Criticism, theory & documents
 
Fundamental writings, anthologies / essays, texts and interviews.
 
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Philippe Despoix - KBW - La bibliothèque Warburg, laboratoire de pensée intermédiale
2023
French edition
Les presses du réel – Criticism, theory & documents – Perceptions
forthcoming
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?
Emmanuel Alloa - Le contemporain, l\'intempestif et l\'imminent - Petits arrangements avec une époque
2023
French edition
Les presses du réel – Criticism, theory & documents – Documents
forthcoming
A reflection on our present, through a series of portraits of contemporary artists.
Hans Ulrich Obrist - The Indian Files
2023
French edition
Les presses du réel – Criticism, theory & documents – Documents
forthcoming
A much-needed mapping of the Indian art scene.
Ed Ruscha - A Reader
2023
French edition
Les presses du réel – Criticism, theory & documents – Documents
forthcoming
Renewing our understanding of Ruscha's art.
Olga Medvedkova - Nom, prénom, patronyme - Enquête en trois cahiers
2023
French edition
Les presses du réel – Criticism, theory & documents – Œuvres en sociétés
forthcoming
An experience of introspection, an epistemological reflection and an act of resistance in the face of depersonalization, around the question of the name.
Vertiges des temps - Dialogue entre l\'art contemporain et l\'archéologie
2023
French edition
Les presses du réel – Criticism, theory & documents – Misceallenous
forthcoming
A collective exploration of the relationship between contemporary art and archeology.
François Aubart - L\'attitude de la Pictures Generation - Excès, passion et manipulation
2023
French edition
Les presses du réel – Criticism, theory & documents – Misceallenous
forthcoming
A study of the relationship that Pictures Generation artists have with the control of representations, and by representations.
Les Carnets du BAL - Les temps de l\'image
2023
French edition
Les presses du réel – Criticism, theory & documents – Perceptions
forthcoming
The temporal dimension of the image.
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
forthcoming
The very first book devoted to the creations of artificial intelligences in literature and art, and the problems they raise.
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.
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
A lively and intimate portrait of one of the greatest American painters of the 20th century, through a collection of unpublished interviews conducted by Guy Bloch-Champfort with artists, art historians and personalities close to Joan Mitchell, 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.
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.
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.
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.
Resistance Anew - Culture, Artworks & Democracy
2022
English edition
Les presses du réel – Criticism, theory & documents – Documents
Bringing together previously unpublished essays by internationally renowned philosophers, cultural theorists, activists, and art historians, this volume provides a toolkit for addressing contemporary theories and practices of resistance.
Résister, encore - Œuvres d\'art, culture & démocratie
2022
French edition
Les presses du réel – Criticism, theory & documents – Documents
Bringing together previously unpublished essays by internationally renowned philosophers, cultural theorists, activists, and art historians, this volume provides a toolkit for addressing contemporary theories and practices of resistance.
Giorgia Aiello - Communication, espace, image
2022
French edition
Les presses du réel – Criticism, theory & documents – ArTeC
A critical approach to visual communication and contemporary globalist aesthetics.
Brian Massumi - Pensée en acte - Vingt propositions pour la recherche-création
2022
French edition
Les presses du réel – Criticism, theory & documents – ArTeC
20 proposals for the intersection of artistic practice and research in academic milieu.
Jalil Bennani - Des Djinns à la psychanalyse - Nouvelle approche des pratiques traditionnelles et contemporaines
2022
French edition
Les presses du réel – Criticism, theory & documents – Al Dante
A new approach to psychological suffering, integrating non-Western knowledge with that of psychiatry and psychoanalysis, in order to rethink the cultural and linguistic heritages and crossings that constitute a plural universal.
Jean Kempf - Les conquérants de l\'inutile - Photographes de conflits américains au tournant du XXIe siècle
2022
French edition
Les presses du réel – Criticism, theory & documents – Al Dante
American conflict photographers at the turn of the 21th century.
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.
Architectures of Memory
2022
English edition
Les presses du réel – Criticism, theory & documents – ArTeC
The complex architectures of the new “memory palaces”, from libraries, archives and museums to the IT structures, databases and server farms that feed the flow of data on the network.
Roula Matar - L\'architecture selon Gordon Matta-Clark
2022
French edition
Les presses du réel – Criticism, theory & documents – Misceallenous
The architectural proposals of Gordon Matta-Clark.
Les Carnets du BAL - L\'image sans l\'homme
2022
French edition
Les presses du réel – Criticism, theory & documents – Perceptions
The non-human images, challenging our own relationship to the world.
Laura Kurgan - Si loin, si proche - Cartographie, technologie et politique
2021
French edition
Les presses du réel – Criticism, theory & documents – Misceallenous
An analysis of the spatial representations using new digital location and mapping technologies, in the light of the political issues that accompany their multiple interpretations.
Zaven Paré - Le spectacle anthropomorphique - Entre les singes et les robots
2021
French edition
Les presses du réel – Criticism, theory & documents – Misceallenous
From the observation of a society of capuchin monkeys and thought experiments borrowed from theater, Zaven Paré, artist and researcher in interaction design, specialist in theater and robotics, attempts to dismantle the pitfalls of anthropomorphization, in an attention that seeks to preserve the irreducible character of an interspecific copresence.
Hito Steyerl - De l\'art en duty free - L\'art à l\'époque de la guerre civile planétaire
2021
French edition
Les presses du réel – Criticism, theory & documents – Perceptions
A caustic diagnosis of the situation of the current art, by one of its major protagonists.
Le phototexte engagé - Une culture visuelle du militantisme au XXe siècle
2021
French edition
Les presses du réel – Criticism, theory & documents – Misceallenous
An original multidisciplinary study of the text-image pair in its political dimension, from the militancy of the early twentieth century to the struggles for "visibility" of minorities.
Valérie Mavridorakis - Siah Armajani, pragmatisme et anarchie (1957-1988)
2021
French edition
Les presses du réel – Criticism, theory & documents – Misceallenous
An in-depth study of the elaboration of the functional architectures-sculptures of the American artist of Iranian origin Siah Armajani (1939-2020), between utopia and pragmatism, allegorizing as much the ideals as the contradictions of the American democracy before being dedicated to figures of the anarchy.
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