Live Recorded Delay
An Archive of “Il Tempo Del Postino”
Co-organized by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Philippe Parreno as a group exhibition that would occupy time rather than space, “Il Tempo del Postino” usurped the durational dimension of theater by presenting time-based art on the stage of the Manchester Opera House (July 12 – 14, 2007). The book Live Recorded Delay constitutes the only documentation of this legendary project. Entirely conceived by the graphic design team M/M (Paris), it is both a personal archive and an open-ended score for future restagings of the event.
Featuring some 140 photographs of the rehearsals, eleven drawn portraits of the participating artists as well as contributions by Nancy Spector, Hans Ulrich Obrist, and Philippe Parreno, the book traces the making of the show and renders a distinctive portrait of a heterogenous but loosely affiliated group. Among the artists featured are Doug Aitken, Matthew Barney and Jonathan Bepler, Tacita Dean, Trisha Donnelly, Olafur Eliasson, Liam Gillick, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Douglas Gordon, Carsten Höller, Pierre Huyghe, Koo Jeong-A, Philippe Parreno, Anri Sala, Tino Sehgal, and Rirkrit Tiravanija.
Live Recorded Delay comes in a luxurious, limited-edition box and is a part of M/M’s installation at theanyspacewhatever exhibition at the Guggenheim New York, October 24, 2008 – January 7, 2009.
Very imited copies available for North America.
2009 / Hardcover Limited Edition Box
9 5/8 x 9 5/8 inches / 160 pages / 78 b&w and 66 color
ISBN: 978-1-933128-52-8 · Retail Price: $120.00
Mathias Augustyniak—partner in the trendsetting design firm M/M (Paris)—was invited to Iceland by musician Björk to participate in the traditional making of slatúr (sausages made out of lamb meat). From this journey, Augustyiniak collected and edited intriguing pictures and stories to create this second volume in the agency’s noted book series. The photographic report follows two parallel stories: the celebration around this ancient cooking tradition and the visit to a folk museum of Icelandic artifacts. The text weaves the present-day story with the kind of tales that have long been told at the end of supper, as Icelandic authors and poets Ófeigur Sigurðsson and Oddný Eir Ævarsdóttir narrate the lives and deeds of famous and infamous local heroes. The publication altogether opens a window on an Iceland that few people know of.
August 2012/ Vol.2/ Numbered edition of 500/ Hardcover/ 9 x 13 1/2 inches/ 64pp/ 105 b&w and color
ISBN: 978-2-918392-03-3 · Retail Price: $59.95
Twenty-Six Loaded Cowboys Featuring 26 Drawings by Mathias Augustyniak
Launching a new, wide-ranging series of limited-edition artist’s books by the dynamic creative duo M/M (Paris), The Alphadicks: Twenty-Six Loaded Cowboys brings together an original series of drawings by Mathias Augustyniak (one of the Ms in M/M) in a numbered edition of 1000 copies. The black-and-white drawings portray 26 elegant young men with giant phalluses protruding from their backs, breaking out of their hats or draped delicately around their shoulders like a stole. The drawings are freely inspired by Willy Vanderperre’s photographs made for Arena Homme+ in 2008, when the magazine was under the creative direction of M/M (Paris). A series of ornamented numbers, sketched especially for the book, introduces the illustrations. This is the first volume in a series of collectors’ books by M/M (Paris).
August 2011 / Vol.1 / Numbered edition of 1000
Hardcover / 9 1/4 x 13 3/4 inches / 64 pp / 26 b&w
ISBN: 978-2-918392-00-2 · Retail Price: $65.00
Light – Space – Colour
In honor of the 80th birthday of minimalist master Heinz Mack, this indispensible exhibition catalog documents the artist’s most comprehensive retrospective ever. Mack is a co-founder of Germany’s seminal ZERO Movement, one of minimalism’s cutting-edge groups, which began in the 1960s. Mack’s sculptural works, paintings and magical light art, found in major collections worldwide such as MoMA NY, have had a profound influence on contemporary art for half a century.
Mack’s work is grouped into chapters by type, including Installations, Wings, Rotors, Light Objects, Cubes/Prisms, Sculpture and Painting. An unusual feature adds 24 selected writings on Mack by critics, art historians and other artists. Going back more than 50 years, these fascinating texts are paired with photos of the works they discuss, showing how the works were received at the time they were made. The overall impression reinforces Mack’s tremendous importance to the art world throughout his career.
A conversation between Mack and Hans-Ulrich Obrist and Daniel Birnbaum creates a bridge of understanding between today’s observers and this wise elder, who is still a vital producer and observer of art. “Light has an existential significance for me – whereby I naturally think about shadow as well in a strictly dualistic and dialectical way,” Mack says. “To paraphrase Leonardo: light is waning darkness and darkness is waning light.”
The book includes a complete biography, list of solo and group exhibitions, and bibliography.
August 2011 / English & German / Exhibition catalog
Hardcover / 10 x 121/ 8 inches / 232 pp / 30 b&w and 150 color
ISBN: 978-3-940953-72-8 · Retail Price: $95.00
On The Beatles, Pop Art, Art-Rock and Records
Pivoting off The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967), LA art writer Jan Tumlir’s latest book is a meditation of the ecstatic kind—think whirling dervish—on this concept album as the birth of art-rock. Citing sources as varied as Theodore Adorno, Thomas Edison, Walter Benjamin, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Charles Manson and Marshall McLuhan, Tumlir charts a first-person present-tense path of historical analysis and speculative association on the openly commer- cial self-reflexive art object. Conflating methodologies from each field, Tumlir describes the concept album as a point of convergence between the previously distinct worlds of rock and art. This compact volume bursts with a dense bold text interleaved with color and black-and-white illustrations, equally varied, that further blend these worlds. As an erstwhile DJ and inveterate collector of cultural artifacts, Tumlir’s imperative in all forms of production is to select, sequence and mix.
