Another City for Another Life: Constant’s New Babylon (1999)

30 January 2016, dusan

Publication accompanying “the first major U.S. presentation of the work of Constant and his New Babylon project. The exhibition was organized for The Drawing Center by Mark Wigley, based on the retrospective he curated for the Witte de With in Rotterdam in 1998. Another City for Another Life focuses on Constant’s tremendous contribution to visionary architecture through the practice of drawing and offered an in-depth consideration of the artist’s futuristic project.”

Featuring an introduction by Catherine de Zegher, an essay by Mark Wigley, and an attachment with five texts by Constant Nieuwenhuys: ‘Manifesto’ (1948), ‘On Our Means and Our Perspectives’ (1958), Lecture at the ICA, London (7 Nov 1963), ‘The Rise and Decline of the Avant-Garde’ (1964), and ‘Planology or Revolution?’ (1969).

Publisher The Drawing Center, New York, 1999
Drawing Papers series, 3
39+34 pages


PDF (5 MB, updated to OCR version via memoryoftheworld on 2016-2-7)

Xanti Schawinsky: Head Drawings and Faces of War (2014)

30 January 2016, dusan

This catalogue offers “a look at first generation Bauhaus artist Alexander ‘Xanti’ Schawinsky’s oeuvre, which encompasses a range of social and political investigations. Schawinsky played a key role in the school’s vital social life and was a member of the Bauhaus Band. He studied graphic design and experimental photography and was also deeply engaged in the Bauhaus’s theater workshop as an actor, set and costume designer, creator of performances, and teacher.

The exhibition catalogue focuses on two bodies of work Schawinsky made between 1941 and 1946, Faces of War and the Head Drawings. The former are man-machine hybrids that could represent either an aggressive enemy or a powerful avenger—or perhaps an identity that encompasses both. The Faces of War break from the utopian optimism of the early Bauhaus and reveal the existential struggle of an artist coping with identity and the devastation of war. The Head Drawings allowed Schawinsky to literally remake his own “portrait” out of such detritus of the natural world as thread, crystals, rope, and rocks.”

Introduction by Brett Littman
Essays by Michael Bracewell and Juliet Koss
Publisher The Drawing Center, New York, 2014
Drawing Papers series, 119
ISBN 9780942324891
120 pages


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Branko Vučićević: Paper Movies (1998–) [Serbo-Croatian, English]

26 January 2016, dusan

Paper Movies predstavlja prvo domače srečanje z igrivo in lucidno mislijo vsestranskega erudita, cinefila, zlasti pa tudi poznavalca zgodovine avantgardnih gibanj: slikovita knjižica z metodo filmsko-literarnega kolaža zariše obrise svojevrstnega »kina z drugimi sredstvi«, ki se zaključuje in nadaljuje v mediju tiskane besede.”

Publisher Arkzin, Zagreb, and B 92, Belgrade, 1998
ISBN 867963090X (Bgd), 9536542056 (Zgb)
79 pages
via MemoryoftheWorld, via Dejan Kršić


PDF, PDF (Serbo-Croatian, 1998)
Excerpts (English, trans. Greg de Cuir, Jr., 2014)

See also Pavle Levi’s Cinema by Other Means, 2012.
More on Vučićević.

L’Internationale (ed.): Decolonising Museums (2015)

24 January 2016, dusan

Decolonising Museums addresses colonial legacies and mindsets, which are still so rooted and present today in the museum institutions in Europe and beyond. The publication draws from the conference Decolonising the Museum which took place at MACBA in Barcelona, 27-29 November 2014, and offers new essays, responding to texts published on the online platform earlier this year.

In different geopolitical regions, there have been various degrees of work to reconsider the colonial past ever since the 1960s, the painstaking process of decolonisation and the institutionalisation of multiculturalism. Scrutinising the complex European context, one can talk about belated processes taking place in France, Belgium and Holland, the generational divides in the discussion around ‘identity politics’ and the obvious dichotomies between the South and the North. Especially in times when dealing with waves of refugees struggling for their lives has become one of the most urgent civic and individual responsibilities in Europe. Calling upon cultural memory and half-gone history seems to be of utmost importance to oppose the often politically-guided amnesia and ignorance.” (from the Introduction)

Publisher L’Internationale Online, 2015
Managing editor: Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez
Open access
192 pages


PDF, PDF (13 MB)

Max Bense: aesthetica IV. Programmierung des Schönen. Allgemeine Texttheorie und Textästhetik (1960) [German]

22 January 2016, dusan

Max Benses informationeile Ästhetik schließt mit einer Allgemeinen Texttheorie ab, die, auf der Grundlage statistischer Untersuchungen von Fucks, Herdan, Mandelbrot u. a., als Modell der neuen statistischen Zeichen-Ästhetik aufgefaßt werden kann.

Die Allgemeine Texttheorie bezieht sich auf jede Art von Text, schließt also die ästhetische Theorie der Poesie und Prosa, aber auch der wissenschaftlichen Sprachen, Werbesprachen und abstrakten Sprachen usw. ein.

Der Begriff Text wird dabei als derjenige sprachliche Zustand aufgefaßt, der statistische bzw. informationelle, semantische bzw. ästhetische Formen meint, aus deren Materialität Poesie und Prosa im klassischen Sinne erst hervorgehen. Der Begriff Text zielt also nicht auf vorästhetische Zustände der Sprache ab, sondern auf vorpoetische und vorprosaische. Er bestimmt gewissermaßen die archaischen theoretischen Fundamente der Literatur.

Allgemeine Texttheorie umfaßt also Textstatistik, Textsemantik, Textphänomenologie und Textästhetik. Der bisher völlig unklar oder falsch verwendete Ausdruck Logik der Dichtung verschwindet zugunsten des genau formulierbaren Ausdrucks Textsemantik, der den Begriff Textlogik mit umfaßt.

Es werden also sowohl numerische wie essentielle Überlegungen zum Begriff Text angestellt.

Die Allgemeine Texttheorie erscheint als Grundlagenforschung für zukünftige Literaturwissenschaft und Literaturtheorie. Sie will exakte Mittel einführen und der beliebigen üblichen Interpretation, soweit sie nicht historische Fakten herausstellt, ein Ende bereiten.” (from the dusk jacket)

Publisher Agis, Baden-Baden and Krefeld, 1960
128 pages
via Mitchell Johnson

Commentary: Reinhard Döhl (n.d., DE).



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