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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Window Seat. Jennilee Marigomen. New Documents

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Window Seat presents a sequence of images by Vancouver photographer Jennilee Marigomen taken in sleepy beach towns in Mexico. Through a series of simple and beautiful gestures, the project both acknowledges the metaphor of photography-as-window and consciously resists reading the world metaphorically. Rather, the photographs show the benefit of careful attention to the overlooked and often ephemeral beauty in our everyday surroundings—suggesting that the world is made up of neglected sites imbedded in the everyday, which a keen sensibility can animate, arrange, and make deeply compelling for the viewer.

With an essay by Nich McElroy.

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Beastly / Tierisch. Duncan Forbes & Daniela Jansen (Eds.). Spector Books

Posted in art, Artist Book, books, distribution, exhibition catalogue, photography on July 16th, 2015
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En Passant 1986-1990. Manfred Paul. Spector Books

Posted in art, Artist Book, distribution, men, photography on July 14th, 2015
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Hardcover with dust jacket

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I was not able to visit the entire show. Linda Dostálková

Posted in art, books, distribution on July 13th, 2015
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The play I WAS NOT ABLE TO VISIT THE ENTIRE SHOW was created with the intention of being staged within the environment of gallery institutions. It opens a discussion over conventions that are commonly linked to the exhibition strategies: How contemporary display practices and institutional frameworks affects an artwork and vice versa?

The publication includes photographs by Daniela Dostálková who’s conception heads towards the perception of understanding of possible future gallery presentations with an attempt to make the act of viewing visible. What does the viewer see and what does he believe?

Linda Dostálková is a Czech-born, Netherlands-based independent graphic designer who, through her projects, implies variety of forms from close artistic and humanistic disciplines, delivering a specific input for a specific situation.

Text and graphic design: Linda Dostálková
Editor: Jana Kořínková
Photography: Daniela Dostálková
Published by The University of Ostrava, 2015
English edition, 190 x 285 mm (softcover), 160 pages

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Printmaking by Ecal 2008-2014. Musée Jenisch Vevey – Cabinet cantonal des estampes. ECAL

Posted in books, design, distribution, printmaking on July 9th, 2015
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Printmaking by ECAL offers an inventory of the entire lithographic and silkscreen editions published by ECAL between 2008 and 2014. It gathers critical texts on the one hand about the history of the publishing activities within ECAL and also the role played by the multiple and printed art for those built ECAL in the 1990s and those who are graduates.

80 color illustrations

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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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Platform Platvorm #1. Anna Zwartjes & Bas van Wieringen

Posted in art, distribution, magazines on July 8th, 2015
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Platform platvorm is an open call art magazine where artists are in control. Each participant will have the opportunity to make a spread about their own work without any interference in the visual content. As a result the content remains fully original and very diverse. The artist can show the work as it was intended. Participating is completely free.

For the list of participating artist in the first issue, visit: http://platformplatvorm.nl/

€15.00

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01.01.CM – collection of the Museum of Ordure. Geoff Cox and Mathias Kokholm (eds.). Antipyrine

Posted in art, books, distribution, history on July 4th, 2015
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The Communist Manifesto was first printed as a 24 page pamphlet in February 1848, in London. Since that time, it has been reproduced in countless contexts — making it not only one of the most widely read texts ever, both one that continues to be disputed for the efficacy of its call to action. It has been subject to various editions and translations, but the various covers that package the manifesto exemplify the complexity of ways it has been received, perceived, used and abused across different times and places. All publishers are presented with the paradoxical issue of how to design its cover and market such a text — to confront it both in terms of form and function, use and exchange value.

01.01.CM presents over 100 covers of The Communist Manifesto, compiled by the Museum of Ordure from its collection. The book is turned inside out to draw attention to its material form and historical conditions: the covers have fascinating stories to tell of hopes and anticipated futures – for instance, in their use of particular imagery and in the signs of wear through human use – and draw attention to the excesses of capitalist production. This notion of excess is fundamental to the overall project of the Museum of Ordure in its attention to the management of human waste and identification of ordure. What value do readers place upon the Manifesto in a situation where radical politics appears to have been reduced to commodity form, nostalgia or mere curiosity?

01.01.CM was published as part of the exhibition: Systemics#3: Against the idea of growth, towards poetry (or, how to build a universe that doesn’t fall apart two days later), in Kunsthal Aarhus (16jan.–30mar.).

editing/design Geoff Cox and Mathias Kokholm
image editing Lasse Krog Møller
assistant Michael Roloff

A very red book!

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The Particular Unity of Same and Other. Paul Hendrikse. Motto Books

Posted in art, Artist Book, books, distribution, Motto Books, writing on July 1st, 2015
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with a text by Georg Simmel “The Stranger” from 1908

English / Indonesian

with a text by Georg Simmel “The Stranger” from 1908

edition of 800

€12.00

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