Impulse – Volume 16 Number 1, 1990. Peter Day (Ed.). Impulse [b]

Posted in art, graphic design, magazines on November 23rd, 2021
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Dedication:
During his brief editorship of Impulse magazine, Peter Day inspired us with his activism and advocacy for contemporary art. Peter died on May 29, 1990, just before this issue was to go to press. He wrote the dedication that follows:

He wrote under variants of his forename: Shaunt Basmajian. Shant Basmajian. Sha(u)nt Basmajian. He died on January 25, 1990, aged thirty-nine, and this publication of one word works is dedicated to him.

He had promised to contribute to it, but never had time to submit a piece. In his self-effacing and humble way he would have apologized profusely for this.

Our personal acquaintanceship was short. We had talked on the telephone a couple of times and met twice. He was modest about his own work, overly so, and surprised that others were interested in it.

The last time we met he gave me a book, not one of his, but a collection of works by Marlene Mountain. It was inscribed: “To Brian from Marlene”. He said I should have it.

Sha(u)nt had been given the collection by his colleague Brian David J(o(h)n)ston. Her work was unknown to me. It was Pissed Off Poems and Cross Words (1986). She was a great poet, Shaunt said, someone overlooked and neglected. May day, 1990. l Peter Day

Introduction:
It has been a year since our last issue – and for us, like much of the world, it was a year of dramatic transitions and new beginnings.

Here, briefly, is the story: Last winter, after 15 years as the Executive Editor of Impulse, Eldon Garnet transferred his duties to Peter Day. Peter began selecting One Word Works from the many artists, writers, musicians and photographers featured in this special issue. His untimely death, in the midst of production several months later, threw the magazine into grief, shock and disarray. After much dedicated effort by long-time editors Brian Boigon, Judith Doyle and Carolyn White, the issue was recovered, bit by bit.

I accepted the Executive Editorship late last Fall. There was no question that Impulse would resume its publication with Peter’s One Word Works. It is presented not only with some pride, as a testimony to his vision and talent, but also as a reminder of the magazine’s resilience and collaborative nature.

During its 20 years of publication, Impulse has always stood for creativity and change – and this commitment will continue. To mark this new phase of revitalization and renewal, Associate Editor Gordon Lebredt and I have decided to rename the magazine. Beginning with our next issue, Impulse becomes M5V Magazine. Look for it in September.

–David Clarkson

Condition note: the cover might be in worn conditions due to its long-term storage

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The Propeller Group. Naomi Beckwith (Ed.). MCA Chicago

Posted in art, Artist Book on November 22nd, 2021
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The Propeller Group—an artist team made up of Phunam, Matt Lucero, and Tuan Andrew Nguyen, and based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam—blurs the boundaries between fine art and media production, in much the same way that this publication blurs the boundaries between a traditional exhibition catalogue and an artist book. The catalogue features expository essays by curators Naomi Beckwith and Cesar Garcia, as well as contributions by each of the members of The Propeller Group: Tuan pens an obituary for the group that pays homage to Vietnamese funereal celebrations, Phunam shares an astrological reading that similarly honors the cultural legacy of Vietnam, and Lucero creates a travelogue that records the group’s recent exploration of the natural beauty of Papua New Guinea.

This is the first scholarly treatment on The Propeller Group, published on the occasion of the group’s exhibition at the MCA. The exhibition presents a number of multipart projects, comprised of videos and related objects, from the past five years for the first time since the group was formed in 2006.

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SKIPHOLT. John Bock. Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König

Posted in art, Artist Book on November 20th, 2021
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John Bock’s latest artist’s book combines over 150 video stills from his film “Skipholt” shot 2005 in Iceland, each with a corresponding drawing. Structured like a logbook of an expedition, it traces the path of the protagonist played by the artist himself, who embarks on a journey across the sea, volcanic plains and glaciers. The drawings read like notations of a journey, sometimes picture, sometimes diagram, peppered with word creations or theoretical explanations that reflect John Bock’s thought bubble and reveal the conjured para zone to the reader. The book is at the same time an art object, packed in a corduroy bag, filled with ‘KleinodtodSods’ – useful everyday objects such as Q-tips, thread and safety pin – and equipped with the practical belt pouch, so that nothing stands in the way of one’s own expedition.

