Barbara Forever

I met Barbara Hammer and Every Ocean Hughes (who then went by Emily) on the same night in 2011. From my journal, dated May 8th of that year: . . . last night went to the Kitchen for Emily Roysdon’s A Gay Bar Called Everywhere. A collective theater experiment with a large cast of friends and acquaintances. Was very piqued and moved—various representations of clichés and pathos and themes of ‘our community’. Barbara Hammer homage to Claude Cahun. Vanessa Anspaugh and Aretha Aoki’s duet re: passive-aggressive friend-love, many more vignettes. Met Emily at Julius after and shared a cab home—new friend? ...

I Like Your Work: Art and Etiquette

The first small book from Paper Monument, originally published in 2009 and now in its sixth printing. Features contributions from thirty-eight artists, critics, curators, and dealers on the sometimes serious and sometimes ridiculous topic of manners in the art world.

Some Instructions for the Sharing of Private Property

Contributor Claire Fontaine
This book is a tale of seduction. It reveals how to win the resistance of closed doors that we all face each day. We can read that a lock is not a hostile obstacle to our desire but a new potential lover, whose interiority we have to see with the eyes of the soul and whose qualities and defaults we have to imagine. A world of silent dialogues between unanimated beings and humans discloses itself in these pages. Chapter after chapter, a disquieting light is shed on the triad of the artist, the consumer and the lock-picker, all belonging to ...

Draw it with Your Eyes Closed: The Art of the Art Assignment

Draw It with Your Eyes Closed: the Art of the Art Assignment is a unique and wide-ranging anthology featuring essays, drawings, and assignments from over one hundred contributors including John Baldessari, William Pope.L, Mira Schor, Rochelle Feinstein, Bob Nickas, Chris Kraus, Liam Gillick, Amy Sillman, James Benning, and Michelle Grabner. Bringing together assignments, anti-assignments, and artworks from both teachers and students from a broad range of institutions, we hope it simultaneously serves as an archive and an instigation, a teaching tool and a question mark, a critique and a tribute.

Between Artists: John Baldessari and Barbara Bloom

A witty and elegant visual exchange around the uses and functions of chairs doubles as an excuse to address a number of the artists’ interests and working methodologies. A conversation that has developed through years of friendship, deep admiration and understanding of each other’s work, this book presents Baldessari and Bloom at the peak of their form.

The Machine Stops

“You who listen to me are in a better position to judge about the French Revolution than I am. Your descendants will be even in a better position than you, for they will learn what you think I think, and yet another intermediate will be added to the chain. And in time…there will come a generation…which will see the French Revolution not as it happened, nor as they would like it to have happened, but as it would have happened, had it taken place in the days of the Machine.” E.M. Forster wrote his one work of dystopian science fiction, The ...

Between Artists: Harrell Fletcher and Michael Rakowitz

Harrell Fletcher and Michael Rakowitz share a lively conversation largely composed of anecdotes and first person narratives that addresses central and shared concerns in both artists’ practice. Discussions about the pedagogy of art, social practice, story-telling, sincerity, community-oriented projects, and documentary strategies are interwoven with analysis of some of the artists’ key works.

Dear_Tony

Dear_Tony (2013) is an unauthorized, distributed retrospective of the public sculptures of Tony Smith by Christian de Vietri and A.E. Benenson. Addressed as much to the deceased sculptor and his practice as our contemporary audience, Dear_Tony rethinks the artist’s historic investigations into modular construction, phenomenology, and public space within the contexts of digital fabrication, interactivity, and networked communication. At the same time, Dear_Tony is a means to reflect on the form of the retrospective and how its requirements may be adapted to contemporary conditions of viewership. Dear_Tony consists of a digital sculpture by Christian de Vietri, which is composed of extractable models ...

100 Notes - 100 Thoughts: Raimundas Malašauskas

People sometimes get irritated if you ask them the same question again, especially if it happens in the same conversation. Yet sometimes they provide different answers immediately, or let’s say two minutes after the first (think of the Oracle in The Matrix, or Bill Clinton during his trial). However, when there are forty years in between two identical questions, there’s a big chance of getting the same answer. This does not a priori mean that nothing has changed or that things have remained the same…

60 wrd/min art critic

The following was announced on the windows of a small blue house at dOCUMENTA (13): The 60 wrd/min art critic is available. ­Reviews are free of charge, and are written here on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays ­between the hours of 1 and 6 p.m. Lori Waxman will spend 25 minutes ­looking at submitted work and writing a 200-word review. Thoughtful responses are guaranteed. Completed reviews will be ­published in the Hessische/­Niedersächsische­Allgemeine (HNA) weekly, and will remain on view here throughout ­dOCUMENTA (13). This book collects together all 241 reviews written during the d13 performance, with an afterword by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev. LIST OF ARTIST ...

