The Very Quick of the Word
Annie Godfrey Larmon & Alise Upitis (Eds.)
Multiple temporalities of memory making and recording are overlaid in the video “paintings” of New York– and Berlin–based artist Ken Okiishi. Okiishi uses flat-screen televisions as canvas, painting in the style of the abstract expressionists. Brashly colored pigment rubbing against a glowing screen showing a delayed playback of significantly deteriorated home videos which have significantly deteriorated. The artist, featured in the 2014 Whitney Biennial, is interested in exploring the gap between digital and continuous space. This intentionally overwhelming book, which accompanies recent exhibitions at the MIT List Visual Arts Center and CCS Bard, imagines the exhibition catalog itself as a format in crisis. A mass of overlaid images and inlaid texts, it includes essays from curators Annie Godfrey Larmon and Alise Upitis along with images from Okiishi’s series gesture/data (2013–ongoing), and a screenplay book of Okiishi’s 2010 runaway hit, (Goodbye to) Manhattan.
Exhibition catalog / Softcover
6 1/3 x 9 1/2 inches / 160 pp
ISBN: 978-3-95679-064-5 · Retail Price: $28.00
Return to Rightful Owner
Where is history “created”? Inspired by this question, visual artist Eva Olthof works on projects in which she researches certain events or locations through testimonials and documentation. Collecting fragments—her personal photos, archive material, texts and objects—and searching for boundaries between documentary and imaginary images, Olthof’s new book explores the politics of forgetting, remembering and citing. She takes as her starting point the American Memorial Library in Berlin, built in 1954 as a gift from the American people to West Berlin. Its modern architecture made it an emblem for the American way of life. Purposely located close to the border of Russian-occupied territory, the library also had the goal of attracting East Berliners. Written with Dutch curator Doreen Menda, this publication explores the political history of the library as showcase for American freedom and democracy and the recent revelations of NSA files by Edward Snowden.
October 2015 / Softcover
6 x 9 1/2 inches / 95 pp / 30 b&w
ISBN: 978-94-91677-31-1 · Retail Price: $26.00
Three Banquets For a Queen
Gastronomy meets art in a new series, On the Table, edited by the provocative, genre-straddling Swedish writer Charlotte Birnbaum. The first publication is a new translation of a 17th-century text describing three spectacular banquets that greeted Queen Christina of Sweden when she visited Rome in 1668. Antonio degli Effetti was on the scene, and described all three feasts in their sumptuous glory, detailing the lavish preparations for the celebrations and the dining experience itself, designed by Bernini, no less! The original text, dotted with quotations from Ovid’s Metamorphoses and Virgil’s Aeneid, is placed in today’s context by a foreword and two essays by Birnbaum. Was it dinner or was it 300-year-old performance art?
October 2011 / Softcover / 4 1/8 x 7 inches / 92 pp / 6 color
ISBN: 978-1-934105-62-7 · Retail Price: $24.95
The Futurist Cookbook: F.T. Marinetti and Fillìa
Charlotte Birnbaum (Ed.)
Fourth in the wonderful series On the Table founded and edited by Charlotte Birnbaum, The Futurist Cookbook is a manifesto-as-culinary-innovation. Written in 1932 by founder of Futurism F. T. Marinetti and his collaborator Fillia—“like all the arts, it excludes plagiarism and demands creative originality. It is no accident that this work is being published in the midst of a world financial crisis, the development and outcome of which apparently cannot be determined; what can be determined, however, is the dangerous and dispiriting panic it engenders. This panic we counter with a Futurist cuisine: in other words, optimism at the table.” Replete with experimental recipes, this book is a multilayered exploration of cultural metabolisms— with the dining table as its centerpiece, of course! Brilliantly illustrated by Jan Kietala and translated by Barbara McGilvray.
Hardcover / 4 1/4 x 7 3/4 inches
228 pp / 10 b&w and 12 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-003-4 · Retail Price: $24.00
May 2005 – October 2007
2008 / Softcover / 7 5/8 x 10 7/8 inches / 416 pp / 208 color
ISBN: 978-0-9556674-1-1 · Retail Price: $49.95
Space, Interaction, and the Tradition of Oskar Hansen
Axel Wieder & Florian Zeyfang (Eds.)
