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Es sind die 2020er Jahre, es ist kompliziert. Und es gibt einen Skandal: Saraswati ist WEISS! Schlimmer geht es nicht. Denn die Professorin in Düsseldorf war eben noch die Übergöttin aller Debatten über Identität – und beschrieb sich als Person of Colour. Für ihre Studierende Nivedita bricht eine Welt zusammen... Mit beglückender Selbstironie und befreiendem Wissen erzählt IDENTITI davon, was uns alle ausmacht.

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Let’s say a blank page is not actually blank. In fact, let’s say it is anything but blank. Devoid of colour, yet infinitely colourful; full of possibilities for multicoloured pens and literally covered by multitudinous life forms. It turns out that even the emptiest page is technically more than full – it’s alive. Do microbes respond to colour on paper? Can spontaneous doodles give rise to new species? Based on Antonie van Leeuwenhoek’s term for microorganisms, this age-fluid book considers a world where the smallest is suddenly in control of the largest. Its illustrations function as an exploration into morphological occurrences, rejecting the goal-oriented, the figurative and the categorical. Following a traditional format, these pages attempt to open up a creative bypass. To draw is to embrace mutational forms, and to colour in these pages is to understand that many possible forms may emerge as a bear or a bacterium. We are what we draw. Time then to let those animalcules express the possible colours of kingdoms to come.

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As transnational extractivism, neo-fascist politics, and economies of abandonment and disposability expand around the world, can we facilitate situated practices of storytelling and worldmaking that enliven futures propelled by the forces of indignation, desire, and relationality? Despite Dispossession: An Activity Book extends an invitation to restore and reinvent bonds of reciprocity with the land, humans, and non-humans, while envisioning transformative and shared horizons. This collaborative endeavor takes as its point of departure the contested realities and public struggles of the dispossessed. Bringing together seven site-sensitive engagements, the contributors develop their artistic works, as well as speculative tools and activities, to conjure worlds to come in the ruins of dispossession. The result is a combination of subtle theoretical reflection, pluriversal modes of inquiry, and unruly epistemic intervention. Drawing its inspiration from decolonizing methodologies, Black aesthetics, and epistemologies of the South, the project gathers these influences for a novel experiment that demonstrates how arts-based researchers confront dispossession through itinerant practices of resistance.

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Assignments can give instructions, describe an exercise, present a problem, set out rules, propose a game, stimulate a process, or simply throw out questions. Taking a Line for a Walk brings attention to something that is often neglected: the assignment as a pedagogical element and verbal artefact of design education. This book is a compendium of 224 assignments, edited by Nina Paim and coedited by Emilia Bergmark. A reference book for educators, researchers, and students alike, it includes both contemporary and historical examples and offers a space for different lines of design pedagogy to converge and converse. An accompanying essay by Corinne Gisel takes a closer look at the various forms assignments can take and the educational contexts they exist within. Taking a Line for a Walk derived from an exhibition of the same name at the International Biennial of Graphic Design Brno 2014.

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D for Dummy Woman, M for Monster’s Tools, S for Style Defense, U for Unstable Signs – the Glossary of Undisciplined Design looks into undisciplinarity as a feminist unpacking of the field of graphic design, of dogmatic rules, discriminatory structures and a particularly one-sided canon. Carried by a decidedly fragmentary and collective backbone, the GUD handbook combines a multitude of theories and narratives of varying densities – from visual essay, hands-on experiment, interview or advertorial, to poem, speculative tale and academic writing. With around 55 contributions by 20 international designers, activists, educators and theorists, the Glossary of Undisciplined Design explores role models, tools and dissent. Contributions: Clara Balaguer, Sheila Levrant de Bretteville, Ece Canlı, Hackers & Designers, Markus Dreßen, Sara Kaaman, Anja Kaiser, Jungmyung Lee, Vincent Schier, Rebecca Stephany, Franciska Zólyom, Studierende der Staatlichen Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe, and others Glossary of Undisciplined Design is a joint initiative instigated by designer/educators Anja Kaiser and Rebecca Stephany. Kaiser is active in feminist contexts and in the club culture scene, where she seeks to carve out space for resistance. Stephany’s polyphonic cultural practice is fuelled by intersectional social critique, undisciplined research tools, and an unquenchable desire for imagery.

