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
The Right to Know in the Age of Mass Surveillance
A Google executive once said: “If you want to liberate a society just give them the Internet.” But how do you liberate a society that already has the Internet? A new generation has taken to the Internet to defend the right to governance without secrets—from Bradley Manning and WikiLeaks, to the Icelandic Modern Media Initiative and the revelations of Edward Snowden. A wide-ranging and multifaceted coalition is now busy revealing the militarized dystopia at the core of the modern state. The possibilities the Internet offers for self-organization and the sharing of information are undermined by the economically motivated power structure of the hidden, which does not fit with our democratic humanitarian principles. Metahaven (@mthvn), a Dutch design and research collective led by Vinca Kruk and Daniel van der Velden, has vocally supported WikiLeaks through their graphic design work. In this exhibition document cum manifesto, Metahaven’s research and design work is translated into visual proposals, infographics, garments, short film and video interviews with internet activists and experts who weigh in on the ambiguity, contradictions and potential around the production and distribution of information. Contributions by media theorist Benjamin Bratton, intellectual property specialist James Grimmelmann, programmer Vinay Gupta, information activist Smári McCarthy, self-described “hacker” Eleanor Saitta and architect Liam Young. The book accompanies eponymous exhibitions of Metahaven’s work at Bureau Europa in Maastricht and Future Gallery in Berlin.
February 2016 / Softcover
5 x 7 ¾ inches / 288 pp / 100 b&w and color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-006-5 · Retail Price: $30.00
The Autobiography of Video
The Life and Times of a Memory Technology
In her innovative take on early video art, Norwegian scholar Ina Blom considers the widespread notion that video technology was endowed with lifelike memory and agency. She follows the unfolding of a technology that folded artists and artistic frameworks into the creation of new technical and social realities. She documents, among other things, video’s development through the framework of painting, its identification with biological life, its exploration of the outer limits of technical and mental time control, and its construction of new realms of labor and collaboration. Enlisting her distinctly archaeological approach in studying the field of new media art, Blom’s new book—her second from Sternberg—is a brilliant look at the relationship between video memory and social ontology. Blom is a professor at the Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas, University of Oslo, as well as visiting professor at the Department of Art History, University of Chicago.
May 2016 / Softcover
6 ¼ x 9 inches / 256 pp / 50color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-189-5 · Retail Price: $29.00
David Maroto & Joanna Zieli´n ska (Eds.)
Devoted to the phenomenon of the artist novel, Book Lovers asks the question whether the artist novel can or should be considered a medium in its own right within the visual arts, like video or installation. By introducing traits from narrative literature such as narration, fiction, identification and the act of reading, visual artists incorporate different strategies to integrate their novels into their practice. In this publication, curators David Maroto and Joanna Zieli´nska engage a discussion on artist novels in the 20th century. Works by Guy de Cointet, Henry Joseph Darger, Yayoi Kusama, Jill Magid, Richard Prince and others are illustrated and examined. Contributions by a selected group of artists, writers, curators and scholars including Roland Barthes, Liam Gillick, Kenneth Goldsmith, Tom McCarthy, Ingo Niermann, Seth Price, Seth Siegelaub among others demonstrate that literature, when treated by visual artists, can take its place well beyond the space of the book.
Release Date: May 2015
Softcover / 6 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches
200 pp / 10 b&w and 15 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-076-8 · Retail Price: $34.00
The Medium in the Post-Medium Condition
Zachary Kaplan (Ed.)
For many people the normal way to access art and culture is through the Internet. Yet, museums, galleries, and other traditional memory institutions treat the Internet as a secondary space for research, documentation, context or simply distraction. These current norms challenge all existing organizational models and demand a rethinking of institutional practices: acts of representation, modes of address, curation, metrics, use of scale and the primacy of the traditional white cube itself. Published on the twentieth anniversary of Rhizome, an art institution based in the Internet, this collection features essays by curators, programmers, critics and Internet-based artists on an institution whose pioneering institutional models and practices respond to the digital networks at its core. With contributions by video artist Hannah Black, curator and founder of Lunch Bytes Melanie Buhler, NY digital magazine Triple Canopy, V4ULT and digital artists Michael Connor and Kimberly Drew, among many others.
May 2016 / Softcover
9 ¼ x 6 ½ inches / 250 pp / 25 b&w and 20 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-163-5 · Retail Price: $28.00
Stuart Bailey, Angie Keefer & David Reinfurt (Eds.)
