The Body Electric
Ariane Beyn & Theo Eshetu (Eds.)
The Body Electric is the first complete survey of video artist and filmmaker Theo Eshetu’s thirty-five-year career. Eshetu examines the imagery of the collective unconscious, exploring cultural identity and challenging official media narratives through a complex interplay of signs and symbols. Eshetu’s videos possess a dreamlike quality in which gestures, fragmented actions, and the mirroring and multiplying of images into kaleido- scopic patterns question the very reality of what an image can reveal. The catalog offers an in-depth presentation of Eshetu’s engagement with a variety of genres and medias, including experimental cinema, documentary films, large-scale video installations, and live performances. The visuals are complemented with a critical essay by video-art historian Wulf Herzogenrath on Eshetu’s early films in the context of experimental video-making in the 1980s; an analysis of three of Eshetu’s feature-length films by writer and curator David Elliot; commentary on his work in documenta 14, Atlas Fractured (2017) by Monika Szewczyk; and an interview with Eshetu about the role of music, montage, and the representation of Africa in his films by curator Okwui Enwezor.
Softcover / 6 ½ x 9 ½ in. / 128 pp / 100 color
Retail Price: $32.00
BERLINER KUSTTERPROGRAMM DES DAAD, BERLIN
In the catalog (1770–25k), the Belgian-based American artist Cécile B. Evans (b. 1983) presents materials from three recent video works included in her solo exhibition Timeline for a Copy without Origin, Bielefelder Kunstverein (2016). The amalgamations of text and image appear in the form of audiovisual transcripts, with much of her material scavenged verbatim from popular culture and the user-generated web content of platforms like YouTube, Craigslist, and Reddit. Evans explores the themes of digital reproduction and transposition through existential discussions between characters such as AGNES, a bot commissioned for the Serpentine Galleries website, and PHIL, a bad copy of a very famous actor. Her work continues to explore the person-to-machine exchanges that have come to define the contemporary human condition. Evans has exhibited at Tate Liverpool (UK), Renaissance Society (Chicago), and Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris, and in the collections of MoMA (New York), The Rubell Family Collection (Miami), Whitney Museum (New York), and Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, among others.
6 x 8 ¼ in. / 304 pp / 210 b&w and 5 color
Retail Price: $32.00
DZ AG FRANKFURT, GERMANY