Carl Andre: Love Poet in Marxist Overalls
An insightful philosophical essay on the work of minimalist sculptor Carl Andre by Brooklyn-based poet and critic Jeremy Sigler (b.1968). While researching and editing the catalog for Andre’s recent retrospective at Dia Art Foundation, Sigler gleaned surprising new readings from a series of lost negatives that resurfaced at Dia. Shot by Andre’s close friend and collaborator Hollis Frampton in the 1960s, the photos depict small, carved wooden artworks—many lost or destroyed shortly after being photographed. Sigler draws connections between these early inchoate artworks and Andre’s later scatters, spills and floor pieces, all of which are analyzed through a compellingly personal lens. Writing on Andre’s poetry and his confounding book-length masterpiece, Stillanovel, Sigler further proposes that Andre’s greatest contribution may be to literature. Is it possible that one of the modern era’s greatest experimental love poets is hiding in plain sight, disguised as a unionized blue-chip art worker? Sigler taught at Yale University School of Arts, edited the Swiss art journal Parkett, and has published numerous books of poetry.
January 2017 / Softcover
4 ¾ x 7 in. / 48 pp
ISBN: 978-3-95679-152-9 · Retail Price: $18.00
Boy Vereecken (Ed.)
Signature Strengths was inspired by the direct approach to marketing of the No-Frills grocery store novels in the early 1980s, which employed the non-branding strategy of supermarket staples for the mass-marketing of genre fiction novels. Four complete books from the “generic” pulp fiction series titled Western, Mystery, Science Fiction, and Romance are reproduced in total in this artist book. The repackaging of these unique American pocket-book novels into a non-structured book is conceived and edited by designer, researcher and member of the Slavs and Tartars art collective Boy Vereecken. The only additional writing featured is a critical evaluation by Toronto-based writer Mark Mann on the fascinating experimental endeavor in genre writing and mass-market publishing.
LA LOGE, BRUSSELS
February 2017 / Softcover
7 ⅔ x 10 ½ in. / 108 pp / 8 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-258-8 · Retail Price: $19.00
Towards a Transversal Pedagogy
Florian Malzacher, Ahmet Ögüt & Pelin Tan (Eds.)
Initiated by conceptual artist Ahmet Ögüt in 2012 as an autonomous educational platform for migrant academics, researchers and lecturers whose credentials would not otherwise be recognized, The Silent University includes branches in Amman, Athens, Hamburg, London, Mulheim/Ruhr and Stockholm. The second book from Sternberg on alternative learning centers, this comprehensive reader situates this much-needed educational initiative within the wider framework of migration policies, critical pedagogy, institutional engagement and socially engaged art projects. Including lectures, student statements and descriptions of the achievements and struggles of its current branches, it also serves as introduction for anyone wanting to be involved in the Silent University as contributors, lecturers, students in the existing branches, or by initiating new SUs: a need which is becoming urgent in more and more cities and countries all around the world. With contributions by Florian Malzacher, María do Mar Castro Varela, Chantal Mouffe, Ahmet Ögüt, Rubia Salgado and Pelin Tan.
October 2016 / English & German / Softcover
6 ½ x 9 ¼ in. / 140 pp / 18 b&w
ISBN: 978-3-95679-245-8 · Retail Price: $24.00
Ingo Niermann and Jens Thiel
The reunification of Germany at the fall of the Berlin Wall did not automatically accomplish the goal of reuniting the German people, who had five decades of differences in post-World War II government, education, and culture to overcome. Artist/novelist Ingo Niermann suggests ten provokingly simple ideas to reunite his homeland, including a new grammar, a new political party, and assigning allotment gardens to unemployed people and retirees. He also proposes building a Great Pyramid in a derelict region of eastern Germany, meant to be the tallest building in the world, which would be a tourist attraction and economic engine for the region.
2009 / Softcover / 4 1/4 x 7 inches
84 pp / 12 b&w
ISBN: 978-1-933128-58-0 · Retail Price: $19.95
The Book of Scotlands
In the spirit of Italo Calvino, Bruno Schulz, and French animation series Les Shadoks (using any language, that is, except the “wooden tongue” of official discourse), The Book of Scotlands will outline, in a numerical sequence, one hundred and fifty-six Scotlands which currently do not exist anywhere. At a time when functional independence seems to be a real possibility for Scotland—and yet no one is quite sure what that means – a delirium of visions, realistic and absurd, is necessary.
