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Spring 2020

ZONE BOOKS

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"We miss something of the point of these public demonstrations if we fail to see that the very public character of the space is being disputed...the fundamental struggle over how bodies will be supported in the world." — Judith Butler, "Bodies in Alliance & the Politics of the Street," from SENSIBLE POLITICS: THE VISUAL CULTURE OF NONGOVERNMENTAL ACTIVISM
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"Whenever we are trying to recover a recollection...we detach ourselves from the present in order to replace ourselves in the past...But our recollection still remains virtual...from the virtual state it passes into the actual...But it remains attached to the past by its deepest roots, and if, when once realized, it did not retain something of its original virtuality, if, being a present state, it were not also something which stands out distinct from the present, we should never know it for a memory." — Henri Bergson, MATTER & MEMORY . #Memory #Virtuality #Past #Present #Future #Remembrance #Connection #Perception #Image #Philosophy #HumanMind #QuarantineReads
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"They gave him a power unit strong enough to put all human industry back into motion, and again the gates of the Future were closed." —LA JETÉE by Chris Marker . #Future #Dystopia #ScienceFiction #ExperimentalFilm #Photography #Translation #Image #Memory #Dreams #War
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“An altogether meticulous, beguiling, and fascinating book that addresses the relationship between form, genre, and the many socio-politico themes which notoriously traverse Dylan’s work.” BOB DYLAN'S POETICS discussed in David Marx: Book Reviews.
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From the new critical theory podcast Acid Horizon, an audio essay on the introduction to Georges Bataille's THEORY OF RELIGION. Stay tuned for an upcoming episode on Bataille and Foucault.
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"Walter Benjamin tells us that certain images capture the 'dialectic at a standstill'; this is certainly the case for a series of ink drawings by the great illustrator Gabriel de Saint-Aubin to a 1749 manuscript on police reform." THE DEMON OF WRITING: POWERS & FAILURES OF PAPERWORK by Ben Kafka, now in paperback. . #Bureaucracy #Paperwork #Paper #Writing #MediaStudies #CriticalHistory #Theory #ModernLife #FrenchRevolution #Barthes
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This Tuesday, May 26th, tune in for an online event with Hal Foster, one of Zone's founding editors, as he discusses his new book WHAT COMES AFTER FARCE? Hosted by 192 Books and the Paula Cooper Gallery. . #TrumpEra #Post-truth #Post-shame #Politics #ArtCriticism #Artists #Critics #TheLeft #CulturalPolitics #Fiction #Economy #Inequality
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“We have seen buildings themselves model histories of architecture… Once painting seized the possibility of reliable portraiture, the exchanges between the real built environment and representations of buildings became dizzyingly rapid.The painting duplicated the city, and the city then learned from the painting. The history of form accelerated and pursued a looping path that ran from three dimensions to two dimensions and back again to three. The city reentered itself, after having been routed through the painting.” ANACHRONIC RENAISSANCE, now in paperback. . #Art #ArtHistory #Architecture #Painting #Sculpture #Buildings #Renaissance #Icons #Time #History
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"In the absence of any hard or durable state boundary, smaller manifestations of borders, or border devices, have sprung up everywhere. Like worms cut into pieces, each taking on renewed life.” "Crimes of Space," Eyal Weizman, author of FORENSIC ARCHITECTURE interviewed in Granta Magazine.
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"A Forest of Symbols unpacks the paradoxes, labyrinths, and limitations involved in showing others what we see, in telling others what we think." Andrei Pop's A FOREST OF SYMBOLS: ART, SCIENCE, AND TRUTH IN THE LONG NINETEENTH CENTURY reviewed in Not Even Past.
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"Cut off from what they called the outside world, polar travelers made their own world the center of the universe." 'How Polar Explorers Survived Social Distance,' up at Avidly LA Review of Books. More on that subject to be found in Christopher Heuer's INTO THE WHITE. . #SocialDistancing #Environments #Isolation #Arctic #FarNorth #Renaissance #ArtHistory #TerraIncognita #Landscape #Image #Discovery
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"Norman Selby, aka Kid McCoy, was a boxer, actor, diamond dealer, detective, convict, and ten-time husband — but perpetually failed to be himself." An excerpt from THE CULTURE OF THE COPY by Hillel Schwartz, up today in the MIT Press Reader.
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"Only a few minutes' drive away, men were being held indefinitely in small cells. I tried to frame each shot with some element that would trouble the composition and make the viewer wonder what lay beyond the edge of the frame. Often, I would almost completely fill the frame with sky, leaving just a slight indication of human inhabitation. The weather varied wildly, and thunderstorms were common, so often, I could fill a frame with a heavy cloud crushing the landscape." . "All Eyes" by Kirsten Johnson, from SENSIBLE POLITICS: THE VISUAL CULTURE OF NONGOVERNMENTAL POLITICS. . #InsularWorlds #Interiors #Exteriors #Environments #Obsessions #Observation #Confinement #Landscape #MilitaryBase #Guantanamo
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MAU:MC24, a compendium of "principles for designing Massive Change" by the legendary Bruce Mau, Zone's founding designer, now available for preorder from Phaidon. . #Design #ZoneOriginals #BookCovers #BookDesigner #Image #Visual #Aesthetic #Change #ArtBooks
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"You are here...actually to inhabit an information system...signals were everywhere—it was just a matter of finding a receiver, not so easy then, that could tune them in. The military and civilian versions of the technology appeared simultaneously, captivating experts and the public with the promise of the next utility—we would never be lost again." —CLOSE UP AT A DISTANCE: MAPPING, TECHNOLOGY & POLITICS by Laura Kurgan. . #Connection #Technology #Communication #Navigation #Information #Signals #Surveillance #Maps #Environments #MediaStudies #NewWorldOrder #QuarantineReads
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"For the best part of the twentieth century, the work of Aloïs Riegl was not accessible to the Anglophone reader. We have particular reason to welcome this highly readable translation as the best introduction to Riegl’s thought." HISTORICAL GRAMMAR OF THE VISUAL ARTS reviewed in CAA Reviews. Coming soon in paperback!
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"'The future is dark, and that is the best thing for it to be, I think.' Woolf's remark reveals a rather sanguine observation: because we have no chance of foreseeing the future, despair is at once defeatist and irrational. We might as well try to influence our world in humane and sustaining ways." THE CHINESE PLEASURE BOOK by Michael Nylan.
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"A mesmerizing read... A truly interdisciplinary investigation, A Forest of Symbols is a book that aims at getting a better understanding of the role and place of meaning in symbolic interaction." A FOREST OF SYMBOLS reviewed in Leonardo. . #Art #Science #ArtHistory #Symbolism #NineteenthCentury #Meaning #Symbols #Artists #Writers #Thinkers #Imagery #Visualization
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"...the yellows of the woman's jacket...exploding in the blond Apollo curls of the child she holds up, whose gaze seems to survey a counterpart of the oddly slipping, elliptical view of trees, sky, and lake around him." "By the Pond," Fig. 3.19 in A FOREST OF SYMBOLS. . #MothersDay #Nature #Observation #Color #Symbolism #Impressionism #Painting #Art #ArtHistory #MaryCassatt
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"It blends the ancient trope of the veil of Isis, interpreted as nature's desire to hide her secrets, with the modern fantasy of (female) nature willingly revealing herself to the (male) scientist, without violence or artifice." "Nature Unveiling Herself Before Science," Fig. 4.12 in OBJECTIVITY. . #Spring #Nature #Science #History #Isis #EgyptianGoddess #AncientMythology #Gender #LouisErnestBarrias #MuseedOrsay