The Weather, A Building
Libraries are generally perceived as storehouses, spaces of neutral accumulation and containment. While the architecture may attempt to operate in this stable mode, the material contained within them is often far wilder. Histories, biographies, loose thoughts, and detailed notations are temporarily suspended, cataloged, and organized, creating relationships where perhaps previously there were none. The trajectory of the Staatsbibliothek Berlin exposes the tension between what is contained in libraries and how it is contained in a highly palpable way. This new artist book charts three narratives associated with the life of this particular library. The anecdotes become both concrete examples and metaphors through which to interrogate the production, situating, and sharing of meaning. With texts by Buchanan and Ian White.
7 3/4 x 5 3/4 inches/ 80 pp/ 10 b&w, 1 color
Retail Price: $24.00
Several Clouds Colliding
British philosopher, inventor, mathematician, astronomer and visionary Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772) is the inspiration behind the London-based Swedenborg Society. In this intriguing collection of essays and documentary material from the society’s achives, artist/poet Brian Catling and writer/filmmaker Iain Sinclair reveal a secret history of Swedenborg: madman or messiah, you choose. The author-performers reconstruct and reflect on the extraordinary events surrounding an exhibition and performance held at the Swedenborg House on February 17, 2010. Catling is known for his teaching at Oxford and exhibitions at the Serpentine and the ICA and Sinclair for his publications and films including Ghost Milk: Calling Time on the Grand Project (2011): they join forces to create this peculiar but seductively engaging journey into the psycho geography of religious ritual.
5 2/3 x 9 1/4 inches/ 72 pp/ 91 b&w and color
Retail Price: $32.00
SWEDENBORG ARCHIVE, LONDON