Antje Majewski

  • 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
  • Ziran/Nature

    Ziran/Nature

    Art, Nature, and Ethics

    Christiane Kruse and Antje Majewski

    This book is the result of intellectual and physical journeys that artists, scholars, teachers, and students from China and Germany have undertaken together, in order to gain a better understanding of the connections between old Chinese philosophy (with an emphasis on Daoist writings), traditional Chinese painting, and contemporary art practices. The texts collected here give an introduction into concepts that are more than 2000 years old, yet still raise relevant questions about our current relationship to nature—both to nature in the sense of environment and ecology, and to our inner nature and its connection to the world we live in. The answers each of us gives to these questions also inform our way of life, the way we act in society or politics, and of course our art. They are important to anyone trying to find a position in a world that is about to shift from a cosmos that was “naturally so” (ziran 自然) to an increasingly manmade world, controlled and designed for the sole benefit of human beings.

    Copublished with Muthesius University of Fine Arts and Design, Raum der Publikation

    Contributors Tania Becker von Falkenstein, Christiane Kruse, Lothar Ledderose, Bangyao Li, Antje Majewski, Angelika C. Messner, Xu Tan, Chen Tong, Vangjush Vellahu, Huang Xiaopeng, Chen Zhiwei

    • Paperback $25.00
  • 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
  • Atomkrieg

    Atomkrieg

    Antje Majewski and Ingo Niermann

    Like space travel, nuclear war has for decades created a vast new territory for the imagination. People have envisaged two enemy blocs fighting a final war in which a blazing fire consumes the world. In science fiction novels and films, great writers and film-makers have thought up possible worlds during or after a nuclear war. Artists, however, have tended to subordinate themselves to the idea of the impossibility of adequate representation.

    The publication documents new works by Bruno, Pawel and Szymon Althamer, Christoph de Babalon, Markus Dinig, Lukas Duwenhögger, Olafur Eliasson, Isa Genzken, Julian Göthe, Sebastian Hammwöhner /Dani Jakob, Chris Korda, Ulrike Kuschel, Sarah Lucas, Martine Maffetti, Antje Majewski, Aleksandra Mir, Mathilde Rosier, Eva Rothschild, Neal Tait, Salla Tykkä, and Gary Webb.

    Published on the occasion of the exhibition Atomkrieg at Kunsthaus Dresden (May 20 – July 11, 2004), all stories and essays are written specially for the exhibition. Most of the writers are part of a contemporary German pop-literature and translated for the first time into English.

    Contributors Joachim Bessing, Alexa Hennig von Lange, Christian Kracht, Ulrike and Antje Kuschel, Antje Majewski, Christiane Mennicke, Dora Miran, Ingo Niermann

    • Paperback $19.95