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PLAYING THE CITY: INTERVIEWS

Matthias Ulrich (Ed.)

From 2009 to 2011, Schirm Kunsthalle presented more than 50 performances, happenings, installations, workshops, markets, rallies and demonstrations in Frankfurt’s downtown center. The 58 international artists involved shared the aim of interacting with the public, often by turning bystanders into participants themselves. The project incorporates important artistic strands from earlier in the 20th century—from Dada and Fluxus to the Situationists—with those characterized as “social turn,” or the “community-based art” currently in-vogue. In this jampacked, lively reader, curator Matthias Ulrich engages 51 of the artists by asking them ten central questions about participatory public art and creates through those insights a comprehensive roundup on interactive, cooperative practices today.

Sternberg Press, Berlin
August 2012 / English & German
Softcover / 6 x 8 1/4 inches / 394 pp / 50 b b&w
ISBN: 978-1-934105-95-5 · Retail Price: $29.00

PLAYMATES AND PLAYBOYS AT A HIGHER LEVEL

J. V. Martin and the Situationist International

Mikkel Bolt Rasmussen

While the actions and writings of the French, Italian and German situationists have received quite a lot of attention during the last 10 to 15 years, the actions of the Danish section remain largely unevaluated. This is peculiar since a number of Danish artists like Asger Jorn, Jørgen Nash, J. V. Martin and Peter Laugesen were members of this artistic-political organization, which devoted its existence to the realization of nothing less than a mental revolution. Danish painter J. V. Martin, after the infamous split in the Situationist International in 1962, was unexpectedly put in charge of the group’s Scandinavian section. This pocket-sized reader, edited by art historian and political theorist Mikkel Bolt Rasmussen, who is known for his books on revolutionary traditions in modern art, is the first presentation of Martin’s writings and paintings within the SI, in which he would remain a member until the group’s dissolution in 1972.

STERNBERG PRESS, BERLIN
MODERNA MUSEET, STOCKHOLM
Release Date: May 2015
Softcover / 3 3/4 x 5 3/4 inches
72 pp / 12 b&w and 3 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-105-5 · Retail Price: $12.00

POETIC SERIES #3

Fear of Language

Fiona Bryson & Keren Cytter (Eds.)

The cutting-edge Poetic Series, founded and edited by Keren Cytter and Fiona Bryson, combines poetry, literature and the visual arts as a challenge to traditional forms of narrative. Fear of Language, the third book in the series, takes its title from the work of emerging Slovenian poet Katja Perat, whose provocative verse is featured alongside excerpts from American poet Eileen Myles’s upcoming memoir, Afterglow, and American poet-professor Judith Goldman’s spare poetry. Images collected from the internet by Dutch artist Willem de Rooij showing destroyed and looted cultural heritage sites in Iraq, Mali, Egypt, Syria and Bosnia-Herzegovina, are interspersed throughout the book and featured on the cover of this excellent addition to the series.

STERNBERG PRESS, BERLIN
APE (ART PROJECTS ERA), THE NETHERLANDS
January 2015
Softcover / 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches
134 pp / 18 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-075-1 · Retail Price: $20.00

POETIC SERIES #4

Noon on the Moon

Fiona Bryson & Keren Cytter (Eds.)

The fourth issue in the Poetic Series is a seasonally themed special issue, a festive anthology composed of contributions from more than 20 writers and artists elaborating on everyone’s favorite and most controversial holiday in an unconventional and abstract sense. Artwork is provided in the form of a colorful collection of romance covers illustrated by Vicki Khuzami. The book’s title comes from a poem by Barry Schwabsky. Poetry and prose by Charles Bernstein, Gerry Bibby, Judith Goldman and Dorothea Lasky, Veronica Gonzalez Peña, Andreas Schlaegel, Karl Holmqvist and Sarah Wang, among others. The Poetic Series brings together works of poetry and literature in combination with visual art, introducing young as well as established writers concerned with challenging the boundaries of traditional forms of narrative.

STERNBERG PRESS, BERLIN
APE (ART PROJECTS ERA), THE NETHERLANDS
January 2015
Softcover / 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches
100 pp / 30 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-123-9 · Retail Price: $20.00

POLITICS OF FEELING / ECONOMIES OF LOVE

Nataša Bodroži´c and Irena Bori´c (Eds.)

The result of a collective conversation organized in Zagreb by the Croatian platform k.r.u.z.o.k., this limited-edition publication brings together an interdisciplinary group of discussions, presentations, artistic explorations, lecture-performances and film research on the relationship of love to the political, social, and economic and ideological. Composed of both visual and textual material, chapters touch on a variety of topics including the entanglement of politics and collective sentiment, the relationship between ideology and social emotions, sexuality and nationalism and love as a trigger for dedicated unpaid work. Participants chosen from a group of artists, theorists and cultural workers include the Romanian Bureau of Melodramatic Research, Dutch artist Clare Butcher, Slovenian artist Jasmina Cibic, Polish curator Sebastian Cichocki, Lithuanian scholar Marija Dremaite, Croatian collective Fokus Grupa, Swiss artist Thomas Hirschhorn, Belarusian artist Marina Naprushkina, Croatian scholar Ana Peraica and curator Tihana Puc.