A Children's Book of Farming in Le Cateau-Cambrésis

A children’s book on agriculture in Le Cateau brings together drawings by students from three classes at three different schools in the region to partner with Musée Matisse Le Cateau-Cambrésis, located in rural northern France. At the invitation of Carrie Pilto, director of the museum, artist Harrell Fletcher joined by Nolan Calisch and Molly Sherman proposed instructions for children to illustrate a text on the agricultural history of the region. This book traces the first meeting between these artists and the inhabitants of Le Cateau and its environs, beginning a series of participatory projects initiated by Musée Matisse Le Cateau-Cambrésis. Made on ...

A Simulated Future Amid Collapse

Contributors Josh Kolbo, John Beeson
As the physical world degrades and so corrodes the credibility of institutions that enable consumption, the status quo in the global north goes virtual. Within a short time, we’ve witnessed a rapidly increasing capacity to design, simulate and conjure a virtual perception of reality with exactitude and definition. Our ability to simulate reality has come to match our ability to record it. We’re able to simulate and produce a photographic image of an object without any need for the object itself. The same goes for retouched images and the act of retouching. As a result, images no longer need to ...

A: Art

Contributors Angie Keefer, Stuart Bailey
Invited to Stockholm in spring of 2015 to work with the graduating MA and BA students of the Royal Institute of Art on “making a publication,” the two foreign editors of A:Art (Stuart Bailey and Angie Keefer) instead found themselves swept into the death throes of a decades-old struggle between rival institutions over the current identity and possible future of a national art scene. The book is a chronological account of events that unfolded among the Academy, the art school, its students, assorted government ministries, and the Swedish press, with accompaniment from various outside texts, including Raymond Williams’ Keywords, an ...

Address Not Found

Center for Experimental Lectures

This collection of digital objects scratches the surface of some of the questions we like to puzzle over the most: What are the possibilities for public speaking now? How is learning something we do with our bodies? What is the materiality of acquiring knowledge? And what is important about being in a room with others, watching something together? We hope these 10 works offer some methods for reconsidering the possibilities of showing each other things in public.

After Brad Troemel

Contributors Chris Coy, Artie Vierkant
“After Brad Troemel” (ABT) is an artist book conceived for the JstChillin exhibition “Read/Write” at 319 Scholes in Brooklyn in 2011. The book—originally published in a limited edition of 20—took as its conceptual core the characterization of artist Brad Troemel as a genius and a mastermind analyzed through the lens of conspiracy theory and amateur internet sleuthing. According to artist and writer Artie Vierkant, who wrote the introduction to this edition, ABT is not “about Brad Troemel, nor any of the myriad names or identities that are mentioned in its pages. ABT is about the construction of identity in a mediated ...

Against Biography

Contributor Irena Haiduk
Two figures go out into this world and traverse it: the explorer and the imposter. The explorer stands on terra firma, surveying the horizon that magnetically pulls him. Sometimes Fernweh (in German, “yearning for the faraway”) produces an explorer who never returns, but his traveling is still made possible by the knowledge that he could return at any time. e image of the explorer appends a few basic corollaries to the nature of the Western image and the way it renders history. is Western image is weightless, infinitely thin, hovering above everything, including history. It is reproducible on all channels, ...

Against Comming App

Contributor Cara Benedetto
fifty five cent twix they asked in a chorus at the lights. how do we creepshow whe re in the money? new daddies abound. some kind of tif trick. -999999996666666 i know it’s time to true turn out around. it must be time for some kind. of refill. my period is here agin. ugh. I’m finally running low On marzipan Three fifty Ritter Web based mobile app.

AGNES

Contributor Cécile B. Evans
What is AGNES? AGNES is a digital commission by Cécile B. Evans, the first in a series of digital commissions that coincided with the launch of the new Serpentine website and the opening of the Serpentine Sackler Gallery. AGNES introduces herself in stages: like a person, she cannot be experienced in totality through a single encounter. Who is AGNES? AGNES lives on the website. She wants to share things with you and learn about your thoughts and feelings. The more you give back, the further AGNES will accompany you on your digital encounter with the Serpentine Galleries. She will introduce you to the ...

Alif

Contributor Sreshta Rit Premnath
This sixteen page book is titled ‘Alif, after the first letter and numeral of the Arabic language, which are both written with a single stroke. The book contains a series of love poems possibly written by the seventh century arab poet Abu Nuwas, to his contemporary, the alchemist Jabir Ibn Hayyan. The poems are said to be carried out by the poet according to rigorous parameters set by the alchemist.

All the Men Who Think They Can be Me

Contributor Mary Ellen Carroll
What would it be like if one day everyone you encountered said that they were you. Would you let them assume your identification, knowing that ultimately they can only be themselves. These questions are what Carroll provokes us with in All the men that think they can be me.

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