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365 Days of Invisible Work

Author:  Werker
Title: 365 Days of Invisible Work
Publisher: Spector Books, Casco
Subject: Artists' Books
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365 Days of Invisible Work contains 365 images collected and compiled by the Domestic Worker Photographer Network. Members of this open network took photographs of themselves and others as gardeners, dishwashers, domestic workers, mothers, interns, artists, and as (illegal) migrants, generating a collective and political representation of domestic space. 365 Days of Invisible Work depicts a critical view of domestic work and work at home, as seen through the eyes of contemporary amateur photographers.

365 Days of Invisible Work is the third edition of the Werker Magazine series initiated by the founders of the Werker Collective, Marc Roig Blesa and Rogier Delfos. It was conceived as part of the Grand Domestic Revolution, a “living research” project by Casco – Office for Art, Design and Theory, Utrecht, that ran from 2009/10–12. The Werker Collective’s practice is inspired by the Worker Photography Movement of the 1920s and 1930s. Far from having a rhetorical approach, it looks into ways of reactivating the movement’s working methodologies, based on self-representation, self-publishing, image analysis, and collective learning processes.

20.00 EUR

Puffy Grip Logic

Author: Martin Kohaut, Matilda Tjäder
Title: Puffy Grip Logic
Publisher: TLTRPress
Subject: Artists' Books
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Contributions by Sasha Engelmann and Jol Thomson, Kaspars Groševs, Monika Kalinauskaitė, Nora N. Khan, Žygimantas Kudirka, Nathan Beyonce Ma, Susan Ploetz, Felix Riemann, Daniel Taylor, and Matilda Tjäder. Designed by Monika Janulevičiūtė. Directed by Martin Kohout and Matilda Tjäder.

The publication by Martin Kohout, Matilda Tjäder, and invited guests uses so-called gamebook structure, where readers themselves choose the steps they want to take in its space and plot. The events and insights presented by the text resemble some kind of fantastic multitasking fever and information overload. The main story-line is written by Martin Kohout, but the book is a collective result, where invited co-authors create their own islands, parallel story lines, or unpredictable interruptions.

10.00 EUR

Bas Jan Ader: Discovery File 143/76

Author: Marion van Wijk and Koos Dalstra (eds.)
Publisher: New Documents
Subject: Monographs, Artists' Books
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In 1976, Bas Jan Ader’s boat, the Ocean Wave, was found unmanned and partially submerged 150 miles off the coast of Ireland by a Spanish fishing vessel. The Dutch artist’s boat was taken to La Coruna for investigation. Days later, the boat was stolen and the cult of Ader, whose body was never recovered, was truly cemented. In this volume, artists Marion van Wijk and Koos Dalstra, compile ten years of research into this unsolved mystery. The Spanish police report documenting the theft is reproduced in facsimile alongside a translation into English, many pages of additional documentation, and the transcriptions of interviews produced during the editors’ investigations.

45.00 EUR

Space Colonies

Author: Fabian Reimann
Title: Space Colonies. A Galactic Freeman's Journal
Publisher: Spector Books
Subject: Artists' Books
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At the beginning of the 1970s US American physicist Gerard K. O’Neill developed the first ideas for colonizing space. Shortly thereafter, Stewart Brand, cybercommunard and editor of the Whole Earth Catalog, took up these ideas and published the book Space Colonies. In this and in other editions of the CoEvolution Quarterly, the issue of whether space might already be colonized in the year 2000 is discussed. Fabian Reimann’s Space Colonies. A Galactic Freeman’s Journal refers to these publications. In his photo essay he assembles historical, present-day, and speculative material, which he combines with fictional and factual stories to create a composite of different images of the world.

12.00 EUR

Memories of the Star

Author: Elena Narbutaitė
Title: Memories of the Star
Publisher: CAC Vilnius
Subject: Artists' books
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Memories of the Star (Žvaigždės atsiminimai) is a 56-page artist book by Elena Narbutaitė published in two separate Lithuanian and English editions alongside the artist's solo exhibition Prosperity (June 16 – August 13, 2017). It includes writings by Elena Narbutaitė, Candice Lin, Marcel Proust, Bernardo Jose de Souza, Luca Turin and Raimundas Malašauskas.

Three fragments from Les plaisirs et les jours by Marcel Proust, translated from French by Louise Varese, are reprinted from the book’s first English edition (Pleasures and Regrets, Crown Publishers, New York, 1948). The book contains a fragment of Rosalind Nashashibi’s painting Dust (2017) and a photograph from Dalia Dūdėnaitė’s personal album. Cover photograph is by Darius Petrulaitis.

