Bibliotheek: nieuwe aanwinsten - februari 2012

Before the Law : Post-War Sculptures and Spaces of Contemporary Art / editors Kasper König and Thomas D. Trummer. - Köln : Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, 2011. - 192 p. : ills. ; 26 cm
The exhibition Before the Law not only demonstrates the persistent topicality and expressiveness of postwar figurative sculpture, but through its historical context also puts into focus the humanistic potential of contemporary art. In times of increasing insecurity and fast-paced living, it seems necessary to address a type of art that insists on earnestly coming to terms with the human condition.
Pawel Althamer, Joseph Beuys, Reg Butler [ al.]

Not To Play With Dead Things / texts Eric Mangion, Marie de Brugerolle, Catherine Wood [ al.]. - Nice : Villa Arson, 2009. - 232 p. : ills. ; 24 cm
Documenting works by artists dealing with performative issues between the 1960s and today (from Paul McCarthy to Jessica Warboys, Spartacus Chetwynd or John Bock), this catalogue questions the nature and the relevance of "performative" objects in contemporary practices.
Published for the exhibition at the Villa Arson, Nice, France, from February to May 2008.

Landform Building : Architecture's New Terrain / edited by Stan Allen and Marc McQuade. - Baden : Lars Müller Publishers, 2011. - 480 p. : ills. ; 25 cm
The book is a sustained look at the evolving relationship between architecture and landscape, with a specific focus on geomorphic megastructures—that is, buildings that look like mountains and other earth forms—vegetative ornament, including green roofs, and complex interpenetrations between architecture and the surface of the earth, semi-subterranean structures, structures penetrated by bedrock, and so forth.

Lara Almarcegui : Projects, 1995-2010 / edited by Latitudes ; texts by Cuauhtémoc Medina, Lars Bang Larsen. - Berlin : Archive Books, 2011. - 220 p. : ills. ; 27 cm
This is the first publication presenting an overview of the last fifteen years of artistic practice by Lara Almarcegui. The main part of the publication is formed by detailed documentation of the artist's works and publications companioned by new descriptive texts written by the editors. These are presented in the following sections: ‘Demolition', ‘Excavation', ‘Construction materials', ‘Ruins', ‘Wastelands' (survey, access, and preservation).

Up Close / text and photography by Welmer Keesmaat. - Den Haag : Welmer Keesmaat, 2012. - 32 p. : ills. ; 22 cm
Up Close examines how I have made contact with other people, with my surroundings, with objects and with myself. The images are the result of an intuitive process, produced at moments when, for me, contact is very close - or very far away.

Het boek van het gedrukte boek : Een visuele geschiedenis
/ samenstelling en redactie Mathieu Lommen : tekst John A. Lane, Adriaan Plak,  Johan de Zoete [ al.]. - Amsterdam ; Tielt : Amsterdam University Press : Lannoo, 2012. - 464 p. : ills. ; 33 cm
Bevat literatuurlijst en index.
Binnen de Bijzondere Collecties van de Universiteit van Amsterdam vormt grafische vormgeving - van affiche- tot boek- en letterontwerp - een prominent zwaartepunt.
In dit rijk geïllustreerde boek zijn werken bijeengebracht die de canon van meer dan vijfhonderd jaar westerse boekvormgeving illustreren. Het gedrukte boek in al zijn gedaanten: als naslagwerk en kunstwerk, als ‘machine à lire' en beeldboek, en als prestigeboek en wegwerppocket. Extra aandacht is er voor drukkershandboeken, die inzicht geven in het drukproces, en voor kalligrafie boeken en letterproeven, die de letter in een breder kader plaatsen.
John Baskerville, William Morris, El Lissitzky, Jan Tschichold, Irma Boom [ al.]

De Stad als Interface : Digitale Media en Stedelijke Openbaarheid / proefschrift van Martijn de Waal. - Amsterdam : Martijn de Waal, 2012. - 345 p. ; 24 cm
Bevat literatuurlijst.
De opkomst van digitale en mobiele media heeft belangrijke gevolgen voor de manier waarop mensen stedelijke ruimtes gebruiken en ervaren. Digitale media grijpen volgens het onderzoek van De Waal op twee manieren in op de manier waarop deze stedelijke openbaarheid functioneert. Enerzijds gebruiken stedelingen technologieën als de mobiele telefoon om zich ruimtes toe te eigenen en van een openbare sfeer een private sfeer te maken. Daartegenover staat dat digitale media kunnen worden ingezet om de tijdelijke overlap tussen verschillende netwerken zichtbaar te maken en zo op een nieuwe manier een stedelijke openbaarheid in het leven te roepen. Stedelingen kunnen deze media ook inzetten om zelf een publiek domein in de stad tot leven te roepen door zich rond een specifieke issue te organiseren. Denk bijvoorbeeld aan de ‘Facebook-revoluties' in de Arabische Lente.

