Fast-moving contemporary British artist Michael Dean explores different relationships between the word as idea and the word as material form in his sculptural and, at times, photo-based works. His newest artist book, Now Leaves, scaled to the human hand—about the same size and weight along with a similarly flexible structure—feels alive. The newsprint-light pages fall loosely apart to reveal dense black graphics; the letters, shaped as tongues and twisted to form a barely legible word, “leaves,” are inscribed repeatedly. Dean’s work, which also includes poetry, short plays and performances, has been exhibited recently at Cubitt, London; Kunstverein Freiburg; and Nomas Foundation, Rome. Austrian- British philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein once said that in principle there can be no such thing as a private language—an untranslatable lexicon of which only one person can make sense. According to Michael Dean, in practice the opposite would seem to be the case.
WYSING ARTS CENTRE, ENGLAND
July 2015 / Softcover
4 3/4 x 6 3/4 inches / 640 pp / Full b&w
ISBN: 978-1-906012-71-7 · Retail Price: $25.00
Contemporary Art and the Politics of Ecology
Decolonizing Nature is a timely and original look at contemporary art’s response to the ever-growing environmental crisis. In this significant publication, cultural critic and director of the Center for Creative Ecologies, at University of California, Santa Cruz, T. J. Demos, investigates the new wave of ecological consciousness at the intersection of art history, ecology, visual culture, geography and envi- ronmental politics. Demos looks at a variety of aesthetic and political processes engaging the pressing threats of climate change, global warming and environ- mental destruction by artists such as Ursula Biemann and Paulo Tavares, whose video and mixed-media installation, Forest Law, investigates the damaged soils in the Ecuadoran Amazon by decades of oil extraction. In his second book from Sternberg, Demos’s focus is on the creative proposals of artists, architects and activists for ecological sustainability and climate justice, as radical democracy is needed now more than ever.
May 2016 / Softcover / 5 ½ x 8 ¼ inches
200 pp / Extensive b&w and color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-094-2 · Retail Price: $26.00
Against the Anthropocene
Visual Culture and Environment Today
Against the Anthropocene scrutinizes the proposal that we are in a human-driven epoch regarding climate change. In this slender but dense volume, cultural theorist T.J. Demos analyzes the biases within contemporary visual culture—popular science websites, remote sensing and SatNav imagery, eco-activist mobilizations, and experimental artistic projects—demonstrating that it does not merely describe a geologic period, but actively supports the neoliberal financialization of nature, anthropocentric political economy, and endorsement of geo-engineering as a preferred method of approaching climate change. To develop creative alternatives, Demos argues we need to carefully consider the underlying motives the Anthropocene thesis. T.J. Demos is Professor of Art and Visual Culture and Director of the Center for Creative Ecologies at UC Santa Cruz. Past publications with Sternberg Press include Decolonizing Nature and Return To The Postcolony.
October 2017 / Softcover / 5 ½ x 8 ¼ in.
96 pp / Extensive b&w and color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-210-6 · Retail Price: $26.00
This fictional work about the construction and decay of a late modernist building can also be read as an essay on our contemporary unease with modernism in general. Author Brian Dillon, UK editor of Cabinet magazine, based it on research into St. Peter’s Seminary, a college complex commissioned by the Catholic Church in the 1950s, completed in 1968, and abandoned by 1980. On the outskirts of Glasgow-itself a city with a vexed relationship to Le Corbusier-esque modernism – the building is rich with histories: of its architects, its residing student priests, the drug addicts it once housed and treated, and the local teenagers for whom it is a kind of Gothic recreation center. This book takes the material remains of modernism and treats them from a literary point of view.
November 2011 / Hardcover / 4 1/4 x 6 1/8 inches / 90 pp
ISBN: 978-1-933128-87-0 · Retail Price: $22.00
Written All Over Us
The whiteness descended from up North But this whiteness is salt not snow Earth laid himself out like an old mattress fucked on and repeatedly left in the rain then dried out—ten years of drought or more— then fucked again
Deeply perceptive and with a succinct melancholic tone, Dominic Eichler’s minimalist poems capture moments of everyday life with humor, anger and nostalgia. Astutely chosen photos and illustrations add depth to this small volume. Eichler is an art critic, artist, musician, curator, and co-founder of the contemporary art space Silberkuppe. He is also a contributing editor of the critical journal Frieze.
