The Vienna Guide

Tony Cokes

Sax Publishers, 2018.

The Vienna Guide is conceptually built upon 'travel notes' compiled and edited by artist Tony Cokes. As flaneur, Cokes creates a speculative image of Vienna by appropriating and meshing non-art, historical figures, touristic clichés and club nights, all entwined in technological commentary. This distant gaze – Cokes hasn’t visited Vienna in the last 20 years – facilitates an aerial view of the complexities and unique traits that characterise it.

 

CHF 25.–

Peter Wächtler 

Jolly Rogers

Sternberg Press, 2019

Wächtler works in a variety of media but in many ways narrative is his primary material. In his latest book, nine short texts and a near complete collection of his drawings and prints come together as vignettes of a plot never quite revealed.

In the elevator I would then turn around and look at her hands gripping her walking frame, smiling up at me. I could not look her in the drooping eyes, though. It reminded me too much of the times we were close, of the times when I asked her if I could move in with her, as a little friend. ;)

Jesus, those were busy times! Anyways, I am 100% sure it was her changing the buttons of the elevator from numbers to letters so they would read: “Killyourselfbasement.” 

 

CHF 20.–

Volume, International Discography of the New Wave, Vol. 1, 1980

Martha DeFoe and B. George eds.

One Ten Records, December 1, 1980 

 

​A complete guide to new wave/punk records, small labels, distributors, record stores, fanzines, radio stations, clubs and obscure bands. "Martha DeFoe and B. George  tried to cover the whole world... and did quite a good job".

 

CHF 120.–

A Sand Book

Ariana Reines

Tin House Books 2019

In her long-awaited follow-up to Mercury, 2011, Reines has written her most ambitious and visceral work to date. In poems tracking climate change, bystanderism, state murder, sexual trauma, shopping, ghosting, love and the transcendent shock of prophecy, A Sand Book chronicles new dimensions of consciousness. What does the destruction of our soil have to do with the weather in the human soul? From sand in the gizzards of birds to the iridescence on the surface of spilt oil, from sand storms on Mars to our internet-addicted present, from the desertifying mountains of Haiti to natural disasters and state violence, A Sand Book is both an epic travelogue and a book of mourning.

 

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Memphis: La Collection Karl Lagerfeld

Sotheby's Monaco S.A., 1991

 

During the 1980's Karl Lagerfeld built up a collection of what he called "the Art Deco of the '80s" – Memphis design – to furnish his modern apartment in Monte Carlo. When he sold the apartment he decided to sell what had become an iconic collection of chairs, tables, cabinets, shelves, lights, teapots, clocks and televisions. This Sotheby's auction catalogue, published on the occasion of the sale, includes quotes from Lagerfeld, Barbara Radice, Ettore Sottsass and Frederique Huygen. Featured designers include Ettore Sottsass, Michele De Lucchi, Martine Bedin, Matteo Thun, Marco Zanini, Masanori Umeda, George James Sowden, Peter Shire and Aldo Cibic. ​

 

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Gay Guerrilla: Julius Eastman and His Music

(Eastman Studies in Music, Volume 129)

University of Rochester Press, 2015

The composer-performer Julius Eastman (1940-90) was a was an enigma to the many worlds he inhabited. Eastman pushed limits with his political aggressiveness in the highly charged arenas of sexual and civil rights in the 1960s-80s. In addition to analyses of Eastman's music, the essays in Gay Guerrilla provide background on his life history and the era's social landscape. 

CHF 40.– 

Last Days at Hot Slit: The Radical Feminism of Andrea Dworkin

Johanna Fateman, Amy Scholder eds. 

Semiotext(e), 2019 

 

Radical feminist author Andrea Dworkin – infamous for her anti-pornography stance and her role in the feminist sex wars of the 1980s – still looms large in feminist demands for sexual freedom more than a decade after her death. Among the very first writers to use her own experiences of rape and battery in a revolutionary analysis of male supremacy, Dworkin was a philosopher outside and against the academy, one who wrote with a singular, apocalyptic urgency. Last Days at Hot Slit brings together fiction and nonfiction  selections from Dworkin's work with the aim of putting the contentious positions she's best known for in dialogue with her literary oeuvre. The collection charts her path from the militant primer Woman Hating (1974), to the formally complex polemics of Pornography (1979) and Intercourse (1987) and the raw experimentalism of her final novel Mercy (1990). It also includes Goodbye to All This  (1983) – a scathing chapter from an unpublished manuscript that calls out her feminist adversaries – and My Suicide (1999), a despairing long-form essay found on her hard drive after her death in 2005.

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Frozen Tears I, II, II

John Russell eds.

ARTicle Press, 2003-07

 

Staged as an expanded artwork since 2003, Frozen Tears is a multipart project built around the production of three 800+ page books, each containing theory / horror texts and images from a range of celebrated international artists/writers that, together, morph-fuck the intra-distinction between the visual and linguistic. 

