Criticism, theory & documents

 
Fundamental writings, anthologies / essays, texts and interviews.
 
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Emmanuel Alloa - Le contemporain, l\'intempestif et l\'imminent - Petits arrangements avec une époque
2024
French edition
Les presses du réel – Criticism, theory & documents – Documents
forthcoming
A reflection on our present, through a series of portraits of contemporary artists.
Ješa Denegri - The Yugoslav Art Space - Denegri in the First Person
2024
English edition
Les presses du réel – Criticism, theory & documents – Documents
forthcoming
A critical introduction to the life and work of Yugoslav modernist and conceptual art's foremost exponent Ješa Denegri.
Hans Ulrich Obrist - The Indian Files
2024
English edition
Les presses du réel – Criticism, theory & documents – Documents
forthcoming
A much-needed mapping of the Indian art scene.
Ed Ruscha - A Reader
2024
English edition
Les presses du réel – Criticism, theory & documents – Documents
forthcoming
Renewing our understanding of Ruscha's art.
Vertiges des temps - Dialogue entre l\'art contemporain et l\'archéologie
2024
French edition
Les presses du réel – Criticism, theory & documents – Misceallenous
forthcoming
A collective exploration of the relationship between contemporary art and archeology.
Jamie Allen - Infrastructures critiques
2024
French edition
Les presses du réel – Criticism, theory & documents – ArTeC
forthcoming
How do we perceive and think about the infrastructures that condition the ways in which we perceive, think and experience our world? Four essays by Jamie Allen, whose experiments as artist and researcher cross media, disciplines and borders, that invite us to make visible the backstage work of the digitized world, and to think (post)critically about the very notion of critique.
Morgan Labar - La gloire de la bêtise - Régression et superficialités dans les arts depuis la fin des années 1980
2024
French edition
Les presses du réel – Criticism, theory & documents – Œuvres en sociétés
forthcoming
A history of stupidity (deliberate and sometimes even claimed) in the arts.
Objets à l\'état vif - Entre dynamiques sociales et pratiques artistiques
2024
French edition
Les presses du réel – Criticism, theory & documents – Misceallenous
forthcoming
A collective reflection on the question of objects in artistic situations, at the crossroads of art history and theory, social sciences and artistic practices.
Out of the Grid - Italian Zine 1978-2006
2024
English edition
Les presses du réel – Criticism, theory & documents – Misceallenous
Out of the Grid presents a critical selection of 100 Italian zines from 1978 to 2006 that display a broad spectrum of social, political, aesthetic, and technological changes in the use of language and communication strategies across the territory of self publishing.
Philippe Despoix - K. B. W. - La bibliothèque Warburg, laboratoire de pensée intermédiale
2023
French edition
Les presses du réel – Criticism, theory & documents – Perceptions
The challenges of the library and the photographic collection founded by Aby Warburg in the 1920s, as a "laboratory" for collective research on the forms of transmission of images since Antiquity, and an intermedial device of knowledge. An exceptional case study, driven by the question: what was the impact of photography in Warburg's turning point in the history of art and culture?
Thierry Prat - Vivre dans leurs têtes - Entretiens avec Anne Bertrand
2023
French edition
Les presses du réel – Criticism, theory & documents – Misceallenous
This book retraces Thierry Prat's career as a player and witness to the history of contemporary art in France for over forty years, through a series of interviews that highlight the main issues at stake.
Imaginaires technologiques
2023
French edition
Les presses du réel – Criticism, theory & documents – ArTeC
Some insights into the imaginaries that inhabit techno-scientific realities, transforming our relationship with the world, closing or opening up the future.
Arnaud Labelle-Rojoux - LCDB (Le Culte Des Banni.e.s)
2023
French edition
Les presses du réel – Criticism, theory & documents – Al Dante
A trans-theoretical essay: Arnaud Labelle-Rojoux explores the arcana of artists' cult status through a kaleidoscopic series of portraits of "banished" visual artists, filmmakers, writers, musicians and architects, from William S. Burroughs to Jean-Luc Godard via John Cage.
Christine Bergé - L\'image en cours - Tarkovski Ristelhueber
2023
French edition
Les presses du réel – Criticism, theory & documents – Misceallenous
A parallel dive into the images of filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky and photographer Sophie Ristelhueber.
Philippe Despoix - K. B. W. - La bibliothèque Warburg, laboratoire de pensée intermédiale
2023
French edition
Les presses du réel – Criticism, theory & documents – Perceptions
The challenges of the library and the photographic collection founded by Aby Warburg in the 1920s, as a "laboratory" for collective research on the forms of transmission of images since Antiquity, and an intermedial device of knowledge. An exceptional case study, driven by the question: what was the impact of photography in Warburg's turning point in the history of art and culture?
