Category Review

Review — Michalis Pichler’s SOME MORE SONNET(S)

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I am very happy to present you this review writ­ten by Richard Kostelan­etz.

Michal­is Pichler’s SOME MORE SONNET(S) was pub­lished by Greatest Hits, Ber­lin in 2011 in an edi­tion of 400 cop­ies. It col­lects 44 vari­ants of a son­net, that was ori­gin­ally writ­ten by Dante Gab­ri­el Ros­setti, and which was already pub­lished in 44 vari­ations by Ulises Car­ri­on in 1972. While Ulises Car­ri­on used a type­writer, Michal­is Pichler used a com­puter, prob­ably word or open office.

I hope you enjoy it…

Clive Phillpot — Booktrek

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A few weeks ago my copy of Clive Phillpot’s Book­trek arrived and since then it became a very import­ant book and a great resource for me. It is a col­lec­tion of essays on the artists’ books phe­nom­ena he wrote between 1972 to 2010. In Book­trek you’ll find vari­ous essays on the defin­i­tion and devel­op­ment of artists‹ books, includ­ing his­tor­ic­al texts, mani­fes­tos, cata­logue entries, and essays on works by Ed Ruscha, Sol LeWitt, Dieter Roth, and Richard Long…

Review — Medium #1 & #2

For my second review on artzines I picked Medi­um, a zine I had first seen at  MZIN book­shop in Leipzig in 2011. Recently, I met one of the edit­ors of Medi­um in Zurich by chance and received a copy of the brand-new second issue. For both issues, the three edit­ors of Medi­um — graph­ic design­er Manuel Krebs, author and cur­at­or Tirdad Zolghadr and pho­to­graph­er Shir­ana Shah­bazi — have cre­ated a treas­ure chest of twists and turns that is abund­ant of delight­ful dis­cov­er­ies and iron­ic punch lines…

Review — ZUG #1 & #2

Reviews are import­ant. As an informed opin­ion they offer guid­ance and arouse interest. In the era of the inter­net you often judge an artzine or artist book just by the pic­tures of a few spreads. It is hard to know what a pub­lic­a­tion con­tains and in most cases you buy it without detailed inform­a­tion, or you do not buy it at all. In the big­ger cit­ies, dis­tros have tackled the prob­lem and it is here, where you can browse (manu­ally) through the dif­fer­ent pub­lic­a­tions before you make your buy­ing decision. Unfor­tu­nately, not every city has a dis­tro and for this reas­on, artzines​.de has not only improved its selec­tion of artzines intro­duced online, but did so on the grounds of reviews by Regine Ehleit­er. Under Regine’s guid­ance, artzines​.de will update its selec­tion reg­u­larly, includ­ing new­comers as well as  clas­sics of the artzine scene.

Regine stud­ied Cul­tur­al Stud­ies, Journ­al­ism and His­tory of Art at Uni­ver­sity of Leipzig, Ger­many. She has proven her­self as a know­ledge­able and pas­sion­ate expert on artzines, when giv­ing a lec­ture on the top­ic at the »I’ve Zine The Dark­ness« exhib­i­tion in Halle. Fur­ther­more, Regine cur­ated the »Thanks for Shar­ing« exhib­i­tion at D21 Kun­straum in Leipzig of which she is a found­ing mem­ber. She cur­rently works as a cur­at­ori­al assist­ant at the Staat­liche Kun­sthalle Baden-Baden.

Please warmly wel­come Regine to artzines​.de. I am very happy to work with her… — Mor­itz

Folio Magazine

Folio is a nice news­print zine co-edited by Merve Kaptan and Charlie Cof­fey. It is designed as a two dimen­sion­al exhib­i­tion space espe­cially for three-dimen­sion­al, time-based and de-mater­i­al­ised works. In ever issue the work of four artists is presen­ted. Each time by a dif­fer­ent guest edit­or who will bring influ­ences from oth­er dis­cip­lines includ­ing music, archi­tec­ture and writ­ing into the issues…

Virtual Book Launch — 3 Zines by Manfred Naescher

The very defin­i­tion of the real becomes: that of which it is pos­sible to give an equi­val­ent repro­duc­tion. The real is not only what can be repro­duced, but that which is always already repro­duced. The hyper­real. (Jean Baudril­lard)
There are three art zines on my table. They are all equal in size (about 21 by 15 cm), con­cep­tu­al­ized, designed and pub­lished by the Ber­lin based artist Man­fred Naes­cher. These books are the sub­jects of the first vir­tu­al book launch here on artzines​.de.
Archi­tec­ture Without Films”, “Faces” and “Moutains with Sub­titles” are the titles of the books, and they invest­ig­ate, sim­il­ar to the oth­er pub­lic­a­tions Man­fred Naes­cher pub­lished pre­vi­ously, the medi­um film/​cinema – using appro­pri­ated pic­tures as start­ing point for his own recon­tex­tu­al­ized and recon­figured sequen­tial work…