Under the Clouds. João Ribas. Serralves

Posted in art, books, distribution, exhibition catalogue, history, writing on September 23rd, 2015
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Under the Clouds: from Paranoia to the Digital Sublime

Since the second half of the twentieth century, we have lived under the shadow of two clouds: the mushroom cloud of the atomic bomb, and now the ‹cloud› of information networks. How did the symbol of post-war paranoia become the utopian metaphor for today’s interconnected world? Under the Clouds confronts the interrelated effects and affects of these two clouds on life and work, leisure and love, and on images, bodies and minds, through contributions from an intergenerational group of artists.

Texts by
Enrico Baj & Sergio Dangelo, Thomas Hirschhorn, Sean Landers, Metahaven, Seth Price, João Ribas, Frances Stark, Hito Steyerl, Stan VanDerBeek


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Infinite Possibility 1974 – 2014. Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian. Serralves

Posted in architecture, art, Artist Book, books, distribution, drawing, exhibition catalogue, sculpture, writing on September 23rd, 2015
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Infinite Possibility 1974 – 2014
Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian

Published on the occasion of the first museum survey of mirror works and drawings by Iranian artist Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian (Qazvin, 1924), this book offers a critical and art historical view on a singular body of work produced over a career of more than 40 years.

Essays by curator Suzanne Cotter, cultural historian Shiva Balaghi, and art historian and critic Media Farzin examine Monir’s oeuvre and its development from the 1970s to the present in relation to the decorative and architectural traditions of Islamic art and the cosmopolitan contemporary art world of which she has always been a part. A detailed timeline situates the artist’s personal and artistic trajectory within the broader context of contemporaneous historical, social and cultural events worldwide.


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Reading the Economist. Zachary Formwalt. Serralves & Casco

Posted in art, Artist Book, books, distribution, exhibition catalogue, writing on September 23rd, 2015
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In “Reading the Economist” Zachary Formwalt gathers various archival documents from the late nineteenth century, when the credit institutions in Britain first entered panicked. Texts and removed the notebooks of Karl Marx images of The Economist and the American Daily Graphic reassociate and rewrite historical connections and episodes of this period with a view to a reconsideration of the current economic crisis. Artist book published by the Serralves Foundation and Hull for the exhibition “To the Arts, Citizens!”.


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Gagarin #30. Wilfried Huet (Ed.). GAGA vzw

Posted in art, distribution, magazines, writing on September 15th, 2015
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the Artists in their Own Words
Issue 30/2015

with original texts by Ana Torfs, Hiwak, Amalia Pica, Nora Schultz, Zdenek Kosek, Ai wei wei, Dan Perjovschi

Concept & coordination: Wilfried Huet
Graphical concept: Simon Casier & Petra Fieuws


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Fillip #20, Kristina Lee Podevsa (Ed.)

Posted in art, critique, magazines, Theory, writing on September 11th, 2015
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In this Issue:

Ken Becker: Not Just Some Canadian Hippie Bullshit: The Western Front as Artists’ Practice
Nathan Crompton: Elegy of the Non-event
Zanna Gilbert: The Human Letter: Mail Art Exchanges between East Berlin and Northeast Brazil in the 1970s
Paul Branca and Jesi Khadivi: Social Networks and Soft Crimes
Lois Klassen: Arriving at Nowhere: Reflecting on Chris Kraus’s Radical Localism
Philip Monk: Battle Stances: General Idea, CEAC, and the Struggle for Ideological Dominance in Toronto, 1976–78
Melanie O’Brian: A Wicked Problem: Fogo Island Dialogues
Nina Power: Decapitalism, Left Scarcity, and the State
Mohammad Salemy, Nick Srnicek, and Alex Williams: Speed Trials: A Conversation about Accelerationist Politics
Chantal Pontbriand and Amy Zion: Parachute: 1975–2007 and Its Afterlife
Yvonne Rainer, Hand Movie


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Death In Venice – Script by Daniel G. Cramer. Motto Books

Posted in art, Artist Book, Motto Books, writing on September 5th, 2015
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Script by Daniel G. Cramer published on the occasion of the exhibition series The Retraction of Things, curated by Lukas Töpfer, Kunst-Werke Berlin, 10 December 2014 to January 2015.

