Bibliotheek: nieuwe aanwinsten - januari 2012

Project Japan : Metabolism Talks... / by Rem Koolhaas and Hans Ulrich Obrist ; editors Kayoko Ota with James Westcott, OMA/AMO. - Köln : TASCHEN, 2011. - 720 p. : ills. ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Between 2005 and 2011, architect Rem Koolhaas and curator Hans Ulrich Obrist interviewed the surviving members of Metabolism—the first non-western avant-garde, launched in Tokyo in 1960, in the midst of Japan's postwar miracle. Project Japan features hundreds of never-before-seen images—master plans from Manchuria to Tokyo, intimate snapshots of the Metabolists at work and play, architectural models, magazine excerpts, and astonishing sci-fi urban visions—telling the 20th century history of Japan through its architecture.

Distributed Agency, Design's Potentiality / by Tom Holert ; foreword by Matthias Görlich & Jesko Fezer. - Londen : Bedford Press, 2011. - 58 p. ; 19 cm. - (Civic City Cahier 3)
Includes bibliographical references.
Tom Holert intends to reframe and re-imagine design in post-capitalist terms. By tracing the appearance of the term ‘design' in contemporary critical theory he develops an optimistic micro-political approach, which tries to go beyond well-rehearsed figures of critique, namely, those accusing design of being complicit with capitalist commodification and, ultimately, exploitation. With the help of a 'weak theory' built upon small-scale endeavors of networked solidarity, this text argues for design's capacity to engage with the local and the particular.

Circular Facts / editors Mai Abu ElDahab, Binna Choi, Emily Pethick ; texts Anthony Huberman, Francis McKee, Krist Gruijthuijsen [ al.]. - Berlin : Sternberg Press, 2011. - 96 p. : ills. ; 27 cm
Circular Facts discusses the role of "small" contemporary art organizations in the cultural field and how they envision their futures. The book offers ten perspectives on the subject with contributions by The Artist's Institute, New York; CCA, Glasgow; Kunstverein, Amsterdam [ al.]

The Destructive Character = Het destructieve karakter / by Dick Raaijmakers replying to Walter Benjamin ; edited by Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei. - Eindhoven : Onomatopee, 2011. - 184 p. : ills. ; 21 cm. - english / nederlands
The Destructive Character is a commentary on an essay form 1931 by the German cultural philosopher Walter Benjamin, which bears the same title and is included in this publication. In his reaction, Raaijmakers focuses on the fact that the destructive character knows of only one activity: clearing away. "Creative clearing," destructively discovering news paths, makes us understand that every destruction always implies a new beginning. By means of a series of telling examples, from Fluxus and Glenn Gould to Laurel & Hardy, John Cage, and his own work, electronics pioneer, multimedia artist and theorist Dick Raaijmakers (1930) discusses the characteristics and the peculiarities of the destructive character inside and outside the arts.
978-90-78454-65-6 (Nederlands) / 978-90-78454-66-3 (English)

Crossing : From Middelheim Museum to the City and Back Again / concept Jeroen Boomgaard, Ulrike Lindmayer and Hans Wuyts ; with contributions by Guillaume Bijl, Christoph Fink, Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven [ al.]. - Gent : CAHF (Contemporary Art Heritage Flanders), 2011. - 96 p. : ills. ; 23 cm
The Middelheim Museum is one of the four museums in Flanders to house a contemporary art collection. With Crossing. From the Middelheim Museum to the City and Back Again the museum aims to shed light on its specific and unique capacity, namely the interaction between the museum collection and the public space of the City of Antwerp.

Karel Martens : Printed Matter = Drukwerk / edited by Robin Kinross, Jaap van Triest & Karel Martens ; text by Robin Kinross, Karel Martens, Koosje Sierman en Hugues Boekraad. - London : Hyphen Press, 2010 (third edition). - 208 p. : ills. ; 24 cm. - english / nederlands
Includes bibliographical references.
The first edition of Printed matter was published on the occasion of the award to Karel Martens of the Dr A.H. Heineken Prize for Art in 1996. This book looks for new ways to show and discuss the work of a designer and artist, and is offered in the same spirit of experiment and dialogue that characterizes the work it presents.

Snelwegverhalen / concept Melle Smets, Bram Esser ; beeld Melle Smets ; tekst Bram Esser. - Rotterdam : Uitgeverij 010, 2011. - 496 p. : ills. ; 22 cm
Snelwegverhalen is een reisgids, cultuurkritiek en schelmenroman ineen, en onderzoekt de betekenis van de snelweg met betrekking tot Nederland. Het biedt een verslag van een dertig dagen durende snelwegexpeditie. Snelwegverhalen laat zien hoe er rondom de snelweg een typisch Nederlandse 'streek' is ontstaan van parkeerplaatsen, bedrijventerreinen, wegrestaurants, ecoducten en factory-outlets. Door de gastronomie, de geschiedenis en de folklore van de snelweg aan een kritisch onderzoek te onderwerpen ontstaat er een divers en gelaagd beeld van plekken die doorgaans te alledaags worden gevonden om er goed naar te kijken.

Performance and the Contemporary City : An Interdisciplinary Reader / edited by Nicolas Whybrow ; texts by Geoff Dyer, Keith Piper, Iain Sinclair [ al.]. - New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2010. - 301 p. : ills. ; 23 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Whybrow's interdisciplinary collection of urban writings demonstrates how performance is 'at work' in the city.  His selection highlights both diversity and the potential for interaction, drawing attention to the possible identities produced by the multi-faceted nature of the modern metropolis.  

