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In the past 10 years we had the pleasure to get to know a lot of the amazing people behind the magazines and publications we try to gather in our store for you, we have seen countless covers on our shelves and browsed myriads of pages. In News & Novelties we want to share some of our latest finds and conversations. Find inspiration in our reviews, enjoy some interviews with amazing people and get to know about our latest activities in Berlin and around the globe.

To be determined. According to the Situation - Dirk Zoete

To be determined. According to the Situation

Dirk Zoete
Not far from the French border, down in southern Belgium a young boy learnt from an early age, how to use his hands properly, helping his parents farming maize, beets and cows. When he turned eighteen Dirk Zoete chose art not farming. Nearly 30 years later and by now well-known for his archaic sculptures and naive-looking drawings things are still the same. The unique amalgam between his hands and every material he comes around emerges ever since in artworks driven by simplicity and rudimentary. While the art cosmos is chasing all kinds of new technological inventions, Dirk Zoete's world remains flat. Taking this in astutely consideration, it indeed suits pretty well that Mousse Publishing brings Zoete's latest solo-exhibition on a flat format such as paper. Funny though, by adding one and one together, one flat world within another, his masks, objects and drawings seem to slowly leave their pages - ready to enter the viewer's universe. Zoete himself was still creating new art works during and after the opening of his exhibition 'To be determined. According to the situation' at the S.M.A.K. Museum in Gent and that's exactly what this publication is about: A celebration of a man who trusts his hands and follows his intuitive-associative methods, so to say, a Gesamtkunstwerk in progress. Hence, an excellent choice to have chosen art. Buy
Utopia/Dystopia

Utopia/Dystopia

A Paradigm Shift in Art and Architecture - Franco Berardi
Humans have an astounding vivid imagination when it comes to picturing a better life within an imaginary society. And yet, the utopian visions set in parallel time-space zones are not the only ones on our minds. The indispensable other part, the darker, gloomy side described in the shadow worlds of dystopian fantasies written by Aldous Huxley and Co. are as present in the collective consciousness as their utopian visionary twins. Despite all disparities they do have one thing in common: both concepts are changing over time. Following the manifesto-exhibition displayed at Lisbon’s MAAT Museum in 2016/ 2017 the book 'Utopia/ Dystopia - A paradigm shift in Architecture and Art' is a finest collection of hitherto unpublished essays accompanying the show. The more-than-a-catalogue explores the thin line between the binomial utopia/dystopia division, critically questions the various notions of both concepts and orbits their subtle interrelations. As it can be read in Pedro Gadanho’s essay „Utopia/Dystopia. A brief History of an uncomfortable Duality“ this publication focuses on a significant landmark, a time when both concepts started to shift massively in 1968. At the latest after WWII, the global genocide and after dropping an atomic bomb for the first time, it became obvious that mass-driven hopes and ideas to built a different, new organized society from scratch often and rapidly turn into societal nightmares like fascism, communism, modernism. This paradigm shift is still echoing in the ideas about where the world will/could lead in the not-so-far future. By going beyond a mere static perspective on this dichotomy, turning and stretching the dualism to its limits the authors offer novel and different stances about a future yet to come. And perhaps, this book can do one’s bit to shift the ways we address society in its ideal self-representations by making us question again the role of cultural producers in face of a broader, unescapable political situation, as it is written in the foreword - or „Hope is the last to die“ to sneak in an everlasting utopian overtone. Buy
Duty Free Art - Kunst in Zeiten des globalen Bürgerkriegs. Hito Steyerl

Duty Free Art

Kunst in Zeiten des globalen Bürgerkriegs
Duty Free Art composes 15 essays of the media critic Hito Steyerl, recently named the most influential person in the art world by the international art magazine ArtReview. She begins her reflections with a truly absurd institution of the art market: Freeports. The depots for luxury goods at the airports of Geneva, Singapore and Luxembourg, store works of art free of custom duties and at the same time withdrawn from the public. Rumor has it that the Freeport in Geneva is home to thousands of Picassos but due to intransparent documentation the actual number is unknown. However, there is no doubt that the inventory can compete with any large museum. Therefore this luxurious no-man’s-land is assumably one of the most important art locations right now. Technically, the goods are in transit, but in fact this legal vacuum is increasingly becoming a permanent residence for accumulated wealth. The freeport is thus a permanent transit zone and in some way a secret museum. But Hito Steyerl does not stop there. She sees our time as a global hell of indefinite civil wars - through social media delusional populations, capitalism floating on seas of debt, algorithmically guided missiles killing thousands of civilians. And somewhere in all of this is the art world: broken, corrupt, complicit, idiotic, with perhaps just a hint of value to rescue itself out of the wreckage. Maybe. Buy
Paradis 2018

Paradis #7

Potential Museums
If we were to reimagine contemporary museums, what would they be and how would they look like? In this latest issue of the slick, high-quality French magazine Paradis, editor Donatien Grau invited fifty-four contributors to picture new versions of the twenty-first century museum. Something of the imagination, which has the potential of breaking up with the traditional patterns museums follow. For this, the Potential Museums issue adopts an experimental approach where artists, designers, editors, writers and scholars are given carte blanche to produce various types of works ranging from essays, poetic and fictional texts, to drawings, images and installations. Some of the proposed ideas here include the “Museum of Nuances”, the “Museum of Frogs” and the “Museum of Non-Verbal Communication”. Buy
Booksigning with Walter Pfeiffer

