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Bizzarie di Varie Figure 1624 Giovanni Battista Braccelli Livorno - PDF, JPG

body, mannerism

The fifty plates of the Bizzarie di Varie Figure [Oddities of Various Figures] are the liveliest and most original etchings of a highly creative, if little known, Florentine artist, Giovanni Battista d’Antonio Braccelli (active 1616–49). The Bizzarie exhibit characteristics of Mannerism, which originated in Italy in the 16th century. (...)

See Sue Welsh Reed (Library of Congress, 2000).

Die träumenden Knaben 1908 Oskar Kokoschka Vienna DE PDF (1917)

art, dreams, jugendstil, poetry, psychoanalysis, sexuality

In 1907, Fritz Waerndorfer, the financial backer of the Wiener Werkstätte, the leading design workshop in Vienna, commissioned Oskar Kokoschka, still a student at Vienna’s Kunstgewerbeschule (School of decorative arts), to make an illustrated fairy tale for his children. Kokoschka instead delivered a haunting poem about awakening adolescent sexuality set on far-off islands, away from the modern city and bourgeois life. (...)

See Rosa J.H. Berland (Source, 2008).

Klänge 1913 Wassily Kandinsky Munich DE PDF (DE), PDF (EN)

art, avant-garde, poetry, sound

Kandinsky’s self-described “musical album,” Klänge [Sounds], consists of thirty-eight prose-poems he wrote between 1909 and 1911 and fifty-six woodcuts he began in 1907. In it, he emphasizes the physiological impact of the sonic quality of language, often repeating words until focus on meaning subsides and new focus on aural character of words emerges. These poems were instrumental in Kandinsky’s development of abstraction. (...)

See Christopher Short (Tate Papers, 2006).

La Prose du Transsibérien et de la petite Jehanne de France 1913 Blaise Cendrars, Sonia Delaunay-Terk Paris FR PDF, MP3 (1985), HTML (EN)

abstract art, avant-garde, poetry

This collaborative book features a poem by Blaise Cendrars about a journey through Russia on the Trans-Siberian Express in 1905, during the first Russian Revolution, interlaced with an almost-abstract pochoir print by Sonia Delaunay-Terk. The work is considered a milestone in the evolution of artist’s books as well as modernist poetry and abstract art. (...)

See Blaise Cendrars (1950), Ekaterina Likhtik (Drunken Boat, n.d.).

Tango s korovami: zhelezobetonnye poemy 1914 Vasily Kamensky Moscow RU PDF

concrete poetry, cubo-futurism, futurism, poetry, typography, visual poetry

Tango s korovami [Tango With Cows] by the Russian futurist poet Vasily Kamensky, printed in an edition of 300, has become famous primarily for being made entirely of commercially produced wallpaper, with a series of concrete poems – visual poems that employ unusual typographic layouts for expressive effect – printed onto the recto of each page. (...)

Piedigrotta: col manifesto sulla declamazi one dinamica sinottica 1916 Francesco Cangiullo Milan IT PDF

futurism, poetry, visual poetry

Francesco Cangiullo's Piedigrotta: Manifesto on the Dynamic and Synoptic Declamation theorizes a kind of robotic and syncopated declamation. The title and cover illustration come from an annual Naples folk tradition, a pyrotechnic feast with extraordinary fireworks. These elements suggest the explosive thrust of Mt. Vesuvius, the volcano that stands over the gulf of Naples. (...)

See Mladen Ovadija (2013).

Some French Moderns Says McBride 1922 Rrose Sélavy (Marcel Duchamp) New York EN PDF

art criticism

In 1922, Henry McBride, who had been close to Duchamp for years, commissioned him to design a book for his art essays. The resulting pamphlet was composed of eighteen cardboard sheets, held together by three rings. Its title, Some French Moderns says McBride, is spelled out in twenty-seven separate file tabs attached to the right edge of each page; when viewed from the verso, these same tabs spell out the name of the book’s publisher: ‘SOCIÉTÉ ANONYME INCORPORATED’. (...)

See David Joselit (Infinite Regress, 1997), Caroline Cros (Marcel Duchamp, 2006).

Dlia golosa 1923 Vladimir Mayakovsky, El Lissitzky Berlin RU PDF

avant-garde, constructivism, graphic design, poetry, typography

Dlia golosa [For the Voice], a collection of 13 poems by Mayakovsky, “constructed” by Lissitzky, has long been recognized as one of the finest achievements of Russian avant-garde bookmaking, a tradition in which poets and artists collaborated to create books that attained the status of art objects. By any reckoning, For the Voice is a landmark event in the history of modern graphic design. The book was inspired by the “new optics,” where ideas are given form through printed letters, turning them into pictorial signs, and by “words that are seen and not heard,” as Lissitzky wrote. (...)

Lidantiu faram 1923 Ilya Zdanevich (Iliazd) Paris RU, FR PDF

dada, futurism, poetry, typography, visual poetry, zaum

Lidantiu faram [Le-Dantyu as a Beacon] is a play typed in zaum language by the Georgian-French artist-typographer Ilya Zdanevich. It remains an unsurpassed example of visually fascinating typographical contrivances and was to exert a decisive influence on the typographical component of international dadaist poetry. (...)

See Lewis Blackwell (20th-century Type, 2004: 35), Alan Bartram (Futurist Typography, 2005: 50-69).

Die Kunstismen / Les Ismes De L’Art / The Isms of Art: 1914–1924 1925 El Lissitzky, Hans Arp Munich / Leipzig DE, FR, EN PDF

1910s, 1920s, architecture, art, art history, avant-garde, film

This book begins with definitions by well-known artists of the various movements, or forms of art, of the period. They range from Cubism, Futurism, Expressionism, Abstract Art, through Metaphysicians, Suprematism, Simultanism, Dadaism, Purism, Neoplasticism, Merz, Proun, Perism, Constructivism, to Abstract Film. The section is followed by reproductions illustrating each movement. (...)

