Commissioning the Unexpected
Set against the backdrop of the rapidly changing Dutch landscape, this extended essay by prominent University of Amsterdam art historian Jeroen Boomgard explores the varying quality of art in public space. An artwork is defined not only by its own form and iconography but also by the functions and meanings assigned to it by the viewer’s expectations. Boomgaard, lector at the Art and Public Space Research Group at the Gerrit Reitveld Academie in Amsterdam, goes in search of works of public art that somehow succeed in escaping the limits of those expectations. The sixth publication in the series from the Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture.
Fonds BKVB, The Netherlands
August 2012 / Series 6
Hardcover / 5 x 7 1/2 inches / 98 pp / 11 b&w
ISBN: 978-90-76936-28-4 · Retail Price: $25.00
The second volume from Oslo Editions, Roman Letters is a collection of urgent missives addressed to unnamed friends, written from Rome by Evan Calder Williams. Initially intended to pick up the thread of ongoing conversations and debates, Roman Letters pursues theory by epistolary means, swerving through philosophy, travelogue, polemic, prose poem, speculative fiction and political reflection. Set against the backdrop of Berlusconi’s Italy and the ruins of late capitalism, Roman Letters traverses a landscape of its own design, passing from contingency to trains, dogs to wolves, tourists to partisans, graffiti to ashes, real estate to cities of the dead, ornament to bones, rage to swagger, and from pessimism to communism. A writer and theorist, Evan Calder Williams is also the author of Combined and Uneven Apocalypse (Zero Books, 2010)
November 2011 / Softcover / 4 3/8 x 6 7/8 inches / 144 pp / 20 b&w
ISBN: 978-0-9830773-1-2 · Retail Price: $15.00
A Reader on Art and Labour
Jonatan Habib Engqvist, Annika Enqvist, Michele Masucci, Lisa Rosendahl & Cecilia Widenheim (Eds.)
What is the position of the artist if “creativity” has become a commodity? How can the artist’s conditions of production be described, and what role can art and architecture play in societal change? The texts in this foundational reader provide perspectives emerging from the series of interdisciplinary seminars conducted during the late fall of 2010 at Iaspis in Stockholm. They are arranged into three themes: the relationship between art and work, the current conditions of the production and organization of work within visual art and the role of art and architecture in politics and society. Texts from Pierre Bal-Blanc, Franco “Bifo” Berardi, Annika Eriksson, Kirsten Forkert, Lars Bang Larsen, Maria Lind, Judith Revel, Joanna Soko/lowska, Hito Steyerl, Mladen Stilinovic ́, and Nina Svensson, among others.
January 2013/ Exhibition catalog Softcover/
6 1/2x 9 inches/ 287 pp/ 7 b&w/ 42 color
ISBN: 978-3-943365-16-0 · Retail Price: $26.00
Inke Arns (Ed.)
In light of the acute problems caused by human-induced transformation of the earth and its ecosystems we must reconsider—at a fundamental level, and in slow, subtle and matter-of-fact ways—how we understand and interact with the world of things. World of Matter, first a museum exhibition, developed into an international project investigating raw materials and the complex ecologies of which they are a part. The wide range of aesthetic and ethical approaches to the handling of resources in many world regions and post-national spaces that are presented in this book challenge the capitalistic assumption that the planet’s materials are primarily for human consumption. By drawing connections between works that derive from artistic practice, journalism, philosophy, activism and other realms of research, World of Matter provides a place for ecological imaginaries. Contributions by Nabil Ahmed, Inke Arns, Mabe Bethônico, Ursula Biemann, Gavin Bridge, Lonnie van Brummelen & Siebren de Haan and T. J. Demos, among others.
