Defne Ayas

  • The Crime Was Almost Perfect

    The Crime Was Almost Perfect

    Cristina Ricupero, Defne Ayas, and Amira Gad

    What makes crime stories fascinating is that the divisions between the criminal, the victims, and the audience are constantly blurred: we are all potential victims and could perhaps become criminals ourselves.

    While the exhibition “The Crime Was Almost Perfect” at the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam functioned more as a “space for experimentation,” this publication aims to investigate not only detective fiction but the more theoretical, philosophical, and aesthetic aspects of the genre. Published following the closing of the exhibition, this catalogue should be considered a continuation of the project, as a resource in itself, rather than simply documentation or commentary.

    Taking a more literary approach to the theme, the publication includes commissioned fictive works and three relevant theoretical essays. The essays were chosen, not only to address the participating artists' practices or artworks, but to provide analysis of some of the issues raised in the exhibition. The publication includes Tom Morton's story “The Thick End” and Astrid Trotzig's “threat letters,” as well as essays by Michael Zinganel and Alexandra Midal, and Karl Marx's “The Productivity of Crime.”

    This book is published on the occasion of the group exhibition “The Crime Was Almost Perfect,” curated by Cristina Ricupero at Witte de With, Rotterdam, January 24–April 27, 2014.

    Copublished with Witte de With

    ContributorsAlexandra Midal, Tom Morton, Cristina Ricupero, Astrid Trotzig, Michael Zinganel

    • Paperback $16.00


  • Cultures of Assembly

    Cultures of Assembly

    Studio Miessen

    Federica Bueti and Markus Miessen

    A comprehensive overview of Studio Miessen's spatial designs and architectural projects.

    Cultures of Assembly offers a comprehensive overview of Studio Miessen's spatial designs and architectural projects. The publication is accompanied by a series of commissioned essays by guest authors on some of the key ideas of Miessen's practice. Concepts such as “Bastardising,” “Revamping,” or “Friction” can be employed to describe projects that range from exhibition architecture, spatial design, and consulting to publications, installations, and collaborations with artists and architects as well as research projects.

    Over the years, Studio Miessen has developed spatial strategies for institutions such as Witte de With, Rotterdam, Artsonje, Seoul; the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane; Performa, New York; and conceived architecture designs for exhibitions at Artist Space, New York; Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; Berlin Biennale; Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; and with Hito Steyerl or Omer Fast, amongst others. The book is a collection of speculative thoughts and material experimentations that together form cultures of assembly.

    • Paperback $24.00
  • What about Activism?

    What about Activism?

    Steven Henry Madoff

    Curators and thinkers about contemporary art consider how to engage audiences in creative forms of protest and advocacy.

    With the global rise of a politics of shock, driven by nationalist and authoritarian regimes, what paths to resistance and sites of sanctuary can cultural institutions offer? In this book, more than twenty of the world's leading curators and thinkers about contemporary art offer powerful case studies from their own work, along with historical and theoretical perspectives, that point the way for cultural producers everywhere to engage audiences in creative forms of protest and advocacy capable of confronting the fierce political challenges of today and tomorrow.

    ContributorsDefne Ayas, Ute Meta Bauer, Nicolas Bourriaud, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Joshua Decter, Clémentine Deliss, Irmgard Emmelhainz, Boris Groys, Hou Hanru, Pi Li, Maria Lind, Steven Henry Madoff, Antonia Majaca, Gabi Ngcobo, Hans Ulricht Obrist, Jack Persekian with Alison Ramer, María Belén Saéz de Ibarra, Terry Smith, Nato Thompson, Mick Wilson, Brian Kuan Wood, Tirdad Zolghadr

    • Paperback $26.00