Die Scheuche: Märchen 1925 Kurt Schwitters, Käte Steinitz, Theo van Doesburg Hannover DE PDF, JPG (EN), PDF (ES)

dada, de stijl, graphic design, typography

In Die Scheuche: Märchen [The Scarecrow: A Fairytale] phrasing borrowed from German fairytales, grammar lessons, and religious texts combine into a formal hybrid that is cast in type. For the creators of this children’s book, such serious play with ready-made genres and print components offered a means of collecting the fragments of the past and assembling them to rebuild for the future. (...)

See Leslie Atzmon (Design Issues, 1996).

Abeceda 1926 Vítězslav Nezval, Karel Teige Prague CZ PDF

alphabet, avant-garde, dance, photography, poetry, typography

Abeceda [Alphabet] is a landmark work of the artists’ collective Devětsil, active in Prague and Brno in the 1920s. “In Nezval’s Abeceda, a cycle of rhymes based on the shapes of letters, I tried to create a ‘typofoto’ of a purely abstract and poetic nature, setting into graphic poetry what Nezval set into verbal poetry in his verse, both being poems evoking the magic signs of the alphabet.” – Karel Teige. (...)

Descriptions of Literature 1926 Gertrude Stein Englewood, NJ EN PDF

book, literature

One of the rarest of all Stein’s publications. (...)

Básne v kresbách 1930 Mikuláš Galanda Bratislava - PDF


The rare artist’s book Básne v kresbách [Poems in Drawings] by Slovak avant-garde painter and designer Mikuláš Galanda was published in the year he began teaching at the School of Arts and Crafts in Bratislava. (...)

Sovetskaya eroticheskaya azbuka 1931 Sergey Merkurov PDF

alphabet, art, sex

The so-called Sovetskaya eroticheskaya azbuka [Soviet Erotic Alphabet] by the monumentalist sculptor Sergei Dmitrievich Merkurov (1881-1952), the author of numerous monuments to Stalin (including the three largest in the USSR) and Lenin.

See Ross Wolfe (2013).

Emilie přichází ke mně ve snu 1933 Jindřich Štyrský Prague CZ PDF (1997, EN)

collage, dreams, eroticism, sexuality, surrealism

Jindřich Štyrský (1899–1942) was a painter, poet, photographer, collage artist and editor. A founding member of The Surrealist Group of Czechoslovakia he edited Erotická revue that included illustrations by well-known Czech artists and had an imprint called Edice 69 (Edition 69) where Emilie přichází ke mně ve snu [Emilie Comes to Me in a Dream], a portfolio of 10 erotic surrealist photo-collages, appeared in 1933 as its sixth and final volume. Štyrský believed that in pornography he had found a destabilizing medium that could be used to subvert established social and artistic norms. Bohuslav Brouk, a psychoanalyst affiliated with the Czech surrealists, contributed an afterword in which he commented forcefully on the subject of pornography as art. Despite its small run of 69 copies, the book is now considered a masterpiece of Czech Surrealism. (...)

Ler dla canpane 1948 Jean Dubuffet Paris FR PDF, JPG

outsider art

An early work of Dubuffet, written phonetically and illustrated with six linocuts and woodcuts. The author presented it as “le premier texte publié en langue française vivante depuis les Serments de Strasbourg” [the first text published in French as a living language since the Oaths of Strasbourg]. Issued in 150+15 copies. (...)

Poésie de mots inconnus 1949 Iliazd Paris FR PDF, JPG

avant-garde, dada, poetry, sound poetry, visual poetry

An early anthology of experimental visual and sound poetry featuring poems by 21 avant-garde authors and illustrated with seven woodcuts, six etchings, two engravings, three drypoints, two aquatints, and six lithographs. (...)

See Johanna Drucker (Amodern, 2016).

Yves Peintures 1954 Yves Klein Madrid FR PDF, JPG

art Peintures was Yves Klein’s first public gesture as an artist, featuring pages of “commercially printed papers” that were seemingly reproductions of paintings that, in fact, didn’t exist. (...)

See Denys Riout (Yves Klein, 2006: 26).

Fin de Copenhague 1957 Asger Jorn, Guy Debord Copenhagen FR, DA PDF


Fin de Copenhague [Goodbye to Copenhagen] is the first collaboration between Asger Jorn and Guy Debord. The book is credited to Jorn, with Debord listed as “Technical Adviser in Détournement”. The pages include text in English, French, German, and Danish; illustrations of whisky bottles beer bottles and cigarettes; aeroplanes and ocean going liners; cartoons of well dressed men and pretty girls and various maps of Copenhagen. Each page is covered with a second layer of coloured ink drops and drips, most of which go right to left, emphasising the direction of the book from beginning to end. (...)

See: Christian Nolle (Virose, 2005), Bart Lans (TU Delft, 2008).

Mémoires 1958 Asger Jorn, Guy Debord Paris FR PDF (1959, 254 mb), PDF (1993), PDF (2015, EN)


Mémoires [Memories] is the second of their two collaborative books made by Jorn and Debord whilst they were both members of the Situationist International. The pages consist of phrases, photos, drawings and cartoons that Debord cut out of other works, and then pasted up in a randomly suggestive manner. Debord then had Jorn taint these ‘prefabricated elements’ with paint. The colors suggest possible readings of the phrases or simply lend a mood to the images. These plates were then bound in sand-paper to destroy any other books it came into contact with–Debord calls them an anti-book. The book was published at Jorn’s expense and given away as a sumptuous gift to friends. (...)

See >Christian Nolle (Virose, 2005), Bart Lans (TU Delft, 2008), Ian Thompson (2015), Thomas Hvid Kromann (2016, DA).

