Rab-Rab Press

Rab-Rab Press is an independent publishing platform based in Helsinki. It publishes Rab-Rab: Journal for Political and Formal Inquiries in Art and books combining experimental artistic forms with leftist politics. Initiated in 2014, Rab-Rab Press is run by Sezgin Boynik.
 
Helsinki
 
23 titles
 
Biting the Hand - Traces of Resistance in the Art & Language diaspora
2024
English edition
Extensive survey of the politically outward-looking Conceptualism emerging from Art & Language in the UK. Especially considering its critique of the norms of Modernist art practices in contemporary art, particularly practices of art education.
 Iliazd - PhiloSophia - Istanbul 1921
2024
English edition
The fifth volume of the bie bao series presents Ilya Zdanevich's fictional auto-biographical writings based on his one-year stay in Istanbul in 1921.
 Iliazd - Zaum for Strangers - Paris 1921
2023
English edition
The fourth volume of Rab-Rab Press' bie bao series presents Ilya Zdanevich's talk The New Schools in Russian Poetry, given in 1921 in Paris. In this talk, Zdanevich introduced zaum to the French Dadaists. He declared that practical and poetic languages are two poles of existence, two opposite ways of life.
Robert Linhart - The Sugar and the Hunger
2023
English edition
currently out of stock
The first English language translation of Robert Linhart's The Sugar and the Hunger, originally published in 1980. Includes afterword by Luiz Renato Martins, and other materials.
Jairus Banaji - Wanting Something Completely Different - 111 Vignettes of Left-Wing Figures, Themes, Films, and Writers
2023
English edition
currently out of stock
A collection (montage) of biographies and themes written by Jairus Banaji.
Hjalmar Linder - Bourgeois with a Heart - The Class Suicide of Hjalmar Linder
2023
English edition
First English translation of the 1918 pamphlet against the prison camps by the Finnish land owner Hjalmar Linder (1862-1921), which will lead to his class disgrace and death.
Igor Terentiev - Tenderness Record - The Life of Ilya Zdanevich
2023
English edition
Igor Terentiev's biography of Ilya Zdanevich published in 1919 in Tbilisi.
 Iliazd - Iliazda at the Birthday Party - Autobiographical Lecture, 1922
2022
English edition
The English translation of Zdanevich's Dadaist autobiographical lecture in Paris in 1922, where he adopts the name Iliazda. In this entertaining lecture, the achievements of the avant-garde is presented as a combination of zaum, polymorphous sexuality, aleatory forms and scatological interpretation of culture.
Karel Teige - The Marketplace of Art / Commentary (2 volumes)
2022
English edition
The first English translation of Karel Teige's The Marketplace of Art in two volumes includes a critical introduction, inquiries, and extensive commentaries. Originally published in the Czech language in 1936, The Marketplace of Art is the summation of Teige's artistic, political, and theoretical work.
Free Jazz Communism
2022
English edition
Actualising the concert of Archie Shepp–Bill Dixon Quartet at the 8th World Festival of Youth and Students in Helsinki 1962, Free Jazz Communism contextualizes the politics of free jazz music in light of global decolonisation movements, anti-war activism, structures of racial capitalism, and forms of avant-garde music (new augmented edition).
From Scratch - Albanian Summer Picaresque
2022
English edition
An account of an album about Albania by British experimental musicians made in the eighties. Also involving stories about the Albanian Society, William Bland, A. L. lloyd, RCPB ML, and Cornelius Cardew.
Punk Suprematism
2021
English edition
Punk Suprematism includes the first English translation of theoretical writings on punk, art, socialism, bureaucracy, and nationalism by Slavoj Žižek, Rastko Močnik, and Zoja Skušek.
Minna Henriksson - Fake Star
2021
English edition
Part children book, part exhibition catalogue, Fake Star is a book about an exhibit in a National Pavilion in the Paris World Exposition 1900.
Peter Gidal - The Author as Producer of Nothing
2021
English edition
The first publication of a lost 1978 text by Peter Gidal—one of the most influential experimental filmmakers ever.
Rab-Rab: Journal of Political and Formal Inquiries in Art
2021
English edition
currently out of stock
Contributions by Milena Solomun, Ben Watson and Jair Rohm Parker Wells, Ghassan Halwani, Doruntina Kastrati, Kaisa Lassinaro, Sezgin Boynik, and Rastko Močnik. Includes as supplement the first translation of Walter Benjamin's text on Lenin, translated and annotated by Esther Leslie.
The Conclusive Scene - Mao Zedong\'s Last Meeting with the Red Guards, 28 June 1968
2020
English edition
The Conclusive Scene - Mao Zedong's Last Meeting with the Red Guards, 28 June 1968 includes the first complete English translation of the Chinese Cultural Revolution document "Conversation in a Meeting with the Responsible Persons of the Capital Red Guards."
Rab-Rab: Journal of Political and Formal Inquiries in Art
2019
English edition
The fifth issue of Rab-Rab: Journal of Political and Formal Inquiries in Art includes stories about nation traitors, fierce masses, socialist women struggles, love-forms, psychedelic counter-revolutionaries, workers unions, Brecht fiddlers, jazz surrealism, Soviet trains, and anti-fascism.
Coiled Verbal Spring - Devices of Lenin\'s Language
2018
English edition
Coiled Verbal Spring: Devices of Lenin's Language brings together the first English translation of the Russian Formalist and Futurist writings on Lenin's revolutionary language, one of the most interesting projects of political Formalism and avant-garde theory in the twentieth century.
Minna Henriksson - Works on Paper
2017
English edition
Minna Henriksson's artist book Works on Paper is a graphic story with forty linocuts on the political history of the paper industry in Finland.
 Iliazd - Le degré 41 sinapisé - Lecture on Pearl Disease, Paris 1922
2022
English edition
sold out
The first volume in bie bao series dedicated to militant investigations on Russian poet, designer, typographer, theoretician, and publisher Iliazd (Ilya Zdanevich, 1894-1975), who developed a new philosophy and methodology from zaum (trans-sense) experiments.
The Railway - An Adventure in Construction
2020
English edition
sold out
The reprint of an unjustly forgotten book edited by renowned historian E. P. Thompson, detailing the experience of socialist British youth volunteers working on constructing the railway from Šamac to Sarajevo in Yugoslavia in 1947.
Jacques Rancière - Marx in the Woods
2019
English edition
sold out
The first English translation of Jacques Rancière's early philosophical text "The Dialectic of Reason and Private Interest", originally published in 1963. Written under the influence of Louis Althusser, the text is discussing the forms of law in Karl Marx's writings on the "debates on the law on thefts of wood".
Viktor Shklovsky - Journey to the Land of Movies
2017
English edition
sold out
The first English translation of Viktor Shklovsky's children book Journey to the Land of Movies, originally published in 1926 in Russian.
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