Chile project. Carlos Soto Román. Self published

Posted in Artist Book, politics on November 25th, 2021
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Chile Project is a publication composed by a black envelope containing loose sheets with intervened reproductions of documents declassified by the CIA during the year 2000 in relation to the US intervention in support of Pinochet’s coup d’état.

The author in this case does not try to unveil what has been crossed out, he intensifies or exacerbates that censorship instead and therefore makes the level of silencing implied by this declassification more obvious and absurd, exposing the machinery of the bureaucratic and impersonal language behind this terrible historical facts.

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Speech!. Rita McBride. Verlag der Buchhandlung Franz und Walther König

Posted in Artist Book, critique, writing on November 23rd, 2021
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The artist Rita McBride was Director of the Düsseldorf Art Academy from 2013 to 2017. During this time she gave ten groundbreaking speeches connecting contemporary artistic production with art education, processing the classic lecture format with passion and humor. Manifestos and performative elements found their way into the speeches, illuminating the artistic and educational aims of these public events. Speech! brings these lectures together for the first time. This book is a guide for artistic activity, a critical reaction on the present, and an invitation to look at our society from new perspectives.

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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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The Carrier Bag of Recipes. Elena Braida. Self published

Posted in Artist Book, writing on November 20th, 2021
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To write, to boil, to cook ideas, stir them all, spice them up with some references and again write and knead the dough out of it. To what forms can recipes lead? This is the central question of this thesis. Recipes follow a certain literary genre. Whether carved on stones or written along the horizontal edges of a notebook, they all conform to a specific structure. In the text I analyse these structures, to show the way in which the recipe itself unveils its deeper meanings, concerns, and secrets. Why, when, who and how are fundamental questions I ask, while I read out loud a recipe about macaroni from the 1495 – or when I look at a Sumerian tablet where a Cuneiform system of writing states that epilepsy is a tease of the demons. Material form, literary form and social interaction are the flavors I want to bring up from each recipe I use as an example, hoping to find a way to understand how these three elements are melted together to form an interconnected circle.

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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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Technoprancer. Maex E. Achter & The Future Faeries. Museum Folkwang

Posted in Artist Book on November 13th, 2021
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This latest edition of Technoprancer is a collaboration from the collective Future Faeries and is the product of their fascination with the mid-’90s publication of the same name. The original text, appearing in 1995 under the pseudonym Maex E. Achter, was a simple zine that, at its core, proliferates the idea of questioning our everyday assumptions. Made very simply with tape, staples, and a photocopier, it was ostensibly a one-off. Oddly, however, Achter included numerous blank pages towards the back of the zine. This gesture is seen as an invitation to continue the project, and from this open-ended position the Future Faeries have taken their direction. The contents are primarily pagan and queer, two areas of history that the Faeries see as heavily intertwined yet with accounts that are truncated and distorted. All is freely mixed with a bit of Web 1.0, artificial intelligence, deep sci-fi, lost narratives, and a dash of early rave culture. Includes contributions by August I. Sommers, C.E. Moores, Eleven Mary of the OBE, Qi Beau, and Wovish Pearblossom. Edited by B.A. Briggs.

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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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Amuser Duchamp. Gianfranco Baruchello. Arbor Editions

Posted in art, Artist Book, photography on October 28th, 2021
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72 frames from Gianfranco Baruchello Filming Marcel Duchamp (1964). A short portrait of Duchamp smoking a cigar.

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David Maroto – The Artist’s Novel: The Novel as a Medium in the Visual Arts | In conversation with Krist Gruijthuijsen | 27.10.2021, 8pm @ Motto Berlin

Posted in art, Artist Book, events, Motto Berlin event on October 22nd, 2021
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Photo credit: Anna Azzali. Courtesy of Mousse Publishing.

Book launch:

The Artist’s Novel: The Novel as a Medium in the Visual Arts

David Maroto

In conversation with Krist Gruijthuijsen

Wednesday, 27 October 2021, 8pm

Motto Berlin
Skalitzer Str. 68, im Hinterhof
10997 Berlin

Publication in two volumes:

Part 1. A New Medium (theoretical essay)

Part 2. The Fantasy of the Novel (novel)


Why do artists write novels? What does the artist’s novel do to the visual arts? How should such a novel be experienced? In recent years, there has been a proliferation of visual artists who create novels as part of their wider art projects. They do so in order to address artistic issues by means of novelistic devices, favoring a sort of art predicated on process and subjectivity, introducing notions such as fiction, narrative, and imagination. In this sense, it is possible to speak of a new medium in the visual arts; yet, very little is known about it.

Join us for an evening of discussion during the launch of David Maroto’s The Artist’s Novel: The Novel as a Medium in the Visual Arts (Mousse Publishing, 2020). This two-volume book is the first to explore in depth the subject of the artist’s novel. Part 1: A New Medium aims to critically elucidate the pressing questions posed by the emergence of a new artistic medium with a theoretical approach to a number of key case studies.

Part 2: The Fantasy of the Novel is a research project in the form of a novel, which examines the process of creation of an artist’s novel. The protagonist is in the position of a detective who tries to understand the conditions under which an artist decides to write, and how such a thing is possible within an artistic setting.

Curator and art critic Krist Gruijthuijsen will accompany David in the discussion in order to examine the different ways contemporary artists have employed the artist’s novel, and its impact on the curatorial and institutional context in which it appears and with which it interacts.

 

Bios

David Maroto is a Spanish visual artist based in the Netherlands and a PhD from the Edinburgh College of Art, with an extensive international artistic practice. In 2011, he spent time at a residency in ISCP New York, where he met curator Joanna Zielińska and began a collaboration called The Book Lovers, a research project based on the creation of a collection and bibliography of artists’ novels with the continuous support of M HKA (Antwerp). This collaboration has enabled them to engage with a host of international institutions. David has published numerous articles and edited various publications, including Artist Novels (Sternberg Press, 2015); Tamam Shud (Sternberg Press, 2018); and Obieg Magazine no. 8, ‘Art & Literature: A Mongrel’s Guide‘ (2018).

 

Krist Gruijthuijsen is a curator, art critic, and director of KW Institute for Contemporary Art. He was artistic director of the Grazer Kunstverein in Graz in 2012–16 and has been course director of the MA fine arts department at the Sandberg Instituut in Amsterdam since 2011. He is one of the co-founding directors of Kunstverein in Amsterdam and has organised numerous exhibitions and projects over the past decade, including Manifesta 7 (Trentino-South Tyrol,IT), Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center (Istanbul), Artists Space (New York), Swiss Institute (New York), Galeria Vermelho (São Paulo), Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), Van Abbemuseum (Eindhoven), Arnolfini (Bristol, UK), Project Arts Centre (Dublin), Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (Salt Lake City, US), and Institute of Modern Art (Brisbane). Gruijthuijsen has produced, edited, and published extensively with JRP|Ringier Sternberg Press, Mousse Publishing, Printed Matter, Walther König, and Kunstverein Publishing, among which The Encyclopaedia of Fictional Artists (JRP|Ringier, 2010).

This project is possible thanks to the generous support of the Mondriaan Fund.