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Eric A. Havelock, Jackson P. Hershbell (eds.): Communication Arts in the Ancient World (1978)

A collection of ancient studies “devoted to exploring the beginnings of literacy in ancient Greece and Rome, and the effects of writing on these cultures.”

Publisher Hastings House, New York, 1978
ISBN 0803812523, 9780803812529
xiv+162 pages

Review: H. Curtis Wright (Journal of Library History, 1980).


PDF (19 MB)

Nicole Brenez, Christian Lebrat (eds.): Jeune, dure et pure! Une histoire du cinéma d’avant-garde et expérimental en France (2001) [French]

“L’expérimental dans l’expérimentation scientifique et technique – Le cadre aux surprises – Problèmes figuratifs, devenirs abstraits – ” La sagesse ne viendra jamais “. Dada, Surréalisme – Une terrible invention à faire du vrai – Recherches plastiques dans la fiction, travail des formes narratives – Les années 30 – ” L’angoisse et la douleur et l’inhumanité de la race humaine ” – Les années 50 – Americans in Paris – Le cinéma a déjà commencé ? Lettrisme – L’internationale situationniste – Performances et cinéma des plasticiens – ” Les Kamikazes de l’amour “. L’Underground français (et inassimilés) – Zanzibar – Engagements, combats, débats – Formes expérimentales narratives – Melba – Le cinéma du corps – Recherches scientifiques, propositions visuelles – Poèmes ethnographiques – Portrait, collections / Autoportrait, fictions – Paysages – Figurativité du montage – Recherches optiques, inventions sonores et narrativité – Abstractions chromatiques, domaines sensibles – Dispositifs – Le mouvement des Laboratoires – Constellations – Poèmes, pérennités de l’avant-garde.”

Publisher Cinémathèque française, Paris, and Mazzotta, Milan, 2001
ISBN 882021461X, 9788820214616
591 pages

Review: François Bovier (1895, 2008).


PDF (100 MB)
English trans. of Introduction

Martin Duberman: Black Mountain College: An Exploration in Community (1972)

“With faculty and alumni that included John Cage, Robert Creeley, Merce Cunningham, Buckminster Fuller, Charles Olson, Josef and Anni Albers, Paul Goodman, and Robert Rauschenberg, Black Mountain College ranked among the most important artistic and intellectual communities of the twentieth century. In his groundbreaking history, Martin Duberman uses interviews, anecdotes, and research to depict the relationships that made Black Mountain College what it was. Black Mountain documents the college’s twenty-three-year tenure, from its most brilliant moments of self-reinvention to its lowest moments of petty infighting. It records the financial difficulties that beleaguered the community throughout its existence and the determination it took to keep the college in operation. Duberman creates a nuanced portrait of this community so essential to the development of American arts and counterculture.”

Publisher Dutton, New York, 1972; Anchor Books, Garden City, NY, 1973
ISBN 0385070594. 9780385070591
xix+578+[16] pages

Reviews: Herbert Leibowitz (New York Times, 1972), Kirkus Reviews (1972), George B. Tindall (North Carolina Historical Review, 1973).

Publisher (2009 reprint)

PDF (94 MB)

Ursula Block, Michael Glasmeier (eds.): Broken Music: Artists’ Recordworks (1989) [DE, EN, FR]

Broken Music is a compendium for records created by visual artists.

Works chosen for the publication revolved around four criteria: (1) record covers created as original work by visual artists; (2) record or sound-producing objects (multiples/editions/sculptures); (3) books and publications that contain a record or recorded-media object; and (4) records or recorded media that have sound by visual artists.

The book features essays by both editors as well as Theodor W. Adorno, René Block, Jean Dubuffet, Milan Knížák, László Moholy-Nagy, Christiane Seiffert, and Hans Rudolf Zeller. The centerpiece of the publication is a nearly 200-page bibliography of artists’ records.”

Published as a catalogue of an exhibition held at daad galerie Berlin, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, and Magasin Grenoble.

Publisher Berliner Künstlerprogramm des DAAD, and gelbe Musik Berlin, Berlin, 1989
ISBN 3893570136, 9783893570133
278 pages

Interviews with editor: Alan Licht (BOMB, 2018), Max Oppel (Deutschlandfunk Kultur, 2018, DE).
Reviews: Ágnes Ivacs (Artpool, n.d.), Geeta Dayal (4Columns, 2018), Matt Krefting (The Wire, 2018), Gregory Taylor (Cycling 74, 2018).

Reprint (2019)

PDF (46 MB)

Teresa de Lauretis, Stephen Heath (eds.): The Cinematic Apparatus (1980)

Papers and discussions from a conference organised by the Center for Twentieth Century Studies of University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee in February 1978.

Publisher St. Martin’s Press, New York, and Macmillan, London, 1980
ISBN 0312139071, 9780312139070
x+213 pages

Reviews: William C. Wees (Cinema Journal, 1982), Nigel Floyd (Framework, 1981).
Commentary: Thomas Elsaesser (Recherches sémiotiques, 2011).