Making Worlds. Amelia Barikin & Helen Hughes (Eds.). Surpllus.

Posted in art, books, critique, distribution, film, literature, science, Theory, writing on January 7th, 2014
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Making Worlds. Amelia Barikin & Helen Hughes (Eds.). Surpllus.

Making Worlds: Art and Science Fiction is an anthology of new texts by artists, curators, art historians and writers who are self-confessed science fiction fans. The linking point is the idea of science fiction as a platform for the building of alternate art histories. This collection is concerned with the ways in which science fiction might be performed, materialised or enacted within a contemporary context.

Edited by Amelia Barikin and Helen Hughes, with contributions by: Adrian Martin, Amelia Barikin, Andrew Frost, Anthony White, Arlo Mountford, Brendan Lee, Charles Green, Chris McAuliffe, Chronox, Damiano Bertoli, Darren Jorgensen, Dylan Martorell, Edward Colless, Helen Hughes, Helen Johnson, Justin Clemens, Lauren Bliss, Matthew Shannon, Nathan Gray, Nick Selenitsch, OSW, Patrick Pound, Philip Brophy, Rex Butler, Ryan Johnston, and Soda_Jerk.

Design by Brad Haylock

Softcover, 320 pages.

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Recurating: When Exhibitions Become Reified / Thinking Contemporary Curating, book launch @ Motto Melbourne. 06.12.2013.

Posted in art, critique, events, Motto Melbourne event, Theory on December 3rd, 2013
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- Recurating: When Exhibitions Become Reified
- Thinking Contemporary Curating, Terry Smith. Book launch

Terry Smith, Andrew W Mellon Professor of Contemporary Art History and Theory, University of Pittsburgh
with Tara McDowell, Associate Professor and Director, Curatorial Practice, MADA
and Rebecca Coates, Independent curator and lecturer, Art History, University of Melbourne

This talk examines the recent phenomenon of restaging historical exhibitions, culminating in the dramatic and polarizing rehang of When Attitudes Become Form: Bern 1969/Venice 2013 at Fondazione Prada in Venice this year, undertaken by Germano Celant with Thomas Demand and Rem Koolhaas. The topic will be introduced and contextualized by Tara McDowell and concluded by a conversation among Terry Smith, Tara McDowell, and Rebecca Coates.

The talk is followed by the Australian launch of Smith’s recent book, Thinking Contemporary Curating, published by Independent Curators International. The book launch is, in turn, followed by the launch of issue 7.2 of un Magazine, a free and independent magazine for dialogue in contemporary art.

Talk: 3:00–5:00pm
Book launch: 5:00–6:00pm

Friday 6 December 2013

Free entry

Motto Melbourne / Magic Johnston
27–29 Johnston St
Collingwood
Victoria 3066

Walter Benjamin – Recent Writings. New Documents.

Posted in art, distribution, Theory on November 1st, 2013
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Walter Benjamin was an influential philosopher and art theoretician, best known for his 1936 essay “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction.” In 1986—many years after his tragic death—Walter Benjamin reappeared in public with the lecture “Mondrian ’63–’96” organized by the Marxist Center in Ljubljana. In recent years, Mr. Benjamin has been an associate of the Museum of American Art in Berlin, giving interviews and publishing articles internationally.

Recent Writings collects nine essays by Walter Benjamin written between 1986 and 2013. Augmented with interviews and an extensive bibliography, these texts cover art, originality, museums, and art history, among other subjects.

Edited by Jeff Khonsary

Language: English
Pages: 216
Size: 10.7 × 17.6cm
Binding: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781927354117

Price: €22.00
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Opening Week: A Platform for Art/Theory/Design. Jan van Eyck Alumni Association e.V.

Posted in art, design, Motto Berlin event, Theory on July 9th, 2013
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17.07.2013. 19:00. Motto Berlin.

Opening Week: A Platform for Art/Theory/Design. Jan van Eyck Alumni Association e.V.

In times when norms of commerce and technology seem to pervade all activities, the example of the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht stands out. Until its recent entrepreneurial recasting under austerity programmes, the Academie had been a site of encounters which had surpassed the sterile confines of academia and the consensual norms of market-oriented work, as it welcomed examinations and radical critiques of the spaces of artistic creation, theoretical inquiry and design, while also questioning the relations and boundaries between these fields. Building upon this experience, while at the same time surpassing its institutional limitations, it is our intention to construct a platform for collaboration between theorists, designers and artists, by suspending the borders between their respective disciplines, by affirming the need for collective and experimental work, by engaging in projects which do not shy away from questioning the very possibilities of different domains, whether aesthetic, scientific or political. Within the framework of a three-day inaugural meeting, we will present and discuss works in design, art and theory by those formerly related to or supporting the Academie as well as others who are joining us. A series of lectures and performances, seminars and screenings, as well as displays of works and book presentations will serve us, in this sense, not only as materials for a broader discussion, but also as a nucleus for future collaborative work.

Organized by the Jan van Eyck Alumni Association e.V. in cooperation with the ICI Berlin Kulturlabor, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Motto Berlin and the Silberkuppe Gallery.

Full Programme:
http://www.ici-berlin.org/events-news/

The Human Snapshot. Thomas Keenan, Tirdad Zolghadr (Eds.). Sternberg Press, LUMA Foundation, & the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College.

Posted in art, books, photography, Theory, writing on June 6th, 2013
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The Human Snapshot. Thomas Keenan, Tirdad Zolghadr (Eds.). Sternberg Press, LUMA Foundation, & the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College.