Published in the Solution series edited by Ingo Niermann, The Book of Scotlands will provide one answer—and a few more—to this appeal for focused dreaming about potential parallel world Scotlands. The author, Momus, is a Scottish artist who has lived in Paris, New York, Tokyo and now Berlin. Paradoxically, of course, there is nothing more Scottish than leaving Scotland. And the further a Scot travels from Scotland, the more vivid and lurid his “inner Scotlands” become—and the more tellingly they differ from the real place. 2009 will also see the publication of Momus’ first novel, The Book of Jokes.
January 2010 / Softcover / 4 1/2 x 7 inches / 160 pp
ISBN: 978-1-933128-55-9 · Retail Price: $19.95
Solution 168–185: America is the fourth book in the Solution series. Opting for the United States of America, “still the most proficiently colonial place I know,” Zolghadr provides a compilation of highly entertaining “solutions,” where the objective is not the education of America so much as the pleasure of a text that purports to be just that. Tirdad Zolghadr is a writer/curator based in Berlin. He is editor-at-large for Cabinet magazine. He organized the United Arab Emirates pavilion, Venice Biennale 2009, and the long-term project Lapdogs of the Bourgeoisie (with Nav Haq). Zolghadr teaches at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College.
April 2010 / Softcover / 4 1/2 x 7 inches / 100 pp with b/w
ISBN: 978-1-933128-90-0 · Retail Price: $19.95
Using Dubai as a sort of modernist blank slate for urban and social renewal, author Ingo Niermann – a relentlessly creative artist whose tongue is firmly jammed into his cheek – confronts today’s most relevant cultural and technological developments with elixirs that are as pertinent as they are unbelievable. In the fifth book in the Solution series, Niermann sees Dubai, a sparsely populated piece of desert, become specialized as housing the global center for treating diabetes, called Sugar World. And the Gulf state will be Kumbaya-style universal, too, offering non-confrontational public spaces where both a state of total advertising and compulsive kindness, or what he calls a “personal humaneness account,” co-exist.
2010 / Softcover / 4 1/4 x 7 inches / 128 pp
ISBN: 978-1-934105-17-7 · Retail Price: $19.95
United States of Palestine – Israel
Is there a region of the world where it’s harder to imagine a solution for anything than the Middle East? Solution 196-213: United States of Palestine-Israel plunges in, each contributor offering one solution that would make life better and proposes ways to do it. Since it seemed absurb to present a one-person master plan for the region, this collection departed from the previous books in the Solution series and invited several writers from the region to take a shot at something specific and doable. The idea is to rethink the different antagonisms that structure our ways of resistance and compliance: to rethink Semitism and 1948, identity and territory, resistance and memory, democracy and state, Zionism and decolonization, refugee and property, religion and solution. Contributors include Sandi Hilal, Alessandro Petti, Joshua Simon, and Eyal Weizman.
May 2011 / Softcover / 4.5 x 7 inches / 120 pp with b&w
ISBN: 978-1-933128-91-7 · Retail Price: $19.95
The Book of Japans
Yet another archly funny fantasy in Ingo Niermann’s endlessly inventive Solution Series, this nippophile tale is written by Scottish-born, Japan-based creative genius Momus, otherwise known as songwriter Nick Currie. Following the success of the pair’s The Book of Scotlands (shortlisted for the Scottish Arts Council’s First Book prize), this book makes a case for the rehabilitation of the idea of the “far.” We live in a time when difference and distance have been eroded and eradicated by globalization, the Internet, and cheap jet travel. The Book of Japans restores a sense of wonder – along with a plethora of imagination-triggering inaccuracies – by taking the reader on a trip not just through space but also time.
October 2011 / Softcover / 4 1/2 x 7 inches / 192 pp
ISBN: 978-1-934105-24-5 · Retail Price: $19.95
Finland: The Welfare Game
Martti Kalliala with Jenna Sutela and Tuomas Toivonen
Welcome to Finland, a young land experiencing a rapidly aging consciousness, where newly founded institutions are already outmoded and geographic impediments are a constant crippling agent. The latest addition to international prankster/deep thinker Ingo Niermann’s Solution series, this wryly entertaining book addresses the Nordic country’s numerous predicaments. The three Finnish authors offer solutions to their native country’s quandaries, ranging from the absurd (the implementation of fiction-mongering emissaries to boost tourism) to the earnest and probably half-serious (the repurposing of the country to host nuclear waste). The book elucidates the northern country’s modern history as a nation under construction, proposing that its identity remain a malleable myth.
April 2012 / Softcover / 4.5 x 7 inches / 116 pp / 16 b/w
ISBN: 978-1-934105-69-6 · Retail Price: $19.95