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  • (H)eerlijk werken
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    (H)eerlijk werken

    +++Over kantoren en kerken+++

    +++Matthew Loulidi, Yvonne Lub, Jennifer Schoone [ed.]+++

     

    ISBN

    978-94-90322-28-1

    Graphic designer

    Montse Hernandez i Sala

    Number of pages

    60

    Book size

    15 x15 cm

    Binding

    Paperback

    This book is published by Jap Sam Books in cooperation with Podium voor Architectuur Haarlemmermeer en Schiphol

    Only available in Dutch

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    In the spring of 2010 het Podium voor Architectuur Schiphol and
    Haarlemmermeer invited the public to nominate objects for the Architecture prize with the theme Re-use. De Meerkerk won the Architecture prize 2010, with the architectural firm, Kerssens & De Ruiter coming a close second.
    The winners shared the prize: the publication (H)eerlijk werken. Over kantoren en kerken (Honest and enjoyable working. About offices and churches).

    Churches are often recognizable buildings in predictable locations in the centre of a village or town. However, the district of Haarlemmermeer shows that there are also alternatives. De Meerkerk, situated in a former barn on a quiet road in the heart of the polder, draws many churchgoers every week.
    Two unoccupied barns, which have been converted into a church.
    De Meerkerk shows that the churchgoers of all ages feel welcome and have found a niche in the buildings. Concept designer Ben ten Hove writes about opportunities for reusing buildings and speaks with De Meerkerk about future dreams.

    In Lijnden the St. Fransiscus van Saleskerk has been converted from a church into very modern office premises for Wortell ICT by architectural firm Kerssens & De Ruiter from Alkmaar. The church building and the parsonage have been altered drastically, but the church has kept its true value. The church building is still recognizable as such and radiates peace, but is equipped with al the facilities an office requires. 

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  • 111 INCEPTION
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    111 INCEPTION

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    111 INCEPTION

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    +++Anna Bates+++

    ISBN

    978-94-92852- 47-2

    Graphic designer

    SJG (joost Grootens, Julie da Silva, Carina Schwake)

    Number of pages

    296

    Book size

    12.5 x 19 cm

    Binding

    Softcover

    English

    Release date: November 2021

    What is inspiration? What inspires you? 111 INCEPTION is a chain of inspiration, which involves 111 architects from around the world.

    This book was not guided by theory, yet it grew out of a search for new ways to look at authorship, ideas and inspiration. The experimental and playful character of the project itself, with its unpredictable outcomes, allowed for a much needed change of perspective—away from the traditional approach to creation characteristic of modernity and towards inspiration—which does not respect borders.

    The exhibition 100 Experiments. Inspiration in Design Processes was on show at AEDES Gallery, Berlin in 2019.

    ‘Design is not only what you see, but how it makes you feel today and how it creates your tomorrow.’ - Anna Bates

    Just a century ago Theo van Doesburg, the leading representative of De Stijl, created the painting The Rhythm of a Russian Dance (1918). Van Doesburg worked not only as a versatile artist, but also as an editor of the magazine De Stijl. He contributed to various journals and was member of various artist societies. It was his strength, as a spider in the international web and an as a networker avant-la-lettre, to forge bonds between fellow artists, architects and graphic designers, to bring them together through congresses, lectures and artist groups to promote their work.

    Eleven years later in 1929 this painting by Van Doesburg became an inspiration for Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Lilly Reich, for the German Pavilion at the 1929 World’s Fair in Barcelona. Van Doesburg’s geometrical abstraction helped to radically re-imagine the very idea of a building, gave freedom to space and quite literally brought down the walls of prior architectural conventions. The building was to become a major inspiration for the further development of modern architecture and an iconic example of the modernist aesthetic

    How does inspiration move through the atmosphere? How do we inspire each other? And how does creative inspiration itself change through each person’s unique experience? To find out, Anna Bates set an experiment by tasking one architect to use the painting of Van Doesburg as a stimulus for creating his/her own work, which would then be passed on to other architects, who in turn would draw inspiration for their new work, and over time growing into a web of conversation, interplay and inspiration—a dance all on its own. In 2017 as a starting point of this project, American architect Gary Bates of Space Group was invited to create the first work in the chain of architects.

