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


PDF (13 MB)

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.