Weeds & Aliens An Unnatural History of Plants. Benjamin A. Huseby. Torpedo Press.

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Huseby’s first monograph is all at once a field guide, a photography book and an eco-polemic. The photographs are of plants he has found between his home and studio in Berlin over the last five years.
Weeds & Aliens is an occasionally arbitrary collection of photographs of some rather wonderful, useful plants, normally considered weeds. The book is thought of as an introduction to the fragments of nature around us, even in the most urban of habitats. What is a wild plant, a native plant, an invasive or alien plant, a weed? The story of weeds is the story of man and civilisation, of agriculture and migration. There are no weeds in the wilderness, but, then again, can we truly speak of wild nature?’
(From the introduction)

Weeds & Aliens attempts to expand upon ecological discourse by shifting how we define nature and our relationship to it, occasionally suggesting strategies in opposition to mainstream biologists, as well as discussing our changing cities, our evolutionary possibilities, modes of migration and the inherent colonial racism embedded within the languages and sciences used to articulate vegetal life.

B. A. Huseby is a Norwegian artist/photographer who currently lives in Berlin.
Additional text contributions by Iranian-American writer/curator Ashkan Sepahvand and Indian writer/curator Natasha Ginwala.

€39.00

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Mousse Publishing @ Torpedo Bookstore. Oslo. 19.2.11

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Saturday the 19th of February 2011
Mousse Publishing invites you to an exhibit of their printed production

Torpedo Bookshop / Torpedo Press
Trelastgata 3, Oslo, Norway
from 6.00 pm

Music for the Videos of Lars Laumann.
Concert by Dan-Ola Persson. 8.00 pm

ESTATE (2010). Aleksander Komarov. Torpedo Press

Posted in art, Motto Berlin store, Motto Zürich store, video on September 29th, 2010
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ESTATE. Aleksander Komarov.
Edition of 500 copies.
Published by Torpedo Press.

ESTATE (2010) by Aleksander Komarov, is an artist book based on the film ESTATE from 2008. The idea of the
book was conceived following a discussion between Lena Prents and Aleksander Komarov in the run-up to the
exhibition FALL OUT –– ART, DESIRE and DISENGAGEMENT at Gl Holtegaard, Denmark and at Malmö Konsthall,
Sweden. The book ESTATE reflects on the means of evaluation of artistic production.
To an extent, ESTATE is a response to the current condition of contemporary art and its relation to broader economic contexts. The project focuses the viewer’s attention on basic resources and the movement between
material and immaterial types of labour, gathering along the way diverse statements on the migration of value.
In her essay, Lena Prents recalls the images and issues raised in Aleksander Komarov’s film ESTATE (2008),
and questions the current position of artists, oscillating between the demands of the market, the conditions of work
beyond the “cult of genius” and the immaterial value of artistic labour.
Boris Buden draws on the wider context of the material presented in ESTATE, that of rationalised labour, then focus
on projects by Aleksander Komarov which balance the issue of being an artist working under current economic
conditions against the artistic “soul at work”.
The conversation between Aleksander Komarov and Jule Reuter deals with questions about the coherence between
(migrated) identity, value production and the personal way in which one position oneself.

ESTATE (2010) by Aleksander Komarov, is an artist book based on the film ESTATE from 2008. The idea of the book was conceived following a discussion between Lena Prents and Aleksander Komarov in the run-up to the exhibition FALL OUT –– ART, DESIRE and DISENGAGEMENT at Gl Holtegaard, Denmark and at Malmö Konsthall, Sweden. The book ESTATE reflects on the means of evaluation of artistic production. To an extent, ESTATE is a response to the current condition of contemporary art and its relation to broader economic contexts. The project focuses the viewer’s attention on basic resources and the movement between material and immaterial types of labour, gathering along the way diverse statements on the migration of value. In her essay, Lena Prents recalls the images and issues raised in Aleksander Komarov’s film ESTATE (2008), and questions the current position of artists, oscillating between the demands of the market, the conditions of work beyond the “cult of genius” and the immaterial value of artistic labour. Boris Buden draws on the wider context of the material presented in ESTATE, that of rationalised labour, then focus on projects by Aleksander Komarov which balance the issue of being an artist working under current economic conditions against the artistic “soul at work”. The conversation between Aleksander Komarov and Jule Reuter deals with questions about the coherence between (migrated) identity, value production and the personal way in which one position oneself.

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