The Whirr of the Image Machine
(Das Surren der Bildmaschine)
The Whirr of the Image Machine is a hybrid, polyphonic narrative in which multiple points of view and voices are mixed. German video artist Thomas Taube intercuts texts by different authors and images to create layered narratives, and positions them so a commentary runs back and forth between them. The stories presented are original audio interviews with night watchmen from around the world. Taube sent questions to eight different people: night watchmen and women in Kabul, Tokyo, Yaoundé, plus five other cities asking them for an account of their lives and work. Based on these conversations, Taube shot the film Dark Matters (2014). The artist’s project paces itself with selected images set within each narrative in a way that is engaging and mysterious enough to continue the intertwining personal accounts. Short descriptive texts of each person are included by Malte Henke, Maruan Paschen, Daniel Pauselius and Clemens von Wedemeyer.
February 2016 / English & German / Flexicover
6 ½ x 9 ½ inches / 99 pp / Extensive b&w and color
ISBN: 978-3-95905-063-0 · Retail Price: $35.00
Canadian-born, Brussels-based artist Zin Taylor has become known internationally for his elaborate installations encompassing elements of performance and sculpture along with drawing, printing, and video. The multifaceted works in this artist book/exhibition catalog are often culled from the undergrowth of popular culture (especially the underground music scene) and contemporary art lore. The spoken and printed word in all its forms – journalism, research, storytelling – figures prominently in Taylor’s practice, and many of his installations have also been accompanied by publications and/or artist books. Contributing essays by Dan Adler, Esperanza Rosales, Dieter Roelstraete, Mark von Schlegell and Zin Taylor.
February 2012 / Exhibition catalog / Softcover
5.5 x 8 inches / 128 pp / 22 b/w
ISBN: 978-1-934105-59-7 · Retail Price: $19.95
Lichen Voices | Stripes and Dots
Rosemary Heather & Nicolaus Schafhausen (Eds.)
This catalogue accompanies Taylor’s exhibition “The Story of Stripes and Dots (Chapter 5)” at Fogo Island Gallery, which follows his two-part residency with Fogo Island Arts in 2010 and 2012. Featuring essays by Zoë Gray and Saelan Twerdy, and Taylor in conversation with Patrick Staff and Robin Simpson, the book also presents the artist’s portfolio An Index Describing the Individual 19 Thoughts about Stripes and Dots Arranged on a Vitrine Made of Brass and Glass.
FOGO ISLAND ARTS, NEWFOUNDLAND
2014 / Exhibition catalog
Softcover / 6 x 8 1/4 inches
120 pp / 58 b&w
ISBN: 978-3-95679-021-8 · Retail Price: $30.00
An absorbing monograph on the first European solo exhibition for New York-based Venezuelan filmmaker, Javier Téllez, participant in two Venice Biennials (2001 and 2003) and the 2008 Whitney Biennial. Téllez’s work operates in the interface between fiction and documentary that developed through the auteur movement, to challenge Hollywood’s emphasis on story above all. Perhaps the most successful is his film La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc, in which he juxtaposes, in a dual projection, a reworking of the 1928 silent film of the same title with statements made by 12 psychiatric patients. The resulting film illustrates how easy it is to compare heroism with schizophrenia, asking where the line stands between “normal” and “abnormal”. Also featured is an interview by fellow artist Pedro Reyes, along with four additional essays.
2010 / English & German / Exhibition catalog
Softcover / 8 1/2 x 10 5/8 inches / 128 pp / 35 b&w and 33 color
ISBN: 978-3-940953-48-3 · Retail Price: $49.95
Stories from the Annenberg Dialogues
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
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.
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
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.
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
Andrew Lee Walker and Rachel K. Ward
2004 / Softcover / 8 x 11 inches
285 pp / 185 color
ISBN: 0-9745688-8-0 · Retail Price: $45.00
A History of An Artist-Run Space (1992 – 1997)
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
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.
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