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One of the most difficult questions in the art world. What makes a work of art valuable? From spreadability, meaning the frequency a piece circulates as image or text, to the creation of importance through affect and experience, to laziness being the only true art, to auctioning single words of a story - The Trouble with Value investigates how an artwork gains value in times when art is not necessarily rare or singular and the artist as master craftsman seems to be an outdated notion. Buy...

We know the universe had a beginning. But what happens at the end of the story? Our universe could collapse in upon itself, or rip itself apart, or even – in the next five minutes – succumb to an inescapable expanding bubble of doom. With lively wit and humor, astrophysicist Katie Mack takes us on a mind-bending tour through each of the cosmos’ possible finales: the Big Crunch, Heat Death, Vacuum Decay, the Big Rip and the Bounce.⁠ This captivating story of cosmic escapism examines a mesmerizing yet unfamiliar physics landscape while sharing the excitement a leading astrophysicist feels when thinking about the universe and our place in it. Amid stellar explosions and bouncing universes, Mack shows that even though we puny humans have no chance of changing how it all ends, we can at least begin to understand it. The End of Everything (astrophysically speaking) is a wildly fun, surprisingly upbeat ride to the farthest reaches of all that we know.⁠ Buy...

Since quite a while the fashion industry is facing a groundbreaking paradigm change. If there is a good thing about late capitalism, environmental pollution, shortage of resources, exploitative labour it would be that we, 'the happy consumer and devil producer', are forced to change our mindset radically – and with it our notion of luxury. Luxury nowadays is about time, quality and care. Caring for our planet, the next generations and ourselves. What a new generation of fashion designers has to contribute to change the rules of the fashion industry can be seen in the latest issue of Press & Fold. A fashion magazine which is deeply concerned about alternative fashion forms and narratives. In this issue the author of Dissolving the Ego of Fashion Daniëlle Bruggeman explains why it is so necessarily important to leave the Fashion's Ego behind, a self-maintaining desire machine producing nothing else than shallow promises, the JOIN Collective Clothes project gives a glimpse into their work to make and wear clothes together as well as you can find out how fashion and intellect goes together pretty well these days as magazines like 032c, Vestoj and Purple practicing this for years. Press & Fold is a carefully thought through paper delight, a fashionable beauty which hopefully will sustain for a long, long time. Buy...

To offer you a small glimpse of all the beautiful titles which are dropping in our little store day after day makes up the most enjoyable part of our job. And honestly, the easiest - since they all are exceptional in one way or another. But sometimes - as in the case of Susan Sontag - there resonates an undeniable reverence, an uncertainty about where to start or where to end. How can one possibly find the right words to come anywhere close to one of the most sharp-witted, charismatic and controversial writers of the twentieth century? The sincere answer is: We'll not even try. The only thing we can do is highly suggest you to see the world through the eyes of an intellectual, a critic, a lover, a mother, a homosexual, a loner, a stubborn and above all, through the eyes of someone who fully dedicated her whole life to the written word. While you get hooked in Benjamin Moser's latest biography or in the numerous essays of Sontag herself, one thing is for sure, they are after all these years still a delighting, eye-opening read, so much we can promise.  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  ...

[gallery size="medium" columns="7" ids="52236,52235,52234,45280,44545,44544,44540" orderby="rand"] From time to time there are some editorial kinships which remain - it can't be said otherwise - unbeatable! Such is the series 'Documents of Contemporary Art', a thriving publishing alliance between MIT Press and London's Whitechapel Gallery. For over 13 years now their common maxime is to publish comprehensive anthologies, for a little money, appealing design and, no less important, significant content. While each volume is a concrete exploration through one major theme at the time, the series offers a plurality of tongues, discussing various aspects of everything contemporary art can possibly offer. The fact that every book is edited by one scholar, artist, curator or critic guarantees exactly that: an ever-changing, new angel on one specific subject. And, as the constantly increasing  number of titles such as 'Ethics', 'Exhibition', 'The Rural' and 'Queer' shows: there is a lot more to explore. Thus, never change a winning team! Buy...

Most likely diagrams and maps radiate a certain matter-of-factness, a narrative that in itself seems to be unquestionable. Not this time! The critical artworks and performances selected by curator Patricio Dávila turn the visualized assemblies of data, often used as an subtle instrument of power, inside out. The showcased projects, accompanied by pictures, diagrams and interviews in the book Diagrams of Power: Visualizing, Mapping, and Performing Resistance convince particularly through the simplicity of the ideas behind them: unmasking diagrams' underlying supposed truth and re-structuring it in one way or another (and there are plenty ways of resistance from within shown here!). Not only this publication by Onomatopee will make Deleuzian hearts beat faster but showing the immense power of grassroots practices for social change. Buy...

"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...

Eaten is a new sensational magazine about the history of food, created and edited by food historian Emelyn Rude. In this first volume themed “the food of the gods”, Eaten launches an exploration into how certain eating habits and recipes have emerged from the divine. Featuring stories about the revival of a nearly lost tradition of beer-brewing by the Benedictine monks of St. Wandrille Abbey, some directions on how to make an ancient Roman honey cake, the rite of butter carving in Tibet, and, a selection of poems by Rumi on the beauty of fasting in Ramadan. Buy...

Mold magazine is focused on helping create better environment friendly visions about how we produce and consume food. After the two first issues respectively dealing with the role of microbes in producing delicious food and how tableware design and furniture can create new rituals around the dining table, this third issue explores the many ways food waste can be reused as resource for the future, especially that we are currently wasting one third of the total amount of food we produce! Featuring articles on inspiring chefs behind a whole new dining movement, why food waste issues are so relevant for architects to tackle, ideas on the connection between soil design and fighting climate change, what the fridges of the future might look like, and, many more brilliant and inspiring stories. Buy...