HARTWARE MEDIEN KUNSTVEREIN, GERMANY
July 2015 / Softcover
8 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches / 192 pp / Extensive b&w and color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-083-6 · Retail Price: $32.00
Eloquently presented in this compact hardcover book, Glasgow-based emerging artist/writer Sarah Tripp’s collection of stories examines the proximity and distance between characters, communities and objects. Tripp’s multi-stranded practice consists of writing, performing and filmmaking, all of which she utilizes to explore how our characters and identities evolve. Her writings are marked by the use of multiple perspective, episodic structure and suspended denouement and focus on improvisation and the relationships between gestures and speech, text and object and narrative and film. Influenced by the psychodynamic writings of Adam Phillips and Christopher Bollas, the creative writing of Lydia Davis and the practice of Frances Stark and Apichatpong Weerasethakuls films, Sarah Tripp’s work is grounded in direct experience and observation. Tripp teaches at Glasgow School of Art and was recently commissioned by Creative Scotland to co-produce an installation/performance event for Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art.
Softcover / 4 1/2 x 7 inches
ISBN: 978-1-906012-54-0 · Retail Price: $19.95
The Art Museum of My Dreams or A Place for the Work and the Human Being
Hinrich Sachs & Eva Schmidt (Eds.)
In his influential 1986 text, now translated into English for the first time, Swiss artist Rémy Zaugg (1943–2005) laid out fundamental ideas on the art museum. For him, the museum is an everyday tool that enables the encounter between viewer and work—raising the question of the kind of architecture appropriate for such a space.
2014 / Softcover
8 1/4 x 11 inches / 92 pp
ISBN: 978-3-95679-014-0 · Retail Price: $26.00
Nature Art, Nature, and Ethics
Christiane Kruse & Antje Majewski (Eds.)
“Thinking about nature implies political thinking. The way we define our cosmos determines the way we live in it, the way we relate to others, to our environment, to agriculture and of course, to the way we make art.” Our current relationship to nature is the subject of this fascinating collection of artworks, conversations and essays by artists, scholars, teachers and students from China and Germany introduced by Berlin-based artist Antje Majewski. To better understand the connections between old Chinese philosophy, traditional Chinese painting and contemporary art practices, the texts introduce concepts more than 2,000 years old that raise relevant questions about our current relationship to nature—both to nature in the sense of environment and ecology, and to our inner nature and connection to the world we live in.
MUTHESIUS UNIVERSITY OF FINE ARTS AND DESIGN, GERMANY
July 2015 / Softcover
6 1/2 x 9 inches / 168 pp / 18 b&w and 20 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-129-1 · Retail Price: $24.00
Caroline Schneider (Ed.)
A speculative, existentialist novel on the melancholia of revolutionary politics and good intentions, Tirdad Zolghadr’s work is composed of the logorrhea of online communication and unpublished manuscripts. It takes place at the start of the New Zion Empire in 2016—a time of unprecedented dystopic stability with generous drone regiments, awesome capital investments, and more soft-power propaganda than ever employed in modern history.Sergeant Jim of the United States is taken hostage in Yazd, once the proud seat of the Persian Empire, and becomes a wildly popular mouthpiece for Third World rhetoric and anti-Zionist mottos. The abductors (a ghostwriter, an aspiring self-help guru, and an academic) invite a trusted celebrity blogger to their suburban compound to generate hype for their cause and possibly replace Jim as their new abductee. Hilarity ensues.
January 2013/ Exhibition catalog Hardcover/ 5 x 7 inches/ 208 pp/
ISBN: 978-3-943365-26-9 · Retail Price: $32.00
Following his futuristic novel Plot, polemical art theoretician Tirdad Zolghadr targets the moral economy of indeterminacy that makes curators and artists politically stunted, intellectually bankrupt and aesthetically predictable in his latest treatise. Curators, in particular, he sees as a necessary evil, at best offering one transgalactic statement, one buzzword after another. Even the mainstream is convinced it’s better off doing the curating itself. Drawing on texts and projects by both artists and curators, including some transgalactic blunders of his own, Zolghadr ventures suggestions beyond the gravitational pull of business as usual. Independent writer/curator and professor at Bard College Center for Curatorial Studies, Zolghadr writes for frieze and other publications, and is editor-at-large for Cabinet magazine. He organized the UAE Pavilion at Venice Biennale 2009 and is curatorial advisor to the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi and frequent lecturer at the Intl. Academy of Art, Palestine.
January 2017 / Softcover
5 x 8 ¼ in. / 264 pp / 5 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-203-8 · Retail Price: $26.00