Bibliotheek: nieuwe aanwinsten - maart 2012

Utopia & Contemporary Art / editors Christian Gether, Stine Hoholt, Marie Laurberg ; texts by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Richard Nobel, Malcolm Miles [ al.]. - Ostfildern : Hatje Cantz Verlag, 2012. - 176 p. : ills. ; 27 cm
Utopia has become a controversial concept, spanning the field between the belief in an ideal society and the dystopian nightmare. Within the last decade, the contemporary art scene has witnessed a return of utopia and utopian thinking. This publication investigates the meanings of utopia in contemporary art. Theorists, critics, and curators discuss the different ways of thinking and performing utopia in contemporary art from a broad range of angles. The essays explore the current relevance of utopia as well as how people in different societies live, think, act, and imagine.

During the Exhibition the Gallery Will Be Closed : Contemporary Art and the Paradoxes of Conceptualism / author Camiel van Winkel. - Amsterdam : Valiz, 2012. - 304 p. : ills. ; 23 cm
Includes bibliography and index.
In this compilation of essays Camiel van Winkel uncovers the conceptual roots of contemporary art. He shows that the art of today as a whole is essentially ‘post-conceptual'. The production and reception of art are determined by the cultural dominance of information, the professionalisation of artistic practices, and the applicability of the criteria of ‘good design'. This post-conceptual perspective offers a new and revealing insight into the systematics of contemporary art and artisthood, in particular with regard to the relation between conceptual and visual aspects, the meaning of theoretical discourse, and the role of institutions and mediators.

Living as Form : Socially Engaged Art from 1991-2011 / edited by Nato Thompson ; texts by Claire Bishop, Maria Lind, Brian Holmes [ al.]. - New York ; Cambridge, Mass. ; London : Creative Time Books : The MIT Press, 2012. - 264 p. : ills. ; 26 cm
Detailing some of the most important socially engaged projects from the last twenty years, this archive will provide key examples, allow insights into methodologies, contextualize the conditions of site, and broaden the range of what constitutes this form. Living as Form is an  international project exploring over twenty years of cultural works that blur the forms of art and everyday life, emphasizing participation, dialogue, and community engagement.
Francis Alys, Jeremy Deller, Fritz Haeg [ al.]

The social life of things : Commodities in cultural perspective / edited by Arjun Appadurai. - first printed in 1986. - Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2011. - 329 p. : ills. ; 23 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
The meaning that people attribute to things necessarily derives from human transactions and motivations, particularly from how those things are used and circulated. The contributors to this volume examine how things are sold and traded in a variety of social and cultural settings, both present and past. Focusing on culturally defined aspects of exchange and socially regulated processes of circulation, the essays illuminate the ways in which people find value in things and things give value to social relations. By looking at things as if they lead social lives, the authors provide a new way to understand how value is externalized and sought after.

Arianne Olthaar : Luxe 1972-1987 / redactie Rob Knijn. - Den Haag : Heden, 2012. - 36 p. : ills. ; 22 cm
Er heeft een Oostblok-luxe bestaan, voor partijbonzen, soms ook uitgelezen arbeiders. Arianne Olthaar legde wat er nog van die wereld over is vast in foto's, kijkdozen, een film en het fotoboekje 'Luxe 1972-­1987'. Deze publicatie is verschenen bij de tentoonstelling Veja Roze H 93 m, in Heden, Den Haag 2012.  

Fashion and Psychoanalysis : Styling the Self / by Alison Bancroft. - London ; New York : I.B. Tauris, 2012. - 238 p. : ills. ; 23 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
In this book, Alison Bancroft re-examines significant moments in twentieth century fashion history through the focal lens of psychoanalytic theory. Her discussion centers on studies of fashion photography, haute couture, queer dressing, and fashion/art in an attempt to shed new light on these key issues. According to Bancroft, problems of subjectivity are played out through fashion, in the public arena, and not just in the dark, unknowable unconscious mind.
By interpreting fashion within a psychoanalytic frame, Bancroft illustrates how fashion articulates some of the essential, and sometimes frightening, truths about the body, femininity, and the self.

Music, Space and Architecture / editors Maarten Kloos, Machiel Spaan ; contributors Justin Bennett, Jacob Voorthuis, Bart Visser [ al.]. - Amsterdam : Architectura & Natura Publishers, 2012. - 160 p. : ills. ; 22 cm. - (Research-Reflections-Projects 05)
De relatie tussen muziek, ruimte en architectuur was onderwerp van een reeks verkenningen en publieksactiviteiten die in 2010 werden georganiseerd door de Academie van Bouwkunst, Stichting Noorderkerkconcerten en Architectuurcentrum Amsterdam. Het doel van Music, Space & Architecture was de relatie tussen muziek, ruimte en architectuur te onderzoeken en de betekenis in relatie tot ervaring van ruimte te duiden. Zowel ruimte als een innerlijke en sociale ervaring, maar ook de beleving van ruimte in de architectonische, stedenbouwkundige en landschappelijke ervaring stonden centraal in het project.

