Monograph First Edition Softcover 304 pages Texts in English   New       EUR 42 out of stock

Introducing Tony Conrad: A Retrospective, Koenig Books, 2018

Throughout his six-decade career, Tony Conrad (1940–2016) forged a unique path through numerous artistic movements and a vast range of cultural forms—from Fluxus to rock music, from structural film to public access television. Published on the occasion of the first large-scale museum survey devoted to works Conrad presented in museum and gallery settings, this richly illustrated catalogue offers an in-depth introduction to Conrad's life and career.

Including new texts and Conrad's own writings about selected works dating from 1966 to 2016, Introducing Tony Conrad surveys the artist's work in painting, sculpture, film, video, performance and installation. It includes the artist's early structural films; projects in which he treated film as a sculptural and performative material; his series of Invented Acoustical Tools, presented as sculptures themselves; his ambitious films about power relations, set in the military and in prison; and his final sculptures and installations, which evoke and critique what he perceived as an emerging culture of surveillance, control and containment. The list of contributors testifies to Conrad's wide and lasting influence; this volume includes texts by Constance DeJong, Diedrich Diederichsen, Anthony Elms, Branden W. Joseph, Tony Oursler and Christopher Williams, among many others.

Criticism/Theory First Edition 206 pages Texts in English   New       EUR 23 ORDER

Lawrence Kumpf, Joe Bucciero, Blank Forms Magazine #01, Blank Forms, 2017

MAGAZINE is the inaugural issue of Blank Forms’ journal, bringing together a combination of never-before published, lost, and new materials that supplement our live programs. It is envisioned as a platform for critical reflection and extended dialogue between scholars, artists, and other figures working within the world of experimental music and art.

Following “Let Freedom Fry”—a short statement by Joe McPhee drawing out the contemporary political climate in relation to his practice as a creative improviser—the magazine is bookended by four texts surrounding the practice of pioneering sound artist Maryanne Amacher; an essay by Bill Dietz on his collaborations with Amacher and his work with her archive; an unpublished 1988 interview highlighting Amacher’s ideas around her Long Distance Music and Mini Sound Series; a conversation between Marianne Schroeder, Stefan Tcherepnin, and Lawrence Kumpf revealing the archival questions raised by Amacher’s work; and science fiction writer Greg Bear’s short story Petra, a tale of gargoyles coming to life and breeding with humans in a post-apocalyptic Notre Dame, from which Amacher’s 1991 piece got its name.

This issue also includes Branden Joseph’s interview with The Dead C’s Bruce Russell, accompanied by Russell’s essay exploring the Situationist tradition of ‘mis-competence’ in New Zealand electronic music. Charles Curtis contributed notes on the interpretive challenges posed by a posthumous performance of Terry Jennings’ minimalist classic Piece For Cello And Saxophone. Shelley Hirsch, Richard Skidmore, and Dennis Hermanson provide a series of writings on and remembrances of the late Ralston Farina, whose scarcely documented “visual poetry” was an important precursor to what we now call “performance.” And from her own 2016 performances at the Emily Harvey Foundation, Dawn Kasper supplies her original proposal document and score notes for an improvisational interpretation.

MAGAZINE features two new French-translations: an excerpt from François Bonnet’s book of phenomenology, The Infra-World, translated by Robin Mackay, and a Christophe Broqua interview with enigmatic huntress of sounds Anne Gillis, translated by Adrian Rew. Ian Nagoski’s rare 1998 conversation with Éliane Radigue, conducted and largely ignored at a time when there was little interest in her music, provides one of the clearest overviews of the visionary composer’s early work and life. Supplementing the texts are numerous archival photos and documents, plus “Dark Matters,” a poem by Joe McPhee.

Edited by Lawrence Kumpf and Joe Bucciero with contributions by Greg Bear, François Bonnet, Bill Dietz, Dennis Hermanson, Shelley Hirsch, Branden W. Joseph, Dawn Kasper, Joe McPhee, Ian Nagoski, Adrian Rew, Bruce Russell, and Richard C. Skidmore

Criticism/Theory First Edition Softcover 330 pages 22 x 15 cm Texts in French   New       EUR 26 ORDER

Branden W. Joseph, Random Order. Robert Rauschenberg et la néo-avant-garde, (SIC), 2012

Par ses célèbres White Paintings, Combines et Combine Paintings, sérigraphies ou performances, Robert Rauschenberg s'est imposé comme l'un des artistes américains majeurs de la seconde moitié du XXe siècle.
Ce livre propose d'examiner son œuvre des années 1950 et 1960 en la situant dans le contexte de la néo-avant-garde américaine, et en insistant notamment sur les relations que l'artiste a pu entretenir avec le compositeur expérimental John Cage. D'après Branden W. Joseph, leur rencontre au Black Mountain College en 1952 est à la base d'un nouveau projet d'avant-garde envisageant la notion de différence non plus en termes de négation mais bien de force positive. L'auteur se démarque ainsi des analyses inspirées par l'Ecole de Francfort – dominant jusqu'alors les débats relatifs à l'esthétique de l'avant-garde et de la néoavant-garde – pour se tourner du côté de Gilles Deleuze, Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault, Toni Negri et Michael Hardt ou encore Antonin Artaud et Michel Carrouges. Cette approche théorique inédite lui permet de montrer que le projet de Rauschenberg ne consista pas en une simple répétition des procédés à l'œuvre dans la première avant-garde mais en un ensemble de pratiques interrogeant la société d'après-guerre modelée par le spectacle, la marchandisation et le conformisme des masses.

Random Order – qui fit date lors de sa parution originale en 2003 – offre ainsi une analyse pénétrante des œuvres les plus marquantes de Rauschenberg, une redéfinition du paradigme de la néo-avant-garde autant qu'une réflexion sur la subjectivité postmoderne.

Criticism/Theory First Edition Paperback 479 pages Texts in English   New       EUR 29 ORDER

Branden W. Joseph, Beyond the Dream Syndicate. Tony Conrad and the Arts after Cage, Zone Books, 2008

Tony Conrad has significantly influenced cultural developments from minimalism to underground film, “concept art,” postmodern appropriation, and the most sophisticated rock and roll. Creator of the “structural” film, The Flicker, collaborator on Jack Smith’s Flaming Creatures and Normal Love, follower of Henry Flynt’s radical anti-art, member of the Theatre of Eternal Music and the first incarnation of The Velvet Underground, and early associate of Mike Kelley, Tony Oursler, and Cindy Sherman, Conrad has eluded canonic histories. Yet Beyond the Dream Syndicate does not claim Conrad as a major but under-recognized figure. Neither monograph nor social history, the book takes Conrad’s collaborative interactions as a guiding thread by which to investigate the contiguous networks and discursive interconnections in 1960s art.

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