An Anthology of Chance Operations 1963 La Monte Young, Jackson Mac Law New York EN PDF

art, avant-garde, conceptual art, fluxus, music, poetry

A source-book of early Fluxus classics. A collection of texts, scores for events, instruction cards, experimental poetry, and much more by artists musicians, poets, and dancers, who founded Fluxus, minimalism, conceptual art, and other experimental practices. Includes Henry Flynt’s first essay on concept art. (...)

Twentysix Gasoline Stations 1963 Edward Ruscha Alhambra, CA EN PDF, ZIP


Twentysix Gasoline Stations is the first artist’s book by the American artist Ed Ruscha. Published in April 1963 on his own imprint National Excelsior Press, it is often considered to be the first modern artist’s book, and has become famous as a precursor and a major influence on the emerging artist’s book culture, especially in America. The book delivers exactly what its title promises, reproducing 26 photographs of gasoline stations next to captions indicating their brand and location. From the first service station, ‘Bob’s Service’ in Los Angeles where Ruscha lived, the book follows a journey back to Oklahoma City where he had grown up and where his mother still lived. The last image is of a Fina gasoline station in Groom, Texas, which Ruscha has suggested should be seen as the beginning of the return journey, ‘like a coda’. (...)

See Rosalind Krauss (Under Blue Cup, 2011: 73-78).

Water Yam 1963 George Brecht Germany EN PDF (1972)


Originally published in Germany, June 1963 in a box designed by George Maciunas and typeset by Tomas Schmit, Water Yam has been re-published in various countries several times since. It is now considered one of the most influential artworks released by Fluxus. The box, sometimes referred to as a Fluxbox or Fluxkit, contains a large number of small printed cards, containing instructions known as event-scores, or fluxscores. Typically open-ended, these scores, whether performed in public, private or left to the imagination, leave a lot of space for chance and indeterminancy, forcing a large degree of interpretation upon the performers and audience. (...)

Barakei 1963 Eikoh Hosoe, Yukio Mishima Tokyo JP PDF, PDF (1985, EN)

body, eroticism, photography

The legendary photobook Barakei — Killed by Roses is a collaboration between photographer Eikoh Hosoe and writer Yukio Mishima. Hosoe used props, personal belongings and backgrounds readily available in Mishima’s house to cast the renowned writer as his subject in a sequence of surreal scenery. (...)

See Eikoh Hosoe (ASX, 2010).

Grapefruit: A Book of Instructions and Drawings 1964 Yoko Ono Tokyo / New York JP PDF (EN, 1970, part), PDF (ES), PDF (PT)

art, conceptual art, poetry

Yoko Ono's Grapefruit has become famous as an early example of conceptual art, containing a series of “event scores” that replace the physical work of art – the traditional stock-in-trade of artists – with instructions that an individual may, or may not, wish to enact. (...)

As Is When 1965 Eduardo Paolozzi London EN PDF

machine, pop art

As Is When is Eduardo Paolozzi’s homage to the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein created after reading his biography written by George Vaughan Wright. Wittgenstein’s study of linguistic systems coincided with Paolozzi’s love of toys and games and influenced his approach to the “syntax” and “vocabulary” of picture-making. The work began as a series of collages whose components were drawn from Paolozzi’s vast collection of found printed ephemera, which included such diverse materials as Woolworth wrapping paper and clippings from engineering manuals. Each of them was accompanied by quotations from Wittgenstein’s own writings or passages from the biography book.

See Wendy Weitman (Pop Impressions, 1999).

Flux Year Box 2 1965- 1968 George Maciunas EN PDF

art, fluxus

Flux Year Box 2, a signature Fluxus production, is a boxed anthology of works that was edited and assembled by Fluxus “chairman” George Maciunas beginning in about 1965. Like all Fluxus editions, the contents of each box varies depending on what Maciunas had available at the time. (...)

12 x 9 1967 Álvaro de Sá Rio de Janeiro - PDF

concrete poetry, visual poetry

A process-poem [poema processo] by the Brazilian poet, critic and philologist. (...)

Screen Tests / A Diary 1967 Gerard Malanga, Andy Warhol New York EN PDF

film, photography, poetry

The 54 stills of Screen Tests/A Diary–which picture actors and poets, socialites and thieves, models, consumers of amphetamine, painters, filmmakers, and musicians–are frame enlargements from short black-and-white silent-film portraits made between 1964 and 1966 by Andy Warhol with the assistance of Gerard Malanga and/or Billy Linich, also known as Billy Name, who lived at the Factory. Each still consists of one or two entire frames from the film footage, and part of either one or two additional frames. (...)

See Reva Wolf (Art Journal, 1993), Gary Comenas (, 2005).

Store Days: Documents from The Store, 1961, and Ray Gun Theater, 1962 1967 Claes Oldenburg New York EN PDF

art, happening, installation art, performance, performance art, sculpture, theatre

In December 1961, Oldenburg opened The Store in the rented storefront at 107 East Second Street that served as his studio, which he called the Ray Gun Manufacturing Company. A fully elaborated manifestation of the project that he had begun months earlier, The Store conflated two disparate types of commerce: the sale of cheap merchandise and the sale of serious art. Oldenburg packed more than one hundred objects into the modestly sized room, setting previously exhibited reliefs alongside new, primarily freestanding sculptures. Everything was available for purchase, with prices starting at $21.79 up to $499.99. After The Store closed, on January 31, 1962, Oldenburg used the space to stage a series of performances collectively titled Ray Gun Theater. (...)

