Everything you ever wanted to know about Jeff Koons. Just kidding. It’s a book of interviews with nine really great artists.
This publication was born amid the chaos engendered by Covid-19, during the shutdown of art spaces and of just about everything else. For the curatorial duo Roxane Bovet and Yoan Mudry, it is the last expression, for lack of an exhibition, of their mandate at Forde.
The artists presented in this book have diverse practices, although sometimes common interests run through these: several of them share a taste for complex narrative structures; through the words borrowing, copy, stealing, or fan art, in several places we come across the notion of appropriation; there’s the idea of the whole that is greater than the sum of its parts, the exhibition as medium or as ecosystem; the practice of collage, of assemblage, discrepant montages and non-linear associations. But that which most definitely links all these artists together is also that which is the least obvious, and not so readily accessible. It’s not about a subject, nor about any aesthetic characteristic, but rather a capacity to not take the world at face value, to not see reality as definite and inevitable. In a society that does not hold together, they shake things up or draw our attention to what appears to be natural and/or normal: the forms, colours, structures, and tone taken on by the myths that fill our everyday life. In response, they tell parallel, infectious stories, their objects and their spaces are desires and ideas made tangible—pockets of fresh air which today must be preserved from words like salary, efficiency, rational.
This book contains interviews we held with nine artists. There could also have been 50.
With interviews of...
Basile Dinbergs, Bastien Gachet, Florence Jung, Miriam Laura Leonardi, Thomas Moor, Diane Rivoire, Aymeric Tarrade, Puck Verkade, Shirin Yousefi.
In conversation with : Roxane Bovet, Yoan Mudry, Mondher Aounallah
Bilingual FR/EN, 12 x 17cm, 190 pages, section sewn binding, 20CHF
Kayije Kagame & Grace Seri
Sans Grace is an ongoing encounter woven by the unique wording of Grace Seri, a book on the edge of writing and speaking. These texts, written while undergoing logorrheic exercises with Kayije Kagame and Grace Seri, initiate a writing method without graphemes, by which the unconscious speaks and the body writes. Once transcribed, the texts led to the diptych Sans Grace / Avec Grace, staged by Kayije Kagame, that explores twinship, the multiple identities of characters in search of meaning, apprehending their own desires, and the alternate absence of both actresses, on stage as well as in their daily life.
Bilingual FR/EN, 11 x 16 cm, 64 pages, section sewn binding, 15CHF
Copy, Tweak, Paste: Methods of Appropriation in Re-enacted Artists’ Books
Rob van Leijsen
Artists’ books, which once allowed artists to avoid meddlesome institutions and galleries in producing and distributing artistic work, today have a paradoxical existence. On the one hand, there are the extremely rare founding books, termed “first edition” or “original”, and, on the other hand, there are “facsimile” editions, which entered the artist’s book realm to counteract the scarcity of the originals by offering re-enactments and reinterpretations of famous titles. This essay underlines a curiosity for practices of appropriation by artists and publishers, and aims to expose methods and discourses in the production of facsimile artists’ books.
Bilingual FR/EN, 14 x 20 cm, 224 pages, section sewn binding, 22CHF
A-Sides – A cosmology of audio editions by artists around the Arc Lémanique region
Laurent Schmid et Roxane Bovet (eds.)
Art & vinyl: an analytic anthology of artist's records in Switzerland.
Since the beginning of its existence, the record has always been used by visual artists as a form of distribution for their sound practice. First experimented with by the early avant-garde movements, the role of these sound supports was later redefined in the context of the proliferation and hybridization of forms between sound and language.
While recording media such as discs or cassettes were used to document happenings, readings, and Fluxus concerts, these media also became a medium in their own right, used by artists to transmit their experiments. Moreover, the current economic and technological context generated a keen interest in editorial and multiple art practices.
A-sides brings into focus on a network of actors linked to the scene of the Lake Geneva region—on the history of artistic encounters and exchanges generating sound productions. The produced works, as well as the methods of exploration of this international network, formed the basis of this anthology of artists' sound publications.
