Bibliotheek: nieuwe aanwinsten - juli-augustus 2018

Night Fever : Designing Club Culture 1960 - Today / editors Mateo Kries, Jochen Eisenbrand, Catharina Rossi ; texts by Timothy M. Rohan, Pol Esteve, Jörg Heiser, Beth Vale [ al.] ; interviews with Peter Saville, Ian Schrager, Francesco Capolei [ al.]. - Weil am Rhein : Vitra Design Museum, 2018. - 400 p. : ills. ; 26,5 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Nightclubs and discotheques are hotbeds of contemporary culture. Since the beginning of the twentieth century, they have been centres of the avantgarde that question social norms and experiment with different realities, merging interior and furniture design, graphics and art with sound, light, fashion, and special effects to create a modern Gesamtkunstwerk.
Night Fever. Designing Club Culture 1960 - Today is the first book to offer a comprehensive overview of the design history of the nightclub, examining its cultural context and international scope. Examples range from the Italian clubs of the 1960s created by the protagonists of Radical Design to the legendary Studio 54 where Andy Warhol was a regular and the Palladium in New York, designed by Arata Isozaki, as well as more recent concepts by architecture studio OMA for the Ministry of Sound II in London.

The Museum of Rhythm / editors Natasha Ginwala and Daniel Muzyczuk ; texts by Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Christopher Turner, Nana Oforiatta-Ayim, Jason Young, Georg Simmel, Ernst Mach [ al.]. - Berlin : Sternberg Press, 2017. - 335 p. : ills. ; 27 cm
Includes bibliography.
The Museum of Rhythm is a speculative institution that engages rhythm as a tool for interrogating the foundations of modernity and the sensual complex of time in daily experience. This book, and the exhibition upon which it is based, is an outcome of durational research that sees art as one of the means by which the ideologies of rhythm are implemented. Hence alongside artworks it, by necessity, includes objects, films, and documents connected with the history of the development of time measurement, labor monitoring devices, choreography, and music practice, which enable the human being to experience more complex rhythms.

Earth Sound Earth Signal : Energies and Earth Magnitude in the Arts / author Douglas Kahn. - Berkeley ; Los Angeles ; London : University of California Press, 2013. - 336 p. : ills. ; 23 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Earth Sound Earth Signal is a study of energies in aesthetics and the arts, from the birth of modern communications in the nineteenth century to the global transmissions of the present day. Douglas Kahn begins by evoking the Aeolian sphere music that Henry David Thoreau heard blowing along telegraph lines and the Aelectrosonic sounds of natural radio that Thomas Watson heard through the first telephone; he then traces the histories of science, media, music, and the arts to the 1960s and beyond. Earth Sound Earth Signal rethinks energy at a global scale, from brainwaves to outer space, through detailed discussions of musicians, artists and scientists such as Alvin Lucier, Edmond Dewan, Pauline Oliveros, John Cage, James Turrell, Robert Barry, Joyce Hinterding, and many others.

Noise Water Meat : A History of Sound in the Arts / author Douglas Kahn. - Cambridge, Mass. ; London : The MIT Press, 2001. - 456 p. ; 23 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
An examination of the role of sound in twentieth-century arts. Focusing on Europe in the first half of the century and the United States in the postwar years, Douglas Kahn explores aural activities in literature, music, visual arts, theater, and film. Placing aurality at the center of the history of the arts, he revisits key artistic questions. Artists discussed include Antonin Artaud, George Brecht, William Burroughs, John Cage, Sergei Eisenstein, Fluxus, Allan Kaprow, Michael McClure, Yoko Ono, Jackson Pollock, Luigi Russolo, and Dziga Vertov.

Black Performance on the Outskirts of the Left : A History of the Impossible / author Malik Gaines. - New York : New York University Press, 2017. - 234 p. : ills. ; 23 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Bringing the lens forward through contemporary art performance, Malik Gaines connects the idea of sixties radicality to today's interest in that history, explores the aspects of those politics that are lost in translation, and highlights the black expressive strategies that have maintained potent energy. Black Performance on the Outskirts of the Left articulates the role black theatricality played in the radical energy of the sixties, following the evolution of black identity politics to reveal blackness's ability to transform contemporary social conditions. Looking broadly at performances found in music, theater, film, and everyday life—from American singer and pianist Nina Simone, Ghanaian playwrights Efua Sutherland and Ama Ata Aidoo, Afro-German actor Günther Kaufmann, to California-based performer Sylvester—Gaines explores how shared signs of racial legacy and resistance politics are articulated with regional distinction.

