Il Piedistallo Vuoto / The Empty Pedestal. Illaria Bombelli (Ed.). Mousse Publishing.

Posted in art, books, distribution, exhibition catalogue, politics on February 25th, 2014
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Texts by Boris Buden, Keti Chukhrov, Vit Havránek, Marco Scotini and Joanna Warsza.

Published for “Il Piedistallo Vuoto – Fantasmi dall’Est Europa / The Empty Pedestal – Ghosts from Eastern Europe” – presented at the Museo Civico Archeologico in Bologna from January 24 to March 16 and organized by Arte Fiera – this book accompanies a project that traces recent developments in the art scene of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. On view are a hundred works (from leading Italian private art collections) by over forty artists, ranging from members of the younger generation, such as Petrit Halilaj, Gintaras Didžiapetris and Evgeny Antufiev, to recognized masters like Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, Marina Abramović, and Miroslav Tichý. “None of these so-called archeologists”, writes exhibition curator Marco Scotini, “is practicing an art of ruins: they all act upon time but also ‘against’ time, in favor of a time to come. Neither do they aim to predict anything. All they do is allow the unknown knocking on the door to enter”. Alongside a compendium of images, the book presents a selection of essays by philosophers, art critics and curators that illustrate and comment on certain key concepts examined in the show, including the notions of “East” and “West”, and of “democracy”, “struggle”, “History”, and “site-specificity”.

Language: Italian / English
Pages: 304
Binding: Hardcover
ISBN: 9788867490691

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Cheap Method Edition – Struggling Bodies in Capitalist Societies (Democracies). Claudia Bosse (Ed.) theatercombinat / Motto Books.

Posted in distribution, magazines, performance, politics, theatre on January 31st, 2014
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Cheap Method Edition – Struggling Bodies in Capitalist Societies (Democracies). Claudia Bosse (Ed.) theatercombinat / Motto Books.

cheap method edition offers a collection of working material issues. the aim is to open up specific methodologies, which are the basis for the creation of performative work. It is not about documentation, it is about starting a discourse on performative praxis, about the approaches, the material, the historical and political contexts and transportation, as well as the (artistic) decisions, the specific knowledge and experiences which are resembled in different working processes. cheap method edition will publish examples to create a discourse on fading performative works. cheap method edition combines artistic research with scientific and experiential knowledge, connects both in thematic issues to open up bigger contexts which can be re-used, re-worked and re-discussed and compared.

struggling bodies
in capitalist societies
(democracies)

a publication series of political hybrids

03 editorial by claudia bosse
SELF-SUBVERSION AND ASCETICISM

08 gerald siegmund: to be or not to be:
towards a theatre of dis-identification
or the body as supplement

20 elke van campenhout: food and hunger

26 dialogue: gerald siegmund,
elke van campenhout, and others
THE BODY AND ITS CONSTRUCTIONS
BETWEEN SEXUAL AND POLITICAL
NORMATIVES

40 marina gržinić: struggling with the
performative body in the garbage dump
of history

54 dialogue: marina gržinić,
gerald siegmund, hrvoje jurić and others

62 snapshots of BOXEN,
performance by günther auer
THE BODY AS THE PLACE OF THE
POLITICAL

66 alice pechriggl: zu konstitution und
aisthêsis eines unumgänglich/en
demokratischen körpers.
ein textfragment.

74 hrvoje juric: scientific de(con)struction
and artistic (re)construction of the body

84 dialogue: alice pechriggl, hrvoje jurić,
and others

Language: English
Pages: 94
Binding: Softcover
ISBN: 9782940524136

Price: €9.00

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Inch by Inch, House by House, Alley by Alley. Giovanna Silva (Ed.). Mousse Publishing.