Striptease 1967 Soňa Švecová Prague EN PDF


Striptease is a small, handmade album. Its intimate scale, and the cover’s floral fabric and closeup portrait of the artist, suggest a diary or keepsake book. Within the volume’s pages Švecová recorded and reflected on her work, which ranges from pasted photographs and typed descriptions of Aktual group activities to a decorated comb and hand-stitched statements conveying her interest in clothing design and fashion (“Be a tailor for yourself”). (...)

See Kim Conaty (MoMA Post, 2015).

Wrinkle 1968 Liliana Porter New York EN PDF, GIF

new york graphic workshop

Ten photoengraved etchings; with an interview by Emmett Williams. (...)

Xerox Book 1968 Seth Siegelaub, John W. Wendler New York EN PDF

art, conceptual art

Perhaps one of the most revered artists’ publications of the 1960s, the Xerox Book, published by dealers Siegelaub and Wendler is a xerox book in name only. Conceived by Siegelaub as an inexpensive artists’ publication – each artist was afforded twenty-five pages [plus a cover / title page] to execute a site specific project for the publication. The resulting projects were among the most important ever printed by these artists Carl Andre, Robert Barry, Douglas Huebler, Joseph Kosuth, Sol LeWitt, Robert Morris and Lawrence Weiner. When going to press Siegelaub discovered that xeroxes would be more expensive than traditional offset lithography so the xeroxing was forgone for reasons of expense, however, the name of the intended publication lives on. (...)

See Zachary Sachs (ContainerList, 2011), Jack Wendler (2012, video).

Four Basic Kinds of Straight Lines 1969 Sol LeWitt London EN PDF

art, conceptual art

LeWitt's small book of cross-hatched lines is an early example of his career-long interest in the production of art by systematic means--in this case, by mathematical permutations. (...)

See Anne Evenhaugen (Smithsonian Libraries, 2013).

Miss Vietnam 1969 Wolf Vostell San Francisco EN PDF

art, fluxus, happening

Contains “Genesis and Iconography of My Happenings”, “Miss Vietnam”, and “Hommage to Durer”. (...)

Návod k upotřebení 1969 Jiří Kolář Most CZ PDF, HTML (EN)

collage, poetry

A collection of collages and “destatic” poems from the Czech experimental poet and artist. (...)

See Pavlína Morganová (Sešit, 2013, CZ).

The History of Violence in America 1970? Stan VanDerBeek Boston? EN PDF

art, collage, education, machine, mass media, media, participation, performance

Stan VanDerBeek was part of the “Rockefeller Artists-in-Television” residency program at Boston public television station WGBH from 1969–1970, during which time he produced the simulcast television program Violence Sonata. The program, directed by David Atwood and Fred Barzyk, was transmitted simultaneously on both Channels 2 and 44 on 12 January 1970, with the suggestion that viewers place two television sets side-by-side. The series of collages entitled The History of Violence in America was conceived as layouts for reproduction and publication in a booklet to accompany the broadcast. (...)

See Melissa Ragain (X-TRA, 2012).

Un coup de dés jamais n'abolira le hasard 1969 Marcel Broodthaers Antwerp FR PDF


Un coup de dés jamais n’abolira le hasard [A Throw of the Dice will Never Abolish Chance] is a close copy of the first edition of the Symbolist poet Stéphane Mallarmé’s poem of the same name, published in 1897, but with all the words removed, replaced by black stripes that correspond directly to the typographic layout used by Mallarmé to articulate the text. Often included in exhibitions tracing the history of the artist’s book, the work is seen as a seminal example of the European post-avant-garde. (...)

Teaching and Learning as Performing Arts / Lehren und Lernen als Auffuehrungskuenste 1970 Robert Filliou Cologne/New York EN, DE PDF (EN/DE), PDF (FR, 1998)

art, art education, education, fluxus, pedagogy, performance art

"Off and on 3 years of work and now VERLAG GEBR. KOENIG, KOELN – NEW YORK publishes the first draft of TEACHING AND LEARNING AS PERFORMING ARTS by ROBERT FILLIOU and the READER if he wishes, with the participation of JOHN CAGE, BENJAMIN PATTERSON, GEORGE BRECHT, ALLEN KAPROW, MARCELLE, VERA and BJOESSI and KARL ROT, DOROTHY IANNONE, DITER ROT, JOSEPH BEUYS. It is a Multi – book. The space provided for the reader’s use is nearly the same as the author’s own” (...)

See Hannah Higgins (Fluxus Experience, 2002: 188–189, 195–207).

Fantastic Architecture 1971 Wolf Vostell, Dick Higgins New York EN PDF

architecture, art, city, collage, fluxus, manifesto

Published by Dick Higgins’ own seminal Something Else Press, Fantastic Architecture is an adaptation of the German book Pop Architektur (Droste Verlag, Düsseldorf, 1969) and features artists involved in Fluxus, pop and conceptual art movements addressing the field of architecture through collages, captions and mini-manifestos. (...)

Journal of the Identical Lunch 1971 Alison Knowles San Francisco EN PDF, JPG

fluxus, food

A journalistic account of a series of performances of a single piece. The book begins with a description of ‘the identical lunch’ which consists primarily of ‘a tunafish sandwich on wheat toast with lettuce and butter, no mayo, and a large glass of buttermilk or a cup of soup.’ These were eaten ‘many days of each week at the same place and at about the same time.’ (...)

See Johanna Drucker (The Century of Artists’ Books, 1995: 345-346).

Navilouca: almanaque dos aqua-loucos 1974 Torquato Neto, Waly Sailormoon Rio de Janeiro BR-PT PDF

art, brazil, cinema, concrete art, concrete poetry, counterculture, poetry, tropicalia

Navilouca was a Brazilian avant-garde art and poetry magazine, of which only a single issue appeared. (...)

Sonic Meditations 1974 Pauline Oliveros Baltimore EN PDF

listening, sound

25 meditations for musicians of all ages and skill levels, to help them learn how to focus on, listen to, and produce sound naturally. An important work in the development of Oliveros’ Deep Listening. (...)

