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Olivier Neveux, Contre le théâtre politique, La Fabrique, 2019

Un impératif politique pèse sur le théâtre public contemporain. Il est sommé de créer du « vivre ensemble » et de parler du monde. Le théâtre doit s’impliquer dans la réalité, la documenter voire la critiquer.

Ce livre s’intéresse à la multiplication de ces spectacles citoyens ou engagés. Il tente d’en cerner les enjeux et, par là, de réfléchir au statut et au devenir de l’art par gros temps néolibéral. Non pas que la politique serait préjudiciable au théâtre ; Olivier Neveux prend le parti inverse : celui de la rencontre possiblement fructueuse des deux. « Contre le théâtre politique » signifie contre ce qui neutralise le théâtre et la politique dans le conformisme de leur alliance.

L’ouvrage saisit l’occasion de spectacles contemporains, mais aussi l’histoire, pour réfléchir à la possibilité qu’ont les œuvres de porter quelques coups à la réalité de la domination tout autant qu’à la domination de la réalité. Des coups incomparables, propres à ce que seul le théâtre permet.

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Coll., F.R.DAVID Spring 2019: Black Sun, KW Institute, Uh Books, 2019

‘Black Sun’ is edited in conversation with Krist Gruijthuijsen, currently the director of KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin, to accompany the exhibitions ‘David Wojnarowicz Photography & Film 1978–1992’, ‘Reza Abdoh’, and ‘TIES, TALES AND TRACES: Dedicated to Frank Wagner, Independent Curator (1958–2016)’. The issue departs from Wojnarowicz’s grief at the loss of loved ones during the 1980s AIDS crisis and anger at the US government for its wilful neglect. It assembles a selection of various gendered and sexual positions, all seeking support, love, and intimacy in linguistic, architectural, and bodily structures while under threat of collapse.

Criticism/Theory, Essays on art Softcover 88 pages 17 x 11 cm Texts in English         EUR 15 out of stock

Eyal Weizman, Thomas Keenan, Mengele's Skull: The Advent of a Forensic Aesthetics, Sternberg Press, 2012

In 1985, the body of Josef Mengele, one of the last Nazi war criminals still at large, was unearthed in Brazil. The ensuing process of identifying the bones in question opened up what can now be seen as a third narrative in war crime investigations—not that of the document or the witness but rather the birth of a forensic approach to understanding war crimes and crimes against humanity.

In the period coinciding with the discovery of Mengele’s skeleton, scientists began to appear in human rights cases as expert witnesses, called to interpret and speak on behalf of things—often bones and human remains. But the aesthetic, political, and ethical complications that emerge with the introduction of the thing in war crimes trials indicate that this innovation is not simply one in which the solid object provides a stable and fixed alternative to human uncertainties, ambiguities, and anxieties.

The complexities associated with testimony—that of the subject—are echoed in the presentation of the object. Human remains are the kind of things from which the trace of the subject cannot be fully removed. Their appearance and presentation in the courts of law and public opinion has in fact blurred something of the distinction between objects and subjects, evidence and testimony.

Artists' writings, Essays on art Softcover 402 pages 23 x 18 cm Texts in English   New       EUR 30 ORDER

Martha Rosler, Decoys and Disruptions - Selected writings, 1975-2001, MIT Press, 2004

Decoys and Disruptions is the first comprehensive collection of writings by American artist and critic Martha Rosler. Best known for her videos and photography, Rosler has also been an original and influential cultural critic and theorist for over twenty-five years. The writings collected here address such key topics as documentary photography, feminist art, video, government patronage of the arts, censorship, and the future of digitally based photographic media. Taken together, these thirteen essays not only show Rosler's importance as a critic but also offer an essential resource for readers interested in the issues confronting contemporary art. The essays in this collection illustrate Rosler's ongoing investigation into means of exposing truth and provoking change, providing a retrospective of characteristic issues in her work.

