Tina Braegger, The Grateful Dead – A Diary by Gabriel Krampus, BECKBOOKS, 2016
Gabriel Krampus lives with his wife on a deserted island of the Idian ocean. They are both artists. At 84 years old, he decides to publish his diary, written 8 years earlier, in 2059.
“To have an island all by myself was my dream since forever, to be able to work without worldly distractions. My wife had always made conceptual work. She wanted to be buried in a beautiful place, and our private little island can definitely be described as such, so now for almost 44 years she has been watching the weather change, the time pass, the ocean come and go.“
Mara Züst, Simone Koller, Doris Stauffer: A Monograph, Scheidegger & Spiess, 2015
In addition to her contributions to art criticism, Doris Stauffer has produced an impressive body of artistic work that consists of photography, sculpture, and collage. The subject of exhibitions in her native Switzerland, Stauffer is among the founders of the F + F School of Experimental Design, and her explorations of form and color have long been recognized for engaging with feminism and the existing conventions and hierarchies within society.
With more than three hundred illustrations, Doris Stauffer documents for the first time the life and work of this important twentieth-century artist with a focus on her political engagement. Essays place Stauffer’s work in historical and political context, including her involvement with the Swiss women’s liberation movement and an interview in which the artist imagines alternative forms of feminism and art education. Additional essays look at the influence of Stauffer on other female artists, as well as some of the recurring themes in her art, including fairy tales and other forms of narration.
Tine Melzer, Taxidermy for Language-Animals, Rollo Press, 2016
A parrot can be trained to repeat the sounds we make when we speak. But what does a parrot say? Taxidermy for Language-Animals examines language fragments from different practices — philosophy, literature, visual art — by exploiting some of our linguistic habits and tools. This book includes examples of ordinary language trapped in images. Games we play with language and games language plays with us are introduced. Like language itself, language-games are based on perception, habit and memory and are played in collaboration with others.
François Peraldi, Polysexuality (Semiotext(e) #10), Semiotext(e), 1995
Öyvind Fahlström, Essais choisis, Les presses du réel, 2002
Connu principalement comme artiste visuel, Öyvind Fahlström (1928-1976) était également poète, dramaturge, happening-maker, cinéaste, critique d'art et critique littéraire. Sa recherche d'un art total explique son intérêt pour les formes d'art hybrides, et éclaire la grande variété des sujets abordés dans le présent recueil, dans lequel figurent de nombreux inédits en français : Sade, Céline ou W. S. Burroughs y croisent la poésie concrète et le Nouveau Roman, les artistes du Pop Art les réalisateurs de la Nouvelle Vague et les pionniers de la musique électronique, et les considérations sur la contre-culture hippie se mêlent aux commentaires de Fahlström sur son propre travail.
« L'artiste est comme un agent, comme un espion ou un membre d'une organisation clandestine. Auparavant je pensais que je pourrais peindre à certains moments, et me distraire à d'autres. Mais dernièrement j'ai réalisé que, en tant qu'artiste, l'on n'est jamais au repos, que la chasse et la pêche continuent perpétuellement, et comme un membre de la résistance, on ne peut jamais se détendre, dès lors que l'on sait qu'on pourrait venir frapper à votre porte à tout moment pendant la nuit ». Les observations réunies dans cette anthologie forment ainsi comme autant de rapports de cette activité ininterrompue, celle d'un artiste entendu comme agent double, ou espion, tour à tour savant fou (Benway) et explorateur (Livingstone).
Bruno Munari, Supplemento al dizionario italiano, Corraini Editore, 2015
In questo libro l'autore esamina i vari modi di esprimersi senza parlare, non solo con le mani, ma con l'espressione del viso e con atteggiamenti dell'intera persona.
Dans ce livre, l'auteur examine les différentes façons de s'exprimer sans parler, non seulement avec ses mains , mais aussi avec l'expression du visage et les attitudes de la personne en général.
Stine Hebert, Anne Szefer Karlsen, Self-organized, Occasional Table, 2013
The current economic situation and society’s low confidence in its institutions demands that artists become more imaginative in the way that they organise themselves. If labels such as ‘alternative’, ‘non-profit’ and ‘artist-run’ dominated the self-organised art scene of the late nineties, the separatist position implied by the use of these terms has been moderated during the intervening years. This new anthology of accounts from the frontline includes contributions by artist practitioners as well as their institutional counterparts that provide a fascinating account of the art world as a matrix of positions where the balance of power and productivity constantly shifts. Artists, curators and critics discuss empirical and theoretical approaches from Europe, Africa and South and North America on how self-organisation today oscillates between the self and the group, self-imposed bureaucratisation and flexibility, aestheticisation and activism.
Edited by Stine Hebert and Anne Szefer Karlsen.
