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TECHNOLOGICAL RITUALS

Stories from the Annenberg Dialogues

Annenberg Center for Communications
University of Southern California, Los Angeles
1999, Softcover, 10 1/4 x 8 1/2 inches
240 pp, 5 b&w and 82 color reproductions
ISBN: 0-9674127-0-6 · Retail Price: $29.95

MICHAEL TEDJA

Aquaholism

This artist’s book came about through Tedja’s inclusion in the recent Stedelijk exhibition How Far How Near exploring recent acquisitions of African-based artists along with domestic and international works already in the collection. Part exhibition catalog, artistic treatise, poetry collection, visual essay and artist’s book, Aquaholism is a polyphonic collage of text and image comprising over 17 years of Michael Tedja’s drawing, painting, sculpture and curatorial work. “Aquaholism” is the act of collecting these fragments, and the collector, the “Aquaholist,” scrutinizes discoveries in a transparent and closed aquarium—a space whose contents remain in motion. By presenting the artist as an active linguist who translates form and text from studio to exhibition to public spaces, Tedja opens up established systems of sociopolitics, identification and aesthetics and his works live beyond their initial conception. Contributions by Nav Haq, Martijn van Nieuwenhuyzen and an artist interview by Robert van Altena.

STERNBERG PRESS, BERLIN
THE DFI PUBLISHERS, THE NETHERLANDS
January 2015 / Exhibition catalog
Hardcover / 9 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches
442 pp / 171 b&w and 398 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-110-9 · Retail Price: $58.00

MATHILDE TER HEIJNE

Performing Change

Performing Change, a collection of interviews by Berlin-based Dutch artist Mathilde ter Heijne (b. 1969), explores the idea of open-ended, collaborative art processes and their transformative potential beyond the confines of art. Designed as an artist’s book and published in conjunction with her exhibition at the Museum für Freie Kunst, Freiburg, the book includes handwritten revisions, annotations and drawings from contributors including voodoo priest Togbé Hounon-Hounougbo Bahounsou and priestess Mamissi DaPovi, women from the Kartal Kadın Ürünleri Pazarı (Women’s Products Market) in Istanbul, shaman Ayahuasca and biologist Ulrich Meyerratken, ceremonial magic anthropologist Susan Greenwood and artists, curators and critics Sabeth Buchmann, Anselm Franke, Elke Bippus, Amy Patton, Mark Kremer, Janne Schäfer and Kristine Agergaard. Ter Heijne is recognized for her work in video, performance and installation and is a founding member of ƒƒ, an evolving and collaborative network of international feminist artists.

STERNBERG PRESS, BERLIN
MUSEUM FÜR NEUE KUNST, GERMANY
February 2016 / Exhibition catalog / Softcover
7 ¾ x 10 ½ inches / 280 pp / 38 b&w and 117 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-134-5 · Retail Price: $36.00

Terminal 5

Andrew Lee Walker and Rachel K. Ward
Lukas & Sternberg, New York
2004 / Softcover / 8 x 11 inches
285 pp / 185 color
ISBN: 0-9745688-8-0 · Retail Price: $45.00

 

Teststrip

A History of An Artist-Run Space (1992 – 1997)

Clouds, New Zealand
2008 / Softcover / 5 3/4 x 8 1/4 inches / 160 pp / Extensive b&w and color
ISBN: 978-0-9582789-6-6 · Retail Price: $39.95

Textiles

Open Letter

Rike Frank & Grant Watson (Eds.)

An essential characteristic of textiles is their richly intertextual nature. Textiles: Open Letter stems from an exhibition at Museum Abteiberg, Germany, plus an extensive research project (2010–14) examining the place of textiles in the history of art and culture, media, society and technology through various voices. Representing traditions found in both applied and fine arts, textiles hover between formalism and functionalism; as objects and techniques, they mediate between self and world, between affect-driven and knowledge-driven processes of appropriation. Functionally versatile, textiles are the fulcrum of an ensemble of activities, and illustrate relations between subject and object, material and immaterial, artistic and artisanal labor, and different cultures. The contributions in this book reflect on this complex interplay, the attendant conflicts and antagonisms of power and value, and the interaction of artistic processes within their contexts.

STERNBERG PRESS
GENERALI FOUNDATION, VIENNA
MUSEUM ABTEIBERG, MöNCHENGLADBACH
July 2015 / English & German
Hardcover / 7 3/4 x 9 1/2 inches / 312 pp / 47 b&w and 128 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-137-6 · Retail Price: $52.00

Diana Thater

Between Science and Magic

Claude Levi-Strauss wrote that “…art lies half-way between scientific knowledge and mythical or magical thought.” Influential film and video artist Diana Thater took Levi-Strauss’s idea a few steps further in the installation piece documented in this exhibition catalog/artist book. The piece – created expressly for the Santa Monica Museum of Art – is based on an iconic illusion, a magician pulling a rabbit out of a hat. Famed magician Greg Wilson performs the trick again and again; he was first filmed doing the illusion in a studio, then Thater screened the footage in the lavish, Art Deco Los Angeles Theater, and re-filmed the projection. In layer upon visual layer, using multiple points of view and multi-layered sound, Thater makes an absorbing film within a film within a film. Exciting work from an important artist.

Santa Monica Museum of Art, Los Angeles
August 2010 / Exhibition catalog / Hardcover
8 1/4 x 10 1/4 inches / 56 pp / 12 b&w and 12 color
ISBN: 978-0-9745108-6-6 · Retail Price: $29.95

The Danish Pavilion

51st Venice Biennale

Jacob Fabricius
Visual Art Center at the Danish Arts Agency
Pork Salad Press, Copenhagen
Lukas & Sternberg, New York
2005 / English, Danish and Italian text
Exhibition catalog / 6 3/4 x 8 inches
32 pp / 15 b&w
ISBN: 87-91409-13-6 · Retail Price: $19.00

The Populism Reader

Lukas & Sternberg, New York
2005 / English and German text
Softcover / 6 3/4 x 9 inches
200 pp / 16 color plus text
ISBN: 1-933128-04-6 · Retail Price: $29.95

THEATER OF EXHIBITIONS

Jens Hoffmann

Curator Jens Hoffman’s Theater of Exhibitions considers the plight of “art after the end of art” and asks whether inherited frameworks of making, theorizing and exhibiting art still apply to contemporary practice. Are exhibitions still an appropriate form of assembly and embodied ritual in our 21st-century global society? Drawing from his formation in theater and his own curatorial work, Hoffmann reflects on the current spaces of contemporary art—the gallery, the institution and the biennial. Ultimately he positions the discipline of curating in the context of a larger cultural sphere—one shaped by the political, social and economic conditions and demanding new attitudes and new thinking. The book also considers the commodification of the art industry and the distribution of images in the digital age and posits the exhibition as an anthropological endeavor, with curator as agent.

STERNBERG PRESS, BERLIN
October 2015 / Softcover
5 x 7 1/2 inches / 88 pp / 8 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-087-4 · Retail Price: $22.00