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    This product is not yet available for order. Contact us to pre-order: info@japsambooks.nl

  • 169 KLUSHUIZEN
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    169 KLUSHUIZEN

    +++Van experiment naar instrument+++

    +++Annemarie Sour [text], Joop Reijngoud [photography]+++

    ISBN

    978-90-5973-116-5 [episode]

    Graphic designer

    Ping-Pong Design | Meike Nip

    Number of pages

    452

    Book size

    22 x 19,5 cm

    Binding

    Paperback

    Only available in Dutch

    This publication has been made possible by the Municipality of the City of Rotterdam

    special offer: now only € 12.50 (incl. 9% VAT) instead of € 25,00

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    Rotterdam's position at the beginning of the twenty first century is not at its best. Parts of its urban areas are dilapidated. Poorly maintained buildings and sites due for demolition make their desolate appearance even worse. This is where crime occurs and rack-renters do good business. Illegal occupation has become widespread and there are inhabitants who feel unsafe. Those who have money and look for peace and quiet are leaving. The current approach, which involves major repairs or neighbourhood restructuring, has proven inadequate.

    How to attract buyers to a run-down neighbourhood? How to change the neighbourhood's negative image and transform it into a trendy hot spot within a couple of years? A bold experiment has enabled the City of Rotterdam to achieve a breakthrough in such areas. The new municipal executive that took office in 2002 intends to deal with the issue in a different way.

    The nine most dilapidated neighbourhoods, the so-called 'hot spots', get an extra impetus. These neighbourhoods are characterized by an unbalanced ratio of owner-occupied to rented homes. Ratios of 95 per cent rented to 5 per cent owner-occupied are no exception, both in Rotterdam North and Rotterdam South.

    An important element in the improvement of the residential environment is the refurbishment of the existing housing stock. Though the dwellings are too good to be pulled down, they are in a very poor state of repair. Through investment in the refurbishment of only façades and roofs in other projects, building blocks were given a monumental appearance. Unfortunately, in spite of the pretty façades, nothing has changed behind the front doors. The municipality purchases a large number of run-down buildings that are located in the hot spot areas.

    The dwellings are sold at a bargain price to – primarily – enthusiastic young people. It is up to them to convert their acquisition into a top-class dwelling: a dream house. The future residents are assisted with putting ideas into practice by architects, special civil servants responsible for issuing permits and other expert advisors. This can be done on an individual basis or collectively. As far as the City of Rotterdam is concerned, this approach has not only resulted in improved dwellings, their sustainable maintenance and more differentiation in the existing housing stock, but foremost in attracting a new group of young creative residents to these deprived areas.

    The publication 169 Klushuizen. Van Experiment tot instrument (169 Klushuizen (DIY homes): from experiment to instrument) presents the results of this new approach.

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  • 56 Beaver Str.
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    56 Beaver Str.

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    56 Beaver Str.

    +++Erik Wesselo+++

    +++Erik Wesselo i.c.w. J.M. Edwards+++

    ISBN

    978-90-5973-056-4 [episode]

    Graphic designer

    Floor Koomen

    Number of pages

    224

    Book size

    21 x 14

    Binding

    doublepaperback

    English

    This publication has in part been made possible through the generous support of the Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture, the Mondriaan Foundation, Amsterdam, and drukkerij Mart Spruijt bv.

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    Artist Erik Wesselo lived in New York from January 2001 to April 2002. His address was 56 Beaver Street.This publication is an initial product of the 56 Beaver St. project. The book is in two parts, each based on the same principle, yet each developing a separate logic of its own. The two parts are mutually complementary. 

    The visual section of the book includes drawings, photographs, documents, letters, notes and other material that Wesselo kept as evidence of his stay. All this material is ordered and arranged in such a way that it now tells a tale that is no longer biographical. It is a remembrance of life as it happened there, and the images give us an idea of that life. The documents bear witness to moments of contact between people, when attempts were made to communicate, to reach one another, to reach a hand out to someone, to mean something to one another. They are all signs of love and humanity, letting people see that there are others who care about you. But in them, we also feel the reverse - being irrevocably thrown back onto oneself, onto one's own resources.

    In the text section of the book, written by JM Edwards, the protagonist in the visual section is given a name, or at least a nickname: Pro. Pro is someone who gets tangled up in all kinds of situations, has all kinds of experiences, makes choices, or indeed avoids making choices. He is someone with a character and a world view of his own. The scenario is based on Erik Wesselo's stories. Edwards absorbed these tales, followed Wesselo's thinking and tried to penetrate the psyche of an artist who goes to America, with perhaps a lot of expectations, but with no clear objective in mind. If there had indeed been an objective, it quickly vanished on the horizon of the realities of everyday life, making way for more fundamental motivations and basic passions of existence. The more the story deve

    In 56 Beaver St., the disappearing of the magic of the metropolis is tangible. The freedom that it can offer - being absorbed into anonymity with a future filled with plans - is replaced by an image of outcasts and people who have given up before their time, people who no longer cherish any hope. This book was made for them.

