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24 Mar 2009
Issue One: Second Chances
US, New York
"The first issue of LANDFILL features folks telling the stories of their second chance at life. The stories were printed on paper containing flower seeds, buried and photographed. In time, the paper breaks down, seeds are released, and new life grows out of the old-just like recycling."

Books / Sustainability
12 Mar 2009
US, San Francisco
Bound Together Bookstore presented the first Bay Area Anarchist Book Fair on March 30, 1996. The event was organized to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Bound Together, and took place in the San Francisco County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park near Ninth Avenue and Lincoln Way, where the event is still held annually today.

The 14th Annual Bay Area Anarchist Book Fair will be held on March 14th and 15th, 2009. Admission is free.

Books / Free / Symposium / Conference
08 Mar 2009
JACKRABBIT HOMESTEAD is a forthcoming book and web-based multimedia presentation featuring a downloadable car audio tour exploring the cultural legacy of the Small Tract Act in Southern California's Morongo Basin region near Joshua Tree National Park. Stories from this underrepresented regional history are told through the voices of local residents, historians, and area artists—many of whom reside in reclaimed historic cabins and use the structures as inspiration for their creative work.

Architecture / Books / Virtual Soil
25 Jan 2009
Microcosm Publishing is an independent publisher and distributor based in Bloomington, IN and Portland, OR. They distribute & publish zines, books, pamphlets, stickers, buttons, patches, t-shirts, posters, films, and more!

"Our focus is disseminating ideas and information through these items. I want to show that zine writers and DIY artists are a credible contribution to society and should be respected as such. I feel that zines have been largely marginalized through most of their existence."

Art + Activism / Books / Magazines
27 Dec 2008
Today, the need to identify and instrumentalise “spatial practices” becomes significant due to the unprecedented visibility of what one might call “globalization at work”: from Iraq to Nepal, Dubai to Mumbai, a new atlas is being re-drawn for the 21st century, one that Thomas Friedman describes as a new “flatness”. Did Someone Say Participate? re-draws the map of participatory, spatial practice that is a function of such shifts.

18 Nov 2008
The Alphabet City series challenges us to rethink ideas central to our lives. In each volume writers and artists address single theme from many perspectives, revealing its processes and possibilities.

This issue, FUEL, examines the future of energy by asking about the politics, science, and history that have shaped the impending crisis of supply while describing possible futures. How will world work after coal and oil? Will the changes be slow or sudden? How might we steer toward a future without massive disruption to our economic life? FUEL addresses these and other questions about the necessary radical reinvention of energy.

Alphabet City is co-published with The MIT Press and appears each October accompanied by an arts and ideas festival in Toronto.

Books / Events / Sustainability / Symposium / Conference
25 Oct 2008
Another labor of love edited by Marc Herbst, Robby Herbst and Christina Ulke. This one is released in coordination with the California Biennial.

Over 300 pages of contemporary action and thought crafted & collected for 7 months. This "brick of a book" explores current cultural resistance practices, antiwar activism and contemporary critical theory in three distinct sections. The book comes with in depth analysis of activist and art projects as well as resolute analysis of cultural conditions.

Art + Activism / Books
15 Sep 2008
For nearly 40 years professor in geography: David Harvey has been doing a much talked about course consisting of a close chapter to chapter reading of Karl Marx's Capital. The whole course is now online as 13 videos to be viewed in your browser or downloaded as sound or video.

Books / Education / Free
06 Jul 2008
Gallery 16 generously publishes "Victory Gardens 2007+". A chronicle of the reimagining of the original wartime Victory Garden program. The book features essays by Lucy Lippard and Mike Davis along with historical photos and context, and project documentation and insight.

Art + Activism / Books
20 Jun 2008
June 28 - 29
Amsterdam will give away all its books. They cancel their library in protest to skimpy Dutch art funding policy.

All members of the mediamatic community (and other book lovers) can pick up their favorite books for free. You just have to publish the ownership on your profile. And promise that you will always honor a lending request from an other community member. Et voilá, a distributed library. First come, first serve. They have a library with thousands of books, magazines and multimedia.

Books / Events / Free
26 May 2008
A Pre-emptive History
Winy Maas of Dutch Architect studio MVDRV and Grace LA conducted a workshop at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Architecture and Urban Planning. The results are Skycar city , a city in the near future where vehicles can fly.

