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"When I was first starting out, I decided to call myself a center.", recalls the Canadian Centre for Architecture. "At the time the choice was clear, but it's only now that I've fully realized what it means not to be a museum. I really think that in our world being a museum is not enough."⁠ ⁠ The bold statement oscillates in the room for a moment until CCA continues: "What I am for is questioning what is going on around me - and uncovering alternatives. I try to act as a frame for making sense of, anticipating, and projecting on the world. I do this by focusing on architecture. (...

How much square meters does one need to open a gallery? For curator and visual artist, Eric Emery, 20 m² were exactly about right. 'About a Square. Ten Years of site-specific exhibitions at zqm' visualizes the transformative journey of a tiny exhibition space in Berlin named 'zqm'. The acronym - meaning twenty square meters - stands for a dimensional pre-condition which was taken, from the very first exhibition by Leo 'Kicking Over an Andy Goldworthy Sculpture'  - and ever since - as a possibility rather than a limitation. Graphic designer Julie Joliat got invited to continue the tradition of young artists to curatorial create something out of a white blank. Her Carte Blanche turned out to be an artwork itself. With page numbers dancing out of the line, wildly composed visual references, a long interview between Ascanio Cecco and Eric Emery, this book is an experimental laboratory, to which luckily, none of the standard norms of an exhibition catalogue can be applied. Nor does it foster conventional ways of thinking. In summary, it's not the worst idea to survey your terrain in order to think out of the box - no matter how small it is. Buy...

The history of exhibitions is currently undergoing renewed interest. Exhibitions are widely thought of presenting art, historical or scientific findings, while in fact they are presenting ideas, guiding views, establish theories, create categories, and make us into spectators. And therefore shape how we see and interpret the world. So they are far from neutral and the artwork is not at the center of their intend.⁠ The research project Theater, Garden, Bestiary: A Materialist History of Exhibitions stems from the wish to consider the exhibition as an own genre. Its looking at the white cube, exhibitions as medium, the wandering of the gaze, aestheticisation and dramatisation, and the order of curiosity.⁠ Buy...

During the Verbier Art Summit 'More than Real. Art in the digital Age', hold in 2018 on top of the Alps, key figures and leaders of the art scene came together to discuss one thing: What art can do and mean in the Digital Age. A first hint lies within the title itself: digital Art is not that alien to art practices before the rise of zeros and ones as one might expect. Digital art- same as its pre-digital ancestor intervene with reality in one way or another - and can lead to change and innovation. While Olafur Eliasson, Ed Atkins, Douglas Coupland among others pondered together about possible futures of art and its cultural value, there is one common undertone which is rather striking and characteristic of this Summit: 'To move in an increasingly digital world does not make us more robotic, but instead calls for us to become more human', as Daniel Birnbaum puts it. How digital art can be used as a medium to enhance our world is illustrated best in the 2nd interdisciplinary compilation of Verbier Art Summit whose contributors are, once again, willing to see the bigger picture as a chance rather than a threat. Got hooked? You can find the first publication to the inaugural Verbier Art Summit 'Size Matters! (De)Growth of the 21st Century Art Museum' here or even stream some of the talks from the top of 'The-Magic-Mountain'-alike scenery here.   Buy  ...

What do you know about Latvia? In case you’re only aware of the name and approximate geographical location (don’t worry, many of us were too), Benji Knewman comes just in time. Celebrating its 5th anniversary, the magazine turns the attention to its home town Riga, showing a bandwidth of art, culture, and architecture as well as „The Riga that wasn’t“. Switching around the usual way of defining a city, they focus on the things that not happened in Riga with detailed reports about planned building developments that never took place due to unfavorable circumstances. And though these are all sights you can not visit and marvel at (since they do not exist), this magazine will make you put Riga on top of your places-to-visit-list.  Buy...

‘To the rebel girls of the world, you are the promise, you are the force. Don’t step back and everyone will move forward!’ This is the underlying message of the decidedly anti-princess book, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls. The second volume juxtaposes a new mosaic of female profiles, from watchmakers and writers to chancellors and freedom fighters, treating girls -and boys indeed- with a set of formidable tales about the outstanding women who dared to brake with gender roles through unrelenting courage and hard work. Volume 2 for now only comes in its original english form, while Volume 1 is available in both, german and english. Buy...