Anne Faucheret & David Jourdan (Eds.)
The exhibition The Promise of Total Automation at the Kunsthalle Wien (Vienna, 2016) investigated our relationship to a world of machines, technological objects, and electronic devices. The prospect of a fully automated future—while acutely reshaping the notions of work, production, and value creation—feeds emancipatory scenarios that ultimately lead to the end of labor. Instead of offering a traditional record of the exhibition, the curators investigated books written on the subject and then reproduced their covers. The result is a fascinating bibliography and chronology of automation as seen across the twentieth century through the covers of books and their authors. Included artists are Athanasios Argianas, Zbynek Baladrán, Thomas Bayrle, James Benning, Bureau d’études, Steven Claydon, Tyler Coburn, Philippe Decrauzat and Alan Licht, Harry Dodge, Juan Downey, Cécile B. Evans, Judith Fegerl, Melanie Gilligan, Peter Halley, Channa Horwitz, Geumhyung Jeong, David Jourdan, Barbara Kapusta, Konrad Klapheck, Bela Kolárová, Nick Laessing, Mark Leckey, Tobias Madison and Emanuel Rossetti, Benoît Maire, Mark Manders, Daria Martin, Shawn Maximo, Régis Mayot, Wesley Meuris, Gerald Nestler, Henrik Olesen, Julien Prévieux, and Magali Reus.
5 x 7 in. / 188 pp / 163 color
Retail Price: $17.00
KUNSTHALLE WIEN, AUSTRIA