05 May 2008
MIT Press
Tactical Biopolitics suggests that the political challenges at the intersection of life, science, and art are best addressed through a combination of artistic intervention, critical theorizing, and reflective practices. Transcending disciplinary boundaries, contributions to this volume focus on the political significance of recent advances in the biological sciences and explore the possibility of public participation in scientific discourse, drawing on research and practice in art, biology, critical theory, anthropology, and cultural studies.

After framing the subject in terms of both biology and art, Tactical Biopolitics discusses such topics as race and genetics (with contributions from leading biologists Richard Lewontin and Richard Levins); feminist bioscience; the politics of scientific expertise; bioart and the public sphere (with an essay by artist Claire Pentecost); activism and public health (with an essay by Treatment Action Group co-founder Mark Harrington); biosecurity after 9/11 (with essays by artists' collective Critical Art Ensemble and anthropologist Paul Rabinow); and human-animal interaction (with a framing essay by cultural theorist Donna Haraway).

Art + Activism / Books
27 Apr 2008
An Introduction to Information Design
John Emerson, collector of inspiring notes on design and the public interest, wrote and designed a booklet to introduce advocacy organizations to basic principles and techniques of information design. It’s full of examples of interesting design from groups around the world in a variety of media and forms. It has tips, excercises, and even recommended Free Software packages to help polish up your graphics.

The booklet is Creative Commons licensed and fully downloadable.

Blogs / Books / Free / Open Source
22 Apr 2008
Ideas that Inform, Construct and Concern the Production of Exhibitions and Events
US, New York
"This second book by FeedBack Project continues to instigate creative discursive spheres between audience, curators and artists. It focuses on projects that fall under the broad category of participatory art and pays attention to the experiences of those involved in the making and realisation of these projects (artists, curators, participants). FeedBack 4 brings together material important for future research from primary contemporary sources presented by the makers themselves."

Book Launch: Saturday 3 May 2008
5-7 pm at Printed Matter

Articles / Artists / Books
13 Apr 2008
Open call to Artists, Photographers, Sound & Video Artists, Musicians, Mapmakers & Urban Explorers, for an upcoming publication focusing on current political movements & struggles in an election year!

Team Colors is pleased to announce their partnership with Journal of Aesthetics and Protest to produce a publication titled In the Middle of a Whirlwind: 2008 Convention Protests, Movement, and Movements, which will seek to intervene in and around the upcoming protests against the Republican and Democratic National Conventions.

The publication is a one-off online journal of theory, action and organizing, to be released May 15, 2008.
More info.

Art + Activism / Books / Calls
08 Mar 2008
How Pirate Programmers, Outlaw Bicyclists, and Vacant-lot Gardeners are Inventing the Future Today
US, San Francisco
Hot off the presses from our local friend and inspiration. Chris Carlsson's, Nowtopia uncovers the resistance of a slowly recomposing working class in America. Rarely defining themselves by what they do for a living, people from all walks of life are doing incredible amounts of labor in their "non-work" time, creating immediate practical improvements in daily life. The social networks they create, and the practical experience of cooperating outside of economic regulation, become a breeding ground for new strategies to confront the commodification to which capitalism reduces us all.

Books / Sustainability
11 Dec 2007
I have been looking very much forward to this publication and NOW is available:
"An Atlas of Radical Cartography is a collection of 10 maps and 10 essays about social issues from globalization to garbage; surveillance to extraordinary rendition; statelessness to visibility; deportation to migration. It pairs artists, architects, and designers with writers to address the role of the map as a political agent. An Atlas of Radical Cartography makes an important contribution to a growing cultural movement that traverses the boundaries between art, cartography, geography and activism."
Edited by Lize Mogel and Alexis Bhagat
Published by the Journal of Aesthetics & Protest Press

10 Nov 2007
For over thirty-five years Herman Joshua Wallace has been in solitary confinement in the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola. Solitary Confinement, or Closed Cell Restriction (CCR) at Angola consists of spending a minimum of 23 hours a day in a six-foot-by-nine-foot cell. Five years ago the activist/artist Jackie Sumell asked Herman a very simple question: "What kind of house does a man who has lived in a 6' x9' box for over thirty years dream of?" The answer to this question has manifested in a remarkable project called THE HOUSE THAT HERMAN BUILT.