It contains texts by: Julie Ault, Maibritt Borgen, Céline Condorelli & Johan Frederik Hartle, Anthony Davies, Stephan Dillemuth & Jakob Jakobsen, Ekaterina Degot, Charles Esche & David Riff, Barnaby Drabble, Jonas Ekeberg, Linus Elmes, Juan A Gaitán, Abdellah Karroum, Livia Pancu, Jan Verwoert, What, How & For Whom/WHW
Material Group, Show & Tell: A Chronique of Group Material, Four Corners Books, 2010
In 1979, the artist collective Group Material opened a storefront at East 13th Street on New York's Lower East Side, from which they launched exhibitions that radically overhauled curatorial thought, setting art alongside artifacts, documentary material and store bought objects, within exhibitions that were oriented around topical social concerns. Group Material's original members — Julie Ault, Patrick Brennan, Beth Jaker, Mundy McLaughlin, Marybeth Nelson, Tim Rollins and Peter Szypula — came from backgrounds in feminism, Marxist theory, design and popular culture, and curated classic exhibits reflecting this eclecticism, such as It's a Gender Show, AIDS Timeline and The People's Choice—a collection of everyday objects (wedding photos, dolls, even a cigarette-pack collage) gathered from people living on their block.
Show&Tell is the first monograph on Group Material, and charts the group's activities, with essays by original members, plus original documents, photographs, drawings, correspondence and interviews. Organized by former group members in keeping with the methods and aims Group Material employed, the book charts the origins, processes, developments, projects and contexts of the group’s activities, and draws heavily from Group Material’s archive, including original documents, photographs, drawings, correspondence, artifacts, anecdotal information and texts.
Group Material created 45 projects during its period of activities (1979-1996), each represented through installation photography and information from original proposals, exhibition statements, press releases, responses, etc. One emblematic exhibition project, AIDS Timeline, is examined in detail from collected material and newly conducted interviews.
Edited by Julie Ault
Essays by Doug Ashford, Julie Ault, Sabrina Locks and Tim Rollins further illuminate the methods and principles of Group Material’s practice.
Seth Siegelaub, [IMMRC], Marxism and the Mass Media: Towards a Basic Bibliography. Vols. 6 and 7, International General, 1976
An international multi-lingual annotated bibliography of past and present Marxist, left, critical and progressive studies covering all aspects of culture and communication, including the press, radio, television, cable TV, telephone, computers, publishing, public opinion, advertising, journalism, cultural imperialism, film and mass culture, etc. This issue contains 516 texts in 166 catalogue entries (nos 659-825) most of which are annotated, and is indexed by subject, author, and country. This bibliographic series was based on the International Mass Media Research Center reference library, and only 7 issues in 3 volumes were published. It was the first and only bibliography on the subject.
Stefan Morawski, Lee Baxandall, Karl Marx and Frederick Engels on Literature and Art: A Selection of Writings, International General, 1977
"Documents on Marxist Aesthetics" 1. A compilation of 57 texts and extracts from the work of Marx and Engels containing all their basic aesthetic thought organized in 9 sections reflecting the main underlying themes: aesthetic sensibility; capitalist alienation; communism; class values; realism; tendency literature; and form and style, among others. Includes a major critical introduction by Polish aesthetics philosopher Stefan MORAWSKI, p3-47; a supplement with texts by Eleanor MARX, Paul LAFARGUE, and Franziska KUGELMANN, p-56; an extensive bibliography of Marxist books in English on aesthetics, p-74; and name index, p-9.
Armand Mattelart, Ariel Dorfman, How to Read Donald Duck. Imperialist Ideology in the Disney Comic, International General, 1991
The classic, critical and humorous study of cultural imperialism and children's literature; how the Disney fantasy world reproduces the "American Dream" fantasy world, and the disastrous effect of Disney comics and other "mass" cultural merchandise on the development of the so-called "Third" World. In 1973 this work was banned and burned in Chile, and later the English edition was banned for more than a year by the US government. In comic book format with cartoon examples, introduction by David KUNZLE on the Disney world, a bibl of left writings on cultural imperialism and the comics, and an appendix by John Shelton LAWRENCE on the book's US censorship and the legal-political issues involved in the right to criticize Disney.
English translation, originally published in Spanish in Chile: Para Leer al Pato Donald, by Valparaiso in 1971. First English edition: 1975.
Wolfgang Fritz Haug, Commodity Aesthetics, Ideology and Culture, International General, 1987
A compilation of 10 essays setting forth a multi-dimensional analysis of culture integrating three related theories: (1) a theory of commodity aesthetics; (2) a theory of the cultural as an omni-present dimension of everyday life, especially "culture from below"; and (3) a theory of the ideological, especially "from above". Also includes an extensive bibl of the author's writings since 1958. The first English-language work of this important German Marxist philosopher.