See Pauline Oliveros (Painted Bride Quarterly, 1976), William Osborne (2000), Kerry O'Brien (New Yorker, 2016), Bradford Bailey (The Hum, 2016), Emma Warren (Bowers & Wilkins, 2017).

The Book of Breeething 1974 William S. Burroughs Essex EN PDF (1975)

A short essay on Egyptian hieroglyphics, Hassan i Sabbah, The Curse of King Tut and state-coups. With illustrations by Robert F. Gale. (...)

Un voyage en mer du nord 1974 Marcel Broodthaers Brussels / London FR PDF

book, image, painting

See Rosalind Krauss (A Voyage on the North Sea, 2000), Cathleen Chaffee (Yale U Art Gallery, 2011).

For Publication 1975 Dan Graham Los Angeles EN PDF

conceptual art, mass media

For Publication reproduces a series of Dan Graham’s projects carried out between 1965 and 1969 that both drew from and were made to be inserted into the mass media. His Schema deal with quantifying linguistic and stylistic information from magazine articles; Detumescence was one of many projects that Graham deployed in paid advertising space of various magazines, as was Dan Graham Inc. and Likes: A Computer-Astrological Dating-Placement Service. Income Piece and the proposal for Aspen Magazine are reproduced as is Homes For America, originally published in Arts Magazine from Dec 1966-Jan 1967. In a section on Information, Graham situates his data-organization practices in the context of Ramon Llull, Borges, Marshall McLuhan, Mallarmé and Roy Lichtenstein. (...)

Joseph Beuys: Coyote 1976 Caroline Tisdall Munich PDF (2008, 226 mb)

art, performance art, photography

Coyote was the first attempt to capture a performance by Joseph Beuys in book form. Beuys’s action, I Like America and America Likes Me, took place in May 1974, when he spent seven days and nights in a room with a wild coyote. The artist’s activities during his confinement with the coyote followed a repeated pattern. He employed a number of objects: felt, a walking stick, gloves, a flashlight and the Wall Street Journal – fifty copies were delivered daily. Over the period of a week, man and beast developed a mode of wordless co-existence, a two-sided performance that became rich with assumed meanings. Caroline Tisdall, a longstanding friend of the artist, who has written extensively on Beuys and has directed films about him, took most of the photographs and wrote the accompanying text. (...)

See Jan Verwoert (e-flux, 2008).

Félicia / par elle-même. Hommage et depassement de Debord 1976 Paris FR PDF

detournement, situationists

Anonymous pamphlet outlining an aesthetic informed by Situationism. (...)

Photo Grids 1977 Sol LeWitt New York - PDF

art, conceptual art, grid, minimal art

A book of forty six plates, each with nine color photographs taken and arranged in a tic tac toe grid by the artist with an eye to pattern. Subjects include paneled doors, window panes, gates and fences, cement and mosaic floors, metal bridgework, etc. Three years later LeWitt published Autobiography, which used the same grid format to tell the story of his daily life. (...)

Ray Johnson Ray Johnson 1977 Ray Johnson New York EN PDF

art, art criticism, mail art

Reproduces several texts and works by Johnson, a number of essays by William S. Wilson, and photographs of Johnson by Toby Spiselman. (...)

Ray Johnson, Ray Johnson, Ray Johnson 1978 John Willenbecher New York EN PDF

mail art

Reproduces a number of artworks, poems, and mail art examples by Johnson, an essay on Willenbecher by William Wilson, and several reproductions and prose works by Willenbecher. (...)

The Yellow Book 1978 Anna Banana San Francisco EN PDF, JPG

dada, mail art

A special rubber stamp art issue of Dadazine modified by Anna Banana. (...)

Book of Typewriter Art 1982 Bob Neill Cornwall EN PDF

typewriter, typewriter art

Bob Neill, artist of the typewriter, was born in the Kent village of Aylesford and practises as a professional Hypnotherapist in the County Town of Maidstone. He first started typing pictures on his typewriter in 1960, having read about a woman in Spain who was producing this form of typewriter art. His first effort was a portrait of a magazine cover-girl which was published in the Star evening newspaper. (...)

Code Poems from The International Code of Signals for the Use of All Nations 1982 Hannah Weiner Barrytown, NY EN PDF

code, communication, poetry

"I am interested in exploring methods of communication that will be understood face to face or at any distance, regardless of language, country or planet or origin, by all sending and receiving." (...)

See Hannah Weiner (1969).

De Ridder Retrospective 1983 William Levy, Willem de Ridder Groningen NL, EN PDF

art, fluxus, performance, radio art, theatre

Book with comic strips, conversations and a chronology of Dutch radio art maker, magazine editor and Fluxus member Willem de Ridder, issued to accompany his retrospective at the Groningen Museum in the Summer of 1983.

Transpoets 1989 Ry Nikonova, B. Constriktor, Serge Segay, A. Nik Trento RU PDF

avant-garde, collage, poetry, transfurism, zaum

A work of transfurist art and poetry. (...)

History of the/my Wor(l)d 1990 Johanna Drucker Cambridge, MA EN PDF, JPG

feminism, history, memory

A striking alternative to the familiar telling of historical events, Drucker’s account of mythic and major events in the course of western civilization marches roughshod over received traditions. The combination of typographic innovation, visual puns and linguistic play are unique elements of her style. A richly suggestive work interweaving official history and individual memory. (...)

See Johanna Drucker & Tate Shaw (Journal of Artists' Books, 2007).

NovaText 1990 Critical Art Ensemble Brooklyn, NY EN PDF, JPG

criticism, poetry, text

The texts "The Critical Function", "Unknown Fact Number One", "Always Already", "The Funest Experiment", "Like A Big Dog", and "This Will Be the Death of Chit-Chat" are letterpressed onto thin, white handmade papers. These lift, like veils, to reveal the “hidden texts” and “annotations” to each piece printed on a sturdier green paper. (...)