Art + Activism / Artists / Books
24 Oct 2007
A political history of the Fire Coast
US, California
This arcticle, written by Mike Davis in 1996 about the last great fires on the Southern Coast of California, makes for interesting, if not a bit gruesome, reading.

29 Sep 2007
Afflicted Powers: Capital and Spectacle in a New Age of War
US, Berkeley
Presented by Iain Boal, a member of Retort and one of the authors of "Afflicted Powers" Afflicted Powers is an account of world politics since September 11, 2001. It aims to confront the perplexing doubleness of the present—its lethal mixture of atavism and new-fangledness. A brute return of the past, calling to mind now the Scramble for Africa, now the Wars of Religion, is accompanied by an equally monstrous political deployment of (and entrapment in) the apparatus of a hyper-modern production of appearances.

Retort is a gathering of antagonists to capital and empire, based for two decades in the San Francisco Bay Area. The present book arises from the group's efforts to confront the current political moment and some of the main forms of resistance to it. Involved in the writing were Iain Boal, T. J. Clark, Joseph Matthews, and Michael Watts.

Books / Events / Free
24 Sep 2007
Calling for contributions
decentre is a book about artist-run culture that hopes to describe the breadth and quality of artist-initiated programs, projects and events, the issues we face in this milieu and how effectively we deal with them, that aims to both celebrate artist-run culture and demonstrate the vital role artist-initiated activity plays in the larger cultural scene.
They are asking for contributions.

Books / Calls
10 Sep 2007
San Francisco
The book tells the inspiring stories of individual citizens, families and community groups that achieved unlikely victories in the fight to bring environmental sustainability and economic fairness to such vital areas as water management, food, toxics, urban renewal, clean energy, and local politics. For example, the book tells the story of LaDonna Redmond, a Chicago mother who, when confronted by her son's extreme food allergies, decided to create a system of urban farms in her neighborhood. We write about the residents of Norco, Louisiana, who fought a years-long battle to force Shell Oil to address the consequences of decades of toxic exposure.

Books / Sustainability
06 Sep 2007
US, Los Angeles
Spacial Justice is a new journal published by the UCLA Department of Urban Planning. This volume proceeds from the notion that justice is, and should be, a principal goal of urban planning in all its institutional and grassroots forms. Yet why speak of spatial justice instead of social justice? What do critical spatial thinking and practices contribute to the pursuit of justice?

Art + Activism / Books / Urban/City
28 Aug 2007
Issue #5 of the Journal of Aesthetics & Protest
now available!!!

On Speech and talking; Yes Men, Art Workers Coalition (revisited), Jason Del Gandio, Mariana Botey, Matt Dunnerstick, Jessica Cannon, Ashley Hunt and many many more!!

Art + Activism / Books
10 Aug 2007
The University of Momboy in Venezuela has started a project using mules to spread the advantages of reading to remote villages. The mobile libraries take books into isolated communities and have helped encourage people to read. James Ingham shows in his BBC article the great success of this community-based initiative.

via Book Patrol

Books / Education / Public Projects
11 Jul 2007
US, San Francisco
An (almost) online version of Performance Anthology: Source Book of California Performance Art by Carl E. Loeffler, Darlene Tong.

The San Francisco Bay Area was home to many early performance artists and this publication documents many works and situates their work within the social and political climate of the times... 1970 through 1988.

29 Jun 2007
This is a real resource for people interested in alternative city development and research. Editors and authors Jochen Becker and Stephan Lanz and others have made publicly available major parts of their writing on Cities like Istanbul, Teheran, Farvelas in Rio and more. Among the books are "City og COOP", and "Space // Troubles". The books continue a strong German tradition for alternative but thoroughly researched urban investigations.

Articles / Books / Free / Urban/City
18 May 2007
Katie Holten's new book. It includes texts by JG Ballard, Lia Gangitano, AM Homes, Elizabeth Kolbert, James Howard Kunstler, Rebecca Solnit, Fritz Haeg and others.

"Interested in our fragile ecology from an international perspective--while also considering local concerns--Holten's work is a relative, aesthetic proposition for community-friendly solutions. She renders nature essential, and in the process asks individuals and communities to ponder their natural environment, and to consider human fragility in an uncertain future. Holten collaborates with communities around the globe to raise awareness of environmental issues through a visual consideration of nature. Her exhibitions heighten a sense of urgency and action through beautifully rendered work that expresses the fragile ecology of local environments."