Posted in distribution, photography, politics on January 20th, 2014
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Giovanna Silva, ed.
Text by Angelo Del Boca and Giovanna Silva

The book Libya: Inch by Inch, House by House, Alley by Alley is part of a series of publications about nations at war, or in crisis; conceived by Giovanna Silva, they tell the stories of different countries through photographs of their multifaceted landscapes. In the case of Libya, Silva has attempted to outline the architectural structures built by Muammar al-Gaddafi’s regime that were demolished during the recent revolution. Her journey started from Benghazi—the first epicenter of the revolt, as a city that had always been hostile to Colonel Gaddafi—and culminated in Tripoli, inside the bunker-barrack of Gaddafi’s residence. In this construction and de-construction of Gaddafi’s personality, Silva creates a parallel narrative relying on archival pictures she has collected over the years, depicting everything from a young Gaddafi surrounded by the politicians he did business with for years (who would later turn their backs on him), to images of his death, when he lay bleeding and knocked to the ground just like the architecture that embodied his ideals. The publication includes a conversation between Giovanna Silva and Gaddafi biographer Angelo Del Boca, who knew, inside out, just who the real Gaddafi was.

Language: English / Arabic
Size: 11 x 15 cm
Binding: Softcover
ISBN: 9788867490929

Price: €20.00
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DADALENIN. Rainer Ganahl & Johan F. Hartle. Edition Taube.

Posted in books, distribution, history, politics, writing on November 23rd, 2013
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DADALENIN. Rainer Ganahl & Johan F. Hartle. Edition Taube.

DADALENIN reconstructs and speculates about how Dada and Lenin had more in common than is usually assumed. The book points to some of the tragicomic aspects of their parallel and overlapping artistic and political histories in order to question the unfulfilled legacy of the avant-garde.

In Rainer Ganahl’s voluminous series of works DADA and Lenin are abundant sources of historical imagination. To dive into the historical situation Ganahl uses a variety of artistic media and techniques––ranging from animation movies to theatre performances, from ink drawings to bronze sculptures, departing from a number of historical details and catch phrases, from the no-man’s land between porn, terror and the history of the avant-gardes.

Co-editor Johan F. Hartle’s text situates DADALENIN in the development of Rainer Ganahl’s work and reconstructs it in the context of current debates on the artistic and political avant-garde. DADALENIN thus appears as a reflection of numerous key motifs of contemporary cultural theory, indirectly haunting us in all kinds of monstrous alliances.

Edited by Rainer Ganahl and Johan F. Hartle
With contributions by Boris Groys and Jenny Borland

Black and white offset print.
Language: English
Hardcover, 608 pages.

Price: €25.00

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The State Vol IV: Dubai. Rahel Aima, Ahmad Makia (Eds.). The State.

Posted in art, history, politics, writing on November 8th, 2013
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The State Vol IV: Dubai. Rahel Aima, Ahmad Makia (Eds.). The State.

In Kerala, a term exists for people like my parents, bandied by neighbours and relatives – Gulf return. Always used in the singular, it is a term associated with privilege, a term for the once-insider who will die an outsider. It accentuates the success story, pretending to know and define those who, out of desperation, adventure or marriage, left their homes to seek work, and now return to expected social glory and envy.—Deepak Unnikrishnan, “Gulf Return,” Himal (December 2010)

A few months ago, we found ourselves sitting in a blush-walled room in the grey area between Mattancherry and Fort Kochi, Kerala. We were in a Gulf Return house on a Gulf Return street, in a town built with Gulf Return money. Just a short ferry ride away was a Dubai Ports World terminal; right on our doorstep, at the nearby Kunnumpuram Junction, was a UAE Xchange outpost, and an ice cream parlour selling Sharjah Shakes. We had left Dubai, with the intention of producing this issue looking at it from across the Arabian Sea, but everywhere we looked, Dubai was all around us.

Can you ever leave Dubai?

