Bibliotheek: nieuwe aanwinsten - maart-april 2022

Luminescent Threads : Connections to Octavia E. Butler / ed. by Alexandra Pierce and Mimi Mondal ; with contr. by  K. Tempest Bradford, Rasha Abdulhadi, Kathleen Kayembe [ al]. - Yokine (WA) : Twelfth Planet, 2017. - 410 p. ; 20,5 cm
Includes author biographies
ISBN: 978-1-922101-44-0
Publication celebrating Octavia E. Butler, a pioneer of the Science Fiction genre who paved the way for future African American writers and other writers of colour. Original essays and letters sourced and curated for this collection, explore Butler's depiction of power relationships, her complex treatment of race and identity, and her impact on feminism and women in Science Fiction.

Nucleair Aesthetics / ed. by Iris Pissaride, Kyveli Mavrokordopoulou, Ruby de Vos ; with contributions by Sven Lütticken, Jeroen van der Hulst, Anna Volkmar [ al]. - Amsterdam, Vrije Universiteit, Faculteit der Letteren, 2018. - 96 p. : ills. ; 24 cm. - (Kunstlicht, Journal for Visual Art, Visual Culture and Architecture, Volume 39, 2018, no. 3/4)
Including notes and abstracts
ISBN: 97890828184
Nuclear Aesthetics sets out to explore questions emerging from art in/of the Nuclear Age. What role do art and visual culture assume in a post-Fukushima political climate where the danger of other nuclear accidents, and of nuclear weaponry, remain at sight? Historically, how have artists grappled with the political violence and sensory invisibility of radioactivity? How have aesthetic practices about the nuclear responded to more recent ‘nuclear events' like the Chernobyl disaster? Spanning different genres, periods and geographical locations, the artistic and academic contributions of this Kunstlicht issue offer an array of perspectives on global nuclear ecologies, from the visual culture of the first atomic tests to the farsighted future of nuclear waste storage.

Gestures / by Vilém Flusser. - Minneapolis : University of Minnesota, 2014. - 224 p. ; 21,5 cm
Includes translator's notes and index
ISBN: 978-0-8166-9128-9
Throughout his career, the influential new media theorist Vilém Flusser kept the idea of gesture in mind: that people express their being in the world through a range of movements. In his essays the writer moves around the topic from diverse angles, analyzing each gesture as the expression of a particular form of consciousness, that is, as a particular relationship between the world and the one who gestures. Flusser transforms gesture to the level of metaphor, offering deep, sometimes metaphysical, interpretations of the human condition.

Beyond the Periphery of the Skin : Rethinking, Remaking, and Reclaiming the Body in Contemporary Capitalism / by Silvia Federici. - San Francisco : PM Press/Kairos, 2020. -176 p. ; 20 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index
ISBN: 9781629637068
More than ever, ‘the body' today is at the center of radical and institutional politics. Feminist, antiracist, trans, ecological movements - all look at the body in its manifold manifestations as a ground of confrontation with the state and a vehicle for transformative social practices. Concurrently, the body has become a signifier for the reproduction crisis the neoliberal turn in capitalist development has generated, and for the international surge in institutional repression and public violence.  Federici examines these complex processes, placing them in the context of the history of the capitalist transformation of the body into a work-machine, expanding on one of the main subjects of her first book, ‘Caliban and the Witch'.

Re-enchanting The World : Feminism and the Politics of the Commons / by Silvia Federici; foreword by Peter Linebaugh. - San Francisco : PM Press/Kairos, 2019. - 238 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Includes notes, bibliography, index
ISBN: 9781629635699
In this collection of work spanning more than 20 years, Silvia Federici provides a detailed history and critique of the politics of the commons from a feminist perspective, with an analysis of some of the key issues in contemporary thinking on this subject. Drawing on historical research, she maps the connections between the previous forms of enclosure that occurred with the birth of capitalism and the destruction of the commons and the ‘new enclosures' at the heart of the present phase of global capitalist accumulation. Considering the commons from a feminist perspective, Federici argues that women and reproductive work are crucial to both our economic survival and the construction of a world free from capitalist hierarchies. The writer is clear that the commons should not be understood as happy islands in a sea of exploitative relations; but rather as autonomous spaces from which to challenge the existing organization of life and labor.

