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Print Review of small-circulation publications, distributed by Textfield, Inc., on 1.618, a blog on interesting objects in the field of design and contemporary art by Журнал Esquire Art Director, Maxim Nikanorov. Project curated by Textfield, Inc.

Publications: Ort (Bücher & Hefte); I Still See Communism Everywhere (Slavs and Tatars); Temporary Storages (The Book Society); A Book About Some People And Time (Myung Feyen); Four Over One (LACMA); Footnote to a Project* (Abraaj Capital Art Prize)

Book Affair

Book Affair

Book Affair
Saturday, February 11, 2012
10am-4pm
Organized by Fiona Connor & Co.

Various Small Fires
1212-B Abbot Kinney Blvd.
Venice, CA 90291
www.vsf.la

Book Affair will function as both a fair and a temporary library and will take place within the current installation, ‘Murals and Print’ by Fiona Connor.

While books will be offered for sale, the event will also be an opportunity for local publishers and artists to share titles and editions that are not always available to the Los Angeles community.

Along these lines, each participant will bring five books for either selling and/or sharing. A comprehensive bibliography with all participants and their titles will also be compiled and distributed. There will also be a xerox machine located on the premises for visitors to use.

Textfield, Inc. will display 5 books less than 10 inches, on a shelf provided by the organizers, and an Eduardo Sarabia vase/sculpture, placed on the seat of a chair/pedestal.

Book Affair will also display furniture made specifically for the event by Tahi Moore, Joshua Nathanson, Michael Ned Holte, and Fiona Connor among others.

Participants include: 2nd Cannons, A-Z video, Chinatown: the sequel, Dexter Sinister, Harsh Patel, Henry Glover, Kaleidoscope, Ooga Booga, Prism of Reality, Semiotexte, Textfield, Inc., Works Sited, and WorldFood Books.

Kidnapping Mountains

Slavs and Tatars, Kidnapping Mountains

Slavs and Tatars, Kidnapping Mountains
Softcover, 96 pp., offset 4/1, 20 x 26 cm
Edition of 1250
ISBN 978-1-906012-19-9
Published by Book Works

$32.00 · add to cart

Kidnapping Mountains is a playful and informative exploration of the muscular stories, wills, and defeat inhabiting the Caucasus region. The book is comprised of two parts: an eponymous section addressing the complexity of languages and identities on the fault line of Eurasia, and Steppe by Steppe Romantics, a restoration of the region’s seemingly reactionary approaches to romance.

Drafting Defeat: 10th Century Road Maps & 21st Century Disasters

Drafting Defeat: 10th Century Road Maps & 21st Century Disasters

Slavs and Tatars, Drafting Defeat: 10th Century Road Maps & 21st Century Disasters
Softcover, 14 pp., offset 1/1, 22 x 31 cm
Edition of 250
Published by Slavs and Tatars

$30.00 · add to cart

A collection of highly stylized 10th century maps of the Middle East with translations of the legends that accompanied them in a 1933 Soviet edition of Nasser Khosrow’s Safarnameh (Book of Travels). Maps; The Arabian Peninsula, Egypt, Syria, The Persian Gulf, The Caspian Sea, Iraq

I Still See Communism Everywhere

Payam Sharifi, I Still See Communism Everywhere

Payam Sharifi, I Still See Communism Everywhere
Softcover, 32 pp., offset 1/1, hand-pasted color photographs, 19 x 24 cm
Edition of 500
Published by Slavs and Tatars

$30.00 · add to cart

A series of short essays by Payam Sharifi exploring the clash of civilizations between the US and Iran across such cultural phenomena as the monobrow, soft drugs, and men’s ties.

A Thirteenth Month Against Time

A Thirteenth Month Against Time

Slavs and Tatars, A Thirteenth Month Against Time
Softcover/boxed, 32 pp., 21 x 28 cm
booklet, mimeograph print, offset hand-pasted color stickers, in black case
Edition of 100, signed and numbered
Published by Slavs and Tatars

$150.00 · add to cart

A libretto of daily polemics, reflections, and musings on the very defeatist approach to time so dear to S&T, A Thirteenth Month Against Time runs thirty-two days (or pages) in length and acts as an addendum to one’s everyday calendar or diary.

032c 14

032c 14

032c 14, Cecil Balmond
Softcover, 256 pp., offset 4/1, 20 x 27 cm
Edition of 2000
Published by 032c

out of print

Cecil Balmond is a structural engineer, author, and man of ideas; he is deputy chairman at the global design and engineering firm ARUP, and director of its think-tank, the Advanced Geometry unit. Architects Rem Koolhaas, Zaha Hadid, and Toyo Ito, among others, are indebted to his groundbreaking structural work. Both Cecil Balmond and artist Wolfgang Tillmans have dismantled the very architecture of their genres – Balmond’s genre being architecture itself, and Tillmans’ being the representational genres of portraiture and still life. A dismantling pictured and reformulated in an image essay, in which Tillmans distills an early 21st century office life so liberated by innovation that it is uninhibited by its cubicles.

032c 13

032c 13

032c 13, Energy Experimentation
Softcover, 256 pp., offset 4/1, 20 x 27 cm
Edition of 2000
Published by 032c

$20.00 · add to cart

“Maybe we only ever learn something when some form we think of as foreign provokes us – and we resist. But sometimes, many times, in the middle of the resistance, we end up loving this thing that has provoked us.”