LIGNA & Patrick Primavesi (Eds.)
How can large groups of people organize without becoming a controlled “ornament of the masses,” asked Frankfurt school theorist Siegfried Kracauer. In the Weimar Republic of the 1920s, a new form of collective dance emerged in many German cities, initiated by choreographer Rudolf von Laban and his students. These dance collectives were known as movement choirs. Amateurs, mostly from working-class backgrounds, danced together in large groups, often outdoors. Their past performances chart a lineage of interventionist practice in the public space, which continues today as demonstrated by contemporary artist collective LIGNA with their 2013 piece Tanz aller—(Dance of all—). LIGNA’s recent work, based in media theory and performance art, takes these historical movement choirs as source material and inspiration. This volume—part history, part theoretical manifesto on the politics of collective dance—includes primary source texts, scientific essays, historical images and documents of LIGNA’s contemporary performance work.
Release Date: October 2014
English & German / Hardcover
6 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches / 400 pp / Extensive b&w
ISBN: 978-3-940064-69-1 · Retail Price: $45.00
Catalog of the 10th Fellback Triennial of Contemporary Sculpture
2007 / English and German / Exhibition catalog Hardcover / 8 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches
296 pp / 380 color
ISBN: 978-3-936859-64-5 · Retail Price: $66.00
Selected Works 1989-2009
The work produced by Mike Bouchet in recent years seems to present a compulsion to alter one’s place in the world by reproducing and re-contextualizing “desirable” things in and of the world. His projects and exploits are one-to-one models – real transactions with their own autonomy and agency. You cannot alter your place in the world without first altering your image of the world. Bouchet’s endeavor goes beyond representation or a kind of DIY prudence, into what can best be described as a real-life parody. This artist uses everything at his disposal to grow, package, and pitch his own products. In systems such as these, even real transactions are not completely convincing, the rectification of one’s product through extensive image production is needed to make it completely viable.
2009 / Softcover / 216 pp / 8 3/78 x 11 inches / 171 color
ISBN: 978-1-933128-73-3 · Retail Price: $34.95
Pauline Boudry/Renate Lorenz, Anja Casser w/Electra (Eds.)
Artists’ book Aftershow engages and brilliantly captures the recent film installations of the gender-neutral artist duo Pauline Boudry/Renate Lorenz following their 2013 exhibition Patriarchal Poetry at the Badischer Kunstverein. Research material, scripts, film stills, and installation shots provide insight into the artists’ investigation of performance in film and their dense net of references to experimental film, the history of photography, sound and underground (drag) performances. The book’s title alludes to an interest in events that are belated, left backstage or off-screen. A number of (fictitious) letters to friends and collaborators such as Sharon Hayes, Yvonne Rainer, Ginger Brooks-Takahashi and Jack Smith are also included and place the work of Boudry & Lorenz in a context of debates around temporalities, activism, the archival, decolonizing practices, and queer histories.
BADISCHER KUNSTVEREIN, GERMANY
January 2015 / Softcover
8 1/4 x 12 1/4 inches
190 pp / 1 b&w and 130 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-049-2 · Retail Price: $34.00
The subjects filmed by American-born Mark Boulos inhabit the realm of documentary, but he chooses to show his large-scale, multi-screen video installations in art venues and galleries. “To call a film ‘art’ is to release it from the demands of reportage and anthropology that otherwise burden documentaries,” Boulos says. This extensively illustrated catalogue considers three of Boulos’ most recent video installations, All That is Solid Melts into Air (featured in the Projects Gallery of MoMA, NY in 2012), The Word Was God, and No Permanent Address. Boulos’ subjects include the revolutionary fervor, political militancy, sexual identity and religious ecstasy of radical organizations such as the Filipino revolutionary New People’s Army and the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta. Essays by Mark Boulos, Juan Gaitan, Molly Macdonald, Philippe-Alain Michaud and Scott Watson.
April 2012 / Hardcover /
7.75 x 10.25 inches/56 pp / b&w and color
ISBN: 978-0-88865-004-7 · Retail Price: $29.95
Yang Zhenzhong, Xu Zhen and Shi Qing
Barely 50 years after the despised “bourgeois intellectual” class was ruthlessly crushed by Chairman Mao’s Cultural Revolution, Chinese artists are openly exploring the idea of “bourgeoisifying” the previously worshipped proletariat (worker). This engrossing full color book documents an impromptu, four-day exhibition put together by 50 of China’s leading artists in 2009, staged in a converted factory across from an Ikea warehouse in the far western suburbs of Shanghai. Organized around 12 probing questions (“State the class background of the last three generations of your family,” for example, or “Summarize your experience of growing up”), the artists present a group of dynamic installations that touch on human rights, political discourse, the role of the arts and other topics. Featuring over 40 artists and collectives.
