School for Design Fiction

October 14th, 2013


K.N.W., from ‘Two Eyes, Ears, Nostrils, Brains’ (2013)

The School for Design Fiction – organized by James Langdon, introduced November 8, 3-8pm, Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig – offers a short course in reading objects, environments and messages. Stimulated by the curious genre of design fiction, the programme asserts storytelling as the primary function of design.
A design fiction (to be read in the same register as science fiction) represents a designed object that — materially, functionally, or conceptually — cannot presently be realised. More speculative than a prototype, a design fiction does not necessarily require the potential ever to exist. It is a suggestive form that prompts us to reconsider our assumptions about — or operates as a critique of — existing objects. It may do this by projecting into the future, or into a parallel reality.
Lectures at the school will be centred around a collection of such narrative objects, each a newly commissioned artwork realised by a member of the faculty. These objects will be employed performatively, to visualise subjects including the discovery of the human brain’s innate mechanism for narrating experience; the legibility of the built environment; and strategies for continuing unfinished stories.

Public School – Pax Israeliana

October 10th, 2013



Public School started in September 2007 as a non-profit project aiming to make public recordings of live events in the Israeli scene, and became a blog, Pax Israeliana, that documented forgotten books about design, art and architecture.

The Pax Israeliana Index of Israeli Modernism is a reference index of modernist works and terms from the golden age of Israel, found online, quoted and scanned from a variety of books, catalogs and magazines. The collection aims to define a time period when the young state of Israel was shaping its identity, trying to free itself from the Levant, and artists, architects, musicians, filmmakers and designers helped establish Israel’s perception in the eyes of the western world as a peace-seeking modern country by studying and showcasing their work abroad and embracing European Modernism.

Posted in Architecture, Art, Books, Design

Beuys by Michael Crowe

October 10th, 2013

Beuys, by artist and writer Michael Crowe, is a reproduction of the screenplay of Jaws but altered: all mention of sharks is replaced with Joseph Beuys.

Posted in Art, Books

Dubuffet Typographer

October 9th, 2013


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Dubuffet Typographe/r is a tribute by the artist Pierre Leguillon to the French artist Jean Dubuffet (1901–1985) and to the typographic strategies with which Dubuffet achieves, on a visual level, his plan to destroy language through books and lithographs.

Dubuffet Typographe/r investigates the former wine-dealer’s professional acumen, demonstrated by Dubuffet’s creation of Art Brut and culminating in the management of an entire staff working to promote, document, and archive his activities. In the light of today’s obsession with self-promotion, Dubuffet can be understood as a forerunner of artists such as Jeff Koons or Damien Hirst. Once again, Leguillon’s approach follows seemingly marginal paths, which ultimately prove to be unexpectedly revelatory. Travelling to public and private archives such as la Fondation Dubuffet in Paris, the Bibliothèque Kandinsky at Centre Pompidou or to IMEC in Caen, Leguillon has photographed ephemera such as invitations, posters, catalogs, artist’s books, flyers, tickets, and record sleeves. These images were then used to execute a “recadrage” (re-framing) of Jean Dubuffet and his activities. Like a meticulous “detective”, Leguillon shows us how “for each project, Dubuffet invented a new way of writing and composing text—quite possibly by simply improvising. By this, he rejected the standardization as imposed by the printing process and typing, an education he himself went through. In books and lithographs, Dubuffet thoroughly sabotaged writing and typography (l’écriture) by fragmenting and distorting it, thus achieving, on a visual level, his plan to destroy language”.

Posted in Art, Books, Graphic Design

Design by John Cheim

October 9th, 2013


©Andy Warhol Photographs, Robert Miller Gallery, 1987

John Cheim is known to many as one half of influential New York gallery Cheim & Read. However, what is less well known is that Cheim has produced and designed a number of important artist publications over the last 30 years including monographs on Louise Bourgeois, Alice Nell, Jack Pierson and Bruce Weber, to a name a few.
The presentation Design by John Cheim – October 15 to November 17, 2013, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London – sheds light on Cheim’s career as a book designer, known for precise, clear layouts combined with rich photographic reproductions. Having studied at Rhode Island School of Design, Cheim’s books have become highly prized among collectors of rare artists’ publications and this display aims to explore his work for the first time.

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About Mark Pezinger

October 8th, 2013

The About Mark Pezinger catalog not only gives view into the publicistic and personal universe of the publishing house Mark Pezinger Verlag but also assembles and unites the variety of individuals to a self-portrait of a publisher:

“…once I am adressed as Mark Petzinger, then again I am reading about a Mark Petziger or Mark Penzinger and lately I even found myself in an announcement as publisher Max Pezinger. Am I displeased by such confusion? On the contrary! Meanwhile I take pleasure in my comrades Petziger, Petzinger, Penziger and Peziger; they keep my a certain company – better that only one Pezinger are many of them. That thought was cause to the current publication: at my request, friends and companions created a portrait of their personal Mark Pezinger in their individual way. These contributions, transformed by me into advertisements, are the substratum to the originated magaziner …”

Posted in Art, Books

Aby Warburg: the History of Art as a Scene

October 8th, 2013

Aby Warburg: the History of Art as a Scene, a lecture by Philippe-Alain Michaud – October 18, 2013, 2pm, Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Arnhem – is organized in the context of the DAI theory seminar Anarcheologies.

