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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

The Long Road to Xico

Author: Pedro de Llano (ed.)
Title: The Long Road to Xico / El Largo Camino a Xico. Maria Thereza Alves 1991-2015
Publisher: Sternberg Press
Subject: Monographs, Catalogues
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The Long Road to Xico, 1991–2015 is the first monograph of Brazilian artist Maria Thereza Alves, and the outcome of her solo show at the Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporaneo in Seville in 2015. It gathers more than twenty projects realized between 1991 and 2015, including rarely viewed early works that help us see her most recent production from a new perspective. This publication also collects a selection of Alves’s writings and contextualizes her work in the political and cultural debates from the 1980s, when she became an activist—in the United States and Brazil—and an early participant in discourses around 'postcolonialism' and 'ecology'. Together with these materials, the book contains essays by the editor, Pedro de Llano, and T. J. Demos, professor of art and visual culture at the University of California, Santa Cruz. 

20.00 EUR

Lawrence Abu Hamdan. [inaudible] A Politics of Listening in 4 Acts

Author: Fabian Schoneich (ed.)
Title: Lawrence Abu Hamdan [inaudible] A Politics of Listening in 4 Acts
PublisherSternberg Press
Subject: Monographs, Catalogues

Contributions by Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Emily Apter, Giovanni Carmine, Omar Kholeif, Fabian Schoeneich

A 'politics of listening' is an intervention into and a reorganization of forms that listening takes rather than a call for free speech or for a platform for voices to be heard. Listening is a political act, a pedagogical process, and an activity that can lead to the development of an organized protocol for engagement.

In his art and research, Beirut-based artist Lawrence Abu Hamdan explores the perception of language, sound, and listening. National identity, human rights, and the administration of justice are recurrent themes in his work. The techniques used in his audio-aesthetic practice have been used to conduct forensic audio analysis for several legal investigations. This monograph includes a series of transcripts of live speech from sermons, monologues, testimonies, and interviews made over the course of the last five years.

12.00 EUR

Critical Spatial Practice 8

Author: Nikolaus Hirsch,  Carin Kuoni, Hesse McGraw, Markus Miessen (eds.)
Title: Jill Magid. The Proposal
Publisher: Sternberg Press
Subject: Monographs, Architecture

The eighth volume of the Critical Spatial Practice series focuses on Jill Magid’s 'The Barragan Archives,' a multiyear project that examines the legacy of Pritzker Prize–winning architect Luis Barragan (1902–1988), and questions forms of power, public access, and copyright that construct artistic legacy. The archive of Barragan was split in two after his death—the personal archive is kept in his home in Mexico, which is now a museum and UNESCO World Heritage Site; while his professional archive was purchased in 1995 by Rolf Fehlbaum, chairman of the Swiss furniture company Vitra, from a New York gallerist. It is said that Fehlbaum bought it as a gift for his then fiancee, Federica Zanco. She is the director of the Barragan Foundation, which also holds rights to Barragan’s name. For the past twenty years the archive, housed below the Vitra headquarters, has been inaccessible to the public.

With The Proposal Magid attempts to bring together Barragan’s professional and personal archives by probing the architect’s official and private selves, and the interests of various individuals and governmental and corporate entities who have become the archives’ guardians. Magid, with permission of the Barragan family, commissioned a small amount of Barragan’s cremated remains to be transformed into a diamond. The stone, set in a gold ring, was offered to Zanco in exchange for the return of the professional archive to Mexico. Magid’s artwork directly engages the intersections of the psychological and the judicial, national identity and repatriation, international property rights and copyright law, authorship and ownership, the human body and the body of work.   

15.00 EUR

Monica Ross. Ethical Actions

Author: Susan Hiler, Suzanne Treister (eds.)
Title: Monika Ross. Ethical Actions. A Critical Fine Art Practice
Publisher: Sternberg Press
Subject: Monographs
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British artist Monica Ross (1950–2013) left behind forty years of socially engaged, feminist, and performative artwork, which has had a deep effect on contemporary art and society. This fully illustrated publication documents Ross’s works from 1970 to 2013, including early feminist collaborative works, drawings made at the Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp in the 1980s, poster designs for the antinuclear movement, works relating to the writings of Walter Benjamin, and documentation from the sixty performances of Anniversary—an act of memory (2008–13), solo, collective, and multilingual recitations from memory of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which concluded with a final collaborative performance at the UN in Geneva on the day of Ross’s death. With essays by Esther Leslie, Eric Levi Jacobson, Alexandra M. Kokoli, Denise Robinson, and Yve Lomax, this book is a valuable art-historical document.

22.00 EUR

Charlemagne Palestine. Gessammttkkunnstt MeshuggahhLaandtttt

Author: Luca Lo Pinto, Samuel Saelemakers (eds.)
Title: Charlemagne Palestine. GessammttkkunnsttMeshuggahhLaandtttt
Publisher: Sternberg Press
Subject: Monographs, Exhibition  Catalogue
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Charlemagne Palestine works form a highly personal universe of rituals, intoxication, and shamanism. In the last four decades, the artist has created an extensive body of experimental musical compositions, bodily performances, and, in later years, visual art works that are inhabited by stuffed animals. To Palestine, teddy bears figure as powerful shamanic totems, which he fondly calls Divinities.

24.00 EUR