Intangible Economies, edited by Antonia Hirsch


Treating the idea of an economy as a general system of exchange, Intangible Economies advances the idea that personal relationships are produced by economic activity and that desire generates economic transactions. Intangible Economies speculatively investigates the role that these “affective transactions” play in modes of representation and cultural production. The abstract and abstracting function of value itself becomes particularly significant in this constellation, in its relation to both capitalist economy and ethics. First developed for a 2011 conference in Vancouver, the essays included in this anthology seek to tackle the difficult task of tracing the role of affect in economic exchanges relative to artistic production, while also enacting the unruly force of such transactions.

The contributing essayists are Melanie Gilligan, Juan A. Gaitàn, Hadley+Maxwell, Candice Hopkins, Olaf Nicolai, Patricia Reed, Monika Szewczyk, and Jan Verwoert.

Link to Antonia Hirsch's introduction
Link to Filip Editions
Link to the event in Vancouver


Essays On The Blurring of Art and Life, Allan Kaprow


Full book in pdf

Kaprow's Essays on the Blurring of Art and Life (1993) is a collection of pieces written over four decades, that has made his theories about the practice of art in the present day available to ageneration of artists and critics.
Allan Kaprow's "happenings" and "environments" were the precursors to contemporary performance art, and his essays are some of the most thoughtful, provocative, and influential of his generation. His sustained inquiry into the paradoxical relationship of art to life and into the nature of meaning itself is brought into focus in this newly expanded collection of his most significant writings.


Timing: On the Temporal Dimension of Exhibiting


"Processuality and performativity, and more recently dramaturgy and choreography, are terms often used in analyses of exhibitions and other curatorial formats. These attributions reflect the changes curatorial practice has undergone over the past twenty years in the wider context of cultural and economic globalization and the related notions of acceleration, action orientation, and mobility. In this light, the exhibition manifests itself as a transdisciplinary and transcultural set of spatiotemporal relations, which is time-based by its very nature. Focusing on time instead of the typically predominant category of space, this publication—the second volume in the Cultures of the Curatorial series—takes up the key aesthetic, social, political, and economic issues of the early twenty-first century running through the field and framed by the axes of exhibiting and the temporal."

Contributions by Pierre Bal-Blanc, Bassam El Baroni, Claire Bishop, Beatrice von Bismarck, Sabine Breitwieser, Barbara Clausen, Maeve Connolly, Rike Frank, Adrian Heathfield, Inka Meißner, Benjamin Meyer-Krahmer, Maria Muhle, Philippe Parreno, Jörn Schafaff, Bennett Simpson, Kerstin Stakemeier, Thomas Weski, et al.

Copublished by Stenberg Press and Kulturen des Kuratorischen, Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst Leipzig; Design by Surface.

Link to Sternberg Press


Six Years The Dematerialization of the Art Object from 1966 to 1972, Lucy R. Lippard


"Six Years: The Dematerialization of the Art Object from 1966 to 197: a cross-reference book of information on esthetic boundaries:consisting of a bibliography in which are inserted a fragmented text, art works, documents, interviews, and symposia, arranged chronologically and focused on so-called conceptual or information or idea art with mention on such vaguely designated area as minimal, anti-form, systems, earth or process art occurring now in the Americas, Europe, England, Australia and Asia (with occasional political overtones) edited and annotated by Lucy R. Lippard."

Six years: the dematerialization of the art object from 1966 to 1972; a cross-reference book of information on some esthetic boundaries. New York: Praeger. 1973, reprint edition by University of California Press (7 April 1997)


LIve Forever: Collecting Live Art


"The book now in your hands is itself a kind of collection, a gathering of the voices of some catalysts of contemporary performance: artists, cultural engineers, curators, collectors, set alongside critical meditations on the aesthetic, legal and museological ramifications of collecting live art. What emerges is a dynamic conversation - happily discordant in places - on the ethos of the act of collecting, and its social, political and philosophical consequences." Adrian Heathfield

LIVE FOREVER: COLLECTING LIVE ART. Ed. & introd. by Teresa Calonje. Forew. by Adrian Hearthfield. Contrib. by Tania Bruguera, Marc and Josée Gensollen, Béatrice Josse, Lois Keidan Franck Leibovici, Daniel McClean, La Ribot, José A. Sánchez & Catherine Wood. Cologne 2014. 176 S. mit einer beigelegten Farbtafel, Bibliographie, brosch.



Spangbergianism, by Mårten Spångberg


"This book is a performance. It was put together over sixty-four days as a sort of rehearsal, during which every day resulted in a showing [forbid them] in the shape of a blog-post. It’s material, form and content is the result of a daily practice, aiming at two minor issues - to change the world [permanently], and second to find a way out of our present predicament [FFW apocalypse] concerning dance and choreography but also capitalism in general [why be modest]. It’s one hundred and something pages of hysterical accusations, oversized banalities, slamming of already open doors, over the top categorical statements, unmotivated mood-swings, cheese making and paranoid [in the good sense of the word] arrogance."

Spangbergianism, Mårten Spångberg 2011; published in collaboration with Impulstanz, Vienna; Performing Arts Forum, St. Erme; XING, Bologna; Steirischer Herbst, Graz; MDT, Stockholm; Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers, Paris; Kunstsammlung; Nordrhein-Westfalen, Dusseldorf; iDANS, Istanbul; Kondenz, Belgrade; LocoMotion, Skopje; In-Presentable, Casa Encendida, Madrid; DOCH, Stockholm; The Bureau, New York.