Criticism/Theory Softcover 126 pages 18 x 11 cm Texts in French   New       EUR 12 ORDER

Jean Giono, Lettre aux paysans sur la pauvreté et la paix, Éditions Héros-Limite, 2013

La Lettre aux paysans sur la pauvreté et la paix est écrite durant l’été 1938, entre le début juillet et la mi-août. Jean Giono la rédige dans une atmosphère de bouleversement. En pacifiste convaincu il sait que depuis l’Anschluss les Français se préparent de plus en plus à la guerre et sont prêts à la faire. Son intention n’en est que renforcée : « Continuer à combattre, écrit-il le 16 mars dans son journal, contre le militarisme et forcément commencer par lutter contre celui de ma patrie. » Or abattre la guerre, c’est abattre l’État, quel qu’il soit.

Le Giono des premiers écrits, le romancier décrivant un monde paysan accordé aux grands rythmes élémentaires, somme toute assez inoffensif, laisse place au penseur engagé, politiquement incorrect. La lutte que le « pacifiste-anarchiste » engage ici, aux côtés des paysans du monde entier, contre la guerre et contre l’État est une lutte perdue d’avance. La guerre et l’État, tant totalitaire que démocratique, passeront par là. Et pourtant en parlant aux paysans, Giono sait qu’il parle de choses humaines valables pour tous. Il sait que son message portera loin, et ce faisant qu’il saura à sa manière rendre compte de l’évidence : « tous les peuples du monde sont prisonniers ». Paysans et non-paysans partagent, malgré eux, la même communauté de destin. Celui d’un monde aux prises avec le culte de la vitesse, de la technique et du progrès, dont le propre est, petit à petit, d’éliminer le naturel au profit de l’artificiel. Un monde qui aujourd’hui voit plusieurs centaines de millions de paysans souffrir de la faim.

 

Criticism/Theory First Edition Soft cover, perfect binding 39 pages Texts in English   New       EUR 20 ORDER

Chris Kraus, Kelly Lake Store & Other Stories, Companion Editions, 2015

Kelly Lake Store and Other Stories is a unique extension of Kraus’s recent art writing, produced specifically for the Companion Editions series, an imprint of the Portland, Oregon-based Cooley Gallery. The series features one essay by a contemporary writer or scholar in relation to a singular artistic project. It was edited as a collaboration between the gallery’s director, Stephanie Snyder, Kylie Gilchrist and Megan Stockton.

Criticism/Theory Softcover 301 pages Texts in English   New       EUR 29 out of stock

Douglas Crimp, Melancholia and Moralism: Essays on AIDS and Queer Politics, MIT Press, 2004

In Melancholia and Moralism, Crimp confronts the conservative gay politics that replaced the radical AIDS activism of the late 1980s and early 1990s. He shows that the cumulative losses from AIDS, including the waning of militant response, have resulted in melancholia as Freud defined it: gay men's dangerous identification with the moralistic repudiation of homosexuality by the wider society.

With the 1993 march on Washington for lesbian and gay rights, it became clear that AIDS no longer determined the agenda of gay politics; it had been displaced by traditional right issues such as gay marriage and the right to serve in the military. Journalist Andrew Sullivan, notorious for pronouncing the AIDS epidemic over, even claimed that once those few rights had been won, the gay rights movement would no longer have a reason to exist. 

Crimp challenges such complacency, arguing that not only is the AIDS epidemic far from over, but its determining role in queer politics has never been greater.

Artist's book First Edition Softcover 800 pages 19 x 14 cm   New       EUR 34 ORDER

Thomas Ruff, Zeitnungsfotos / Newspaper Photographs, Bookhorse, 2014

Best known for his oversized, dead-pan portraits, his unmediated shots of commonplace interiors, and his seemingly straightforward photographs of architecture, Thomas Ruff has quietly approached many familiar genres, and proceeded to discreetly reinvent them. For his Zeitungsfotos (Newspaper Photographs) series, Ruff found images in newspapers, and then re-photographed and enlarged them to isolate the photographs from the text, allowing Ruff’s viewer, now no longer a reader, to make assumptions about the photograph without any information to support the viewer’s inferences.
The book consists of 400 reproductions from German newspapers that Ruff collected over the span of 10 years (1981–1991).

Edited by Lex Trüb and Christoph Schifferli.