Aby Warburg (1866-1929), the great German art historian, founder of the school of iconology, accomplished a drastic displacement of the concepts, on which his discipline has founded its main principles. This displacement has not so far been analysed in its ultimate consequences. In his studies of the Renaissance Warburg is not trying anymore to interpret or analyze the visual facts of the past, but rather to reactivate it, substituting therefore one meaning of the notion of representation to another. This is not a question of knowledge anymore, but rather a question of presence. To understand this shift, one has to come back to the journey Warburg made in 1895 to Arizona, where he attended the Hopi rituals, and to the consequences of this journey – that is the invention of a new method in history of art, borrowed from the recently born technology of film.

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UPCOMING ART BOOK FAIRS

October 8th, 2013


© Arnaud Desjardin, The Every Day Press

LE BAL Books week-end, September 6-8, 2013, Paris
The London Art Book Fair, September 13-15, 2013, London
MISS READ, September 19-22, 2013, Berlin
NY ART BOOK FAIR, September 20-22, 2013, New York
The Tokyo Art Book Fair, September 21-23, 2013, Tokyo
Unseen Book Market, September 26-29, 2013, Amsterdam
Vancouver Art/Book Fair, October 5-6, 2013, Vancouver
Salon Light #10, October 5-6, 2013, Paris
Third Issue, October 11-12, 2013, Frankfurt
OffPrint Paris, November 14-17, 2013, Paris
KIOOSK vol.2, November 16-17, 2013, Kraków
Sprint, November 29-December 1, 2013, Milano
Rookie Book Fair, December 7-8, 2013, Poznan
LA ART BOOK FAIR, January 31 – February 2, 2014, Los Angeles
Fahrenheit 39, March 7-9, 2014, Ravenna

ALPHABET BOOKS – Louis Lüthi

October 3rd, 2013

“One Saturday afternoon in the winter of 2009, after visiting Trinity College Library in Dublin, I bought a notebook in a bookstore off College Green. For several years now, I have been collecting alphabet books, that is, books with letters for titles, and in Dublin I decided to start keeping a record or, if you will, a log of these occasional searches. To begin with, I wrote down bibliographic details and cataloged the travels — either my own travels or the shipping history of the book in question — as well as the expenditures involved in finding and acquiring this or that item, but soon my entries became less rigorous. The notebook has a convenient, expandable inner pocket where I keep receipts, and on the inside cover I’ve penciled the following inscription: A, B, C, D, Etc. ”
Alphabet Books, a lecture by Louis Lüthi, October 5, 2014, 8pm, San Serriffe, Amsterdam.

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Portfolios: Martine Syms – Zak Group – Jordy van den Nieuwendijk

October 1st, 2013

Martine Syms, writer, designer and publisher


Zak Group, design and art direction


Jordy van den Nieuwendijk, illustrator


PIN–UP INTERVIEWS

October 1st, 2013

PIN–UP Interviews is a compilation of over 50 of the interviews from PIN–UP magazine, the New York-based biannual architecture and design magazine, since its first issue was published in 2006.
Included in PIN–UP Interviews are the architects David Adjaye, Shigeru Ban, Ricardo Bofill, David Chipperfield, Zaha Hadid, Junya Ishigami, Rem Koolhaas, Peter Marino, Richard Meier, and Ettore Sottsass; artists Daniel Arsham, Cyprien Gaillard, Simon Fujiwara, Boris Rebetez, Oscar Tuazon, Andro Wekua, and Robert Wilson; and designers Rafael de Cárdenas, Martino Gamper, Rick Owens, Clémence Seilles, Hedi Slimane, and Bethan Laura Wood…

Posted in Architecture, Art, Books, Design

Walter Benjamin: Recent Writings

September 22nd, 2013

Walter Benjamin was an influential philosopher and art theoretician, best known for his 1936 essay “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction”. In 1986 — many years after his tragic death — Walter Benjamin reappeared in public with the lecture Mondrian ’63–’69 organized by the Marxist Center in Ljubljana. In recent years, Mr. Benjamin has been an associate of the Museum of American Art in Berlin, giving interviews and publishing articles internationally.
Recent Writing collects nine essays by Walter Benjamin written between 1986 and 2013. Augmented with interviews and an extensive bibliography, these texts cover art, originality, museums, and art history, among other subjects.

Posted in Art, Books

Labyrinth. Four times through the labyrinth

September 21st, 2013

The starting point for this transcript of four lectures, all held in Leipzig in 2010, is a public art work that Olaf Nicolai installed in Paris in 1998. By exploring and combining a broad spectrum of topics that relate to the theme of the labyrinth, Labyrinth. Four times through the labyrinth serves as both, a reference system to Nicolai’s work as well as an independent source book dealing with labyrinthian matter ranging from the minotaur to the floorplans of IKEA.
Exhibition and Book Presentation with Olaf Nicolai, Jan Wenzel & Sadie Plant – who translated the German version into English – September 21, 8.30pm, Pro qm, Berlin.