David Wojnarowicz : History Keeps Me Awake at Night / authors David Breslin and David Kiehl ; with contributions by Julie Ault, Gregg Bordowitz, Cynthia Carr, Marvin J. Taylor and Hanya Yanagihara. - New York : Withney Museum of American Art, 2018. - 384 p. : ills. ; 32 cm
Includes biography, bibliographical references and index.
This catalogue, accompanying the Whitney's 2018 exhibition examines the life and art of David Wojnarowicz (1954-1992), who came to prominence in New York's East Village art world of the 1980s, actively embracing all media and forging an expansive range of work both fiercely political and highly personal. The essays situate the artist in the art-historical canon, beyond the biographical focus that has characterized much of the scholarship on Wojnarowicz to fully assess his paintings, photographs, installations, performances, and writing.

Superhumanity: Design of the Self / editors Nick Axel, Beatriz Colomina, Nikolaus Hirsch, Anton Vidokle, and Mark Wigley ; contributors Franco "Bifo" Berardi, Daniel Birnbaum, Ina Blom, Benjamin H. Bratton, Ahmet Ögüt, Trevor Paglen [ al] . - New York : e-flux Architecture, 2018. - 448 p. : ills. ; 25,5 cm
Includes biographies.
The field of design has radically expanded. As a practice, design is no longer limited to the world of material objects but rather extends from carefully crafted individual styles and online identities to the surrounding galaxies of personal devices, new materials, interfaces, networks, systems, infrastructures, data, chemicals, organisms, and genetic codes.
Superhumanity seeks to explore and challenge our understanding of "design" by engaging with and departing from the concept of the "self." This volume brings together more than fifty essays originally disseminated online via e-flux Architecture between September 2016 and February 2017 on the invitation of the Third Istanbul Design Biennial. This book asks: Who designed the lives we live today? What are the forms of life we inhabit, and what new forms are currently being designed? Where are the sites, and what are the techniques, to design others?

Xenofeminism / author Helen Hester. - Cambridge : Polity Press, 2018. - 170 p. ; 19 cm
Includes Notes.
In an era of accelerating technology and increasing complexity, how should we reimagine the emancipatory potential of feminism? How should gender politics be reconfigured in a world being transformed by automation, globalization and the digital revolution? These questions are addressed in this new book by Helen Hester, a founding member of the 'Laboria Cuboniks' collective that developed the acclaimed manifesto 'Xenofeminism: A Politics for Alienation'. Hester develops a three-part definition of xenofeminism grounded in the ideas of technomaterialism, anti-naturalism, and gender abolitionism. She elaborates these ideas in relation to assistive reproductive technologies and interrogates the relationship between reproduction and futurity, while steering clear of a problematic anti-natalism. Finally, she examines what xenofeminist technologies might look like in practice, using the history of one specific device to argue for a future-oriented gender politics that can facilitate alternative models of reproduction.

Work, Body, Leisure : La Biennale di Venezia, 16th International Architecture Exhibition, Dutch Pavilion / authors Marina Otero Verzier, Nick Axel ; with contributions by Amal Alhaag, AMO, Beatriz Colomina [ al.]. - Berlin : Hatje Cantz Verlag, 2018. - 320 p. : ills. ; 24 cm
Includes biographies.
The book 'Work, Body, Leisure' explores the spatial configurations, living conditions, and notions of the human body engendered by disruptive changes in labor, its ethos, and its conditions. Published in conjunction with the Dutch Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, Work, Body, Leisure analyzes spatial arrangements and protocols molded for the interaction between humans and machines, spaces that challenge traditional distinctions between work and leisure, the ways in which evolving notions of labor have categorized and defined bodies at particular moments in time, and the legal, cultural, and technical infrastructures that enable their exploitation, with the aim of fostering new forms of creativity and responsibility within the architectural field in response to emerging technologies of automation.

Posthuman Glossary / edited by Rosi Braidotti and Maria Hlavajova ; contributions by Ramon Amaro, Timotheus Vermeulen, Mel Y. Chen [ al.]. - London, New York : Bloomsbury Academic, 2018. - 538 p. : ills. ; 23,5 cm. - (Theory Series)
Includes bibliographical references and index.
If art, science, and the humanities have shared one thing, it was their common engagement with constructions and representations of the human. Under the pressure of new contemporary concerns, however, we are experiencing a "posthuman condition". The Posthuman Glossary is a volume providing an outline of the critical terms of posthumanity in present-day artistic and intellectual work. It builds on the broad thematic topics of Anthropocene/Capitalocene, eco-sophies, digital activism, algorithmic cultures and security and the inhuman.