Escritas arcaicas 1991 Wlademir Dias-Pino Rio de Janeiro PDF

concrete poetry

A book composed of colour plates first created in the early 1970s by the Brazilian poet and graphic artist Wlademir Dias-Pino. Published as one of the 1,001 volumes of Enciclopédia Visual [Visual Encyclopedia] series. (...)

Sex 1992 Madonna New York EN PDF

body, nudity, photography, popular culture, sex, sexuality

One of the most controversial books of the 1990s, now long out of print. (...)

See Isabella Rossellini (Huffington Post, 2014).

Gasbehälter 1993 Bernd & Hilla Becher Munich DE PDF (EN)

architecture, art, conceptual art, gas, industrial architecture, photography

Typological, repetitive, at times oddly humorous, Bernd and Hilla Becher’s photographs of industrial structures are, in their cumulative effect, profoundly moving. In this work, the Bechers’ present four principally different forms of gas holders or gas tanks in 140 photographs taken during the years 1963-1992 in Great Britain, France, Belgium, Germany, and the United States. The subjects are photographed under overcast skies that eliminate expressive variations in lighting; the Bechers make no attempt to analyze or explain them. Captions contain only the barest of information: time and place. On the subject of gas holders, the Bechers limit their remarks to a minimal functional description, leaving the aesthetic dimension of their subject to the photographs themselves: much of the fascination of these photographs lies in the fact that these unadorned metallic structures, presumably built with little concern for their visual impact, are almost invariably striking in appearance. (...)

Fish Story 1995 Allan Sekula Düsseldorf EN PDF (2002)

capitalism, photography

The Fish Story project focuses on the quest for centers of maritime power past and present and the political interest in the change in the economic infrastructure of industrial ports yielded by late-capitalist rule in its phase of multinational and global expansion. This is the third project of the American photographer and historian Allan Sekula in his cycle on the imaginary and real geography of the advanced capitalist world. (...)

Silent Movie 1995 Chris Marker Columbus, OH EN PDF

cinema, film, film history, silent cinema, silent film

In Silent Movie, Marker employs five-channels of video, each a thematic exploration of early cinema. Film images disclosing ‘The Journey,’ ‘The Face,’ ‘The Gesture,’ and ‘The Waltz’ occupy four of the monitors while on the fifth (and middle) monitor is a collection of ninety-four silent-era intertitles, ‘telling short, mysterious pieces of unknown stories.’ These moving images travel through a computer interface that assembles an ever-changing array of sequences. At any given moment, each passage is in unique juxtaposition with the other images passing across the surrounding monitors. Coloration, tone, and association are governed by chance contiguities; even the intertitles narrate across a field of fluid relationships. (...)

JFL: What Does ""Why"" Mean? 2002 Octavian Esanu Stuttgart EN PDF

philosophy of art

Hilarious and profound. This book has so many layers of meaning that you can read it every day for the rest of your life. In 2001, while residing at Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, artist and curator Octavian Esanu read hundreds of interviews and essays by artists and art critics. He then formed a new text out of questions about art, that he culled from his readings. Each question is duly footnoted. (...)

Artist's Diary 2003 2003 Heath Bunting Bristol EN PDF, JPG

Heath Bunting rarely puts his thoughts and feelings on screen with words. Usually, they were blazoned across networks in passionate expressive structures which he draws from the ever encroaching apparatus repressive. His artist’s diary for 2003 provides provocative insight into his character and the evolution of his work. (...)

Schadenfreude Book Kassel 2003 Luchezar Boyadjiev Kassel EN PDF

appropriation, art, balkans, contemporary art

"This is my artist’s book based on the altered and heavily manipulated catalogue of the exhibition of contemporary art from the Balkans titled In the Gorges of the Balkans, 2003, in Kunsthalle Fridericianum in Kassel, Germany. The book is part of my work-in-progress titled Schadenfreude Guided Tours (2003), which originated in and with this show. The work is the visual-textual summary of the tours." (...)

See Luchezar Boyadjiev (Manifesta Journal, 2003).

A Collection of Google Street Views 2008– Jon Rafman Montreal EN PDF (1), PDF (2), PDF (3)

art, google, photography, surveillance

Jon Rafman has spent a considerable amount of time capturing and compiling Google Street View images that fulfill an artistic quality rather than purely informative. (...)

See Jon Rafman (ArtFagCity, 2009), Jon Rafman (2010).

Aluminium: Beauty, Incorruptibility, Lightness and Abundance, The Metal of the Future 2008 Graham Harwood Bolzano EN PDF

history of technology, industry, technology, video

Aluminium is a futurist graphic book and film about the social history of aluminium. In 2009 it will be 100 years since Marinetti set out the Futurist manifesto in which advocated the consumption of metal bolts and engine oil to turn men into machines. Marinetti believed in speed, machines and violence, values that for him were epitomised in the recent invention of aluminium. Drawing on archival footage from the aluminium industry, Harwood derives algorithms from the Futurist Manifestos to create the books cells by recording only the differences between key video frames. Caption texts are gathered up and edited together by issue crawlers as they search across the Internet. Aluminium takes the futurist logic of the 20th Century and turns it back upon its self.

D.I.Y. Satellite 2009 Song hojun Seoul EN, KO PDF (KO), PDF (EN)

diy, hardware, open source, software, space

A zine by Song hojun, the leader of Open Source Satellite Initiative for developing a D.I.Y. satellite. Based on the artist’s sketch and manual of D.I.Y. Satellite, the publication contains thoughts on private space program, its execution plan, and things are going to happen afterward. (...)