Posted in Art, Books, Exhibitions

The Truth About Hollis

September 21st, 2013

In the mid-1990s, Stuart Bailey interviewed Richard Hollis as part of his undergraduate thesis on Modernism in the UK. He subsequently became Hollis’s assistant, working with the designer at his home over a period of two years.

The talk The Truth About Hollis – September 26, 7pm, Artists Space, New York, as part of Richard Hollis exhibition – centers on Bailey’s insight into Hollis’s approach to graphic design, and the impact felt on the discipline due to social and technological developments. Stemming from Hollis’s writings on the historical shift towards visual communication as marketing, Bailey expands on how the material qualities of Hollis’s work can serve as heuristics towards a deeper understanding of his discipline.

Posted in Graphic Design

The Billboard Book, project (New York)

September 20th, 2013

The Billboard Book, project (New York) by Jonathan Monk, designed by Benjamin Critton Art Dept., published by Three Star Books, is exhibited on and around the grounds of Moma PS1 on the occasion of the New York Art Book Fair, until September 22, & onwards as is pertinent. It has been previously executed in Paris and London.

Posted in Art, Books, Graphic Design

The Looking Game

September 20th, 2013

The Looking Game is the first installment of “The Subnarratives”, an ongoing project by Mirko Smerdel and M.F.G. Paltrinieri. Taking the shape of a series of case studies, the aim of the collaboration is to investigate the characteristics and nature of photographs as documents and the relationship with the story they tell.

The Looking Game explores the once-secret archive of pictures taken by Rodney Alcala, serial killer and amateur photographer, active between the late 60s and the 70s and imprisoned in the Death Row since 1980.
The book provides an unusual take on the photographic medium starting from the connection between Alcala’s pictures and the alias he adopted while on the run from the police: John Berger, as the famous British art critic and author of the groundbreaking TV documentary Ways of Seeing. Is this only a coincidence? Did Alcala know about John Berger?
The Looking Game, set up a series of connections between Berger’s words and some of the images taken from Alcala’s archive of pictures creating a work that calls into question the act of taking pictures as well as the reproduced image starting from the question: “What makes these pictures so unsettling?”

Talk and booksigning, September 27, 7pm, micamera – lens based arts, Milano.

Posted in Art, Books, Photography

F B S P – This is not a most beautiful books award

September 19th, 2013

Fernand Baudin Students Publications / F B S P is a research project dedicated to contemporary forms of editorial practices. Initiated by members of Prix Fernand Baudin Prijs – Prize for the Most Beautiful Books in Brussels and Wallonia, it links the Belgian student’s context with the international independent publishing scene. It aims to create a common space between students and professionals, research and practice, thinking and making – through events, workshops and research publications. September, 25, 6pm, F B S P will launch its first publication This is not a most beautiful book award at Théophile’s Papers, Brussels.

Voyeur

September 19th, 2013



Using Google’s “Search by Image” function, Artist Emma Souharce processed every single one of the 813 images in Hans-Peter Feldmann’s legendary Voyeur. The result, Voyeur, is half generated, half edited, and certainly most entertaining when read parallel to the original, which delivers a spot-the-difference type of fun.

Posted in Art, Books

Incredibly small photobooks

September 18th, 2013

For several years, Paul Kooiker and Erik Kessels have organized evenings for friends in which they share the strangest photo books in their collections. The books shown are rarely available in regular shops, but are picked up in thrift stores and from antiquaries. The group’s fascination for these pictorial non-fiction books comes from the need to find images that exist on the fringe of regular commercial photo books. It’s only in this area that it’s possible to find images with an uncontrived quality. This constant tension makes the books interesting. It’s also worth noting that these tomes all fall within certain categories: the medical, instructional, scientific, sex, humour or propaganda. Paul Kooiker and Erik Kessels have made a selection of their finest books from within this questionable new genre. Incredibly small photobooks is the second volume (after Terribly awesome photobooks) showing this amazing collection.

Posted in Art, Books, Photography

Willem Sandberg, Portrait of an Artist

September 13th, 2013

After the Second World War, Willem Sandberg (NL, 1897–1984) transformed the Amsterdam Stedelijk museum into a dynamic centre for modern and innovative art and culture. He did this with exceptional creativity and in close collaboration with artists and architects.
Sandberg had distinct ideas about heading up a museum for modern and contemporary art, about the importance of art, about dealing with artists and about his work as typographic designer, but also about social responsibility and community.

The book Willem Sandberg, Portrait of an Artist – designed by Rutger de Vries – is based on interviews with Sandberg (from 1971 and 1981) and offers first-hand insight into questions such as: what does the task of museum director entail; how does art criticism work; what is the essence of being an artist; what does the ideal museum architecture look like; and what is the role of art and the museum in society?

Posted in Art, Books, Graphic Design

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