Adam Budak

  • Dénes Farkas

    Dénes Farkas

    Evident in Advance

    Adam Budak

    “If I don't trust this evidence why should I trust any evidence?," Wittgenstein asked himself in "On Certainty." Dénes Farkas's work is haunted by a drama of not delivering a trust to a singular evidence of this world: a world as he found it. Hysterically reproduced paper maquettes of choreographed architecture, imprisoned within a clumsy, photographic frame, are abstract shelters for imagined and unspoken texts. Words are characters in performance of a world as a text.

    As a proposition, Farkas's exhibition and publication for the Estonian Pavilion of the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013 is "an absent book" and yet "the book to come." The installation is a piece of spatial, rhythmical writing; a quintet of interiors woven of autonomous though intertwined, poetic fragments of quasi-domestic setting: a library, a garden, an absent cinema, a spatial book, an obsession chamber (a locus of deranged architect and non-writer). "A story? No. No stories, never again," Farkas repeats after Maurice Blanchot, while rehearsing his art of ultimate denial and rejection.

    Copublished with the Center for Contemporary Arts, Estonia

    Contributors Adriana Cavarero, Maurice Blanchot, Bruce Duffy, Markus Miessen, Daniele Monticelli

    • Paperback $29.00
  • The World of Gimel

    The World of Gimel

    How to Make Objects Talk

    Antje Majewski, Adam Budak, and Peter Pakesch

    A matrix of life, nature and the cosmos, Antje Majewski's World of Gimel is the artist's own private universal museum in a nutshell, featuring a septet of objects: a clay teapot in the form of a human hand, a shell, a pot made of fragrant wood, a Buddha's hand citron, a hedge apple, a white stone, a meteorite—acquired by Majewski during her numerous travels and encounters. The exhibition is a book; the book is an exhibition; the World of Gimel—a hybrid of Aleph and Babel, of fantasy and scientific knowledge—is a language laboratory, a structure en abîme, Majewski's unique venture into the universe of things and their other identity.

    Participating artists: Thomas Bayrle, Helke Bayrle, Marcel Duchamp, Didier Faustino, Paweł Freisler, Delia Gonzalez, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Edward Krasiński, Leonore Mau, Markus Miessen & Ralf Pflugfelder, Dirk Peuker, Agnieszka Polska, Mathilde Rosier, Gavin Russom, Issa Samb, Juliane Solmsdorf, Simon Starling & Superflex, El Hadji Sy, Neal Tait

    Co-published with Kunsthaus GrazIncluding a DVD with films by Antje Majewski and postcards with installation views

    Contributors Adam Budak, Clémentine Deliss, Antje Majewski, Ingo Niermann, Peter Pakesch, Xu Shuxian, Marcus Steinweg; transcripts of interviews with Issa Samb, El Hadji Sy, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Thomas and Helke Bayrle; and reprints by Jorges Luis Borges, Friedrich Hölderlin, Chuang Tzu, John Joseph Mathews

    • Paperback $36.00