Booksigning with Walter Pfeiffer

Thursday, October 18th, 7pm at Auguststrasse 28
Celebrate with us the latest book of world-renowned photographer Walter Pfeiffer on Thursday, October 18th at 7pm at our store on Auguststrasse. »Bildrausch - Drawings 1966–2018« is the overdue overview of his vivid graphic work, published by Edition Patrick Frey. Walter will be present to sign some copies. PS: If you will be prevented for any reason, you can pre-order a signed copy. Buy
43-35 10th Street

43-35 10th Street

Daniel Shea
43-35 10th Street is the latest publication by Swiss indie publisher Kodoji Press. The title refers to the artist Daniel Shea’s studio and home address in Long Island City. From and beyond this address, and using 399 colour and 27 black and white plates, Shea crafts an elegant narrative about politics, class dynamics and the actual beneficiaries from the ongoing urban changes. Expansive construction projects and the flux of new jobs they generate are also the scene for political tension workers and unions disputes and more visible economic inequalities. The photographs reveal these tensions, and establish Shea’s strong focus on composition, colour, shape and line, detailing construction sites through close ups of bricks, windows, pipes and different sorts of building surfaces. Buy
Hello World

Hello World

Revising a Collection - Udo Kittelmann
Five Museums in Berlin are represented by the Nationalgalerie, an institution dating back to 1861: The Alte Nationalgalerie, the Neue Nationalgalerie, the Museum Berggruen, the Sammlung Scharf-Gerstenberg and the Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart. The collected artworks in these museums are currently under scrutiny in an exhibition (April 28–August 26, 2018) at the Hamburger Bahnhof Museum on account of its Eurocentric Western focus. Through thirteen extensively researched chapters this colossal volume imagines how would the collection look like if it were gathered today, with more openness and with an appreciation for complexity and diversity in the arts. This contributes to the discussion about the future of the Nationalgalerie, and invites to take a fresh look on the significance of arts beyond Europe. Buy
032c #34 2018

032c #34 2018

032c, the summer issue is out now. Themed around a Big Flat Now moment, this 34th issue invites loosening up all ties with the past and future, and string along with the streams of decentralized information running through media without hierarchy. A tremendous overflow with no clear perspective, “no yesterday and no tomorrow” at its core. This issue’s dossier presents twelve entries about this seemingly infinite ground featuring encounters with rapper Travis Scott, Gucci’s creative director Alessandro Michele, WorldWideWitch community creator Johannes Paul Raether, artist Luchita Hurtado, collector Kenny Schachter, photographer Wolfgang Tillmans, and as usual, a spectacle of splendid photoshoot series. Buy
Goodbye World!

Goodbye World!

Looking at Art in the Digital Age - Omar Kholeif
The internet has changed the face of the world. It is no longer that peaceful looking, inactive floating orb which was captured by NASA’s Apollo 17 spacecraft in 1972. Goodbye, World! Looking at Art in the Digital Age examines the various ways human society has changed to keep up with the fast pacing developments of technology since ARPAnet first laid the foundation for the internet in the 1960s. From a critical viewpoint, author and curator Omar Kholeif focuses on the last couple of decades to trace the incredible changes in how we see and relate to imagery, how our feelings and behaviours are adapting to technology in radical ways, and how our perception of our own selves and relation to the urban landscapes surrounding us is transforming. Buy
Plan and Play

Plan and Play, Play and Plan

Defining Your Art Practice
What does it take for an emerging artist or designer or other sorts of creative independents to become who they are? What are the questions, traits, ambitions and restrictions that determine this? And how can they successfully guide their way through artistic practice? Janwillem Schrofer, director of the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam addresses these questions in Plan and Play, Play and Plan, giving a very helpful assessment on how to make the right choices with the help of analytical models, to bridge one’s creative qualities and romantic visions with practical entrepreneurship. Plan and Play, Play and Plan is a recipe for making choices without being in conflict with your own nature and unique characteristics. Buy
More than Real #2

More than Real #2

Art in the Digital Age - Daniel Birnbaum, Michelle Kuo
More than real, art in the digital world is released in occasion of the Verbier Art Summit 2018 (“an event grouping innovative thinkers in a beautiful, intimate -almost hidden- site for meaningful dialogues.”) Put together by Michelle Kuo, head of painting and sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and Daniel Birnbaum, director of Moderna Museet, the book comprises a series of texts by acclaimed artists and theoriciens like Pamela Rosenkranz, Ed Atkins, Douglas Coupland and Olafur Eliasson. The texts take on a multidisciplinary approach to describe the encounters between the arts and new technologies, focusing on the impact of technology on artistic and curatorial practices, the potential threats that the former might impose on the field, and how, increasingly, the so called virtual reality is manipulating what “coming together” means. Buy
Dictionary Dressings

Dictionary Dressings

Femke de Vries
By investigating the legitimacy of the current vocabulary used in the design and fashion industry, ABC Dictionary Dressings boldly contributes to how the design and fashion industry is being perceived, or for this matter, defined. In search of an alternative, more semantically relevant and innovatively up to date terminology, this volume uses archival images and fragments of texts, to testify to the limitations of the existing vocabulary which is normally used to represent factual and rational information about the characteristics and utility of the defined items, but is oblivious to the stylistic dimension of the designated items. Take the Dutch definition of a glove for example: “Handschoen: bekleding van de hand” (literally translating to "Glove: covering of the hand"). A hand, however, can be covered in a myriad of other ways. Buy
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