Artists / Books
30 Mar 2007
“A world of words and their meanings at your fingertips”
DICTIONARY is a collective effort to define words, language, notions, terms, concepts, ideas, meanings, expressions, sayings – in other words means of communication. DICTIONARY has the format of a semi-anarchistic dictionary in which a group of participants have chosen the world of words and their meanings summed up in the final and first edition of DICTIONARY.

Art + Activism / Books
28 Mar 2007
US, New York
Printed Matter presents the exhibition Group Work, together with the launch of a publication by the same name by the Chicago-based artists' collective Temporary Services.

Temporary Services presents their Aesthetic Analysis of Human Groupings, an installation consisting of words and symbols for human groupings, as well as hundreds of photos of social groupings appropriated from books and magazines, displayed throughout the exhibition space.

In conjunction with the exhibition, Group Work, the latest book in Printed Matter's Emerging Artist Publication Series will be launched. Based on a pamphlet published by Temporary Services in 2002 titled Group Work: A Compilation of Quotes About Collaboration from a Variety of Sources and Practices, this publication provides a multitude of perspectives on the theme of Group Work by practitioners of artistic group practice from 1960s to the present.

Art + Activism / Books / Exhibitions / Social Practice
13 Mar 2007
The book is a compilation of texts and projects (not only by superflex) that actualize, exemplify or discuss self-organisation. The counter-economic strategies presented here are alternatives to classical capitalist economic organisation that exploit, or have been produced by, the existing global economic system.

Books / Social Practice / Sustainability
11 Mar 2007
San Francisco
Over a decade ago, Bound Together Bookstore, a collectively run anarchist bookstore located on San Francisco’s Haight Street, presented the first Bay Area Anarchist Bookfair on March 30, 1996. Today, the event takes place in the San Francisco County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park near Ninth Avenue and Lincoln Way, where the event is still held annually.
Admission is free.

Art + Activism / Books / Events
24 Feb 2007
Presented by Worldwatch, State of the World 2007: Our Urban Future explores the myriad ways urbanization is affecting our lives and the global environment—with a special focus on the ideas that can make our cities environmentally sustainable and healthier places to live.

Books / Sustainability / Urban/City
28 Jan 2007
US, Los Angeles
An exhibition and book, "Inventing Kindergarten" at Art Center College of Design.

"...kindergarten was based around a system of abstract exercises that aimed to instill in young children an understanding of the mathematically generated logic underlying the ebb and flow of creation. This revolutionary system was developed by the German scientist Friedrich Froebel whose vision of childhood education changed the course of our culture laying the grounds for modernist art, architecture and design."

Books / Education / Exhibitions / Social Practice
24 Dec 2006
Exploring the internal fringes of America
US, Los Angeles
"Written by the Center for Land Use Interpretation, this book reflects on how the nation's lands have been parceled out, put to use, and understood. Seeking out "the unusual and the exemplary," the CLUI serves as a kind of curator of the American landscape, a tour guide through ghost towns and show caves, past soap and shoelace factories, to open pit mines, casinos, landfills, and art installations, to the dry lakes where atomic bombs were tested and the ersatz villages where rescue workers train for toxic spills and other disasters. Sites like these rarely appear on street maps, but the Center believes that they are windows into the American psyche, landmarks that manifest the rich ambiguities of the nation's cultural history."

20 Dec 2006
A wonderful collection of writings that provide a range of theoretical framework for relational art from 1960's to present with essays by Umberto Eco, Bertolt Brecht, Roland Barthes, Peter Bürger, Jen-Luc Nancy, Edoaurd Glissant, and Félix Guattari, as well as the first translation into English of Jacques Rancière's influential "Problems and Transformations in Critical Art.

The book also includes central writings by such artists as Lygia Clark and Hélio Oiticica, Joseph Beuys, Augusto Boal, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Thomas Hirschhorn, and Rirkrit Tiravanija. And it features recent critical and curatorial debates, with discussions by Lars Bang Larsen, Nicolas Bourriaud, Hal Foster, and Hans-Ulrich Obrist.

