The highly distinctive publications on contemporary art are shaped by the personal preferences and friendships of the publisher. Painting and drawing, photography, video, installation, and new media are of interest as independent positions or in combination with architecture and the environment.
Some Pigeons are More Equal than Others
Pigeon languages our cities. When a speckled grey pigeon is trapped by artists and spray-painted in a miniature car wash, and released as an ultramarine green pigeon streaking through a public space, what happens to the "flying rat"? How do we really know we have seen what we think we have seen? How is our perception always trapped and released?
Some Pigeons Are More Equal Than Others began as an artwork by Julius von Bismarck and Julian Charrière and is now a book which treats the on-going art work as a breeding ground for more wild zones of contact with poets, philosophers, historians, architects, and other species. It is a poetry and prose anthology featuring creative writing made in dialogue with individual painted pigeons; a theoretical and critical space designed by philosophers and historians of science redefining our relationship to the world and history in a non-human-centered way; an urban manifesto evolving ideas on the role of public domains and the encounter with contemporary art today.
With contributions by Ben Marcus, CA Conrad, Craig Dworkin, Lyn Hejinian, Marjorie Welish, Juliana Spahr, Ian Bogost, David Graham Burnett, Claudia Roden, Olafur Eliasson, and many others.
21 x 24,7 cm, 8 ¼ x 9 ¾ in, 192 pages, 78 images, Hardcover (2015)
ISBN 978-3-03778-465-5, e€50.00 / $50.00 / £37.00
The artist Annelies Štrba, best known for photographs of her children, now brings us in Noonday pictures of her grandchildren. In this “noonday dream” (a reference to Emily Brontë), we encounter a host of fairytale creatures, playing, sleeping, or dreaming. The viewer is drawn in and becomes part of this reverie, which is interspersed with images of everyday family life, travel, and game-playing. While the images in the artist’s previous series, Shades of Time (1997), were raw and direct, Noonday glows with the ease of a summer afternoon and yet still leaves us with the melancholy certainty that the days of childhood pass by much too fast.
Design: Integral Lars Müller
17.3 × 24 cm, 6 ¾ × 9 ½ in, 336 pages, 295 images, hardcover (2015)
ISBN 978-3-03778-388-7, Englisch€49.00 / $65.00 / £39.00
Life in the digital economy of information and images enriches us but often induces a sense of being overwhelmed. Sensing the Future: Moholy-Nagy, Media and the Arts considers the impact of technology by exploring ways it was addressed in the practice of the Hungarian polymath artist László Moholy-Nagy (1895-1946), a prominent professor at the Bauhaus and a key fi gure in the history of Modernism. Moholy-Nagy felt that people needed guidance to cope with the onslaught of sensory input in an increasingly technologized, mediatized, hyper-stimulating environment. His ideas informed media theorists such as Walter Benjamin, John Cage, Sigfried Giedion, and Marshall McLuhan, who anticipated digital culture as it emerged. Should we then regard Moholy-Nagy as a pioneer of the digital? His aesthetic engagement with the technology/body problematic broached the notions of immersion, interactivity and bodily participation, innately offering a critique of today’s disembodiment. Was he then both a pioneer and a proto-critic of the digital? This book is intended to introduce this seminal fi gure of post-medial practices to younger generations and, by including responses to his work by contemporary artists, to refl ect on the ways in which his work is relevant to artistic practice now.
21 × 29,7 cm, 8 ¼ × 11 ¾ in, 192 pages, hardcover (2014)
ISBN 978-3-03778-433-4, EnglishEnglish,
ISBN 978-3-03778-434-1, German€35.00
Place by Place is the latest publication by the artist Felice Varini, constituting a re-examination of his complete oeuvre based on his most recent works.
His fascinating spatial installations make use of urban landscapes, walls, and rooms as “screens” for abstract graphical projections which the artist paints, draws, or fabricates from materials such as adhesive tape. Seen from an ideal vantage point, they appear as unexpected two-dimensional patterns against their three-dimensional background. When the viewer then leaves this vantage point and moves through the space, he sees the work as a perpetual metamorphosis of shifting, evolving forms. Accompanying the numerous illustrations is a text by Doris von Drathen that situates the work in its art-historical context, as well as an interview she conducted with the artist.
Design: Integral Lars Müller
30 × 24 cm, 11 ¾ × 9 ½ in, 402 pages, approx. 615 illustrations, hardcover (2013)
ISBN 978-3-03778-405-1, EnglishEnglish,
ISBN 978-3-03778-406-8, French€60.00 / $80.00 / £50.00
French,€60.00 / $80.00 / £50.00
Liminal SpacesJurek Wajdowicz. Fotografie 75
With a contribution by Fred Ritchin
Polish-born photographer Jurek Wajdowicz’s new art book luxuriates the viewer
with both saturated and minimalist images that float between abstraction and
reality of both the perceived and the imagined. The largeness of this limited-
edition publication, reminiscent of a gallery space, envelops the reader and
creates a pause for each image. You realize at once you are seeing something
captured in its purity—in its minimal, intense and separate state.
Fred Ritchin in his introduction writes “…Seeing and looking are hardly the
same. The riches reside as well in the parallel universes, those which
conventional photography, quoting from appearance, hardly seem to take into
account. In the hints of shape in Wajdowicz’s own images, in his embrace of
negative space, appearance manages to conceal itself, implying the gaps of the
forever in-between. The engaged viewer can then infer ways to re-imagine,
while Jurek’s lens argues for a less traveled space. It is no wonder that his
imagery reads like jazz…”
Design: Jennifer Sterling
29,5 x 38,1 cm, 11½ x 15 in, 112 pages, 75 illustrations, paperback (2013)
ISBN 978-3-03778-410-5, English, Polish€60.00 / $80.00 / £50.00