XYM 2009 Marlie Mul, Yngve Holen EN PDFs


A project initiated by Marlie Mul and Yngve Holen. (...)

Light Transformer Prototype 2010 Adrien Lucca Brussels FR PDF

colour, design, light, mathematics

Le présent travail est le fruit d’une recherche qui s’étendit sur plus d’un an, et que cette première publication n’épuise pas. [..] J’ai voulu offrir à son lecteur ou à sa lectrice une véritable expérience de lecture – au sens peut-être le plus conservateur du terme – doublée d’une expérience visuelle et tactile de première main. Je prétends ainsi leur communiquer une synthèse d’observations et de pensées privées, personnelles. Cet essai pourra par conséquent contenir des erreurs ou des naïvetés qui m’auront échappées. Avant tout, j’espère y avoir trouvé un point d’équilibre entre contenus vusuels, textuels et stylistiques. (...)

See Haseeb Ahmed and Adrien Lucca (2011), Adrien Lucca (2012).

Katz 2011 Ilan Manouach Ixelles FR PDF

appropriation, comics, conceptual comics

Katz is a pirated edition of Art Spiegelman’s seminal graphic novel Maus. Katz is an exact copy of the French edition of Maus, with the difference that all the animal characters, have been redrawn as cats.

See M. Hulot and Ilan Manouach (Ough, 2012), Xavier Guilbert and Ilan Manouach (du9, 2012, FR), Bill Kartalopoulos (World Literature Today, 2016).

56 Broken Kindle Screens 2012 Silvio Lorusso, Sebastian Schmieg EN MOBI, ZIP

book, e-book, glitch

56 Broken Kindle Screens is a print on demand paperback that consists of found photos depicting broken Kindle screens. The Kindle is Amazon’s e-reading device which is by default connected to the company’s book store. The book takes as its starting point the peculiar aesthetic of broken E Ink displays and serves as an examination into the reading device’s materiality. As the screens break, they become collages composed of different pages, cover illustrations and interface elements. (...)

Afronauts 2012 Cristina De Middel Cádiz EN PDF

africa, documentary, photography, space race, zambia

In 1964, still living the dream of their recently gained independence, Zambia started a space program that would put the first African on the moon catching up the USA and the Soviet Union in the space race. Only a few optimists supported the project by Edward Makuka, the school teacher in charge of presenting the ambitious program and getting its necessary funding. But the financial aid never came, as the United Nations declined their support, and one of the astronauts, a 16 year old girl, got pregnant and had to quit. That is how the heroic initiative turned into an exotic episode of the African history, surrounded by wars, violence, droughts and hunger. (...)

See Aline Smithson (Lenscratch, 2012).

Critical Making 2012 Garnet Hertz Hollywood EN PDF, PDFs

3d printing, art, contemporary art, critical making, design, diy, diy biology, engineering

Critical Making is a handmade book project by Garnet Hertz that explores how hands-on productive work ‐ making ‐ can supplement and extend critical reflection on technology and society. It works to blend and extend the fields of design, contemporary art, DIY/craft and technological development. It also can be thought of as an appeal to the electronic DIY maker movement to be critically engaged with culture, history and society: after learning to use a 3D printer, making an LED blink or using an Arduino, then what?

See Regine Debatty (We Make Money Not Art, 2013), Blue (Engine Institute, 2013).

Flash + Cube, 1965-1975 2012 Marget Long New York EN PDF

1960s, light, media technology, photography, vietnam war, war

A book about the Sylvania flashcube — the space-aged, flash photography device, revolutionary in 1965 and nearly obsolete by 1975. Assembled from a wide range of archival materials — a “terrorist letter,” G.I. photographs from Vietnam, Sylvania flashcube advertisements, as well as Long’s photographs and photomontages—the book explores the links between light, war, history and photography. (...)

See Anna McCarthy (Social Text, 2012).

The SKOR Codex 2012 La Société Anonyme Amsterdam - PDF

archive, archiving, art, code, data, digital heritage, media art, preservation

The SKOR Codex is a printed book which will be sent to different locations on earth. It contains binary encoded image and sound files selected to portray the diversity of life and culture at the Foundation for Art and Public Domain (SKOR), Amsterdam, and is intended for any intelligent terrestrial life form, or for future humans, who may find it. The files are protected from bitrot, software decay and hardware failure via a transformation from magnetic transitions on a disk to ink on paper, safe for centuries. Instructions in a symbolic language explain the origin of the book and indicate how the content is to be decoded. (...)

See Annet Dekker and La Société Anonyme (Open!, 2014).

A Bestiary of Spam Characters 2013 André Castro, Silvio Lorusso Berlin EN PDF


Booklet resulting from the workshop “Spam Publishing” held at Transmediale 2013, Berlin. (...)

Bon Ton Mais Non 2013 Irena Haiduk EN PDF

art, manifesto

An 80 point manifesto on polite art. Like every intimate dinner party, Bon Ton Mais Non requires one symphony orchestra, a pastry chef, a large mirror, and the fact of cannibal sirens. (...)

Diagrammatic Writing 2013 Johanna Drucker Eindhoven EN PDF

book, diagram, gestalt theory, graphic design, text, writing

Diagrammatic Writing is a poetic demonstration of the capacity of format to produce meaning. The articulation of the codex, as a space of semantically generative relations, has rarely (if ever) been subject to so highly focused and detailed a study. The text and graphical presentation are fully integrated, co-dependent, and mutually self-reflexive. (...)

Johanna Drucker (Iowa Review, 2014).

Diff in June 2013 Martin Howse Brescia EN PDF

archive, data, language

Diff in June tells a day in the life of a personal computer, written by itself in its own language, as a sort of private log or intimate diary focused on every single change to the data on its hard disk. Using a small custom script, for the entire month of June 2011 Martin Howse registered each chunk of data which had changed within the file system from the previous day’s image. Excluding binary data, one day’s sedimentation has been published in this book, a novel of data archaeology in progress tracking the overt and the covert, merging the legal and illegal, personal and administrative, source code and frozen systematics. (...)

