Bibliotheek: nieuwe aanwinsten - september-oktober 2014

Glass! Love!! Perpetual Motion!!! : A Paul Scheerbart Reader / Edited by Josiah McElheny and Christine Burgin. - Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2014. - 320 p. : ills. ; 27 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
German writer, critic, and theorist Paul Scheerbart (1863-1915) died nearly a century ago, but his influence is still being felt today. Considered by some a mad eccentric and by others a visionary political thinker in his own time, he is now experiencing a revival thanks to a new generation of scholars who are rightfully situating him in the modernist pantheon. Glass! Love!! Perpetual Motion!!! includes the influential architectural manifesto Glass Architecture and his literary tour-de-force Perpetual Motion: The Story of an Invention, next to a selection of his fantastical short storiesthis original material. Several essays by scholars, novelists, and filmmakers were commissioned for this publication to illuminate Scheerbart's importance, then and now, in the worlds of art, architecture, and culture.

Coming Soon : Real Imaginary Futures / introduction Saskia van Stein ; texts Piet Vollaard, Lara Schrijver. Lukas Feireiss [ al.]. - Maastricht : Bureau Europa, 2014. - 112 p. : ills. ; 21 cm
Coming Soon is an exhibition about this desire for an imaginary reality: an eclectic overview of utopian efforts, stories, and practices through the history of mankind. An extensive archive of illustrative examples, particularly from Western cultural and visual history, provides the basis for a genealogy of utopian images and ideas. In addition to this historical overview, a cinematic "Docutopia" is developed. After literature, film is considered to be the medium of choice for imagining other worlds.

Max Weber and the Culture of Anarchy / edited by Sam Whimster. - London : Palgrave Macmillan Press, 1999. - 236 p. : ills. ; 22 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
These specially commissioned set of essays explore the close interrelation of culture and anarchy within the patriarchal confines of Wilhelmine Germany. The book presents the first complete publication (in both English and German) of a series of letters written by Max Weber in 1913 and 1914 during his stays at the anarchist settlement of Ascona. The letters show Weber debating with the issues of free love, eroticism, patriarchy, anarchism, terrorism, pacifism, political and personal convictions and power.
The book reveals Max Weber's involvement in the case of Otto and Frieda Gross. In its day this was a cause celebre, where radical feminism and anarchism fought the established patriarchalism of Germany and Austria. The essays show how anarchisms - sexual, political and social - provided a creative solution to authoritarianism. The book will lead to a re-consideration of Weber's realist theory of power.


Ascona : Bezield paradijs / door Enno van der Eerden. - Amsterdam : Uitgeverij Bas Lubberhuizen, 2012. - 376 p. : ills. ; 22 cm. - (Het Oog in 't Zeil Stedenreeks)
Bevat Noten, Bibliografie en Personenregister.
Ascona, in het zuiden van Zwitserland, was begin twintigste eeuw een toevluchtsoord voor utopisten en idealisten. Op de idyllisch gelegen Monte Verità wendden ze zich af van de materialistische samenleving en predikten ze een heilzaam bestaan van vegetarisme, geheelonthouding, naturisme en een eenvoudig leven in de natuur.
Later oefende de plek een onweerstaanbare aantrekkingskracht uit op schrijvers, schilders, anarchisten, politieke vluchtelingen, avonturiers en levenskunstenaars uit heel Europa. Wat hen bond, was hun zoektocht naar vrijheid en inspiratie.


Lapdogs of the Bourgeoisie : Class Hegemony in Contemporary Art / edited by Nav Haq and Tirdad Zolghadr ; contributors Neil Cummings, Chris Evans, Marion von Osten [ al.]. - Berlinn : Sternberg Press, 2009. - 176 p. : ills. ; 24 cm
Includes biographies.
Lapdogs of the Bourgeoisie investigates the latent issue of class underlying the field of contemporary visual art. Class inevitably raises awkward questions regarding the very participants, their backgrounds, patrons, and ideological partialities. This is perhaps the reason why the role of class structure has been so easily overlooked in the production and presentation of contemporary art, especially so in an era where artists are coaxed into anthropological framings of their practice. What was it that made gender, sexuality, ethnicity, and nationality eclipse the class issue with such ease?

Revolution I Love You : 1968 in Art, Politics and Philosophy / edited by Maja and Rueben Fowkes ; with contributions by Heath Bunting, Oliver Ressler, Lukasz Ronduda [ al.]. - Manchester ; Thessaloniki ; Budapest : MIRIAD Manchester Metropolitan University : CACT Thessaloniki : Trafo Budapest, House of Contemporary Arts, 2008. - 264 p. : ills. ; 22 cm
Revolution, I Love You is a slogan from May '68 that recalls the exuberance, deep desire for change and belief in the possibility of freedom illuminating a precious moment of universal revolt. The exhibition investigates 1968 as an interlude of liberty and global resistance, focussing on the interplay between the politics of the street, radical philosophy, and the explosion of creative responses in the period.
This accompanying publication considers the interconnection of art, politics and philosophy in 1968 across a divided Europe. It is a mosaic of interviews, statements and essays by prominent theorists, historians, curators, cultural workers and artists that shows the multi-polar and interrelated experience of that extraordinary year.


