Bibliotheek: nieuwe aanwinsten - oktober 2015

Phyllida Barlow : Sculpture 1963-2015 / edited by Fiona Bradley ; texts Fiona Bradley, Frances Morris, Phyllida Barlow. - Ostfildern : Hatje Cantz Verlag, 2015. - 240 p. : ills. ; 25 cm
Includes biography.
British artist Phyllida Barlow (*1944 in Newcastle upon Tyne) has been creating sculptures and expansive installations for over fifty years. Using simple materials such as plywood, cardboard, fabric, plaster, paint, and plastic, Barlow's physically impressive and materially insistent sculptures ask questions about our relationship to objects, and about objects' relationships to us.

Rosemarie Trockel / edited by Yilmaz Dziewior ; texts by Johanna Burton, Beate Söntgen, Sam Pulitzer. - Köln : Walther König, 2015. - 216 p. : ills. ; 31 cm
Includes biography and bibliography
Published for the exhibition at Kunsthaus Bregenz, 24 January - 6 April 2015. Rosemarie Trockel has conceived a solo exhibition that  includes numerous new works. She has not only created multiple relationships within her own work, but has also addressed the traditions, materials, and crafts, along with  the dialect of the Vorarlberg region. The diversity
of her work is displayed in sculptures, photographs, and wool pieces as well as in installations which question not only social norms but as always the art system itself.


Gestern oder im 2. Stock : Karl Valentin, Komik und Kunst seit 1948 / hrsg. Michael Glasmeier, Wolfganf Till ; text Elmar Buck, Ernst Buschor, Nana Koschnick [ al.]. - München : Verlag Silke Schreiber, 2009. - 240 p. : ills. ; 27 cm
Mit Bibliographische Daten.
Der Katalog versammelt künstlerische Werke von Fluxus bis heute, die sich der mimetischen Verwandlung, des Sprachspiels, der Tücke des Objekts, der Destruktion, Unsinnsproduktion und damit einer radikalen Komik bedienen, in der Valentins Geist unbekümmert weiter lebt. Es geht also in dieser Ausstellung weniger um eine neuerliche Interpretation der Ideen Valentins, sondern um bestimmte Strategien, Komik in der zeitgenössischen Kunst zwischen Witz, Melancholie und Albernheit zu praktizieren. Mit Werken von über 50 Künstlern, u. a. John Baldessari, Samuel Beckett, Joseph Beuys u.v.a.

The Internet Does Not Exist / Edited by Julieta Aranda, Brian Kuan Wood, Anton Vidokle ;
contributions by Julian Assange, Franco "Bifo" Berardi, Benjamin Bratton, Diedrich Diederichsen, Keller Easterling, Rasmus Fleischer, Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, Ursula K. Heise, Brian Kuan Wood, Bruno Latour, Geert Lovink, Patricia MacCormack, Metahaven, Gean Moreno, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Jon Rich, Hito Steyerl]. - Berlin : Sternberg Press, 2015. - 320 p. ; 18 cm. - (e-flux journal)
The internet does not exist. Maybe it did exist only a short time ago, but now it only remains as a blur, a cloud, a friend, a deadline, a redirect, or a 404. If it ever existed, we couldn't see it. Because it has no shape. It has no face, just this name that describes everything and nothing at the same time. Yet we are still trying to climb onboard, to get inside, to be part of the network, to get in on the language game, to show up on searches, to appear to exist. But we will never get inside of something that isn't there. Networks are all edges, as Bruno Latour points out. We thought there were windows but actually they're mirrors. And in the meantime we are being faced with more and more—not just information, but the world itself.

From Counterculture to Cyberculture : Steward Brand, the Whole Earth Network, and the Rise of Digital Utopianism / by Fred Turner. - Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2008. - 328 p. : ills. ; 23 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
In the early 1960s, computers haunted the American popular imagination. Bleak tools of the cold war, they embodied the rigid organization and mechanical conformity that made the military-industrial complex possible. But by the 1990s—and the dawn of the Internet—computers started to represent a very different kind of world: a collaborative and digital utopia modeled on the communal ideals of the hippies who so vehemently rebelled against the cold war establishment in the first place.

Digital Tailspin : Ten Rules for the Internet After Snowden / by Michael Seemann. - Amsterdam  : Institute Of Network Cultures, Hogeschool van Amsterdam, 2015. - 64 p. ; 23 cm
Privacy, copyright, classified documents and state secrets, but also spontaneous network phenomena like flash mobs and hashtag revolutions, reveal one thing - we lost control over the digital world. We experience a digital tailspin, or as Michael Seemann calls it in this essay: a loss of control or Kontrollverlust. Data we never knew existed is finding paths that were not intended and reveals information that we would never have thought of on our own. But that doesn't mean we are lost. A new game emerges, where a different set of rules applies. To take part, we need to embrace a new way of thinking and a radical new ethics - we need to search for freedom in completely different places.

