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!
118 pp / 6 b&w and 24 color
Retail Price: $22.00
BALTIC ART CENTER, VISBY
ROYAL INSTITUTE OF ART, STOCKHOLM
Nina Power (Ed.)
Even the Dead Rise Up, and the political becomes personal. In Francis McKee’s first novel, observations of séances, scientific advances, group education outings, and Kurdish protests for the disappeared become mixed with his own Tarot-influenced visions; a haunting spirit appears; the relation between political resistance and Spiritualism is cast as an insurrectionary force and a millenarian energy. McKee pushes language to match the raw material of the stories, which are documented through journal entries that move from Scottish islands to Puerto Rico. The author is an Irish writer and curator working in Glasgow. Since 2006 he has been the director of the CCA, Glasgow, and a lecturer and research fellow at Glasgow School of Art. He has written How to know what’s really happening (Sternberg Press, 2016) and co-published extensively on the work of artists linked to Glasgow. Even the Dead Rise Up is published by Book Works as part of the Common Objectives series and edited by Nina Power.
4 ½ x 7 in. / 146 pp / Extensive b&w
Retail Price: $24.95