Oskar Hansen’s concept of “open form”—a theory embracing art-as-process engaging viewer, recipient and user—became a key principle in performance and film leading to the development of process-oriented and interdisciplinary artistic techniques in the following decades. Open Form examines the extraordinary impact of Hansen’s ideas within contemporary visual culture and the redefined role of the viewer since the 1960s. In-depth interviews with some of the most important experimental artists in Poland from the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts, where Hansen taught architecture nearly his entire life, examine his impact on the arts. Developed in the context of international debates around late-modern architecture in the 1950s, “open form” assumed artistic expression incomplete until appropriated by the beholder. Contributions examining the theory’s influence on the younger generation and ample visual material by Hansen and other artists complete this fascinating and extensive volume.
July 2015 / English & German
Softcover / 6 x 8 3/4 inches / 248 pp / 139 b&w and 56 color
ISBN: 978-3-943365-98-6 · Retail Price: $26.00
Florence Derieux, Krist Gruijthuijsen & Bettina Steinbrügge (Eds.)
After appearing on the collective art world radar in the MoMA, NY, Emerging Photography exhibition (2013), American artist Lisa Oppenheim has now been recognized with her first major solo exhibition and monographic publication, cataloging a decade of practice. By exposing and re-exposing archival material, Oppenheim bridges past and present by introducing new meaning to historical images, often resulting in film and photographic projects. Using textiles to produce images and images to produce textiles, Oppenheim inserts punch cards of randomly chosen historical textile images into a traditional Jacquard loom, intentionally “jamming” the machine to produce unusual results. One could define this non-narrative, photo process based work as an archaeology of time and visual culture. Texts by Karen Archey, Angie Keefer, Lisa Oppenheim and Christian Rattemeyer.
GRAZER KUNSTVEREIN, GERMANY
KUNSTVEREIN IN HAMBURG, GERMANY
Exhibition catalog / Softcover
9 1/2 x 13 inches / 160 pp / 92 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-040-9 · Retail Price: $40.00
M HKA 08 02 13 - 19 05 13
Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys
Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys’s art casts a merciless perspective on reality. The duo visualizes their imaginings of the parallel world inherent within the modern human psyche, along with how it manifests itself in the everyday aspects of life and civic conformity. Everything from work, leisure and family, to social class, masculinity and marginalization are envisaged through convening an unlikely cast of nonprofessional actors, family members, friends, beards, objects and mannequins alike, often in banal, homespun settings. This book accompanies their major exhibition at M HKA of the same title—the term the artists use for their particular conception of the parallel world. Narratives and criticism by Michael Van den Abeele, Nav Haq, Jennifer Krasinski, Dieter Roelstraete and artist Peter Wächtler.
July 2013 / Exhibition catalog / Softcover
7 x 9 1⁄2 inches / 68 pp / 6 b&w and 17 color
ISBN: 978-3-943365-53-5 · Retail Price: $26.00
Options with Nostrils brings together a collection of previously unpublished essays, both theoretical and visual, by artists, curators and a group of post-graduates from the Fine Art program at Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam, who together founded the Office for the Unknown. The writings investigate notions of the unpredictable and the unknown while looking at ways in which these notions enable a critical view on conditions of art making within the context of the present. Mirroring the process, this volume presents a chaos of ideas. Labyrinthine in structure and outlook, Options with Nostrils aims to destabilize the belief that there is an order of things in response to which the artist holds a decisive position. Because, as Sarat Maharaj has said, “The artist has an unknowability: the ability to unknow.” Featured contributors include Anthony Huberman, Raimundas Malasauskas, Linda Quinlan plus many more.
Piet Zwart Institute, The Netherlands
May 2011 / Softcover / 5.25 x 7.75 inches / 250 pp / extensive b&w
ISBN: 978-1-934105-16-0 · Retail Price: $18.00
An exhibition catalog from M HKA, Antwerp, documenting the group called Auguste Orts, a production platform set up by Brussels-based artists Herman Asselberghs, Sven Augustijnen, Manon de Boer, and Anouk De Clercq. Indentifying themselves as visual artists, they work primarily with film and video, imagining experimental modes of life, contesting oppressive systems. In an accompanying essay, T.J. Demos writes: “While comprised of the singular and at times divergent approaches of its members, the group’s work shares a simultaneous commitment to the political potential of filmmaking and the subtle craftwork of aesthetics.” The catalog also includes an essay by M HKA director Bart De Baere; a roundtable discussion between the curator Dieter Roelstraete and the artists; in-depth texts on and illustrations of each artist’s work.
Museum Van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerp, Belgium
September 2010 / Exhibition catalog / Softcover / 5 x 7 5/8 inches / 152 pp / 21 b&w
ISBN: 978-1-934105-11-5 · Retail Price: $14.95