The New Performance Turn, Its Histories, and Its Institutions
Cosmin Costinas & Ana Janevski (Eds.)
The choreographic turn in the visual arts from 1958 to 1965 can be identified by the sudden emergence of works created by very different visual artists in very different places—artists such as Allan Kaprow, Carolee Schneeman, and Robert Rauschenberg in the United States; Lygia Pape and Hélio Oiticica in Brazil; the Gutai group in Japan; and Yves Klein in France. Each explicitly or implicitly used dance or choreographic procedures to reinvent and reimagine the practice and its history. Dedicated to the renewed encounter between dance and performance, Is the Living Body the Last Thing Left Alive? is a collection of essays and writings taken from the 2014 conference organized by Para Site, Hong Kong. Thirty contributors, coming from a broad field of discourse, joined together to rethink performance as more than a medium but rather as a series of questions and reflections about how art mediates social relations among people. Contributors include Belkis Ayón, Claire Bishop, Boris Buden, Amy Cheng, Bojana Cvejic, Patrick D. Flores, and Simryn Gil, and Yangjiang Group, among many others.
224 pp / Full b&w and color
Retail Price: $50.00
PARA SITE, HONG KONG
Fall into Indescribable Scenes
Andreas Baur (Ed.)
A film project with no planned ending and an artist that is unknown is the story behind JAK – Soul Blindness. JAK, the nonexistent artist, has been working on the film Soul Blindness since 2013, yet the development process is unlike that of a “normal” film project. From one exhibition to the next, JAK continues to write the screenplay, using various media such as drawing, text, video, sound, sculpture, painting, photo, and installation. Continually shot, this film describes how the main character is dealing with agnosia, which is a loss or diminution of the ability to recognize familiar objects or stimuli, also referred to as “soul blindness.” This expansive project, which continues to be in progress, was exhibited at Villa Merkel (Esslingen, 2017), and in Stuttgart, Taipei, and Leonberg. The book gives an amazingly coherent insight into JAK’s work with extensive images and informative essays, but you will not find any information or clues regarding who JAK is!
Softcover / 8 x 11 ½ in. / 140 pp / 100 color
Retail Price: $54.95
VILLA MERKEL, ESSLINGEN