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
Dysfunctional Comedy: A Reader documents a series of events, performances and workshops initiated by German-American artist Olav Westphalen from 2012 to 2015 in Switzerland. Part of Westphalen’s ongoing research on crypto-comedy, this artist’s book /catalog engages students and partners from different traditions and genres in comedic and cartoonist practices to reflect on the rich history of stand-up comedy and political satire. Seven chapters and over 15 artists and writers play with various comedic techniques to subvert the strategies and themes of stand-up comedy, as well as rethink artistic performativity and audience participation. In the process, they address stereotypes, taboos, and power relations with a critical eye toward the conservatism, cultural-political operations, and inflexibility of the art world. Contributions by Olav Westphalen, Roee Rosen, Aron Flam, Anna Kinbom, Lars-Erik Hjertström Lappalainen, Sally O’Reilly and Lívia Páldi. A small but powerful reader!
BALTIC ART CENTER, VISBY
ROYAL INSTITUTE OF ART, STOCKHOLM
February 2017 / Softcover / 5 x 7 ¾ in.
118 pp / 6 b&w and 24 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-256-4 · Retail Price: $22.00
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
The Internet Does Not Exist
Julieta Aranda, Brian Kuan Wood & Anton Vidokle
The internet does not exist. Maybe it did exist only a short time ago, but now it only remains as a blur, a cloud, a friend, a deadline, a redirect, or a 404. If it ever existed, we couldn’t see it. Because it has no shape. It has no face, just this name that describes everything and nothing at the same time. Yet we are still trying to climb onboard, to get inside, to be part of the network, to get in on the language game, to show up on searches, to appear to exist. But we will never get inside of something that isn’t there. All this time we’ve been bemoaning the death of any critical outside position, we should have taken a good look at information networks. Just try to get in. You can’t. Networks are all edges, as Bruno Latour points out. We thought there were windows but actually they’re mirrors. And in the meantime we are being faced with more and more—not just information, but the world itself.
4 ¼ x 7 inches / 316 pp / 17 b&w
ISBN: 978-3-95679-130-7 · Retail Price: $15.00
Julieta Aranda, Anton Vidokle, Brian Kuan Wood
2010 / Softcover / 4 1/4 x 7 inches / 232 pp
ISBN: 978-1-933128-81-8 · Retail Price: $16.00