SIX CHAIRS BOOKS – art & theory bookstore

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

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

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

Word, Image and Institutional Critique

Author: (ed.) Christa-Maria Lerm Hayes
Title:  Brian O'Doherty / Patrick Ireland.Word, Image and Institutional Critique
Publisher: Valiz
Subject: Essays & Non-fiction

This collection of essays assembles investigations of Brian O’Doherty’s / Patrick Ireland’s seminal work: his visual art practice, art criticism, institutional leadership and critique, media work, and literary writing. The international authors provide fresh perspectives on an oeuvre that has resonance on both sides of the Atlantic. 
O’Doherty’s role in and for conceptual art and minimalism in New York through, among others, publication of a box-shaped journal, Aspen 5+6 (1967) is as much a theme as his seminal critique of the Modernist white cube gallery (Inside the White Cube, 1976), his art-historical ventures, and Irish origins. O’Doherty’s key role in creating funding mechanisms for conceptual and live art in the US (as a Director of the National Endowment for the Arts) is featured, together with his differentiation and calling into question of many categories, such as landscape, drawing, the senses, and word and image relations. 

Features contributions by:  Alexander Alberro, Hans Belting, Anne-Marie Bonnet, Lucy Cotter, Patricia Falguières, Christina Kennedy, Ingmar Lähnemann, Christa-Maria Lerm Hayes, Thomas McEvilley, Brenda Moore-McCann, Barbara Novak, Whitney Rugg, Yvonne Scott, Mary-Ruth Walsh

25.00 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

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

The Noise of Being

Author: Mirna Belina (ed.)
Title: The Noise of Being
Publisher: Sonic Acts
Subject: Theory & Philosophy, Essays & Non-fiction

The book opens with Nina Power’s essay Anticapitalism, Postcapitalism, Decapitalism, a reflection on ways of visualising opposition to capitalism. Jennifer Gabrys is interviewed about sensor technologies and changing conceptualisations of the environment, political agency, the human, and the citizen. Referencing Arthur Rimbaud and Derek Walcott, Louis Henderson’s poetic text presents his animistic materialist cinematic practice, which focuses on the critical reading of colonial histories. In her interview, Ytasha Womack discusses how Afrofuturism, as an aesthetic and epistemology, facilitates different ways of navigating the world. Daniel Rourke’s essay takes John Carpenter’s The Thing as a starting point for a reflection on the ontology of things. Rick Dolphijn’s study, The Cracks of the Contemporary – The Wound, explicates living the wounds and the void.

In the context of computational biology and the Google Genomics project, artist Joey Holder invented a speculative pharmaceutical company Ophiux. Neworked algorithms, big data, and habituation on the internet are the focus of a conversation with Wendy Hui Kyong Chun. In another interview, Eyal Weizman vigorously explains the political interventions of Forensic Architecture and how they gather and present facts. In By Any Lens NecessaryJamon Van Den Hoek examines how satellite images provide and create accounts of geopolitical conflicts. Ingrid Burrington’s contribution, Forever Noon on a Cloudless Day, analyses Google Earth imagery for traces of military architecture. Juha van ’t Zelfde interviews the Dutch duo Metahaven about their artistic practices in graphic design and film. The book concludes with a series of photographs that provide an impression of The Noise of Being

The Noise of Being features contributions by Arie Altena, Ingrid Burrington, Wendy Hui Kyong Chun, Rick Dolphijn, Jennifer Gabrys, Louis Henderson, Jamon Van Den Hoek, Joey Holder, Rosa Menkman, Metahaven, Nina Power, The Rodina, Daniel Rourke, Lucas van der Velden, Eyal Weizman, Ytasha Womack, and Juha van ’t Zelfde.

19.50 EUR

Scrapbook of the Sixties. Writings 1954-2010.

Author:  Jonas Mekas
Title: Scrapbook of the Sixties. Writings 1954-2010
Publisher: Spector 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 New Existentialism

Author: (ed.) Tim Griffin
Title: The New Existentialism
Publisher: Les Presses du Reel
Subject: Theory & Philosophy, Essays & Non-Fiction

In the face of radical transitions in social organization, technology, and the living environment, numerous thinkers have moved away from semiotic and psychoanalytic critical models in order to question human agency and imagine a broader material one existing in the world. Yet the language attending such endeavors—often put forward in the spirit of “scientific” or “objective” exercise—suggests we would benefit from revisiting another era's interrogations of rationalism to engage the dilemmas of our own time. The New Existentialism takes stock of contemporary art in light of these philosophical dialogues, proposing how the tenuous human subject is again faced with the prospect of defining its parameters and context in order to arrive at different terms for ethical thinking, conduct, and meaning.

Features contributions by Emily Apter, Patricia Falguières, Tristan Garcia, Patrice Maniglier, and Matthew Ritchie.

20.00 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

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

Mažoji a

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

9.00 EUR

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

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

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

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