The Power of the Image Melani De Luca
Pernilla Ellens (Ed.)
OH MY GOD, LOOK AT HER BUTT! Post-Butt ponders the virality of images in our mediated society. More “rounded,” it is a case study around the image of female butts, booties, and behinds and their influence in media, society, and art. The “butt” has become the protagonist of mass-mediated cullture. One can say that it is the democratic sex organ par excellence. The phenomenon of bootyfication exists in many contexts, as varied as the exploitation of the body in colonialism to 90s hip-hop culture. Post-Butt goes through different periods in time to analyze the political meaning behind the obsession with the image of the female buttocks and to discuss the role of the booty in varied cultural expressions such as film, Internet art, music videos, dance, and plastic surgery. Deep inside, Post-butt aims to reflect on how our society is conditioned by viral images that do not only exist in the digital context, but also have deep consequences on our physical world. Featuring images of Eminem, Nicki Minaj, Guy Debord, Beyonce, Kara Walker, Josefine Baker, and Kim Kardashian, among many more bootyful others!
6 ½ x 9 ½ in. / 176 pp / 335 b&w and 10 color
Retail Price: $23.00
IZU PHOTO MUSEUM, JAPAN
Anne Faucheret & David Jourdan (Eds.)
The exhibition The Promise of Total Automation at the Kunsthalle Wien (Vienna, 2016) investigated our relationship to a world of machines, technological objects, and electronic devices. The prospect of a fully automated future—while acutely reshaping the notions of work, production, and value creation—feeds emancipatory scenarios that ultimately lead to the end of labor. Instead of offering a traditional record of the exhibition, the curators investigated books written on the subject and then reproduced their covers. The result is a fascinating bibliography and chronology of automation as seen across the twentieth century through the covers of books and their authors. Included artists are Athanasios Argianas, Zbynek Baladrán, Thomas Bayrle, James Benning, Bureau d’études, Steven Claydon, Tyler Coburn, Philippe Decrauzat and Alan Licht, Harry Dodge, Juan Downey, Cécile B. Evans, Judith Fegerl, Melanie Gilligan, Peter Halley, Channa Horwitz, Geumhyung Jeong, David Jourdan, Barbara Kapusta, Konrad Klapheck, Bela Kolárová, Nick Laessing, Mark Leckey, Tobias Madison and Emanuel Rossetti, Benoît Maire, Mark Manders, Daria Martin, Shawn Maximo, Régis Mayot, Wesley Meuris, Gerald Nestler, Henrik Olesen, Julien Prévieux, and Magali Reus.
5 x 7 in. / 188 pp / 163 color
Retail Price: $17.00
KUNSTHALLE WIEN, AUSTRIA