Chisinau - Arta Cercetare in Sfera Publica = Chisinau - Art, Research in the Public Sphere / editor Stefan Rusu. - Chisinau : Centrul pentu Arta Contemporana - [KSA:K], 2011. - 486 p. : ills. ; 24 cm
Includes bibographies.
The project aim is to explore the dominant institutional and political discourses that have shaped the society and the urban landscape of the city of Chisinau (Republic of Moldova) in the course of its recent history. CHISINAU - Art, Research in the Public Sphere is a cross-disciplinary platform that will investigate the connections between political and cultural symbols and propaganda and its impact on the urban environment, the interference between personal narratives and imported ideologies and cultural discourses in relation to the public sphere. The project components theoretical seminar, practical workshops, interdisciplinary conference will look deeply into the recent changes that have shaped the social and cultural environment in the 20 years following the fall of the Berlin wall and the demise of the socialist system.

Open Design Now : Why Design Cannot Remain Exclusive / editors Bas van Abel, Lucas Evers, Roel Klaassen, Peter Troxler. - Amsterdam : BIS Publishers, 2011. - 320 p. : ills. ; 24 cm
Design is undergoing a revolution. Technology is empowering more people to create and disseminate designs, and professionals and enthusiasts are using it to share their work with the world. Open Design Now: Why Design Cannot Remain Exclusive surveys this emerging field for the first time. Insiders including John Thackara, Droog Design's Renny Ramakers and Bre Pettis look at what's driving open design and where it's going. They examine new business models and issues of copyright, sustainability and social critique.

Future Harvests : The Next Agricultural Revolution / by Christophe Pelletier. - Vancouver : The Food Futurist, 2011. - 258 p. : ills. ; 23 cm
A book with true foresight! Published in the summer of 2010, long before the current hype, it already announced new food price hikes and the potential for unrest in the Arab world. This was all over the news in early 2011! And Future Harvests contains many more predictions of what will come. Read about the future before everyone else!

Krijn de Koning : Vides pour un patio / texts Blandine Chavanne, Alexis Jakubowicz, Milica Topalovic. - Lyon : Fage Editions, 2011. - 68 p. : ills. ; 30 cm
For the last exhibition in the patio before extensions to the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nantes, begin, Dutch artist Krijn de Koning will be taking over this remarkable setting with a monumental site-specific work. The piece in question is a powerful, compact construction made up entirely of white partition walls: in this combination of the monumental and the sober the artist abandons the colour that has so far been such a marked feature of his work. Taking possession of the entire patio, he brings radical change in terms of volumes and surfaces: unexpected angles and shifting points of view force visitors to see the site in a totally new light, encouraging them to actively develop a mobile, panoramic perceptual approach.

Generous Structures / edited by Binna Choi and Axel Wieder ; contributions by Ruth Buchanan, Paul Elliman, Merijn Oudenampsen [ al.]. - Utrecht ; Berlin : Casco : Sternberg Press, 2011. - 392 p. : ills. ; 20 cm. - (Casco Issues XII)
By taking the idea of playing and the metaphor of the game as a starting point, the publication addresses what might be called a ‘ludic turn' - the impact of the notion of play and gaming methods in various research fields and cultural work. Most prominent in the Internet industries and interactive media landscapes, but also in theoretical reflections, historical research, and the work of artists and designers, we are experiencing an interest in play as an educational tool or model for participation.

Collapse VII : Culinary Materialism / edited by Reza Negarestani and Robin Mackay ; contributions by Iain Hamilton Grant, John Gerrard and Michael A. Morris [ al. - Falmouth, UK : Urbanomic, 2011. - 620 p. : ills. ; 18 cm. - (Collapse: Journal of Philosophical Research and Development)
Drawing on resources ranging from anthropology to chemistry, from hermetic alchemy to contemporary mathematics, Collapse VII: Culinary Materialism undertakes a trans-modal experiment in culinary thinking, excavating the cultural, industrial, physiological, chemical and even cosmic grounds of cookery, and proposing new models of culinary thought for the future.