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Laura Owens & Vincent van Gogh. Bice Curiger, Mark Godfrey, Julia Marchand (Eds.). Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König

Posted in art, exhibition catalogue, exhibitions on November 20th, 2021
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Laura Owens (b. 1970) is one of the most celebrated American artists working today. For 25 years she has asked probing questions about the parameters of painting.

In this exhibition, her works responded to Van Gogh’s last paintings. Throughout 2020 Owens lived in and around Arles, and her new work came out of meticulous research into the history of the city and of Van Gogh’s connections there.

Like most artists, Owens has known Van Gogh’s work since she was a child, and she has looked at his art in various ways throughout her career.

The seven actual Van Gogh paintings shown at the Foundation in Arles included loans from museums with which Owens has a deep connection.

Laura Owens has often addressed the spaces where she has exhibited. For this exhibition she created a vast painting, in the form of a unique hand-painted and silkscreened wallpaper installation, which covered the entire walls of the rooms where the Van Gogh’s works were exhibited.

Many of the motifs in the wallpaper come from designs made by Winifred How, who worked in London as an artist and designer shortly after Van Gogh was alive. The installation drew a suspended universe between premodern and contemporary, inspired by How’s work.

Co-curated by Bice Curiger (artistic director of the Foundation Vincent van Gogh Arles) and Mark Godfrey (British art historian, critic, and curator), the exhibition shared how Laura Owens explores the images, colours and methods of Van Gogh, creating a conceptual framework for her investigations.

Published after the exhibition at Foundation Vincent van Gogh Arles, France (19 June – 31 October 2021).

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Morceaux choisis. Saâdane Afif. Bom Dia Boa Tarde Boa Noite

Posted in art, Artist Book on November 19th, 2021
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Morceaux choisis is the first seminal overview of Saâdane Afif’s artistic practices. The publication features 48 exhibitions or performances organized in 28 separate sections, covering a period of 14 years.

Starting with Melancholic Beat at Museum Folkwang, Essen in 2004 and leading up to the recent exhibition Musiques pour tuyauterie, at mor charpentier, Paris in 2018, the monograph considers the format of the exhibition as Saâdane Afif’s medium, through which his work takes form and can be read.

Each one of the figuring exhibitions form an individual booklet: the pages with full color reproductions of the individual works and installation views are inserted within four additional pages providing the exhibition’s title, description, details and captions.

These 28 booklets form the body of the publication. The exhibition texts have been written by Lily Matras and Yasmine d’O. They are accompanied by an interview of Saâdane Afif by Lili Reynaud-Dewar, two critical texts by Zoë Gray and Jörn Schafaff, an index of the exhibited works and an index of Afif ’s released books and records.

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Screening 12.11.2021 @ Motto Berlin – Giselle’s Books presents a selection of Inventory’s films

Posted in art, critique, film, Motto Berlin event, video on November 8th, 2021
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Beton Insel, Inventory, 2004, Courtesy of the artists

Giselle’s Books and Motto invite you to the screening of Inventory’s film. For the occasion, we will be showing the following videos: Ostalgia (2004), Beton Insel (2004), Sleepwalkers (2003) and Flesh and Stone, a geology of an Urban Existence (2003).
Friday, 12 November 2021 at 7pm

