Black Hyperbox. Alina Popa, Florin Flueraş (eds). PUNCH.

Posted in art, Artist Book, distribution, Wholesale, writing on April 13th, 2017
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A point alienates from itself and becomes a line. A line alienates from itself and becomes a square. A square alienates from itself and becomes a cube. A cube alienates from itself and becomes a hypercube. Black Hyperbox is a dimension of productive alienation from concepts through experience and from experience through thinking. Black Hyperbox is a productive lie, a future-oriented spatiotemporal ruse, where the conceptual horizon is mutilated through doing and the horizon of imagination is mutilated through thought. In Black Hyperbox, any known can be black-boxed and the unknown can turn out to be most banal.

This was the text that announced Black Hyperbox, initiated by Florin Flueraș and Alina Popa in 2015. Black Hyperbox started as a frame for performance and text based on the alienation between practice and conceptualization. Meanwhile, individual artworks, mostly performances, emerged from its process. They are circulating sometimes independently, sometimes together. Now Black Hyperbox is also a book, the outcome of the discursive section of the project. Its contributing authors were immersed in Black Hyperbox or gravitating around it, at least conceptually. In the book, Black Hyperbox comes forth as a place that holds incompatible conceptual zones and spatiotemporalities together: Old World and New World, theater and jungle, jaguars and AI, prehistory and futurism, the earthly home and the alien space,Mecca and the North Pole, spaceships lost in cosmos and the politics of Isis, Malevich’s black square and the moon travel, thought and hallucination.

Contributions by Florin Flueras, Alina Popa, Ioana Gheorghiu, Ștefan Tiron, Gabriel Catren, Irina Gheorghe, Garett Strickland, Sina Seifee, Bogdan Drăgănescu, Eleni Ikoniadou, Cristina Bogdan, Cosima Opartan, Nicola Masciandaro, Ben Woodard, Blake Victor, Adriana Gheorghe, Gregory Chatonsky, Dorothée Legrand & Georges Heidmann, Matt Hare, Larisa Crunţeanu, Dylan Trigg, Ion Dumitrescu.

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Les Goddesses/Hemlock Forest. Moyra Davey. Bergen Kunsthall & Dancing Foxes Press.

Posted in Artist Book, distribution, photography, Wholesale, writing on March 21st, 2017
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Initially known for her work in photography—which she has been making over the last three decades—New York–based artist Moyra Davey (born 1958) is also an esteemed writer, editor and, most recently, filmmaker, whose works layer personal narratives with explorations of other authors, filmmakers and artists. This book is based on two related projects that take form as text, photography and film. Les Goddesses (2011) collapses the lives of Davey and her five sisters with those of the daughters of Mary Wollstonecraft, the 18th-century feminist writer and activist. Hemlock Forest (2016) weaves references to Wollstonecraft, Chantal Akerman and Karl Ove Knausgaard with her own family stories. During the making of Hemlock Forest, Akerman took her own life. Her death soon engulfed Davey’s awareness, prompting a broader exploration of Akerman’s and her own biographies, amid more universal themes of compulsion, artistic production, life and its passing.

Published by Bergen Kunsthall & Dancing Foxes Press
Language: English
Pages: 126
Size: 18 x 24 cm
Weight: 632 g
Binding: Softcover
ISBN: 9780998632605

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Class of 2017. Waldo Pardon, Alexandra Myshalov, Nadia de Vries and Adrienne Herr @ Motto Berlin. 11.03.2017

Posted in events, Motto Berlin event, poetry, writing on March 8th, 2017
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Waldo Pardon, Alexandra Myshalov, Nadia de Vries and Adrienne Herr @ Motto Berlin
Saturday March 11th, 6-9pm

‘Class of 2017’ will be a reading in preparation for greater things. Showcasing artists and poets who have little in common, other than their enrollment and an A+ attitude. Come to a presentation of new work by 4 poets.