Mieke Bal - Concepts itinérants - Comment se déplacer dans les sciences humaines
2023
French edition
Les presses du réel – Criticism, theory & documents – esthétique:critique
Attempting to bridge the gap between specialised scholarship in the humanistic disciplines and an interdisciplinary project of cultural analysis, Mieke Bal has written an intellectual travel guide that charts the course "beyond" cultural studies.
Laurent Buffet - Captation et subversion - L\'art à l\'épreuve du capitalisme tardif
2023
French edition
Les presses du réel – Criticism, theory & documents – esthétique:critique
Suspected of having been completely assimilated by the commercial industries, it is not so much against these that art must be defended as against a simplistic narrative imposed by a certain sociology of art. When one is finally interested in the artistic practices themselves, it becomes obvious that the art continues to resist: by its politics of the forms.
Jean-Paul Fourmentraux - Sousveillance - L\'œil du contre-pouvoir
2023
French edition
Les presses du réel – Criticism, theory & documents – esthétique:critique
On the border between arts and surveillance studies, this book analyzes the technopolitical role of new "machines vision" and considers sousveillance as a democratic counter-power.
François Hers - Opération - Nouveaux commanditaires
2023
French edition
Les presses du réel – Criticism, theory & documents – Misceallenous
The protocol and the action of the New Patrons: the radical transformation of the conditions of emergence and appropriation of the art as political act.
Olga Medvedkova - Nom, prénom, patronyme - Enquête en trois cahiers
2023
French edition
Les presses du réel – Criticism, theory & documents – Œuvres en sociétés
An experience of introspection, an epistemological reflection and an act of resistance in the face of depersonalization, around the question of the name.
Wendy Hui Kyong Chun - Codes, races, climat, habitudes - Implications sociales de la numérisation
2023
French edition
Les presses du réel – Criticism, theory & documents – ArTeC
New media theorist Wendy Hui Kyong Chun exposes her original conception of programming and code, alerts us to the racialization bias, homophily and eugenic tendencies that govern our interactions on platforms, and analyzes the need to call upon the humanities and social sciences in the development of algorithmic models for predicting the evolutions and impacts of climate change.
Joan Mitchell - By her Friends
2023
English edition
Les presses du réel – Criticism, theory & documents – Misceallenous
An intimate portrait of Joan Mitchell, one of the greatest American painters of the 20th century, through a collection of previously unpublished conversations with the artists, art historians and personalities closest to her, from Paul Auster to Zuka.
Les Carnets du BAL - Les temps de l\'image
2023
French edition
Les presses du réel – Criticism, theory & documents – Perceptions
The temporal dimension of the image.
Mário Pedrosa - Discours aux Tupiniquins
2023
French edition
Les presses du réel – Criticism, theory & documents – ArTeC
The great Brazilian critic Mário Pedrosa (1900-1981)'s farewell to art criticism, written to his countrymen in the manner of Montesquieu's Persian Letters.
François Aubart - L\'attitude de la Pictures Generation - Excès, passion et manipulation
2023
French edition
Les presses du réel – Criticism, theory & documents – Misceallenous
A study of the Pictures Generation that considers the feelings provoked by sensational images manipulated by these artists.
Créativités artificielles - La littérature et l\'art à l\'heure de l\'intelligence artificielle
2023
French edition
Les presses du réel – Criticism, theory & documents – Figures
The very first book devoted to the creations of artificial intelligences in literature and art, and the problems they raise.
Angles morts du numérique ubiquitaire - Un glossaire critique et amoureux
2023
French edition
Les presses du réel – Criticism, theory & documents – ArTeC
Blind spots of the ubiquitous digital—a critical and loving glossary: 138 entries to explore the unspoken aspects of new technologies, artificial intelligence and other aspects of digital.
Marie Pellaton - Flore des friches urbaines
2022
French edition
Les presses du réel – Criticism, theory & documents – Misceallenous
A new and expanded edition of the reference flora, the result of 20 years of studies and floristic surveys on a multitude of urban wastelands, allowing, through 600 photographs and 800 original drawings, to recognize and name some 300 silent plants that we come across every day: a methodical herbarium of the wastelands which constitutes a true guide to biodiversity, beautiful and playful, accessible and rigorous..
N. Katherine Hayles - Parole, écriture, code
2022
French edition
Les presses du réel – Criticism, theory & documents – ArTeC
How the impact of code on everyday life has become comparable to that of speech and writing.
