Bibliotheek: nieuwe aanwinsten - mei 2021

A Critical History of Media Art in The Netherlands : Platforms, Policies, Technologies / editors Sanneke Huisman, Marga van Mechelen ; authors Arie Altena, Karen Archey, Angela M. Bartholomew [ al.]. - Prinsenbeek : Jap Sam Books, 2019. - 378 p. : ills. ; 22 cm
Includes Biographies and Glossary
This edited volume offers an in-depth exploration of Dutch media art from 1985 onwards from many different perspectives. Through early access to the Internet, state subsidies and dedicated institutions and festivals, a vivid counter-cultural environment and a cosmopolitan artistic and intellectual scene, The Netherlands hold a unique position in regards to the development of media art.
The volume is divided into five parts that examine different aspects of the media art scene.The inception and subsequent developments of video and digital art, as well as their critical and institutional reception, the hacker/squatter/maker scene in all its different guises, activist stances (particularly in regards to mass media), combined with the material, cultural and infrastructural conditions that allowed the expansion of these art forms, explorations and expressions, are all thoroughly examined in generously illustrated essays, written by artists, scholars, curators and critics.

Freedom : An Unruly History / by Annelien de Dijn. - Cambridge (Massachussets) ; London : Harvard University, 2020. - 432 p. : ills. ; 24 cm
Includes Notes, Index
The conception of freedom most prevalent today - that it depends on the limitation of state power - is a deliberate and dramatic rupture with long-established ways of thinking about liberty. For centuries people in the West identified freedom not with being left alone by the state but with the ability to exercise control over the way in which they were governed: the democratic system.
The notion that freedom is best preserved by shrinking the sphere of government was not invented by the revolutionaries of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries who created our modern democracies - it was invented by their critics and opponents: today's "big government" antagonists more closely resemble the counterrevolutionaries who tried to undo their work.

Adrian Piper : Race, Gender, and Embodiment / by John P. Bowles. - Durham ; London : Duke University Press, 2011. - 336 p. : col. and bl/w. ills. ; 23,5 cm
Includes Notes, Bibliography, Index
In 1972 Adrian Piper began periodically dressing as a persona called the Mythic Being, striding the streets of New York in a mustache, Afro wig, and mirrored sunglasses with a cigar in the corner of her mouth. Her performances critically engaged with popular representations of race, gender, sexuality and class; they challenged viewers to accept personal responsibility for xenophobia and discrimination and the conditions that allowed them to persist. Piper's work confronts viewers and forces them to reconsider assumptions about the social construction of identity. Over the course of a decade, John P. Bowles and Piper conversed about her art and its meaning, reception, and relation to her scholarship on Kant's philosophy. This publication is an in-depth analysis of Piper's pioneering work.

Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor / by Rob Nixon. - Cambridge (Massachussets) ; London : Harvard University, 2013. - 352 p.; 23,5 cm
Includes Notes, Index
The violence wrought by climate change, toxic drift, deforestation, oil spills and the environmental aftermath of war, takes place gradually and often invisibly. Using the innovative concept of slow violence to describe these threats, Nixon focuses on the inattention we have paid to the attritional lethality of many environmental crises, in contrast with the sensational, spectacle-driven messaging that impels public activism today. Slow violence, because it is so readily ignored by a hard-charging capitalism, exacerbates the vulnerability of ecosystems and of people who are poor, disempowered and often involuntarily displaced, while fueling social conflicts that arise from desperation as life-sustaining conditions erode. Nixon examines a cluster of writer-activists affiliated with the environmentalism of the poor in the global South. By illuminating the strategies these writer-activists deploy to give dramatic visibility to environmental emergencies, Nixon invites his readers to engage with some of the most pressing challenges of our time.

Steve McQueen / ed. by Clara Kim and Fiontàn Moran ; with contributions by Clara Kim, Solveig Nelson, Paul Gilroy and Clarrie Wallis. - London : Tate, 2020. - 176 p.  : col. ills. ; 30 cm
Includes Notes, List of Works, Biography, Bibliography
Made in close collaboration with the artist, this publication has been created to accompany the first major exhibition of McQueen's artwork in the UK for 20 years, held at Tate Modern from Feb. to May 2020 (followed by the Pirelli HangarBicocca in Milan, Oct  2020 to Feb 2021). It focuses on McQueen's body of work from the past two decades, bringing together the immersive video and film installations he has made since 2000. These include large-scale video installations such as ‘ Caribs' Leap / Western Deep', 2002, as well as more recent films such as ‘Ashes', 2002-15 and new works such as ‘Year 3', held at Tate Britan Feb. to May 2020. The book includes an interview with curator Walker, exploring key aspects of McQueen's career. Nelson's essay focuses more deeply on his artworks in relation to film, black cinema and queer cinema, and Gilroy discusses his work in relation to the socio-political context of black British issues and within the black diaspora.

