Release — Contra Mundum I to VII

Con­tra Mun­dum I – VII is an inaug­ur­al col­lec­tion of sev­en talks centered around the theme of »con­tra mun­dum,« or »against the world.« and will be released at Man­drake in Los Angeles todayIt  is a 214 paged pub­lic­a­tion by Oslo Edi­tions and con­tains con­tri­bu­tions from Rupert Deese, Aaron Kun­in, Elad Lassry, Anthony Pear­son, Mat­thew Taylor Raf­fety, Frances Stark, and Evan Calder Wil­li­ams.

»This month sees the release of Con­tra Mun­dum I‑VII, the inaug­ur­al volume from Oslo Edi­tions, a new pub­lish­ing imprint ini­ti­ated by artist Alex Klein and design­er Mark Owens. The book gath­ers edited tran­scripts from a series of talks held at the Man­drake bar in Los Angeles last year, and it includes con­tri­bu­tions from sev­en artists and crit­ics. In addi­tion to being dis­trib­uted by RAM in North Amer­ica, the book will also be avail­able at the Ooga Booga booth at the New York Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1, Novem­ber 5 – 7.

THE INI­TIAL invit­a­tion to cur­ate a lec­ture series came in the spring of last year from Justin Beal, who asked us to put some­thing togeth­er for the Man­drake, an artist-run bar in LA. The title Con­tra Mun­dum comes from Brideshead Revis­ited, the 1945 book by Evelyn Waugh, which fol­lows the rela­tion­ship between way­ward aris­to­crat Sebasti­an Flyte and aspir­ing artist Charles Ryder as they retreat to Flyte’s fam­ily man­or, Brideshead, to spend the sum­mer alone togeth­er. They refer to this peri­od of their friend­ship using the Lat­in motto “con­tra mun­dum,” or “against the world,” and in this space –  – away from insti­tu­tion­al, famili­al, and soci­et­al frame­works –  – they exper­i­ence a kind of aes­thet­ic awaken­ing…«
 — Art­for­um

The Release is fea­tured with music by Dal­las Acid and films by Matt Ander­son. See more here.

Man­drake
2692 S La Cienega Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90034

Decem­ber 5th, 2010 at 7 pm

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