Introduction to Lettrist Cinema
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.
Softcover / 3 3/4 x 6 inches
72 pp / 15 b&w
ISBN: 978-3-95679-106-2 · Retail Price: $12.00
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.
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
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
When Attitudes Become the Norm
The Contemporary Curator and Institutional Art
Urška Jurman (Ed.)
In her provocative book on the field of curating and “institutional art,” Slovene art historian and theorist Beti Žerovc questions the character and limitations of both the exhibition-maker as artist and the exhibition as a work of art. Given the inescapable conditions of capitalism, do the socio-political objectives of the curator manifest contradictory or even opposite effects? The book culminates with Žerovc’s queries about the ritualistic function of contemporary art exhibitions, evocatively expressed in her introduction, “There was once great discussion about how removing artworks from their original context and installing them in the museum meant their certain death. Today, it seems, we need to be thinking about different questions. Does the institution of visual art bring something to something to life…and what, in fact, are we summoning to life?” The softcover publication includes contributions by international thinkers Pierre Restany, Zoran Kržišnik, Harald Szeemann, Daniel Buren, Charles Esche, Beautiful Freedom, Walter Benjamin and Mary Anne Staniszewski.
IGOR ZABEL ASSOCIATION FOR CULTURE AND THEORY, LJUBLJANA
February 2017 / Softcover
6 x 8 in. / 280 pp
ISBN: 978-3-943620-39-9 · Retail Price: $22.00