Most Likely to Get Out of Here:
Waldo Pardon (b. 1997, Belgium) is a writer and filmmaker. For Class of 2017, Pardon will read the first chapter of ‘The Bacterial Anchor,’ his unfinished novel. ‘The Bacterial Anchor’ is a fairy tale that revolves around 4 teenagers, densely keyworded, sinisterly branded, and their pilgrimage to an OG necropolis as soon as they get released from a juvenile detention center in Florida.

Most Likely to Crash on Your Couch:
Alexandra Myshalov (b. 1995 USA) is a writer, globalized subject, and sacrificial object. For Class of 2017, Alexandra will read “Port of call”, a rubric for narcissistic divination that combines confessional narrative and cut ups from Heavier than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain.

Most Liked by Parents:
Nadia de Vries (b. 1991, the Netherlands) is a poet and curator. She is the author of First Communion (2015), R.I.P. Nadia de Vries (2016) and Pain in Translation (forthcoming 2017). In 2016, she curated Sisternhood, a poetry anthology featuring work by European women writing in English. She lives and works in Amsterdam.
http://nadiadevries.com/

Most Likely to Succeed:
Adrienne Herr (b. 1991 USA) is a poet who works heavily with video and performance.
http://adriennes.site/

The Ruin to Come, Essays from a protracted war. Walid Sadek. Motto Books & Taipei Biennial 2016.

Posted in distribution, Motto Books, Wholesale, writing on February 8th, 2017
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These collected essays, written in Beirut over a period of 10 years between 2006 and 2016, look at the conditions of living under a temporality theorized as the “protracted now” of a civil war, one structurally capable of perpetuating the conditions of its own dominance. This protracted now, these essays argue, remains untranquil in the many unfinished strains of a troubled history that resist falling back into a settled and distant past.

What unites the diverse essays of this book is an investment in the concept of labor, understood as both interminable and his­torical: the labor of min, the labor of the corpse, the labor of near­blindness and the labor of missing. These labors are interminable since they persist in a disinclination to join the various calls for regeneration and resurrection implicit in state-sanctioned and market-driven projects for the reconstruction of Lebanon. They are also historical since they frame this disinclination as an anti-historicist position open to a non-linear conception of memory that attempts to name the many pasts slighted by a forward-looking rush towards better futures.

Together, these labors develop into a critique of hope as a reac­tionary sentiment that numbs collective action in the present and propose that within the folds of war lie moments of political significance that can be recovered and thought through, in order to initiate a livable living built with the unwelcome but necessary knowledge shouldered by unreconciled survivors.

Written by Walid Sadek

Published by Motto Books & Taipei Biennial 2016

Language: English
Pages: 253
Size: 13 x 20.5
Weight: 198 g
Binding: Softcover
ISBN: 9782940524563

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Animality. Jens Hoffmann. Marian Goodman Gallery.

Posted in art, painting, photography, writing on February 7th, 2017
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Our relationship with animals is fraught and contradictory: we simultaneously mythologize, venerate, sacrifice, and exploit those who are not of our species. This paradox suggests that our connection with animals might be more complicated, and far richer, than commonly thought, and that the distinction between human and animal is not at all clear-cut. By laying down a novel artistic and theoretical framework, Animality, devised by Jens Hoffmann in conjunction with Marian Goodman Gallery, looks to examine this complex relationship. Written to accompany an exhibition of the same name, it includes more than seventy participants, mostly from the world of art, but also covering film, literature, philosophy, and science.

A fully illustrated catalogue designed by A Practice for Everyday Life.

Cast of Creatures:

