Crude. Sally O’Reilly. Eros Press.

Posted in books, distribution, literature, Wholesale, writing on November 23rd, 2016
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In a country called Academia, art critic Ida O’Dewey is at the top of her game –until she misjudges the limit between satire and irresponsibility, live on radio. She must retrieve her public reputation and avoid professional extinction, but sources of power and methods of persuasion are never clear-cut. An enigmatic group of radical sensualists, with an occult attraction to a glossy black substance and a deep contempt for mainstream conceptualism, present a possible way out. This stuff called ‘oil’, Ida intuits, could be the perfect subject for a block-busting thesis.

Crude relates the non-sequiturs and irrational connections that make up
a complex society, where even the most specialised and experienced cannot
profess to be in control of their immediate future.

“In Crude, Sally O’Reilly sets up a relationship between academia
and the oil industry. What emerges in this ingenious novel is an
ever-expanding exploration of how art historical and literary
theory can become embedded within our everyday realities.
O’Reilly utilises the double-meanings of its title in order to
explore the slippery and sticky underflow of rhetoric, social
networks and in-fighting within the art world. The result is a work
that oscillates between fiction and reality. Crude is a revelation.”
— Hans-Ulrich Obrist

Cover image:
Brian Griffiths, some basic treatment, 2016

Eros Press
ISBN 9780993426889
Softcover
390 g
19.8 x 12.9 cm
328 pages

€14.50

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Jonas Mekas: Scrapbook of the Sixties: Writings 1954 – 2010. Anne König (ed.). Spector Books

Posted in art, Artist Book, books, distribution, film, history, literature, poetry, writing on December 10th, 2015
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Scrapbook of the Sixties is a collection of published and unpublished texts by Jonas Mekas, filmmaker, writer, poet, and cofounder of the Anthology Film Archives in New York. Born in Lithuania, he came to Brooklyn via Germany in 1949 and began shooting his first films there. Mekas developed a form of film diary in which he recorded moments of his daily life. He became the barometer of the New York art scene and a pioneer of American avant-garde cinema. Every week, starting in 1958, he published his legendary “Movie Journal” column in The Village Voice, writing on a range of subjects that were by no means restricted to the world of film. He conducted numerous interviews with artists like Andy Warhol, Susan Sontag, John Lennon & Yoko Ono, Erick Hawkins, and Nam June Paik. Some of these will now appear for the first time in his Scrapbook of the Sixties. Mekas’s writings reveal him as a thoughtful diarist and an unparalleled chronicler of the times—a practice that he has continued now for over fifty years.

Jonas Mekas (*1922, Semeniškiai / Lithuania), lives and works in New York. Film-maker, writer, poet and co-founder of the Anthology Film Archives one of the world’s largest and most important repositories of avant-garde film. Mekas’s work has been exhibited in museums and festivals worldwide.

92 black-white images, adhesive bound softcover

Designed by Fabian Bremer and Pascal Storz

 

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E.R.O.S. Issue 7: The Interior

Posted in art, distribution, literature, magazines, writing on December 1st, 2015
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E.R.O.S. Issue 7 – The Interior

Richard Wentworth | Ross Exo Adams | Carlo Mollino & Becky Beasley | Francis Haselden | Pier Vittorio Aureli | Mark Cousins | Adam Jasper | Joanna Walsh | Marlene Haring | Jamie Sutcliffe | Gillian Wylde | Melanie Bonajo | J.A. Harrington | Jeanne Randolph | Alessandra Spranzi | Timothy Brittain-Catlin | Associates (Sami Jalili & Emma Letizia Jones) | Nathalie Du Pasquier | Horrible Gif. | Charles Rice | Daniella Valz-Gen | Emma Talbot | Forbes Morlock | Natasha Soobramanien & Luke Williams | Jessie Makinson | Claudia Dutson | A. Jones | Kim Schoen | Ivonne Santoyo Orozco | Hannah Gregory | Christopher Alexander | Nemanja Zimonjic | Gabor Gyory | Jonathan Meades | Neil Chapman | Jaspar Joseph-Lester | Jacob Dreyer

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Politics of study

Posted in art, books, history, literature, performance, photography, politics on July 6th, 2015
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Universities and art schools alike have been subjected to the pressure of recent austerity politics and the ongoing attempt to transform higher education according to the demands of reigning neoliberals. In this context, it is urgent to conceive of alternative frameworks and methodologies of study–whether within, outside or at the margins of academic institutions.

This book examines the current interest in education through a series of conversations with artists, theorists, activists and educators -including Suhail Malik, Brian Holmes, Ruth Sonderegger, Gerald Raunig, Judy Chicago, Gal Kirn, Mohammad Salemy, Melissa Gordon, Marina Vishmidt and Andrea Fraser-who are all actively involved in developing new models of study. Ranging from self-organized learning to critical teaching methodologies, the alternatives gathered here offer a resource for those interested in the renewed politicization of education, new modes of knowledge production and teaching methodologies.

