On 20 September 2014 Kunsthalle Basel launched its Festival of the Eleventh Summer, an 8-week programme of performances, screenings, concerts and talks. (more...)
Graeme Thomson & Silvia Maglioni: the third contribution for the talk series Lions After Summer (you may find the previous two here 1 & 2). Graeme Thomson & Silvia Maglioni are filmmakers whose work interrogates potential forms and fictions emerging from the ruins of the moving image, and whose practice includes the creation of feature films, exhibitions, sound and video installations, performances, event-works, tube-tracts, radio shows and books. (more...)
Over the last few years Mandla Reuter has mostly worked on the question of how places can be defined or occupied, often establishing a certain minimal narration within the spatial connections and structures he develops within his exhibitions. The selection of images found on Reuter’s computer in Berlin come from different sources, folders and years. (more...)
Roma Publications 1998 – 2014 is an exhibition that includes over 230 books and editions published by Roger Willems and Mark Manders in collaboration with a large number of artists, writers and designers. (more...)
The Polish artist Leszek Knaflewski passed away suddenly on the 6th of September, 2014. Born in Poznań in 1960, Knaflewski was an audiovisual artist, well-known for his audio-performative activities, by means of which he undertook a discussion with contemporary culture. We asked Honza Zamojski, a close friend of Knaflewski and fellow Polish artist, to dedicate a text in remembrance of this astounding, infinitely open minded and generous artist. (more...)
Strolling about in a twenty-first century shopping mall, we might wonder when and where such graves of the spirit first came into being. The answer to that question is a fairly tangible reality, one that we can experience in person, if we are willing to discover what is left of the Paris passages. (more...)
In 1986 Corrado Levi curated one of the most influential Italian exhibitions of the last thirty years: Il Cangiante. It was a seminal event for many reasons: the juxtaposition of the artists, the exhibition design, the critical writing, the revaluation of underappreciated figures. Levi set up a confrontation between the youngest artists (such as Bruno Zanichelli) and the most famous artists of the period (such as Francesco Clemente). (more...)
A post-surrealistic experiment juxtaposing visual artworks and literary sources that apparently have nothing in common. In this issue: Goffredo Parise (1929–986) and a selection of photos from the archive of Paese Sera newspaper. (more...)
The Foreigners Stand Still
The catalogue has been published in conjunction with Patane’s exhibition The Foreigners Stand Still, in 2013 at Fondazione Giuliani in Rome and curated by the Foundation’s Director Adrienne Drake. This book could be contemplated as a kind of narrative in which each chapter corresponds to a specific artwork. Through a collage of images and texts, the artist creates a constellation of personal, historical and actual events, sometimes invented, which inspired every work.
NERO presents the new release Festa, a pocket-sized book curated by Alessandro Cucchi and dedicated to the artist Tano Festa. Twenty-five years after his death, NERO re-publishes the artist’s last interview, conducted by Aldo Ricci and originally featured in Frigidaire magazine. The book also collects new interviews and anecdotes about the life of a major protagonist of the Italian art world of the 60s and 70s. The book is a biting monologue in which all of Festa’s artistic frustrations and human frailties erupt into a cynical interpretation of the present and a prophetic vision of the future. In these short texts, the artist’s outspoken Romanness reacts to the cultural and political flatness of the Italian 80s, defining a new identity that also stands as an affirmation of delirium, of the fantastic and of that most human element that serves man to overcome his own specific and genetic conditions: that is, to overcome himself.
New Globe Notes
New Globe Notes is the new LP by British musician and artist Mike Cooper. The edition is composed of a vinyl plus a booklet and has been produced by NERO in collaboration with record label No=Fi Recordings.
For the past fifty years, Mike Cooper has been constantly experimenting with live composition, field recordings and free improvisation; in the late 90s he developed a particular kind of contemporary exotica inspired by his trips in the Pacific area; the result is, in his own words, an “imaginary, exotic, ambient soundscape of places that didn’t exist”.
Published on the occasion of Anamericana – the big group exhibition held in October 2013 at the American Academy in Rome, curated by Vincenzo de Bellis and promoted by the DEPART Foundation – the book explores, through texts and images, the idea that despite the variety of practices in today’s America, many artists are constantly working around themes delving into the habits and traditions central to contemporary American society.
The Dry Salvages - Limited Artist's Edition
The limited artist’s edition of The Dry Salvages by Elisabetta Benassi is a compact wooden box, containing the artist’s book and one of the 10,000 bricks from the exhibition vice versa – curated by Bartolomeo Pietromarchi, The Italian Pavilion at the the 55th International Art Exhibition, la Biennale di Venezia, 2013 – representing a unique piece of space debris.
The 10,000 items published in the book are the space debris in orbit around the Earth, selected by the artist from the public version of the NORAD (North American Aerospace Defence Command) Space Object Catalogue, and correspond to the 10,000 bricks in the exhibition. Each one of the 50 copies comes with a signed certificate.
Trouble Academy documents the work of After Howl, the Master Studio in sculptural practice at ERG, École de Recherche Graphique in Brussels, through a visual collection of different materials such as photographs, notes and miscellaneous prints.
With texts by Eva Fabbris, Jill Gasparina, Raphael Pirenne, an intervention by Ryan Gander and a conversation with Maurizio Lazzarato, the book argues that accumulation is a new style of history, and community a new way to see things growing.