ONOMATOPEE, THE NETHERLANDS
SLOBODNE VEZE / LOOSE ASSOCIATIONS
January 2015
Softcover / 5 x 7 inches
124 pp / 30 duotones
ISBN: 978-94-91677-24-3 · Retail Price: $20.00

CHANTAL PONTBRIAND

The Contemporary, the Common: Art in a Globalizing World

Max Bach (Ed.)

The essays in this collection were written in the first decade of the new millennium by critic, editor and curator Chantal Pontbriand. Pontbriand examines themes of being-in-common in today’s world and their relation to the development of art practices. As these practices are implemented, other ways of seeing, understanding and making appear. Contemporaneity functions as a flow, a space-time being that cannot be fixated. The body is in the forefront—a thermometer of the world lived in and with, marked by dynamics of change and sharing. The work of Claire Fontaine, Douglas Gordon and Philippe Parreno, Ion Grigorescu, Mike Kelley, Yvonne Rainer, Rirkrit Tiravanija and Jeff Wall, among other artists, is examined in this book, together with insights into the seminal issues of contemporary art.

STERNBERG PRESS, BERLIN
2014 / Softcover
6 x 8 3/4 inches / 464 pp
30 b&w and 115 color
ISBN: 978-3-943365-48-1 · Retail Price: $37.00

POST-PROPAGANDA

Jonas Staal

This pocket-sized book by visual artist Jonas Staal is a long essay with an idealistic premise: that the unification of life and art can be accomplished through a meeting of art and politics. Staal believes that “every human being is an artist,” and that we must find the courage to imagine a different politics,”one that will find acceptance through the consistent implementation of inconsistent democratism.” His argument is based on the deep-rooted relationship between the art institution and politics, the refusal of the art institution to question its supposed autonomy, and the refusal of politics to give up its untenably neutral position with respect to the arts. What are the ideological foundations that contemporary art is supposed to portray?

Jap Sam Books, The Netherlands
The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture
2010 / Hardcover / 5 x 7 5/8 inches / 108 pp / 34 b&w
ISBN: 978-90-76936-22-2 · Retail Price: $25.00

POST-DIGITAL PRINT

The Mutation of Publishing Since 1894

In this post-digital age, digital technology is no longer a revolutionary phenomenon but a normal part of everyday life. For the world of book and magazine publishing, however, this transformation has only begun. Editor and publisher of Neural magazine, Alessandro Ludovico rereads the history of avant-garde arts as a prehistory of cutting through the so-called dichotomy between paper and electronics. With an introduction by Florian Cramer.

ONOMATOPEE, THE NETHERLANDS
2012 / Softcover / 7 2/3 x 10 inches
192 pp / 99 b&w w/ pink tone
ISBN: 978-94-91677-01-4 · Retail Price: $35.00

PRESENCE

A Conversation at Cabaret Voltaire, Zürich

Jürg Berthold, Kristina Hinrichsen, Philip Ursprung & Mechtild Widrich (Eds.)

Presence: A Conversation at Cabaret Voltaire, Zürich is not your traditional post-conference publication but conceived as a theatrical discourse of ideas on the subject of “presence” both on- and offstage. In contrast to transcribed conversations, monologues—like small performative interruptions—are interspersed throughout this book of conversations amongst the symposium participants. The lively juxtaposition of both individual speech and colloquy is enhanced by theatrical conventions: characters enter and exit; stage directions mirror those found in Zürich’s historical Cabaret Voltaire, a Dadaist stronghold in the early 20th century and now a visual arts center hosting conversations and symposia and where this event took place. Inspired by the writings of Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht and Gernot Bohme on “presence” as defined through various disciplines, participants and scholars from Europe and the US, including Amelia Jones, Michael Hampe, media theorists Tom Levin and Rebecca Schneider and Pritzker Prize–winning architect Peter Zumthor, among others, explore what “presence” means in the 21st century.

STERNBERG PRESS, BERLIN
October 2016 / Softcover
5 x 8 in. / 288 pp
ISBN: 978-3-95679-231-1 · Retail Price: $24.00

PUBLISHING AS ARTISTIC PRACTICE

Annette Gilbert (Ed.)

What does it mean to publish today? Concepts of ownership, authorship, work, accessibility and publicity are being renegotiated in the face of a changing media landscape, institutional upheavals and discursive shifts in legal, artistic and political arenas. New publishing concepts and opportunities from the experimental literature and art scene have begun to appear. Drawn from a one-day symposium/workshop at the Lettretage in Berlin, this reader of “19 texts and 69 images” by artists, publishers and scholars demonstrates that the question of publishing has moved from the margin to the center of aesthetic and academic discourse. Essays by media studies/contemporary literature scholar Paul Benzon, Vienna-based artists Michalis Pichler and Bernard Cella, founder of Wendy’s Subway (a library reading room and workshop) Matt Longabucco, graphic designer Ann Richter, curator Rachel Valinsky, Neural magazine founder Alessandro Ludovico, New York–based Armenian Iraqi–American writer K. Antranik Cassem and Moscow-based artist Vadim Zakharov, among others.

STERNBERG PRESS, BERLIN
July 2016 / Softcover
6 ½ x 9 ½ inches / 304 pp / 69 b&w
ISBN: 978-3-95679-177-2 · Retail Price: $27.00