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VILLA LITUANIA

Nomeda and Gediminas Urbonas
Sternberg Press, Berlin/New York
2008 / Hardcover / 6 1/2 x 9 1/4 inches / 100 pp
ISBN: 978-1-933128-32-0 · Retail Price: $29.95

THE VIOLENCE OF PARTICIPATION

Markus Miessen

What exactly is Europe? Is it an actual place or just a temporary community based on shared political and economic interests? Edited by London-based architect and writer Markus Miessen, this compilation of essays, cartoons and other writings presents the world’s most densely populated continent as a conflicted political space whose identity must be continuously negotiated. As the European Union maintains its eastward march to countries like Turkey, bleeding beyond its classically understood political boundaries, the questions continue. Produced to expound on Miessen’s work from the Lyon Biennial in 2007, this dense paperback accumulates diverse opinions exploring what it means to live in Europe today.

Sternberg Press, Berlin/New York
June 2008 / Softcover / 6 x 8 1/4 / 260 pp / 154 color
ISBN: 978-1-933128-34-4 · Retail Price: $29.95

VISUAL CULTURES AS OBJECTS AND AFFECTS

Jorella Andrews & Simon O’Sullivan

Jorella Andrews (Ed.)

Largely due to the “linguistic turn” that has dominated the humanities since the mid-twentieth century, many contemporary scholars and artists habitually equate works of art with highly coded texts to be deciphered, deconstructed, or otherwise interpreted. Within this quest to consider art differently, Jorella Andrews and Simon O’Sullivan pay attention to the asignifying character of art, or simply its affective qualities.

STERNBERG PRESS, BERLIN
GOLDSMITHS, UNIVERSITY OF LONDON, UK
2014 / Softcover
5 3/4 x 8 inches / 88 pp / 3 b&w
ISBN: 978-3-943365-38-2 · Retail Price: $18.00

VISUAL CULTURES AS OPPORTUNITY

Helge Mooshammer & Peter Mörtenböck

Jorella Andrews (Ed.)

Assemblies, gathering places and agora-like situations have become popular sites for contemporary art. At the heart of these arenas is the search for new ways to counter the pervasive and alienating marketization of all aspects of our lives. In Visual Cultures as Opportunity, academic duo Helge Mooshammer and Peter Mörtenböck analyze the networked spaces of global informal markets, the cultural frontiers of speculative investments and recent urban protests, and discuss crucial shifts in the process of collective articulation within today’s “crowd economy.” Artists and cultural producers are at the forefront of testing the viability of co-working, crowdfunding and open-source provisions. A great deal of hope is being placed on the potential of social formations enabled by new technologies of connectivity and exchange. At the same time, global capitalism is expanding into multipolar constellations of top-down and bottom-up economic governance. A late 2015 presentation with the duo was held at The Store Front, NY.

STERNBERG PRESS, BERLIN
GOLDSMITHS, UNIVERSITY OF LONDON, UK
May 2016 / Volume 4 / Softcover
5 ¾ x 7 ¾ inches / 88 pp / 5 b&w
ISBN: 978-3-95679-100-0 · Retail Price: $18.00

VISUAL CULTURES AS RECOLLECTION

Astrid Schmetterling & Lynn Turner

Jorella Andrews (Ed.)

Memory has become a major preoccupation in the humanities in recent decades, be it individual and collective memory, cultural and national memory, or traumatic memory and the ethics of its representation. Drawing on these complex concerns, Astrid Schmetterling and Lynn Turner focus on distinct films—a series of short meditations on the September 11, 2001, attacks commissioned by Alain Brigand and collectively titled 11’09”01 – September 11 (2002), and Richard Linklater’s Tape (2001).

STERNBERG PRESS, BERLIN
GOLDSMITHS, UNIVERSITY OF LONDON, UK
2014 / Softcover
5 3/4 x 8 inches / 88 pp / 5 b&w
ISBN: 978-3-943365-40-5 · Retail Price: $18.00

VISUAL CULTURES AS SERIOUSNESS

Gavin Butt & Irit Rogoff

Jorella Andrews (Ed.)

The contemporary art world has become more inhospitable to “serious” intellectual activity in recent years. Set against this context, Gavin Butt and Irit Rogoff raise the question of “seriousness” in art and culture. What is seriousness exactly, and where does it reside? Is it a desirable value in contemporary culture?