The Art-Architecture Complex / author Hal Foster ; conversation with Richard Serra. - London ; New York : Verso, 2011. - 302 p. : ills. ; 22 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Hal Foster argues that a fusion of architecture and art is a defining feature of contemporary culture. While architects such as Zaha Hadid and Herzog and de Meuron draw on art to reanimate design, architecture has inspired fundamental transformations in painting, sculpture and film, which are also explored here. At the same time Foster points to a "global style" of architecture, as practiced by Norman Foster, Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano, that is analogous to the "international style" of Le Corbusier, Gropius and Mies—a global style that, more than any art, conveys the look of modernity today, both its dreams and its delusions. In these ways Foster demonstrates that "the art-architecture complex" is a key indicator of broader social and economic trajectories and in urgent need of analysis and debate.

Georges Tony Stoll / edited by Marjolaine Calipel and Marianne Lanavère ; texts by Jean-Marc Avrilla, Vincent Simon, Chris Wiley. - Milano ; Noisy-le-Sec : Kaleidoscope : La Galerie, Contemporary Art Centre, 2012. - 48 p. : ills. ; 27 cm. - (Kaleidoscope Supplements)
Publication in conjunction with the exhibition Georges Tony Stoll, a solo show at La Galeria, Contemporary art centre, Noisy-le-Sec, France, 3 December 2011-11 February 2012.

Replacing Home : From Primordial Hut To Digital Network in Contemporary Art / by Jennifer Johung. - Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, 2012. - 222 p. : ills. ; 21 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
The study of architecture and installation from a performance studies perspective is an  emerging research area. Replacing Home introduces a new framework for reconceptualizing spatial situation and presents a new way to experience being and belonging within our globally expanded environments. In a world in which notions of place are constantly changing, Jennifer Johung looks at new constructions of staying in place—in contemporary site-specific art, digital media, portable architecture, and various other imaginable shelters and sites.

Public Idea : Artistic Approaches to the Urban Sphere of Istanbul / editors Antje Feger, Benjamin F. Stumpf. - With texts and images by Yeni Anıt (Istanbul), Volkan Aslan / Nancy Atakan (Istanbul), Irena Eden / Stijn Lernout (Vienna) [ al.]. - Berlin : Revolver Publishing, 2011. - 160 p. : ills. ; 27 cm
Includes biographies of the artists.
To engage in Istanbul implies dealing with many open questions. One example is the difficulty of defining public space due to complex historical conditioning and diversity. Different life forms and opposites exist in parallel; the historical and the contemporary city, tradition and modernity, periphery and centre. The main focus is placed on the artists' perspectives and personal approaches towards the city.

Education / edited by Felicity Allen. - London ; Cambridge, Mass. : Whitechapel Gallery : The MIT Press, 2011. - 240 p. ; 21 cm. - (Documents of Contemporary Art)
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Education is one of a series documenting major themes and ideas in contemporary art.
This book will be an original and indispensable resource for all who believe in the importance of art in the wider educational realm. Framing the recent "educational turn" in the arts within a broad historical and social context, this anthology raises fundamental questions about how and what should be taught in an era of distributive rather than media-based practices.

Ruins / edited by Brian Dillon. - London ; Cambridge, Mass. : Whitechapel Gallery : The Mit Press, 2011. - 240 p. ; 21 cm. - (Documents of Contemporary Art)
Includes bibliographical references and index
This anthology provides a comprehensive survey of the contemporary ruin in cultural discourse, aesthetics, and artistic practice. It examines the development of ruin aesthetics from the early modern era to the present; the ruin as a privileged emblem of modernity's decline; the relic as a portal onto the political history of the recent past; the destruction and decline of cities and landscapes, with the emergence of "non-places" and "drosscape"; the symbolism of the entropic and decayed in critical environmentalism; and the confusing temporalities of the ruin in recent art--its involution of timescales and perspectives as it addresses not just the past but the future.

Against Architecture / by Franco La Cecla ; translated from the Italian by Mairin O'Mahony. - first published in 2008. - Oakland ; San Fransisco : PM Press : The Green Arcade, 2012. - 120 p. : ills. ; 19 cm
The book is a passionate and erudite charge against the celebrities of the current architectural world, the "archistars." According to Franco La Cecla, architecture has lost its way and its true function, as the archistars use the cityscape to build their brand, putting their stamp on the built environment with no regard for the public good. He issues a call to rethink urban space, to take our cities back from what he calls Casino Capitalism, which has left a string of failed urban projects. He finds hope and some surprising answers in the 2006 uprisings in the Parisian suburbs and in wandering the streets of San Francisco.

Panic Attack! : Art in the Punk Years / edited by Mark Sladen and Ariella Yedgar ; texts by Rosetta Brooks, Carlo McCormick, Stephan Willats [ al.]. - London ; New York : Merrell Publishers, 2007. - 224 p. : ills. ; 29 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Punk is most commonly associated with music, fashion and graphics, but its rebellious and iconoclastic spirit also found expression in the visual arts. "Panic Attack!" explores British and American art between 1974 and 1984, a period not only of economic and social crisis but also of remarkable cultural energy, when art became increasingly politicized just as society at large was moving towards conservatism. Many of the artists featured were part of a dynamic interdisciplinary scene that embraced both art and music.
Genesis P-Orridge, Cerith Wyn Evans, Mike Kelley [ al.]