A Kind of World War / ed. by Anselm Franke , Erhard Schuttpelz. - Leipzig (GE) : Spector, 2022. - 88 p. : ill. ; 23 cm. - (Das Neue Alphabet (DNA) #9)
Includes biographies and bibliography
ISBN: 9783959054942
Aby Warburg's famous lecture on the Hopi snake ritual in Arizona is one of the most commented-upon art history documents of the 20th century. But while Warburg's essay is firmly anchored in the canon of art history, to a wider public - especially in Europe - little is known about its source, the snake ritual and its history. ‘A Kind of World War' addresses what Warburg largely ignored himself: that not only the ritual, but also the images of the ritual - to whose global distribution Warburg contributed - have a political history. The volume seeks to demonstrate that Warburg's art history, insofar as it outlines an internal history of the European psyche, must be read in conjunction with its external counterpart, the history of colonization, war and cultural entanglement.

Heba Y Amin : The General's Stork / ed. by Anthony Downey ; with contr. by Adam Harvey, Adel Iskandar, Haitham Mossad and Laura Poitras. - London : Sternberg, 2020. - 160 p. : ill. ; 18 cm
Includes contributor biographies
ISBN: 9783956794780
In 2013, Egyptian authorities detained a migratory stork for espionage. This incident is the focus of Heba Y. Amin's The General's Stork'', an ongoing project that investigates the politics of aerial surveillance- against the backdrop of biblical prophecies, drone warfare, and colonial narratives—from a bird's-eye view. The research that informs The General's Stork looks at how conquest from the sky - through land surveying, mapping, bombing, and drone technologies - has effectively transformed Western power into a spectacle of high-tech weaponry. Through the lens of paranoia that can lead to a bird being accused of spying, this volume reveals the extent to which military techniques of visualization define and ultimately delimit the topography of the Middle East.

Radical Botany : Plants and Speculative Fiction / by Natania Meeker, Antonia Szabari. - New York : Fordham University, 2019. - 304 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index
ISBN: 9780823286621
Radical Botany uncovers a long speculative tradition of plant fiction that conjures up new languages to grasp the life of plants—their vegetality—in all its specificity and vigor. The first part of the book reaches back to seventeenth-century materialisms to show how plants, rather than being systematically excluded from human deliberation, have in fact participated in modernity.
Authors Meeker and Szabari argue that the recognition of plants' liveliness and animation, as a result of scientific discoveries from the seventeenth century to today, has mobilized speculative creation in fiction, cinema, and art. The radical botanical works this book explores not only prioritize plants as active participants in "their" world but suggest that the apparent passivity of plants can function as a powerful destabilizing force in its own right.
In 2022 the writers were invited at Kaaitheater, Brussels, to talk about  the book and ‘tendrilesque writing'. What happens to human speech if vines enter our flesh, roots crawl through our veins, and we turn into hybrid plant monsters? What happens if we let plants speak through us and what kind of new language, new bits of knowledge and new worlds can emerge from there? ‘Radical Botany' traces the implications of the speculative mobilization of plants for feminism, queer studies, and posthumanist thought.

The Ethnic Avant-Garde : Minority Cultures and World Revolution / by Steven S. Lee. - New York : Columbia University, 2017. - 304 p. : ill. ; 22,5 cm
ISBN: 9780231173537
During the 1920s and 1930s, American minority artists and writers collaborated extensively with the Soviet avant-garde, seeking to build a revolutionary society that would end racial discrimination and advance progressive art. Making what Claude McKay called 'the magic pilgrimage" to the Soviet Union, these intellectuals placed themselves at the forefront of modernism, using radical cultural and political experiments to reimagine identity and decenter the West. Shining light on these efforts, ‘The Ethnic Avant-Garde' makes a contribution to interwar literary, political and art history, drawing extensively on Russian archives, travel narratives, and artistic exchanges to establish the parameters of an undervalued ‘ethnic avant-garde'. These writers and artists cohered around distinct forms that mirrored Soviet techniques of montage, fragment, and interruption. They orbited interwar Moscow, where the international avant-garde converged with the Communist International. Through a collage of cross-ethnic encounters including Herbert Biberman, Sergei Eisenstein, Paul Robeson and Vladimir Tatlin, this publication remaps global modernism along minority and Soviet-centered lines, further advancing the avant-garde project of seeing the world anew.

Women, Race & Class / by Angela Y. Davis. - London : Penguin Random House, 2019 [1981]. - 248 p. ; 20 cm
Includes notes
ISBN: 978-0-241-40840-7
History of race, gender and class inequality by the radical political activist Angela Davis Ranging from the age of slavery to contemporary injustices, this publication offers an alternative view of female struggles for liberation. Tracing the intertwined histories of the abolitionist and women's suffrage movements, Davis examines the racism and class prejudice inherent in so much of white feminism, and in doing so brings to light new pioneering heroines, from field slaves to mill workers, who fought back and refused to accept the lives into which they were born.

