The Hidden City in the East
Hans Citroen and Barbara Starzynska
Artist Hans Citroen and architect Barbara Starzynska look anew at one of the planet’s most highly charged sites: the Auschwitz death camp and the Polish town of Oswiecim. In the process, the authors investigate how time re-writes and redefines the history of a place, exploring how we write history, and the meaning of collective memory. This striking, Japanese-style book mixes images and text, featuring Citroen’s contemporary views from front-to-back, and Starzynska’s blackand- white historical documentation when reversed. More than a million visitors a year come to see the wartime remains, creating a complicated engagement among pilgrims, tourists, survivors and residents. “A page-turner about the afterlife of a death camp?” asks Auschwitz scholar Robert Jan van Pelt. The authors “have made me see both wartime Auschwitz and today’s Oswiecim anew.”
April 2012 / Softcover / 6.75 x 9 inches
416 pp / 117 b/w and full color
ISBN: 978-94-6083-050-1 · Retail Price: $59.95
1967 / English and French / Hardcover
4 1/8 x 6 3/4 inches / 188 pp
ISBN: 0-87130-005-2 · Retail Price: $46.00
Ten Years of Cultural Exchange between iaab, Basel and Kaus Australis, Rotterdam
Dineke van Huizen, Ove Lucas & Alexandra Staheli (Eds.)
Artist-in-residence programs are well-known means for artists and curators to refresh, reset or deepen artistic ideas. This thoughtful publication takes a critical look back at ten years of cultural exchange between two noted artist-in-residence programs, iaab in Basel and the artists’ initiative Kaus Australis in Rotterdam. Included are three contemplative texts on fellowships, artistic exchange and the ingredients necessary for organizing artists’ residencies, as well as an overview of the exchange participants and their work. The entire package is wrapped up in 23 unique posters created by each participating artist and curator, all which can be taken apart and transformed into a mountable “readymade” exhibition.
August 2012 / Softcover w/ 23 posters / 8 3/4 x 12 1/2 inches / 84 pp
ISBN: 978-94-6083-044-0 · Retail Price: $36.00
The Best American Book of the 20th Century consists of the first sentence of the first best-selling book of 1900, as listed*; then the second sentence of the second best-selling book of 1900, and so on up to the end of the century, to the thousandth sentence of the tenth best-selling book of 1999.
Each sentence is footnoted with its reference. Ten sentences form one paragraph, representing one year. Ten paragraphs form one chapter, representing one decade. The book represents a century: the American Century.
September 2014 / Softcover
5 x 8 1/4 inches / 112 pp
ISBN: 978-94-91677-26-7 · Retail Price: $20.00
Niels van Tomme, Freek Lomme, Prem Krishnamurthy & Société Réaliste (Eds.)
Are Pearl S. Buck, Sinclair Lewis, Ernest Hemingway, Margaret Mitchell, Ayn Rand, John Steinbeck, Daphne du Maurier, J. D. Salinger, Stephen King and Toni Morrison telling a similar story? By constructing The Best American Book from the first ten sentences of the 100 best-selling books of American fiction written between 1900 and 1999, the artist cooperative Société Réaliste has created a compelling intertextual narrative in which a multitude of cultural shifts converse. In the process, this publication project—a collaboration among Société Réaliste, New York multidisciplinary design studio Project Projects, and Dutch project space Onomatopee 100—traverses formal standards of language and provokes questions regarding the dynamics of reader and writer, creating an opportunity to reflect upon modernity’s spell on our present collective imagination. Each sentence is footnoted with its reference. This little book is a hysterical and challenging reading experience for all!
Softcover / 5 x 8 1/4 inches
ISBN: 978-94-91677-26-7 · Retail Price: $20.00
Natasha Soobramanien (Ed.)
