Ding und Körper Michaela Meise

Published by Walther König, Köln, 2012, 184 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 21.2 × 27.2 cm, German / English

Price: €28 (Out of stock)

Produced on the occasion of Michaela Meise’s exhibition Ding und Körper 30 January – 29 March, 2009 at the Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe.

Michaela Meise works in the formats of video, drawing, performance and sculpture. She investigates principles of sculptural and architectural arrangement, both in terms of their creative realization and in relation to their political and social contexts. Her works make reference to aspects of a Minimalist or Post-Minimalist art which she transfers onto everyday housing- and living-spaces. With this “applied Minimalism,” Meise is able to study structures of balance, movement, rhythm or design down to the smallest details, and to connect them to moments of private remembrance. (press release Badischer Kunstverein)

Designed by Heimann und Schwantes

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Skizo-Mails Franco Berardi Bifo

Published by Errant Bodies, Berlin, 2012, 152 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 11.4 × 17.8 cm, English

Price: €10

Skizo-Mails is the first issue of the new book series Doormats published by Errant Bodies Press. Doormats seeks to unfold creative perspectives on what the political can be today: from critical appraisals of economic injustices to experimental research and projects on public life, the series aims for new political subjectivity. Doormats supports experimental writing, rants and poetics, reflections and commentary by international voices.

Franco “Bifo” Berardi (born 1948 in Bologna) is a philosopher, cultural theorist and political and media activist.  During the 1980s he contributed to Semiotexte (NY), Chimeree (Paris), Metropoli (Rome) and Musica 80 (Milan). In the 1990s he published Mutazione e Cyberpunk (Genoa, 1993), and more recently: Felix (London, 2008), The Soul at Work (Semiotexte, 2010) and After the Future (AK Press, 2011).

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The weather, a building Ruth Buchanan

Published by Sternberg Press, Berlin, 2012, 82 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 19.5 × 14.5 cm, English

Price: €18

With texts by Ruth Buchanan and Ian White

Libraries are generally perceived as storehouses, spaces of stable accumulation and containment. While the architecture may attempt to operate in this stable tone, the material contained within them is often far wilder. Histories, biographies, loose thoughts, detailed notations, bodies, and objects are all temporarily suspended, cataloged, and organized, creating relationships where perhaps previously there was none. An example of where the tension between what is contained in libraries and how it is contained emerges in a highly palpable way in the trajectory of the Staatsbibliothek Berlin. This new artist book by Ruth Buchanan charts three narratives associated with the life of this particular library. The anecdotes become both concrete examples and metaphors through which to interrogate the production, situating, and sharing of meaning. Designed by David Bennewith.

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Post #2 gerlach en koop

Published by gerlach en koop, Den Haag, 2012, 92 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 20.7 × 29.8 cm, English

Price: €2

An artist publication produced by gerlach en koop, “Two seconds from the film ‘Close-up’ by Abbas Kiarostami (1990), starting from the moment the aerosol can is being absentmindedly pushed with the tip of the shoe. Because the street slopes down the empty can rolls on for about half a minute, further and further away from the camera, until it is stopped by the curb…”

Produced on the occasion of the exhibition ‘The Autumn of Modernism’ at De Vleeshal, Middleburg.

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The Wretched of the Screen Hito Steyerl

Published by Sternberg Press, Berlin, 2012, 200 pages (b/w ill.), 10.8 × 17.8 cm, English

Price: €12 (Out of stock)

With a foreword by Franco ”Bifo” Berardi

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, it is precisely here that we must look frankly at the technology that seals them in. The Wretched of the Screen collects a number of Steyerl’s landmark essays from recent years 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 in the formal shifts and aberrant distortions of accelerated capitalism, of the art system as a vast mine of labor extraction and passionate commitment, of occupation and internship, of structural and literal violence, enchantment and fun, of hysterical, uncontrollable flight through the wreckage of postcolonial and modernist discourses and their unanticipated openings.

e-flux journal Series edited by Julieta Aranda, Brian Kuan Wood, Anton Vidokle. Design by Jeff Ramsey, cover artwork by Liam Gillick

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The Trial Rossella Biscotti

Published by Rosella Biscotti, 2012, 134 pages, 16.5 × 20.5 cm, English, edition of 100

Price: €100

The project Il Processo (The Trial, 2010-12) focused on the “April 7 trial” (1983-84), against the members of the leftist revolutionary movement Autonomia Operaia, which was held in the Aula Bunker in Rome—the high-security courthouse in Foro Italico. Biscotti’s research started in 2006—shortly before the building underwent a major transformation from a court to a sports museum. The installation consists of concrete sculptures made from casts of the architectural features of the courtroom, taken before their demolition. These are accompanied by a six-hour audio edited recording of the “April 7 trial”. Defendants in the court case included the philosophers Antonio Negri and Paolo Virno, and other intellectuals accused of being ideologically and morally responsible for Italian terrorism developed in the late 1970s.

Between 2010 and 2012, there were a series of performances, in different countries, where the audio is simultaneously live-interpreted by a professional translator, so that the historical testimony becomes reactivated through a contemporary voice and body. During the presentation at dOCUMENTA 13 in 2012 the installation and the performance were simultaneously shown. This publication is an English transcript of the audio translation.

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