February 2016 / Softcover / 4 ¼ x 6 ¼ inches
232 pp / 28 b&w and 7 color
ISBN: 978-94-91677-43-4 · Retail Price: $19.95
December 2002, English and German text
Softcover, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches
200 pp, 29 b&w and 12 color reproductions
ISBN: 0-9711193-8-4 · Retail Price: $24.95
Memoirs of a Hypnotist: 100 Days
Kari Cwynar (Ed.)
In 2008, when gallerist Jessica Silverman asked Paris-based writer/curator Raimundas Malasauskas to curate a show at her San Francisco gallery, she did not expect him to propose an exhibition that takes place in the mind of the audience through hypnosis. When Malasauskas found Marcos Lutyens, an artist deeply immersed in neurosci- ence, eco-dreams and artificial intelligence, he found his accomplice. Together they produced The Hypnotic Show, which in 2012 with Lutyens as hypnotist, arrived in Kassel for dOCUMENTA (13) for a 100-day performance that included 340 hypnotic sessions with his audience. In this fascinating and playful book, Memoirs of a Hypnotist: 100 Days, Malasauskas introduces and Lutyens chronicles the event, assembling all kinds of improbable experiences: research of cognition and neurological activity, deep exploration of varying states of consciousness and, at the center, the possibility for contingency and embodied dematerialization within the current thinking of art.
KUNSTVEREIN TORONTO, CANADA
CAC VILNIUS, LITHUANIA
February 2016 / Softcover
4 ¼ x 7 inches / 172 pp
ISBN: 978-3-95679-184-0 · Retail Price: $24.00
Before the Curtain. Avant le Rideau
mark’s works are often an investigation of seemingly commonplace situations. “… tools, a form of communication concentrated upon the moment. The impulse for this is an idea, the idea of comprehending the ‘world’ and its rules in order to question them. The questioning of inherent rules, the shifting of the frame of reference, and the continuation of discussion are the methods of our artistic practice and expression of our attitude. We are undoubtedly involved in the economics of the art market, irrespective of whether we profit from them or not. We are subject to a kind of absorption out of which we develop a practice which can in turn absorb those conditions: as a specific framework, a system of rules and parameters with which we and the people we collaborate with can deal. […] Sometimes we forget that others are less familiar with critical conceptual art than we are. As a result, we operate from a general understanding and within a broad acceptance instead of from the periphery. It is important for us to proceed from a specific context. Concentrated upon the situation, we develop our work which does not gear itself to a professional future – this certainly represents one of the notable advantages of working within a collective.” In 2009 mark had a photo taken at the Regent Photo Studio on the Avenue du Parc in Montréal and recorded the photographer’s instructions. They subsequently developed the text from this as part of an installation at WE LEFT THE WARM STABLE AND ENTERED THE LATEX VOID (WLTWSAETLV). The text also constitutes the material of this book. mark is a collective of five artists who live in Berlin, Bremen, and Vienna respectively. mark’s artistic practice draws upon professions in the fields of architecture, fine art, design, and the social services. Individual members have run spaces in Bremen in which installations, performances, and talks by other artists have been staged.
December 2011 / Numbered edition of 500
Softcover / 5 1/8 x 7 inches / 48 pp / 1 color
ISBN: 978-3-940215-14-7 · Retail Price: $22.00
KW Pocket 1
Ellen Blumenstein (Ed.)
With Markierung (Markings), the KW Institute for Contemporary Art and Spector Books initiates a series of pocket-sized, polymorph publications that will be produced together with artists who have exhibited, intervened, or performed at the Kunst-Werke. Within the framework of the exhibition Relaunch (2013), artist Nedko Solakov and curator Ellen Blumenstein walk through the building in Berlin’s Auguststrasse together commenting on the markings that Solakov “tagged” with a black marker on walls, windows, passages, and doors of the institution. The markings revolve around the building’s present and presence, allow its past to resurface, and sketch out ideas for its future. They act as an appropriation of the space and simultaneously as self-representation of an institution.
kw , BERLIN
January 2015 / English & German
Exhibition catalog / Softcover / 4 1/2 x 6 1/4 inches
160 pp / Full b&w
ISBN: 978-3-944669-37-3 · Retail Price: $18.00
The Luxembourg Pavillion Biennale 2015
Paul Ardenne (Ed.)
Dance, performance, film, karaoke and readings fuse politics and pop in Paradiso Lussemburgo, artist, author and musician Filip Markiewicz’s (b. 1980) installation at the Luxembourg Pavilion of the 56th Venice Biennale. Markiewicz’s subject is the projected and historical realities of Luxembourg itself. In both installation and reader, Markiewicz creates a journey through layers of the country’s projected labels (such as tax haven) and waves of immigration that speak to its blended sense of European nationality in search of its identity. The reader continues, in the words of the artist, a “new contemporary mythology of Luxembourg,” with the bilingual layering of drawings, text and analysis, exhibition views, an interview and a film script. Paradiso Lussemburgo, a project proposed by Markiewicz and curator Paul Ardenne, creates an active theater in Venice, which the reader continues, inviting further participation. Writings by Paul Ardenne, Josée Hansen and Ingo Niermann.
October 2015 / English & French
Hardcover / 6 3/4 x 9 1/2 inches / 41 b&w and 61 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-133-8 · Retail Price: $28.00