1887 – Splendide Hotel 2014 Dominique Gonzales-Foerster Paris FR, EN PDF


In Splendide Hotel – 1887 there is one sole room and it is transparent, containing apparitions of all literary, musical, scientific and abstract sorts. From an internal monologue to quantum physics to the gramophone and bioluminescence, within this little book there is a collection of nearly all the references serving to rebuild this hotel within the Cristal Palace to reveal 1887 as the birth year of our universe. (...)

Theory 2015 Kenneth Goldsmith Paris EN, FR PDF (EN), PDF (FR)

language, literature, poetics, poetry, theory, writing

Theory offers an unprecedented reading of the contemporary world: 500 texts – from poems and musings to short stories – printed on 500 pages assembled in the form of a ream of paper. Curated by the author-poet, this collection maps out the various issues and trends in contemporary literature in a world currently being shaken up by everything online and digital, and calls for the reinvention of creative forms. (...)

Dark Sound 2016 Mikel R. Nieto Frankfurt/M. EU, ES, EN PDF, MP3

ecuador, environment, field recording, oil

The book contains “Ecopolitik”–an introduction as an epilogue by José Luis Espejo, a letter to the Huaorani people, two research texts and one bertso, descriptive texts and photos of recordings, a possible chronology, a glossary, a compilation of several texts with testimonies, reports and declarations from different people, groups, institutions, and publications in reference to the impact—direct or indirect—of the noise from the oil industry during its various phases of development on the people, the environment and the fauna. (...)

See reviews.

A Physical Book 2017 Liza Daly EN PDF


A Physical Book makes a digitized book ‘physical’ by rendering it in a simulated space where properties like gravity, friction, and velocity all apply. The program randomly perturbs the letters, then takes a snapshot at a point in time, re-assembling the images into a new, ‘un-digitized’ book. The raw, uncorrected scanned text of The Up-To-Date Sandwich Book: 400 Ways to Make a Sandwich (1909) is re-imagined as this 251 page book. (...)

a, A Novel 2017 Derek Beaulieu Paris EN PDF

conceptual writing, uncreative writing, visual poetry

a, A Novel is an erasure-based translative response to Andy Warhol’s eponymous novel. Beaulieu carefully erases all of the text on each page of the original work, leaving only the punctuation marks, typists’ insertions and onomatopoeic words. The resultant text is a novelistic ballet mécanique, a visual orchestration of the traffic signals and street noise of 1960’s New York City. This visually powerful half score/half novel highlights the musicality of non-narrative sounds embedded within conversation. (...)

1000 Infrathins 2018 Kenneth Goldsmith Philadelphia EN PDF

aesthetics, infrathin

Infranthin is the space between spaces, the sound between sounds, the sensation between sensations; neither here nor there, this nor that, but both—all at the same time. The closest metaphor is the fourth dimension, which is best illustrated by a cube collapsing in on itself and at the same time expanding. I know. It’s not very helpful. But that’s the whole point—it’s a moving target, a ball of contradictions; just when you think you’ve got it, it’s escaped you. Marcel Duchamp gave six instances of the infrathin. We wrote 1000 of them. (...)

Emotions Go to Work 2018 Zoe Beloff Colchester EN PDF

capitalism, emotion, technology

Emotions Go to Work is an investigation into how technology is used to turn our feelings into valuable assets. One might call it the transformation of emotion into capital. It asks what is at stake in our relationship with the companions we call smart objects? What does the future hold in store for a world where people are treated more and more like things, while the billions of gadgets that make up the Internet of Things are increasingly anthropomorphized, granted agency? (...)

An Exhibition Turned Into an Global Feminist Protest Turned Into a Catalogue 2018 Purple Noise Amsterdam EN PDF

cyberfeminism, feminism, noise, social media, technology

In the summer of 2018, a German artist, famous for having a past as cyberfeminist and a present as technofeminist, was invited to Stuttgart in the South of Germany, to create an exhibition dealing with issues of gender and technology as part of a large festival. During her research, she got in touch with numerous fellow artists and activists, and in a process of collective realization, they found that the time has come, not for another exhibition, but for a global technofeminist upheaval. (...)

Secrets at Mediacity Seoul 2018 Sam Hart, Sarah Hamerman Amsterdam EN PDF

encryption, information, secrecy

Secrets at Mediacity Seoul traces a genealogy of artworks that examine the secret as an information structure, from the conceptual artworks of the 1960s to works that consider secrecy and encryption in today’s social and technological context. (...)

Enduring Liveness: An Imaginary Retrospective of Tino Sehgal’s Constructed Situations 2018 Annet Dekker Amsterdam EN PDF

art documentation, performance, performance art

The key functions of a museum are the collection, presentation, preservation and education of cultural and artworks for the enjoyment of, and to educate, the public. Performance art has been notoriously difficult for museums to handle, despite the ‘easy’ presentation the non-materiality of the art form challenges the conventional methods and practices of a museum. Artist Tino Sehgal had added to these problems, persisting in having no documentation of his performances, or better his ‘constructed situations’, in whatever form or way. This catalogue presents three perspectives that open up the potential of documentation as a method to generate new articulations and ways of understanding, thinking and performing. (...)

Flux until Sunrise 2018 Geraldine Juárez Gothenburg EN PDF

ceramics, display, electronic waste, screen

The book combines an interview with Esther Leslie about Materialismo Mágico with documentation of my material exploration of what she refers as the Liquid Crystal Epoque. The book includes the recipes for LCD and Gorilla screen-glazes. (...)