Frankfurt-based architect Nikolaus Hirsch presents theoretical essays, dialogues on collaborative projects and reflections on his own work, exploring the critical transformations of contemporary space and its effects on spatial practice. In this thought-provoking offering from the White Pocket Book series, the winner of the 2002 World Architecture Award looks at disciplines such as visual and performative arts and questions the notions of “boundary”: as a phenomenon of social and political discourse; a conflict between collaboration and authorship; a physical limitation that negotiates between stable and unstable conditions. Hirsch’s internationally acclaimed work includes the Dresden Synagogue, the Hinzert Document Center and a research project for the European Kunsthalle in Cologne. His work has been shown in such exhibitions as New German Architecture in Berlin, Utopia Station at the Venice Biennale and Can Buildings Curate? at AA London/Storefront Gallery in New York.
Series 015 / English and German
December 2007 / Softcover / 4 3/8 x 6 3/4 inches
300 pp / 23 color
ISBN: 978-1-933128-10-8 · Retail Price: $19.95
Charlotte van der Werf (Ed.)
The Art Cooperation Transmission (A.C.T.) Democ[k]racy project brings together eight institutional players, over forty artists and twenty researchers. Combining two years of residencies, seminars and exhibitions from 2012 to 2014, A.C.T. completes its goal with this massive publication, which is part documentation, exhibition catalog and theoretical reader. A.C.T was a consortium of Western and Eastern European art centers that joined forces to foster a cross-continental exchange exploring democratic changes facing Europe in the coming future. Multiple exhibitions were created by serially pairing curators from different cities until one exhibition became many. Featured are extensive reproductions, critical and poetic texts, political cartoons and more from collaborators including Anca Simionca, Marko Stamenkovic´ , Dan Perjovschi, Paul de Bruyne and Larys Frogier, among others.
Exhibition catalog / Softcover
5 x 9 inches / 480 pp / Extensive color and b&w
ISBN: 978-94-91677-17-5 · Retail Price: $39.95
Garden of Mirrored Flowers
Chinese writer Hu Fang offers a unique novel telling the story of a man designing a theme park, called Garden of Mirrored Flowers, which is itself an adaptation of a classical Qing Dynasty novel, Flowers in the Mirror. In an absorbing book which begins as a pictorial journey through mass-media advertisements, Fang depicts parallels between the park’s actual construction and how it has been imagined, or evolved out of history. Yet, is this the author’s vision, or more the result of reality writing itself through this author? Does that make it a documentary of life? “It’s a book written by a ghost writer,” says Fang. “Me? Just a traveler floating within the wave of globalization.”
VITAMIN CREATIVE SPACE, CHINA
2011 / Softcover / 5 x 8.25 inches / 192 pp / 70 b&w
ISBN: 978-1-934105-15-3 · Retail Price: $24.95
On Current Art and Imported Remoteness
Sophia Y. Hao & Edgar Schmitz (Eds.)
Hubs and Fictions, originally a touring forum, invited international curators, writers and producers to probe how fiction plays out in a globally distributed art-world ecology and to discuss how infrastructures are invented against its background. Staged sequentially in 2012 at Cooper Gallery – University of Dundee, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art and Goldsmiths London, the forum operated as a satellite event to Edgar Schmitz’s exhibition Surplus Cameo Décor at Cooper Gallery. The book functions as a deliberately discontinuous reader, juxtaposing documents, negotiations and reflections from and on the conversations. It also includes a preface by Andrea Phillips, a new image sequence by Schmitz and a suite of reflexive annotations exchanged between Hao and Schmitz. With contributions by Tobias Berger, Guy Brett, Simon Groom, Sophia Hao, Lisa Le Feuvre, Ma Lin, Markus Miessen and Federica Bueti, Tom Morton, Vanessa Joan Müller, Wang Nanming, Paul O’Neill, Edgar Schmitz and Gemma Sharpe.
October 2015 / Softcover
4 3/4 x 7 inches / 192 pp / 32 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-025-6 · Retail Price: $26.00
Thomas Keenan & Tirdad Zolghadr (Eds.)
The 1955 MoMA exhibition “The Family of Man” used a panorama of 503 photographs from 68 countries to construct an optimistic percept of the common human experience. Eventually travelling the world as an agent of U.S. cultural diplomacy, the exhibition has been criticized in the years since for its totalizing use of photography—particularly from developing nations—to draw a falsely universal and humanistic narrative. This handsome hardbound reader (drawn from an eponymous conference organized by Bard College’s Center for Curatorial Studies and the LUMA Foundation and held in Arles, France in 2011) looks to “The Family of Man” as a starting point to examine the contemporary relationship between curatorial practice and human rights as they manifest in art and photography. Original contributions from cultural theorists, photo historians, curators, and artists wrestle with potential contemporary applications of the exhibition’s themes. With contributions by Ariella Azoulay, Bassam El Baroni, Roger M. Buergel, George Didi-Huberman, Michel Feher, Hal Foster, Anselm Franke, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Sandi Hilal and Alessandro Petti, Maja Hoffmann, Denis Hollier, Thomas Keenan, Alex Klein, Suhail Malik, Marion von Osten, Katya Sander, Hito Steyerl, Eyal Weizman, Tirdad Zolghadr.
