Experimental writer and artist Katrina Palmer uses language as a material which she performs in private readings or in live, public performances. Her second publication from Book Works, The Fabricator’s Tale, is comprised of 24 tense and violent stories intertwined to form a narrative whole but twisted into a parody of a novel. Reminiscent of the extremist storytelling of William Burroughs and Kathy Acker as well as the Cinema of Transgression, Palmer’s nightmarish fantasies pack a visceral punch. Neatly contained in this compact novel-scaled publication, the short, abstract and disturbing vignettes expose the repressed tensions and malaise of contemporary life in a fantasy-space that upends male/ female power relations, the animate and inanimate, and the cracking points of human subjectivity. Based in London, Palmer is also the author of The Dark Object, and recently awarded the new but highly acclaimed UK Artangel Open Commission.
January 2015 / Softcover
4 1/2 x 7 inches / 200 pp
ISBN: 978-1-906012-51-9 · Retail Price: $25.00
Art In Germany 1945–1955
2008 / Softcover / 5 x 8 inches
380 pp / 50 b&w
ISBN: 978-1-905464-02-9 · Retail Price: $59.95
London-based artist Shezad Dawood uses this book to expound upon his film, Feature, which deconstructs the iconography and mythology of the classic Hollywood western by presenting a series of live performances that were linked by the Battle of Big Horn narrative. “My family’s originally from India and Pakistan, I was born in London in Hammersmith and I’ve lived in various cities and countries,” Dawood has explained. This work is “a meeting ground of the myth of the American West and Islamic mysticism, looking at the way that both mythologies began in the desert.” This book guarantees you’ll never watch a John Wayne western the same way again.
September 2008 / Softcover / 7 1/2 x 10 inches
156 pp / 300 color
ISBN: 978-1-906012-08-3 · Retail Price: $38.00
Cutting-edge sound artist and theorist Micah Silver produces sound installations and writes about the impact of sound on human behavior and social space. His research ranges from Yves Klein’s Air Architecture to La Monte Young’s Dream House, and culminates in a discussion of historically significant sound systems and their physical and experiential impacts (e.g., the Grateful Dead’s Wall of Sound custom PA). Silver, also a noted young curator in his field, studied music at Wesleyan and MIT’s Program in Art, Culture, and Technology. His installation and performance work have been realized at Mass MoCA, Issue Project Room, Palais de Tokyo in Paris and OK Zentrum along with many other international venues. The release of this combination reader and discussion of the artist’s work, coincides with an exhibition at Audio Visual Arts (AVA), New York City, in 2014.
Release Date: October 2014
5 1/4 x 8 inches / 96 pp / 12 b&w
ISBN: 978-1-941753-01-9 · Retail Price: $20.00
On Searching for New Language
Mai Abu ElDahab (Ed.)
Five essays that take an intimate look at what language’s role is in moments of dramatic change, and how to find meaning for artistic practices in these transformative conditions. Taking its cue from the aftermath of the events of the Egyptian Revolution in 2011, Final Vocabulary doesn’t provide answers as much as it captures the spirit of the moment of searching in which the writers find themselves. The book was developed out of a live conversation at an event called “The Informal Meeting” that took place in Leuven in January 2015, where participants were asked: Our histories and references are often in a different language (abstract or actual) than we use ourselves, what tools do you think are or might be useful to help you trust your own memories and narratives? What, if anything, do you think we might borrow from art to experiment with language in different situations?
MOPHRADAT A.I.S.B.L., BELGIUM
February 2016 / English & Arabic
Softcover / 4 ¾ x 8 ¼ inches / 112 pp
ISBN: 978-3-95679-176-5 · Retail Price: $12.00
Thomas Keenan, Suhail Malik & Tirdad Zolghadr (Eds.)
It is difficult to imagine making claims for human rights without using images. For better or worse, images of protest, evidence and assertion are the lingua franca of struggles for justice today. And they seem to come in a flood, more and more, day and night. But through what channels does the torrent pass? The Flood of Rights examines the pathways through which these images and ideas circulate—routes that do not merely enable, but actually shape humanrights claims and their conceptual background. What are the technologies and languages that structure the global distribution of humanism and universalism, and how do they leave their mark on these ideas themselves? Which narratives and imageries have proven easier to export and import, and whose interests are at stake? Contributions by 14 artists, curators and academics make up this important reader, including Thomas Keenan, David Levine, Hito Steyerl and TIrdad Zolghadr, among others.
CCS BARD, NEW YORK
LUMA FOUNDATION, LONDON
May 2016 / Hardcover
7 ¼ x 10 ½ inches / 248 pp
75 color and 4 b&w
ISBN: 978-3-95679-140-6 · Retail Price: $46.00
Anaël Lejeune, Olivier Mignon & Raphaël Pirenne (Eds.)
Many postwar American artists were influenced by French philosophy, literary studies, and social sciences. French Theory in American Art examines some of the main historical conditions of this reception.
2014 / Softcover
6 x 9 inches / 384 pp / 69 b&w
ISBN: 978-3-943365-37-5 · Retail Price: $34.00
An engrossing collection of writings and interviews by Berlin-based artist Peter Friedl brings together – for the first time – wide-ranging work dating back almost 30 years. As in his artworks, Friedl’s writings quote from and re-work multiple genres, offering reviews and portraits of George Sand, Clarice Lispector and Jean-Luc Goddard; examining theater, film and art history through the work of Robert Wilson, Yoko Ono and Glauber Rocha; and expanding and reflecting on his own projects. Alongside these are essays delving deep into the past, exploring mainly colonial history and its paradoxical traces in the present through narratives about Haiti, South Africa and Italy’s repressive colonial rule in Africa. A mind-expanding reader from one of the art world’s great contemporary thinkers, author of Four or Five Roses and Working at Copan.
Extra City Kunsthal Antwerp, Belgium
2010 / Hardcover / 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches / 274 pp
ISBN: 978-1-933128-96-2 · Retail Price: $29.95
Charlotte Brandt, Lars Bang Larsen, Jean-Charles Massera and Cristina Ricupero
2004 / Exhibition catalog / Softcover / 5 1/2 x 7 3/4 inches / 360 pp / 85 b&w and 115 color
ISBN: 951-8955-75-1 · Retail Price: $39.95
Erik Niedling with Ingo Niermann
When Berlin-based artist Erik Niedling dies, he would like to be buried in Pyramid Mountain, the largest tomb of all time as conceived by writer Ingo Niermann, his collaborator on this book. The second in Niermann’s Future of Art series, this Diary documents a year in the life of Niedling, who lived each day as though it were his last. In a letter that examines the social and philosophical implications of the project Tom McCarthy calls the book “a kind of Atkins diet for the soul.” The book was published as a companion to the exhibition “18.10.1973–29.02.2012” (Niedling’s fictional life-span) at the Neues Museum Weimar.
August 2012 / Softcover / 5 1/2 x 8 inches / 256 pp / 146 b&w
ISBN: 978-3-943365-02-3 · Retail Price: $27.00