Talking to Women Nell Dunn

Published by Silver Press, London, 2018, 215 pages, 13 × 19.6 cm, English

Price: €13

With an introduction by Ali Smith and a new Afterword by Nell Dunn

In 1964, Nell Dunn spoke to nine of her friends over a bottle of wine about sex, work, money, babies, freedom and love. The novelist Ann Quin says she appears to be a ‘singular girl, singular and single’ but questions the use she makes of her freedom. The Pop artist Pauline Boty reveals she married ‘the first man I could talk very freely to’ ten days after meeting him. Kathy Collier, who worked with Dunn in a Battersea sweet factory, talks about what it takes to ‘get out’ of a life that isn’t fulfilling. Edna O’Brien tells us about the time she inadvertently stole a brown georgette scarf and the lesson she took from it: ‘Morality is not the same thing as abstinence.’ After more than fifty years out of print, Talking to Women is still as sparkling, honest, profound, funny and wise as when it was first published.

#2018 #nelldunn #silverpress #theory
Texts Elizabeth Newman

Published by Discipline, Melbourne, 2019, 192 pages, 10.8 × 17.6 cm, English

Price: €9

Elizabeth Newman is best known as a visual artist whose practice encompasses a variety of media including painting, drawing, sculpture, and installation. Writing, too, is central to her art. As indicated by the twenty-five or so texts compiled in this book, all dating from the last fifteen years, Newman’s literary output extends beyond her studio practice. Many of these texts are about artworks and exhibitions—her own as well as those of other local artists: they serve a critical rather than an aesthetic function. As such, these writings offer valuable insight into Newman’s artistic intentions and motivations, and her commentaries on the art of her peers constitute a compelling partial survey of art produced in Melbourne over the last decade and a half. Designed by Robert Milne.

#2019 #discipline #elizabethnewman #robertmilne #theory
Playing Monogamy Simon(E) van Saarloos

Published by Publication Studio, Rotterdam, 2019, 130 pages, 12 × 18.5 cm, English

Price: €12

Through a contemporary rereading of the cult of monogamy, van Saarloos playfully queers the way in which the structure of monogamy is upheld through social convention within Western contexts. Written for more of a lay audience, the book proposes an expanded and polyamorous engagement with intimacy and sexuality as a possible alternative. Originally written in Dutch and published by De Bezige Bij, this new edition has been translated to English by Liz Waters.

#2019 #publicationstudio #simon(e)vansaarloos #theory
Biegen Leon Filter

Published by August Verlag, Berlin, 2014, 134 pages (b/w ill.), 10 × 16 cm, German

Price: €9

Biegen is an artist book in which the author researches the centuries-old cultural technique of „Bäume-biegen“ (Tree bending), which was used as a material education in shipbuilding and agriculture for the  production of tools and complex components. Researching European forests, archives and libraries produced a collection of sketches, photographs, notes, historical illustrations and drawings presented here in the form of a journal.

With an essay by Helmut Draxler. In cooperation with the Merz Akademie

#2014 #helmutdraxler #leonfilter #theory
Diedrich Diederichsen (Over)production and Value

Published by Sternberg Press, Berlin, 2017, 64 pages, 11.5 × 18 cm, English / German

Price: €9

The “economization of art” began to take shape in the wake of the crisis of capital in 2009. The shifts that occurred in the art field during this time were accompanied by explicit critique and academic analysis that aimed to make the genesis of these transformations comprehensible. In this book, first delivered as a lecture at Kunsthalle Bern in April 2016, Diedrich Diederichsen follows Marx’s labor theory of value and counters the symbolic economies dominating the art field, as well as economic exceptionalism or calculation, with systems of recording and reading out. Expanded to include the sphere of individual aesthetic experience, these systems are not formulated as solipsism, or in terms of purposefulness, but as a means to compare relations within the productivity of open and incalculable connectivity, relations that allow aesthetic experience to be read out as the liquefied labor and lifetime of concrete others. Designed by HIT

#2017 #diedrichdiederichsen #sternbergpress #theory
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).

#2012 #errantbodies #francobifoberardi #theory