Street Talk: Amsterdam Stephen Willats

Published by Occasional Papers, London, 2011, 32 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 15 × 22 cm, English

Price: €11

Street Talk is the record of a project by conceptual artist Stephen Willats in which he filmed (unbeknownst to them) passers-by walking down two streets in Amsterdam. The captioned film stills in Street Talk document both the endless streams of interactions that inform ‘daily life’ and the fleeting connections with friends or strangers that interrupt these streams. As Willats writes, ‘the act of walking together, side by side, is fundamental to acts of sociability; it introduces fluidity and transience in the coding of language in a relationship when perceived by an external observer.’ Between documentary observation and poetic essay, Street Talk provides an effective introduction to Willats’ recent work, where urban spaces are deconstructed in order to expose underlying ‘bandwidths’ of visual, textual and aural information. This edition comes with a foldout map of Amsterdam.

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1,2,3,4 Cosima Von Bonin

Published by DuMont Verlag, Köln, 2011, 184 pages (colour ill.), 32.1 × 25.2 cm, English/German

Price: €25

This catalogue was produced in conjunction with the exhibition series Cosima Von Bonin, The Lazy Susan Series, A Rotating Exhibition 2010-2012 shown at the following venues:

Cosima Von Bonin’s Far Niente, at Witte de With, Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, October 10, 2010 – January 9, 2011

Cosima Von Bonin’s Bone Idle, at Arnolfini, Bristol, February 19 – April 25, 2011

Cosima Von Bonin’s Zermatt! Zermatt! Z…ermattet!, at Mamco, Genf, June 8 – September 18, 2011

Cosima Von Bonin’s Cut! Cut! Cut!, at Museum Ludwig, Köln, November 5, 2011 – May 14, 2012

Design by Yvonne Quirmbach

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The Sun As Error Bootleg Shannon Ebner

Published by Dexter Sinister, New York, 2011, 246 pages (b/w ill.), 15 × 20.5 cm, English

Price: €55

Los Angeles artist Shannon Ebner extends her exploration of photography, sculpture and language in this remarkable book, The Sun as Error. In collaboration with Dexter Sinister (design duo David Reinfurt and Stuart Bailey), The Sun as Error re-investigates the meaning and language of photographs, creating both an open-ended reading of her practice and also rethinking the idea of an artist’s monograph. Far from straightforward, the book interweaves her bodies of work, previously unseen one-off pieces, with the language of technical diagrams, optical illusions, and graphic design. One of the persistent motifs through the book’s sequence is an asterisk and, specifically, one imbued with the legacy of the graphic designer Muriel Cooper. As the first design director for MIT Press and the cofounder of the Visible Language Workshop, Cooper’s legacy for reorienting and repositioning the direction of an artist’s monograph is imaginatively explored in the creative partnership of Dexter Sinister and Shannon Ebner. This 2011 reprinted bootleg version of the original monograph is printed in a black and white paperback book.

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Tales 32 Daniel Gustav Cramer

Published by Daniel Gustav Cramer, 2011, two single papers, 16.5 × 23 cm, English

Price: €7

Kato Pyrgos, Cyprus, August 2008. Edition 500, hand numbered and signed.

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Sweet Violence Sanja Iveković

Published by the Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2011, 192 pages (colour ill.), 30.4 × 20.8 cm, English

Price: €42

Published in conjunction with the first solo museum exhibition of the work of Sanja Iveković in the United States, this volume is the most comprehensive survey on the artist available in English. A feminist, activist and video and performance pioneer, Iveković came of age in the early 1970s during the period known as the Croatian Spring, when artists broke free from mainstream institutional settings. This catalogue presents an overview of the artist’s projects from the early 1970s to 2011 in all mediums, offering a fascinating view of gender roles, the official politics of power and the paradoxes inherent in a society’s collective memory. Featured works include Iveković’s historic single-channel videos, performances and sculptural installations as well as a selection from Double Life (1975-76), her celebrated series of 64 photocollages. Weaving together art-historical analysis and political theory, the publication offers a critical examination of the neo-avant-garde in former Yugoslavia and investigates the theme of violence in art.

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Solution 196–213 United States of Palestine-Israel Joshua Simon (Ed.)

Published by Sternberg Press, Berlin, 2011, 128 pages, (b/w ill.), 11.2 x 17.8 cm, softcover, English

Price: €10 (Out of stock)

With contributions by Tal Adler/Osama Zatar, Asma Agbarieh-Zahalka, Maayan Amir/Ruti Sela, Ariella Azoulay, Yael Bartana/Sebastian Cichocki, Raji Bathish, Itzhak Benyamini, Sari Hanafi, Sandi Hilal/Alessandro Petti/Eyal Weizman, Yazan Khalili, Ohad Meromi/Joshua Simon, Norma Musih, Ingo Niermann, Noam Yuran

Solution 196–213: United States of Palestine-Israel is an anthology of texts proposing a doable solution for the region. With contributors based in Ramallah and Tel Aviv-Jaffa, Beirut and Jerusalem, New York and Bethlehem, Nazareth and Warsaw, the book offers solutions that will make life better, and proposes ways to do it.

Unlike previous books in the Solution series, this book invited several writers from the region to suggest specific and doable solutions for today. This is mainly since it seems absurd to present a one-man master plan for Palestine-Israel. In many senses, such master plans (whether they take a colonial, Zionist or other meta-narrative lead) have been the mold of the problem in the region for at least the last 150 years.

The idea is therefore to rethink the different antagonisms that structure our ways of resistance and compliance: to rethink Semitism and 1948, rethink identity and territory, rethink resistance and memory, rethink democracy and state, rethink Zionism and decolonization, rethink refugee and property, rethink religion and solution.

Solution Series edited by Ingo Niermann. Designed by ZAK Group

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