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Das Pendant zum großen Bildatlas: Stimmen zu Entwendungen, Translokationen und Rückgaben in berühmten und unbekannten Texten von der Antike bis in die Gegenwart. Die Frage der Restitution geraubter und enteigneter Kulturgüter ist nicht neu, es handelt sich vielmehr um eine Frage, die unweigerlich mit allen Kriegen in der Menschheitsgeschichte und den damit einhergehenden wechselnden Herrschafts- und Besitzverhältnissen verknüpft ist – und über die sich Intellektuelle und Autoren aller Zeiten und Kulturen den Kopf zerbrochen haben. Schon der antike Geschichtsschreiber Polybios tritt vehement gegen die Zurschaustellung erbeuteter griechischer Kunst in Rom auf, Cicero stellt die Frage, ob die Ankäufe eines sizilianischen Statthalters ohne Zwang vonstattengegangen seien. Auch Petrarca und Goethe haben zu dieser Frage Stellung bezogen, ebenso wie Victor Hugo und Emil Nolde. Bis hinein in die Gegenwart, über Aimé Césaire und François Mitterrand zu Aminata Traoré reichen die rund sechzig Quellen, die in diesem Band abgedruckt, kontextualisiert und analysiert werden. Sie machen deutlich: Europas Kunstsammlungen müssen sich der Frage der Provenienz stellen, wenn sie weiterhin als Stätten des Kulturtransfers und der Wissensvermittlung gelten wollen – und nicht als Orte der hegemonialen Machtdemonstration.

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Weltgeschichte in Bildern neu erzählt: vom wechselhaften Leben der Objekte zwischen Erwerb, Entwendung und Restitution. Im Zentrum dieses prächtigen Bildatlas steht die Ikonographie von »Beutenahmen« und »Entwendungen«, »Beschlagnahmungen«, »Zwangsgaben« oder schlicht und einfach: Raubgütern. Erzählt wird Weltgeschichte hier nicht nur über Objekte im Kontext ihrer Entstehung oder Präsentation, sondern im Spiegel der wechselhaften Eigentumsverhältnisse, in denen sie sich befanden, und der Besitzansprüche, die an sie gestellt werden. Diese den Gegenständen eingeschriebenen Beziehungen sind bis heute geprägt von Macht- und Überlegenheitsansprüchen. Und: Weltgeschichte kann nicht ohne Kolonialismus erzählt werden, die europäische Moderne nicht ohne Rassismus. Dieser verblüffende Bildatlas enthüllt diese Geschichte und zeigt, dass über alle Zeiten hinweg Darstellungen solcher Entwendungen auch Unrecht dokumentiert haben. Die Bilder sind gekonnt inszeniert und immer mit der Absicht verbunden, die eigene Sammlungstätigkeit als Ausweis der eigenen Überlegenheit zu entwerfen. In ihrer Zusammenschau, die einen weiten historischen Bogen spannt – vom neuassyrischen und römisch-antiken Relief über Karikaturen und Gemälde aus Zeiten Napoleons bis hin zu den Kolonialismus dokumentierenden Fotografien und aktueller Kunst –, wird ein System sichtbar, von dem Museumssammlungen und -bestände im Globalen Norden profitiert haben und das dieser Band mutig ins Bewusstsein holt: Es gilt zuweilen nicht nur zurückzublicken, sondern auch zurückzugeben. Immer schon entstand Eigentum auch durch Diebstahl. Und das Sammeln war selten unschuldig.

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Kunst im öffentlichen Raum findet sich in Berlin überall, manchmal versteckt und oft auch prominent platziert. Nach 1945 begann im Osten wie im Westen ein Boom der öffentlichen Skulpturen. Vieles ist aus der Mode oder in Vergessenheit geraten, vieles wird kaum noch wahrgenommen, manches nicht mehr verstanden, oft fehlt das Hintergrundwissen um zu verstehen. Der Kunst-Stadt-Führer Marmor will die wichtigsten und bedeutsamsten öffentlichen Skulpturen ins Bewusstsein holen. Verschiedene Spaziergänge laden zur physischen und mentalen Erkundung der Hauptstadt ein. Das Buch soll ein Kunst-Entführer sein, Entdeckungsreisen anbieten und ein kaum genutztes Potenzial der Stadt zugänglich machen - und das: umsonst und draußen. Es richtet sich an kunstinteressierte Berliner, Touristen und Freunde der Stadt.

