The Rumors of the World
Rethinking Trust in the Age of the Internet
Omar Kholeif (Ed.)
How is the nature of power and trust changing in the age of the Internet? Exploring the dark underworld of SPAM—online spam emails, advance-fee frauds and scam messages—Beirut- and Paris-based Lebanese filmmakers / visual artists Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige create mixed-media installations that are part detec- tive, part artistic. Installation shots, film stills, texts, and stories following spammers’ elaborate webs that the duo has collected since 1999 illustrate how personal narra- tives are formed and articulated in a post-digital age. This intriguing exhibition catalog is dense with information, including discussions by leading scholars, theorists, writers, artists and curators on power, trust and changing notions of faith in the Internet age. For the past 15 years, Hadjithomas and Joreige have focused on Lebanese images, representations and history while questioning the fabrication of imaginaries through intertwining cinematic and visual images. Published in conjunction with MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge; Villa Arson, Nice; and HOME, Manchester.
MIT LIST VISUAL ARTS CENTER, MASS
February 2016 / Exhibition catalog / Softcover
6 ½ x 9 ½ inches / 240 pp / 128 color
ISBN: 978-3-956791-19-2 · Retail Price: $34.00
The 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s XL jubilee was fêted by Taschen Verlag with an XL coffee-table book. The newest version—a jumbo book of almost 400 pages with 370 color plates and a handmade cover—is a play on the Taschen tome by three Iranian-born contemporary artists, Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian. In their majestic satire, the world’s most famous monarch blossoms forth as a drag queen, the royal house as Animal Farm, and the royal insignia as stage props and rickety state coaches. A grandiose master- piece of draftsmanship and the art of collage, Her Majesty? is a delirium of caustic wit, not intended as heartless. The trio—two brothers and a childhood friend—live and work (in exile) in Dubai on their multimedia installations. In 2015 they exhibited at Kunsthalle Zürich and the ICA Boston, among other international venues.
May 2016 / Hardcover
11 x 15 ¼ inches / 370 pp / 385 color
ISBN: 978-3-906803-00-5 · Retail Price: $145.00
Natascha Sadr Haghighian, Pola Sieverding & Jasper Kettner (Eds.)
Trail harks back to a path that Berlin-based architect-artist Natascha Sadr Haghighian (b. 1967) created at Auehang, Kassel, as part of her dOCUMENTA (13) project. Located next to a memorial to fallen German soldiers from both world wars, the trail in this site-based work was “accompanied” by a sound element mimicking the items found. In the process of laying out the path, Haghighian discovered the entire slope consisted of rubble from the Second World War. In this publication, she follows the “trail” of debris with artists Pola Sieverding and Jasper Kettner, leading them from the Kassel-based armaments industry to stories of migration and forced labor and military vehicles named after animals. Via an exchange of letters with Anselm Franke, Avery Gordon, Ayse Guelec and other correspondents, Haghighian’s findings are linked, revealing a view of historical continuities, loops and ruptures, resembling the layering of the debris itself. Haghighian creates solo and collaborative works in video, performance, computer and sound. She is collected by MoMA, NY; The Guggenheim, NY; and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.
DOCUMENTA ARCHIV, GERMANY
February 2016 / Exhibition catalog / Softcover
6 ½ x 9 ¼ inches / 256 pp / 63 b&w and 149 color
ISBN: 978-3-95905-013-5 · Retail Price: $40.00
Karsten Lund (Ed.)
Irena Haiduk has sharp teeth and a killer instinct. In Spells, the Balkan artist leads the way to the sunny spot where every soul suffers infinite injustice. Spells is the first collection of Haiduk’s writing, gathering texts and limited-edition publications since 2007. Her multifaceted works reach far beyond Balkan history and mingle with other corrosive forces, fueling a deep questioning of well-fed bodies of power. Moving through a wide range of formats, the intentionally strident black-and-white graphics of the book echo the disturbing content of her manifestos, music scores, forecasts, conversations, translations, architectural programs and other difficult-to-categorize works. Haiduk has exhibited at The Insitute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, the University of Chicago’s Renais- sance Society, and the 14th Istanbul Biennial. Her provocative voice is captured in both design and concept of this compelling monograph.
February 2016 / Softcover
5 ½ x 8 ¾ inches / 208 pp
ISBN: 978-3-95679-122-2 · Retail Price: $24.00
Speculating on the Blue
Kosovo Pavilion, 56th Venice Biennale
Nicolaus Schafhausen (Ed.)