Books / Social Practice
17 Dec 2006
Mumia Abu-Jamal: a Black Revolutionary in White America
German author Michael Schiffmann has released an expansion of his PhD dissertation at the University of Heidelberg in Germany this past month.
Noam Chomsky (a long-time supporter of Abu-Jamal) writes that Schiffmann's "careful and scrupulous inquiry into the events and the available evidence brings to light much that is new or was obscured," and "raises understanding of this painful and critically important case to a new level."

He is currently looking for a US publisher.

14 Dec 2006
A new book published by Printed Matter, GRAN BAZAAR, by Katie Holten. This is the culmination of a residency in Mexico city where Katie fueled a spontaneous “factory” in her hotel room, mainly utilizing the detritus from daily transactions. Newspapers, take-out packaging, toilet paper tubes, and other leftovers were turned into handmade goods, such as pet toys.

The book also contains texts by Néstor García Canclini (anthropologist, Mexico City), J. Frederick Janka (curator, Mexico City), and Sally O’Reilly (writer, London). Canclini writes about the influence of the urban informal in international mega-cities and Janka outlines the organic evolution of the project. Sally O’Reilly interviews Holten on techniques concerning art, trade, and object dilemmas.

Books / Sustainability
12 Dec 2006
Greenwash Exposed
George Monbiot has a weekly column in the Guardian, a great blog and wrote several books, so far. Linked to his latest book 'Heat: How to Stop the Planet Burning', he launched a new website that creates a space for additional and up-to-date information. Both the book and the site strive to expose corporations' and politicians' false statements and claims about global warming. Monbiot wages war against their mean techniques, trying to make us believe their are taking action and we shouldn't.

Articles / Books / Sustainability
07 Dec 2006
The Spirited Art Of Sister Corita
A great research and investigation into the graphics and art of Sister Corita done by Julie Ault (former member of Group Material and still very active).
The graphics range from the religious to antiwar posters. One image from the book show a very active silkscreen workshop with nuns printing ahead perfectly dressed and not a stain on their fingers that too is impressive.
Here are some online examples of her work.

07 Dec 2006
The book gathers the results of 18 months of public art and territorial projects, site specific artistic interventions, and the research from the partners and contributors from six mediterranean cities: Istanbul, Beirut, Nicosia, Tel Aviv, Alexandria, Barcelona.
aMAZE Lab is a non-profit cultural lab which works for the diffusion and knowledge of contemporary culture. Going Public is now in it`s fifth year.

28 Nov 2006
Publication date: 11 December 2006
London, UK
Land, Art: A Cultural Ecology Handbook will present a compendium of texts, dialogues and collaborations by and among ecologists, economists, cultural theorists, activists and art writers that extend from the notions of land, cultural production and the emergencies of 21st century.

Art + Activism / Books / Sustainability
17 Oct 2006
Underground Buildings
US, Cape Cod
Over 40 years, Malcom has been promoting sustainable living and can be considered the father of modern earth-sheltered architecture. He has writen several articles and books, published by himself, about underground structures, gentle building and passive solar energy.

Architecture / Articles / Books / Sustainability
12 Oct 2006
Making the whole world a library
'Bookcrossing' is a simple way to share books with the world. It is the practice of leaving a book in a public place to be picked up and read by others, who then do likewise.

Books / Public Projects
08 Oct 2006
Latitudes is an independent curatorial practice that works with artists, institutions and organisations to facilitate and produce temporary and sustained projects such as exhibitions, commissions, publications, research and events.

Current Publication:
LAND, ART: A Cultural Ecology Handbook: (launching December 2006) |
about land, cultural production and the emergencies of our time...

Art + Activism / Books / Organizations / Sustainability
05 Oct 2006
Architecture at War
By Robert Bevan

Bevan combs through world history to highlight a range of wars and conflicts in which the destruction of architecture was pivotal. From Cortez’s razing of Aztec cities to the carpet bombings of Dresden and Tokyo in World War II to the war in the former Yugoslavia, The Destruction of Memory exposes the cultural war that rages behind architectural annihilation, revealing that in this subliminal assault lies the complex aim of exterminating a people.

01 Sep 2006
An Atlas of Spacial Practice
Editors Markus Miessen & Shumon Basar and MIT Press present "a report from the front lines of cultural activism that looks at spatial practitioners who actively trespass into neighboring or alien fields of knowledge."