Giorgio Agamben, Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla, John Baldessari, Stephan Balkenhol, Georges Bataille, Pierre Bismuth, Cosima von Bonin, Marcel Broodthaers, Balthasar Burkhard, Maurizio Cattelan, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Charles Darwin, Berlinde De Bruyckere, Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, Mark Dion, André Marie Constant Duméril, Albrecht Dürer, Elmgreen & Dragset, Roe Ethridge, Peter Fischli and David Weiss, Étienne de Flacourt, Michel Foucault, Conrad Gessner, J. J. Grandville, João Maria Gusmão and Pedro Paiva, Ernst Haeckel, John Halas and Joy Batchelor, Petrit Halilaj, Charley Harper, Carsten Höller, Roni Horn, Marine Hugonnier, Peter Hujar, Luce Irigaray, Malia Jensen, Sarah Jones, Jamian Juliano-Villani, E’wao Kagoshima, Karen Kilimnik, Louise Lawler, Jochen Lempert, Emmanuel Levinas, Klara Liden, Carl von Linné, Robert Longo, Steve McQueen, Maria Sibylla Merian, Annette Messager, Eadweard Muybridge, Friedrich Nietzsche, Gabriel Orozco, George Orwell, Jean Painlevé, Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa, Louis Renard, Henri Rousseau, Johann Christian Daniel von Schreber, Albertus Seba, Wael Shawky, George Shiras, Yinka Shonibare, Taryn Simon, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Emily Sundblad, Adrián Villar Rojas, Danh Vō, Peter Wächtler, William Wegman, Franz West, Harrison Weir, Alexander Wilson, Jordan Wolfson, Cerith Wyn Evans, Jakub Julian Ziolkowski.

Language: English
Pages: 203
Size: 22.5 x 29.7
Weight: 944 g
Binding: Softcover
ISBN: 9780944219348

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E.R.O.S. Issue 8. Sami Jallili (ed). EROS Press.

Posted in art, distribution, magazines, Wholesale, writing on January 4th, 2017
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Issue 8 – Self/Love

Sally O’Reilly, Daniella Valz Gen, Victor Burgin, Olivier Richon, Joseph Noonan-Ganley, Tim Etchells, Adrian Paci, Philippa Snow, Lara Konrad, Hannah Regel, Naomi Segal, Alice Hattrick, Sophie Calle, Megan Nolan, Alex Cecchetti, Anthony Auerbach, Oisín Byrne, Patrick Coyle, Isobel Wohl, Marine Hugonnier & Michael Newman, Adrian Rifkin, Jessica Worden, Ann-Marie James, Tai Shani, Francesco Pedraglio and Lauren De Sa Naylor.

Edited by Sami Jallili.
Published by EROS Press

Size: 18.7 x 12.7 cm
Weight: 348 g
Binding: Softcover

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Shifter 23: Withdrawn: A Discourse. Thom Donovan, Sreshta Rit Premnath (Eds). Shifter Magazine.

Posted in art, magazines, photography, writing on December 20th, 2016
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A book of metadiscourse, Withdrawn: A Discourse consists of 50 letters composed by Thom Donovan to the proper names of living personages which appear in his currently unpublished second book of poems, Withdrawn. In response to his letters and copies of Withdrawn in manuscript, thirty-two addressees offer images, letters, drawings, poems, essays, dream journal entries, art works, documents, and manifestos. Withdrawn: a Discourse also includes Donovan’s correspondence for the project; an essay regarding the “authorless” book; as well as a review of Withdrawn by poet and translator, Ian Dreiblatt.

Other contributors include: Adam Pendleton, Not an Alternative, Ben Kinmont, Bhanu Kapil, Brandon Brown, Brian Holmes, Brian Whitener, Bruce Andrews, CA Conrad, Charles Bernstein, Chase Granoff, Claire Pentecost, cris cheek, David Buuck, Dodie Bellamy, Jordan Scott, Eléna Rivera, Etel Adnan, Fred Moten, Fred Tomaselli, Gregory Sholette, Jennifer Scappettone, Kathy Westwater, Mary Austin Speaker, Melissa Buzzeo, Rigo 23, Rob Halpern, Robert Kocik, Sanford Biggers, Sreshta Rit Premnath, Stephen Collis, and Tyrone Williams.

Edited by Thom Donovan & Sreshta Rit Premnath

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Archäologie der Instabilität / Unearthed Foundations. Christoph Brünggel. edition fink.

Posted in art, Artist Book, photography, writing on December 13th, 2016
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Archäologie der Instabilität / Unearthed Foundations

by Christoph Brünggel

Design by Ben Brodmann and Georg Rutishauser.
Text by Daniel Morgenthaler (German / English translation)

224 pages, 327/16 Fig., of which 280 in colour, perfect bound, paperback with dust jacket.
edition fink, Zürich 2015

Language: German, English
Pages: 224
Size: 21 x 16 cm
Weight: 382 g
Binding: Softcover
ISBN: 9783037462027

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RAB-RAB JOURNAL #03. Sezgin Boynik, Gregoire Rousseau (Eds). Rabrab Press.