Your Silence Will Not Protect You : Essays and Poems / by Audre Lorde ; preface by Reni Eddo-Lodge ; introduction by Sara Ahmed. - London : Silver, 2017. - 230 p. ; 19,5 cm
Includes note on the text
ISBN: 9780995716223
Black, lesbian and feminist; the child of immigrant parents; poet and essayist, writer and activist, Lorde knew about harbouring multitudes. Political antagonists tried, for instance, to discredit her among black students by announcing her sexuality, and she decided: "The only way you can head people off from using who you are against you is to be honest and open first, to talk about yourself before they talk about you." Over and over again, in the essays (first published in ‘Sister Outsider', 1984), speeches and poems (first published in ‘The Collected Poems of Audre Lorde', 1997) Lorde emphasises how important it is to speak up.

The Master's Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master's House / by Audre Lorde. - London : Penguin, 2017. - 54 p. ; 16 cm. - (Penguin Modern #23)
ISBN: 9780241339725
Urgent essays on the power of women, poetry and anger (also to be found in ‘Your Silence Will Not Protect You')

The Fire Next Time / by James Baldwin. - London : Penguin Random House, 2017 [1963]. - 96 p. ; 19,5 cm
ISBN: 978-0-140-18275-0
"We, the black and the white, deeply need each other here if we are really to become a nation". James Baldwin's impassioned plea to 'end the racial nightmare' in America was a bestseller when it appeared in 1963, galvanising a nation and giving voice to the emerging civil rights movement. Told in the form of two intensely personal 'letters', The Fire Next Time is a powerful evocation of Baldwin's early life in Harlem and an excoriating condemnation of the terrible legacy of racial injustice.

Less is more : How Degrowth will Save the World / Jason Hickel ; preface by Kofi Klu and Rupert Read (Extinction Rebellion). - London : Penguin Random House, 2021. - 320 p. ; 19,5 cm
Includes notes
ISBN: 978-1-786-09121-5
The world has finally awoken to the reality of climate breakdown and ecological collapse. Hickel want his public to face up to its primary cause: Capitalism demands perpetual expansion, which is devastating the living world. There is only one solution that will lead to meaningful and immediate change: degrowth. Hickel: "If we want to have a shot at halting the crisis (-) we need to evolve beyond the dogmas of capitalism to a new system that's fit for the twenty-first century."
But what about jobs? What about health? What about progress? Hickel tackles these questions and offers an inspiring vision for what a post-capitalist economy could look like. An economy that's more just, more caring, and more fun. An economy that will not only lift us out of our current crisis, but also restore our sense of connection to a world that's brimming with life. By taking less, we can become more.

CAPS LOCK : How capitalism took hold of graphic design, and how to escape from it / text and design by Ruben Pater. - Amsterdam : Valiz, 2021 . - 552 p. : ill. ; 19 cm
Includes notes, bibliography, index
ISBN 978-94-92095-81-7
Capitalism could not exist without the notes, documents, graphics, interfaces, branding, etc.; artefacts that have been (partly) created by graphic designers. Even anti-consumerist strategies such as social design and speculative design are being appropriated within capitalist societies to serve economic growth. It seems that design is locked in a system of exploitation and profit, a cycle that fosters inequality and the depletion of natural resources. CAPS LOCK uses clear language and striking visual examples to show how graphic design and capitalism are inextricably linked.
Its content is structured in chapters with titles of professions that designers can occupy (such as Educator; Engineer, Hacker, Futurist, Activist, etc.). These titles respond to the importance of not just how designers make work, but also how they perform daily economic and social roles. The book also features examples of radical design collectives, that work towards alternatives between design, community and reciprocity.

Art Without Capitalism : The New Patrons / by Francois Hers, Xavier Douroux. - Dijon: Les Presses Du Reel, 2013. - 128 p. : ill. ; 21 cm
ISBN: 9782840665915
Suggestive of a new chapter in the history of art, this critical text by Hers and Douroux, speculates on the reinvention of artworks and their contexts through new patrons, while simultaneously disregarding today's capitalist hegemony. With the public as a primary patron of the arts, artists are suddenly faced with undreamed of situations in which the mediators of contemporary art play an avant-garde role, and public grants and private donations provide the means to engage freely in a new experience: the advent of a so-called "art of democracy".

To Be a Machine : Adventures Among Cyborgs, Utopians, Hackers, and the Futurists Solving the Modest Problem of Death / by Mark O'Connell. - London : Granta, 2018. - 243 p. : ill.
ISBN: 9781783781980
This book is a forensic investigation of the unnervingly fluid border between the human and the machine. Mark O'Connell interweaves his journalistic adventures among the transhumanists with his own thoughts about mortality and life experiences, starting with the birth of his son and ending, memorably, with a colonoscopy. The field of transhumanism and the individuals who populate it emerge as at once bizarre, compelling, and, ironically, deeply human, because what is more human than trying to overcome the limits of our bodies and mortality?
It is at once a hilarious anthropological survey of the people who believe technology will give us eternal life and a terrifying account of how technology is changing the cardinal features of human existence.

