Paper Exhibition: Selected Writings by Raimundas Malašauskas
“ The what-if runs through Raimundas’s writing like the Woody Allen runs through Woody Allen—effective and contagious,” writes Maxine Kopsa about writer/curator Raimundas Malašauskas’ works. This engaging, unexpected anthology of 16 essays by Malašauskas has been edited by and commented on (in the margins or in the back) by 16 equally illustrious art-world collaborators. And the reader, too, can participate: the even-numbered pages are left blank for that purpose. With contributions by Dexter Sinister, Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy and Tirdad Zolghadr, among others.
Kunstverein Publishing, The Netherlands
Sandberg Institute, The Netherlands
The Baltic Notebooks of Anthony Blunt, Lithuania
August 2012 / Softcover / 4 3/4 x 7 3/4 inches / 240 pp / 1 b&w
ISBN: 978-3-943365-00-9 · Retail Price: $24.00
Gavin Everall (Ed.)
This first artist publication by Francesco Pedraglio,editor of Book Works’ noted Time Machine series,explores the possibilities and fault lines between written and spoken word. Made up of a series of false starts or scenarios, the narrative relies on interconnected stories about a character, Martha B., who, in a sense, illustrates the process of writing. Like literature itself, Martha B. repeatedly dies only to be continually reborn. At each false start, or each death, a new character is generated only to die with Martha B. again. The stories were conceived during Pedraglio’s research fellowship at The Henry Moore Institute in Leeds, where he was investigating the mechanics of storytelling in which sculpture or abstract objects generate the narrative impulse.
Release Date: October 2014
5 1/4 x 7 1/2 inches / 352 pp / 16 color
ISBN: 978-1-906012-45-8 · Retail Price: $25.00
Writings by international critic and curator Maria Lind, director of the graduate program at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, reflect her prolific career, delving into several of her most ambitious curatorial projects, experimental programs and innovative collaborations. She has worked with artists such as Christine Borland, Liam Gillick, Philippe Parreno, Annika Eriksson, Deimantas Narkevicius, Oda Projesi, Bojan Sarcevic and Marion von Osten. This collection expands on many of her thoughts on institutional critique and curatorial models. Since the early 1990s, Lind has been working with notable institutions throughout Europe and the United States, as director of Iaspis in Stockholm and Kunstverein München, and curator at Moderna Museet in Stockholm and co-curator of Manifesta 2.
February 2011 / Softcover / 6 x 8.5 inches / 416 pp / 150 b&w
ISBN: 978-1-934105-18-4 · Retail Price: $29.95
Reconsidering The New Industrial Parks Near Irvine, California by Lewis Baltz, 1974
Using the work of Lewis Baltz, a leading photographer of the 1975 New Topographics movement, as a jumping-off point, this book documents Mario Pfeifer’s multi-faceted work, Reconsidering The New Industrial Parks Near Irvine, California by Lewis Baltz, 1974. Pfeifer went on the road to track down the buildings photographed by Baltz and their history, and also sought out where the portfolios of photographs can today be found. Included is a film installation, consisting of two synchronized, looped, and parallel-projected films, that takes as its point of departure the first monograph of Baltz’s work, published by Castelli Graphics, New York in 1975. Includes film stills, production stills, an excellent interview with Baltz by Pfeifer, and a critical essay by noted contemporary art historian, Vanessa Joan Müller, essay by Chris Balaschak with introductions by Martin Hochleitner and Julia Moritz.
2011 / Softcover / 4.75 x 7.5 inches / 90 pp / 40 b&w
ISBN: 978-1-934105-29-0 · Retail Price: $19.95
The Nightmare of Participation
(Crossbench Praxis as A Mode of Criticality)
Welcome to Harmonistan! Berlin-based architect/writer Markus Miessen tackles the pervasive contemporary overuse of the concept of “participation” in the final part of his paradigm-changing trilogy. Supported by a nostalgic veneer of worthiness, phony solidarity and political correctness, participation has become the default of politicians withdrawing from responsibility. Miessen argues for an urgent inversion of participation, reflecting cogently on the limits and traps of its real motivations. He dreads breeding the next generation of facilitators and mediators, insisting on conflict as an enabling, instead of disabling, force. With refreshing candor, this internationally known architect and professor outlines a format for acting as uninvited irritant, forcing entry into fields of knowledge that arguably benefit from exterior thinking. Sometimes, Miessen writes, democracy has to be avoided at all costs!
