8th Triennial of Contemporary Art U3
Boris Groys (Ed.)
The subject of this year’s 8th Triennial of Contemporary Art Slovenia, curated by internationally renowned philosopher, art critic, and media theorist Boris Groys is the integral nature of cosmic and global processes. The fully illustrated softcover catalog presents photographs of installations, texts, and projects by a variety of contributors including artists, theorists, researchers, and curators, most of whom were born in or work in Lublijana. Organized alphabetically in sections with short texts and explanatory captions, the contributors address a cosmos that is a harmonious, utopian universe, but also uncontrollable and unknown–the source of a specifically modern fear or uneasiness that could be described as “cosmic anxiety.” Together they explore the many possibilities of connection between the artistic and the scientific imagination– cosmos as analysis of sci-fi culture, corporeal immortality and critiques of contemporary technology. Contributors include, Zdenka Badovinac, Jože Barši, Boris Beja, Irena Boric, Blaž Božic, BridA, Chang Tsong-Zung and Gao Shiming plus many more.
Softcover / 8 x 10 ¼ in.
168 pp / 12 b&w and 105 color
Retail Price: $25.00
MODERNA GALERIJA, LJUBLJANA
Jesse Birch & Will Holder (Eds.)
Black Diamond Dust expands on the 2014 multi-site contemporary art exhibition that took place in Nanaimo, British Columbia, a small city on the eastern edge of Vancouver Island. The title refers to coal mining, an industry which, while fueling the modern world, has formed and fragmented communities through economic development, racial segregation and labor inequity. This handsomely designed hardcover book, edited by curator Jesse Birch with Scottish artist Will Holder, gathers art projects and writings by an international gathering of filmmakers, artists, photographers, writers and curators, addressing forgotten or under-acknowledged histories surrounding the practices of international coal mining. Contemporary artworks, poetry, essays, literature, folk songs and archival images are brought together to extract meaning from this fossilized black carbon that continues to power our cities. This is the first of three projects to engage the resource industries of Vancouver Island (coal mining, forestry, and fisheries) through contemporary art. Excerpts from Franz Kafka and George Orwell. Texts by Lynne Bowen, Peter Culley, Antonio Graydon, Sarah Ogan Gunning, Michael Taussig. Artworks by Stephanie Aitken, Raymond Boisjoly, Edward Burtynsky and others.
6 ¾ x 9 ½ in. / 138 pp / 35 b&w and 37 color
Retail Price: $25.00
NANAIMO ART GALLERY, CANADA