Artist's book First Edition Softcover 160 pages Texts in English   New       EUR 28 out of stock

Ramaya Tegegne, Menage A Trois, Friart, 2015

Menage A Trois is a visual and textual essay composed of more than 140 quotes xeroxed, scanned and laid out to form a long collage of 160 pages. It is subjective anthology, re-publishing sociological, philosophical and historical texts as well as visual art works, reflecting on the ecology of social relationships and artistic communities.

Published on the occasion of Ramaya Tegegne: Somebody in New York Loves Me, at Friart, Fribourg, September 4 to October 25, 2015.

Artist's book First Edition Hardcover 100 pages Texts in English   New       EUR 40 ORDER

Tina Braegger, The Grateful Dead, FORDE, 2015

The publication The Grateful Dead results from “The Grateful Dead“ paintings series, ink jet prints of colorful psychedelic marching bears on canvas, which is one of the logos of The Grateful Dead, a sixties rock band from San Francisco. They released a record called “The History of the Grateful Dead“ in 1973, on which they were working with a sound engineer called Bob Thomas, who happened to also be their acid dealer. They asked him to contribute a little drawing or something for the booklet that would come along with the album. Since Bob Thomas was a very big and tall guy, his friends would call him “the bear“. He came up with a cartoonish figure of a colourful, psychedelic marching bear. It had a look that was typical for the time: as if the viewer were on acid. LSD hallucinations always look alike, no matter who consume the drug. The bear was one of the first cultural logos that went around the world. The fan of the band were very intrigued by the motif and came up with their own, colorful versions of the drawing. The band liked these drawings and used them for flyers and posters. Even though the members of the band are long dead, the fans are still alive. They call themselves the “Deadheads“. The movement is ongoing. One can still find new drawing of the bear everyday on the internet.

Artist's book Soft cover, perfect binding 88 pages 28 x 21 cm Texts in French / English   New       EUR 22 ORDER

Clément Rodzielski, Aube, Paraguay Press, 2015

Aube, by French artist Clément Rodzielski, is an unconventional publication: the book was conceived as a work of its own, from a luxurious range of editorial operations – from cutting to digital process, collage and scan to drawing – on images of the artist’s past works. Aube thus reconsiders the legacy of the artists’ book and the livre de peintre, and foregrounds the importance of publishing and writing as models for the practice of art. Rodzielski’s work examines and makes use of contemporary modes of production, reproduction and circulation of images. For the book Aube, he turns this process to his own work, that we see developing by fragments and previews, as if behind an openwork filter – or is it the surface of the page that is appearing through the pictures?

A poem written by the artist – an “Alba” — gives the book its rhythm: it refers to an ancient genre of poetry that describes the sun rising and lovers leaving each other. But here this movement of becoming visible and setting apart is affecting the images and their materiality, as well as the way we look at them. A 12-page insert provides an index of the works, and an essay by art critic and curator Benjamin Thorel, about the role of poetry and inscription in the work of the artist.

Criticism/Theory Paperback 364 pages 20 x 13 cm Texts in French   New       EUR 28 out of stock

Émilie Hache (ed.), De l'univers clos au monde infini, Editions Dehors, 2014

Le geste de la modernité – viser la maîtrise non seulement de l’ensemble des formes naturelles mais également du monde comme totalité – est aujourd’hui invalidé par les conséquences qui en découlent, et que nous rassemblons sous le nom de « changement climatique global ». À cette transformation, à toutes les échelles, des conditions de vie sur Terre, appelée aujourd’hui « Anthropocène », correspond un renouvellement de l’idée formulée depuis longtemps par les écologistes, selon laquelle nous sommes tenus par les limites de notre planète. Plutôt qu’à la multiplication des performances techniques que suppose une hypothétique conquête de l’espace, répétant sur un autre mode nos rêves de prédation, c’est à un « retour sur Terre » que la crise environnementale nous confronte ; à une culture, aventureuse et responsable, des rapports à créer avec l’intrication infinie des êtres qui la peuplent. Cet ouvrage rassemble six essais, inédits en français, de philosophes, historien-ne-s, anthropologues et sociologues qui ont tou-te-s contribué ces dernières années à la prise en compte des enjeux écologiques dans les sciences humaines.

