Black Pocketbook Series
Cerith Wyn Evans
The most comprehensive book to date on contemporary German sculptor Michael Sailstorfer, whose work combines subversive poetry and melancholic humor. His sculptures endure as memories as much as materials: a spinning tire expands beyond the visual, coming to life by giving off an utterly unpleasant smell of burning rubber; in a looped, slowed-down film of an exploding hangar, the building itself seems to be breathing. Includes an artist interview, fiction by Ingo Niermann and Schorsch Kamerun, an art historical text by Jennifer Allen and a philosophical contribution by Franz Xaver Baier. This book shows Sailstorfer’s importance in the contemporary art scene. Number 16 in the Black Pocket Book Series from Sternberg Press.
Produce, Distribute, Discuss, Repeat
Anton Vidokle, artist and co-founder of the noted internet art-based site, e-flux, has commanded the attention of over 70,000 viewers daily through his collaborative art projects such as the noted “e-flux video rental” and “An Image Bank for Everyday Revolutionary Life”. But for the numerous projects he has instigated and produced his identity is almost unknown. This new volume in the Black Book series finally unveils Vidokle’s unique and extensive career through numerous essays and a unusual interview with Martha Rosler about Vidokle by Bosko Blagojevic. Contributors include, Media Farzin, Liam Gillick, Boris Groys, Maria Lind, Monika Szewczyk and Jan Verwoert.
Featured for the first time in the noted Sternberg Black Pocket Book series is a selection of seminal graphic-design projects developed by Markus Weisbeck’s German studio Surface over the last ten years. This paradigm-shifting firm has redefined the client-designer relationship, challenging what constitutes a graphic design practice today. Whether Surface collaborates closely with artists, like Liam Gillick or Isa Genzken, to create the posters for the German Pavilion at the Venice Biennale or takes the liberty to insert subtle interventions into monthly issues of a magazine, its designs skillfully inform the content at hand. Includes projects as diverse as virtual audio artwork by artist Michaela Melián, numeerous artists’ catalogues and key visuals for Manifesta 7. Also featured is a conversation between Christoph Keller and Markus Weisbeck.
In this absorbing theoretical manifesto, Israeli curator Joshua Simon argues that we have moved into an economy of neomaterialism. Despite the rhetoric of dematerialization in art practices since the 1960s, the embodiment of materiality has actually just shifted: the focus of labor has moved from production to consumption, the commodity has become the historical subject and symbols now behave like materials. Here, Simon advocates for the unreadymade, sentimental value and the promise of the individual as a means for a vocabulary in this new economy of meaning. Reflecting on general intellect as labor and the subjugation of an overqualified generation to the neo-feudal order of debt finance, Neomaterialism merges traditions of epic communism with the communism that is already here.
Giving the Story a Treatment
Four or Five Roses
After the Hunt
Five or Six
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