CH-CH-CH-CHANGES: Artists Talk About Teaching

Interviews by John Reardon

John Reardon and David Mollin

An indispensable guide for artists, teachers and students, this volume of newly commissioned interviews focuses on artists teaching in the UK and Europe. The interviews provide an intriguing insight into the challenges and anxieties that affect the artist-teacher, and bring to light their often heroic endeavors to survive within the world of art education. Selected from a variety of institutions including Central St. Martins, Glasgow School of Art, Städelschule Frankfurt, and Kunstakademie Münster, each representing a different approach to teaching. Artists interviewed include John Armleder, Guillaume Bijl, Phyllida Barlow, Pavel Buchler, Michael Craig-Martin, Liam Gillick, John Hillard, Tobias Rehberger, Karin Sander, Christoph Schlingensief, Jon Thompson, Erwin Wurm and more.

Ridinghouse, London
2009 / Softcover / 6 1/4 x 9 1/2 inches / 384 pp
ISBN: 978-1-905464-13-5 · Retail Price: $35.00

Changing society: Lithuania

Lolita Jablonskiene and Nicolaus Schafhausen
Lukas & Sternberg, New York
2002 / English and German text / Series 008 / Softcover / 4 3/8 x 6 3/4 inches
155 pp / extensive text with 12 color
ISBN: 0-9711193-9-2 · Retail Price: $19.95


Abu ElDahab, Binna Choi and Emily Pethick

Circular Facts is a collaborative endeavor between three of Europe’s most progressive contemporary art organizations: Casco – Office for Art, Design and Theory, Utrecht; Objectif Exhibitions, Antwerp; and The Showroom, London, in partnership with Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen and Electric Palm Tree. The project acted as an informal think tank to discuss the role of small contemporary art organizations in the cultural field and how they envision their future in today’s changing times while creating mutually supportive structures for the dissemination of artistic initiatives. Aiming to gather a spectrum of perspectives to explore the roles of specific projects, the multi-cultural group of contributors have produced essays that speak to their experiences within arts institutions, collaborative curatorial initiatives, and research networks. Contributions by Mai Abu ElDahab, Binna Choi, Emily Pethick, Heejin Kim, Anthony Huberman, Will Bradley, Miren Jaio and Leire Veraga, Anna Colin and Melanie Boutaloup, and Gabi Ngcobo; and an interview with Kim Einarsson.

April 2012 / Softcover / 6 x 10.5 inches / 96 pp
ISBN: 978-1-934105-65-8 · Retail Price: $19.95


Binna Choi, Maria Lind & E mily Pethick (Eds.)

The Dialectionary is a handy little compendium of ideas and projects by Cluster, a network of eight contemporary visual arts organizations located in the residential peripheries of European cities (and one in Israel) who are focused on commissioning, producing and presenting experimental process-driven contemporary art. The artists’ entries are organized alphabetically by keywords such as Alliances, Chaos, Empathy, Energy, Noise, Network, Stranger, Sustainability, Thing and Time, among many others. Compiled from a series of meetings over two years, Dialectionary positions the work of these visual arts organizations in relation to wider sociopolitical and cultural concerns. Cluster members include: CAC Brétigny, Brétigny-sur-Orge; Casco—Office for Art, Design and Theory, Utrecht; CA2M Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Móstoles, Madrid; The Israeli Center for Digital Art, Holon; Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers, Paris; P74 Center and Gallery, Ljubljana; The Showroom, London; and Tensta konsthall, Stockholm.

casco , the netherlands
January 2015
Softcover / 4 x 5 3/4 inches
306 pp
ISBN: 978-3-956790-60-7 · Retail Price: $18.00


Jeremy Akerman and Eileen Daly

The collected writings of British artist, writer and curator Jon Thompson come together in this volume. As a teacher of artists at Goldsmiths, Thompson is credited as one of the most influential of his generation, a key promoter of the so-called Young British Artists of the 1990s, including Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin. Leaving the minimalists behind by the late 1970s as he wrote about more politically and socially connected artists, Thompson’s careful research, historical knowledge and insight into an artist’s work was quickly recognized as fresh and exciting. This is a long-overdue anthology of Thompson’s commentary, which has been published in exhibition catalogues for the Hayward Gallery and Serpentine Gallery as well as numerous art magazines and journals.

