Essays and Interviews 1972-2003
2005 / Softcover / 6 x 8 1/4 inches
264 pp / 8 b&w & 65 color
ISBN: 978-0-9541710-9-4 · Retail Price: $39.95
The Critics, The Curators, The Artists
Zoë Gray, Miriam Kathrein, Nicolaus Schafhausen, Monika Szewczyk & Ariadne Urlus
This book documents three large-scale symposia at Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art. Structured to establish a lively platform for debate and exchange, these symposia explore the practice of three of the protagonists of the contemporary art world: the critic, the curator and the artist. Are they still the people who decide what art is made, what is seen, and whether it is “good”? The book includes transcripts from workshops and dialogues, and also contains spirited contributions that arrived from participants in the months after the dialogues took place. Bringing together the cross-generational experience of the attendees, this compendium offers insights from some of the most renowned and promising figures in their fields.
2010 / Softcover / 6 3/4 x 9 1/2 inches / 272 pp / 280 b&w
ISBN: 978-94-6083-017-4 · Retail Price: $49.95
Left-Handed Blows: Writing on Sound 1993-2009
2010 / Softcover / 6 x 9 inches / 128 pp / 4 b&w
ISBN: 978-0-9582981-4-8 · Retail Price: $25.00
2003 / Softcover / 8 1/2 x 5 3/4 inches / 296 pp / Text only
ISBN: 0-9671802-9-5 · Retail Price: $29.95
Reconsidering the Document and Contemporary Art #1
Maria Lind and Hito Steyerl
Documentary practices make up one of the most significant and complex tendencies within art during the last two decades. This anthology seeks to overcome the existing dispersion of texts on documentary practices and offer new perspectives on this crucial theme. Authors include T.J. Demos, Okwui Enwezor, Carles Guerra, Jörg Heiser, Stefan Jonsson, Olivier Lugon, Jean-Pierre Rehm, Hito Steyerl, and Jan Verwoert. They discuss issues such as what the function of documentary art forms is in the context of globalizing media and an expanding art world. How do the operations of documentary forms change in the age of digital reproduction? Being part of the research project “The Greenroom: Reconsidering the Documentary and Contemporary Art” at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, this publication functions similar to a greenroom at a television station, where staff and guests meet before and after filming and engage in discussions which often differ from those conducted in the limelight.
CENTER FOR CURATORIAL STUDIES, BARD COLLEGE
2009 / Softcover / 5 x 8 1/2 inches / 240 pp / 14 b&w
ISBN: 978-1-933128-53-5 · Retail Price: $28.00
A Rather Large Weapon
Featured in this provocatively titled fourth issue of the always intriguing Happy Hypocrite are clever stories, images, a blackboard, an interview, surveillance photos, heroes, and photos of the pages of the notorious Canadian Indian Act of 1867 blasted with a Lee Enfield 308 sniper’s rifle and a 12-gauge shotgun by Native American artist Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptan. A biannual journal featuring writing by artists, The Happy Hypocrite is informed by a lineage of modern experimental and avant-garde magazines. “Necessity is pressing and pressing hard,” proclaims the last page. Contributors include Bernadette Buckley, Jeff Derksen, Candice Hopkins, Anthony Iles, Daniel Kane, Yve Lomax, Robert Longo, Sean Lynch, Laura Oldfield Ford, Luke Pendrell, Rachelle Sawatsky, Mark von Schlegell, Natasha Soobramanien and Nick Thurston.
April 2010 / Softcover / 6 1/2 x 9 inches / 84 pp / 35 b/w and color
ISBN: 978-1-906012-51-1 · Retail Price: $19.95
For and About Experimental Art Writing
Experimental art writing is an exciting and challenging field. This new journal’s strength is in its editor: Belfast-born writer and lecturer Maria Fusco, the Director of Art Writing at Goldsmiths College London and a regular contributor to international visual culture magazines such as ArtMonthly, Circa, Dot Dot Dot, Flash Art and i-D. This first issue includes an interview, a translation, and a short story, and works by writers and artists including Cosey Fanni Tutti, Douglas Coupland, Stewart Home, Andrea Mason, Clunie Reid, Gerard Byrne, Paolo Arao, Lisa Robertson, Farhad Ahrarnia, Nick Thurston, Giles Eldridge and Alexandre Singh.
June 2008 / Issue 1 / Softcover / 6 1/2 x 9 inches
104 pp / 26 b&w and 20 color
ISBN: 978-1-906012-01-4 · Retail Price: $22.00
Speed & Reading
Third in the Happy Hypocrite series, Volatile Dispersal presents a complete reprint of A Great Books Prime: Essays on Liberal Education, the Uses of Reading, and the Rules of Reading, originally published by the Great Books Foundation, Chicago (1955). Seemingly useless when divorced from the complete series of Great Books, this numerous primer exists as both an archaic set of rules, and open-ended set of possibilities. In this spirit, the editing process happens outside the journal in the form of a parley-based art writing festival at the Whitechapel Gallery, London in August 2009, with new commissions selected from invitation and open submission.
2009 / Issue 3 / Softcover
6 1/2 x 9 inches / 168 pp / extensive b&w
ISBN: 978-1-906012-11-3 · Retail Price: $19.95
The Happy Hypocrite is a biannual journal led by artists’ writings. Informed by a lineage of modern experimental and avant-garde magazines, such as: Bananas, Documents, The Fox, Merlin and Tracks, this journal aspires to unpack the methodology of such key journals, whilst providing a brand new approach to art writing. It will provide a greatly needed testing ground for new writing and research-based projects, somewhere for artists, writers and theorists to express experimental ideas that might not otherwise be realized or published. In this issue bodies of new writing present techniques of collage, found text and image, interspersed with appropriated writing. Contributors include: ArtstrA/Barbara Reise Archives, Steve Beard, Susanne Clausen, Marie Darrieussecq, Brian Dillon, Andrew Dodds, Thomas Hirschhorn, Gabriel Lester, Jo Melvin, Rashanna Rashied-Walker, Lisa Robertson, Andrew Shelley, Nick Thurston and Lynne Tillman.
2009 / Issue 2 / Softcover / 6 1/2 x 9 inches / 96 pp / 20 color
ISBN: 978-1-906012-10-6 · Retail Price: $19.95
What am I? Roland Barthes. As if. Garbed in a sequence of paradigmatic structures such as the joke, the notebook, the novel and the script, this latest issue of the ever-engrossing, ever-puzzling Happy Hypocrite offers a range of contributions that defy the innate obsolescence of classification through their embrace of poetic analysis. Drawing theme and method from a new translation of Barthes’s essay The Preparation of the Novel, which starts ‘…as if I was going to write one,’ contributors include Chris Kraus, Beatrice Gibson, Seth Price, Antonia Hirsch, a new translation of Roland Barthes, and a reprint from The Plebs, What Am I? is not quite what it looks, but the ever-intrepid Book Works decided to publish anyway.
2010 / Issue 5 / Softcover / 6 1/2 x 9 inches / 168 pp / Extensive b&w
ISBN: 978-1-906012-24-3 · Retail Price: $19.95