I’m happy to announce my new book titled The Plan.
My interest in white space in texts and fascination for printed materials and propaganda books from East Germany brought me to discover the Plan. The Plan is the chameleonic directive to every situation of societal life – whether it is playing sports, writing a book, or practicing for war. Always think of the Plan. Better yet: always have it in your hand.
The Plan consists of a book and a folder, together forming one object. The book contains 26 pictures reproduced from miniature books published in the German Democratic Republic during the 1980s. Each book is accompanied by an original, pre-owned GDR folder, each different and individually obtained from households in the former state. The folder comes with a foldout sheet of the Plan.
Edition of 150 copies, numbered.
Digital print, full color paperback, A5 size, 48 pages. Plus original GDR folder, A4 size, with a folded and stamped A2 sheet.
See more images of the book here.
If you really want to understand what the GDR was about, you need to look at The Plan.
Two more books were recently discussed by literary critics:
Matthew Kirschenbaum discusses “Speak! eyes – En zie! in his book Track Changes, A Literary History of Word Processing, published by Harvard University Press.
A new work titled ‘Geldermalsen riots’, consisting of two images, is published in Printed Web #4, to be launched in Berlin next week. Above is a view of one of the images. The publication has a broadsheet size and is constructed of loose sheets folded into each other. Every participating artist (see below) worked with the two sides of one sheet only.
The background of the piece: On December 16, 2015 there were riots in Geldermalsen, a village in The Netherlands close to where I live. The rioters wanted to disturb a local council meeting where plans for a big center for refugees were discussed. After the riots the police asked people to send in any pictures they might have of this evening. A series of these was placed on the police website. Faces were made partly unrecognizable and an unusual strategy was announced: anyone who recognized themselves could come forward now, or else their pictures would be shown unblurred on tv later. The strategy worked, 9 out of 10 came forward. The pictures are now gone from the website.
Printed Web #4 presents projects by Wolfgang Plöger, Lorna Mills, Molly Soda, Travess Smalley, Angela Genusa, Eva and Franco Mattes, Anouk Kruithof, Elisabeth Tonnard, and Christopher Clary, with a text by Rhizome artistic director Michael Connor (“Folding the Web”). Each artist contributed work that responds to the concept of privacy in relation to contemporary self-identity and public visibility. The 40-page print-on-demand newsprint publication is co-published by Paul Soulellis with the International Center of Photography Museum on the occasion of “Public, Private, Secret” (June 2016 – January 2017), the inaugural exhibition at the museum’s new location at 250 Bowery, organized by curator-in-residence Charlotte Cotton.
Printed Web #4 will launch at Miss Read, Berlin Art Book Fair at Akademie der Künste, Berlin (June 10–12) and be on display at ICP during its opening week (week of June 20).
In March 2016 I had the opportunity to do a two week research residency together with Joachim Schmid at the Photothek in Florence. The Photothek is part of the Kunsthistorisches Institut, established in 1897. It is a library filled with photographs of artworks and architecture. A short text that we wrote about our stay is available here on the blog Foto-Objekte that aims to explore the scholarly potential of photo archives.
I have made a pdf catalogue of the books I will bring, with the current prices. You can see it by clicking here.
May 20-22 2016
Saturday 12am – 8pm
Sunday 12am – 6 pm
Instead of showing itself, it shows “that which allows it to exist”…
Annette Gilbert, quoted above, provides a two-page analysis of The Invisible Book as an institutional object in Publishing as Artistic Practice. The volume, also edited by Gilbert, was recently released by Sternberg Press and contains contributions by Hannes Bajohr, Paul Benzon, K. Antranik Cassem, Bernhard Cella, Annette Gilbert, Hanna Kuusela, Antoine Lefebvre, Matt Longabucco, Alessandro Ludovico, Lucas W. Melkane, Anne Moeglin-Delcroix, Aurélie Noury, Valentina Parisi, Michalis Pichler, Anna-Sophie Springer, Alexander Starre, Nick Thurston, Rachel Valinsky, Eva Weinmayr, Vadim Zakharov.
On a related note, the second edition of The Invisible Book recently sold out. Copies of the first edition are occasionally available through the Ebay auctions that Joachim Schmid puts up (he bought all copies).