LUMA Foundation, France
CCS Bard, New York
June 2013 / Hardcover / 7 1/4 x 10 1/2 inches
320 pp / 134 b&w / 32 color
ISBN: 978-3-943365-63-4 · Retail Price: $47.00
In this excursive analysis of Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s pivotal work, the 14-part Berlin Alexanderplatz miniseries broadcast on German television in 1980, German historian and theoretician Manfred Hermes explores the potential of narration in the paradoxes of cinematic representation. In the miniseries, Fassbinder took as his subject the 1929 novel by Alfred Döblin, a sub-proletarian apocalypse set in the Weimar Republic. In the process Hermes argues that Fassbinder historicized the avant-garde of the 1920s and redetermined the relationship between utopianism and popular culture. While Döblin created his protagonist to be an hysteric, Fassbinder chose to hystericize the viewer. In this work, along with others from the same period, Fassbinder established a Jewish-German mirror rotating on the axis of the Holocaust.
Softcover / 5 x 7 3/4 inches / 224 pp
ISBN: 978-3-95679-004-1 · Retail Price: $26.00
Modern Iconoclasm and The Fundamentalist Spectacle
In this book-length essay, art critic and historian Sven Lütticken takes philosopher Theodor Adorno’s critique of popular arts and culture a step further. Adorno criticized the manipulation of taste in official cultures and the pretense of individualism; Lütticken looks at the tension between fundamentalism and individualism in the context of the current religious-political image wars. This book examines both the afterlife of religious elements in modern culture and possible responses to the current religious re-appropriation of Adorno’s critique of modern capitalist culture by both Christian fundamentalists and radical Islamists. Lütticken contributes regularly to Artforum, New Left Review, Afterimage, and Texte zur Kunst, among other publications.
2009 / Softcover / 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches
160 pp / 50 b&w and color
ISBN: 978-1-933128-26-9 · Retail Price: $24.95
Part monograph and part artist book, The Imagines started with an invitation to its writers to respond to four recent art installations by Berlin-based artist Ines Lechleitner. Lechleitner furthers her artistic explorations in perception and language by utilizing the Greek notion of ekphrases (vivid textual descriptions of visual artworks). In the original Roman text, paintings (which may never have existed) are described in such a detailed and sensory manner that the reader can imagine standing in front of them. Employing this notion, Lechleitner collaborates with writer/curator Agnieszka Gratza, Béatrice Gross, Chantal Pontbriand and Allen S. Weiss to build up narratives within the space of the book utilizing a variety of visual and textual elements. The resulting collaborations invite the reader/ viewer to reflect upon the intertwining of verbal and nonverbal communication and the nature of dialogic exchange in contemporary art.
Softcover / 6 x 8 1/4 inches
144 pp / 19 b&w and 58 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-071-3 · Retail Price: $30.00
The Blind Spot
Katja Gretzinger (Ed.)
Is it possible to find a new way of thinking about design that allow for and even encourages a recessive “blind spot?” This conceptual reader juxtaposes new and classic texts to turn a self-reflexive eye on contemporary practice. What we perceive as “true” is widely influenced by our knowledge—implicit conceptions of which we are not aware. Design, as a planned action, brings together thinking and everyday objects and ingrains itself in our everyday contexts. When not reflected upon, it simply affirms societal norms instead of questioning them. If design aims at taking a critical stance, it needs to change its acquaintance with knowledge. The metaphor of the “blind spot” proposes looking at what is implicit or goes unnoticed in our perception. Contributions by the Faculty of Invisibility, Claudia Mareis, and Doreen Mende, among others.
CASCO, THE NETHERLANDS
JAN VAN EYCK ACADAMY, THE NETHERLANDS
January 2013/ Softcover w/insert/
8 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches/ 198 pp/ 30 b&w
ISBN: 978-3-943365-45-0 · Retail Price: $24.00
Art and Research in Collaboration. An Experiment.
Andrea Heister, Samuli Schielke & Daniela Swarowsky (Eds.)
Can we talk about Europe without being Eurocentric? How can we meet on equal footing in an unequal world? These were questions that emerged from a research project and an experiment involving researchers from the Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin, and artists from the participating countries working together toward a final exhibition. The participants set out on a journey to “Search for Europe.” With an eye on creativity, political ideologies and migration and with a range of locations from West Africa, the Middle East, and Western Europe to Southeast Africa and the Balkans, the participants endeavored to understand how people remember the past, strive for a better future, or think about alternatives in an entangled world. The final culmination is the publication, in which the researchers, artists and guest authors reflect on the process through essays, artwork and documentary imagery.
July 2014 / Exhibition catalog
Softcover / 6 2/3 x 9 2/3 inches / 186 pp / 16 b&w and 60 color
ISBN: 978-94-90322-43-4 · Retail Price: $39.95