Black Futures / editors Kimberly Drew, Jenna Wortham. - New York : One World, 2020. - 544 p. : ills. ; 23 cm
Includes Biographies
What does it mean to be Black and alive right now?
An archive of collective memory and exuberant testimony. A luminous map to navigate an opaque and disorienting present. An infinite geography of possible futures. Kimberly Drew and Jenna Wortham have brought together this collection of work - images, photos, essays, memes, dialogues, recipes, tweets, poetry, and more - to tell the story of the radical, imaginative, provocative, and gorgeous world that Black creators are bringing forth today.

Superstructures - Notes on Experimental Jetset Vol. 2 / texts by Vasyl Cherepanyn, Owen Hatherly, Adam Pendleton [ al.]. - Amsterdam : Roma Publications, 2021. - 420 p. : ills. ; 18 cm
Includes a 24-page Zine, zooming in on the design typology of the original exhibition
Superstructures (‘Notes on Experimental Jetset / Volume 2') is an inquiry into the role of the city as an infrastructure for language (and simultaneously, into the role of language as an infrastructure for the city), as seen through the lens of four historical movements: Constructivism, the Situationist International, Provo, and the Post-Punk explosion. Based on a research project (and accompanying exhibition) by Experimental Jetset.

Defuturing : A New Design Philosophy / author Tony Fry. - London : Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2020 ; first published in 1999. - 256 p. : ills. ; 24 cm. - (Radical Thinkers in Design)
Includes Bibliography and Index
First published in 1999, now reissued with a new preface by the author, ‘Defuturing: A New Design Philosophy' is a prescient and powerful account of what it means to comprehend that we live in world that is taking away futures for ourselves and non-human others. Arguing that designing is doubly implicated in this process, first in its roles in helping to create the unsustainable, but second, re-thought through the lens of defuturing, as a mode of acting in the world that can help contest the negation of the world, ‘Defuturing' transforms our comprehension of designing and of how futures can be constituted.
Working not through abstract theorizing but through the analysis of concrete examples, the book uses historical material on design to expose the archaeology of defuturing. Shattering the illusion that the future simply "is", Defuturing confronts designing with the challenge of remaking while offering the elements of a new practical reasoning of design acting.

Design Struggles : Intersecting Histories, Pedagogies, and Perspectives / editors Claudia Mareis, Nina Paim ; texts by Danah Abdulla, Tanveer Ahmed, Zoy Anastassakis [ al.]. - Amsterdam : Valiz, 2021. - 416 p. : ills. ; 23 cm. - (PLURAL series 3)
Includes Biographies and Index
‘Design Struggles critically assesses the ways in which the design field is involved in creating, perpetuating, promoting and reinforcing injustice and inequality in social, political, economic, cultural and ecological systems. This book shows how this entanglement arose from Eurocentric and neoliberal thinking. The voices and practices represented here propose to question and disrupt the discipline of design from within, by problematizing the very notions of design. They aim to do so by generating new, anti-racist, post-capitalist, queer-feminist, environmentally conscious and community-based ideas on how to transform design.
In order to reimagine design as an unbound, ambiguous, and unfinished practice, this publication gathers a diverse array of perspectives, ranging from social and cultural theory, design history, design activism, sociology, anthropology, critical and political studies, with a focus on looking at design through the intersections of gender, race, ethnicity, culture, class, and beyond.

Partisan Aesthetics : Modern Art and India's Long Decolonization / author Sanjukta Sunderason. - Stanford : Stanford University Press, 2020. - 320 p. : ills. ; 23 cm
Includes Bibliographical references and Index
Partisan Aesthetics explores art's entanglements with histories of war, famine, mass politics and displacements that marked late-colonial and postcolonial India. Introducing "partisan aesthetics" as a conceptual grid, the book identifies ways in which art became political through interactions with left-wing activism during the 1940s, and the afterlives of such interactions in post-independence India.
Unmooring questions of Indian modernism from its hitherto dominant harnesses to national or global affiliations, Sunderason activates, instead, distinctly locational histories that refract transnational currents.