Over the past 50 years artist Gerry Bibby has inserted narratives and instructional texts into his artworks as acts of tactical withdrawal. The Drumhead, Bibby’s first publication, includes a series of his “Language Costumes” or fragmentary texts which, like William Burroughs’s The Wild Boys or Robert Walser’s The Walk, attest to an offended intelligence. Moving across performance, sculpture and writing, Gerry Bibby’s artworks take form at the uncomfortable fissures between the three. His “Language Costumes” arrive at these junctions as self-styled instructional texts, photocopy machine manuals, drinks menus and poetic passages. His captivating passages brim with wit, wry observation and occasionally with disgust, offering viewers “ways out” even if only at the time of reading. Commissioned by If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want to Be Part of Your Revolution, The Drumhead follows a two-year collaboration with KUB Arena of the Kunsthaus Bregenz, The Showroom London, CCA Glasgow, and the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane.
Release Date: May 2015
Softcover / 5 x 7 1/4 inches
ISBN: 978-3-95679-065-2 · Retail Price: $25.00
“It has never been my ambition to treat artworks as illustrations of philosophical doctrines. Rather, I believe that the works explored give rise to their own set of concepts.”
A philosophical essay on time, phenomenology and beyond, Daniel Birnbaum’s Chronology was recently reviewed in the April 2006 issue of frieze as a “compelling and sophisticated take on the common theme of Deleuzian immanence.”
Whereas many theoretical books littering the bookshops of art institutions are laudations of excess, Birnbaum’s convictions presented in Chronology cut a way through the “caesuras of non-meaning and blankness into the thick web of sense.” The works of artists such as Stan Douglas, Eija-Liisa Athila, Doug Aitken, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Tacita Dean, Darren Almond, Tobias Rehberger, Pierre Huyghe, and Philippe Parreno are scrutinized as so many attempts to capture the very dialectic of time itself.
As Brian Dillon writes in frieze, “Birnbaum’s notion of an art of unpredictable becoming … has its aporias too. A brief aside apropos Matthew Barney – to the effect that his art is all meaning, all of the time – is quite telling.”
Daniel Birnbaum is Rector of the Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main and Director of its Portikus gallery. A contributing editor of Artforum, he is the author of a number of texts on art and philosophy.
October 2005, Series 013
Softcover, 4 3/8 x 6 3/4 inches
115 pp, 1 color reproduction
ISBN: 0-9745688-3-X · Retail Price: $19.95
The Hospitality of Presence
Originally written as a doctoral dissertation, Daniel Birnbaum’s The Hospitality of Presence reveals the conceptual origins of Chronology, his seminal and oft-used contemporary manifesto. In this updated version of The Hospitality of Presence, Birnbaum annotates and illustrates key elements of the original text, providing an engaging introduction to an otherwise highly academic text. Concepts such as phenomenology, otherness, temporality, and intersubjectivity are being revisited through the prism of contemporary art, literature, and art criticism. With an introduction by Hans Ulrich Obrist, this text is a compelling and necessary addition to any contemporary library. Furthermore, it is a must read for students of cultural theory and philosophy. Daniel Birnbaum is rector of the Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main, director of its Portikus Gallery and a contributing editor of Artforum.
September 2008 / Softcover / 8 x 10 1/4 inches
ISBN: 978-1-933128-28-3 · Retail Price: $29.95
Variations on an American Theme
1968 / Hardcover / 4 1/8 x 6 inches / 105 pp
ISBN: 0-87130-000-1 · Retail Price: $26.00
Lars Mørch Finborud
The Black Signs, the first novel from Norwegian art historian and curator Lars Mørch Finborud is a well-crafted and inventive story with a dark subject. A lawyer charged with inventorying an estate whose owner has disappeared discovers the abandoned house is crammed with piles of black signs, memorial plaques dedicated to inconsequential, horrible or forgotten events—documentation of a hidden reality—an unprecedented project on a huge scale. He comes across passionate letters addressed to a mysterious friend and tucked among the piles he discovers remnants of a catalog listing millions of relics and collectors’ objects from the history of modern art, all of which at one time had been auctioned. What follows soon adds up to an incredible and at times ambiguously dazzling tale that is at once unique and yet truly of our time.
October 2015 / Softcover
5 1/2 x 8 inches / 208 pp
ISBN: 978-3-943196-29-0 · Retail Price: $16.95