Roman Wolgin : Denying Everything Is The Essence Of My Nature / essay Hans Hartog de Jager ; redactie Rob Knijn. - Den Haag : Heden, 2011. - geen paginering : ills. ; 23 cm
Bij de tentoonstelling van Roman Wolgin in Heden, Den Haag, is deze publicatie verschenen met tekeningen die Wolgin de afgelopen vijf jaar heeft gemaakt.

Over mensen en zaken in het Hofkwartier : Waar de Hagenaar de Hagenees ontmoet / tekst Koos Aardoom ; fotografie Ton Wienbelt. - Den Haag : Uitgeverij De Nieuwe Haagsche, 2011. - 128 p. : ills. ; 28 cm
Bevat literatuurlijst.
Dit boek sluit aan bij die herinneringen aan het Hofkwartier in het centrum van Den Haag, door ze vast te leggen, uit te diepen en van achtergrond te voorzien. De lezer maakt kennis met het Hofkwartier in een twintigtal portretten. Het gaat om mensen van velerlei pluimage die deze buurt een eigen gezicht geven. Ook de lange geschiedenis van het Hofkwartier komt aan bod. Zo stammen de bochtige Papestraat en Molenstraat uit de veertiende eeuw. Rond 1400, wordt ook aan de bouw van een voorloper van de Grote Kerk begonnen.

500 x Art in Public Space / by Chris van Uffelen. - Salenstein, Switzerland : Braun Publishing, 2012. - 312 p. : ills. ; 29 cm
Includes index.
Works of art make a substantial contribution to cultural identification. When they are placed in a public place, this function is enhanced. However the artwork also acknowledges other tasks: it figuratively announces content in the traditional role, standing as the image of a ruler or at least serves as decoration, while in the Modern period they become increasingly space defining or shaping.

Eavesdropping : The Indiscretions of the Ear / edited by Matteo Marangoni. - Den Haag : Stichting Centrum, 2011. - 22 p. : ills. ; 21 cm
Attempting to contain sound inside buildings is like trying to hold water in clasped hands. In terms of acoustic isolation, architectural barriers often fall short of their warrants. This is just more evident if we compare the indiscretion architecture allows the ear to the privacy it grants to the eye. Sound tends to spill out of charted borders, it ignores concepts of property, it is a perpetual trespasser.
Anne Wellmer, BMB con., Jeroen Uyttendaele [ al.]

Fosfor : A Project by  Ad de Jong and Gijs Frieling / text and images Ad de Jong, Gijs Frieling, Marloes Staal, Janneke Sauer. - Den Haag : Walden Affairs, 2011. - 58 p. : ills. ; 21 cm. - (Walden Publication #1)
"Fosfor" 2011, an open place in the city, colaboration with Ad de Jong. Wall- and glasspaintings, sculpture, furniture, food, conversation, on all three floors of Walden Affairs, The Hague.

Social Movements in the (Post-) Neoliberal City / by Margit Mayer. - London : Bedford Press, 2010. - 56 p. ; 19 cm
Social Movements in the (Post-)Neoliberal City discusses the implications of the current economic crisis for the Right to the City movements, and speculates about what these movements might imply for designing the (post-)neoliberal city.
The Civic City Cahier series, launched by Jesko Fezer and Matthias Görlich in 2010, intends to provide material for a critical discussion about the role of design for a new social city. It publishes short monographic texts by authors who specialise in urban and design theory and practice.

Our House in the Middle of the Street : 10 Jaar Kunsthuis SYB / redactie Maja Bekan, Irene Kromhout ; tekst Frans-Willem Korsten, Maria Lind, Danielle van Zuijlen [ al]. - Beesterzwaag : Kunsthuis SYB, 2012. - 220 p. : ills. ; 24 cm. - nederlands / English
Het pand van Kunsthuis SYB in Beetsterzwaag doet sinds 2000 dienst als residentie voor projectkunstenaars. De publicatie 'Our House in the Middle of the Street' kijkt terug met het oog op de toekomst. Er wordt gefocust op projecten waarbij een relatie aangegaan is met het huis of de organisatie van SYB, met andere kunstenaars of kunstinstellingen, of met de fysieke omgeving van SYB: Beetsterzwaag.