2010 / English & Chinese / Exhibition catalog
Softcover / 6 3/4 x 8 1/4 inches / 204 pp / 328 color
ISBN: 978-988-17367-6-5 · Retail Price: $25.00
A Case Study
Behavioral Objects, Volume I
Samuel Bianchini & Emanuele Quinz (Eds.)
Three immersive installations by French artist Céleste Boursier-Mougenot (b. 1961) are featured in this well-illustrated reader accompanying the artist’s 2016 exhibition from here to ear at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Since 1994, Boursier-Mougenot, a musician by training, has been combining visual arts and experimental music. Using “behavioral objects” such as a roomful of roving pianos or finches roosting on amplified guitars, the artist allows the musical potential of unorthodox configurations of materials and media to generate “living” music. The history behind the concept of “behavioral objects” and the parameters of this field of research and practice, dating to the emergence of cybernetics—is also examined in the reader. Paris-based artist and the director of research group Reflective Interaction, Samuel Bianchini, and curator Emanuele Quinz edit both reader and accompanying monograph on this fascinating artist who has exhibited internationally from MoMA PS1, NY, to the Palais de Tokyo, Paris, and the 2015 Venice Biennale.
May 2016 / Exhibition catalog / Softcover
6 ½ x 9 inches / 224 pp / 40 b&w and 150 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-172-7 · Retail Price: $18.00
2011 Turner Prize winner Martin Boyce, based in Glasgow, says he tries to capture the beauty in unloved everyday places. This exhibition catalog for the rising-star sculptor shows the powerful atmospheres he creates, transforming galleries into alternative realities filled with objects that are familiar yet skewed. Litter bins are lopsided. Rusting benches take on irregular shapes. Trees are square. Leaves with brutally straightened edges litter the floor. Sharp, haphazard letters of the alphabet cascade down the walls. Boyce says his goal is to look at “the things that we pass through every day and occasionally catch a glimpse of, and maybe see something that has a meaningful resonance.” Includes an excellent text by Renate Wiehager, and an interview with the artist.
April 2012 / Exhibition catalog / Hardcover
10 x 7.5 inches / 80 pp / 40 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-005-4 · Retail Price: $45.00
An Archival Impulse
Vanessa Joan Müller & Nicolaus Schafhausen (Eds.)
One of the most influential artists of the 20th century, Romanian sculptor Constantin Brancusi’s use of the pedestal launched a reorientation of the relationship between object, viewer and space that influenced the aesthetics of installation for years to come. This handsome exhibition catalog co-published by Kunsthalle Wien on the occasion of the 2014 exhibition, The Brancusi Effect, uses the artist’s original photographic documentation to illustrate the adaptable and modular structure of his work and the currency of his sensibility in relationship to installation and the sculptural in contemporary art. Curators Vanessa Joan Müller and Nicolaus Schaufhausen placed the Brancusi poetic photographs in dialogue with the installations and sculptural work (referencing Brancusi) by 23 internationally known contemporary artists including An Te Liu, Olaf Nicolai, Isa Gensken, Jürgen Mayer H., Ute Müller, Josephine Meckseper and Arnold Estefan. Texts by Paola Mola, Alessio Delli Castelli.
KUNSTHALLE WEIN, austria
Exhibition catalog / Softcover / 7 3/4 x 9 1/2 inches
152 pp / 45 b&w and 12 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-082-9 · Retail Price: $34.00
Klaus & Elisabeth Thoman (Eds.)
Herbert Brandl, considered one of the noted figures of the German new painting movement of the 1980s, continues to make work of a highly personal and affective nature. Immediately following the opening of his exhibition of monotypes at Vienna’s Albertina in 2010, the artist underwent emergency surgery due to an acute aneurysm. In the months and years since, Brandl has used his painting to meditate on the violence and physical pain of that experience. In this new publications, featuring Brandl’s latest series Katana, reproductions of his lush abstract colorscapes are juxtaposed with images of Japanese samurai swords. The folds of the steel katana blade begin to resemble a mountain panorama, while traces of the scalpel and the violence done to the artist’s own body become emotionally present in the paintings themselves.
September 2013 / English & German
Exhibition catalog / Hardcover / 12 x 7 1/4 inches
64 pp / 35 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-046-7 · Retail Price: $35.00