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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.

Flowers - Michael De Feo

Michael De Feo

Flowers
As a child Michael De Feo dreamt of being a cartoonist working for Walt Disney. It didn’t turn out exactly as he expected - so to say - but definitely for the better for us! Ever since his street art is flourishing the public sphere. First growing his blooming fields of flowers in an improvised studio located in the basement of his parents home, in the early 1990s his iconic flowers started to adorn the vibrant streets of New York. Placed in unexpected corners, walls and on public transport his wheat-pasted graffiti has woven itself into the fabric of the grit jungle of concrete, glass and steel. The monograph Michael De Foe - Flowers is tracing the genesis of the, best known as, 'flower guy' from the very beginning to his fashion ads and lately intervention with Pre-Raphaelite paintings and Victorian portraiture. Together with texts by Eric Sutphin, James Danzinger and De Foe himself, the book immediately will catch you up with great excitement. A bit like in 'Where is Wally?' the reader sets out, searching for flowers in the turbulent hustle of the city streets around the globe, while getting an impression of how this beautiful mind is varying for more than 25 years now flowers as symbol of the circle of life. Buy
Camp - Notes on Fashion - Andrew Bolton

Camp

Notes on Fashion - Andrew Bolton
Some are describing it as "You get the idea, or you don't. And don't even dream of asking why." (Christopher Isherwood) Others don't even bother trying to find the right words for it, but enact what camp might be. Both, theory and practice, are now gathered together in an opulent catalogue 'Camp. Notes on Fashion' published by Yale University Press. And yes, this book is indeed rose and turquoise. But honestly, how should it be otherwise - approaching fashionable notions of camp and supported by no one less than Gucci? Becoming popular at a moment of social, political and economic instability, to be camp was certainly the move of rebellion at the time. A time when popular culture was reaching out from its shadowy subculture spheres to the Olympus of Art - much to the horror of the establishment. More than half a century later The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute's latest stroke of genius, the spring 2019 exhibition 'Camp. Notes on Fashion' curated by Andrew Bolton designed a lavish and not-less extravagant catalogue. Tracing the history of camp, its spectacular forms, the 250 objects dating from the seventeenth century to the present are not left on their own. As aesthetic grammar to decline the multifold notions of camp's exuberant stylistics serves Susan Sontag's probably most controversial seminal essay 'Notes on Camp' which she wrote shortly after leaving the sacred tin foil halls of Andy Warhol's Factory on East 87th Street in 1964. This two-folded booklet will escort you into a world of haute couture's most extravagant side, showing the exceptional work of fashion designers as Thom Browne, John Galliano, Jean Paul Gaultier, Marc Jacobs, Karl Lagerfeld, Alessandro Michele, Franco Moschino, Yves Saint Laurent, Jeremy Scott, Anna Sui, Gianni Versace, and Vivienne Westwood on the one side whereas on the other side you'll find an extraordinary illuminating theoretical examination of camp in different times and different verve. Buy
Typecasting

Typecasting

Furniture and the objects we surround ourselves with have always had a representational function. They represent status and taste, but also a mindset and personality and, in a way, that gives them that same personality. The exhibition Typecasting, curated by Robert Stadler with pieces from the extensive Vitra archives, plays with that thought and arranges the pieces by characters, such as spartans, dreamers, and compulsive organizers. The transhistorical, non-hierarchical presentation allows to draw connections, that go beyond timeline and iconography. But the real twist is the simultaneous real-time video footage of the exhibition on big screens, hanging over the theatrical stage, which equalizes the object and its digital depiction. Typecasting proposes that in a time when the depiction of our social-media-self becomes more important than the representation of our real-life-self also the digital images of objects become more important than the object itself. To constitute a status or mindset you only have to add a certain piece of furniture to your feed. Design became a mere prop for self-presentation on the internet. The newly published catalogue of the same name documents the exhibition and continues the questions of authorship, representation, identification and social function of design in times of social media. Buy
Juergen Teller - The Master IV

