Józef Robakowski, a key figure of the 1960s and 1970s neo-avant-garde rebellion, is a master of structural cinema and a pioneer of Polish video art. In his practice he has tested viewers´ perceptual habits, developed ideas about mechanical recordings beyond any aesthetic convention, and criticized methods of visual persuasion in films, highlighting in particular the pompousness of political spectacles. A radical experimentalist and media analyst, Robakowski is known for his unique approach, ´´his own cinema,´´ in which autobiography replaces dubious history, and in which the artist proposes his own scenario for perceiving the reality of life under communism. The book, published in collaboration with the Luigi Pecci Centre for Contemporary Art and the Profile Foundation on the occasion of the exhibition ´´Józef Robakowski: Nearer - Further,´´ full of illustrations and descriptions of the work, contains an interview by Hans Ulrich Obrist with the artist and an interview between Fabio Cavallucci, the Artistic Director of Centro per l´Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, and Marina Abramovic, a colleague and friend of Robakowski in the years they both lived and worked in communist bloc countries.
As a number of recent exhibitions have shown, there is a growing fashion for what is called appropriation in art. To you and me, what this means is slavish copying - no ifs and buts, apologies replaced by the paradoxical assertion that this is a thoroughly original, impeccably avant-garde thing to do. Examples were a recent show at the Saatchi Gallery, entitled ´´Post Pop: East Meets West´´; and ´´Sturtevant: Double Trouble´´, on view till late February at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. ´´Post Pop´´ was rife with things of this sort. For example, there were a number of versions, in different color ways, of Marcel Duchamp’s famous urinal (itself an appropriation of a sort). An upside-down copy by Glenn Brown of a Fragonard in the Wallace Collection. A Double Elvis (After Warhol) by a Belorussian artist called George Pusenkoff. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bob Barton. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/106326/bk_acx0_106326_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Jesús ´´Jess´´ Franco is an iconic figure in world cinema. His sexually charged, fearlessly personal style of filmmaking has never been in vogue with mainstream critics, but for lovers of the strange and sado-erotic he is a magician, spinning his unique and disturbing dream worlds from the cheapest of budgets. In the world of Jess Franco freedom was the key, and he pushed at the boundaries of taste and censorship repeatedly, throughout an astonishingly varied career spanning sixty years. Franco´s taste for the sexy and horrific, his lifelong obsession with the Marquis De Sade, and his roving hand-held camera style launched a whole new strain of erotic cinema. Disturbing, exciting, and defiantly avant-garde, films such as Necronomicon, Vampyros Lesbos, Virgin Among the Living Dead, and Venus in Furs are among the jewels of European horror, while a plethora of multiple versions, re-edits and echoes of earlier works turn the Franco experience into a dizzying hall of mirrors, further entrancing the viewer who dares enter Franco´s domain.
A ´´heroic´´ biography of John Cage and his ´´awakening through Zen Buddhism´´ - ´´a kind of love story´´ about a brilliant American pioneer of the creative arts who transformed himself and his culture (The New York Times). Composer John Cage sought the silence of a mind at peace with itself - and found it in Zen Buddhism, a spiritual path that changed both his music and his view of the universe. ´´Remarkably researched, exquisitely written´´, Where the Heart Beats weaves together ´´a great many threads of cultural history´´ (Maria Popova, Brain Pickings) to illuminate Cage’s struggle to accept himself and his relationship with choreographer Merce Cunningham. Freed to be his own man, Cage originated exciting experiments that set him at the epicenter of a new avant-garde forming in the 1950s. Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol, Yoko Ono, Allan Kaprow, Morton Feldman, and Leo Castelli were among those influenced by his ´´teaching´´ and ´´preaching´´. Where the Heart Beats shows the blossoming of Zen in the very heart of American culture. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jason Wineinger. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/015655/bk_adbl_015655_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Brooklyn has seen exponential change over the past fifteen years, and this book presents the best work of the photographers from all over the world who have been capturing those changes and movements in cityscapes, portraits, vignettes, and process-oriented photography. Brooklyn Photographs Now reflects the avant-garde spirit of the city´s hippest borough, containing previously unpublished work by well-known and emerging contemporary artists. The book presents 250 images by more than seventy-five established and new artists, including Mark Seliger, Jamel Shabazz, Ryan McGinley, Mathieu Bitton, and Michael Eastman, among many others. The book documents the physical and architectural landscape and reflects and explores an off-centered-and therefore a less-seen and more innovative-perspective of how artists view this borough in the twenty-first century. This is the ´´now´´ Brooklyn that we have yet to see in pictures: what might seem to be an alternative city but is actually the crux of how it visually functions in the present day. This unique collection of images is the perfect book for the photo lover and sophisticated tourist alike.
Learn how ENTPs view the world and what makes them tick! In ENTP: Understanding & Relating with the Inventor, you´ll learn about the ENTP Myers-Briggs personality type. This book covers a variety of topics regarding ENTPs (extroversion, intuition, thinking, perception) and why they make such creative individuals. ENTPs are often referred to as the change makers of the world because they love building new things to move the world forward. They are not afraid to upset tradition or to be avant-garde. ENTPs pursue their passions full-heartedly, without reservation, equivocation, or mental evasion. In this book we´ll begin by exploring why the MBTI test is important before then digging in to why ENTPs make great leaders. From there we´ll venture into the greatest strengths and weaknesses of individuals who identify as ENTPs. Finally, we´ll explore what makes ENTPs happy and what they value in their personal relationships. We´ll close by learning about 10 famous ENTPs and what you can learn from them. If you are an ENTP, listen to this book to begin your quest to learn why you act the way you do and how you can come to appreciate who you are as an individual. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ron Welch. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/048351/bk_acx0_048351_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Learn how ISFPs view the world and what makes them tick! Listen on your PC, Mac, smartphone, tablet, or Kindle device! In ISFP: Understanding & Relating with the Composer, you´ll learn about the ISFP Myers Brigg Personality Type. This book covers a variety of topics regarding ISFPs (Introverted Sensing Feeling Perception) and why they make such creative individuals. ISFPs are often referred to as the artists of the world in the sense that they love creating things of great value in the fine arts. They are not afraid to upset tradition in honor of being avant-garde. ISFPs pursue their passions full-heartedly. In this book, we´ll begin by exploring why the MBTI test is important, before then digging into why ISFPs make great leaders. From there, we´ll venture into the greatest strengths and weaknesses of individuals who identify as ISFPs. Finally, we´ll explore what makes ISFPs happy, and what they value in their personal relationships. We´ll close by learning about 10 famous ISFPs and what you can learn from them. If you are an ISFP, listen to this audiobook to begin your quest in learning why you act the way you do and how you can come to appreciate who you are as an individual. Grab your copy today. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Shaun Toole. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/035677/bk_acx0_035677_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.