SIX CHAIRS BOOKS – art & theory bookstore

Club Univers

Author: Chus Martínez
Title: Club Univers
Publisher: Sternberg Press
Subject: Essays & Non-Fiction

'I've been writing these notes continuously for years but I never thought about publishing them. These pages gather some thoughts on artists who continue to be a source of motivation for me to invest in complexity and who also all possess a rare sense of humor. I write these texts mostly at the end of a working day or in the very early morning, which for me are not the hours for argumentation. They expose no foreseeable line of research or an unequivocal sequence of arguments. However, through continuous exchange with the students at the Institute of Art of the FHNW Academy of Arts and Design in Basel, I came to the conclusion that it would be useful to publish this peculiar research as a strange textbook. Its sole goal is to motivate the students to keep our conversation going and to further open this possibility up to others.'

12.00 EUR

I Had Nowhere to Go

Author:  Jonas Mekas
Title: I Had Nowhere to Go
Publisher: Spector Books
Subject: Essays & Non-Fiction, Artists' Writings 

In 1944 Mekas and his younger brother Adolfas had to flee from the Nazis for copying leaflets. They were interned for eight months in a labour camp in Elmshorn. The Soviet occupation prevented him from returning to his native Lithuania after the war and, classed as a displaced person, he lived in DP camps in Wiesbaden and Kassel. Towards the end of 1949 he and his brother emigrated to New York. In his autobiography I Had Nowhere to Go he describes his survival in the camps and his arrival in New York. Mekas tells a universal story, that of an emigre who can never go back, whose loneliness in his new world is emblematic of human existence.

22.00 EUR

Like a Woman

Author: Quinn Latimer
Title: Like a Woman. Essays, Readings, Poems
Publisher: Sternberg Press
Subject: Essays & Non-fiction, Poetry

Moving from Southern California to central and southern Europe, crossing geographies and genres, Quinn Latimer's texts record specters and realities of culture, migration, and displacement, compounding the vagaries of rhetoric and poetics with those of personal history and criticism. 

Composed in the space between the page and live performance, Latimer’s recent essays and poems collected here examine issues of genealogy and influence, the poverty and privilege of place, architecture’s relationship to language, and feminist economies of writing, reading, and art making. Shifting between written language and live address, between the needs of the internal and the external voice, Like a Woman retrieves the refrain, the litany, and the chorus, exploring their serial ecstasies and political possibilities.

20.00 EUR

School: A Recent History of Self-Organized Art Education

Author: Sam Thorne
Title: School: A Recent History of Self-Organized Art Education
Publisher: Sternberg Press
Subject: Essays & Non-Fiction

Contributions by Bik Van der Pol, Bruce High Quality Foundation University, Tania Bruguera, Chto Delat?, Sean Dockray, Olafur Eliasson, Ryan Gander, Piero Golia, Fritz Haeg, Pablo Helguera, Jakob Jakobsen, Ahmet Oğuut, Yoshua Okon, Open School East, RUPERT (!), Wael Shawky, Tina Sherwell, Bisi Silva, Christine Tohme, Anton Vidokle

Sam Thorne’s School: A Recent History of Self-Organized Art Education is a chronicle of self-organized art schools and artist-run education platforms that have emerged since 2000. Comprising a series of twenty conversations conducted by Thorne with the artists, curators, and educators behind these schools, the book maps a territory at once fertile and contested. Spanning projects in London, Lagos, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Ramallah, Berlin, and Saint Petersburg, among other locations, these critical dialogues respond to spiraling student debt, the MFA system, and the 'pedagogical turn,' while offering proposals for the future of art education.

24.00 EUR

What’s Love (or Care, Intimacy, Warmth, Affection) Got to Do with It?

