long sessions that take place twice a year, young artists and curators—the Académie fellows—come from all over the world to be accompanied by faculty members with whom they exchange and experiment around particular discursive practices or thematic foci. The commitment to create a community that did not previously exist has led to an ever expanding RAW Académie family of Pan-African and global orientation. This thriving and stimulating meeting ground of pedagogy and art has cultivated the emergence of many provocations, reflections and new possibilities, some of which are shared in Breathing Out of School—a volume of diverse texts that slowly constructs an invitation to ruminate upon what it means to share the table of curiosity and creativity with others, as well as think about what feeds our own earnest dreams.

La RAW Académie a été créée à Dakar afin de proposer un espace d’enseignement expérimental et de collaboration ; de déconstruction et d’exposition ; de connaissance et de substance. Koyo Kouoh, fondatrice de RAW Material Company, a souhaité que la recherche curatoriale et l’écriture critique se joignent à la pensée artistique sur ce lieu de rencontres internationales. Lors de ces sessions d’une durée de deux mois qui ont lieu deux fois par an, de jeunes artistes et curateur·rice·s — les fellows de l’Académie — arrivent du monde entier pour y être accompagné·e·s par le corps professoral avec lequel elles·ils échangent et expérimentent autour de pratiques discursives ou de thématiques particulières. La volonté de constituer une communauté qui n’existait pas auparavant a permis à la RAW Académie d’élargir sans cesse sa famille panafricaine et mondiale. Ce lieu de rencontre florissant et stimulant de la pédagogie et de l’art a cultivé l’emergence de nombreuses provocations, réflexions et possibilités nouvelles, dont certaines sont partagées dans Respirer hors école — un volume de textes diversifiés qui forme peu à peu une invitation à méditer sur ce que signifie de partager la table de la curiosité et de la créativité avec d’autres, ainsi qu’à réfléchir à ce qui nourrit nos rêves ardents.

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Monet, Cocteau Twins, Natural Wine. Matt Brand. Qualitative Methods

Posted in Artist Book, poetry, writing on October 6th, 2021
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In his third book this year, Matt Brand explores themes of ephemerality and reflection, turning a book of poems into an exhibition space of impressionistic tableaus. As in the author’s prior collections, time and our relationship to it still take center stage here. However, in these poems, Brand paints with a palette of emotions untypical for his prior work—joy, epiphany, celebration, contentment. This book-sized art exhibition makes pitstops in a James Benning film, Walter Benjamin’s critical theory, a wine fair in France, a first date in Berlin, a Jane’s Addiction music video, a long-distance COVID film club, and a Bernie Sanders meme. The outcome is a text that highlights the richness of our finite passing moments and the gratitude that can be found therein.

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DUETS: Frederick Weston & Samuel R. Delany in Conversation. Barbara Schroder, Karen Kelly and Kyle Croft (Eds.). Visual AIDS

Posted in art, curating, writing on August 23rd, 2021
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Frederick Weston and Samuel R. Delany come together for a wide-ranging dialogue, reflecting on their overlapping histories in Times Square, the deep impact of AIDS on their creative practices, and the ever-changing intersections of race, sex, language, and art.

With additional contributions by Bruce Benderson, Svetlana Kitto, and Tavia Nyong’o.

DUETS is a series of publications that pairs artists, activists, writers, and thinkers in dialogues about their creative practices and current social issues related to HIV/AIDS. These engaging and highly readable conversations highlight the connections between communities of artists and activists. Drawing from the Visual AIDS Artist Registry and Archive Project, this series continues Visual AIDS’ mission to support, promote, and honor the work of artists with HIV/AIDS and the artistic contributions of the AIDS movement.

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