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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.

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at the airports of Geneva, Singapore and Luxembourg, store works of art free of custom duties and at the same time withdrawn from the public.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
Mindstate Malibu - Kritik Form Eskapismus

Mindstate Malibu

Kritik ist auch nur eine Form von Eskapismus
"Kritik ist auch nur eine Form von Eskapismus." Mit der Erkenntnis, dass der Kapitalismus alles vereinnahmt, selbst Kritik verschlingt und in Form von Büros mit Tischtennisplatte, Hobby zum Beruf machen, Bioprodukten und Slowfood wieder ausspuckt um sich seine Taschen zu füllen, kommt auch die Erkenntnis, dass Kritik demnach nicht die Verhältnisse erschüttert sondern selbst zum vermarktbaren Produkt avanciert. Mindstate Malibu gibt als Antwort eine Form von Gesellschaftskritik, die sich einer klaren Haltung entzieht (da diese vermarktbar wäre) und sich irgendwo zwischen "Hyperironie", Widersprüchlichkeit und surrealen Kommentaren in Twitter-länge bewegt. Unklassifizierbare Anti-Kritik ganz im Sinne des Dadaismus zwischen Grindgoal und Performance-Kunst. In Zusammenarbeit mit dem Institut für moderne Kunst Nürnberg. Buy
Kajet #2

Kajet #2

On Utopias
As the promises of liberalism in its Western shape have taken their toll on the Eastern front, the need for new narratives about reality has never been more pressing. This second issue of Kajet is based on the supposition that people in Eastern Europe have been “tricked into distrusting the existence of an alternative modernity”, hence the question of whether there’s still room for utopia after the utopia of the communist era. Idealism in mind, Kajet writers resurface the spirit of revolt, focusing on rebels, insurgency and visionaries in order to reintroduce a new face of utopianism. They explore the topic through the prism of time, architecture, imagination and futurism. Buy
Comme-ci comme-ça

Comme-Ci Comme-Ça – The Auroville Project

Christoph Draeger & Heidrun Holzfeind
Founded in 1968 in South East India by Mirra Alfassa, Auroville was perceived as the city of the future - a new society thriving on new, spiritually guided principles. Christoph Draeger & Heidrun Holzfeind revisit the community to investigate the origins of the project and whether the people currently involved in it share the enthusiasm of its early days. With archival research observations and interviews with some of the 2000 people currently living in Auroville, they examine whether the standards of the the city of the future have been met, whether common ownership, life-long learning and research into the spiritual are still the basic principles guiding the community. But foremost there’s a clear focus on the architectural aspect in Draeger and Holzfeind’s book, which they display with photographs, archival blueprints and documents about the original city plans. Buy
Architecture and Human Rights

Architecture and Human Rights

A Book on Urban Thinking - Tiziana Panizza Kassahun
“In a just world this book would not be written…” True, calling for a new approach to urbanization and design, Architecture and Human Rights by Tiziana Panizza Kassahun urges architects and city developers to take a more socially responsible positions in the making of cities. In order to face the challenges of a future where cities and populations are phenomenally expanding, the need to invest in equal opportunities for decent living conditions has never been more pressing. This book includes critical conversations with people whose lives are dramatically influenced by inequitable urbanization and whose visions about a better living place should matter no less than that of the logic of the market. Buy
Benji Knewman #8 2018

Benji Knewman #8 2018

The eighth volume of the Latvian Benji Knewman comes in a new format of nine booklets wrapped in a soft 140 * 200 mm cover. Themed “art is hard”, this issue contains an email correspondence between Benji Knewman founder Agnese Kleina, author Oleg Sivun, and Esthere Kajema entitled “Post-Soviet Man. A Year of Understanding.” Also included: “A French Mirror”, a piece critically observing an exhibition at the Musée D’Orsay in Paris called “Savage souls: Symbolism in the art of the Baltic states”, insomuch as “symbolism” is considered the “least satisfactory of the -isms”. Turbo: the chronicles of a teenager’s memoirs growing up in the USSR, told around the then hard to get item of luxury: the chewing gum. A Copenhagen based photographer’s lost walks in the fog. Buy