Juergen Teller

The Master IV
When Nobuyoshi Araki is handing two „Teller“ into photoflash brightness - exposing himself kissing Juergen Teller - nothing more than another piece on the Master’s plate is served. Coming from a small town in southern Germany, Juergen Teller never ceases to surprise in merging the mundane with the glamorous. Like the past three editions of the photo book series, the 4th features Teller’s plain straightforward visual identity compressed into a simple and clear designed small, thin booklet with a complex statement that needs no words to explain itself. Deriving eccentric and ironic layers of small town realities to his preferred place of residence London and other hotspots, he turns around the plate in making the private public and the public private, offering insights to bizarre moments in the lives and houses of key figures of the world of art. Breakfast with Boris Mikhailov - his own photo book on the coffee table next to orange juice and cold cuts. Charlotte Rampling cuddling a fox next to another version of herself as a fox crawling on the floor and William Eggleston smiling at a bunch of weapons or a pink Gorilla. These photographs appear like Teller, now himself a celebrity, is looking back to rural life in Bavaria, showing life in it’s most real and fame in it’s most ironic appearances, removing the glossiness from fashion photography, like in his renowned self portraits. The masterful is embedded in the everyday, in the ridiculousness of life, Bon Apétit! Buy
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
Cloud Service - Batia Suter

Cloud Service

Batia Suter
The sky is the place that invites for contemplation. It stays quite the same, no matter when or where looked at. Nowadays the cloud turned into a metaphorical trope for an ever-present data space, which by up- and downloading creates another archive placed in the sky. Atlas, encyclopedia, grammar - these relations to the archive are exactly the structures Batia Suter uses as a template for her visual surveys, but in the same way here she confronts this new digital metaphor with a poetic, romantic view of the cloud. As in Parallel Encyclopedia and Radical Grammar, Cloud Atlas is a kaleidoscope of the relation of all visual phenomena circled around one blurred thematic circle. But with it’s thin, soft paper and light feeling, this time it appears more like a misty cumulus cloud than a bold image archive. This associative journey takes you through the dull and fluffy, to heavy rainy clouds and spheric dust, floating underwater plants and glimmering sand dunes, until you’ll find yourself counting sheep - thinking about this really deep sleep that takes you to cloudy dreamscapes again. It’s this kind of unexplainable associations that give you the feeling of having solved the puzzle in the order of things while looking at it. Apophenia is the tendency to mistakenly perceive connections between unrelated things -in this case it’s a really satisfying tendency of our perception. 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
The Skirt Chronicles #4 2019

The Skirt Chronicles #4

Things often appear different at first sight as they actually are. And only after a certain period of time their versatile facets start to shine through. In the case of The Skirt Chronicles it's most likely less existential but still there is one fact you should know about this french export hit: This magazine is NOT a fashion magazine! - despite alleged evidence as, for instance, the name, the cover... Together, the trio Haydée Touitou, Sofia Nebiolo and Sarah de Mavaleix had something different in mind and, if any, only in the broadest sense another girly, glossy clothes magazine. Instead, in the very beginning of The Skirt Chronicles, the idea was to celebrate their friendship which then, turned into their joint wish to create a collaborative platform crossing different generations and cultures - and on top if it to give space for reflecting the women voice. Idealistic and dreamy? Probably! And yet, when you start to turn page by page, it will not take long that you sense how good and invigorating it feels to be kindly invited to see the world though a slightly softer and lighter lens - or as they put it: from an imaginary island. In their latest issue #4 they meet artist Eleanor Coppola to talk about her long journey out of the shadows of famously known director Francis Coppola, have a closer look at the work of Bahraini-American archaeologist Nasser Alzayani digging in the collective memory of his home country while taking you on a delicious pasticcerie tour. The Skirt Chronicles may not be the fashion magazine you expect in the first place but it has a lot of other treasures for you which are indeed priceless: offering you perfect hide-out, a locus luminosity in your mind - far far away. Buy
bauhaus imaginista - A school in the World (EN) - Marion von Osten

bauhaus imaginista

a school in the world - Marion von Osten, Grant Watson
This year the infamous German school Bauhaus turns 100. From 1919 till 1933 it was home of the avant-garde of modernism until the institution was finally forced to close through reprisals by Hitler's regime. With its manifestos, revolutionary ideas and iconic designs it is still the often quoted authority for German design and modernism worldwide. But instead of republishing again the same iconographic objects that repeatedly pop up as soon as someone says "Bauhaus", the exhibition catalogue bauhaus imaginista approaches contemporary problems through the ideal and material legacies of the Bauhaus. From the attempt to bring the arts together, to the shaping of coexistence and the improvement of everyday life, to design processes, cultural appropriation, and the impulse for emancipatory pop and subcultures, bauhaus imaginista interprets the Bauhaus legacy from a diverse and refreshing angle by looking at it as a global resonance space and putting it into the contemporary context. Buy
Pisé - Rammed Earth Tradition and Potential - Roger Boltshauser (EN)