With contributions by Ariella Azoulay, Bassam El Baroni, Roger M. Buergel, George Didi-Huberman, Michel Feher, Hal Foster, Anselm Franke, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Sandi Hilal and Alessandro Petti, Maja Hoffmann, Denis Hollier, Thomas Keenan, Alex Klein, Suhail Malik, Marion von Osten, Katya Sander, Hito Steyerl, Eyal Weizman, Tirdad Zolghadr

The Human Snapshot draws upon a conference of the same name organized by the LUMA Foundation and Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College that took place in Arles, France, in 2011. The conference contributions and subsequent essays examine contemporary forms of humanism and universalism as they circulate and are produced in art and photography. The look toward these two terms stems from theorist Ariella Azoulay’s research on the seminal exhibition “The Family of Man,” first installed at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1955, which she frames as a lens through which to view universalism at play. These values have been under conceptual assault in recent years, yet they continue to proliferate—even through the visual arts, where humanism and universalism are customarily dismissed. The Human Snapshot takes these themes and wrestles with their application in the use of photography, the exhibition format, contemporary democracy, human rights discourse, and the power of the image at large.

Copublished by the LUMA Foundation and the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College (CCS Bard)
Design by Zak Group

April 2013, English
18.5 x 26.5 cm, 320 pages, 134 b/w and 32 color ills., hardcover, cloth binding
ISBN 978-3-943365-63-4

Price: €35

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Add Metaphysics. Jenna Sutela (Ed.). Aalto University

Posted in art, distribution, Theory on May 28th, 2013
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Add Metaphysics is a publishing project at the Aalto University Digital Design Laboratory. Borrowing from a schoolbook format, it presents an experimental curriculum for designers and artists in the midst of a changing electro-cultural field of material.
In discussion with mechanical engineers and material scientists, the project builds a case for critical, inquisitive practice that converges around not only the material and the digital but also the metaphysical: molding the perception of the material world as much as materials themselves.
Out in spring 2013, the first publication in the series focuses on devising literacies for a digital materiality. It includes essays and assignments by select practitioners and researchers, such as Jane Bennett, Vera Bühlmann, and Graham Harman.

Publisher: Aalto University
Language: English
Pages: 117
Binding: Softcover
ISBN: 978-952-60-4954-0

Price: €20.00

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Self-Organised. Stine Hebert & Anne Szefer Karlsen (Eds.). Open Editions

Posted in art, distribution, Theory on May 23rd, 2013
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The current economic situation and society’s low confidence in its institutions has suddenly demanded that artists become more imaginative in the way that they organise themselves.
If labels such as ‘alternative’, ‘non-profit’ and ‘artist-run’ dominated the self-organised art scene
that emerged in the late 1990s, the separatist position implied by the use of these terms has
been moderated during the intervening years. This new anthology of accounts from the front line includes contributions by artists, as well as their institutional counterparts, that provide a fascinating observation of the art world as matrix of interconnected positions where the balance of power and productivity constantly shifts.

Featuring Julie Ault,Maibritt Borgen, Céline Condorelli & Johan Frederik Hartle, Anthony Davies, Stephan Dillemuth & Jakob Jakobsen Ekaterina Degot, Charles Esche & David Riff, Barnaby Drabble, Jonas Ekeberg, Linus Elmes, Juan A Gaitán, Abdellah Karroum, Livia Pancu, Jan Verwoert, What, How & For Whom/WHW

Author: Stine Hebert & Anne Szefer Karlsen (Eds.)
Publisher: Open Editions
Language: English
Pages: 166
ISBN: 978-0-949004-17-8

D 20€

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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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Dreaming the Mainstream. Mark von Schlegell. Merve Verlag Berlin.

Posted in books, Theory, writing on March 30th, 2013

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Dreaming the Mainstream. Mark von Schlegell. Merve Verlag Berlin.

»Wir, die wir im 21. Jahrhundert leben, sind nicht die ersten Generationen, die es mit einer veralteten Moderne zu tun haben. Unsere ehemals kritische Obsession für den Modernismus hat sich in ein Begehren verwandelt, denn als Moderne sehnen wir uns danach, modern zu sein, um das wiederherzustellen, was der Modernismus niemals war, aber doch endlich werden muss. Selbst darin sind wir noch Erben einer Tradition.« Mit dem Realometer (Berlin 2009) – als ästhetischem Instrument zur Erzeugung unwahrscheinlicher Wirklichkeiten – hat MVS eine amerikanische Fissur im Modernismus des 19. Jahrhunderts nachgezeichnet.

In Dreaming the Mainstream verfolgt er die Weiterentwicklung des Realometers im kulturellen Mainstream des 20. Jhs. Texte von Emily Dickinson, H.P. Lovecraft, Patricia Highsmith, Bob Dylan, Raymond Roussel und David Hume zeigen Anspruch und Scheitern des Mainstreams, seine fantastischen Versprechen einzulösen. Schlegells fiktiv-kritische Methode macht sich die Möglichkeitsformen zeitgenössischer Kunstkritik zu eigen, und erzeugt so einen futuristischen, textlichen Aktivismus, der die Schranken von Anstand, Plagiarismus, Genre, Gelehrsamkeit und Fantum weit hinter sich lässt.

Mark von Schlegell (*1967), schreibt Science-Fiction Romane (Mercury Station (2009) und Venusia (2005) bei Semiotext(e)), Essays und Kunstkritiken.
[www.sff.net/people/schlegell]

Mit Illustrationen von Manuel Gnam und Sergej Jensen.

Übersetzt von Petra Porsche.

IMD 345
2013
German / English
152 Seiten.
ISBN: 978-3-88396-283-2

D 14€

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