Textes de Bruno Latour, Christophe Bonneuil et Pierre de Jouvancourt, Dipesh Chakrabarty, Isabelle Stengers, Giovanna di Chiro, Déborah Danowski et Eduardo Viveiros de Castro.

Artist's book Edition of 200 Softcover in sleeve 180 pages 26 x 18 cm Texts in no text   New       EUR 40 ORDER

Tiphanie Mall, Ramsdorf, 2015

The images in this book come from CERN’s photographic archive, which is the largest research center in particle physics.
Without the context of the archive or explanatory legends, the content becomes abstract and hypothetical. The documentary images are assembled into various sequences forming narrative patterns that exploit their representational capacity.
Ramsdorf is critical to how information is processed through expectations and speculations of the content in the photographs.

Tiphanie Mall (*1987 in Basel) lives and works between Basel and Paris. 

Criticism/Theory First Edition Soft cover, perfect binding 128 pages 18 x 11 cm Texts in French   New       EUR 15 ORDER

Tadashi Kawamata, Entretiens, Éditions Lutanie, 2013

“Un jour – cela arrive à tout le monde – je me suis senti perdu, je ne savais plus quoi dessiner, quels thèmes aborder; je n’avais plus de sujet. (...) Et puis une idée m’a traversé l’esprit : (...) il m’a semblé que cette structure qui supporte la toile – je veux parler du châssis en bois – pourrait constituer la base même d’une œuvre.“
Tadashi Kawamata, 1987

Les éditions Lutanie présentent ici la traduction de cinq entretiens de Tadashi Kawamata, dont quatre sont inédits en français.

Multiple Edition of 10         EUR 300 ORDER

Miriam Laura Leonardi, Tambour et ses baguettes, 2015

Artist edition, handmade, signed and numbered
Material: welded iron rods, red cord
Dimensions: drum 42 x 24 cm, sticks 30 cm

 

Artist's book First edition of 400 copies Softcover 20 pages 42 x 29 cm Texts in French / English   New       EUR 20 ORDER

Miriam Laura Leonardi, VOILÀ, 2015

The French weekly paper VOILÀ was founded by Gallimard in 1931 and distributed until World War II. Amongst the contributors were writers such as Albert Londres, Joseph Kessel, Georges Simenon, the aviator Mermoz as well as photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson. A selection of articles addressing key events of the past as well as every day matters are reassembled and modified by Leonardi to highlight their ongoing relevancy and reprinted in a new publication. While the orginal layout remains, words or sentences are rearranged to offer a more abstract but direct meaning. The contemporary speed of information is thus questionned through this new format allowing an accelerated reading of the original content.

Original texts in French, with English translations.

Fiction, Periodical Edition of 200 Soft cover, perfect binding Texts in English   New       EUR 15 ORDER

Erika Landström, Aislinn McNamara, Dysfyction II, Mark von Schlegell, Pure Fiction seminar, 2015

LAZY WRITING, NOT LONGER THAN DAN’S, REAL FICTION, SELF-CRYT (BACK SEAT), EXCERPTS, UNRELATABLE NARRATOR
 
With contributions by Josef Strau, Olga Pedan, Ellen Yeon Kim, Simon Spieser, Aislinn McNamara, Hilda Stammarnäs, Erika Landström, Dan Graham, Mariana Lopez, Anna Zacharoff, Reece York, Dan Kwon, Dario Wokurka, Magnus Andersen, Rosa Aiello, Elif Saydam, Lena Phillip, John Miller, Buck Ellison, Luzie Meyer, Suart Middleton, Ryan Karlsson, Franziska Wildt, Mahsa Saloor, J.s. Teixeira, Thy-Han Nguyen-Chi, George Rippon, Ian Edmonds, Mikhail Wassmer, John Ryan, Julien Nguyen, Yuki Kushino, Kitsum Cheng and Leda Bourgogne.
 

Source Book First Edition Hardcover with dust jacket in boxset 305 pages 37 x 27 cm Texts in English and Japanese   Small humidity stains on the inside covers
o/w as new
Dust jacket in perfect condition
      EUR 260 out of stock

Shigekatsu Nakada, Living Interiors Japan 1980–1985, Toso Publishing, 1985

Beautiful book with hundreds of illustration focusing on Japanese architecture and interior design of the early 1980s.

Houses of Japan: compositions, natural and artificial illumination, colour, materials, japanese traditional style, neo japanesque, folklore, furniture and objects, children rooms..