Initiated by Graciano Giacomo Meneghin, Venice.

Risoprint by Ourpress, Berlin.

Edition of 350.


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German for Artists. Stine Marie Jacobsen. BROKEN DIMANCHE PRESS.

Posted in art, Artist Book, books, writing on September 3rd, 2015
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GERMAN FOR ARTISTS is a hybrid pocket grammar book and an artist’s humorous reflections on the more philosophical aspects of the German language. Written by the Danish artist Stine Marie Jacobsen, the book offers a critical and very humorous linguistic introduction to the vibrant and international cultural scene in Berlin. The book looks at contemporary art through the optics of language teaching, educates the reader about art and German grammar at one and the same time.

GERMAN FOR ARTISTS offers an insight into the basic German grammar by using well-known people on the international art scene to visualise the rules. The book is designed for artists, curators and other art enthusiasts who dream of learning German. It is an easily portable book offering grammatical first aid and ready-to-use phrases, that will help your understanding of the language in the German art world. A must for all “nicht-so-gut-deutsch” – speaking cultural workers in Germany’s capital! The book offers advice to help art people in different typical social and practical situations in the Berlin art world.


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Series Series. Jacob Fabricius. Pork Salad Press

Posted in art, Artist Book, books, distribution, writing on August 31st, 2015
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Series Series is a series of interviews between a contemporary artist and curator Jacob Fabricius. Series Series is a casual conversation about work and life. The interviews are conducted through emails, text messages and meetings, and illustrated with images chosen by the artist.



Series Series 001, Trevor Shimizu

Series Series 002, Tony Lewis

Series Series 003, Jakob Kolding

Series Series 004, Henriette Heise

Series Series 005, Keren Cytter

Ape Culture. Anselm Franke, Hila Peleg (Eds.). Spector Books

Posted in art, Artist Book, books, distribution, exhibition catalogue, writing on July 16th, 2015
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With contributions by Christophe Boesch, Astrid Deuber-Mankowsky, Ines Doujak mit John Barker und Matthew Hyland, Cord Riechelmann and others.

»Ape Culture« traces the long cultural and scientific obsession with humanity’s closest relatives. In the Western historical representations of modernity, depictions of apes were traditionally used to show the absence of culture. Standing as a liminal figure separating humans and animals, the ape has, since ancient times, played a central role in the narrative of civilisational progress. This book, which appears in conjunction with the exhibition of the same nameseeks, however, to go beyond the mere examination of apes as signifiers of difference. The juxtaposition of artworks with documents taken from popular culture and the history of primatology gives the reader an insight into what the science historian Donna Haraway has termed the »primate order« — a hall of mirrors reflecting the scientific and cultural projections that turned the ape from an instrument of humanity’s self-definition into an integral element in testing out the possibility of reconstructing human »nature«. »Ape Culture« will be shown at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt from 30 April to 6 July 2015.


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trail. Natascha Sadr Haghighian. Spector Books

Posted in art, Artist Book, books, distribution, writing on July 8th, 2015
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With contributions from Michael Boßdorf, Herr Düsterdieck, Anselm Franke, Avery Gordon, Ayse Güle, Reza Haeri, Tom Keenan, Volker Lange,Helmut Weich, Allen S. Weiss

Co-published with the documenta archiv.

Design: Ça ira !
Editors: Natascha Sadr Haghighian, Pola Sieverding, Jasper Kettner

»trail« harks back to a path that Natascha Sadr Haghighian laid out at the Auehang in Kassel in 2012 as part of dOCUMENTA (13). The trail was located next to a memorial to the fallen German soldiers of the two World Wars and »accompanied« by onomatopoeic sounds. In the process of laying out the path, Haghighian discovered that the entire slope consisted of rubble from the Second World War. In the book she follows the ‘trail’ of this debris together with Pola Sieverding and Jasper Kettner and ends up with the Kassel-based armaments industry, with stories of migration and forced labour, with military vehicles named after animals, and with flowers that only grow in rubble. Via an exchange of letters with Anselm Franke, Avery Gordon, Ayşe Guelec, and a number of other correspondents, the findings are linked and examined together, revealing a view of historical continuities, loops, and ruptures, resembling the layering of the debris itself.


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