€ 23.00

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The White Review No. 12

Posted in art, distribution, literature, magazines, writing on March 11th, 2015
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The White Review No. 12 features interviews with choreographer Yvonne Rainer and novelist/artist Douglas Coupland. The incomparable Lydia Davis translates the ‘zeer korte verhalen’ (‘very short stories’) of Dutch writer A. L. Snijders; Mexican author Álvaro Enrigue gives us the story of a samurai in sixteenth-century Acapulco; Natasha Soobramanien & Luke Williams present the first installment of their collaborative novel; and Mark von Schlegell envisages a time travel bureau that pilfers plot lines from a paranoid writer popular with ‘the European crowd’.

Johanna Drucker rails against the impotence of contemporary art’s critical establishment and the failure of critique (citing counterexamples including Marcia Hafif, whose work is reproduced on a pull out card); elsewhere Owen Hatherley compares urbanism in Hamburg to the parlous state of British town planning. Caleb Klaces contributes a long, looping poem and we publish a series by New York-based poet Lonely Christopher. We are pleased to include series by British photographer Clare Strand and Dutch artist Parra. Our guest foreword is courtesy of George Szirtes, while the cover comes from Andrew Brischler.

ISSUE CONTENTS
Features
Foreword: A Pound of Flesh
George Szirtes

Fiction
Eight Stories
A. L. Snijders (tr. Lydia Davis)

Interviews
Interview with Yvonne Rainer
Orit Gat

Poetry
Genit
Caleb Klaces

Essay
Social and Democratic/Free and Hanseatic
Owen Hatherley

Fiction
A Samurai Watches the Sun Rise in Acapulco
Álvaro Enrigue (tr. Rahul Bery)

Art
Rags (1986-2014)
Clare Strand

Art
After After
Johanna Drucker

Fiction
Debt
Natasha Soobramanien & Luke Williams

Art
Parra!
Parra

Interviews
Interview with Douglas Coupland
Tom Overton

Poetry
From ‘In A January Would’
Lonely Christopher

Fiction
Return to Sender
Mark von Schlegell

Language: English
Binding: Softcover
Price: €17.99

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E.R.O.S. #4. Issue launch & presentation @ Motto Berlin. 19.06.2014.

Posted in art, critique, events, Journals, literature, writing on June 17th, 2014
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E.R.O.S. #4. Issue launch & presentation @ Motto Berlin. 19.06.2014.

Please join us to celebrate the Berlin launch of E.R.O.S. #4 at Motto Berlin.

Featuring readings by the editors:

Sami Jalili
Rebecca La Marre
Emma Letitizia Jones

7pm start.

Motto Berlin
Skalitzer Str. 68
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10097 Berlin

The Burning Sand Vol. 3. Sarah Lowndes (Ed.).

Posted in art, distribution, literature, magazines, music, poetry, writing on June 12th, 2014

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The Burning Sand Vol. 3. Sarah Lowndes (Ed.).

Volume 3 of Glasgow-based bi-annual prose poetry and art magazine The Burning Sand, was edited by Sarah Lowndes and designed by Sophie Dyer and Maeve Redmond.

It includes distinctive voices including a new image-text work from artist Kathryn Elkin, a collaborative contribution by Wolf (musician and composer Kim Moore and artist Fergus Dunnet), Jenny Brownrigg’s story, Five art curators consider transforming an interior, three Untitled acrylic paintings composed on pieced newspaper by Tony Swain, Nerea Bello’s eloquent analysis of the controversial annual ritual Alarde parade, Lauren Gault’s evocative composition Such Lush Detail and Luke Fowler’s researches into the live electronic work of maverick Canadian composer Martin Bartlet.

Language: English
Pages: 48

Price: € 4,70

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Kelly Lake Store & other stories. Chris Kraus. Companion Editions

Posted in distribution, literature, photography, poetry on May 13th, 2014

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Language: English
Binding: Softcover

Price: €12.00
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Language To Cover A Page Edition. Kristen Mueller. Motto Books / & So.

Posted in editions, literature, poetry, typography on March 10th, 2014
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Language To Cover A Page Edition. Kristen Mueller. Motto Books / & So.

Text extracted from the final spread of the book Language to Cover a Page.

Edition of 25 each, numbered.

42 x 59.4 cm (A2)

€85.00

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The Crossdresser’s Secret. Brian O’Doherty. Sternberg Press.

Posted in books, literature, writing on February 22nd, 2014
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The Crossdresser’s Secret. Brian O’Doherty. Sternberg Press.

The eighteenth century was an era of violent contrasts and radical change, intellectual brilliance and war, spies and diplomatic intrigue, elegance and cruelty. One of the century’s most mysterious figures was the Chevalier d’Eon, who lived as both man and woman, French spy and European celebrity. Written from the perspective of this historical figure, the novel by Brian O’Doherty—artist and author of, among others, the critical milestone Inside the White Cube and the Booker Prize-shortlisted The Deposition of Father McGreevy—reveals d’Eon’s radical modernity, certified by his attitudes to gender and his examination of his own nature. He ponders the social determinants of sexual identity and studies the manners and conventions governing discourse between the sexes. At the same time, as diplomat and spy, he is involved in the power politics of nations. The novel holds close to historical facts and reproduces some of d’Eon’s comments as recorded in his voluminous journals. Apparently his life did not become real to him until he had rehearsed it in writing.

Design: OK-RM
Published: February 2014
Language: English

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