5.00 EUR

The Metaphysics Of Beer: A Symposium Of Humans And Microorganisms

Author:   Vytenis Burokas
Title: The Metaphysics Of Beer:  A Symposium Of Humans And Microorganisms
Publisher: &editions
Subject: Artists' Writings 
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Rather than merely cite and quote his research, the artist stages an increasingly drunken discussion between himself and a crowd of philosophers, scientists, and theoreticians.  In the play, Burokas ventriloquises, and is inhabited by, a strange constellation of characters who have all dealt with the properties of the clinamen in some way, including the philosophers Aristotle, Epicurus, Lucretius, Julia Annas, and Michel Serres, the scientists Henri Poincaré and Ilya Prigogine, and the composers and theorists John Rahn and Michel Dellvile, amongst many other voices. (text by Post Brothers)

12.00 EUR

TV

Author: Algirdas Šeškus, Gintaras Didžiapetris (ed.)
Title: TV
Publisher: Lithuanian National Radio and Television
Subject: Artists' books
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What you might take in your hands, is a selection of photographs made by Algirdas Šeškus while at work as a camera operator at the National Television. All of the images were made between 1975 and 1985. The book is published on the occassion of the 60 year anniversary since the first television broadcast in Lithuania

By the way - for the whole summer Šeškus' photographs are presented at the Documenta 14! Go Athens, go Kassel.

30.00 EUR

On Continuous and Systematic Nutrition Improvement

Author: Indrė Klimaitė
Title: On Continuous and Systematic Nutrition Improvement
Publisher: Jan van Eyeck Academie
Subject: Artists' Books
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It is a narrative of human culture within a system. It is insider view that lifts sheets to ideology mechanism, it’s propaganda and practice. This publication extends history and itself becomes a plan for tomorrow.

Research itself is based on textual and visual materials collected from Soviet public catering books between 1935 until 1990. Material spans over a broad range of documents, from official sanitation memorandum to archeological photographs, from woman liberation slogans to dishwashing instructions, from technical plans for the classification of potatoes to dinner room schemes, from soviet gastronomy recipes to sanitary norms and measures to fight rodents and microbes. Human life as a never stopping potato washing machine.

20.00 EUR

Super Duper

Author: Inga Navickaitė
Title: Super Duper
Publisher:  Self-published, risography, edition of 30
Subject: Artists' Books
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Super Duper is a project inspired by Lithuanian mythology, which here has taken form of several interactive mediums such as printed publication, animation and screen prints. In the book, mythological creatures are shown as super heroes possesing supernatural powers and wearing tight latex suits. Here their physical and behavioral traits are shown. As well as depictions of their super powers and relationships among each other.

50.00 EUR

Mr. Peanut Drawings

Author:  Vincent Trasov, Jeff Khonsary (ed.)
Title: Mr. Peanut Drawings
Publisher: New Documents
Subject: Artists' Books, Artists' Writings 
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In 1970, Trasov assumed the identity of Mr. Peanut, donning a handmade paper mache replica of the mascot of the Planters Peanut Company. Soon after, he produced The Mr. Peanut Mayoralty Campaign of 1974, a twenty-day performance developed in collaboration with members of the Vancouver arts community. The legume quickly became Trasov’s cipher and central component of his practice. Mr. Peanut Drawings collects nearly a hundred of Trasov’s Peanut drawings together with a text by Nancy Tousley.

40.00 EUR

Grey, But not Grey

Author:   Algirdas Šeškus 
Title: Grey, But not  Grey
Publisher: Kaunas photography gallery / Galerie du Château d'Eau
Subject: Artists' Books
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Vilnius based artist Algirdas Šeškus (b. 1945) is often cited by the texts on art criticism and the history of photography to mark the breaking stage in Lithuanian photography.

The artist made his debut in 1980 during the young photographers’ exhibit in Vilnius, held by the Union of Lithuanian Art Photographers. The very first of his showcased photos revealed a new phenomenon challenging Soviet culture.

However, his art has not as of yet received a comprehensive analytical investigation and appraisal. A recent dialogue with the artist breaking the silence of nearly thirty years was inspired by his retrospective at the National Art Gallery in Vilnius, where the works of Algirdas Šeškus – the pioneer of Lithuanian photography avant-garde were on.

By the way - for the whole summer Šeškus' photographs are presented at the Documenta 14! Go Athens, go Kassel.

