Masters of Reality
Vanessa Ohlraun (Ed.)
Steve Rushton’s research is an investigation into feedback, social control, and the contemporary culture of “self-performance,” developing a thorough analysis of the techniques and processes of information management and subjectivization in Western society since the second half of the twentieth century. This book, second in a series inaugurated by the Piet Zwart Institute, articulates a clear relationship between diverse subjects, drawing from a broad range of archival materials from military experiments in social psychology to works by Don DeLillo and Ant Farm. It includes texts on art and media linked to theories of cybernetics, Rushton’s collaborative projects with Rod Dickinson and Thomson & Craighead and fictional and allegorical texts, giving these observations narrative form.
PIET ZWART INSTITUTE, THE NETHERLANDS
January 2013/ Exhibition catalog Hardcover/
5 x 7 1/3 inches/ 192 pp/ 20 b&w
ISBN: 978-3-943365-22-1 · Retail Price: $24.00
Lars Mørch Finborud
Sanding Down Gravestones is a myriad of texts wherein everything from Stig Sæterbakken’s literature recommendations and John Cage’s passion for mushrooms to Joseph Goebbels’s jazz orchestra and the history of Norwegian Christian rock is investigated and presented in new light. Lars Mørch Finborud (b. 1980) works as a curator at Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Norway and also runs the record companies Plastic Strip Press and Prisma Records, besides contributing to literary magazines such as Vinduet and Morgenbladet. His first novel, The Black Signs (published by Broken Dimanche Press), received great acclaim. Sanding Down Gravestones comprises short stories, essays and poetry, sharply written with Finborud’s usual black humor. As the iconoclastic title suggests, the book is not about promoting the established canon, but rather about defining a unique and personal relation to the history of art.
February 2017 / Softcover
5 x 7 ¼ in. / 168 pp
ISBN: 978-3-943196-44-3 · Retail Price: $19.95
A Reader on Art and Ethics
Nina Möntmann (Ed.)
Recent encounters between art and real life, the ubiquity of images of violence and humiliation in visual culture and the media, and the persistence of controversial debates on public and participatory art projects are raising fundamental questions about the importance of ethical decisions in art and curating. How far can provocation in art go, before it becomes cynical and abusive? Does “good censorship” exist? Are ethical decisions seen as more urgent in participatory art?
ROYAL INSTITUTE OF ART, STOCKHOLM
2014 / Softcover
6 1/2 x 8 3/4 inches / 178 pp
6 b&w and 16 color
ISBN: 978-1-934105-87-0 · Retail Price: $26.00
A Recent History of Independent Art Schools
What are the possibilities and limits of self-organized art education in the 21st century? What can be borrowed from traditional academies, and what should be jettisoned? A substantial survey of self-organized art schools and alternative education initiatives, School presents a range of projects in London, Los Angeles, Berlin, Lagos, Mexico City, Ramallah and St. Petersburg, among others. Founding artists, curators and educators map the fertile but contested territory of student debt, the MFA system, the “pedagogical turn,” and the future of art schools. Includes Ahmet Ögüt—founder of The Silent University, organized by migrant academics and political refugees, a multilingual, nomadic institution in Germany—Tania Bruguera, Chto Delat, Ryan Gander and Wael Shawky. Sam Thorne, director of Nottingham Contemporary, UK, and regular contributing editor of Frieze.org and other international publications including Tate Etc, is founding director of Open School East, a free art school located in a former public library in East London.
January 2018 / Softcover
4 ¾ x 7 ½ in. / 300 pp / 60 b&w
ISBN: 978-3-95679-181-9 · Retail Price: $29.00
Words for Art: Criticism, History, Theory, Practice
The twenty book reviews and essays in this new title from Barry Schwabsky, longtime art critic for The Nation, were written across as many years and for as wide a breadth of publications. Though originally conceived as a book of essays on painting, Schwabsky’s diverse interests in literary theory (he cites giants Paul de Man and Roland Barthes as influences) and philosophy bring new perspectives to this collection. Walter Benjamin’s views on color, E. H. Gombrich’s theory of perception, Mel Bochner’s and Liz Kotz’s narratives of Conceptualism, and Sarah Thornton’s peregrinations in the “art world” are but a few of the topics explored. In an era of hyper-specialization and rigid academic protocols, Barry Schwabsky revives a form of criticism one imagined barely existed—a criticism of varied interests and passionate opinions.