We / by Yevgeny Zamyatin. - London : Penguin Books, 1993. Originally published in 1924. - 224 p. ; 20 cm
Includes bibliographical references.
In the One State of the great Benefactor, there are no individuals, only numbers. Life is an ongoing process of mathematical precision, a perfectly balanced equation. D-503, chief architect of the Integral, decides to record his thoughts. A chance meeting with the beautiful 1-330 results in an unexpected discovery that threatens everything D-503 believes about himself and the One State. The discovery -- or rediscovery -- of inner space...and that disease the ancients called the soul.

'Pataphysics : A Useless Guide / by Andrew Hugill. - Cambridge Mass. ; London : The MIT Press, 2012. - 275 p. ; 24 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Of all the French cultural exports over the last 150 years or so, ‘pataphysics--the science of imaginary solutions and the laws governing exceptions--has proven to be one of the most durable. Originating in the wild imagination of French poet and playwright Alfred Jarry and his schoolmates, resisting clear definition, purposefully useless, and almost impossible to understand, ‘pataphysics nevertheless lies around the roots of Absurdism, Dada, Futurism, Surrealism, and Situationism. Drawing on more than twenty-five years' research, Hugill maps the ‘pataphysical presence in literature, theater, music, the visual arts, and the culture at large, and even detects ‘pataphysical influence in the social sciences and the sciences.

Loophole to Happiness / edited by Maja and Rueben Fowkes ; with contributions by Franco Bifo Berardi, Adam Chodzko, Ciprian Muresan [ al.]. - Budapest :, 2011. - 128 p. : ills. ; 21 cm
The group show Loophole to Happiness takes as its starting point the existence of loopholes on the margins of social and economic systems that enhance personal freedom and offer the potential for pleasure and fulfilment. Capitalism has perfected the technique of absorbing criticism and by mobilising creativity and social intercourse in order to generate value, created a system based on new forms of exploitation and the endless pressure of production.
The exhibition examines the possibility of imagining exceptions, finding escape routes and evading the smooth surface of the neo-liberal capitalist order from the particular standpoint of worker's resistance strategies in socialist Eastern Europe.


Too Much World : The Films of Hito Steyerl / edited by Nick Aikens ; texts by Sven Lütticken, Karen Archey, Ana Teixeira Pinto [ al.]. - Berlin : Sternberg Press, 2014. - 248 p. : ills. ; 21 cm
Includes biography and bibliography.
Published to accompany the artist's survey exhibitions at the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, and the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, Too Much World gathers a series of essays and close readings of Steyerl's films from the past ten years. This publication is a charged slideshow of the artist's extraordinary investigations into the status, circulation, and materiality of images.

Solution 196 - 213 : United States of Palestine- Israel / editor Joshua Simon ; texts by Maayam Amir, Yael Bartana, Alessandro Petti [ al.]. - Berlin : Sternberg Press, 2011. - 128 p. ; 18 cm. - (Solution series edited by Ingo Niermann)
Includes biographies.
Solution 196-213: United States of Palestine-Israel is an anthology of texts proposing a doable solution for the region. Unlike previous books in the Solution series, this book invited several writers from the region to suggest specific and doable solutions for today. This is mainly since it seems absurd to present a one-man master plan for Palestine-Israel. The idea is therefore to rethink the different antagonisms that structure our ways of resistance and compliance: to rethink Semitism and 1948, rethink identity and territory, rethink resistance and memory, rethink democracy and state, rethink Zionism and decolonization, rethink refugee and property, rethink religion and solution.

Solution 11 - 167 : The Book of Scotlands / by Momus. - Berlin : Sternberg Press, 2009. - 160 p. ; 18 cm. - (Solution series edited by Ingo Niermann)
Includes biographies.
The Book of Scotlands will outline, in a numerical sequence, one hundred and fifty-six Scotlands which currently do not exist anywhere. At a time when functional independence seems to be a real possibility for Scotland a delirium of visions, realistic and absurd, is necessary. Published in the Solution series edited by Ingo Niermann, The Book of Scotlands will provide one answer—and a few more—to this appeal for focused dreaming about potential parallel world Scotlands.

Going Public / author Boris Groys ; edited by Julieta Aranda, Brian Kuan Wood, Anton Vidokle. - Berlin : Sternberg Press, 210. - 168 p. : ills. ; 18 cm. - (e-flux journal)
Includes bibliographical references
If all things in the world can be considered as sources of aesthetic experience, then art no longer holds a privileged position. Rather, art comes between the subject and the world, and any aesthetic discourse used to legitimize art must also necessarily serve to undermine it. In Going Public Boris Groys looks to escape entrenched aesthetic and sociological understandings of art—which always assume the position of the spectator, of the consumer. Let us instead consider art from the position of the producer, who does not ask what it looks like or where it comes from, but why it exists in the first place.

City Village of To-Morrow : Can Cities Become Sustainable? / by Per Stenholm. - Bromma, Sweden : Kulturdoktorn AB, 2014. - 202 p. : ills. ; 24 cm
Includes bibliographical references.
Do you have the feeling that there might be something fundamentally wrong with the sustainability debate of today? Do you have the feeling that we might be tangled up in the discussion and management of sustainability details without comprehending the sustainability of the whole? This is not a book about pollution and climate change. It is not a book about sustainable metropolises, high tech power solutions of the future or urban vertical gardens. It is not a book about miracles. It is a book about the very basics of sustainability, about the differences and similarities between cities and villages, about eco-utopian thoughts throughout the ages, about an eco-utopian vision founded on the conclusions of the earlier chapters, and, about the sustainability prospects of villages, cities and our civilization.