Author: Julieta Aranda, Brian Kuan Wood, Stephen Squibb, Anton Vidokle (eds.)
Title: e-flux journal. What’s Love (or Care, Intimacy, Warmth, Affection) Got to Do with It?
Publisher: Sternberg Press
Subject: Theory & Philosophy, Essays & Non-fiction

With contributions by Paul Chan, Keti Chukhrov, Cluster, Antke Engel, Hu Fang, Brian Kuan Wood, Lee Mackinnon, Chus Martínez, Tavi Meraud, Fred Moten and Stefano Harney, Elizabeth A. Povinelli and Kim Turcot DiFruscia, Paul B. Preciado, Martha Rosler, Virginia Solomon, Jalal Toufic, Jan Verwoert, Slavoj Žižek

It is often said that we no longer have an addressee for our political demands. But that’s not true. We have each other. What we can no longer get from the state, the party, the union, the boss, we ask for from one another. And we provide. Lacan famously defined love as giving something you don’t have to someone who doesn’t want it. But love is more than a YouTube link or a URL. Love’s joy is not to be found in fulfillment, it is to be found in recognition: even though I can never return what was taken away from you, I may be the only person alive who knows what it is.

12.00 EUR

Before Pictures

Author:  Douglas Crimp
Title: Before Pictures
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Subject: Essays & Non-Fiction

Before Pictures tells the story of Crimp’s life as a young gay man and art critic in New York City during the late 1960s through the turbulent 1970s.  The book begins with his escape from his hometown in Idaho, and we quickly find Crimp writing criticism for ArtNews while working at the Guggenheim—where, as a young curatorial assistant, he was one of the few to see Daniel Buren’s Peinture-Sculpture before it was removed amid cries of institutional censorship. We also travel to the Chelsea Hotel through to his days as a cinephile and balletomane to the founding of the art journal October, where he remained a central figure for many years. As he was developing his reputation as a critic, he was also partaking of the New York night life, from drugs and late nights alongside the Warhol crowd at the Max’s Kansas City to discos, roller-skating, and casual sex with famous (and not-so-famous) men. As AIDS began to ravage the closely linked art and gay communities, Crimp eventually turned his attention to activism dedicated to rethinking AIDS.

32.00 EUR

Becoming Palm

Author: Simryn Gill, Michael Taussig; edited by Ute Meta Bauer, Anca Rujoiu
Title: Becoming Palm
Publisher: Sternberg Press, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore
Subject: Essays & Non-Fiction, Artists' Books

Becoming Palm is the outcome of a conversation between two friends, artist Simryn Gill and antropologist Michael Taussig responding to 'the enormous transformations, human, and ecological, that this crop engenders' (Michael Taussig) in two remote geographical locations, Southeast Asia and South America.

19.00 EUR

No Speed Limit.Three Essays on Accelerationism

Author: Steven Shaviro
Title: No Speed Limit. Three Essys on Accelerationism
Publisher: Minnesota UP
Subject: Theory & Philosophy

Accelerationism is the bastard offspring of a furtive liaison between Marxism and science fiction. Its basic premise is that the only way out is the way through: to get beyond capitalism, we need to push its technologies to the point where they explode. This may be dubious as a political strategy, but it works as a powerful artistic program.

Other authors have debated the pros and cons of accelerationist politics; No Speed Limit makes the case for an accelerationist aesthetics. Our present moment is illuminated, both for good and for ill, in the cracked mirror of science-fictional futurity.

9.00 EUR

Edgewise. A Picture of Cookie Mueller

Author:  Chloe Griffin (ed.)
Title: Edgewise. A Picture of Cookie Mueller
Publisher: b_books
Subject: Essays & Non-Fiction

Cookie Mueller was a firecracker, a cult figure, a wit, a WILD child, a writer, a go go dancer, a mother, an unlikely queer icon, an alchemist, a lightning rod in dark times. A child of suburban 50‘s Maryland and post-beatnik 60’s freakdom, she made her name first as an actress in the films of John Waters, and then as an art critic and columnist, a writer of hilarious and sublime stories and short fiction and a maven of the Downtown art world. Edgewise tells the story of Cookie‘s life through an oral history composed from over 80 interviews with the people who knew her. After tracing back some of the steps of the author’s 7-year trip in search of Cookie, the voices take us from the late 60’s artist communes of Baltimore to 70’s Provincetown where romantics and queers crawled the dunes and discos, to the sleepless creative high of post-industrial Bohemian New York, through 80‘s West Berlin and Positano, and into the depths and contradictions of Cookie’s life and loves.