December 2013 / Softcover
6 x 8 1/2 inches / 243 pp
ISBN: 978-3-95679-002-7 · Retail Price: $28.00
Eva Grubinger and Jörg Heiser
This reader – based on a symposium at the Department of Sculpture –Transmedial Space, University of Art and Design, Linz – poses profound questions about contemporary sculpture. With contributions by an international roster of artists, critics and curators, the texts look at expansions of the notion of sculpture – from Auguste Rodin to Rosalind Krauss and beyond – leading the viewer to think that the discipline has become defined by its near arbitrary malleability, since practically anything can be construed as sculpture. Yet interest in the history of sculpture seems to be experiencing a revival, including traditional techniques and production methods, which often appear appealing, even radical, in the age of the Internet and social media. Contributions by Jennifer Allen, Eva Grubinger, Jörg Heiser, Nikolaus Hirsch, Aleksandra Mir, Vivian Sky Rehberg, Jan Verwoert and more.
April 2012 / Softcover / 5.5 x 8.5 inches / 128 pp / 24 b/w
ISBN: 978-1-934105-76-4 · Retail Price: $24.95
Materiality in Times of Immateriality
Eva Grubinger & Jörg Heiser (Eds.)
Does so-called post-Internet art have a future? How does the Internet of Things relate to objects and things in art? How do current philosophical movements such as new materialism and object-oriented ontology affect our notion of the art object? While the first volume Sculpture Unlimited (2011) asked how the contemporary field of sculpture can be defined against its long history, the second volume looks at its present and future. Once again edited by Eva Grubinger and Jörg Heiser, with contributions by internationally reputed artists and scholars, this volume poses the following question: If we assume computers and algorithms increasingly control our lives, regulate social and communications traffic, and produce new materials and things, is space for artistic imagination and innovation increased or decreased? What is the place of art and sculpture if we don’t want to resort to maintaining aesthetic traditions? Additional essays by Mark Fisher, Nathalie Heinich, Mark Leckey, Jean-François Lyotard and Bernard Blistène, Jussi Parikka, Christiane Sauer and Timotheus Vermeulen.
October 2015 / Softcover
5 1/2 x 7 3/4 inches / 148 pp / 25 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-102-4 · Retail Price: $22.00
Life in Twenty-four Chapters
The seven most exciting hours … is an adventure novel based on a true story told in a televised interview by the notorious Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier. Set around a Copenhagen hospital, it describes seven hours in the life of Tibor Klaus Trier—the filmmaker’s father—from the moment that his wife goes into labor early in the morning until Lars is born. The plot only then begins to thicken: car-jackings, family murder, zombies, Armageddon, and phantom diagnosis of cancer all vie for attention. Using classic slasher flicks and psychological pot-boilers–and a wink to Glenn Gould–as its guides, Cytter explores the metaphysical wildness of mind representative of von Trier’s work.
2009 / Softcover / 5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches
194 pp / 4 b&w
ISBN: 978-1-933128-41-2 · Retail Price: $24.95
2003 / Softcover / 8 1/2 x 5 3/4 inches / 296 pp / Text only
ISBN: 0-9671802-9-5 · Retail Price: $29.95
Words, Books, and the Spaces They Inhabit
The Noble Art of Collecting, Book One
Words, Books, and the Spaces They Inhabit is the first of Mari Shaw’s series The Noble Art of Collecting. With examples of unexpected collectors and serendipitous outcomes, Shaw investigates the obscure desires that shape art collecting and the public goodwill that results from it. What was lost when the scrolls in the ancient library of Alexandria were destroyed? How did Catherine the Great’s collecting change the way we think? How do Jeff Bezos and Amazon.com expand our appreciation of books as objects? Though the ways we communicate live and vary, history has been created, recorded, and preserved in writing. Words and the spaces that contain them are crucial to an empathetic understanding of our world.
July 2017 / Softcover / 5 ½ x 8 ¼ in.
100 pp / 26 b&w and 1 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-346-2 · Retail Price: $22.00