2010 / Softcover / 4 1/4 x 7 inches / 88 pp / 5 b/w
ISBN: 978-1-933128-83-2 · Retail Price: $15.00
The Wretched of the Screen
In Hito Steyerl’s writing we begin to see how, even if the hopes and desires for coherent collective political projects have been displaced onto images and screens, we must look frankly at the technology that seals them in. The Wretched of the Screen collects a number of Steyerl’s landmark essays in which she has steadily developed her very own politics of the image. Twisting the politics of representation around the representation of politics, these essays uncover a rich trove of information: on the formal shifts and distortions of accelerated capitalism; the art system as a vast mine of labor extraction and passionate commitment;, structural and literal violence; enchantment and fun; and of hysterical, uncontrollable flight through the wreckage of postcolonial and modernist discourses.
January 2013/ Exhibition catalog Softcover/
4 x 1/4 x 7 inches/ 200 pp/ 27 b&w
ISBN: 978-1-934105-82-5 · Retail Price: $15.00
Jalal Toufic: Forthcoming
New to the renowned e-flux journal series are writings by Jalal Toufic, a thinker, writer and artist whose influence in the Beirut artistic community over the past two decades has been immense. Of Iraqi and Palestinian descent, he writes here about the appearance of the unworldly in art, culture, history and the present. Fiercely committed to the public accessibility of knowledge, Toufic makes most of his work available as PDFs on his website, www.jalaltoufic.com, so that his books “continue to be forthcoming even after their publication…” First published by Atelos Press in 2000, Forthcoming, with its essays on critical theory, Middle Eastern film, Qur’a¯ nic Prophets and the image culture of Christy Turlington, is an intensely thoughtful and wildly entertaining read.
Release Date: October 2014
Softcover / 4 1/4 x 7 inches / 296 pp
ISBN: 978-3-95679-055-3 · Retail Price: $15.00
Martha Rosler: Culture Class
Julieta Aranda, Brian Kuan Wood & Anton Vidokle (Eds.)
In this collection of essays, conceptual art pioneer Martha Rosler considers the economic and historical precedents for today’s soft ideology of creativity, with special focus on its elaborate retooling of class distinctions. In the creative city, the neutralization of subcultural movements and the professionalization of the artist combine with an army of freelancers and interns to constitute a new social sphere in which traditional markers of difference don’t apply, allowing class distinctions to be utterly dissolved or willfully suppressed. The result is a handful of cities where artists in search of cheap rent become the avant-garde pioneers of gentrification, and no one asks any longer where all of this came from and how. With an introduction by historian and writer Stephen Squibb.
2014 / Softcover
4 1/4 x 7 inches / 254 pp / 32 b&w
ISBN: 978-1-934105-81-8 · Retail Price: $15.00
Benjamin H. Bratton
Dispute Plan to Prevent Future Luxury Constitution
Equal parts Borges, Burroughs, Baudrillard and Black Ops, Dispute Plan to Prevent Future Luxury Constitution charts a treacherous landscape of paranoid master plans, failed schemes and dubious histories. Benjamin H. Bratton’s kaleidoscopic theory- fiction links utopian fantasies of political violence with equally utopian programs of security and control. Blurring reality and delusion, they collaborate on a literally psy- chotic politics of architecture. The cast of characters include insect urbanists, seditious masquerades, epistolary ideologues, carnivorous installations, branded revolts, im- ploding skyscrapers, sentimental memorials, sacred hijackings, vampire safe-houses, suburban enclaves, big-time proposals, ambient security protocols, disputed borders- of-convenience, empty research campuses, plus much more. In this mosaic we glimpse a future city built with designed violence and the violence of design. As one ratifies the other, the exception becomes the ruler. The tenth title in the E-Flux Journal series. Bratton is associate professor of visual arts and director of The Center for Design and Geopolitics at UC San Diego, whose work in theory spans philosophy, art and design.
E-FLUX, NEW YORK
May 2016 / Softcover
4 ¼ x 7 inches / 196 pp / 4 b&w
ISBN: 978-3-95679-195-6 · Retail Price: $15.00
Are You Working Too Much?
Post-Fordism, Precarity and the Labor of Art
Julieta Aranda, Anton Vidokle and Brian Kuan Wood
It is infuriating that most interesting artists are perfectly capable of functioning in at least two or three professions that are, unlike art, respected by society in terms of compensation and general usefulness. Furthermore, when the flexibility, certainty and freedom promised by being part of a critical “outside” are considered as extensions of recent advances in economic exploitation, does the field of art then become the uncritical, complicit “inside” of something far more compelling? This latest issue of e-flux journal addresses these important (though somewhat hostile) questions in the in-your-face style the journal is known for. Cover design by Liam Gillick.
August 2011 / Softcover / 4 1/4 x 7 inches / 212 pp / 11 b&w
ISBN: 978-1-934105-31-3 · Retail Price: $16.00