Travailler, lutter, diffuser - Archives militantes du Centre Grisélidis Réal de documentation internationale sur la prostitution, Genève
2022
French edition
Les presses du réel – Criticism, theory & documents – Misceallenous
The first publication on the archive created by the Swiss writer, painter, activist and prostitute Grisélidis Réal (1929-2005) since the 1970s, containing more than 10,000 documents that trace the international mobilizations for the rights of sex workers and their struggles against exclusion and stigmatization.
Joan Mitchell - Témoignages et confidences
2022
French edition
Les presses du réel – Criticism, theory & documents – Misceallenous
An intimate portrait of Joan Mitchell, one of the greatest American painters of the 20th century, through a collection of previously unpublished conversations with the artists, art historians and personalities closest to her, from Paul Auster to Zuka.
Friedrich Kittler - Mode protégé
2022
French edition
Les presses du réel – Criticism, theory & documents – ArTeC
A reflection on the domination of the software industry on our use of computers, which calls for a stimulating reinterpretation of materialism.
Nicolas Bourriaud - Formes et trajets - Tome 1 : Hétérochronies
2022
French edition
Les presses du réel – Criticism, theory & documents – Documents
A collection of texts about time and artists working with it.
Nicolas Bourriaud - Formes et trajets - Tome 2 : Topologies
2022
French edition
Les presses du réel – Criticism, theory & documents – Documents
A collection of texts about space and artists working with it.
Richard Hertz - Jack Goldstein et la CalArts Mafia
2022
French edition
Les presses du réel – Criticism, theory & documents – Documents
The fascinating story of Jack Goldstein, the beginnings of CalArts, and some of the illustrious fellows who, in the 1970s and 1980s, led the transition from conceptual art to the Pictures Generation, paints an uncompromising picture of the art world then and now.
Bénédicte Ramade - Vers un art anthropocène - L\'art écologique américain pour prototype
2022
French edition
Les presses du réel – Criticism, theory & documents – Misceallenous
The first study devoted to the American ecological art movement.
Antonio Somaini - Culture visuelle - Images, regards, médias, dispositifs
2022
French edition
Les presses du réel – Criticism, theory & documents – Perceptions
A comprehensive survey of visual studies and visual culture, from its origins in art history to the current perspectives opened by new technologies, virtual reality and artificial intelligence.
Jean-Loup Amselle - L\'art de la friche - Essai sur l\'art contemporain africain
2022
French edition
Les presses du réel – Criticism, theory & documents – Misceallenous
An anthropologist's view of contemporary African creation.
Dominique Pasqualini - Du biface à l\'interface - Artefacts, affects, etc.
2022
French edition
Les presses du réel – Criticism, theory & documents – Misceallenous
From the prehistoric biface to the telephone interface, whose lightning diffusion concretizes a new anthropological threshold for humanity: a theoretical articulation of current global issues from prehistory, thought as the privileged site where to rest the questions of the technique, the language and the image, between archaeology of the media, anthropology, geology, biology and science-fiction.
Dominique Pasqualini - Dummy Airbag Test - Essais en accidentologie bio-mécanique opto-électronique
2022
French edition
Les presses du réel – Criticism, theory & documents – Misceallenous
Reissue of Volume A of Dominique Pasqualini's Editome, which explores the permanent state of testing of our lives and our relationship to technology.
Myr Muratet - Manuel d\'écologie urbaine
2022
French edition
Les presses du réel – Criticism, theory & documents – Al Dante
This manual provides the current state of knowledge on the functioning of nature in an urban environment: its ecology.
Jean-Loup Amselle - L\'art de la friche - Essai sur l\'art contemporain africain
2022
French edition
Les presses du réel – Criticism, theory & documents – Misceallenous
An anthropologist's view of contemporary African creation.
Comment devient-on créateur∙trice ?
2022
French edition
Les presses du réel – Criticism, theory & documents – Misceallenous
A book to approach differently what is taught and learned in art and design college.
Valérie Da Costa - Paul Thek in Italy (1962-1976)
2022
bilingual edition (English / French)
Les presses du réel – Criticism, theory & documents – Misceallenous
An essay on the Italian period (1962-1976) of the American artist, never studied before although it has deeply influenced the imagination and the work of Paul Thek.
Benjamin Lavigne - Le Petit Surhomme des jeux vidéo et la gamification du monde - Éthique de la manipulation par l’interactivité ludique
2022
French edition
Les presses du réel – Criticism, theory & documents – Misceallenous
The Nietzschean notion of superman and the very real effects of the virtual, the networks, the digital image and the video game in human interrelationships: a striking essay resulting from the posthumously defended thesis of Benjamin Lavigne (1981-2020), which draws up a singular, committed and rigorous critic of the technological foundations of contemporary society.
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