De stem van de Noordzee / door Laura Burgers, Eva Meijer, Evanne Nowak, Ambassade van de Noordzee. - Amsterdam : Boom, 2020. - 128 p. ; 21 cm
Bevat noten
ISBN: 9789024433315
Hoe kan de Noordzee over zichzelf beschikken? Dat is het uitgangspunt van deze publicatie. In het antropoceen zijn mensen, planten, dieren en dingen onlosmakelijk met elkaar verbonden. Dit vraagt om nieuwe vormen van vertegenwoordiging in politiek, recht, ethiek en taal. In opdracht van de Ambassade van de Noordzee onderzoeken de auteurs vanuit het idee van filosoof Bruno Latour om dieren en dingen een stem te geven, hoe de Noordzee over zichzelf zou kunnen beschikken.
Evanne Nowak beschrijft dat we lijden aan ecological grief. We treuren om de teloorgang van de Noordzee. Hoe komen we uit onze ecologische rouw? We kunnen luisteren naar wat de dieren - de vissen, vogels, krabben van de Noordzee - ons te zeggen hebben, stelt filosoof Eva Meijer. We kunnen het gesprek met dieren aangaan en hun een stem geven. Hoe dat kan werken laat jurist Laura Burgers zien. Zoals in andere landen al is gebeurd voor bossen en rivieren, zouden wij de Noordzee een rechtspersoon kunnen maken.

Navigating the Art World : Professional Practice for the Early Career Artist / Delphian Gallery ; contr. by Maureen Paley, Jake Chapman, Andy Dixon [ al.]. - London : Foolscap, 2020. - 112 p. ; 18 cm
Includes bibliography
ISBN: 978-1999799045
This publication by London based Delphian Gallery, is aimed at early career artists to help equip them with the practical tools needed to approach their careers, by shining light upon some things that are often hidden from view. It has been written as a series of opinion pieces rather than a how-to guide, and covers such topics as how to exhibit and sell your works, as well as things like how to stay motivated, and how to deal with the periods of insecurity that a career in the arts can often create. ‘Navigating The Art World' consists of a mix of advice and tips from Delphian, as well as from other gallerists, curators, artists collectors and other industry experts to give some insight on various ways to enhance artists in their career.
Erraid Sound - Floating Worlds / by Graham Eatough, Andre Dekker. - Prinsenbeek : Jap Sam, 2021. - unpaginated [92 p.] : ill. ; 21 cm
ISBN: 978-94-92852-51-9
'Erraid Sound - Floating Worlds' is an artist book and a short film by theatre director Graham Eatough and visual artist Andre Dekker ( Observatorium). In September 2020 the artists spent one month in the remote coastal landscape to research ‘Erraid Sound', the tidal flat between the Ross of Mull and the Island of Erraid. Through an exploration of our relationship with the natural environment, the project offers an artistic response in drawing, writing and film to some of today's most pressing issues: our changing climate, rising sea levels, and an ageing and sometimes isolated population.The book contains texts and images that tell the story of a family living in a remote coastal community dealing with a recent bereavement and the elemental forces that shape their lives on a daily basis. A key inspiration for this project comes from both artists' long-standing interest in Japanese culture, landscape, and the theatrical stagings of the intimate relationships between people and nature seen in Noh theatre.

POP ART : From Warhol to Panamarenko = Van Warhol tot Panamarenko = De Warhol à Panamarenko / by Philippe Van Cauteren, Iris Paschalidis, Liesje Vandenbroeck & Marthy Locht Ghent : :S.M.A.K., 2021. - 200 p. : ill. ; 25,5 cm. - (Eng. / Ned. / Fr.)
Includes notes
ISBN: 9789075679656
Catalogue accompanying the same named exhibition of representative works of pop art from the Matthys-Colle Collection and a selection from the S.M.A.K's, containing a range of related texts and a full survey of the artworks. As a visual response to the unprecedented consumerism of the 1960s, Pop artists' imagery was borrowed from the mass media world of advertising, magazines, television and film. The accessible style quickly captured the imagination of many young European artists and they too embraced the movement. Pop art penetrated deeply into everyday life and gave rise to images so distinct and recognisable that their presence can still be felt today.
With works by Evelyne Axell, Christo, Tetsumi Kudo, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, Daniel Spoerri, Andy Warhol, Tom Wesselmann, Panamarenko, Martial Raysse, Gerhard Richter, Robert Rauschenberg [ al.].