20.00 EUR

Bedančiai / Toothless

Author: Inga Navickaitė
Title: Bedančiai / Toothless
Publisher:  Self-published, ink press, edition of 30
Subject: Artists' Books
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'Bedančiai is a village in the municipality of Raseiniai district, Šiluvos neighborhood. My parents moved here from Kelmė district, so I grew up here. Bedančiai village has four things which are necessary to be mentioned then telling guests about this land: monument of nature The Grąžusis (Beautiful) Oak, First World War cemetery, Dubysa river regional park and of course 32 residents which, I guess, have 32 teeth each.
These photos are of the village people who are living there. The strange meaning of the name of the village Bedančiai (toothless) would be totally forgotten by residents if there would not be any newcomers who occasionally asks questions about the need of dentists in the village or asks to grin and show how many teeth they have.
The people of the village captured during the studies in Vilnius Academy of Arts Faculty of Kaunas are migrating sometimes: they are leaving to England, then returning back or moving to a larger city in Lithuania. But it is very rare for someone to move in. In the spring of 2015 there were 32 people who posed in the white background – today there would be less. Aging decreases the teeth in the mouth and Bedančiai is decreasing in population.'

35.00 EUR

The George Kuchar Reader

Author:  Andrew Lampert (ed.)
Title: The George Kuchar Reader
Publisher: Primary Information
Subject: Artists' Writings 
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Despite being a consummate polymath, George Kuchar (1942–2011) is best known as a pioneering underground film and video maker with a disarming do-it-yourself aesthetic and a hilariously eccentric sensibility. Quirky and ingenious, heartfelt and campy, Kuchar’s movies know no boundaries and are an entirely unique development in the history of cinema. The artist’s characteristic instinct for kitsch, his humor and conceptual brilliance, were not confined to the screen alone; they can be glimpsed in all the activities he carried out throughout his life. The George Kuchar Reader, edited by Andrew Lampert, collects a wide swath of previously uncollected and newly unearthed writings and visual work, including essays, comics, drawings, paintings, photographs, film stills, scripts, movie blurbs, correspondence, letters of recommendation for his students, documentation of his UFO sightings, excerpts from his dream journal, selections from his private notebooks and much more.

 

32.00 EUR

Portraits

Author: Erik Thys; Anthony Huberman, Scott Ponik, Robert Snowden (eds.)
Title: Portraits
Publisher: CAC Vilnius, kim? Contemporary Art Center, Riga
Subject: Artists' books
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The reputation of Erik Thys (b. 1961) rests on his work as a psychiatrist, not as an artist. Thys lives in Brussels where he composes music, draws, and practices in two psychiatric hospitals. On the occasion of this book, Thys invited a colleague, the British psychoanalyst Darian Leader, to reflect on his infatuation with automobiles. The drawings in this book are a small, almost pitiful, portion of the number Erik Thys provided. They came to us on all types of office paper, prescription pads, and whatever else was at hand.

Publsihed as part of XII Baltic Triennial

20.00 EUR

Body Starting to Change

Author: Elena Narbutaitė
Publisher: CAC Vilnius
Subject:  Artists' Books
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Body Starting to Change is a conversation on music between two artists. When in 1960s despite the official ban foreign radio stations gained in availability within USSR, the newscasts and political comments broadcasted by them became an important part of alternative education. Musical programmes were of no less or perhaps of even more importance as they exposed the vitality of youth culture (or subculture) behind the Iron Curtain. Deimantas Narkevičius shares his musical experiences with Elena Narbutaitė, starting with this period of ‘catching waves’ and continuing until 1993, when the introduction to the London music scene became the turning-point (sooner or later experienced by many) in the artist’s relationship to the changing urban culture. The publication includes watercolours by Elena Narbutaitė, the reproduction of the cover of Satori, an album by Flower Travelling Band, stills from July 20, 2015, the new film by Narkevičius, and graphics by Mark Geffriaud.

5.00 EUR

Nuotraukos dokumentams / Photographs for Documents

Author:   Vytautas V. Stanionis, Gntautas Česonis (ed.)
Title: Nuotraukos dokumentams / Photographs for Documents
Publisher:  Kaunas photography gallery
Subject: Artists' Books
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"This book’s folio design is shaped by its content: Lithuanian identification photographs from 1946, when citizens were required to get new, Soviet documents. What’s distinctive about these images—taken by Vytautus V. Stanionis’s father, also named Vytautus—is that, to save money and materials, each print features two people side-by-side, to be sliced in half for individual use. Photographs for Documents highlights the strangeness of this arrangement by using only gatefold pages, each folding out to reveal a second, silent portrait partner—both "hiding and revealing the gist of the book," says Todd Hido. The viewer is left to speculate on both the relationship between subjects—are they family? Strangers?—and on their fates.”

35.00 EUR