23 Aug 2006
Jerusalem and the Principles of Conflict Urbanism
Edited by Phlilipp Misselwitz and Tim Rieniets.

Jerusalem has become a prototype in the age of new urban violence.
City of Collision looks at the city of Jerusalem as an example and possible laboratory as a site of conflict. It explores, amongst others topics- territorial mapping, the so-called security fence, urban enclaves, exclaves, the approach to monuments and no-man's-land. Writers include Sharon Rotbard, Salim Tamari, Eyal Weizman and Oren Yftachel. This book also features specially commissioned photographs by Bas Princen and Polly Braden and is illustrated with over forty new detailed thematic maps.

13 Aug 2006
Book by the WorldChanging authors. Official publication date is only November 1, 2006; but nevertheless worth being announced.

Covering eight chapters ( You, Stuff, Shelter, Cities, Communities, Business, Politics, Planet) it promises to cover a lot of new information, never before presented on the site.

Articles / Books / Sustainability
31 Jul 2006
Textlets in Art and Ecology
US, New York
Linda Weintraub has initiated an interdisciplinary college text book series in which the core principles of eco-art are identified and its practice is promoted. Avant-Guardians explores art allied to ecology’s engagement with the perpetually shifting, infinitely layered montage of living entities.

The first two textlets in the series are entitled Cycle-Logical Art and Eco-Centric Topics. Subsequent volumes will extend the consideration of ecology and art to aesthetics, art mediums, tools, and the creative process itself.

Books / Sustainability
31 Jul 2006
From the Neolithic Age to the Current Crisis
Marcel Mazoyer and Laurence Roudart suggest that we need to
look back at the past since the birth of agriculture to fully apprehend the disastrous evolution of our farming techniques today. Out of all the different cultivation techniques throughout history, only twentieth centuries developments created an inbalance on our planet. Besides the description of the various agricultural developements, the authors offer us an alternative worldwide economic policy.

Books / Sustainability
05 May 2006
The Hidden Life of Garbage
Heather Rogers takes a look at society seen through the recent history of garbage. She investigates controversial topics like the politics of recycling and the export of trash to poor countries, while offering a potent argument for change.
see also: Garbology -thanks to Emily Forman for pointing to this.

Books / Sustainability / Urban/City
08 Mar 2006
The Artist's Garden After Modernism
US, New York
This show has been mentionned before on Free Soil, but the catalogue is a remarkable book in its own right. There is little published on contemporary artists gardens, or gardening in an art context. The book has new commissionned projects and documentation of recent gardens by Joseph Kosuth and hard to find material on for example Matta-Clarks floating gardens and Fischli Weiss' garden for Münster. Also you'll find essays and interviews with among others Alan Sonfist. The book continues a legacy from the Queens Museum of Art who previously published "Fragile Ecologies"

Books / Sustainability
23 Feb 2006
An Appeal for a worldwide reading
The Peter-Weiss-Foundation for Art and Politics has declared the 20th of March (the third anniversary of the outbreak of the war in Iraq) as an anniversary of the political lie. The Foundation organizes the annual Literatur Festival Berlin and did send out an appeal for a worldwide reading of Eliot Weinberger's "What I Heard about Iraq" to heighten awareness about political communication. Readings will be held Athens, Basel, Berlin, Brussels, Calcutta, Durban, Everett, Frankfurt, Los Angeles, Magdeburg, Melbourne, New York, Prague, San Francisco, Zürich, and other cities.

Art + Activism / Books / Events / Organizations
05 Feb 2006
Adventures in sustainability
A new book just released about a family's experiment with not spending a cent for 6 months. Living on the Northern coast of Australia, they are now attempting the same exercise in self-sufficiency down in Tasmania.

Books / Sustainability
18 Jan 2006
work and book
US & Denmark
Based in Copenhagen and Los Angeles, Errant Bodies has been publishing books and CDs on sound, auditory issues, spatial arts and design, and cultures of experimental audio and art since 1995.
A keen eye to social and political aspects of our environment makes this site well worth a viisit

A book just came out: Surface Tension: Problematics of Site, addressing the history and legacy of site-specific art practice

Books / Organizations / Sustainability
15 Dec 2005
Gardeners' stories of the struggle for land and justice
A collection of stories, images, dreams and practical strategies all related to urban gardens and urban farms from a wide variety of locations.

