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Drafting futures, remembering a building Rosa te Velde

Published by de Appel, Amsterdam, 2021, 288 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 12 × 17 cm, English / Dutch

Price: €15

Drafting futures, remembering a building explores, connects and recalls the many lives of one building in Amsterdam Nieuw-West over the span of more than sixty years. From when it was first built as ‘CSG Pascal’, a hypermodern school building; through its near demise when it was reformed as ‘Calvijn College’; then, its designation as a refugee shelter; and to its current, temporary status as a creative ‘hub’, known as ‘Broedplaats Lely’ and home to de Appel. Plans for the future are constantly made and unmade – what will this place become? How does this building help to understand the ideologies behind city planning, segregation and gentrification? How does this building reveal the different guises of the ‘politics of forgetting’ and how to work against them?

Edited by Hannah Cheney. Designed by Bardhi Haliti & Zuzana Kostelanská

#2021 #bardhihaliti #deappel #hannahcheney #rosatevelde #zuzanakostelanska
The Remote Archivist Series 01: To See the Inability to See

Published by de Appel, Amsterdam, 2020, 3 foldout posters with various inserts (colour & b/w ill.), w 10.4 × 19.4 cm (each folded) 41.6 × 58.2 cm (each unfolded), English

Price: €12

The Remote* Archivist is a recurring publication from the Archive of de Appel that can also be accessed while the reader is physically distant, or the archive is far away. The distance, and at the same time the fickle proximity of digital platforms is now translated into the tangibility of archivistic messages.

In this first series of three episodes, Arefeh Riahi, Maartje Fliervoet and Martín La Roche Contreras came together as “To See the Inability to See” and created the feuilleton: Outdated Compass.

With archive documents from: Willem de Rooij, Jürgen Klauke and Iman Issa. Designed by Bardhi Haliti. Archivist: Nell Donkers

* Absent, dreamy, far away, remote control, distant

#2020 #arefehriahi #bardhihaliti #deappel #ephemera #maartjefliervoet #martínlaroche #nelldonkers #theremotearchivist #willemderooij
Homestead of Dilution

Published by Onomatopee, Eindhoven, 2017, 132 pages, 20.6 × 13.3 cm, English

Price: €18

The concept of ’dilution’ – bringing together healthy and mentally ill people to overcome the formation of a polarised and hierarchical society – was developed during the Nieuw Dennendal experiment at a Dutch mental healthcare institute in the 1970s.

With this book we broaden the scope of what dilution could mean today, viewed through various historical, artistic, sociological and philosophical lenses. Could the historical concept of dilution be deployed as a contemporary artistic principle and be rediscovered as a means to achieve peaceful cohabitation? Does it have the potential to bridge and unify radical forms of otherness as part of an artistic process or perhaps life in general?

This publication comes out of the artistic research for the video work Homestead of Dilution, and is the result of an artist-in residency by Domenico Mangano & Marieke van Rooy at Het Vijfde Seizoen (located on the grounds of the mental health institute Altrecht in Den Dolder, The Netherlands), from January to May 2015.

Designed by Bardhi Haliti

#2017 #bardhihaliti #onomatopee
May 25 is now October 1 Bardhi Haliti

Published by cpress, Zurich, 2019, 662 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 16.5 × 23.3 cm, English

Price: €28

With more autonomy in 1974, Kosovo saw an upsurge in urban planning and architectural freedom, enabled by modernism and in turn expressed through competitive sports and a shift away from ethnic particularities, which signalled a shift West. May 25 is now October 1 is an extensive research across Kosovar newspapers published between 1974 and 2018. The book documents sports activities that took place in seven identical sports halls in seven cities of Kosovo. The images have been cropped, zoomed in on, and paired together by similarity. The choreography is not meant to render them jewels or treasures, but rather to help find their meaning beyond their meaning within the now unfashionable sports halls. Through repetition, the images and texts reveal the multifunctional nature of community space in which larger sociopolitical and cultural cycles are reflected.

#2019 #bardhihaliti
Too Much World The Films of Hito Steyerl

Published by Sternberg Press, Berlin, 2014, 244 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 12.6 × 21.6 cm, English

Price: €25

Hito Steyerl is rightly considered one of the most exciting artists working today who speculates on the impact of the Internet and digitization on the fabric of our everyday lives. Her films and writings offer an astute, provocative, and often funny analysis of the dizzying speed with which images and data are reconfigured, altered, and dispersed, many times over, accelerating into infinity or crashing into oblivion.

Published to accompany the artist’s survey exhibitions at the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, and the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, Too Much World gathers a series of essays and close readings of Steyerl’s films from the past ten years. Newly commissioned texts by Sven Lütticken, Karen Archey, Ana Teixeira Pinto, and Nick Aikens, alongside writings by Thomas Elsaesser, Pablo Lafuente, David Riff, and Steyerl, are spliced with over one hundred pages of color stills. This publication is a charged slideshow of the artist’s extraordinary investigations into the status, circulation, and materiality of images.

Copublished with Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, and Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane. Design by Bardhi Haliti.

#2014 #bardhihaliti #hitosteyerl #sternbergpress #svenlütticken
A Retrospective Rasheed Araeen

Published by JRP Ringier, Zurich, 320 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 2017, 20 × 27 cm, English

Price: €30

Rasheed Araeen: A Retrospective is structured across five chapters: from his early experiments in painting in Karachi in the 1950s and early 60s, his pioneering minimalist sculptures carried out after his arrival in London in 1964, key pieces from the 70s and 80s following Araeen’s political awakening, his nine panel cruciform works from the 80s and 90s and a selection of his new geometric paintings and wall structures. Alongside this, material relating to Araeen’s writing, editorial and curatorial projects will be presented as part of an expanded artistic practice that in its scope and ambition continues to challenge the formal, ideological and political assumptions of Eurocentric modernism.

Edited by Nick Aikens and published by JRP Ringier in collaboration with Van Abbemuseum, MAMCO, BALTIC and Garage includes new essays by Aikens, Kate Fowle, Courtney Martin, Michael Newman, Gene Ray, Dominic Rhatz, John Roberts, Marcus du Sautoy, Zoe Sutherland and Kaelen Wilson-Goldie and an extensive conversation between Aikens and Araeen. Designed by Bardhi Haliti

#2017 #bardhihaliti #jrpringier #rasheedaraeen #vanabbemuseum