Image Factories. Infographics 1920-1945 : Fritz Kahn, Otto Neurath et al. / edited by Helena Doudova, Stephanie Jacobs and Patrick Rössler ; texts by Bernd Stiegler, Vilém Flusser, Otto Neurath. - Leipzig : Spector Books, 2018. - 176 p. : ills. ; ,21 cm
Includes biographies.
At the beginning of the twentieth century, the newly emerging mass media began circulating an unprecedented volume of information, leading to a huge surge in visualization. The abundance of news required new forms of representation to provide a quick understanding of complex circumstances at a glance: this prompted the invention of infographics as a visual medium. The exhibition Transformer: On Infographics as Media of Modernity is dedicated to the pioneering infographics of Fritz Kahn und Otto Neurath and presents historical material and imagery from 1920 to 1945 along with contemporary infographics and a series of essays. The publication accompanies the exhibition at the German Museum of Books and Writing in the German National Library in Leipzig (8 September 2017 - 7 January 2018.

We never have been modern / author Bruno Latour ; translated from the original French edition of 1991 by Catherine Porter. - Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1993. - 158 p. : ills. ; 23 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
With the rise of science, we moderns believe, the world changed irrevocably, separating us forever from our premodern ancestors. But what does it mean to be modern? What difference does the scientific method make? The difference, Latour explains, is in our careful distinctions between nature and society, between human and thing, distinctions that our  ancestors, in their world of alchemy, astrology, and phrenology, never made. But alongside this purifying practice that defines modernity, there exists another seemingly contrary one: the construction of systems that mix politics, science, technology, and nature. The ozone debate is such a hybrid, in Latour's analysis, as are global warming, deforestation, even the idea of black holes. Latour suggests, we should rethink our distinctions, and in doing so rethink the definition and constitution of modernity itself. His book aims at saving what is good and valuable in modernity and replacing the rest with a broader, fairer, and finer sense of possibility.

Dark Ecology : For a Logic of Future Coexistence / author Timothy Morton. - New York : Columbia University Press, 2016. - 208 p. ; 21,5 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Dark ecology puts us in an uncanny position of radical self-knowledge, illuminating our place in the biosphere and our belonging to a species in a sense that is far less obvious than we like to think. Morton explores the logical foundations of the ecological crisis, which is suffused with the melancholy and negativity of coexistence yet evolving, as we explore its loop form, into something playful, anarchic, and comedic.

Chapter 1 : Skanderbeg Square, Tirana / edited by Freek Persyn and Charlotte Lao Schmidt. - Berlin : Ruby Press, 2017. - 96 p. : ills. ; 32,5 cm
With its focus on transition, this publication is a pilot episode of a series called Chapters, a progressive documentation of the work of architecture office 51N4E and its collaborations with related people and practices. Every Chapter combines the presentation of one or more projects with a forward-looking reflection on the key issues that shape them. Produced progressively over the course of the next years, the ambition of the whole series is to outline how 51N4E aims to engage with contemporary society in all of its complexity. This publication shows the ambitious transformation of Skanderbeg Square, in Tirana, Albania. The project was initiated by the then Mayor of Tirana and current Prime Minister of Albania Edi Rama and realized under current mayor Erion Veliaj. It is the result of a collaboration between Belgian architecture office 51N4E, Albanian artist Anri Sala, Belgian environmental designers Plant en Houtgoed, and Albanian company for project implementation iRI. Transforming the central square of a nation that is founded only in 1912 and that is now a developing young democracy, the project compresses all the hope and tension that come with that transition.

Floquet, Kassak, Léonard : The Architecture of Images during the Interwar Period = De architectuur van het beeld tijdens het interbellum / editor Adriaan Gonnissen ; authors Irene Amanti Lund, Saki Mafundikwa, Phillip Van den Bossche [ al]. - Oostende : Mu.Zee, 2018. - 352 p. : ills. ; 26,5 cm. - Ned. / En.
Includes biographies.
Floquet, Kassak, Léonard : The Architecture of Images links abstract, constructivist and (typo)graphical art from the oeuvre of the Belgian artists Léonard and Flouquet with the artistic practice and network of the Hungarian artist, Lajos Kassak, and his avant-garde magazine MA, a major East European link in the international avant-garde network of magazines such as Der Sturm, De Stijl, Noi, but also the Belgian Het Overzicht, 7 Arts and Ça Ira. Léonard, Flouquet and Kassak contributed to the formation of the avant-garde movement in these magazines and shared the conviction that the production of art had a social role. Their work as graphic designers, typographers and designers undoubtedly responded to this belief in a ‘useful' art, in which painting and drawing, architecture, graphic and applied arts all served the same purpose.