A continuation of the series Bulletins of The Serving Library, a cooperatively built archive, #8 explores the notion of “medium” in many senses of the word. Produced on the occasion of Tate Liverpool’s 2014 event Making Things Public, where The Serving Library’s collection of artifacts was installed alongside two related exhibitions, Transmitting Andy Warhol and a solo exhibit by video artist Gretchen Bender, this publication examines how different generations of artists have responded to and experimented with mass media to extend the possibilities of artistic practice. Included are an email exchange between London-based designer Paul Elliman and pioneer of voice synthesis Richard T. Gagnon, and a collage of voices that conjure Warhol’s aura by British writer and novelist Michael Bracewell. With further contributions by Elie Apache, Stuart Bailey, Eli Diner, Emily Gephart, Lucy Mulroney, Larissa Harris and Joe Scanlan.
February 2016 / Softcover
6 ½ x 9 ½ inches / 152 pp / 19 b&w
ISBN: 978-3-95679-127-7 · Retail Price: $20.00
Daniel Birnbaum and Isabelle Graw
The latest in a series of absorbing theoretical essays edited by the curatorial dream team of Daniel Birnbaum and Isabelle Graw. In this pocket-sized paperback, Ewa Lajer-Burcharth explores the practice and, as she attests, self-reflexive work by the 18th-century French master of the still life, Jean-Baptiste-Simeon Chardin. Lajer-Burcharth, a Guggenheim fellow and professor of the history of art and architecture at Harvard University, delves into the implications of Chardin’s possessive and personalized approach to the processof painting, and asks why he abruptly stopped painting still lifes and began creating genre paintings. The essay becomes a dialog when Birnbaum and Graw respond and the author further replies. Other titles in the series include Under Pressure and Canvases and Careers.
November 2011 / Softcover / 4 7/8 x 7 1/2 inches / 72 pp / 9 b&w
ISBN: 978-1-934105-47-4 · Retail Price: $19.95
Doris Denekamp & Geert van Mil
For three months, visual artists Doris Denekamp and Geert van Mil lived on the grounds of a psychiatric institution where, together with the patients, they read fragments of Melville’s Moby-Dick. During the collective reading it quickly became clear that the fears, obsessions and sorrows of the whaling crew were pertinent, inspiring patients to share their personal stories. Based on these conversations, Denekamp and van Mil wrote Call Me Ishmael, a story in which transcript, fiction and delusion merge with one another. Infrared photographs taken by the artists of the partly concealed pavilions of the psychiatric institution add a tranquil backdrop to the ever-shifting story and make this book a fascinating record of this narrative intervention. Doris Denekamp and Geert van Mil have worked together since 2011 investigating the role of stories in society today through installations, publications, performances and collaborative exchanges, often in the location where the work evolved.
VIJFDE SEIZOEN, THE NETHERLANDS
October 2015 / English & Dutch
Softcover / 5 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches / 218 pp / 24 color
ISBN: 978-94-90322-51-9 · Retail Price: $29.95
Binna Choi and Axel John Wieder
The latest issue of the biannual publication from the public “art think-tank” Casco, based in The Netherlands, explores the notion of playfulness itself as a method and value in cultural practice, positioning it to contrast with fashionable ideologies like “lifelong learning” and “work as play.” The publication addresses the impact of the notion of play and gaming methods in cultural work, [exploring connections between text and images and addressing the various research methods to question the historical shift in the concept of the game and playfulness.] Casco, Office for Art, Design and Theory, is devoted to studying art in the public realm, and the relation between art and the physical, social and political environment.
Casco, The Netherlands
April 2012 / Softcover / 5 x 7.75 inches / 392 pp / 77 b&w
ISBN: 978-1-934105-33-7 · Retail Price: $24.95
An Ambiguous Case
Emily Pethick, Marina Vishmidt, and Tanja Widmann
Casco Issues is the eleventh issue of an annual magazine from Casco, the Dutch think-tank on art, design, and theory that was founded in 1990 as a platform for experimental art. Central to Casco’s approach has been openness and flexibility, which makes this issue – with its theme of exploring the concept of openness – highly appropriate. This inquiry led to a discussion of related terms (criticality, fractures, ambivalence, ambiguity, and conflict, among others), and a look at certain important distinctions, such as how to recognize openness, and what being “open” actually means. Includes two ‘Metalogues’ by British anthropologist-sociologist Gregory Bateson, and commentary from a number of artists and designers. Contributors include Gregg Bordowitz, Jutta Koether, Kobe Matthys, and The Otolith Group.
2009 / Softcover / 5 x 7 3/4 inches / 180 pp
ISBN: 978-90-5973-108-0 · Retail Price: $38.00