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SOLUTION 257

Complete Love

Ingo Niermann (Ed.)

It’s 2011, late summer. All over Europe, young people are occupying central public squares to demonstrate for more social justice. But in Berlin, their agenda is different. As the Completists gather at Alexanderplatz, it turns out that they aspire for justice primarily on an intimate, sexual level. They believe that only when the redistribution of material wealth includes the equal chance of finding sex and love—no matter how elderly, disabled or ugly you are—will communism become a reality. Set during the 2011 Occupy movement, Complete Love is a tale of a love revolution started by an army of activists willing to bring justice and equality for all into an intimate and sexual level. The newest edition in the tongue-in-cheek series Solutions, created and edited by international prankster / deep thinker Ingo Niermann, this wryly entertaining book explores the reality and the absurdities of daily life. Complete Love marks the 13th issue in this truly entertaining series.

STERNBERG PRESS, BERLIN
October 2016 / Series #257
Softcover / 4 ¼ x 7 in. / 252 pp
ISBN: 978-3-95679-192-5 · Retail Price: $24.00

SOLUTION 262: LAVAPOLIS

Michael Schindhelm

Ingo N iermann (Ed.)

“I am not sedentary and I am not itinerant. My home is a heterotopia with a thousand imaginary landscapes …” Thus begins the speculative novel by German writer and theater director Michael Schindhelm set on the fictional island of Lavapolis. Comprised of a series of accounts by a variety of island inhabitants including island natives, newcomers, refugees and illegal residents, the novel explores the individual experiences, insights and expectations that characterize and complicate our global society. “Those that exclude one another outside meet here. Those that are at war with one another outside negotiate here. Those that steal from one another outside trade here.” The latest volume in Solution’s tongue-in-cheek series edited by Ingo Niermann.

STERNBERG PRESS, BERLIN
January 2015
Softcover / 4 1/2 x 7 inches
192 pp
ISBN: 978-3-95679-070-6 · Retail Price: $22.00

SOLUTION 263

Double Agent

Alhena Katsof & Dana Yahalomi

The phenomenal performative relationship between the state and its cultural institutions was perhaps best exemplified when the declaration of the State of Israel was staged at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art in 1948. This relationship has been at the heart of Public Movement’s research. Solution 263: Double Agent, authored by Alhena Katsof and Dana Yahalomi, presents a methodology, manual, and performance offered as a culmination of efforts by the Office of Strategy and Protocol. It contains the necessary tools to activate Debriefing Sessions and in doing so trains future Agents in a series of one-to-one exchanges gathered from work in the field. At its root, Debriefing Sessions explore the possibility that to activate art in the political field, an agent may be a double agent.

STERNBERG PRESS, BERLIN
2015 / Softcover / 4 1/2 x 7 inches / 128 pp / 20 b&w
ISBN: 978-3-95679-093-5 · Retail Price: $22.00

SOLUTION 263

Double Agent

Alhena Katsof & Dana Yahalomi

This humorous series hasn’t lost its edge! Solution 263: Double Agent is a methodology, manual and performance. The training manual written by New York–based curator/writers Alhena Katsof and Dana Yahalomi of Public Movement contains two scripts, strategy guides and procedures. Readers learn how to study and perform Debriefing Sessions, a series of one-to-one exchanges about the performative relationship between the state and its cultural institutions. Public Movement, a performative research body formed in 2006 by Omer Krieger and Yahalomi presents the debriefing format as a methodology for the transmission of information, turning research into action. At its root is the possibility that to activate art in the political field, an agent may be a double agent. Other contributors include art critic/curator Karen Archey, New York–based artist Jill Magid, performance artist / costume designer / researcher Hagar Ophir and Berlin-based historian Janto Schwitters.

STERNBERG PRESS, BERLIN
February 2016 / Volume 11 / Softcover
4 ½ x 7 inches / 128 pp / 20 b&w
ISBN: 978-3-95679-093-5 · Retail Price: $22.00

SOLUTION 264-274

DRILL NATION

Ingo Niermann (Ed.)

“What is luxury? Anything that is not essential to life and that, once everyone has it, is rather annoying.” ~ Solution 264, “Public Poverty” In the 12th volume of the tongue-in-cheek Solutions series, Berlin- and Basel-based writer Ingo Niermann takes a new look at what nationhood can mean and accomplish today now that the promise of global prosperity and abundance technically has been fulfilled. He finds his inspiration in—of all places—North Korea, and 11 solutions build from insights Niermann culled while traveling there. Presented in the author’s photographs and diaristic travel entries, Niermann suggests that by relying on drills and the principle of reduction, an individual can be granted the freedom to enjoy a different relationship to experiences and ideas not heretofore possible, declaring that the time has come for a minimalist rethink of society: the more we simplify, the lighter the ballast.

