Bruce is in the Garden; So Someone is in the Garden
Call it an exhibition catalog, monograph or exhibition catalog: this extensively illustrated book on the major New Zealand artist Sean Kerr is as surprising as Kerr’s installations. His website opens with a video of him inconspicuously playing a snare drum as people arrive at a gallery. Known for using technology to create comic situations and good-natured affronts to the prevailing culture, he has also made a large and influential body of work in sound, installation, video and 2D formats. This major publication has been produced as a parallel project to a major survey exhibition of Kerr’s work in Aukland. Includes a substantial pictorial chronology of Kerr’s gregariously varied practice, an interview with the artist, and texts by several contributors.
2011 / Hardcover / 7 x 9 1/2 inches
164 pp / 18 b&w and 190 color
ISBN: 978-0-9864628-0-1 · Retail Price: $45.00
The Jesuits, Rosicrucians, freemasons, CIA, Mafia, IRA and al-Qaeda are all secret societies, covertly working away behind the scenes to create a world they envision, be it good or evil. The concept behind this exhibition, and its accompanying catalog, is that the contemporary art world is also a secret society, with a small circle of initiated members who possess arcane knowledge. In absorbing essays, Michael Bracewell, Ina Blom and Gary Lachman look at how the contemporary art economy is its own exclusive club. A large selection of artworks chosen by curators Cristina Ricupero, Alexis Vaillant and Jan Verwoert responds to the theme.
November 2011 / English, French & German / Exhibition catalog
Softcover / 8 5/8 x 11 inches / 256 pp / 120 color
ISBN: 978-3-940953-82-7 · Retail Price: $69.95
Calligraphy in Chinese Contemporary Art
Dirk Luckow (Ed.)
Secret Signs, an extensive group exhibition catalog, looks at the role of Chinese calligraphy in relation to contemporary Chinese art over the past three decades as a way of asking fundamental questions of art and art making in China today. In 1956 Mao ordered the radical simplification of the ancient complex calligraphic writing system used by the court by standardizing the characters and their sounds, reducing their form and number, creating a sudden lack of referential symbols and images. Is the sidelining of Chinese calligraphy paradigmatic of modern Chinese culture? How does China deal with its cultural heritage in light of the rapid changes brought about by globalization? These poignant issues are explored through the 38 artists spanning the early 1980s to the present including Ai Wei Wei, Chen Guangwu, Chen Zaiyan and Dai Guangyu along with artist interviews, essays by cultural historians and curators and installation views from the exhibition.
January 2015 / English & German
Exhibition catalog / Hardcover / 9 1/2 x 12 inches
240 pp / 10 b&w and 180 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-091-7 · Retail Price: $72.00
2009 / Semina No. 4 / Softcover
5 1/4 x 7 3/4 inches / 120 pp
ISBN: 978-1-906012-12-0 · Retail Price: $19.95
One Break, A Thousand Blows!
2008 / Semina No. 2 / Softcover
5 1/4 x 7 3/4 inches / 128 pp
ISBN: 978-1-906012-05-2 · Retail Price: $22.00
2008 / Semina No. 1 / Softcover
5 1/4 x 7 3/4 inches / 128 pp
ISBN: 978-1-906012-03-8 · Retail Price: $22.00
The Dark Object
This volume of interrelated yet self-contained short stories is set in an art school in which a paranoid, conceptual ideology has prohibited the making of objects. One student remains: isolated and battling with institutional directives and solitary confinement, Addison Cole writes stories. These narrate a series of explicit encounters with texts, objects and artists, reducing characters to their pornographic effect. Imagine Slavojzizek as an impotent sexual metaphor or Hegel as a skeletal specter. London-based author Katrina Palmer explores the tension between the restraint of narrative form and the explosion of ontic instability. The aim is not to subsume fantasy into the everyday, but rather demonstrate that everything is real and the everyday is fantastical.
2010 / Semina No. 5 / Softcover / 5 1/4 x 7 3/4 inches / 120 pp
ISBN: 978-1-906012-22-9 · Retail Price: $19.95
HOE #999 Decennial Appreciation and Celebratory Analysis
High on teenage rebellion and Thunderbird wine, the Hogs of Entropy (HOE) released over 1,000 text files – an electronic version of paper zines – and inadvertently proved that the brain capacity of the average American teenager is on par with Neanderthal man. To a soundtrack of Guns ‘n’ Roses, Wu Tang Clan and The Misfits, prime conspirator Jarett Kobek practiced a shamanistic exorcism of American culture. In this book, Kobek attempts a tripped-out transformation of his adolescent texts. Outsourcing all critical meditation to an Asian essay farm and interweaving this work-for-hire meta-text alongside editorial dialogue and excerpts from the original, he reloads and jacks up his anti-authorial intent for a newer, even stupider millennium.
2010 / Semina No. 6 / Softcover / 5 1/4 x 7 3/4 inches / 120 pp
ISBN: 978-1-906012-21-2 · Retail Price: $19.95
Blood Rites of the Bourgeoisie
Using pornographic spam emails, and replacing the generic ‘he’ and ‘she’ with the names of leading feminist artists, this sort-of-novel reveals the un-nameable desires of the art world, projected through the aspirant culture of London’s curatorial elite. With walk-on parts by Martha Rosler, Sam Taylor Wood and Tracey Emin, sensational lost Belle de Jour transcripts, and missives from the underbelly of the blogosphere, artist/filmmaker Stewart Home’s work reads like the SCUM manifesto remixed by The Bomb Squad. When the publisher rushed this to Malcolm McLaren for a deathbed blurb, legend has it his final croak was, “Feminism with balls.” Home’s writings include 69 Things To Do With A Dead Princess, Tainted Love, and Memphis Underground. From 2007-10, he was the commissioning editor of Semina, a series of acclaimed experimental novels.
2010 / Semina No. 7 / Softcover
5 1/4 x 7 3/4 inches / 120 pp
ISBN: 978-1-906012-23-6 · Retail Price: $19.95
Jean-Pascal Flavien’s work involves the design and conception of houses that reconfigure domestic space to produce unorthodox living arrangements. A particular form of thinking gives rise to a physical form of dwelling, and the use of these structures furthers his artistic approach via experiments within the space as well as through written texts, films and other activities. Thus far, four of the Berlin-based artist’s installations have been realized: Viewer (2007), Rio de Janeiro; No Drama House (2009), Berlin; Two Persons House (2010), São Paulo; and Breathing House (2012), Pougues-les-Eaux, France. This catalog, published on the occasion of Flavien’s exhibition at the Centre d’art contemporain du Parc Saint Léger and the Kunstverein Langenhagen, is an arrangement of these independent parts following the development of the artist’s most recent houses. Includes contributions from curator Olivier Michelon and art historians Vanessa Desclaux and Vanessa Joan Müller.
2014 / English & German
Exhibition catalog / Softcover
9 x 11 3/4 inches / 112 pp / 50 color
ISBN: 978-3-944669-05-2 · Retail Price: $45.00