First Screening at 7:15
Second Screening at 8:15

Motto Berlin
Skalitzer Str. 68, im Hinterhof
10997 Berlin

British art collective Inventory was founded in London in 1995 by Damian Abbott, Paul Claydon and Adam Scrivener. Since 2004, they are based in Kent (UK) and Toulouse (France).
Inventory’s previous solo exhibitions were at the Rob Tufnell gallery, London (2014 and 2016) White Columns, New York (2005); The Approach, London (2004, 2002 and 1999) and at The Modern Institute, Glasgow (1999). Recent collective exhibitions include: Condo London, Rob Tufnell (2018); The Revolutionary Suicide Mechanised Regiment Band, Rob Tufnell, Cologne (2016); Corruption Feeds, Bergen Kunsthall (2014); Make the Living Look Dead, 2nd Cannons Project Space, Los Angeles (2014); Ruin Lust, Tate Britain (2014); Keywords, INIVA (2013); A journey through London’s subculture, the ICA at Old Selfridges Hotel, London (2013), De Appel, Amsterdam (2008); Kunstverein Hamburg (2007); Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade (2007); Kunsthaus Dresden (2006); Aspen Art Museum (2006); Portikus, Frankfurt (2004); ICA, London (2003); Whitechapel Gallery, London (2003); Lenbachhaus, Munich (2002); the Courtauld Institute of Art, London (2001); their work is held in the collections of the Centre Pompidou, Paris and the Tate Gallery, London. Their work is represented by Rob Tufnell.

Giselle is conceived as a system for enabling interactions that focuses on the dissemination and gathering of artistic practices. It was conceived by Lucas Jacques-Witz and Ryder Morey-Weale as an experimental exhibition space and currently operates as Giselle’s Books, an independent Archive Library of foreign Artist’s Books, editions, and printed material in Marseille. The space is dedicated to researchers and amateurs with an interest in contemporary art books.

for a provisional anthology of elevated desires. Doris Maninger, Maurizio Alampi, Mirza Kahriman. CURA.BOOKS; Motto Books

Posted in art, Artist Book, exhibition catalogue, Motto Books on November 5th, 2021
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Catalogue of Doris Maninger’s solo exhibition

for a provisional anthology of elevated desires
Curated by Veronica He, Pia Lauro

STUDIO STEFANIA MISCETTI, Rome
21.10.21 – 08.01.22

On display forty Mongolfiere, made with recycled materials, objet trouvé and natural elements, each dedicated to a desire. The project was born in the spring of 2020 when, in response to the isolation imposed by the pandemic, the artist asked friends, family and colleagues to express a desire to be shaped, leaving all of them free to follow the flow of their thoughts and aspirations. This freedom gave birth to a choral discourse, made up of a set of desires all different from each other but united by the same strength and determination.

The anthology composed by Doris Maninger is, as the title itself explains, a provisional collection – because it is potentially in the making – of desires ironically defined as “elevated”, an allusion to both their nobility and their suspension in space.

In addition to the Mongolfiere series, the series of drawings is also on display, in which the artist returns to work on desires to give life to two-dimensional works where artistic intuition finds its maximum synthesis and abstraction. To complete the exhibition, voice overs that transform every single desire into a soundtrack. This part of the project was developed in collaboration with Maurizio Alampi, who composed a short arrangement with each desire, providing an admittedly partial poetic reading among the many possible ones.

For a provisional anthology of elevated desires it is therefore a collection of forms of desire, in which the coexistence of languages, and a composition methodology based on the circularity and the chorality of thought give life to an anthology that we could define as proximity, as story of the substance of the human relationship.

Doris Maninger (Graz, Austria 1958)
She trained as a painter and restorer at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, she has moved at young age to Italy to complete her studies in various fields of arts and crafts. Her work is constantly shifting between diverse fields such as painting, sculpture, textile design and jewelry, combining traditional techniques with new formal approaches and theoretical research. In 1998, she moved to Florence and co-founded the contemporary jewellery school Alchimia with Lucia Massei. She exhibited, lectured, gave workshops and curated internationally in places such as, among the others, Hong Kong, Seoul, Tokyo, Tel Aviv, Bangkok, Cairo and in various private and public institutions around Europe and America. In 2017 she left the school she co-founded and is working as consultant, free-lance educator and artist. Since 2016 she has been teaching consultant of the Design Studio Azza Fahmy in Cairo, Egypt.