Cultural Studies, Essays on art First Edition Softcover 295 pages Texts in English   New       EUR 21 ORDER

Chris Kraus, Social Practices, Semiotext(e), 2018

A border isn't a metaphor. Knowing each other for over a decade makes us witnesses to each other's lives. My escape is his prison. We meet in a bar and smoke Marlboros.—from Social Practices

Mixing biography, autobiography, fiction, criticism, and conversations among friends, with Social Practices Chris Kraus continues the anthropological exploration of artistic lives and the art world begun in 2004 with Video Green: Los Angeles Art and the Triumph of Nothingness. Social Practices includes writings from and around the legendary “Chance Event—Three Days in the Desert with Jean Baudrillard” (1996), and “Radical Localism,” an exhibition of art and media from Puerto Nuevo's Mexicali Rose that Kraus co-organized with Marco Vera and Richard Birkett in 2012. Attuned to the odd and the anomalous, Kraus profiles Elias Fontes, an Imperial Valley hay merchant who has become an important collector of contemporary Mexican art, and chronicles the demise of a rural convenience store in northern Minnesota. She considers the work of such major contemporary artists as Jason Rhoades, Channa Horowitz, Simon Denny, Yayoi Kusama, Henry Taylor, Julie Becker, Ryan McGinley, and Leigh Ledare. Although Kraus casts a skeptical eye at the genre that's come to be known as “social practice,” her book is less a critique than a proposition as to how art might be read through desire and circumstance, delirium, gossip, coincidence, and revenge. All art, she implies, is a social practice.

Essays on art 1968 fac-simile of the 1922 edition Hardcover 361 pages Texts in Deutsch   Very good condition       EUR 87 out of stock

Prinzhorn Hans, Bildnerei des Geistenkranken, Julius Springer, 1968

1968 fac-simile of Hans Prinzhorn's "Bildnerei des Geistenkranken" (1922). Prinzhorn, a German psychiatrist at the University of Heidelberg, developed the collection of artworks by asylum patients started by Emil Kraepelin. He then published a selections of them in 1922 in Bildnerei des Geistenkranken. This book had a great influence on the art world and was later critical in the development of the Art Brut by Jean Dubuffet.

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Coll., May #19, May Revue

"Trisha Erin", CECILIA PAVÓN
"Freestyle rap", CECILIA PAVÓN
"Une journée parfaite", CECILIA PAVÓN
"La crise de la moralité : sur l’acquisition légitime du sexe à outrance", ELISE DURYEE-BROWNER
"L’arrivée de l’automatisation", GEORGIE NETTELL
"Hors de la boîte, sur le film The Square (réalisé par Ruben Östlund)", JASON SIMON
"Sur Sismographie des luttes. Vers une histoire globale des revues critiques et culturelles à l’INHA, Paris", MORAD MONTAZAMI
"Les portes de la déviation, sur Sam Pulitzer à la galerie Francesca Pia, Zürich", DANIEL HORN
"Paradiso, sur Richard Maxwell à la galerie Greene Naftali, New York", NICK IRVIN
"Grippe de Munch, Edvard Munch au MET Breuer, New York", CLÉMENT RODZIELSKI
"Why Do Jaguar, sur Georgia Sagri au Kunstverein Braunschweig, Braunschweig", ANKE DYES
"Sur Gianni Versace Retrospective au Kronprinzenpalais, Berlin", KARL HOLMQVIST

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Isabelle Graw, The Love of Painting. Genealogy of a Success Medium, Sternberg Press, 2018

Painting seems to have lost its dominant position in the field of the arts. However, looking more closely at exhibited photographs, assemblages, installations, or performances, it is evident how the rhetorics of painting still remain omnipresent. Following the tradition of classical theories of painting based on exchanges with artists, Isabelle Graw’s The Love of Painting considers the art form not as something fixed, but as a visual and discursive material formation with the potential to fascinate owing to its ability to produce the fantasy of liveliness. Thus, painting is not restricted to the limits of its own frame, but possesses a specific potential that is located in its material and physical signs. Its value is grounded in its capacity to both reveal and mystify its conditions of production. Alongside in-depth analyses of the work of artists like Édouard Manet, Jutta Koether, Martin Kippenberger, Jana Euler, and Marcel Broodthaers, the book includes conversations with artists in which Graw’s insights are further discussed and put to the test.

Cultural Studies, Essays on art First Edition Paperback 360 pages Texts in English   New       EUR 18 out of stock

Coll., What's Love (or Care, Intimacy, Warmth, Affection) Got to Do with It? , Sternberg Press, e-flux journal, 2017

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.

