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    En passant. de kunstenaar als reiziger, de reis als kunstwerk, Liesbet Bussche

    €15.00

    ‘En passant: de kunstenaar als reiziger, de reis als kunstwerk’ [En passant: the artist as traveler, the travel as artwork] contains conversations with four artists that use traveling as a methodology in their praxis: the Belgian artists Christoph Fink and Ria Pacquée and the Dutch artists Ted Noten and Joost Conijn. All these artists share traveling as their primary artwork but the artistic outcomes of their journey and their perspectives on this topic are remarkably diverse. Besides walking, which is most frequently used by artists and therefore the most researched method in the discourse of this subject, these four artists are also biking, driving, flying and dreaming. Author Liesbet Bussche talks with them about the diversity of the landscape they traverse, the difference between traveling alone or in company and how they share the experience of their travel with the public. 

    This is Track Report 16/02

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    Update_6, new technological award

    €29.00

    'UPDATE-6' gives a short overview of how new technological art has developed since the 1950's. At the site 'Zebrastraat Ghent' various renowned and upcoming artists gave their take on the idea of new technological art. This book gives a reflection of this international exhibition and takes the reader on a fascinating journey through the evolution of how the new technological arts have unfolded through history. 

    The appearance, during the 1950's, of electronic and computer tools in the arts, forced artists to a more in-depth knowledge of techniques and their languages to “master” the new instruments that were now put at their disposal by engineers. Artists reacted to this new development in two main ways: either by collaborating with engineers or by learning to use the new techniques themselves. This new undertaking also forced the artist to make an ideological choice: proceed with the idea of art as causa mentale, or consider finding new ways to master the technology and submit it to their artistic needs. In practice of course, this pas de deux was not as straightforward and, over time, many different exchanges and interweavings saw flourishing. This publication aims to provide an overview of the most relevant authors, exhibitions, events and places.
     

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  3. Item:MER-1219

    Heads and Tails. Tales and Bodies

    €80.00

    The publication Heads and Tails. Tales and Bodies: Engraving the Human Figure from Antiquity to the Early Modern Period, is the result of an exhibition that took place at The Pushkin Museum of Moscow, from July 6th until September 30th, 2016. Heads and Tails displays and discusses extremely rare numismatic, glyptic and archaeological artifacts that have only very rarely been presented to a broader audience. Hence this publication is an impressive gallery of masterpieces of miniature sculpture, such as coins, medals, plaquettes and statuettes, in which man always takes pride of place. The perception and depiction of the human figure by artists of different periods, the development of artistic styles, and the close links between the iconographic repertoire and mythology, religion, history, literature and philosophy of the Greater Greek World are themes well reflected by international specialists in this publication. The publication was made possible through the combined efforts of the Benaki Museum in Athens and the Greek Welfare Foundation for Social and Cultural Affairs (KIKPE). 

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  4. Item:MER-1217

    Stillness, Nik Gaffney

    €40.00

    Stillness is a visual wandering, a series of stills from a world in incessant motion. Nik Gaffney's photographs, taken over the course of one lunar year, are observations on materiality and time at turns ethereal, evocative and timeless. In Stillness, organic abstraction emerges from algorithmic concreteness. Page after page, a non-linear filmic sequence appears through juxtaposition and transitions, a flow punctuated with meticulous effortlessness. Somewhere between a documentary, a study or an artwork, the book itself is a fleetingly material object, a simple call to partake in the radical act of noticing.
     

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    Mining Section (Bureau des mines), Allan Sekula

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    In mines and ports across the world, human labor sustains our industrial and globalized economies. Allan Sekula imagined and set out to realize an artwork, The Dockers' Museum, which makes the struggles of miners, dockworkers, and seafarers visible through networks of metonymic objects that embody these workers' imaginaries. The collaborative notes gathered in this publication accompany the presentation of the "Mining Section (Bureau des mines)" of The Dockers' Museum at the Anatomical Theater in Leuven in the Fall of 2016.

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    Parallellen 1975-2016, Werner Cuvelier

    €25.00

    The artist's book Parallellen presents an overview by Belgian artist Werner Cuvelier (° 1939) of a thousand years of western culture, through presenting significant and indispenable figures within the domains of architecture, philosophy, literature, music, the visual arts, film and photography, and science. Parallellen puts 300 characters to the fore, that to Cuvelier have had a major impact on western culture. In this intriguing book, men and women that shaped and altered history chronologically pass the revue; through their portraits and their main realizations. 

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    Off Work N°4, Drawing Review

    €13.00


    This 64 pages magazine shows various drawings in black & white, printed on recycled paper. All drawings are anonymous. Off Work Drawing Review is an artwork in progress by Parcifal Neyt, published three times a year by MER. Paper Kunsthalle. www.brangel.com

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    Figures of Dissent, Cinema of Politics / Politics of Cinema

    €25.00

    How can the relation between cinema and politics be thought today? This question was the starting point for Figures of Dissent, a project consisting of an extensive series of discussions, dialogues and screenings that were organized by Debuysere over the course of four years. Some of the thoughts and doubts that have been simmering as a result of these encounters were expressed in the form of letters. This manuscript assembles six of those letters, addressed to fellow filmmakers, artists, producers and theorists. They are six tentative forms of study that blend various impressions, associations and digressions in an attempt to make sense of this conundrum that has been haunting the past century: how does the art of moving shadows pertain to the realities of political struggle?

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  9. Item:MER-1210

    Toshio Shibata Laurent Ney

    €60.00

    This publication presents hundred photographs taken by Japanese artist Toshio Shibata (°1949), from the bridges and special structures designed by architect engineer Laurent Ney (°1964). In this book, both artist and designer meet; offering two worlds and two media that come together. For both creators, context is the starting point of their work, whether it is context as natural surroundings or in a broader sense. In Shibata’s work, Ney recognizes themes that inspire him whilst in the process of designing: the space, the time, geometry, materiality and poetry.  But it is surely the ‘outsider’s’ viewpoint that makes Shibata’s images of Ney’s constructions so intriguing. They reveal a multi-layered reality that can be understood at multiple levels.

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    Mystic Transport, Gülsün Karamustafa & Koen Theys

    €25.00

    Mystic Transport is an exhibition project initiated through a chance encounter between two artists, Koen Theys and Gülsün Karamustafa. Both are very much intertwined with the city they live in; Brussels and Istanbul and integrate visible and invisible materials and remnants from their immediate surroundings within their practice. Intrigued by religious parades, the hamam, war propaganda, gender issues and the entertainment industry, Theys and Karamustafa use these phenomena as starting points for their video work, installations and performances. In doing so, both artists sketch a critical portrait of the society and culture in which we live and reside, reflecting on cultural canons and differing socio-economic realities. Mystic Transport thus results in unique crossovers.

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