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THE NIGHT

Michèle Bernstein

“La Nuit is about the Paris of 1957—the one I see when I close my eyes (the nostalgic note). There’s no need to cry, it’s still there. We can piece together the image from the scattered pieces of the jigsaw. And if La Nuit is a love story, it’s not for him, or for her, or for someone else, or for me. It’s a love story, a story of lost love, for the streets.”

—Michèle Bernstein, from the new preface to The Night

Available for the first time in English, the 1961 French novel is the second by Michèle Bernstein, a founding member of radical avant-garde group The Situationist International and the first wife of Marxist theorist Guy Debord. Following All the King’s Horses, it was written for cash and again cannibalizes the plot of the classic novel Les Liaisons dangereuses, featuring the same characters as Bernstein’s debut: Gilles, Geneviève, Carole and Bertrand. The book parodies the style of the nouveau roman popular in France during the 1950s, with its elongated sentences and nonlinear sense of time and place. As its protagonists drift through the streets of Paris, through the entanglements of a ménage à trois, and the ennui of a summer holiday on the Côte d’Azur, The Night is littered with détournements—unattributed quotations and knowing winks at Situationist practices.

BOOK WORKS, UNITED KINGDOM
September 2013 / Softcover / 5 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches 160 pp / 3 b&w
ISBN: 978-1-906012-52-6 · Retail Price: $19.95

The Night and After the Night, Two-Volume Set

Available for the first time in English, the 1961 French novel is the second by Michèle Bernstein, a founding member of radical avant-garde group The Situationist International and the first wife of Marxist theorist Guy Debord. Following All the King’s Horses, it was written for cash and again cannibalizes the plot of the classic novel Les Liaisons dangereuses, featuring the same characters as Bernstein’s debut: Gilles, Geneviève, Carole and Bertrand. The book parodies the style of the nouveau roman popular in France during the 1950s, with its elongated sentences and nonlinear sense of time and place. As its protagonists drift through the streets of Paris, through the entanglements of a ménage à trois, and the ennui of a summer holiday on the Côte d’Azur, The Night is littered with détournements—unattributed quotations and knowing winks at Situationist practices.

This new English language edition is published in conjunction with the release of the 2013 title After the Night, which uses The Night as a score—a détournement or creative rewrite of the original text by art and publishing collective Everyone Agrees. These books are also available as a two-volume set.

BOOK WORKS, UNITED KINGDOM
September 2013 / Two volumes shrink-wrapped
ISBN: 978-1-906012-53-3 · Retail Price: $29.95

No internet, No Art

A Lunch Bytes Anthology

Melanie Buhler (Ed.)

No Internet, No Art opens up a discussion of the Internet’s effects on aesthetics, culture and artistic practice. Derived mainly from Lunch Bytes, the ongoing Washington, DC, series of events examining art and digital culture, this anthology draws from an extended network of curators, artists and experts. Prefaced by 14 interviews contextualizing important concepts and key statements on artistic practices and artworks, several themes are discussed by over 40 contributors exploring digital aesthetics, defining and curating Internet-related art, labor and work in digital societies, surveillance apparatuses, art-related Internet activism and what it currently means to be “social.” Featured authors include Kari Altmann, Natalie Bookchin, Andreas Broeckmann, Kenneth Goldsmith, Monica Lam, Nova Nicolas, Christiane Paul, Jon Rafman, Cornelia Sollfrank, Ben Vickers and Bernadette Wegenstein, among many more.

ONOMATOPEE, THE NETHERLANDS
October 2015 / Softcover
6 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches / 416 pp / 106 b&w and 82 color
ISBN: 978-94-91677-35-9 · Retail Price: $35.00

NOT NOW! NOW!

Chronopolitics, Art & Research

Renate Lorenz (Ed.)

This issue from the ongoing publication series out of the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, Not Now! Now! engages the politics of time in art by examining historical narratives and memory, the unforeseen rhythms of time and the idea of visualizing time. The book connects postcolonial and queer debate around chrono-politics with artistic strategies involving temporal gaps and breaks— stutter time, citations and anachronisms, and collapses between time and meaning. An international group of art theorists, artists and artistic researchers highlight how temporal norms organize our biographies and intimate relations, as well as the handling of capital and cultural relations and suggest alternatives to entrenched concepts of what constitutes progressive and regressive cultures. A selection of artworks and recent debates in postcolonial and queer studies create the premise for this challenging conversation. Contributions by Jamika Ajalon, Ingrid Cogne, Elizabeth Freeman, Sharon Hayes, Suzana Milevska and more.

STERNBERG PRESS, BERLIN
ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS, VIENNA
January 2015 / Volume 15
Softcover / 6 1/2 x 8 3/4 inches
188 pp / 16 b&w and 54 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-108-6 · Retail Price: $27.00

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A Prayer Book

Samuel Hasler

The incantation and repetition of prayers introduces young man’s isolated, creatively stifled existence in this fascinating work of creative fiction by artist Samuel Hasler. Deluded by the stagnating mythology of great European modernist artists, the protagonist escapes the drudgery of his supermarket night shift and travels to Moscow and Venice on a journey that causes him to reflect on his romantic ideals, his desire for a wild bohemian life, his crude libido, and his increasing doubts about his faith. The book operates as both story and theme, connecting performances, readings, installations and printing into a single body of work. Glasgow-based artist Hasler writes of his current material, “At the core of this series of investigative works in performance, text and image is a long-running research into faith.”