Ridinghouse, London
October 2011 / Softcover / 5 5/8 x 8 1/4 inches / 528 pp / 1 color
ISBN: 978-1-905464-37-1 · Retail Price: $39.95


A Critical Reader in Contemporary Art

In the second edition of this idea-packed reader – first published to accompany the 2005 exhibition, “Soft Target. War as a Daily, First-Hand Reality” at BAK – artists, curators, theorists and others speak on the urgent subject of war in the post-9/11 world. The voices of artists are still needed to make sense of the current state of global conflict, financial meltdown and ecological disasters such as the BP oil spill. This edition, based on the “Undercurrents” series of symposia and conversations which followed the original show, includes a new preface and an extensive index, which allows key themes within the contributions to become visible on another level. With contributions by Ross Birrell, Boris Buden, Jordan Crandall, Bregje van Eekelen, Boris Groys, Viktor Misiano, Irit Rogoff, Martha Rosler, Sean Snyder and Hito Steyerl.

2011 / Softcover / 4.5 x 6.5 inches / 256 pp / 35 b&w
ISBN: 978-94-6083-027-3 · Retail Price: $39.95


A Report on Current Conditions and Future Scenarios

Maria Lind & Olav Velthuis (Eds.)

How will artists and galleries produce and distribute their work? How much money will everyone make? This pocket-sized reader provides a provocative look into the future by mapping the complex entanglements of contemporary art and its commercial markets. In cheeky, controversial essays, critics, academics and artists offer insights into the artwork as an asset category and celebrity accessory, the rise of the art fair and the increased competition of auction houses. The first in a series from Temsta Konsthall and Sternberg Press.

Sternberg Press, Berlin
Tenstakonsthall, Sweden
August 2012 / Softcover / 4 1/4 x 6 inches / 272 pp
ISBN: 978-1-934105-99-3 · Retail Price: $27.00


Central Pivot Series – Volume I

Richard Saxton, Kurt Wagner & Kirsten Stoltz (Eds.)

The introductory volume in the exciting new Center Pivot Series from Colorado- based M12’s Last Chance Press curated by Kirsten Stoltz pulses with diverse rural American images, poems and writings. Pictures from M12 founder Richard Saxton’s Rural Research Archive and writings by Kurt Wagner focus on the nonheroic, psychic and lyrical unfolding of daily events and leave us in search of beauty hidden in plain sight. Saxton and Wagner are among a rare breed of artists who infuse the work with their own rural experiences, allowing no single genre to capture the whole of these intentions. This exciting new series archives the explorations of a growing community of artists and researchers drawn to the complexity of the rural experience, an arena in which art and environmental activism crosses. Pocket-sized and easy to travel with, Cool Pastoral Splendor includes drawings, photographs and hip accounts in the field by like-minded artists, musicians, poets and writers.

May 2016 / Softcover
4 ¼ x 7 inches, 252 pp, 89 b&w
ISBN: 978-94-90322-53-3 · Retail Price: $19.95


Juan A. Gaitán, Nicolaus Schafhausen and Monica Szewczyk

If it’s not an oxymoron to describe something as both distinguished and cutting edge, that’s the perfect description for Rotterdam’s Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art. This illustrated softcover book brings together a series of essays on contemporary art based on the center’s high-octane Cornerstones lecture series. At each of the monthly lectures, one leading art historian focuses on one artist who is foundational to contemporary art. Among this volume’s treasures are Donald Kuspit on Louise Bourgeois, Helmut Friedel on Gerhard Richter, Vanessa Joan Müller on John Baldessari and Douglas Crimp onGordon Matta-Clark. These essays share the fascination that each of the authors has with the work of an artist and how this work functions in relation to larger contexts and broader ideas.

Sternberg Press, Berlin/New York
Witte de With, The Netherlands
April 2012 / Softcover / 6.75 x 9.5 inches / 288 pp / 60 b&w
ISBN: 978-1-934105-48-1 · Retail Price: $29.95


Shopping in Jail Ideas, Essays, and Stories for the Increasingly Real Twenty-First Century

In Douglas Coupland’s writing, the doldrums of a world afflicted by the pains of dotcom booms and busts, the ascendency of subcultures to pop cultures, and the subsequent struggle for identity are counterbalanced by droll, personal, and incisive analyses. This collection of nonfiction essays provides an illuminating meander through what we call culture today.

2014 / Softcover
5 x 7 3/4 inches / 92 pp
ISBN: 978-3-943365-86-3 · Retail Price: $15.00