Distributed. David Blamey & Brad Haylock (Eds.). Open Editions.

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For those who would seek to influence others, the dissemination of ideas is
paramount. Similarly, for those holding ambition to secrete knowledge for reasons of
authority, or to protect the fruits of intellectual labour for reasons of profit or ethical
concern, distribution is key. Certainly before, but more importantly since the
Gutenberg Bible, the predicament of the power of knowledge has lain not with its
generation but with the control of its dispersion.

This new volume in the critically acclaimed Occasional Table series of books
published by Open Editions focuses attention on the act of distribution as a subject
for serious creative consideration and one of great social and economic importance.
Contributors from a variety of backgrounds paint a big picture that embraces the
actions of the individual alongside the workings of global markets. From the
attention-seeking impulse of the poseur, to the democratisation of art and knowledge
in the form of books, pop music, digital networks, self-organised libraries, and the
question of what can be known, and by whom, the urge to disseminate is explored
here as an elemental phenomenon of our time.

Language: English
Pages: 264
Size: 21.5 x 16 cm
Weight: 430 g
Binding: Softcover
ISBN: 9790949004093
€23.00
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Otoman Zar-Adusht Ha’nish. M.D. Mazdaznan – Health & Breath Culture. Open Editions & Stanley Picker Gallery.

Posted in books, distribution, history, illustration, lifestyle, sports, writing on August 1st, 2012
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Mazdaznan – Health & Breath Culture (first six exercises) by Otoman Zar-Adusht Ha’nish. M.D. Open Editions & Stanley Picker Gallery (Kingston University)

This book explores the intimate relationship between Mazdaznan, Johannes Itten and the Vorkurs (Preliminary or Foundation Course) at the Bauhaus, Weimar. It is a practical guide to performing the exercises that Itten taught at the Bauhaus and a celebration of a moment of mysticism at the heart of Modernism.

Illustrated and appended by Ian Whittlesea
Pages: 67
Size: 19 x 13 cm

D 20 €

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Curating And The Educational Turn. Paul O’Neill & Mick Wilson. Open Editions.

Posted in art, books, distribution, writing on June 20th, 2012
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Curating And The Educational Turn

In recent years there has been increased debate about the incorporation of pedagogy into art and curatorial practice – about what has been termed ‘the educational turn’. In this follow up volume to the critically acclaimed Curating Subjects, artists, curators, critics and academics respond to this widely recognised sense of art’s paradigmatic re-orientation towards the educational. Consisting primarily of newly commissioned texts, from interviews and position statements to performative texts and dialogues, Curating and the Educational Turn also includes a small number of previously published writings that have proved pivotal in the debate so far. This anthology presents an essential enquiry for anyone interested in the cultural politics of production at the intersection of art, curating, and education.

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Curating Subjects. Paul O’Neill. Open Editions.

Posted in art, books, distribution, writing on June 20th, 2012
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Curating Subjects

This sleek and serious anthology of new curatorial writing features contributions from leading international curators, artists and critics including Julie Ault, Sören Andreasen & Lars Bang Larsen, Carlos Basualdo, Dave Beech & Mark Hutchinson, Irene Calderoni, Anshuman Das Gupta & Grant Watson, Clémentine Deliss, Eva Diaz, Claire Doherty, Okwui Enwezor, Annie Fletcher, Liam Gillick, Jens Hoffmann, Robert Nickas, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Sarah Pierce, Simon Sheikh, Mary Anne Staniszewski, Andrew Wilson and Mick Wilson. Put together by the curator-critic Paul O’Neill, Curating Subjects, documents the inter-dependent relationships between the curatorial past, present and speculative futures and, instead of following the convention of curators writing about themselves, invites the authors to provide a text about the curatorial work of others. The result is an eclectic volume of accessible responses that provides a pluralistic and dynamic curatorial discourse where critical essays, theoretical explorations, propositions, historical overviews, interviews, exhibition critiques and fictional accounts sit side by side. Essential reading for students and professionals alike.

D 20€

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