CHAPTER, CARDIFF
BOOK WORKS, LONDON
July 2014 / Softcover
4 1/3 x 7 inches / 118 pp / 1 b&w photograph
ISBN: 978-1-906012-55-7 · Retail Price: $19.95

HANS ULRICH OBRIST

The China Interviews

Curatorial pioneer Hans Ulrich Obrist has been an early and frequent observer of the Chinese avant-garde. Beginning with his groundbreaking 1996 exhibition Cities on the Move (co-curated with Hou Hanru), Obrist has engaged China’s leading artists, architects, filmmakers, and musicians in an ongoing dialogue about their work-its origins, evolutions, and connections to artistic movements internationally.

Conducted in Obrist’s signature interview format, these conversations lead to surprising revelations about how artistic practices in China have evolved. Spanning a decade but concentrated in 2006 and 2007 – a pivotal moment for contemporary art in China as international interest surged alongside an unprecedented pre-Olympic market upswing-these conversations present both a snapshot of an exuberant historical moment and a unique introduction to the work of the featured artists, as they explain and interpret their own trajectories in dialogue with this relentlessly sharp and inquisitive mind.

Compiled, edited, and painstakingly translated into English for the first time, the interviews are accompanied by over 200 full-color illustrations. Edited by Philip Tinari and Angie Baecker and with an introduction by Philip Tinari.

Artists included: Ai Weiwei, Big-Tail Elephant Group, Cao Chong’en, Cao Fei, Yung Ho Chang, Chen Zhen, Chu Yun, Ding Yi, Gu Dexin, Huang Yong Ping, Jia Zhangke, Liu Wei, Lu Chunsheng, Ma Qingyun, Wang Guangyi, Wang Jianwei, Wang Hui, Wu Shanzhuan, Xu Tan, Xu Zhen, Yan Jun, Yan Lei, Yang Fudong, Zhang Enli, Zheng Guogu, and Zhu Pei.

Office for Discourse Engineering, China
2009 / Hardcover / 5 x 7 1/4 inches / 410 pp / 200 color
ISBN: 978-988-17367-2-7 · Retail Price: $55.00

HANS ULRICH OBRIST

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Curating* But Were Afraid to Ask

April Elizabeth Lamm

Everything you ever wanted to know about Hans Ulrich Obrist but were afraid to ask has now been asked, revealing the truth from the beginning of his career as a young curator in his Zurich kitchen to his recent position as co-director of the Serpentine in London. This book is a “production of reality conversations,” otherwise known as interviews. It undertakes the impossible: pinning down this peripatetic curator, and affirming the wisdom of an artist who told Obrist “don’t go” when he contemplated leaving the art world for other fields. Interviews by Jean Max Colard, Robert Fleck, Jefferson Hack, Nav Haq, Sophia Krzys Acord, Brendan McGetrick, Ingo Niermann, Paul O’Neill, Philippe Parreno & Alex Poots, Juri Steiner, Gavin Wade, et al.

Sternberg Press, Berlin/New York
May 2011 / Softcover / 5 x 7.75 inches / 224 pp
ISBN: 978-1-933128-25-2 · Retail Price: $15.00

ON PRODUCTIVE SHAME, RECONCILIATION, AND AGENCY

Suzana Milevska (Ed.)

New from the noted Academy of Fine Arts Vienna series, this timely collection of essays on shame, reconciliation and agency addresses how ethnic difference, race, class, gender and sexuality shape reconciliation. To better understand the complexity of negotiating reconciliation in different societies and cultures as well as the ethical and methodological issues embedded in art-based research projects, this dense and provocative reader presents a variety of contributions, discussions and interviews in a variety of theoretical frameworks from Viennese artist/photographer Tal Adler, Hungarian curator Timea Junghaus and South African scholar Trevor Ngwane, among many others. Case studies and artistic projects explore collaborative and participatory research methods analyzing practices that turn shame into productive agency to prevent the recurrence of the institutional structures, patterns and events constitutive of racism in Europe and Africa. A poignent subject as we enter into a time, once again, when nationalism and intolerance are sweeping the globe.

STERNBERG PRESS, BERLIN
ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS VIENNA, AUSTRIA
May 2016 / Volume 16 / Softcover
6 ½ x 8 ½ inches / 260 pp / 41 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-149-9 · Retail Price: $30.00

OSLO, NORWAY

John Holten

Ida Bencke (Ed.)

Following his critically acclaimed debut novel, The Readymades, Irish artist, writer and cofounder of Broken Dimanche Press John Holten tells an intriguing story of love and loss that begins in the affluent and fast-growing city of Oslo and ends outside of historical time and space, taking in the history of oil exploration, Norse mythology, coronal mass ejections and post-apocalyptic landscapes. Holten places himself directly in the book as both narrator and first reader, highlighting the discrepancy between maps and the territory they represent. The story is recounted in over 39 chapters, each named after various streets and environs of the city of Oslo, followed by a legend that unlocks and provides information from the preceding narrative in a revealing interplay between reality and fiction. Inviting a nonlinear reading, Holten has galvanized a new type of literary experience that is open-ended, multilayered and wholly contemporary.

BROKEN DIMANCHE PRESS, BERLIN
October 2015 / Softcover
5 x 7 inches / 192 pp / 3 b&w
ISBN: 978-3-943196-22-1 · Retail Price: $16.95

OTRA DE VAQUEROS

Sternberg Press, Berlin/New York
2008 / English & Spanish / Softcover
5 1/2 x 7 3/4 inches / 135 pp / 13 b&w and 52 color
ISBN: 978-1-933128-40-5 · Retail Price: $10.00