Books / Public Projects / Sustainability
07 Dec 2005
US, Various Cities
Published by Richard Brautigan in the Spring of 1968, it consisted of eight packets of garden seeds, each printed with a poem, all gathered in a small folder.

Books / Virtual Soil
10 Nov 2005
"diy: self survival" collated by is now available for cheap and can also be downloaded for FREE from their website!
It’s a collection of essays, tips and case
studies showing the breadth and current diversity of art/activism practice today from around the world.

Contributors include Drew Hemment, John
Evans, Mika Raento, Theo Humphries and the fantastic Ryan Griffis!

Books / Free
28 Oct 2005
by Brett Bloom & Ava Bromberg
The product of 4 years of work from In The Field, an artists collective that explores the complex social constellations around urban land use issues. With introductions to City Repair, Resource Center, Park Fiction and more, this is one of the best accounts of imaginative urban planning and neighborhood interventions by people who care. A range of social, legal and ecological issues are explored and dealt with as should be when dealing with the places we live.

Architecture / Books / Sustainability
26 Oct 2005
Issue #4 of the Journal of Aesthetics and Protest is now available
online, and you can also order (or trade or barter!) the print version.
Articles include Temporary Public Spaces and The occupation Of Art.

20 Oct 2005
The story of El Salvador’s Radio Venceremos
El Salvador
The book is a collection of heroic, but ever human stories about the 'clandestine' Radio Venceremos, woven together chronologically by José Ignacio López Vigil. It is both dramatic and comical, revealing different aspects of El Salvador's civil war. Truely amazing.!

21 Sep 2005
The Socialist Objects of Russian Constructivism by Christina Kiaer
An interesting look at the Russian Constructivist conception of objects; "Our things in our hands must be equals, comrades," wrote Aleksandr Rodchenko in 1925. Kiaer analyzes this Constructivist counterproposal to capitalism's commodity fetish by examining objects produced by Constructivist artists between 1923 and 1925: Vladimir Tatlin's prototype designs for pots and pans and other everyday objects, Liubov' Popova's and Varvara Stepanova's fashion designs and textiles, Rodchenko's packaging and advertisements for state-owned businesses (made in collaboration with revolutionary poet Vladimir Mayakovsky).

*And finally a more in depth look at Rodchenko's Worker's Club.

**If you find more info, please email me. Thanks!

08 Sep 2005
Errant Bodies publishing group present a new book.
Copenhagen, Denmark
Surface Tension examines the conversations that occur as negotiations between cultural production and the place of its reception. Such conversations are underscored as inherently complex, embodying intersections of the imagined and the real, and the intensities surrounding art, performance and architectural productions that seek public potential.
Edited by Ken Ehrlich & Brandon LaBelle
CD selection by Stephen Vitiello

Books / Organizations
30 Jul 2005
Camping Electronique by Code31
Europe, Various Cities
Code31 is an open studio and meeting place for electronic artists setting up their own workshops and collaborative art projects. Under normal conditions located in Brussels, from August 12 till 14 however, they will setup their tents in the parc next to Le Corbusier's "La maison radieuse" in Reze, France.

In case of a 'blackout', I highly recommend taking a look at Le Corbusier: Architect of Books by Catherine de Smet. A book that beautifully illustrates yet another activity of Monsieur Corbu.

Architecture / Books / Events / Organizations
27 Jul 2005
This book tries to take fiction for fact and gives a complete list (under certain limitations) of all imaginary places on our planet. The Dictionary is mainly the work of two authors, Alberto Manguel and Gianni Guadalupi, but - in it's foreword - invites readers to contribute any other suitable places. Super nice.!

12 Jul 2005
Nai Journal
Europe, Various Cities
City nor urbanisation but the countryside and the agrarian industry constitute the starting point.Microtransformations of the land as seen by biologists, geographers, residents and farmers.

06 Jul 2005
A space for research, practice and conversation about the contemporary media and urban constellations, based in Delhi India. The research programme also publishes the Sarai Reader, as a book and online ressource.

Architecture / Books / Virtual Soil
24 Jun 2005
Currator of the Imaginairy Museum
For over thirty years now, Tjebbe Van Tijen has been creating 'visualisations' of ecological matters, urban conflicts, alternative culture and historical subjects. Current research projects focus on ‘literary psycho-geography’, aerial bombing, mapping human violence, visual language, media history and education systems.