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Double Magazine #42 – Breaking Point. Fabrice Paineau (Ed.). Double Magazine

Posted in art, lifestyle, magazines on November 5th, 2021
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Double 42 – Breaking Point | “If you study the root causes of business disasters, over and over you’ll find this predisposition toward endeavors that offer immediate gratification.”
– Clayton M. Christensen, The Innovator’s Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail.

Four covers:
Cover 1: Photography by Brianna Capozzi, Styling by Marie Chaix. Sunglasses by Balenciaga.
Cover 2: Photography by Johnny Dufort, Styling by Akeem Smith. Saint Laurent and Anthony Vaccarello.
Cover 3: Photography by Liv Liberg, Styling by Lotta Volkova. Chanel, D’heygere and Falke.
Cover 4: Photography by Tim Elkaïm, Styling by Charlotte Collet. Givenchy, Lemaire, Miu Miu and bag by Celine by Hedi Slimane.

Double is a fashion magazine offering an original and transversal point of view on the spirit of our times.

Double has an already established format: a portfolio – the most important rendezvous of the magazine with an the artist-photographer as a guest of honour; an ABC with texts written by famous journalists from the arts and cinema; a fashion section created by internationally respected photographers and renowned stylists.

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Modern Matter #19 – Rage Against The Machine. Olu Michael Odukoya (Ed.). Modern Matter

Posted in art, lifestyle, magazines on October 31st, 2021
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After Modern Matter’s Instagram account got hacked, we started asking ourselves: who owns our data? And how much of what’s online is really us? The new issue, Rage Against The Machine, is a rebuke to the idea that everything about us should be easily accessible—the magazine, partly shredded as if to obscure important information, is a challenge to the reader, asking them to reassemble its various parts in order to see the full picture. In print, we can do things it is impossible to do online, and remembering this is part of making a truly great magazine; creativity is never entirely about data, because it is always partly about soul.

60% of the Rage Against The Machine issue is devoted to a series of conversations about data compiled by Hans Ulrich Obrist. Other contributors include Koo Jeong A, Juergen Teller, Dovile Teller, Lily Mc Menany, Philippa Snow, Barbara Sanchez Kane, José Esparza Choung Cuy, Paul Virillo and Albert-László Barabási, Senta Simond, Phil Engelhardt.

Cover images: Artist KOO Jeong A by Juergen Teller and Dovile Teller
Styling By Jodie Barnes

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Les Cahiers: Écrire, traduire, peindre / Write, translate, paint – Véronique Tadjo. Sarah Davies Cordova, Desiré Kabwe-Segatti (Eds.). Presénce Africaine

Posted in art, critique, politics on October 30th, 2021
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Between the unpublished poem “Déclinaison du temps premier I” and a translation of “Nelson Mandela “Non à l’apartheid””, this collective work brings together a series of 19 articles which present for the first time Véronique Tadjo’s oeuvre from critical perspectives. The articles examine how Tadjo, poet, storyteller and writer who situated herself as a Pan-Africanist, questions the political drifts of African current affairs and the “univocity” of history, and rethinks the plurality and complexity of European and African rituals, traditions and more in a contemporary bygone world.

Introduction
Sarah Davies Cordova & Désiré Wa Kabwe-Segatti – Véronique Tadjo, unpublished poem

Speaking (out) to Tell
Micheline Rice-Maximin – Anna-Marie De Beer
Pamela Nichols – Pierre-Louis Fort – Catherine Mazauric

Literature and Politics
Romuald Fonkoua – Dina Ligaga – Abdoulaye Imorou – Marzia Caporale

Words and Images
Odile Cazenave – Walter Putnam

Cahier d’Images / Gallery of Images

Poetics of the Imaginary
Obed Nkunzimana – Antoinette Sol – Doris L. Obieje – Charles Yaovi Mensah Kouma

Tadjo and the Art of Translation
Elisabeth Mudimbe-Boyi – Amy Baram Reid

Round table: Amy Baram Reid, Peter Thompson, Christopher Fotheringham & Nataša Raschi

Conclusion
Chantal Wright, translation (excerpt)

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