STERNBERG PRESS, BERLIN
GOLDSMITHS, UNIVERSITY OF LONDON, UK
2014 / Softcover
5 3/4 x 8 inches / 88 pp / 5 b&w
ISBN: 978-3-943365-39-9 · Retail Price: $18.00

COME ON

Peter Wächtler

John Kelsey & Jakob Schillinger (Eds.)

Passivity and contemplation characterize the ten short stories featured in Peter Wachtler’s Come On. At a moment when talking about experiences seems more important than having them, Wächtler’s writing presents a different narrative to rationalize one’s place in the world. Unlike the various fatalistic doctrines these stories mime, the author’s social consciousness creeps into the picture. Hollowed-out phrases from the repertoire of advertising agencies and shallow love songs are made to speak beautifully of a world that is not beautiful. Critical theory proves potent means for territorial fighting—as potent as fists or a Kryptonite bicycle lock. Wächtler, while guest artist (2013) at the MINI/Goethe-Institute Curatorial Residencies at Ludlow 38, New York, produced this book of short stories in collaboration with Reena Spaulings Fine Art, along with exhibiting B.A.C.K., a projected animation film starring a bachelor rat.

STERNBERG PRESS, BERLIN
July 2014 / Softcover,
4 1/4 x 7 inches / 128 pp
ISBN: 978-3-95679-035-5 · Retail Price: $18.00

HAS MAN A FUNCTION IN UNIVERSE?

Strategic Questions #2

Gavin Wade
BOOK WORKS, UNITED KINGDOM
2009 / Softcover / 7 1/2 x 10 1/4 inches
100 pp / 8 b&w and 17 color
ISBN: 978-1-870699-88-4 · Retail Price: $42.00

WE SUPPORT EVERYTHING SINCE THE DAWN OF TIME THAT HAS STRUGGLED AND STILL STRUGGLES

Introduction to Lettrist Cinema

Nicole Brenez

In this pocket-sized book on the history of Lettrist Cinema, French historian and theorist Nicole Brenez elucidates the formal innovations of this unique art form that prefigured breakthroughs in film including the nouvelle vague and the experiments of expanded cinema in the United States. Key figures and basic concepts such as the use of jarring dissonant and disassociated soundtracks, scratched and bleached celluloid and the place of Lettrist Cinema in avant-garde history are discussed and illustrated with black-and-white stills. Founded by Romanian-born French poet, film critic and artist Isidore Isou in Paris immediately after World War II, the Lettrist movement took its inspiration from Dada and Surrealism. The movement remains active to this day, having lost none of the aesthetic or ethical radicalism seeded by Isou in 1951 with his revolutionary film Venom and Eternity, which became the movement’s visual manifesto, influencing such avant-garde filmmakers as Stan Brakage.

STERNBERG PRESS, BERLIN
January 2015
Softcover / 3 3/4 x 6 inches
72 pp / 15 b&w
ISBN: 978-3-95679-106-2 · Retail Price: $12.00

WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO NEW INSTITUTIONALISM?

James Voorhies (Ed.)

The first in a new series of readers from the Carpenter Center for Visual Arts at Harvard University, Whatever happened … considers the impact of New Institutionalism on art institutions and their curatorial strategies in light of today’s contemporary globalized culture. Originating in Europe in the 1990s, New Institutionalism sought to reconfigure the art institution from within into an active, democratic, open and egalitarian public sphere. This timely and fascinating subject is amply illustrated in the hardcover publication which brings together facsimiles of seminal texts, new critical essays, a history of trends and practices, commissioned artist projects and contributions by a variety of artists, architects, writers, historians and theorists including Martin Beck, Le Corbusier, Maria Lind and Markus Miessen. Working in these new modes, the art institution becomes a site of fluidity, unpredictability and risk. Completed in 1963, the CCVA was designed by Le Corbusier to house Harvard’s visual arts program, featuring a combination of academic workshops, artist studios and exhibitions.

STERNBERG PRESS, BERLIN
CARPENTER CTR. FOR VISUAL ARTS, HARVARD UNIVERSITY
October 2016 / Hardcover / 6 ¾ x 9 ½ in.
192 pp / 26 b&w and 89 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-234-2 · Retail Price: $30.00