A-sides gives an insight into the conditions and motivations that give rise to the creation of sound recordings as an art form and explores the ambiguity of the relationship between the current technological context, which is moving towards dematerialization, and the persistence of sound practices distributed on tangible recording media.
Contributions de Camilla Paolino, Francis Baudevin, Laurence Wagner, Laurent Schmid et Roxane Bovet, Christophe Kihm, Luca Frei, Anne Le Troter, John Armleder, Karl Holmqvist, Charlemagne Palestine, Maurizio Nannucci, Mathieu Copeland, N.U. Unruh, Franz Treichler, FM Einheit, Hannah Weinberger, Daniel Löwenbrück, Jan van Toorn, Ben Schot, Volker Zander, Bruno Sphere, Tzii, Christophe Piette, Benjamin Novello (Blanktapes), d'incise, Frédéric Post, Francesco Cavaliere, Aymeric de Topol, Lieven Martens, Sixto Fernando, Zamzamrec, Ergo Phizmiz, Feldermelder, Joke Lanz.
English, 15 x 20 cm, 224 pages, section sewn binding, 25CHF
The filming not the Film
Série "Entretiens pour un film"
ENTRETIENS POUR UN FILM is a publication series focusing on one author in each issue. The series investigates artists and filmmakers in the field of moving image, and especially the places they chose to escape a particular world. Each issue revolves around the space one author chose as kinship, and the way this space mirrors the author’s creativity.
This first issue covers Derek Jarman’s home in Dungeness, UK. In 2014, a visit to Prospect Cottage, a house on the Kent coast, triggers questions around this healing space which is also a film set. Thoughts develop about starting over; Links are slowly drawn between a garden and the movements of a film camera; attempts to unveil issues around escaping the public sphere & finding intimacy.
Bilingual FR/EN, 12 x 18 cm, 88 pages, section sewn binding, 15CHF
Observations upon Experimental Philosophy (sky)
Margaret Lucas Cavendish
Coll. mimic octopus
Translation from English: Lucas Cantori
Margaret is well known for having written the proto-science fiction novel The Blazing World, in which she imagines one of the first—if not the first—physically reachable extraterrestrial world (through the North Pole). However, she extensively wrote on nature, science and philosophy, a body of work lesser known and left untranslated.
If we sometimes need to get over the convoluted argumentations of her writings, the selected short texts are sufficient to seize a significant part of Margaret’s thinking and sensitivity.
Chosen among Observations upon Experimental Philosophy, these four texts, digging into her perception of the sky and its constituents, disclose her anti-Aristotelian standpoint. Moreover, her sensitivity, which has its similarities with a kind of materialism, actualizes an acute and thoughtful inclusion of humanity among other species—and the species of the world among humanity—, as she never forgets to mention other animals and creatures when speaking of humans in her repeated and warming phrasing “Man, and such other Creatures”. But her concerns and generosity surpass a special attention for the living, and embrace the elements and bodies of the world, collectively evolving among the sparkling “self-moving” nature she envisions. And through her writing, science and philosophy cohabit with intimacy and intuition.
Bilingual EN/FR, 13 x 19 cm, 74 pages, 13CHF
Lauren Huret & Pacôme Thiellement
Lauren Huret works closely on systems of beliefs linked to machines. For her, nothing is clear in this world: there is the mystery of growth, the unintelligibility of communication mediums, the cult of information, the secret of dynamic flows.
As for him, Pacôme Thiellement writes essays that he considers as popular culture hermeneutics. He works on topics as varied as David Lynch, Frank Zappa et mysticism. For him, popular productions like Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Twin Peaks are perfect points of entry to analyse the tendencies at play in our occidental societies.
For this common project, the authors investigate the different types of domination citizens have been submitted to since medieval times, in order to articulate a reflection on what they call « the age of technicians », which would be the next form of alienation to come.
The book comprises collages by artist Lauren Huret and a bilingual essay (FR/EN) by Pacôme Thiellement.
The book includes some Lauren Huret's new collages and a bilingual essay of Pacôme Thiellement.