Posted in art, distribution, magazines, photography, Wholesale, writing on December 6th, 2016
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Rab-Rab: journal for political and formal inquiries in art

In almost 400 pages the third issue of Rab-Rab departs from Karl Marx’ essay on the law on the forest theft. The singularity of this essay is in its style; written in 1842, with the means of poetic abstraction it intervenes in the appropriation of the common resources by the private capital. By actualising poetry and abstraction as devices of political engagement, the third issue of the journal focuses on the question of subjectivity in art and politics. Among the diverse contributions the third issue includes texts and drawings on poetic configurations of Communist Manifesto, anti-fascist hallucinations of Artaud, neoliberalism of pirate radios, suburban riots, materiality of the film, representation of Stalin, communist sensuality, Last Futurist exhibition, documentary abstraction, declaration of East, Kazimir Malevich, the Black Square as organising principle, theory and militancy, Hegel and conceptualism, critique of objectivity of landscape, communism for children, hard-core punk, Art & Language, non-figuralism of art in self-management socialism, mathemes of cinematic experiments, the lesson of Rodolfo Walsh, and critique of ideological interpellation.

Edited by Sezgin Boynik and Gregoire Rousseau

Designed by: Nicolas Schevin (El-Sphere)

Contributors: Bini Adamczak, Marc Angenot, Alain Badiou, Sezgin Boynik, Diego Bruno, Igor Chubarov, Roque Dalton, Ralf Hamman, Vladan Jeremic, Ketevan Kinturashvili, Gal Kirn, Aino Korvensyrjä, Kalle Lampela, Kazimir Malevich, Ilya Orlov, Alejandro Pedregal, Martina Mino Perez, Judith Polett, Rena Rädle, John Roberts, Kerstin Schrödinger, Alberto Hijar Serrano, Caspar Stracke, Darko Suvin, Niloufer Tajeri, Vahit Tuna, Margaret Tupitsyn, Manuela Unverdorben, Elina Vainio, and Ben Watson.

Size: 17,5 x 25 cm
Weight: 780 g
Binding: Softcover

ISBN: 9772342488006

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Objektiv #14. Nina Strand (ed). Interpress.

Posted in distribution, magazines, photography, Wholesale, writing on November 30th, 2016
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Our issues in 2016 carry the same title: The Flexible Image. They examine the (photographic) image as it expands into two distinct yet related directions: the image as text/sign and the image as operation. In this issue, PART II, we ponder the image as text. Inspired by Aperture’s issue Lit., we ask whether the image has taken over from the word, and if gestures are in turn replacing images. This is something that Nancy Newhall wrote about in Aperture’s first issue, back in 1952: ‘Perhaps the old literacy of words is dying and a new literacy of images is being born. Perhaps the printed page will disappear and even our records [will] be kept in images and sounds.’

This issue includes a conversation with Nicholas Muellner and Catherine Taylor from the Image Text initiative – on your suggestion, Lucas – and Taylor agrees with Newhall’s statement that ‘photograph-writing’ might become ‘the form through which we shall speak to each other, in many succeeding phases of photography, for a thousand years or more’. And, like Newhall, she concedes the continuing importance of text, saying, ‘The association of words and photographs has grown into a medium with immense influence on what we think, and, in the new photograph-writing, the most significant development so far is in the caption.’ This summer saw the new Photo-Text Award at Les Rencontres d’Arles, rewarding the best book combining images and texts, which suggests that we’re likely to see more work in this genre in the time to come. Lucas, could you describe your relationship to images and text?

Objektiv #14
Editor: Nina Strand
Publisher: Interpress
Language: English/Norwegian
Pages: 114
Size: 27 x 22 cm
Weight: 460 g
Binding: Softcover
ISBN: 9771891619022

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