In the last year, we’ve produced THE STATE from Madagascar, Portugal, the US, India, and the UAE. Thus far, we’ve been thinking of this publication as placeless, rooted only in the nebulous printernet. Turns out we’ve been trying to figure out Dubai—this strange, wonderful, occasionally traumatic place we grew up in—all along. (Jury’s still out on whether that trauma was due to Dubai, or just the turbulence of adolescence.) The thing is, we are the children of Gulf Returnees ourselves. We didn’t leave our home countries to come here; Dubai’s the only home we’ve ever known. Yet most narratives of Dubai focus on its extremes—solar-sintered skyscrapers made from sun, sand and glass or the unknown labourers that built them; unbridled admiration for its visionary transformation or vitriolic, xenophobic schadenfreude; searing desert heat or lush, landscaped golf courses. As residents-but-not-citizens, we’re paradoxically privileged, yet invisible; our stories remain as yet untold.

Our first questions linger. How do you speak a place, or from a place? Can cultural production have terroir? What does it mean to be a publication from Dubai that has thus far evaded ever actually addressing its positionality head on? Consider this a first attempt.

Contents:

The State Shall Remain Nameless
Manan Ahmed Asif
An Arabikatha
Deepak Unnikrishnan

Teaching Moments in Dubai
Ayesha Mulla

Remembering My Narrow Veins
Maryam Wissam Al Dabbagh

Sharjah Smells Like Biscuits
Sophie Chamas

5,000 Kilometres of Evocations: Bombay – Dubai – Mumbai
Nilofar Ansher

Aesthetics of Disempowerment
Sheyma Buali
Memory Images from Dubai
Ben Thorp Brown

Speculations and Questions on Dubaization
Fadi Shayya

Indelible Marks: Africa’s Traces On Dubai
Jareh Das

A Drone’s Eye View of the Speculative Future
Manuel Schwab

The Brown Apple
Jaswinder Bolina

Language: English
Pages: 140

Price: €12.00

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The State Vol III: The Social Olfactory. Rahel Aima, Ahmad Makia (Eds.). The State.

Posted in books, history, politics on November 8th, 2013
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The State Vol III: The Social Olfactory. Rahel Aima, Ahmad Makia (Eds.). The State.

THE STATE is a publishing practice based out of Dubai, U.A.E. It investigates South-South reorientations, alternative futurisms, transgressive cultural criticism, the transition from analogue to digital, and the sensuous architecture of this “printernet.”

FEATURED IN THIS ISSUE:

Khairani Barokka—Can the Subaltern Smell: The Olfactory Other
Transnational olfactory stereotypes in Indonesia, India, South Africa, and the USA

Ali Boggs—The Corpse
A dead girl in Madagascar, an old pastis-soaked Belgian, and the loose skin of overripe peaches

Suzanne Fischer—Smell H-I-S-T-O-R-Y: A Guided Tour of the Smell Exhibition
In the coming age of olfactory archaeology, a speculative tour of the museum of tomorrow

Adam Flynn—Under the Iron Snout: a First Take on Olfactory Imperialism
Drug-sniffing dogs, fermented fish and mosquito repellent in Vietnam, the Stasi’s smell archives, People Sniffing, and strategies to survive smellveillance

Mary-Jo Gillian—Heap
A residency in a rural Irish landfill, the filamentine heat of rotting matter, the intimacy of olfactory community

Pavel Godfrey—Sensation, Memory, and Place in Delray, Detroit
Post-industrial detritus in Little Budapest, a carbonaceous cocktail of respiratory illnesses and mnemocide, exploding the neoliberal myth of recycling

Barbara Herman—An Ode To Bodies: Peau d’Espagne
The gendering of leather perfumes, and the hidden, abject animal body at its origin

Anne Elizabeth Moore—Fake Snake Oil
Smell, trickery, and xenophobia in Marfa, Texas

Kristine Ong Muslim—The Proustian Phenomenon
A missing dog, the assertive scratchiness of lemongrass, the stench of river water, the frowning fustiness of mothballs

Charles Reid—Nietzsche and the Electric Nose
The laziness of Nature, synaesthesia, and building an electric nose

Erika Renedo Illarregi—Smell Portraits
How might a smell be archived like a polaroid or instagram?