Bilingual FR/EN, 31x14,4 cm, 56 pages, 20chf
Yoan Mudry, Roxane Bovet, Lucas Cantori
Occidental logic – drawing on Pascal’s lessons more than those of Heraclitus – has constructed for us a fundamentally linear and dissociative reality. Up is the opposite of down, and right or left has nothing to do with this relation. The line is Simplification, Classification, Dissociation and Separation. This dissociative logic, as much as it used to be representative of a time past, no longer roots in reality, be it natural, human or virtual reality. The line, which we thought existed, transforms in a series of infinite and intertwined loops.
The idea of this book emerged while having a beer at Yoan Mudry’s studio space. This three part publication holds the intervention of paleolithic chickens, the series Westworld, cryogenics, N. Katherine Hayles and Edgar Morin, in order to offer in a literary space the questions at stake in the work of Lausanne-based artist Yoan Mudry.
French, 11x17 cm, 58 pages + 1 poster, 10chf
Kim Seob Boninsegni
Hwabyeong is a hypothesis. Under the disguise of a short story, a timeline unfolds seeking its way between reality and fiction, between repressed memory and exalted fantasies.
Hwabyeong is a fire line, a cold anger – at the same time collective and individual – weaving through the twists and turns of another world (a world across, a world beyond) in the grip of chaos.
With the participation of Yvan Alvarez, Luca Beeler, Nicolas Brulhart, Timothée Calame, Éléonore Chalié, Marie Matusz, Léo Bachiri Wadimoff and an anonymous.
French, 13x20 cm, 178 pages, section sewn binding, 20chf
Roxane Bovet (ed.)
En associant les outils, les expérimentations et les éthiques des premiers artistes conceptuels avec ceux des nouvelles communautés de savoir du web participatif, Held Together With Water tente de lier des émergences parallèles à des époques différentes.
HTWW est une exposition fragmentée qui, plutôt que d’illustrer la réalité virtuelle par l’emprunt de ses codes esthétiques, présente des artistes dont les stratégies incarnent de nouvelles possibilités, de nouveaux positionnements ou visions du monde. Un pas de côté quant à l’acception générationnelle de la production artistique contemporaine, du hashtag post-internet et de son interprétation globale.
Cette publication n'est pas un catalogue de l'exposition mais bien une exposition dans un livre. Ce groupshow imprimé comprend des pièces des artistes Art & Language, Gilles Furtwängler, Sébastien Mennet et Lawrence Weiner, de plusieurs anonymes ainsi qu'un essai sur l'art à l'heure du post-internet par Roxane Bovet.
Bilingual FR/EN, 10cm x 18cm, 18 pages + 9 inserts + one leeflet
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Ilya Prigogine, collection mimic octopus
The first publication in the collection is “Temps à devenir, à propos de l’histoire du temps,” by Ilya Prigogine. The text is from a conference given at the Musée de la Civilisation in Quebec in 1993, in which the scientist proposes a concept of time that is not a mere variable for measurement, but rather a true dimension of existence whose greatest property would be its irreversibility. For if it does not allow us to correct our errors, it is the most powerful motor by which the universe is capable of developing complex systems, including all the diversity of life. Time is the space in which life and the universe continuously invent the new. Prigogine, a philosopher and winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, investigated these complex systems which serve as the points of departure in his thought.
French, 14.7cm x 18.5cm, 50 pages, 12chf
Franz Kafka, collection mimic octopus
Friendship is the second publication in the Mimic Octopus collection. Translated from the original German by Nicola Demarchi and Jeremy Ergas, this young adult novel by Franz Kafka was unearthed in Prague and, according to specialists, played a major role in Kafka's work. It not only presents the premises of the author's unfinished novels – The Castle, Amerika, and The Trial – but also forms a conclusion for each of them. Karl Rossmann, Josef K. and K.: could they be three different faces of a single man? Through its construction and by the questions it raises, Friendship undeniably offers new terrain to text interpreters.
French, 12cm x 18cm, 70 pages, 15chf
Cards Against Humanity - swiss version
Cards Against Humanity is a party game for horrible people. Unlike most of the party games you've played before, Cards Against Humanity is as despicable and awkward as you and your friends. Created first in L-A, Clinamen made de swiss one with a lot of participant during SKOOB.
