5,000 Feet Is the Best
Milena Hoegsberg & Melanie O’Brian (Eds.)
Drone surveillance in modern warfare—that is, the use of unmanned planes operated by “pilots” on the ground—is of paramount significance to Omer Fast. Focusing a single cinematic video work of Fast’s, 5,000 Feet is the Best (2011), the publication bridges the gap between a critical reader and an artist’s book. Produced to accompany two solo exhibitions in Oslo and Toronto, it includes texts from art historians Liz Kotz and T. J. Demos, an article on drones from the journal Foreign Policy, and the artist’s research set alongside film stills. An e-mail thread between practitioners active in different fields opens the conversation into a forum on politics, ethics, aesthetics, and human experience.
5 1/4 x 8 inches/ 128 pp/ 27 color
Retail Price: $26.00
HENIE ONSTAD KUNSTSENTER, NORWAY
POWER PLANT, TORONTO
Hans-Peter Wipplinger (Ed.)
Conceptual, multi-media artist Thomas Feuerstein (born 1968) revels in the contradictory spaces between art and science, fact and fiction, and individuality and community. In this extensively illustrated exhibition catalog, the Austrian-born Feuerstein focuses on one of the big personalities of the wild 1920s, Arthur Cravan, a boxer, magazine editor, Dadaist and dandy. Half a century later, Cravan stalked idol-like through the history of Pop and fed the myth of the anarchic anti-hero. The artist’s exuberant work features biology, literature, art history, philosophy, medicine, cybernetics, religion, sex, economics and mass media, and the impact of bio-politics on the individual and the dream of eternal youth. With texts by Elisabeth Bronfen, Candyman, Gerhard J. Lischka, Astrid Mania and an interview with Sabeth Buchmann.
8 1/2 x 11 inches/ 368 pp/ 250 color
Retail Price: $59.95
KUNSTHALLE KREMS, AUSTRIA