Adam Rothstein—The Olfactographic Capacities of the Human Brain
Smelling the traces of architecture and mapping odourous urban geographies

Francisco Salas Pérez—Impeccable Tenderness
Papayas in Xalapa, the displaced remembrances of diaspora, and escaping the Proustian straitjacket

Manuel Schwab—Petroleum, Frankincense, and Myrrh
A souk in Nyala, Sudan, a lake of petroleum, and the carnivorousness of the development-industrial complex

Mark West—The Smell of OCD
The insidiousness of burning toast, and the creeping doubt of OCD

Language: English
Cover available in one of four colors.
Printed in Dubai.

Price: €22.00

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Fillip #18. Kristina Lee Podesva (Ed.). Jeff Khonsary.

Posted in art, distribution, magazines, politics, writing on August 22nd, 2013
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Fillip #18. Kristina Lee Podesva (Ed.). Jeff Khonsary.

Spring 2013

Martha Langford, Sven Lütticken, Hassan Khan, Bassam El Baroni, Matthew Buckingham, David Harvey, and Petra Stavast

Issue no. 18 also includes a booklet of images from Charlotte Cheetham’s Slide Shows: A Landscape of Contemporary Independent & Art Publishing.

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Reportagen #10

Posted in art, distribution, magazines, politics, Theory, writing on April 12th, 2013

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Die Kurzfassung des Inhaltes:

- Timbuktu muss warten: Vier Karawanen, ein Tuareg und ein Schlangenei: Warum das Pulverfass Mali zwingend hochgehen musste.
Von Michael Stührenberg

- Zwischen zwei Müttern: Als Baby gestohlen und verschenkt, als Jugendlicher mit der Wahrheit konfrontiert: Ein argentinisches Schicksal.
Von Erwin Koch

- Singapurs Putzfrauen: Unter prekären Bedingungen gehalten, machen die Maids der Expats deren Erfolg erst möglich.
Von Milena Moser

- Die Zellen meiner Schwester: Wenn der eigene Körper zum Feind wird. Ein Selbsterfahrungsbericht.
Von Christian Schmidt

- Walsaison: Auf den Färöer-Inseln ist die Grindwaljagd der Höhepunkt des Jahres. Tierschutz und Tradition prallen dabei aufeinander.
Von Linus Reichlin

-Bayrisches Requiem: Eine Autobahn führt bald durch das idyllische Isental – Melkstuhlromantik und Grossstadtleben wachsen zusammen.
Von Sabine Riedel

-Hügel 875: Die historische Reportage – von 1930
Von Oriana Fallaci

-Autorin im Gespräch: Milena Moser

-Das Objekt: Am Anfang dieser kleinen Reportage steht die Welt. Genauer gesagt: ein 450-jähriger, über zwei Meter hoher Globus, der im Landesmuseum Zürich zu sehen ist. Unser Autor Urs Mannhart, der gerne musealen Gegenständen nachspürt, landete auf den Spuren dieser Erdkugel hinter dicken Klostermauern – und stiess auf einen zähen, interkantonalen Streit und eine handwerklich bestrickende Schöpfungsgeschichte.
Von Urs Mannhart

-Keine Geschichte: Er gilt als der Billigste der Stadt. 25 Franken kostet ein Haarschnitt, dazu gibt es Tee und Stille. Die Angestellten, die gerade keine Kundschaft haben, sitzen in Lederstühlen und blicken zum Flachbildschirm, der seit neun Jahren an der Decke hängt und das neuste Gerät ist in Coiffeur Salehs Laden an der Josefstrasse 141, Kreis 5, Zürich, 30 Quadratmeter Syrien, 3000 Kilometer von Syrien entfernt.
Von Florian Leu