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Adrian Williams. The Curve focuses on the sunset, the moment between day and night structuring our days into a before and an after. Our baring witness to the sunset relies on the specific constellation of time and place, events bound to the trajectory of the sun. The book is composed of three reflections on this space of transition as the sun slips beyond our line of sight. The horizon, the line between earth and sky becomes a surface for projection, for form in the absence of it, and although the sun sets every day, its movement familiar and predictable, it is nevertheless spectacular. The Curve is based on a performance of the same name by the U.S. artist Adrian Williams, realized in 2019 with six musicians at Preußenstadion home of the third-division soccer team SC Preußen Münster. At sunset, the stadium became the setting for an acoustic intervention of light and sound. The book extends the performance beyond its original venue with Münster’s Preußenstadion as its starting point. The three authors introduce encounters at dusk from different perspectives and tell stories linked to the course of the sun. Merle Radtke shares memories of sunsets seen and the art historical relationships to the natural spectacle we award them. From a rooftop in Washington, D.C., Matthathias Schwartz reenacts The Curve, listening to recordings from the stadium in Münster, at another place and time. Adrian Williams writes through the piece of the piece, voicing a possibility for the work’s intent. These three texts are wound between Williams’ photographs of sunsets at dusk: light on clouds, a reflection in a window, the glow behind a mountain. These images are always evidence of an instance recorded, of having been present at a time and place, for the meeting of the sun at the horizon.

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100% Cotton, 2 color silk screen print

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Morceaux choisis is the first seminal overview of Saâdane Afif’s artistic practices. The publication features 48 exhibitions or performances organized in 28 separate sections, covering a period of 14 years. Starting with Melancholic Beat at Museum Folkwang, Essen in 2004 and leading up to the recent exhibition Musiques pour tuyauterie, at mor charpentier, Paris in 2018, the monograph considers the format of the exhibition as Saâdane Afif’s medium, through which his work takes form and can be read. Each one of the figuring exhibitions form an individual booklet: the pages with full color reproductions of the individual works and installation views are inserted within four additional pages providing the exhibition’s title, description, details and captions. These 28 booklets form the body of the publication. The exhibition texts have been written by Lily Matras and Yasmine d’O. They are accompanied by an interview of Saâdane Afif by Lili Reynaud-Dewar, two critical texts by Zoë Gray and Jörn Schafaff, an index of the exhibited works and an index of Afif ’s released books and records.

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‘Meet girls. Take drugs. Listen to music.’ In Rave, cult German novelist Rainald Goetz takes a headlong dive into nineties techno culture. From the cathartic release on the dance floor to the intense conversations in corners of nightclubs and the after-parties in the light of dawn, this exhilarating, fragmentary novel captures the feeling of debauchery from within. Dazzling and intimate, Rave is an unapologetic embrace of nightlife from an author unafraid to lose himself in the subject of his work.

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In November 2019, Paul B. Preciado was invited to speak in front of 3,500 psychoanalysts at the École de la Cause Freudienne’s annual conference in Paris. Standing up in front of the profession for whom he is a ‘mentally ill person’ suffering from ‘gender dysphoria’, Preciado draws inspiration in his lecture from Kafka’s ‘A Report to an Academy’, in which a monkey tells an assembly of scientists that human subjectivity is a cage comparable to one made of metal bars. Demonstrating the discipline’s complicity with the ideology of sex, gender and sexual difference dating back to the colonial era, Preciado was heckled and booed and unable to finish. The lecture, filmed on smartphones, ended up published online, where fragments were transcribed, translated and published with no regard for exactitude. Eighteen months on, Can the Monster Speak? is published in a definitive translation for the first time.

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Amateur is the first comprehensive publication about Wendelien van Oldenborgh’s moving image works, and their accompanying installations. Developed over the past ten years of her practice, these works explore communication and interaction between individuals, often against the backdrop of a unique public location, in order to cast attention on repressed, incomplete, and unresolved histories. Through the staging of these encounters on film, van Oldenborgh enables multiple perspectives and voices to coexist, and brings to light political, social, and cultural relationships and how they are manifested through social interactions. The publication is generously illustrated and brings together a wealth of texts by artists, curators, and writers who have been key interlocutors with van Oldenborgh, and who each offer in-depth observations and reflections on a work from her oeuvre. These authors include Nana Adusei-Poku, Ricardo Basbaum, Frédérique Bergholtz, Eric de Bruyn, Binna Choi, David Dibosa, Denise Ferreira da Silva, Avery F. Gordon, Tom Holert, Nataša Ilić, Charl Landvreugd, Sven Lütticken, Anna Manubens, Ruth Noack, and Grant Watson. Amateur is published in conjunction with the Heineken Prize for Art, which van Oldenborgh received in 2014 and is supported by the Mondriaan Fund. Copublished with If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution, and The Showroom

