Amy Patton

  • Apple. An Introduction

    Apple. An Introduction

    (Over and over and once again)

    Aleksandra Jach, Antje Majewski, Amy Patton, Joanna Sokołowska, and Susanne Titz

    A supplement to exhibitions held at Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach, and Muzeum Sztuki, Łódź, this book centers around the apple as an art object and as a case study in biodiver sity under threat. Developed over the course of an ongoing, five-year correspondence between artist Antje Majewski and the Polish conceptual artist Paweł Freisler, the project explores the idea of diversity in all of its possible meanings and manifestations, tying together collaborative and associatively connected works by Majewski and Agnieszka Polska, Freisler, Piotr Życieński, and Jimmie Durham in a museum exhibition dealing with the apple.

    The remarkable range of ornaments in Freisler's collection of carved, dried apples is echoed in the diverse colors and shapes found in Majewski's paintings of different apple varieties, while her film The Freedom of Apples traces the fruit's genetic reduction to a handful of commercially profitable varieties, an undertaking that requires making sense of the complex relationships behind global food production in capitalism, genetic technology developments in the agricultural sector and in politics and legislation, but also of dissenting voices in favor of another kind of community economy and the pr eservation of diversity. Freisler and Majewski founded a new tradition of planting apple trees in the city space as a communal activity that brings together diverse groups and individuals. So far, two hundred local-variety apple trees have been planted by tree adopters in Mönchengladbach and Łódź.

    Copublished with Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach, and Muzeum Sztuki, Łódź

    Contributors Jimmie Durham, Anders Ettinger, Paweł Freisler / Piotr Życieński, Katherine Gibson / Ethan Miller, Antje Majewski, Agnieszka Polska, Joanna Sokołowska, Susanne Titz, Fundacja Transformacja

    • Paperback $37.00
  • Performing Change

    Performing Change

    Mathilde ter Heijne and Amy Patton

    Performing Change, a collection of interviews by artist Mathilde ter Heijne, explores the idea of open-ended, collaborative art processes and their transformative potential beyond the confines of art. Designed as an artist's book and published in conjunction with her exhibition at the Museum für Freie Kunst in Freiburg (November 8, 2014–February 22, 2015), the book shows handwritten revisions, annotations, and drawings from contributors including voodoo priest Togbé Hounon-Hounougbo Bahounsou and priestess Mamissi DaPovi, women from the Kartal Kadın Ürünleri Pazarı (Women's Products Market) in Istanbul, ayahuasca shaman and biologist Ulrich Meyerratken, ceremonial magic anthropologist Susan Greenwood and artists, curators and critics Sabeth Buchmann, Anselm Franke, Elke Bippus, Amy Patton, Mark Kremer, Janne Schäfer, and Kristine Agergaard, with a preface interview by Museum für Freie Kunst curators Christine Litz and Sophia Trollmann.

    Contributors

    Kristine Agergaard, Anke Bagma, Togbé Hounon Hounougbo Bahousou, Elke Bippus, Esma Boz, Sabeth Buchmann, Anselm Franke, Susan Greenwood, Mathilde ter Heijne, Mark Kremer, Christine Litz, Ulrich Meyerratken, Amy Patton, Mamissi Da Povi, Janne Schäfer, Sophia Trollman, Engin Yardımcı

    • Paperback $34.00

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  • Solution 257

    Solution 257

    Complete Love

    Ingo Niermann

    Ingo Niermann's provocative new novel imagines a Berlin alternative to the activist occupation of public spaces in 2011. The completists, gathered at Alexanderplatz, aspire for justice through intimacy. They believe that only when the redistribution of material wealth includes equal chances of finding sex and love—no matter how elderly, disabled, or ugly you are—communism will become real. This volume of the Solution series is a revolutionary erotic fiction.

    Karl, a freelance writer and young stay-at-home dad in Berlin, first dismisses the completists as a bunch of as fringe weirdos and burnouts. But over the course of one summer day, his outlook changes after a series of encounters both virtual and physical. Contacting him on Skype, an attractive and mysterious stranger tells him she has only three hours left to live. Their video chat starts a game of seduction and intrigue and turns into a vivid debate on the decorum of modern relationships and fantasies. Instead of satiating him sensually and emotionally, Ava enlightens him about the real completist challenge of justice through sex and intimacy. Karl must join ranks with disabled sex-rights activist Oskar Patzer before his day's journey—culminating in an improvised public orgy prefaced by a choreographed group performance—can indicate the possibilities for completing love. 

    For further completist efforts, go to www.thearmyoflove.net.

    Solution Series edited by Ingo Niermann

    • Paperback $25.00
  • Terror from the Air

    Terror from the Air

    Peter Sloterdijk

    Terrorism as the matrix of modern and postmodern war, from Ypres to Auschwitz, from the bombing of Dresden to the attack on the World Trade Center.

    According to Peter Sloterdijk, the twentieth century started on a specific day and place: April 22, 1915, at Ypres in West Flanders. That day, the German army used a chlorine gas meant to exterminate indiscriminately. Until then, war, as described by Clausewitz and practiced by Napoleon, involved attacking the adversary's vital function first. Using poison gas signaled the passage from classical war to terrorism. This terror from the air inaugurated an era in which the main idea was no longer to target the enemy's body, but their environment. From then on, what would be attacked in wartime as well as in peacetime would be the very conditions necessary for life.

    This kind of terrorism became the matrix of modern and postmodern war, from World War I's toxic gas to the Nazi Zyklon B used in Auschwitz, from the bombing of Dresden to the attack on the World Trade Center. Sloterdijk goes on to describe the offensive of modern aesthetics, aesthetic terrorism from Surrealism to Malevich—an “atmo-terrorism” in the arts that parallels the assault on environment that had originated in warfare.

    • Paperback $14.95 £11.99