Bernard Miege, The Capitalization of Cultural Production, International General, 1989
A critical left study of the confronting logics underlying the production, diffusion and consumption of culture and communication in late capitalism, both on a national as well as on an international level, with 8 texts on communication studies, the cultural commodity, the cultural industries, children's cultural products, artistic and intellectual creativity, information systems, cable television and the new media. Includes bibl, p163-5.
Sakari Hänninen, Leena Paldán, Rethinking Ideology: A Marxist Debate, International General, 1983
"International Socialism-Discussion" 3. "Argument-Sonderband AS 84". An anthology of 36 critical Marxist and left texts re-thinking the theory of ideology as an increasingly central element in an analysis of late capitalist society as well as in a political project for its transformation. Based on the work of the research group "PIT" ("Projekt Ideologie-Theorie"), it contains the papers presented at the "International Seminar on Problems of Research on Ideology" held in Berlin dealing with highly conceptual problems as well as those on politics, education, aesthetics, fascism, and feminism.
Contributors include I. Bessenyei, J.-P. Cotton, W. Elfferding, W.F. Haug, F. Haug, T. Heilmann, K. Holzkamp, B. Johasen, M. Kitamura, E. Laclau, K.H. Ladeur, A. De Leeuw, T. Metscher, C. Mouffe, D. Némedi, R. Nemitz, A. Neusüss, S.A. Nohrstedt, M. Péchieux, J.M. Ripalda, K.R. Scherpe, H. Scholtz, R. Sharp, G. Therborn, & F.O. Wolf.
Yves De La Haye, Marx & Engels On the Means of Communication (The Movement of Commodities, People, Information & Capital). A Selection of Texts, International General, 1980
A compilation of 26 extracts from the work of Karl Marx & Frederick Engels, organized in 4 sections: general works on the relations of exchange; the means of communications in social relations; the expansion of communications, especially the railways; & the transportation industry. Includes important introduction, p9-55; bibl, p172-3. Unique work on subject.
Sakari Hänninen, Leena Paldán, Rethinking Marx, International General, 1984
"International Socialism-Discussion" 5. "Argument-Sonderband AS 109". An anthology of 51 critical Marxist and left texts re-thinking the ideas of Marx in function of the new forms and problems in the contemporary struggles for a truly liberated society. The texts were presented at the "Internationale Konferenz Aktualisierung Marx" held in Berlin, and deal with historical materialism, the State, economic and class analyses, culture and ideology, new social movements, politics and socialist perspectives, and the possible renewal of Marxism.
Contributors include D. Albers, J. Bayers, J. Bidet, Y.M. Bodemann, M. Von Brentano, F. Cerutti, J.-P. Cotton, A. Domènech, W. Elfferding, V. Gransow, F. Haug, W.F. Haug, T. Heilmann, J. Hirsch, P.J. Houtondji, M. Jäger, M. Kitamura, P. Kosonen, M. Krätke, G. Labica, E. Laclau, S.E. Liedemann, G. Lohmann, L. Marmora, J. Mehtonon, S. Mercier-Josa, G. Minnerupo, C. Mouffe, H.-P. Müller, R. Nemitz, C. Pasquinelle, V. Pietlä, K. Ruoff, M. Sagnol, D. Sasson, B. Sekulic, J. Sempere, R. Sharp, K.H. Tjaden, R. Winkerlmann, F.O. Wolf, & E. Wulff.
Seth Siegelaub, [IMMRC], Marxism and the Mass Media: Towards a Basic Bibliography. Vols. 1, 2, and 3, International General, 1978
1st published as separate volumes: New York 1972, 1973 & 1974. An international multi-lingual annotated bibliography of past and present Marxist, left, critical and progressive studies covering all aspects of culture and communication, including the press, radio, television, cable TV, telephone, computers, publishing, public opinion, advertising, journalism, cultural imperialism, film and mass culture, etc. This issue contains 871 texts in 453 catalogue entries, most of which are annotated, and is indexed by subject, author, and country. This bibliographic series was based on the International Mass Media Research Center reference library, and only 7 issues in 3 volumes were published. It was the first and only bibliography on the subject.
Armand Mattelart, Communicating in Popular Nicaragua. An Anthology, International General, 1986
An anthology of 13 critical texts from Nicaragua, Europe and the USA, the first on the media and culture in Nicaragua, many of which are published here for the first time. It includes social-historical analyses of Nicaraguan journalism, the press, radio, film, video, mural expression, literacy and social movements, in light of Nicaragua's struggle to develop a practice of democratic participation under the siege conditions of US-imposed economic, psychological and military warfare.
It includes 2 unpublished texts by Tomas Borge Martinez, the sole surviving founder of the FSLN and Nicaraguan Minister of the Interior, as well as studies by Armand Mattelart, Julianne Burton, Omar Cabezas, Fernando Cardenal and Valerie Miller, the Center for Atlantic Coast Research and Documentation (CIDCA), Jose Luis Coraggio, Howard H. Frederick, Dee Dee Halleck, David Kunzle, & Guillermo Rothschuh Villanueva. Includes a bibl. of left studies on the media and culture in Nicaragua and Latin America, p-40.