Invisible Inventories : Questioning Kenyan Collections in Western Museums / editors Marian Nur Goni, Sam Hopkins ; texts by The Nest Collective, SHIFT Collective, Simon Rittmeier [ al.]. - Bayreuth, Johannesburg : iwalewabooks, 2019. - 86 p. : ills. ; 29,5 cm
This magazine is part of the International Inventories Progamme, a collaboration between The Nest Collective, SHIFT, the Goethe-Institut Kenya, The National Museums Kenya etc. It is published in the context of: ‘Invisible Inventories: Questioning Kenyan Collections in Western Museums', an exhibition project by the International Inventories Programme.The contributions from IIP members and Kenyan museum professionals and practitioners critically reflect museum and restitution politics but also the limits of the cooperation between African and Europeans museums. Besides conversations, essays and texts that accompany the artworks in the exhibition with the same title, the publication also contains a number of object biographies written by different authors that provide different perspectives on the very same objects.The zine supports the decolonizing approach of the project by providing perspectives yet underrepresented in international discussions and aims to contribute to the debate on colonial histories that are inscribed in collections and museum.

Monira Al Qadiri : Empire Dye / editor Tomke Braun ; texts Tomke Braun, Amal Khalaf, Murtaza Vali. - Bielefeld : Kerber Verlag, 2019. - 96 p. : ills. ; 24 cm
Includes Biography
Monira Al Qadiri poetically combines the social upheavals of the past thirty years as well as the acute effects of the oil industry and belief systems with traditional elements from myth and history. By showing the ruptures between past and present symbolically—for instance, glass as a ghostly trace of the drilling machines in the desert—she quasi speculates into a possible future.

Reciprocal Landscapes : Stories of Material Movements / author Jane Hutton. - Abingdon : Routledge, 2020. - 232 p. : ills. ; 23,5 cm
Includes Bibliographical references and Index
Reciprocal Landscapes: Stories of Material Movements uses Robert Smithson's Non-site as structural prompt. This book examines how the construction of a landscape in one place is related to transformation elsewhere. It traces five everyday landscape construction materials - fertilizer, stone, steel, trees, and wood - from seminal public landscapes in New York City, back to where they came from. It considers the social, political, and ecological entanglements of material practice, challenging readers to think of materials not as inert products but as continuous with land and the people that shape them, and to reimagine forms of construction in solidarity with people, other species, and landscapes elsewhere.

Shelf Documents : Art Libraries as Practice / edited by Heide Hinrichs, Jo-ey Tang, Elizabeth Haines ; texts by David Senior, Sara De Bondt, Susanee Weiss [ al.]. - Antwerp : Track Report, 2020. - 268 p. : ills. ; 18 cm
Includes Biographies and Index
‘Shelf Documents emerges out of the project second shelf (, a collaborative book acquisition project initiated by artist Heide Hinrichs in 2018 at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, with a group of advisors. They integrated 223 new titles by nonbinary, women and queer artists as well as artists of colour in art libraries as a way to fill gaps, to amplify voices, to seek out the self-initiated and the overlooked. In thinking about diversity in collections, the publication proposes art libraries as sites of intersubjective communion, spanning practices that range from personal bookshelves and the libraries of art schools and universities, to those of spontaneous collectives and the ones associated with major museums.

Not African Enough : A Fashion Book by The Nest Collective / ed. and written by Sunny Dolat and the Nest Collective ; Photographs by Maganga Mwagogo, Joseph "Nabster" Chege, Thandiwe Muriu and Sarah Waiswa. - Nairobi : The Nest Arts Company Lmtd., 2017. - 368 p. : ills ; 26 cm
"Not African Enough" is a derogatory term routinely lobbed at African designers who step outside the narrow confines of what the world—and Africans—are told it means to dress, talk, think and be like an African. This book asserts the right to be more than enough. The publication ‘Not African Enough' presents a collection of words and images from a selection of emerging Kenyan designers like Adele Dejak, Wambui Kibue, Anyango Mpinga and many more, who are contributing to the shifting aesthetic of Kenya. Under the creative direction of collective member Sunny Dolat, the Nest Collective has spent  two years exploring the idea of what constitutes Kenyan fashion with a crop of contemporary Kenyan fashion designers.