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This beautifully designed monograph exhibits Elisabeth Wild’s kaleidoscopic and vibrant collages. Using cutouts of commercial imagery from glossy magazines, Wild composes a dimensionless reality that is witty yet menacing, ancient yet immortal. Imagining figures that are structural and anatomical, her work presents a shimmering dream logic. Wooden totems and stone altars, woven rugs and precious stones are the cosmic architectural inhabitants that unveil the artist’s fantasies. Wild began her prolific collage production in her seventies while living in Basel shortly before she moved to Guatemala—another in a series of significant transatlantic crossings undertaken in her life. In 1938, at the age of sixteen, her family fled Vienna to Buenos Aires to escape the Nazi threat. She continued her fine-art studies in her new home, later working as a textile designer. In 1962, Wild and her family traveled back across the Atlantic, to Basel, to escape the Perón dictatorship. There she ran an antique shop. In 1996, she left for Panajachel, Guatemala, where she lived with her daughter, the artist Vivian Suter, and continued working on her collages until her death in 2020. Along with Wild’s collages, this publication includes contributions by poet Negma Coy, curator Adam Szymczyk, art educator and writer Barbara Casavecchia, art historian and critic Noit Banai, and gallerist Karolina Dankow of Karma International, all which frame the importance of this singular artist’s work and life.

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The circus is a drama that extends its own means, and the metaphor of its name (itself clowning around with the word) is widespread across the art industry, financial world, and, of course, anything to do with performance. For four years during the mid-aughts, photographer, video and film artist Ieva Epnere immersed herself in the life of the Riga Circus – a type of traditional circus that cherishes the respectful use of animals, operating on a circus-family model (skills are passed down through generations to produce family units that travel and live on the road), and the big top tent (the landmark interior of one of the oldest circus structures, built for this purpose in Europe since 1888) as a performance space. This publication, that was developed during Ieva Epnere’s fellowship with the Artists-in-Berlin Program of the DAAD, symbolically marks four stages of her single, larger work. Fine-tuned digital color shots, a collection of black-and-white 35 mm film prints showing action at the Riga Circus, followed by a burst of color shots and black and white photos taken on a film camera, to end with a set of intimate black-and-white portraits of the performers. Whereas the conversion of circus into text might to some degree be a violation of the true nature of its subject, Ieva Epnere’s book – with the help of elephants, clowns, all the “freakery,” and her kaleidoscopic peek into the machinery that makes performances in the arena possible – itself stands as an adventurous act of reinvention.

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For the last few years, the CAPC Musée d'art contemporain de Bordeaux has developed a series of publications devoted in particular to the installations exhibited in the nave of the CAPC. Over the past 40 years, these installations have been part of several majestic and ambitious projects and have contributed to the museum's renown. This series seeks to pay homage and to showcase these large-scale productions. The graphic design of this project has been entrusted to Studio Manuel Raeder. For the publications, the emphasis has been put on the image in a suitable format, characterised by a radical design.

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Window / Spacetime is a portrait of the city of Berlin. A variety of shops that have names of countries and cities refer to different faraway places and invite the reader on an imaginary journey. Dis- and misplacing distant memories of the past triggers a yearning sense of other destinations within the everyday scenarios. The publication succeeds a video work with the same title which was shown at the exhibition Drift and Shift in Kunstverein Göttingen in 2018.

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Bom Dia Kinder is about children books made by artists. The first one is this coloring book by Dr. Lakra

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"This book by British artist Tris Vonna-Michell marks a continuation and implementation of his artistic practice through the medium of an artist's book. Vonna-Michell is a memory traveler who runs through the past and present. In his works, images, sound, light, and the most ordinary objects become the material of a totally individual experience where reality and fiction merge, and journey, memories, and invention coexist."

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"Können Sie eine Tanne von einer Fichte unterscheiden? Wilhelm Bode erzählt eine überraschende Kulturgeschichte des vermeintlich bekanntesten Baums. Jeder kennt den immergrünen Nadelbaum, doch nicht selten ist das, was wir freimütig als ›Tannenbaum‹ besingen, bloß eine Fichte, die als forstlicher Allerweltsbaum und als Pseudotanne in den weihnachtlichen Stuben stand. Der feierlich geschmückte Christbaum, der an das Licht der Welt erinnert, ist eine deutsche Erfindung vor 200 Jahre, die sich über die Welt ausbreitete. Dass alte Tannen charaktervolle, höchst individuelle Storchennest-Kronen ausbilden, lässt sie als mächtige Boten aus der Frühzeit unserer Pflanzenwelt erscheinen. (...)"

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