STERNBERG PRESS, BERLIN
February 2016 / Volume 12 / Softcover
4 ½ x 7 inches / 136 pp / 33 b&w
ISBN: 978-3-95679-159-8 · Retail Price: $22.00

SOLUTION 264–274

Drill Nation

Ingo Niermann

Having furnished Solutions for Germany and Dubai, Ingo Niermann takes a new look at what nationhood can mean and accomplish today, finding inspiration, of all places, in North Korea. Now that the promise of global prosperity and abundance can technically be fulfilled, the time has come for a minimalist rethink of society. By relying on drills and a principle of reduction, the individual can be granted a freedom for experiences and ideas that are not possible otherwise. The more we simplify, the lighter the ballast we’ll have to carry.

The twelfth volume in the Solution series includes an account of Niermann’s travels through North and South Korea, accompanied by the author’s photographs. The eleven solutions in Solution 264–274: Drill Nation build from insights culled while on the trip.

STERNBERG PRESS, BERLIN
2015 / Softcover / 4 1/2 x 7 inches / 136 pp / 33 b&w
ISBN: 978-3-95679-159-8 · Retail Price: $22.00

Solutions 9: The Great Pyramid

Ingo Niermann and Jens Thiel

The first publication in the Solution series of books that will present visionary projects in different countries goes to Germany. The Great Pyramid is the brainchild of writer Ingo Niermann, who envisioned using a derelict site in eastern German to build a democratic tomb for people from all ethnic, ethical, and religious backgrounds – which would function as a tourist attraction and spark an economic revitalization for the financially struggling region. Includes contributions by Rem Koolhaas, Christian Kracht, and Chus Martinez and projects by Atelier Bow-Wow (Tokyo), Fake/ Ai Weiwei (Beijing), Nikolaus Hirsch/Wolfgang Lorch/Markus Miessen (Frankfurt am Main), and MADA s.p.a.m. (Shanghai).

Sternberg Press, Berlin/New York
December 2008 / Softcover / 4 1/4 x 7 inches
192 pp / 22 b&w and 4 color
ISBN: 978-1-933128-43-6 · Retail Price: $24.95

SOLUTIONS 247–261: LOVE

Ingo Niermann (Ed.)

In its ninth volume, the Solution series departs from its previous geopolitical focus on regions and countries. The issue offers the infinite prospect of connection as well as transformation: this book explores the biopolitical and psychosexual topic of love. With contributions ranging from manifesto to (science) fiction, it realizes that the past, present and future of love is a demanding mix of charity, sex, trust, lust, economics, genetics and even cybernetics. This volume explores varying ideas of the body, the self, as a spirited micro-region with borders that will not hold. With contributions by Etel Adnan, Douglas Coupland, Ben Marcus, Chus Martínez, Momus, Eva Munz, Ingo Niermann, David Pearce, Beatriz Preciado, Emily Segal and Alexander Tarakhovsky, among others. Design by Zak Group.

STERNBERG PRESS, BERLIN
September 2013 / Softcover / 4 1/2 x 7 inches
188 pp / 18 b&w
ISBN: 978-3-943365-78-8 · Retail Price: $19.95

THE SOVEREIGN FOREST

Amar Kanwar

Daniela Zyman (Ed.)

Internationally recognized artist Amar Kanwar’s work presents poetic and complex contemporary narratives in which intimate personal experience is linked to farreaching social and political developments in India. The exhibition and ongoing research project The Sovereign Forest consists of film, seeds and ephemera and was a collaboration between Indian artists, institutions and activists exploring the social and environmental impact of mining on the local community of Odisha. The ambitious catalog attempts to reopen and deepen discussions posed in the exhibition by bringing together a variety of voices from academic and activist backgrounds, factual and intimate narratives and interviews, images and documents. Equally, these complex and varied narratives help to unfold a multiplicity of testimonies on an obscured and intricate conflict. This project was represented at Documenta 13 and is in the collection of numerous museums such as the Guggenheim and the Art Institute Chicago.

STERNBERG PRESS, BERLIN
tbazi, Austria
Release Date: May 2015
Exhibition catalog / Softcover / 7 3/4 x 10 1/4 inches
316 pp / 135 color
No ISBN · Retail Price: $48.00

SPECULATIVE DRAWING: 2011–2014

Armen Avanessian & Andreas Töpfer

Speculative Drawing presents from 15 books—from monographs and translations to essay collections that emerged from the research platform Speculative Poetics, formulated by Armen Avanessian in 2011. This book experiments with visual thinking and the possibilities inherent in translating words into images. It investigates how thinking works, particularly how it occurs in relationship to drawings and illustrations, putting a somewhat different spin on contemporary speculative philosophy. Töpfer’s drawings are used not in the traditional style of supporting the writing but rather the drawings need to be read for the texts to be clarified. In this sense this book does not provide a shortcut to the theories presented. Instead, the drawings provide an occasion to think about thinking as an act in which the relationship between writing and images is dynamic and speculative. In short, how do you draw what you have never seen before?

STERNBERG PRESS, BERLIN
October 2014
Hardcover
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches / 320 pp / Extensive b&w
ISBN: 978-3-95679-044-7 · Retail Price: $28.00