Empathy and Abstraction, (Excerpts) Doug Ashford

Published by Marres, Centre for Contemporary Culture, Maastricht, 2013, 6 pages, 21 × 29.7 cm, English

Price: €4

Doug Ashford is a teacher, artist and writer. Ashford’s principle visual practice from 1982 to 1996 was the artists’ collaborative Group Material that produced over 40 exhibitions and public projects internationally. Group Material developed the exhibition form into an artistic medium using display design and curatorial juxtaposition as a critical location where audiences were invited to imagine democratic forms. Since 1996, Ashford has continued to make paintings, write, and produce museum and public projects. His book Who Cares (Creative Time, 2006) is a publication built from a series of conversations between Ashford and an assembly of other cultural practitioners on public expression, beauty, and ethics.

Published in conjunction with the exhibition Tradition at Marres, Centre for Contemporary Culture, March 16, 2013 – May 19, 2013 and Grazer Kunstverein, June 7, 2013 – August 11, 2013.

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THE SIDE ROOM Rossella Biscotti

Published by Revolver Publishing, Berlin, 2013, 144 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 16.5 × 22.2 cm, German/English

Price: €18

Produced on the occasion of Rossella Biscotti’s 2013 exhibition The Side Room, at Secession, Vienna, July 5 – September 1, 2013. With texts from Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, András Pálffy, Bettina Spörr, Laboratorio Onirico.

Designed by Louis Lüthi.

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DIE TOILETTE Jon Bywater, Louise Menzies and Marnie Slater (after Chris Kraus)

Published by Paraguay Press, Paris, 2013, 16 pages, 16 × 22.5 cm, English

Price: €5

The 5th installment of The Social Life of the Book series is a an assemblage of text fragments taken from different books by LA-based writer Chris Kraus, conceived and annotated by artists and writers Jon Bywater, Louise Menzies and Marnie Slater. By reading through Kraus’s texts looking for traces of New Zealand, where she grew up, the three Kiwis question the representation of the distant; how it is embodied by characters, situations, language, and in the writing/reading dynamics Kraus creates.

The Social Life of the Book is a collection of commissioned texts dealing with books, and how they engage with the circulation of ideas and the agency of social situations. It brings together artists, publishers, writers, designers, booksellers, etc. who consider books less as finished objects or forms but for their disruptive potential and their ability to produce new relationships, new publics and new meanings.

Designed by Will Holder.

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Libro Illeggibile ‘mn 1’ Bruno Munari

Published by Corraini Edizioni, Mantua, 2013, 32 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 10 × 10 cm, Italian

Price: €5

In 1949 Munari designed for the first time a series of “libri illeggibili” (illegible books), which abandoned textual communication in behalf of aesthetic function only. Paper is no longer the support of only text, but it also communicates a message through the format, the colour, the cuts and their successions. The elements that usually set up a book (like the colophon and the title-page) are removed, and the reading seems the execution of a melody, with always different tones during the sequence of the pages.

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No Time to Fly Deborah Hay

Published by CasCo, Utrecht, 2013, 18 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 11.7 × h cm, English

Price: €5

Casco’s issuing of renowned American dancer and choreographer Deborah Hay’s solo dance score No Time to Fly (2010) publicly addresses delay in our lives and work. The experience of delay in our lives and work. The experience of delay indicates the notion of time particular to the contemporary condition of production and communication. It is even more palpable in the practice of publishing. The publication No Time to Fly is motivated by the delayed Casco publication the Grand Domestic Revolution Handbook. Hay’s score prompts one to rethink how to see, respond, behave, and act, especially with respect to our habitual works, sense of disjointed time, and disturbed perception. With cover image by artist Judith Hopf

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The Foamy Saliva of a Horse Carol Bove

Published by the Common Guild, Glasgow, 2013, 16 pages (colour & b/w ill.), pamphlet stitched, 18.2 × 25 cm, English

Price: €11

Produced on the occasion of Carol Bove’s exhibition The Foamy Saliva of a Horse at the Common Guild, Glasgow, 20 April–29 June, 2013. With texts by anthropologist Tim Ingold & psychoanalytic psychotherapist Derek Raffaelli.

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