Final Vocabulary : On searching for new languages / essays by Federica Bueti, Malak Helmy, Francis McKee, Haytham El Wardany, Brian Kuan Wood. - Berlin : Sternberg Press, 2015. - 112 p. ; 21 cm. - english / Arabic
Five essays that take an intimate look at what language's role is in moments of dramatic change, and how to find meaning for artistic practices in these transformative conditions. Taking its cue from the aftermath of the events of the Egyptian Revolution in 2011, Final Vocabulary doesn't provide answers as much as it captures the spirit of the moment of searching in which the writers find themselves.

The Enchantment of Modern Life : Attachments, Crossings, and Ethics / by Jane Bennett. - Princeton ; Oxford : Princeton University Press, 2001. - 212 p.; 23 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
As Bennett describes it, enchantment is a sense of openness to the unusual, the captivating, and the disturbing in everyday life. It is a commonplace that the modern world cannot be experienced as enchanted -- that the very concept of enchantment belongs to past ages of superstition. Jane Bennett challenges that view. She seeks to rehabilitate enchantment, showing not only how it is still possible to experience genuine wonder, but how such experience is crucial to motivating ethical behavior. A creative blend of political theory, philosophy, and literary studies, this book is a powerful and innovative contribution to an emerging interdisciplinary conversation about the deep connections between ethics, aesthetics, and politics.

KEEP SMILE / concept and design The Rodina - Tereza Ruller, Vit Ruller. - Banská Štiavnica : Štokovec Publishing House , 2014. - 24 p. + poster : ills. ; 30 cm
KEEP SMILE is a permanent memorial to the labor-heroism of the young generations, that are united under the God Internet, a faithful son of neoliberal capitalism.
Data size of 17.5 gigabytes created during one hour of US software companies, programmed by the Indian programmer with the active help of Chinese hardware.


Mikhail Karasik : Colour is Optics / compiled and edited by Serge-Aljosja Stommels and Albert Lemmens. - Eindhoven : Van Abbemuseum, 2015. - 90 p. : ills. ; 29 cm
The Russian artist Mikhail Karasik (born 1953) specialises in graphics, in particular, art books of lithographs.  Colour is Optics contains a series of graphic works he made in response to a manual on colour theory by Mikhail Matyushin, Spravotsjnik po tsvetoe (Reference on Color), which was published in 1932.

The Dissident's Travel Guide / Artist book by Tudor Bratu. - Bucharest ; Amsterdam : Tudor Bratu, 2014. - 2 parts: 176 p. : ills. ; 24 cm + 28 p. : ills. ; 17 cm
The result of three years research, the artists' publication The Dissidents' Travel Guide includes photography, essay's, transcripts of documentary video's, and the series Commissioned Drawings. The material has been gathered, found, made, or commissioned, during different travels, most notably in Romania (2010-2012) and China (2011). The images on this webpage are previews of random spreads from the book.
The publication was part of the exhibition A Disquieting Suggestion (after Macintyre), at Lokaal 01, Antwerp.

A Practical Guide to Unconscious Reasoning / by Marcus Coates. - London : Book Works ; Create London, 2014. - 288 p. : ills. ; 18 cm
Using a series of exercises and increasingly in depth ‘trips', the book sets out clear and concise steps to enable individuals and groups to access their imagination and unconscious reason, to work on behalf of others. Using a series of exercises such as ‘Becoming a Bat', ‘Crawling', ‘Draw a Sound' and ‘Impersonating a Human', Marcus Coates has developed his own practical techniques to solve problems that we might otherwise remain dumbfounded by.

In Praise of Shadows / author Junichiro Tanizaki ; foreword Charles Moore ; afterword Thomas J. Harper. - London : Vintage Books, 2001. - 74 p. ; 20 cm
The text ranges over architecture, jade, food, toilets, and combines an acute sense of the use of space in buildings, as well as perfect descriptions of lacquerware under candlelight and women in the darkness of the house of pleasure. The essay forms a classic description of the collision between the shadows of traditional Japanese interiors and the dazzling light of the modern age.

The Invention of the Western Garden : The History of an Idea / authors Matteo Vercelloni and Virgilio Vercelloni. - Glasgow : Waverley Books, 2010. - 280 p. : ills. ; 30 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
The book examines the concept of 'garden' in how it has been absorbed into the culture of 'urban planning' today. The Renaissance Italian garden spread as a concept and design throughout Italy and beyond to France, Germany, Bavaria, Austria, Bohemia, the Netherlands, Spain and Portugal until the 18th century, when the ideas of Lancelot Brown and William Kent (that the garden encompassed the whole landscape) took hold and the English came to lead the world in landscape gardening. In the 19th century there was the concept of the public garden - a garden for everyone.