Pisé – Rammed Earth

Tradition and Potential - Roger Boltshauser
In times when resources are scarce we turn back to old often forgotten methods and materials. Rammed Earth or Pisé, as they call it in French, is one of these. Pisé has a long history in Europe, especially in Switzerland, Germany, and France as an architectural material. In the 18th century architect François Cointeraux was already imagining a building method of prefabricated rammed earth blocks. He emphasised the favorable properties in terms of indoor climate, excellent fireproofing and local availability. The goal was to enable people to build their own homes with simple and very cheap means. But then the industrial revolution happened, steel and concrete replaced traditional materials and unfortunately with that a lot of knowledge got lost. Ever since architects like Herzog & de Meuron, Wang Shu and other Pritzker Prize winners have started in recent years to use Pisé for prestigious buildings, it lost its stench of being a poor material and got back in focus. Architect Roger Boltshauser aims with the publication „Pisé - Rammed Earth Tradition and Potential“ to record the state of knowledge, make it accessible, and expand the research. From historical rammed earth structures to possibilities and potentials of the material to contemporary constructions he collected essays by historians, architects, construction engineers, and material experts as well as research projects by students of the EPFL - Lausanne. Buy
racquet #4 2019

Racquet #9

California Issue
Are you longing as desperately as we do for some sunshine and warmth? Nothing easier than that as we have the right packed suitcase for you - Racquet #9! The only thing you have to do is to put on your short trousers and lean back to be instantaneous transferred to legendary California U.S.A. while diving into Racquet's California Issue. One bare fact you should know is that even tennis was invented in Great Britain, however, it was created in California. That's why the fellows behind this magazine chose to go way back to the beginning - to the place where it all (really) started. One of these places they visiting is - naturally - the Racket Doctor store in L.A. When the boom in the 1970s and '80s hit the West Coast, everybody and anybody played the ball as well as it was de rigueur to have a tennis racquet close by, this place kept busy 24/7 in the old days - and is still nowadays. Meanwhile Radka Leitmeritz follows the traces of the golden hour in her photo series - which is by the way, as glamorous as the infamous courtyards themselves. Talking about the Who's Who in California tennis-wise brings into the spotlight Charles Schulz. Racquet shows how the tennis-mania influenced the work of the creator of Snoopy and the peanut comic strip. We could go on and on and on (for instance the magical cover done by visual artist Friedrich Kunath), but seriously, Racquet's latest issue is as carefully, beautifully and well written as always and will serve you bloody well! Buy
Klapp-Stullen - Max Faber

Klapp-Stullen

Max Faber
Die Deutschen und ihr Brot - eine Liebe, der ganz besonderen Art. Wie innig das Band zwischen Brot-Connaisseur und der mindestens Mehrkorn- bis Vollkorn-Stulle tatsächlich ist, wird jenem schmerzlich bewusst, wenn er sich für einen längeren Zeitraum in eine Mono-Weissbrot-Kultur begibt. Und nun also das passende Buch zum Brot: Klapp-Stullen. Mit Max Fabers einzigartigem Kunstband/Kochbuch/Enzyklopädie bekommt die Stulle, nun endlich den Tribut gezollt, den sie verdient. Seite für Seite und Scheibe für Scheibe seziert und analysiert der gelernte Koch und Food-Stylist das Kulturgut gekonnt mithilfe eines Scanners. Die daraus entstandenen hochauflösenden Bilder rücken die Stulle nicht nur in ein neues Licht, sondern zeigen sie in all ihren Facetten, ihren zahlreichen Varianten und ihren eigentümlichen Verwandtschaftsverhältnissen wie etwa das Toast, Ciabatta oder Baguette. Dazu gibt es die wichtigsten Fakten vorab wie z.B., dass die 'Stullenpakete' im Mittelalter dazu dienten, dass die Jäger keine fettigen Hände beim Essen bekamen. Alles in allem stimmt es wohl, wie Faber wissend zu bedenken gibt: "Die Deutschen und ihr Brot, das ist eine ernste Sache" - aber das Buch beweist auch, dass die Deutschen sich durchaus manchmal auch selbst auf's Korn nehmen können. Buy
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