For the Kosovo Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale, artist Flaka Haliti created the installation Speculating on the Blue, reflecting on the meaning of borders, democracy, freedom and mobility. The skeletons of barrier-like objects in the space are a reference to the aesthetics of the concrete walls that are erected between nations as a materialization of conflict. Haliti’s installation aims at demilitarizing and decontextualizing this specific aesthetic practice by stripping the columns down to their material essence and juxtaposing them with elements that are by nature resistant to the concept of borders. In this scenario, the horizon and the blue pictorial ground, which directly references the blue-painted barriers in front of the Kosovo UN, create a counter image to the concept of borders as a tool to raise new perspectives. In addition is an artist’s conversation with Markus Miessen and an essay by curator Vanessa Joan Müller.
October 2015 / Hardcover
4 1/2 x 7 1/4 inches / 176 pp / 9 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-150-5 · Retail Price: $24.00
C. T. Jasper & Joanna Malinowska
Inspired and provoked by Werner Herzog’s Fitzcarraldo, two artists and a curator decide to revisit his mad plan of bringing opera to the tropics. In an attempt to undercut Fitzcarraldo’s colonial romanticism, they confront a set of particular historical and socio-political realities by staging Halka, considered to be Poland’s “national opera,” in the seemingly unlikely locale of Cazale, Haiti, a village inhabited by the descendants of Polish soldiers who fought for the Haitian Revolution in the early 1800s.
In February 2015, a one-time-only performance of Halka was presented to a rapt local audience on a winding dirt road. A collaboration between Polish and Haitian performers, the event was filmed in one take to be presented later as a large-scale projected panorama in the Polish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale.
This volume provides both a multifaceted conceptual framework for the project and a detailed record of this remarkable endeavor.
2015 / Hardcover
6 x 9 1/4 inches / 216 pages / 72 color ill
ISBN: 978-1-941753-07-1 · Retail Price: $35.00
Here I Hier
An extensive, full-color monograph for Dutch artist Frank Halmans, whose found-object sculptures and installations comment profoundly on human aspirations, walking the line between witty and poignant. “Frank Halmans tries to get a grip on time, to hold on to his own history,” writes Tom van den Berge in the foreword. “His work calls forth the need to contemplate, to think about our own place in the world.” He’s particularly good with books, organized by color, defaced with exquisite little cut-outs, stacked on irrelevant shelves. This oversized volume includes the artist’s detailed drawings and extensive photos of Halmans’ dollhouse-influenced sculptures, odd hybrids (a Dustbuster shaped like a house, anybody?), scary stuffed closets and public art installations.
September 2010 / Hardcover / 9 1/2 x 11 inches / 136 pp / extensive color
ISBN: 978-94-90322-14-4 · Retail Price: $49.95
In a profound and sly commentary on how we create history, Dutch artist Hans van Houwelingen proposes switching the places of two important historical statues in the Netherlands. The artist suggests that the Amsterdam statue of the first prime minister of the Netherlands, Johan Rudolph Thorbecke, should be in The Hague – the administrative seat of the country’s government – and that a statue of Dutch Jewish philosopher Baruch Spinoza should be in Thorbecke’s spot in Amsterdam, the center of Dutch culture and arts. Correcting the historical inaccuracy in their placement could trigger a crucial re-evaluation of the politician’s and the philosopher’s legacies in relation to today’s political and moral unrest. Hans van Houwelingen shares his critical viewpoint on art in public spaces along with compelling essays by Brian Dillion, editor of Cabinet magazine, Julia Bryan-Wilson, art historian at UC Berkeley, Mark Jarzombek, Professor of the History and Theory and Associate Dean at MIT’s School of Architecture, along with many more.
April 2012 / Softcover / 4.75 x 7.75 inches
352 pp / 32 color
ISBN: 978-94-90322-34-2 · Retail Price: $35.00
The Delicate Deformation
Hansjörg Dobliar’s captivating collages present new and unexpected pictorial content as the artist transforms other media with original verve. In this beautifully produced volume, viewers see Dobliar’s acrylic or lacquer treatment of templates from vintage issues of Italian magazines Epoca and Oggi – the Us magazines of their day. The young artist, who divides his time between Berlin and Munich, invites us into the Valley of the Dolls to admire large-format portraits of Sharon Tate that oscillate between reality and fiction, the recognizable and the unrecognizable. Dobliar is a provocateur who is willing to admit that Tate, once the wife of Roman Polanski, owes her iconic status to her gruesome murder at the hands of the Manson Family, an event that heralded the hippie movement’s loss of innocence.
January 2010 / Exhibition catalog / Hardcover
8 1/2 x 10 3/4 inches / 162 pp / 90 color
ISBN: 978-3-940953-14-8 · Retail Price: $55.00
Tattooing The Invisible Man
Hardy Marks Publications, San Francisco
2008 / Exhibition catalog / Hardcover
9 3/4 x 12 1/4 inches / 302 pp / 553 color
ISBN: 978-0-945367-60-4 · Retail Price: $90.00