22.00 EUR

Mažoji a

Author:  Tautvydas Bajarkevičius
Title: mažoji a
Publisher: No Routine Books 
Subject: Essays & Non-Fiction

9.00 EUR

The Dept. of Corrections

Author: Bob Nickas
Title: The Dept. of Corrections
Publisher: Karma
Subject: Essays & Non-Fiction

This volume is comprised of years of recent writing by the influential New York–based critic and curator Bob Nickas, widely considered one of the few independent voices still at work today. The 50 essays and interviews, written since 2007, are spread across five chapters, touching on encounters with artists from the 1960s to the ’80s to the present – among them, Jack Smith, Andy Warhol, Frank Stella, On Kawara, Isa Genzken, Steven Parrino, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Kara Walker, Wolfgang Tillmans, Kelley Walker and Pierre Huyghe.
29.00 EUR

Machinic Eros: Writings on Japan

Author:  Felix Guattari
Title: Machinic Eros: Writings on Japan
Publisher: Univocal
Subject: Essays & Non-Fiction

The French philosopher Felix Guattari frequently visited Japan during the 1980s and organized exchanges between French and Japanese artists and intellectuals. His immersion into the machinic eros of Japanese culture put him into contact with media theorists such as Tetsuo Kogawa and activists within the mini-FM community (Radio Home Run), documentary filmmakers (Mitsuo Sato), photographers (Keiichi Tahara), novelists (Kobo Abe), internationally recognized architects (Shin Takamatsu), and dancers (Min Tanaka). From pachinko parlors to high-rise highways, alongside corporate suits and among alt-culture comrades, Guattari put himself into the thick of Japanese becomings during a period in which the bubble economy continued to mutate. This collection of essays, interviews, and longer meditations shows a radical thinker exploring the architectural environment of Japan’s machinic eros.

22.00 EUR

Hatred of Capitalism

Author:  Chris Kraus, Sylvere Lotringer (ed.)
Title: Hatred of Capitalism: A Semiotext(e) Reader
Publisher: Semiotext(e)
Subject: Essays & Non-Fiction
Stock: ✔

Slyly compiled, this anthology brings together fiction, narrative, philosophy, and critical theory without imposing a hierarchy among genres  — ARTFORUM 

17.00 EUR

The Exibitionist

Author:  Jens Hoffman (ed.)
Title: The Exhibitionist. Journal on Exhibition Making. The First Six Years.
Publisher: The Exhibitionist
Subject: Essays & Non-Fiction, Periodicals & Reprints

'The Exhibitionist: Journal on Exhibition Making' is an anthology of the first 12 issues of the journal about contemporary curating that bears the same name. Established in 2009 as a forum for critical reflection on exhibition-making and curatorial practice, The Exhibitionist has always defined itself as 'by curators, for curators.' Modeled after the iconic French film journal Cahiers du cinema, The Exhibitionist has served a critical role in examining current curatorial practices by focusing specifically on the exhibition format as a site of experimentation and inquiry.

Very much reduced price (from 40 EUR) because of a hole discovered in the paper cover*

25.00 EUR

Gerhard Benedikt Friedl: An Approach by Helmut Färber

Author: Helmut Färber
Title: Gerhard Benedikt Friedl: An Approach by Helmut Färber
Publisher: Harun Farocki Institut & Motto Books
Subject: Artists' Writings, Essays & Non-Fiction

In An Approach by Helmut Färber, an unpublished text written in 2007, documentary filmmaker Gerhard Friedl (Knittelfeld. A Town without a History, Wolff von Amerongen. Did He Commit Bankruptcy Offences?) describes his experience of Färber’s courses at film school – a method of scrupulous, close analysis at the editing table that also played a crucial role in Harun Farocki’s teaching. Farocki got to know Färber in the 1970s and remained deeply indebted to his thoughts and methods throughout his career.