-Claudio Calabrese: Am 3. März haben wir es der Welt wieder einmal gezeigt. Das Schweizer Stimmvolk hat die Abzocker aus den Chefetagen der Grosskonzerne in die Schranken gewiesen, sie Mores gelehrt. Die direkte Demokratie zeigte ihre Zähne. Fast jeder und jede dritte Stimmberechtigte stimmte für die Initiative von Mundwassermann Minder. Ex-Botschafter Borer attestierte den Schweizern danach im «Spiegel» ein «sehr grosses Gerechtigkeitsgefühl». Wir sind das einzig wahrlich souveräne Volk der Welt. Müsste man meinen.
Von Claudio Calabrese

Editor: Daniel Puntas Bernet
Language: German
Pages: 144

Price: €15.00
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History of Animals: An Essay on Negativity, Immanence and Freedom. Oxana Timofeeva. Jan van Eyck Academie.

Posted in books, distribution, politics, Theory, writing on April 5th, 2013

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History of Animals: An Essay on Negativity, Immanence and Freedom. Oxana Timofeeva. Jan van Eyck Academie.

“The question of the animal is the question of subjectivity and power. It provokes a particular tension between philosophical ontology, politics and psychoanalysis, and it is interesting to track how in the unstable field of the ‘human’ animality produces itself in a radical way. Gainsaying the fact that animality has traditionally been consigned to non-historical nature, animals have a history. But the logic of this history does not conform to the optimism of the humanistic discourse of progressive liberation and emancipation of animals that would finally secure their rights. Quite the contrary; it seems rather that from ancient totemism, through the sequence of exclusions and inclusions, to the present tragedy and farce that combine slaughterhouses, pet shops and global touristic safaris, animals have had a bad ‘career’. Historically, they failed. But this point of failure
is at the same time a point of departure – for the new history of metaphysics, for the new materialist politics of nature, for the new horizon of the human animal.”

Foreword by Slavoj Žižek
Designed by Luisa Lorenza Corna

Pages: 168
ISBN: 978-90-72076-72-4

D 18€

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Notes From a Revolution: Com/Co, The Diggers & The Haight. David Hollander & Kristine McKenna. Foggy Notion Books & Fulton Ryder, Inc.

Posted in books, design, history, politics, theatre on March 9th, 2013
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Notes From a Revolution: Com/Co, The Diggers & The Haight. David Hollander & Kristine McKenna. Foggy Notion Books & Fulton Ryder, Inc.

The social upheaval of the sixties gave rise to many fascinating coalitions and communes, but the Diggers, a little-known and short-lived group, stand apart from them all. Formed in Haight-Ashbury in 1966 by members of R. G. Davis’s subversive theater company, the San Francisco Mime Troupe, the Diggers took their name from the English Diggers, a seventeenth century agrarian collective devoted to creating a utopian society free of ownership and commerce.

The San Francisco Diggers – under the leadership of Peter Berg, Emmett Grogan, Peter Coyote, and Billy Murcott – were true anarchists, with roots in the Theater of the Absurd, Existentialism, and strategies of direct action. They coined slogans designed to prod people into participating and staged art happenings, public interventions, and street theater infused with wicked humor. The Diggers also provided free food, clothing, medical care and lodging to anyone in need as part of their effort to create a unified and mutually supportive community.

A critically important part of their methodology were the hundreds of broadsides that they regularly produced and distributed throughout the Haight, printed by the Communication Company, a maverick, short-lived publishing outfit founded by Chester Anderson and Claude Hayward. A selection of these graphically inventive, lacerating and sometimes funny broadsides are gathered together for the first time in Notes From a Revolution, which offers a fascinating and oddly moving record of the counterculture in its early bloom.

Edited by David Hollander
& Kristine McKenna
Introduction by Peter Coyote
Essay by Naomi Wolf
Conversation with Claude Hayward
by Kristine McKenna
Flexi-bound / 8 1/2 x 11″
/ 176 pages / 150 color images
ISBN 978-0-9835870-3-3

Published by Foggy Notion Books
in partnership with Fulton Ryder, Inc.

Price: €42.50

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