Seth Siegelaub, Armand Mattelart, Communication and Class Struggle. Vol. I: Capitalism, Imperialism, International General, 1979
Volume 1 of 2 Volumes. An anthology of 64 left and progressive texts on the relationship between the practice and theory of communication and their development in the historical context of social struggle on a world scale, of which more than 1/3rd are published for the first time in English, with some published for the first time in any language. This 1st volume deals with the basic Marxist theory underlying the analysis of the communication process, as well as studies centered on the formation of the capitalist communication apparatus, ideology and "mass" culture.
It contains texts by S. SIEGELAUB, A. MATTELART, K. MARX, A. GRAMSCI, V.I. LENIN, MAO Tse-Tung, P. BOURDIEU, REVOLUTIONARY LEFT MOVEMENT (MIR, Chile), H. LEFEBVRE, L. ACOSTA, M. MATTELART, D.W. SMYTHE, S. FINKELSTEIN, T. WENGRAF & R. MURRAY, F. MEHRING, R. ESCARPIT, J. HABERMAS, Y. DE LA HAYE, A. CABRAL, R. CONSTANTINO, C. ORTEGA & C. ROMERO, R. FREDERIX, J.D. BERNAL, S. EWEN, N.R. DANIELIAN, THE FILM COUNCIL (UK), R. LINDNER, R. WILLIAMS, R.A. BRADY, D. SINGTON & A. WEIDENFELD, FREE COMMUNICATIONS GROUP, R. PERON, FRENCH COMMUNIST PARTY-CHAIX PRINTERS, R. BONCHIO, J. STRASSER, M. JANCO & D. FURJOT, J.-M. CARIOT, M. O'CAOLLAI, SCIENCE FOR THE PEOPLE, L.A. PEREZ JR., H.I. SCHILLER, R. DRINOT SILVA, T.H. GUBACK, S. PEREZ BARRETO, J. ARONSON, PHONG HIEN & LE VAN HAO, C. BRIGHTMAN & M. KLARE. Includes an extensive bibliography with over 500 left books on the subject, p431-41. Along with vol 2, the most important attempt —in any language— to lay the groundwork for a critical left theory of communication and culture.
Seth Siegelaub, Armand Mattelart, Communication and Class Struggle. Vol. 2: Liberation, Socialism, International General, 1983
Vol 2 of 2 Volumes. An anthology of 64 left and progressive texts on the relationship between the practice and theory of communication and their development in the historical context of social struggle on a world scale, of which more than 38 are published for the first time in English, with some published for the first time in any language. This 2nd volume deals with an analysis of the development of popular and working-class communications and culture, its theory and practice under different political, social and historical conditions, as well as its contemporary expression.
It contains texts by S. SIEGELAUB, A. MATTELART, A. GRAMSCI, M. MATTELART, L. TROTSKY, O. NEGT & A. KLUGE, W.F. HAUG, E.CABET & L.-A. PAGNERRE, K. MARX, A. FORNET, R. LAVROFF, V.I. LENIN, THE COMMUNIST INTERNATIONAL, D. TARTAKOWSKY, P. FOGARASI, WORKER'S LIFE, B. HOGENKAMP, G. BARONE & A. PETRUCCI, B. BRECHT, H. EISLER, F. HOLLERING, E. HOERNLE, W. MUNZENBERG, P. GAUDIBERT, L. BASSETS, CHE GUEVARA, A. SIBEKO, A. DORFMAN, F. FANON, O. GETINO & F. SOLANAS, H. ABU GHANIMA, A.B. KHALATOV, S. TRETIAKOV, EL LISSITSKY, T. KURTOVIC, F. CASTRO, J. GARCIA ESPINOSA, S. COELHO, THE MPLA, J. REBELO, FRELIMO, M. CHANAN, UNIFIED FEDERATION OF PRINTING & PAPER WORKERS-DEMOCRATIC FEDERATION OF PTT WORKERS-CFDT, P.M. MANACORDA, S. ALLENDE, D. KUNZLE, ARMED FORCES MOVEMENT, PORTUGUESE COMMUNIST PARTY, THE STRIKE COMMITTEE OF THE ÉCOLE NATIONALE SUPERIEURE DES BEAUX-ARTS, DIRECTORS OF POPULAR THEATRES AND CULTURAL CENTRES, COUNCIL FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF COMMUNITY MEDIA, G. RICHERI, J. LINDSAY, & J.-M. PIEMME. Includes an extensive bibliography with over 650 left books on the subject, p421-35. Along with volume 1, the most important attempt —in any language— to lay the groundwork for a critical left theory of communication and culture.