February 2011 / Hardcover / 4.25 x 7 inches / 304 pp / 1 b&w
ISBN: 978-1-934105-07-8 · Retail Price: $29.95
Chus Martínez, the new director of the Institute of Art, Basel, states: “I’ve been writing notes for years but never thought about having them published. These pages gather thoughts on artists who continue to be a source of motivation for me…who also possess a rare sense of humor… . (there is) no foreseeable line of research or sequence of arguments…however, I felt it would be useful to publish this peculiar research so as to motivate students to keep conversations going and to further open possibilities up to others.” The artists and their unique artistic practices selected for this book include Melquiades Herrera (1949–2003), Pedro Pietri (1944–2004), Federico Manuel Peralta Ramos (1939–1992) and Jorge Bonino (1935–1990). Club Univers, a petite pocket-sized book, is the first volume in a series from the FHNW Academy of Art and Design, Basel, focused on publishing ongoing research into historical and current artistic practices exploring new paradigms of experience.
FHNW ACADEMY OF ART AND DESIGN, BASEL
May 2017 / Softcover
4 ⅔ x 7 in. / 84 pp / 13 b&w
ISBN: 978-3-95679-295-3 · Retail Price: $16.00
In what is both archival document and poetic homage, Belfast-born writer Maria Fusco evokes Ben Cruachan, the largest peak on the west coast of Scotland through three historical voices—the tunnel tigers, the Irish explosives experts who carved out the mountain for a power station; Elizabeth Falconer, the artist who created a mural inside that only the site’s workers see; and Granite, the 450-million-year-old rock of Cruachan itself. This artful publication weaves together Fusco’s script, extensive archival black-and-white images documenting Power Station construction, the artist’s mural and the deep and powerful voice of the mountain to create a poem of words and images. Based on the performance broadcast conducted live from inside the mountain for BBC Radio 4, UK, October 2015, Master Rock is a quiet but powerful exploration by a woman artist of the drive to conquer—and feel oneness with—the forces of nature.
February 2016 / Hardcover
5 ¼ x 8 ¼ inches / 92 pp / Extensive b&w
ISBN: 978-1-906012-74-8 · Retail Price: $25.00
Helsinki and UK-based artist Maija Timonen invites us to listen in on her private thoughts, dreams and conversations in this thoughtful and self-analytic look at a woman’s creative and heterosexual crises against the anxieties of our time. Difficult social and economic pressures are meticulously and obsessively decrypted and re-encrypted by Timonen’s unnamed female protagonist, who subjects everyday occurrences and encounters to scrutiny and interpretation, often with recourse to psychoanalytic theory. Short stories are interspersed with a letter, a list of forgotten browser tabs, a treatment for an unmade film and a variety of dating scenarios. Timonen’s work, spanning filmmaking, writing and performance, has in recent years focused on the troubled interrelation between mind and body and the consequences of the changing economic landscape on women’s lives. This publication is part of G.S.O.H., a series of artists’ publications edited by Clunie Reid for Book Works.
February 2016 / Softcover
4 ¾ x 7 ¾ inches / 128 pp
ISBN: 978-1-906012-69-4 · Retail Price: $25.00
What is the relationship between art, intellect and financial capital? This collection of texts is a product of an exhibition and critical dialog at Thomas Dane Gallery, London, addressing the notion of “contingency” as it has become crucial both in contemporary philosophy and art. Transcriptions of lectures by Reza Nagarestani, Elie Ayache and Matthew Poole discuss the need for artists to abandon notions of autonomy and acknowledge the greater networks to which they belong. The publication also includes a group discussion with the exhibition organizer, gallerist Miguel Abreu, and artists Scott Lyall and Sam Lewitt, that explores how a contemporary reading of the notion of “contingency” is relevant to contemporary artists.
Thomas Dane Gallery, London
OUT OF PRINT / NOT AVAILABLE
August 2011 / Exhibition catalog / Softcover / 5 7/8 x 8 1/4 inches
82 pp / 7 b&w
ISBN: 978-1-905464-39-5 · Retail Price: $15.00
The Advent of Forensic Aesthetics
Thomas Keenan and Eyal Weizman
In the aftermath of World War II, two notorious Nazi villains were exposed in different ways. Adolf Eichmann was tried in Jerusalem in 1960, beginning the “era of the witness” in the prosecution of human rights abuses. Josef Mengele escaped Germany and lived out his life hidden in Argentina. After Mengele’s death in 1985, his body was identified on an examining table in a morgue by a group of forensic scientists in Brazil. This book, based on a presentation by the authors, explores the emergence of the object in human rights, the conditions of its presentation, and the aesthetic operations involved in deciphering the “speech of things.”
April 2012 / Softcover / 4.5 x 6.75 inches
84 pp / 20 b/w and 19 color
ISBN: 978-1-934105-91-7 · Retail Price: $19.95