A recent interview, in OPEN (NAi Publishers) by Geert Lovink, highlights his 'Unbombing the World' and 'Ars Memoria' projects and gives an insight in his thoughts on collective memory.

Artists / Books
12 May 2005
Book made from a seminar held in Denmark 1998, published 2001. An early attempt to theorize the field. Still this leads to discussions on terminology to find better words than intervention ie environmentally engaging and user-friendly as allready proposed.

03 May 2005
San Francisco
In 2000, The Smart Museum
commissioned new projects from artists Mark Dion, Peter Fend, and Dan Peterman, each focusing on interrelationships between particular organisms--human beings-and a specific group of sites--a museum building, a river landscape, and a university campus. The results evoke the varied scales, from the microscopic to the global, at which human actions affect the environment.

Books / Exhibitions
03 May 2005
San Francisco
Brian Wallis

03 May 2005
A wonderful look at DIY urban play
San Francisco
A great book i just picked up. It was an exhibition in New York in 1990. Written by Amanda Dargan and Steven Zeitlin (with photos by Martha Cooper and others), this book captures the meaning and pleasure of play in the urban environment.

13 Apr 2005
Copenhagen, Denmark
Artist well worth checking out, on the webpage you can download his book, with texts by Bourriaud, Lars Bang Larsen and others.

Artists / Books / Free
12 Apr 2005
The Rise of Predatory Locales in the Postwar World
On inventive and imaginative research Pandemonium -"the rise of predatory locales in the postwar world" should be mentionned. About techniques of control in a capitalist society, quite a dark book but actually achieves a somewhat productive critizism. Though from personal experience and from a talk yesterday on working in callcenters it might be that on that topic you could write an even grimmer book -my roommate worked for a year at a call center in Scotland and all their performances was messured and put to statistics above 30 min of going to the restroom a week would get you sacked and everybody knew that they were being monitored on their every moove. Access to these workplaces are quite restricted and doing reasarch on it would take a Gunter wallraff approach - which would offcourse be an interesting project in it self.
read a review

12 Apr 2005
Culture in Action
A Public Art Program of Sculpture Chicago
This book must be mentionned here, it was very important to me having little acces to information or publications about community art in late 90ties. It is dealing with a wider approach to public arts and community, where environmental and societal issues are dealt with together. The review by Eleanor Heartney is quite critical and sharp
read it here

Articles / Books / Public Projects
30 Mar 2005
Current art to transform ecologies
This is an amazing ressource and book, there is an online version free to read.

"Coined in 1999, the term ecovention (ecology + invention) describes an artist-initiated project that employs an inventive strategy to physically transform a local ecology"

Books / Free / Sustainability
30 Mar 2005
Concrete Jungle
A pop media investigation of death and survival in urban ecosystems
When it comes to research Mark Dion & Alexis Rockmans book is a must-read, about life and death in the city.
Edited by Mark Dion & Alexis Rockman, 1996, Juno Books

30 Mar 2005
Fragile ecologies
Contemporary Artists' Interpretations and Solutions
Is an example of a book with bits and pieces that are really interesting, but as a book not quite there, this is where I saw Alan Sonfist for the first time and Agnes Denes, Wheatfield battery park.
BY Barbara C. Matilsky, Publisher: Rizzoli

Books / Sustainability
30 Mar 2005
A Survey of London's Adventure Playgrounds
London, UK
An Archtecture of Play A Survey of London's Adventure Playgrounds.

A nice account of Londons playgrounds, homebuilt and painted, an amazing and inspiering of homebuild and independant structures

30 Mar 2005
Community + Communication in Modern art
What makes this book interesting and important is that it also tries to frame and contextualize European examples of dialogical and socially engaged art, which is not so much the case with for instance, Miwon Kwon and Lacys: "Mapping the terrain" who mainly have an American outlook. This could be expanded upon to include other parts of the world. The Author Grant H. Kester, claimes that the most interesting and innovative art is made outside the museum and conventional galleries, in dialogical community practices -and on this i tend to agreee. How to establish a critical framework for these practices, which include, Wochenclausur and Stephen Willats, superflex and others is also a concern, and the discussions are well informed and precise.
This is my current reading, and I will be back with a full review

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Interview with Fritz Haeg by Nato Thompson

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