Performance and the City / edited by D.J. Hopkins, Shelley Orr and Kim Solga. - New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. - 269 p. : ills. ; 22 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Urban Studies has long understood the city as a 'text'. What would it mean now to rethink that metaphor? In answer to that question, Performance and the City imagines civic spaces built on, and through, theatre and performance of all kinds. This book explores an interdisciplinary range of topics, including: theatre and urban policy development; architecture, trauma, and memory; urban performance history; site-specific performance and urban politics; sexuality and nationality in urban performance; and environmental performance theory.

Archizines / editedt by Elias Redstone ; texts by Adam Murray, Rob Wilson, Mimi Zeiger [ al.]. - London : Bedford Press, 2011. - 152 p. : ills. ; 22 cm
Archizines showcases 60 new publications from over 20 countries alongside critical texts  that explore the relationship between architecture and publishing today. Themes addressed include the role of publishing in academia and architectural practice, and the representation of architecture in fictional writing, photography, magazines and fanzine culture.

Zeger Reyers : Paviljoen = Pavilion / tekst Sandra Smallenburg, Sara Weyns, Peter Oei, Clement Caremans. - 96 p. : ills. ; 22 cm. - nederlands / english
Bevat biografie.
Publicatie ter gelegenheid van de tentoonstelling van Zeger Reyers in Antwerpen, Middelheimmuseum 31.10.10 - 16.01.11.

Erwin Wurm : Wear Me Out
/ edited by Middelheim Museum, Antwerp, and Gemeentemuseum, The Hague ;  with an interview with the artist by Sara Weyns, Benno Tempel, and Laura Stamps ; an introduction by Menno Meewis, Philip Heylen, and Benno Tempel. - Ostfildern : Hatje Cantz Verlag, 2011. - 144 p. : ills. ; 28 cm. - english / nederlands
Austrian artist Erwin Wurm (*1954) works with videos, drawings, sculptures, photos, and installations that take on anything but traditional forms. This artist's book presents Wurm's latest work: furniture, drawings, outdoor sculptures, and—for the first time—clothing, developed in collaboration with the innovative Belgian fashion designer Walter Van Beirendonck.

Nathan Coley : The Ballast Project / foreword by Danilla Cahen ; text by Tanja Karreman. - Amsterdam : Het Scheepvaartmuseum, 2011. - 2 parts. - 72 p. : ills. ; 23 cm / 52 p. : ills. ; 23 cm
Publication about the process behind The Ballast Project, by the British artist Nathan Coley. It includes the years of correspondence among the advisors and institutions it took to be able to acquire the 17th century bricks that had sailed along with VOC ships to different Dutch colonies. There are photos of the journey that the bricks made, copies of original travel documents, and photos of the ultimate artwork. This 2.5 x 15 meter wall, constructed from historic bricks, is permanently on view in the North Hall of the recently renovated Maritime Museum in Amsterdam.

Resonanties : Verkenningen tussen kunst en wetenschappen / redactie Marcel Cobussen ; tekst Stefan Belderbos, Eline Slagboom, Gerard Unger [ al.]. - Leiden : Leiden University Press, 2011. - 168 p. : ills. ; 23 cm
Bevat index.
In Resonanties. Verkenningen tussen kunsten en wetenschappen tonen 16 wetenschappers en kunstenaars een waaier aan artistieke en wetenschappelijke overlappingen en verschillen, invloeden en tegenstellingen, inspiraties en spanningsvelden.
Wat is de relatie tussen muziek en geneeskunde? Wat hebben performance-kunst en godsdienstwetenschappen met elkaar te maken? En hoe kunnen theater en sociale wetenschappen met elkaar verbonden worden? De vakken zijn jarenlang strict van elkaar gescheiden geweest, maar de kunsten en wetenschappen vinden steeds meer punten van overeenkomst.

Feast : Why Humans Share Food / author Martin Jones. - Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2007. - 364 p. : ills. ; 23 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A huge part of our social lives is spent eating in company. How did eating together become such a common occurrence for man? In Feast, archaeologist Martin Jones presents both historic and modern scientific evidence to illuminate how humans first came to share food and the ways in which the human meal has developed since that time. He also shows how our culture of feasting has had far-reaching consequences for human social evolution.

Pandora's Seed : Why the Hunter-Gatherer Holds the Key to Our Survival / author Spencer Wells. - New York : Random House, 2011. - 230 p. : ills. ; 20 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Ten thousand years ago, our species made a radical shift in its way of life: We became farmers rather than hunter-gatherers. Although this decision propelled us into the modern world, renowned geneticist and anthropologist Spencer Wells demonstrates that such a dramatic change in lifestyle had a downside that we're only now beginning to recognize. Growing grain crops ultimately made humans more sedentary and unhealthy and made the planet more crowded.

The Wonderful Future That Never Was : Flying Cars, Mail Delivery by Parachute, and Other Predictions from the Past / by Gregory Benford and the editors of Popular Mechanics. - New York ; London : Hearts Books, 2010. - 208 p. : ills. ; 24 cm
Index of predictions by year.
Between 1903 and 1969, scientists and other experts made hundreds of predictions in Popular Mechanics magazine about what the future would hold.