Solveig Øvstebø & Steinar Sekkingstad (Eds.)
What characterizes the value of art compared with the concept of value in the global market economy? What can be translated? Although Marianne Heier abandons traditional exhibition spaces in connection with her projects, “Art” is still always measured against other social constructs. Heier looks at the typical features of the economies of given fields and how they overlap and collide. With this approach, Heier turns the focus on distinctions between cultural and economic capital, which are further problematized inasmuch as her physical works or interventions often end up as gifts to institutions. The gift economy as a phenomenon and theoretical entity is therefore central to Heier’s art production. Hylland Eriksen, Ranjit Hoskote, and Solveig Øvstebø, and others, have contributed reflections on Heier’s practice.
Retail Price: $42.00
BERGEN KUNSTHALL, NORWAY
The Blind Spot
Katja Gretzinger (Ed.)
Is it possible to find a new way of thinking about design that allow for and even encourages a recessive “blind spot?” This conceptual reader juxtaposes new and classic texts to turn a self-reflexive eye on contemporary practice. What we perceive as “true” is widely influenced by our knowledge—implicit conceptions of which we are not aware. Design, as a planned action, brings together thinking and everyday objects and ingrains itself in our everyday contexts. When not reflected upon, it simply affirms societal norms instead of questioning them. If design aims at taking a critical stance, it needs to change its acquaintance with knowledge. The metaphor of the “blind spot” proposes looking at what is implicit or goes unnoticed in our perception. Contributions by the Faculty of Invisibility, Claudia Mareis, and Doreen Mende, among others.
8 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches/ 198 pp/ 30 b&w
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CASCO, THE NETHERLANDS
JAN VAN EYCK ACADAMY, THE NETHERLANDS