Criticism/Theory, Poetry First Edition Paperback 160 pages Texts in English   New       EUR 18 ORDER

Kathy Acker, McKenzie Wark, I'm Very Into You, Semiotext(e), 2015

I'm Very Into You, Correspondence 1995–1996 between Kathy Acker and McKenzie Wark

“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]

After Kathy Acker met McKenzie Wark on a trip to Australia in 1995, they had a brief fling and immediately began a heated two-week email correspondence. Their emails shimmer with insight, gossip, sex, and cultural commentary. They write in a frenzy, several times a day; their emails cross somewhere over the International Date Line, and themselves become a site of analysis. What results is an index of how two brilliant and idiosyncratic writers might go about a courtship across 7,500 miles of airspace—by pulling in Alfred Hitchcock, stuffed animals, Georges Bataille, Elvis Presley, phenomenology, Marxism, The X-files, psychoanalysis, and the I Ching.

Artist's book First Edition Hardcover 220 pages 24 x 18 cm   New       EUR 38 ORDER

Simon Haenni, ACOCO, 9783906011, 2013

ACOCO contains 138 photographs divided into fifteen chapters of various lengths and rhythms. The images are all soberly laid out in the same format. Formally, the book resembles an archive, although the contents are not ordered according to themes or clearly defined categories. The aesthetic and sense of distance of the work brings it closer to documentary and architectural photography, while the absence of the usual geographic and temporal references reveals a subtle and witty reflection on the nature of the medium of photography and the reading and interpretation of images in general.
 
Simon Haenni (b. 1985, Nechâtel, Switzerland) works as a photographer and image-based artist in Geneva. He is a member of the Maximage collective, which engages in graphic design, photography, and publication projects.

Fiction Paperback 18 x 11 cm Texts in English   New       EUR 18 out of stock

Simon Bill, BRAINS, Mute Publishing Ltd, 2011

“The unnamed narrator of Brains is a drunken and dissolute painter. He gets a job as artist-in-residence at the opulent Norman Neurological Institute in central London, but only because all the other short-listed applicants turn it down. Among the patients he encounters he is impressed, in particular, by the sublimely attractive yet mysterious Emily, who cannot remember anything for more than 15 minutes at a time. He is smitten, yet, even for him, the ethics of bedding someone who cannot give credible consent are dubious.“

Simon Bill is a contemporary British artist. He lives and works in Sheffield, UK.

Multiple 51 x 61 cm   New       EUR 35 ORDER

Eckhaus Latta, Vulnerability Beach Bag, Art Metropole, 2014

Eckhaus Latta's Vulnerability Beach Bag is a woven polypropylene bag with silk screened and colour stamped graphic on both sides produced on the occasion of Art Metropole's presence at Art Basel 2014 as a part of the shop's tradition of artist-designed shopping bags.
 
Eckhaus Latta is a bicoastal American fashion label founded by Mike Eckhaus and Zoe Latta. While most of their projects centralize around fashion, this mesh beach bag is a further exploration into their poetry practice.

Monograph First Edition Hardcover 28 x 22 cm Texts in English   New       EUR 65 ORDER

Charles Harlan (ed.), Carol Bove: Manuals 2010, The Leopard Press, 2013

Manuals 2010 presents instructions on how to recreate and install Bove’s trademark assemblages.

Artist's book, Criticism/Theory First Edition Soft cover, perfect binding 140 pages 29 x 21 cm Texts in English   New       EUR 30 out of stock

Ramaya Tegegne, Bzzz Bzzz Bzzz, Marbriers 4, 2014

Bzzz Bzzz Bzzz is a visual essay looking at groups groups, networks and the phenomenon of gossip in an artistic context from a sociological point of view. Gossip is here understood as a relational model allowing to understand how groups emerge and define themselves through a mutual speculative knowledge and through some kind of difference to an outside. Gossip is considered as a productive virtue capable of creating intimacy, trust and a stimulating network allowing the emergence of common values, convictions and knowledge among the group.

Within the art world, as an informal mode of communication, it also plays a decisive role in the formation of a critical opinion on an artist's reputation: his personality, his work and consequently his career.

Compiled by Ramaya Tegegne on the occasion of her show Respektive at Marbriers 4, May 29 – June 14, 2014.

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