Imitation of Life Mathias Poledna

Published by Distanz Verlag, Berlin, 2013, 108 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 23 × 25 cm, German / English

Price: €18

Produced on the occasion of Mathias Poledna’s participation at the 55th International Art Exhibition — Venice Biennale, representing Austria.

A 35mm colour film roughly three minutes in length, Imitation of Life was produced using the historic, labor-intensive technique of handmade animation and is built around a cartoon character performing a musical number. Its buoyant spirit and visual texture evoke the Golden Era of the American animation industry during the late 1930s and early 1940s. In the preceding years, the time of the Great Depression, the medium had evolved from a crude form of mass spectacle into a visual language of enormous richness and complexity that shaped and continues to resonate in our collective imaginary.

Designed by the artist in collaboration with Martha Stutteregger.

A portion of the film can be viewed here.

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Marlow Moss Riet Wijnen

Published by Kunstverein Publishing, Amsterdam, 2013, 128 pages, 11 × 17 cm, English

Price: €15

This publication tells the story of the British Constructivist artist Marlow Moss (1898–1958) and her work. A series of lists with ‘facts’ is compiled from writings about and by Moss. These lists contain contradictions and gaps. In part because some characters in the novels written by Netty Nijhoff, Moss’s partner, are based on Moss, and so this knowledge has been sometimes treated as non-fiction because of the lack of information on Moss. The result is that fiction became part of reality. The publication is an alternative biography that indirectly shows how history is constructed.

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The different possible variations, options, additions or substractions of the beginning of something Marc Nagtzaam

Published by Roma Publications, 2013, 12 pages (b/w ill.), 21 × 29.7 cm, English

Price: €18

Reproductions of six wall drawings made by Marc Nagtzaam at San Serriffe, Amsterdam, during the month of June, 2013. Laser print on paper, hand stapled in a numbered edition of 40 copies.

Marc Nagtzaam has been producing a body of work that is based on one main subject: the idea of pattern, the repetition. He draws lines, grids, circles, words or sentences as in an endless search for collecting pieces of information.

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Writings And Conversations Doug Ashford

Published by Mousse Publishing, Milan & Grazer Kunstverein, Graz, 2013, 144 pages (b/w ill.), 12 × 16.5 cm, English

Price: €15

This publication represents one of the many spaces occupied by Doug Ashford’s work. As the first collection of his writings and conversations, it attempts to encompass the changing ideas to which the artist has subscribed over the past 25 years. Doug Ashford is a teacher, artist, and writer. He has taught design, sculpture, and theory at Cooper Union in New York since 1989. From 1982 to 1996, his primary artistic activity was as a member of Group Material, and since then he has gone on to paint, write, and produce other cross-disciplinary projects. Co-published with Grazer Kunstverein.

Designed by Marc Hollenstein.

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European contextualising… Remco Torenbosch

Published by Black Dog Publishing, London, 2013, 255 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 14.8 × 21 cm, English

Price: €25

Produced on the occasion of the Prix de Rome, 2013, this publication is the result of an extensive period of research into the history of the European Flag, opening up intriguing discussion on the changing socio-economics of EU nations, the disappearance of once booming textile industries and the strong individual identities of a union in flux.

Originally conceived for the Council of Europe, the successful design of the flag was later adopted by the European Union in 1985 whilst under the moniker of the European Economic Community. Designed by Arsene Heitz, a French draughtsman at the CoE, and Paul Levy, a Jewish-Belgian Holocaust survivor who worked for many years as the council’s Director of Information, the finalised design was presented to the CoE in 1955 at its headquarters in Strasbourg, Heitz’s hometown.

With contributions by Charles Esche, Mihnea Mircan and Council of Europe Archive.

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COLLECTION EDITION V Gerry Bibby, Sara van der Heide, Snejanka Mihaylova, Emily Roysdon

Published by If I Can’t Dance I Don’t Want to Be Part of Your Revolution, Amsterdam, 2013-2014, 4 booklets of 12 pages each (colour & b/w ill.), 21 × 27 cm, English

Price: €12

A series of booklets produced on the occasion of If I Can’t Dance I Don’t Want to Be Part of Your Revolution’s 2013–14 Commissions.

Gerry Bibby’s booklet introduces the process of writing his novel The Drumhead and includes redacted editorial correspondence with novelist Natasha Soobramanien. Sara van der Heide’s booklet on her work Mother Earth Breathing includes an essay by Nikos Papastergiadis. Snejanka Mihaylova’s booklet about her work Inner Stage includes an annotated bibliography and part of the musical score to her performance A Song. Emily Roysdon’s booklet includes the original textual score to her new work Uncounted*.

Designed by Maureen Mooren.

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