The Vertical Village : Individual, Informal, Intense / concieved, produced and edited by MVRDV and The Why Factory. - Rotterdam : NAi Publishers, 2012. - 528 p. : ills. ; 21 cm
Includes biographies.
The architecture practice MVRDV and The Why Factory envision a new model for the development of Asian cities. Their idea is The Vertical Village, a three-dimensional community intended to bring back personal autonomy, diversity, flexibility and neighbourhood life to cities in Asia. This book then introduces two tools: The VillageMaker© and The HouseMaker©, with which to design a dream house and find a dream location. The book also offers a glimpse into what it would be like to live in a ‘Vertical Village'.

All Over The Map : Writings on Buildings and Cities / author Michael Sorkin. - London : New York : Verso, 2011. - 394 p. : ills. ; 24 cm
All Over the Map is an urgent response to the radical changes in contemporary architecture and the built environment witnessed in the twenty-first century. These essays explore pressing questions of architectural and urban design, and critical issues of public space and participation. Whether castigating the sorry performance of the architectural avant-garde, considering the nature of place in globalized culture, or providing mock instructions for entering a high-security environment, these writings make a powerful and provocative case for architecture and urban design to re-engage with the lives and societies from which they have become increasingly detached.

Nest 2007-2012 / redactie Eelco van der Lingen ; tekst André Kruysen, Alexander Mayhew, Navid Nuur [ al.]. - Den Haag : Nest, 2012. - 74 p. : ills. ; 22 cm. - nederlands / english
Een boek met vier jaar Nest en twaalf essays over de waardering van de beeldende kunst. Nest is een kunstenaarsinitiatief in Den Haag opgericht in 2007.

Iratxe Jaio & Klaas van Gorkum : Complicidades = Complicities = Konplizitateak / texts by Leire Vergara, Iñaki Martínez de Albéniz, Gabriel Villota. - Vitoria-Gasteiz : Servicio Central de Publicaciones del Gobierno Vasco, 2011. - 100 p. : ills. ; 26 cm
This publication has been realized within the framework of the XX. edition of Gure Artea prize.The artists Iratxe Jaio (Markina, 1976) and Klaas van Gorkum (Delft, 1975) received the award in 2008 in the twentieth edition of the biannual Gure Artea, the prize organised by the Basque Government, Department for the Promotion of Culture.

Ownership in the Hybrid City / by Michiel de Lange & Martijn de Waal. - Amsterdam : Virtueel Platform, 2012. - 52 p. : ills. ; 21 cm
Includes bibliography.
This study explores the concept of ownership as a design approach for the contemporary city. Digital media technologies are becoming increasingly influential in daily urban life.
How can we implement these technologies in such a way that they make and maintain the city as a liveable and vibrant environment? How can we best design urban areas where citizens feel at home, feel empowered to engage with shared issues and interests, and feel a sense of ‘ownership' in these issues? In what ways can the e-culture sector contribute to bolstering a sense of ownership in urban society?

Robert Smithson: Art in Continual Movement : A Contemporary Reading : Models of Spectatorship; Art, Research, Ecology; Documentation; Museum, Media, Society; The Cinematic / edited by Ingrid Commandeur and Trudy van Riemsdijk-Zandzee ; with texts by Anja Novak, Max Andrews, Sven Lütticken [ al.]. - Amsterdam : Alauda Publications, 2012. - 240 p. : ills. ; 28 cm
Robert Smithson: Art in Continual Movement is not an academic monograph but a case study which opens up to a number of topics, still relevant in contemporary art. The central figure in this book is the American artist Robert Smithson, who achieved cult status in the international art scene during the 1960s and 1970s and continues to generate great interest among artists and curators to this day. In 1971, Smithson realized the famous Land Art work Broken Circle/Spiral Hill for the exhibition Sonsbeek 71 in Emmen, the Netherlands. It is one of only three Land Art works in the world by Smithson that still remain preserved. For the first time, this book brings together a complete selection of archival material related to the work.

Haarscherp : Een feministisch fototijdschrift uit 1977 / bezorgd door Arjan de Nooy. - Den Haag : Arjan de Nooy, 2012. - 56 p. + 4 p. : ills. ; 30 cm
Acht fotografen, zeven vrouwen en één man, zijn door De Nooy portfolio-gewijs in het eerste nummer van 'Haarscherp' bijeengebracht. Bij de portfolio's staan interviews met de fotografen. 'Haarscherp' is het eerste nummer van een feministisch fototijdschrift uit 1977. Het (fictieve) eerste nummer heeft de boekhandels nooit bereikt, het is in de opslag van de drukker blijven steken. Arjan de Nooy kwam de pallets met de vergeten oplage ‘per toeval' op het spoor, hij besloot het nummer alsnog de wereld in te sturen.