In our present times—post-human, post-reality, or maybe pre-internet, post-it, pre-collapse, pre-fabricated by algorithms—what does love have to do with it? Since 2009, need and care and desire and admiration have been cross-examined, called as witness, put on parole, and made the subject of caring inquiry by e-flux journal authors. These writings have now been collected to form this comprehensive volume.

Edited by Julieta Aranda, Brian Kuan Wood, Stephen Squibb, Anton Vidokle.
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

Essays on art , Artists' writings First Edition Soft cover, perfect binding 184 pages Texts in French   Very good condition       EUR 42 ORDER

Adrian Piper, Textes d'oeuvres et essais, Institut d'art contemporain Villeurbanne, 2003

Cette publication, premier recueil de traductions en français d'écrits d'Adrian Piper, est constituée de textes d'oeuvres de la rétrospective Adrian Piper: Depuis 1965 présentée à l'Institut d'art contemporain de Villeurbanne au printemps 2003, et de quatre essais critiques: deux sur la xénophobie, un sur la triple oppression des artistes femmes noires et un sur le modernisme en art; leurs préoccupations étant étroitement liées à la production artistique de Piper, ils veulent servir à éclairer plus largement sa démarche.

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Marc Décimo, Des fous et des hommes avant l’art brut. Suivi de Marcel Réja : L’Art chez les fous – Le dessin, la prose, la poésie, 2017

Un essai introductif sur l'art asilaire, depuis la belle époque jusqu'à la théorisation de l'art brut, suivi d'une réédition critique et augmentée de la célèbre étude de l'aliéniste français du début du XXe siècle Marcel Réja sur la production artistique chez les « fous ».

Quand Jean Dubuffet cristallise l'art brut, André Breton rappelle la gêne croissante qu'avaient les aliénistes à s'accorder autour de l'art des fous. Cette quête – à la fois esthétique et médicale – trouve, autour du Musée de la folie du docteur Marie et du livre-phare de Marcel Réja, une réflexion nouvelle qui vient interroger le sens commun à propos des limites de l'art et de la folie, question qui va hanter le XXe siècle.

Professeur d'histoire de l'art contemporain à Paris-X Nanterre, Régent du Collège de 'Pataphysique (chaire d'Amôriographie littéraire, ethnographique et architecturale), Marc Décimo est linguiste, sémioticien et historien d'art. Il a publié un vingtaine de livres et de nombreux articles sur la sémiolologie du fantastique, sur les fous littéraires (Jean-Pierre Brisset – dont il a édité l'œuvre complète aux Presses du réel –, Paul Tisseyre Ananké) et sur l'art brut, sur Marcel Duchamp (La bibliothèque de Marcel Duchamp, peut-être, Marcel Duchamp mis à nu, Le Duchamp facile, les mémoires de Lydie Fischer Sarazin-Levassor, Marcel Duchamp et l'érotisme) et sur l'histoire et l'épistémologie de la linguistique.

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Lisa Robertson, Matthew Stadler, Revolution: A Reader, Paraguay Press, Publication Studio, 2015

Co-published with Publication Studio, Portland, Revolution: A Reader collects texts from across many cultures and times and organizes them roughly along a chronology of living, from “beginning,” to “childhood,” “education,” “adulthood,” and “death.” The book brings the embodied fact of revolution into the lived present by engaging readers with language that takes us there, no matter where we are to begin with. We are all in revolution, now. Reading can make this fact primary and conscious and shared. Heavily annotated throughout, the book is, quite literally, a conversation. The annotations, by Lisa Robertson and Matthew Stadler — composed simultaneously and in response to one another — stitch a web of argument that links the book into a single thing, a reader. The book also features a narrative bibliography of revolution by David Brazil.

With texts by Kathy Acker, Etel Adnan, Vivienne Westwood, Dodie Bellamy, David Brazil, Edmund Burke, Mina Loy, Mahmoud Darwish, Oscar Wilde, Guy Davenport, Angela Davis, Gertrude Stein, Stacy Doris, Hannah Arendt, Saskia Sassen, Frantz Fanon, Shulamith Firestone, Louise Michel, Eileen Myles, Jean Genet, Michel Ragon, Donna Haraway, Oscar Tuazon and many more.

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