Eternal September. The Rise of Amateur Culture (2014)

14 October 2014, dusan

Curated by Valentina Tanni, Eternal September. The Rise of Amateur Culture is a group exhibition that explores the relationship between professional art making and the amateur cultural movements through the web.

This catalogue features a curatorial text by Valentina Tanni, together with an interview with artist Matthias Fritsch, the man beyond the Teknoviking meme, an essay by artist group Smetnjak on practicing critical theory in the form of internet memes, visual documentation of Tanni’s ongoing curatorial project The Great Wall of Memes, and a section dedicated to the works of 15 exhibited authors.

Publisher Link Editions, Brescia, with Aksioma, Ljubljana, September 2014
Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 International License
ISBN 9781291980608
82 pages


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Umělec/Artist Magazine (1997–2012–) [CZ/EN/DE/ES]

19 August 2013, dusan

“Since its inception Umelec has remained the only international art magazine in English about contemporary visual culture in Central Europe and beyond. Umelec is dedicated to more focused regional or national issues, and always tries to bring to life the current social-cultural situation, including its more marginal aspects. We do not consider culture as a decoration of the state body, but as one of the most important inspiring values of life, even if it is radical or strange.” (from the publisher)

Publisher: Divus (Ivan Mečl), Prague/London/Berlin
Editor-in-chief: Palo Fabuš; formerly: Lenka Lindaurová and Vladan Šír, Jiří Ptáček, Alena Boika
Graphic design: Dita Lamačová; formerly: Dan Vlček, Ondřej Strnad, Jakub Němeček, Ivan Mečl

View the latest issue (English, HTML), also in German, Czech.
View the issue 2011–2 (English, HTML), also in German, Czech.
View the issue 2011–1 (English, HTML), also in German, Czech.
View previous issues (HTML), incl. Special issues: “Austrian” (2009–1, EN/CZ/DE), “Mexican” (2007–2, EN/CZ/DE/ES), “German” (2005–2, EN/CZ/DE), “Swiss” (2006–2, EN/CZ), “French” (2002–1, EN/CZ). The issues from 2005–3 up to 2009–1 were also published in Spanish.

Otto Neurath: International Picture Language: The First Rules of Isotype (1936)

8 March 2013, dusan

In the first decades of the twentieth century, Otto Neurath and Gerd Arntz invented the Vienna Method of Pictorial Statistics [Wiener Bildstatistik]. The method was renamed in the late 1930s as ISOTYPE ―I(nternational) S(ystem) O(f) TY(pographic) P(icture) E(ducation) ―and was used in the 1940s and 1950s in the Netherlands, Great Britain, Greece, the USA and the USSR.

Publisher Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co., London, 1936
117 pages

commentary (George Pendle, Cabinet)


See also Gesellschaft und Wirtschaft: Bildstatistisches Elementarwerk, 1930

Katarína Rusnáková (ed.): V toku pohyblivých obrazov: Antológia textov o elektronickom a digitálnom umení v kontexte vizuálnej kultúry (2005) [Slovak]

26 October 2012, dusan

Antológia textov o elektronickom a digitálnom umení v kontexte vizuálnej kultúry prináša aktuálne pohľady na mnohotvárnu problematiku súčasného elektronického a digitálneho umenia.

Autori textov: Nora Barry, Tilman Baumgärtel, Ursula Frohne, Sabine Himmelsbach, Verena Kuni, Peter Lunenfeld, Lev Manovich, Simon Penny, Peter Weibel.

Publisher Academy of Fine Arts, Bratislava
ISBN 8088675979, 9788088675976
193 pages

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John Berger: Ways of Seeing (1972)

8 July 2012, dusan

Ways of Seeing is a 1972 BBC four-part television series of 30-minute films created chiefly by writer John Berger and producer Mike Dibb. Berger’s scripts were adapted into a book of the same name. The series and book criticize traditional Western cultural aesthetics by raising questions about hidden ideologies in visual images. The series is partially a response to Kenneth Clark’s Civilisation series, which represents a more traditionalist view of the Western artistic and cultural canon.

The book Ways of Seeing was made by Berger and Dibb, along with Sven Blomberg, Chris Fox, and Richard Hollis. The book consists of seven numbered essays: four using words and images; and three essays using only images. The book has contributed to feminist readings of popular culture, through essays that focus particularly on depictions of women in advertisements and oil paintings. Ways of Seeing is considered a seminal text for current studies of visual culture and art history.

First published in the UK by the BBC and Penguin Books, 1972
Publisher Penguin Books, 1977
165 pages



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