4.00 EUR

I, Little Asylum

Author:  Emanuelle Guattari
Title: I, Little Asylum
Publisher: Semiotext(e)
Subject: Essays & Non-Fiction

Founded in 1951 and renowned in the world of psychiatry, the experimental psychiatric clinic of La Borde sought to break with the traditional internment of the mentally ill and to have them participate in the material organization of collective life. The clinic owed much of its approach to psychoanalyst and philosopher Félix Guattari, who was its codirector with Jean Oury until 1992. In this lyrical chronicle of a childhood at La Borde, Félix Guattari’s daughter Emanuelle Guattari offers a series of impressionistic vignettes drawn from her own experiences. 

As a child whose parents worked in the clinic, Emanuelle Guattari ('Manou') experienced La Borde--which is housed in a castle in the middle of a spacious park--as a place not of confinement but of imagination and play. She evokes a landscape that is surreal but also mundane, describing the fat monkey named Boubou her father kept at the clinic, interactions between the 'La Borde kids' and the 'Residents' (aka, the 'Insane,' feared by the locals), the ever fascinating rainbow-hued “shit pit” on the grounds, and prank-calls to the clinic switchboard. And, of course, there is Félix Guattari himself, at the dinner table, battling a rat, and in his daughter’s dreams. Emmanuelle Guattari’s tale of childlike wonder offers a poetic counterpoint to the writings of her father and his intellectual circle.

15.00 EUR

I'm Very into You

Author:  Kathy Acker, McKenzie Wark
Title: I'm Very into You. Correspondence 1995-1996.
Publisher: Semiotext(e)
Subject: Essays & Non-Fiction

'Why am I telling you all this? Partly ‘cause the whole queerness/identity thing for me stretches through everything, absolutely everything. Slipping between straight/gay is child’s play compared to slipping between writer/teacher/influence-peddler whatever. I forget who I am. You reminded me of who I prefer to be.' [M.W.]

'It’s two in the morning. . . I know what you mean about slipping roles: I love it, going high low, power helpless even captive, male female, all over the place, space totally together and brain-sharp, if it wasn’t for play I’d be bored stiff and I think boredom is the emotion I find most unbearable. . . ' [KA]
—from I’m Very into You

15.00 EUR

Scrapbook of the Sixties. Writings 1954-2010.

Author:  Jonas Mekas
Title: Scrapbook of the Sixties. Writings 1954-2010
PublisherSpector Books
Subject: Essays & Non-Fiction, Artists' Writings 

Jonas Mekas developed a form of film diary in which he recorded his daily observations. He became the barometer of the New York art scene and a pioneer of American avant-garde cinema. Every week, starting in 1958 he published his legendary 'Movie Journal' column in the Village Voice, writing on a range of subjects that were by no means restricted to the world of film. He conducted numerous interviews with artists, some of which will now appear for the first time in his Scrapbook of a Sixties. The book contains published and unpublished texts that reveal Mekas as a thoughtful diarist and an unparalleled chronicler of the day — a phenomenon that has continued now for over fifty years.

28.00 EUR

The Complete Madame Realism and Other Stories

Author:  Lynne Tillman
Title: The Complete Madame Realism and Other Stories
Publisher: Semiotext(e)
Subject: Literature, Essays & Non-fiction

The Complete Madame Realism and Other Stories gathers together Lynne Tillman’s groundbreaking fiction/essays on culture and places, monuments, artworks, iconic TV shows, and received ideas, written in the third person to record the subtle, ironic, and wry observations of the playful but stern 'Madame Realism.'

Through her use of a fictional character, Tillman devised a new genre of writing that melded fiction and theory, sensation, and critical thought, disseminating her third-person art writer’s observations in such magazines as Art in America and in a variety of art exhibition catalogs and artist books. Two decades after the original publication of these texts, her approach to investigation through embodied thought has been wholly absorbed by a new generation of artists and writers. Provocative and wholly pleasurable, Tillman’s stories/essays dissect the mundane with alarming precision. As Lydia Davis wrote of her work, 'Our assumptions shift. The every day becomes strange, paradox is embraced, and the unexpected is always around the corner.'

17.00 EUR