Texts By: Kathy Acker, Mireille Andrès, Antonin Artaud, Dominique Auch, Ned Baldwin, Stephen Barber, Georges Bataille, Baudelaire, John Beagles, Mark Beasley, Dodie Bellamy, Alissa Bennett, Simon Bill, Jesse Bransford, R.A.Bransford Jr Esq, Paul Buck, Bonnie Camplin, Aline Bouvy/John Gillis, Dennis Cooper, John Cussans, Trinie Dalton, Sue De Beer, Brock Enright, Felix Ensslin, Dan Fox, Robert Garnett, Paul Green, Matthew Greene, Fernando Guerreiro, Pierre Guyotat, Ilana Halperin, Glen Helfand, Jacques Henric, Rachel Howe, Ben Kaleb Brantley, Seth Kelly, Kevin Killian, Christopher Knowles, Jennifer Krasinski, Cedar Lewisohn, Lorenzo De Los Angeles Iii, Rachel Lowther, Dave Martin, Karl Marx, Casey Mckinney, Gean Moreno, J.P. Munro, Paulina Olowska, Simon O¹Sullivan, Arthur Ou, Damon Packard, Mike Paré, Graham Parker, Wotjek Puslowski, Adam Putnam, Ian Rafael Titus, Eugène Savitzkaya, Eric Schnell, Amy Sillman, Allison Smith, Joanne Tatham/ Tom O'sullivan, Daniel Torop, Genya Turovsky, Banks Violette, Benjamin Weissman, Ivan Witenstein, Thom Wolf

 

CHF 30.– ea

Black Macho and the Myth of the Superwoman 

Michele Wallace

Verso, 2015

Originally published in 1978, Black Macho and the Myth of the Superwoman blasted traditional myths of black womanhood and the masculine biases which, emerging with the black politics of the sixties, blocked a genuine female subjectivity. 

 

Nearly four decades later, it continues to find echoes in feminist debates on both social media and the academy. Now updated with an introduction by Jamilah Lemieux, examining the debates it sparked, and what has - and has not - changed.

 

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Inside the Personal Computer

Sharon Gallagher

Abbeville Press, Pop edition, 1984

This sensational book has everything you need to know about the technology of personal computing circa 1984. Discover the inner workings of large PC boards, floppy disks, circuit boards, cathode ray tubes, and dot matrix printers in a fun-filled 3D tour.

 

CHF 300.–

On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous

Ocean Vuong

Penguin Press; First Edition edition, June 4, 2019

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is a letter from a son to a mother who cannot read. Written when the speaker, Little Dog, is in his late twenties, the letter unearths a family’s history that began before he was born — a history whose epicentre is rooted in Vietnam — and serves as a doorway into parts of his life his mother has never known, all of it leading to an unforgettable revelation. At once a witness to the fraught yet undeniable love between a single mother and her son, it is also a brutally honest exploration of race, class, and masculinity. 

Winner of the 2019 New England Book Award for Fiction. 

 

CHF 20.–

The Living Theatre, Paradise Now

Text by Erika Billeter, images by Dölf Preisig

Benteli Verlag, Bern, 1968

After four years of self-imposed exile in Europe, the anarcho-communalist troupe The Living Theatre, led by Julian Beck and Judith Malina, returned to America with what would become their best-known production: 'Paradise Now'. This post-Artaud play sought to completely dissolve the boundaries of human interactions through a practice of live collective creation, forging a revolutionary harmony between actors and audience.

Near new, 12x18cm, paperback

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Night Philosophy

Fanny Howe 

Divided Press, 2019.

 

Collected around the figure of the child – not just as a little person under the tutelage of adults, but also the submerged one, who knows, who is without power, who doesn’t matter – Night Philosophy proposes a minor politics that disperses all concentrations of power.

Fanny Howe chronicles the weak and persistent, those who never assimilate at the cost of having another group to dominate. These stories, meditations and fragments are woven together with passages by Samuel Beckett, Marilyn Buck, Henia and Ilona Karmel, the UN Declaration of the Rights of the Child, and literary ephemera to explore violence, survival and vulnerability.
 

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When You I Feel, Issy Wood

Carlos/Ishikawa 2017

A compilation of the artist's writing, first published on her blog Chew and Swallow, from 2007-2017

CHF 40.–

 

All the Rage, Issy Wood

Carlos/Ishikawa 2019

A compilation of the artist's writing, first published on her blog Commit to the Dish, from 2017-2019

CHF 40.–

In Part, Writings by Julie Ault

Dancing Foxes Press 2017 

 

In Part brings together over three decades of  artist, writer and activist Julie Ault’s published texts. Beginning in the 1980s with texts written with her collaborators in Group Material, In Part highlights Ault’s shift from exhibition making in the mid-1990s to include publishing and writing.

 

CHF 35.–