Cards Against Humanity is available under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 2.0 license. That means you can use, remix, and share the game for free, but you can’t sell it without our permission.
cards against humanity - deck (9.8 Mo)
The Screamscape took place at the Fribourg's Kunsthalle, Fri Art, in juin 2015 with the aim to create a huge panorama of the scream. This publication is a testimony of the event of this week but also of the project's conceptual dynamic.
With: Thibault Walter // Nora Schultz // Angela Marzullo // Ilaria Picchetti // Michael Gendreau // Francesco Gregorio // Nicolas Brulhard // Antoine Läng & Thomas Perrodin // Lucas Cantori // Fabian Marti // Allen S. Weiss // Dave Phillips // Angela Marzulo // Jason Kahn // Vanessa Gageos // Léo Collin // Infolipo // Cassandre Poirier-Simon // Jérôme Berbier // Lou Masduraud // Roxane Bovet// Antoine Läng // Gabrielle Schaad // Boris Denler // Jen Morris // Marc Décimo // Grand Choeur Noise // Ernest Churchill // Andrea Marioni // Antoine Chessex // Francisco Meirino // Camille Dumond // Alexandra Catana // Junko Hiroshige // Judith Huber & Silvia Isenschmid // Delphine Depres // Denise Bertschi // Camilla Paolino // Nicole Staremberg // Thierry Dagon // Antoine Bertin // Tamara de Wehr // UnPerfectRadio // Ramaya Tegegne // Klaus Zuberbühler // Alain Freudiger // Rolf Laureijs & Benjamin Pogonatos // Mathias Clivaz // Nicolas Geiser // Flavio Merlo & Ben Rosenthal // Antoine Chessex & Stéphane Montavon // Laure Marville // Johnson & Kingston.
French, 29cm x 38cm unfolded, 44 pages, 12chf
FloppyPoppyWidy MATTER is a conceptual, pluridisciplinary and evolving publishing project. Outside of predefined fields, a singular reflection is created in the junctions. FloppyPoppyWidy MATTER attempts to follow these lines of thought. Through an interrogation of imminence and the multitude, combination or chance, the project provokes encounters, allowing for new conceptual links. The connections of ideas are not controlled, different each time, subjected to the singular imagination of the reader. A sort of revisited Zettelkasten that places the reader inside the writing process.
It’s also the creation of a panorama. Mixing authors, artists, philosophers, researchers and scientists – in a given format – to take stock of thought here and now. Attempting to show a reality, to make a collection of ideas that reveal the world. Over time, the contributions grow and the project grows. No subject, style or genre is imposed; the choice of these questions by the author is also revealing of our interests.
Serial publication, multiple authors
The journal Quarks und Bastards aims to create an interaction bewteen certain disciplines, to set up dialogs and a platform. The purpose of QuB, through art, philosophy and the science of nature, is to wander in the « regions of reality » of a world which we apparently all share. Using the tools of different disciplines and territories, we put into friction the focal points that these same territories and disciplines develop.
The first issue came out on the 26th of June, 2014 with the participation of Thomas Mueller, Philippe Sergeant, Elsa Cornu & Olivier Ilegems, Alexis Rosenbaum, Reouth Keren and Merouan Ammor.
French, 20.5 x 26.7 cm, 82 pages, 10CHF
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How does one reflect on alterity ? The presumption is that, in itself, alterity does not exist. If it existed, it would not be as otherness, but as identity. The result is that, when actualized, alterity destroys itself in a historic catastrophy. Philippe Sergeant brings an answer ; we will see that poetry and art play their role in this answer. Because, in Lucretius, letters, words, atoms are associated in infinite configurations. Not only that, but they also transform themselves, reject each other, and recombine. This is the correlate of poetry, and the poetics of the world and nature. And the potential arrangements are what constitutes alterity, the future of all things, even beyond death. This text is not an essay on the works of Lucretius. In our era of biometric passports, in a time which lacks poetry, the question of otherness is eminently topical – paradoxically, maybe. If the choice has been set on Lucretius, it is undoubtedly because his philosophy is above all else a poem.
French, 13.5 x 18.5 cm, 153 pages, 18CHF
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