    JonMarc Edwards is a self-motivated artist who has lived in Los Angeles for the last fifteen years, but spent a good deal of his youth traveling from rural to urban settings in and around the Midwest of the United States.
    Edwards studied at the Museum Art School, Portland, Oregon and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in Minnesota. He is the recipient of numerous grants, awards and commissions including the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation - NYC, Bush Foundation Artist Fellowship - Minneapolis, MN, the Jerome Foundation - St. Paul, Mn and the Neiman-Marcus Collection - Dallas, TX
    His work has been the subject of individual exhibitions, including Raw Raw Boom Boom at the Carl Berg Gallery in Los Angeles, 'Nature's Twist', organized by Art Affairs Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands and is currently participating in a survey exhibition of language and idea art, Word curated by L. Brandon Krall at the Deborah Colton Gallery in Houston, Texas.
    Trained as a painter with a background in filmmaking, Edwards is best known for his original and ambitious use of text as image. He compresses the attributes of text into highly emotive and legible hieroglyphics or 'characters'. Edwards uncompromising diligence and passion has led him into a concentric reverberating exploration between 'what can be said' and 'what can only be acted upon'. 

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  • A Colour Has Many Layers. Liesbeth Piena
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    A Colour Has Many Layers. Liesbeth Piena

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    +++Mirjam Westen [ed.] Jurriaan Benschop, Francis Nagy [text]+++

    ISBN

    978-94-92852-41-0

    Graphic designer

    Florian Schimanski

    Number of pages

    104

    Book size

    21.3 x 28.5 cm

    Binding

    Paperback (otabind)

    English Dutch

    Release date: September 2021

    This book is published by Jap Sam Books in cooperation with Sieger White Fonds / Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds and in conjunction with her solo exhibition at the Mini Galerie (3-5 September 2021). Sieger White Foundation Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds

    Photo portrait by Felicity van Oort. For more information about the artist Liesbeth Piena, www.liesbethpiena.nl

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    Liesbeth Piena is prize winner of the Sieger White Award 2020 for talented young artists.

    Liesbeth Piena (1993) makes powerful paintings in which plants and natural landscapes are reduced to essential forms. She looks at reality with an analytical eye, in which small details attract her attention. From her observations she isolates striking fragments and uses them to compose new images. 

    In A Colour Has Many Layers, Francis Nagy was inspired by Piena's fascination with nature for her short story 'Cloud Forests'. She describes how the I-character scrapes the earth from the soles of her father's shoes in order to evoke the scent of trees in her bedroom.

    Jurriaan Benschop highlights Piena's working method: 'She has appropriated abstraction without sacrificing the figurative for it. Her work is precisely about that balance between what is defined as form or figure and what remains open or intangible.'

    Sieger-White Award
    The Sieger White Foundation is dedicated to preserving and disseminating the work of the artist couple Fred Sieger [1902-1999] and Helen Sieger-White [1911-2010] and encouraging young artists from the eastern part of the Netherlands through the Sieger White Award. The artist must already have a modest body of work. The stipend is intended to give up-and-coming artists a chance to reflect on their work and as an incentive to gain more exposure for their work. Liesbeth Piena is the fifth winner after Omar Koubâa (2012), Kim van Norren (2014), Casper Verborg (2016) and Ide André (2018).

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  • A Critical History of Media Art in the Netherlands
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    A Critical History of Media Art in the Netherlands

    +++Platforms, Policies, Technologies+++

    +++Sanneke Huisman, Marga van Mechelen [eds.]+++

    ISBN

    978-94-92852-14-4

    Graphic designer

    Mind Design, Niels Schrader, Martijn de Heer

    Number of pages

    376

    Book size

    17 x 22 cm

    Binding

    Softcover

    Date of Release: November 2019

    English

    Translation: Michael Meert (Dutch/English)
    Image editing: Sanneke Huisman, Marga van Mechelen, assisted by Maan Meelker
    Glossary: Sanneke Huisman, Eleonoor Jap Sam, Alexandre Michaan, Marga van Mechelen, assisted by Zoë Spaaij
    Printing, lithography and binding: robstolk®
    Project coordination and publisher: Eleonoor Jap Sam

    Published by Jap Sam Books and made possible with the generous support of the Creative Industries Fund NL, Mondriaan Fund, LIMA and V2_.

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    A Critical History of Media Art in the Netherlands: Platforms, Policies, Technologies is of interest to those both within and outside media art: to individual artists, researchers, art historians, art institutes, art museums, curators and students in the field of art, art history, new media and visual culture.

    This edited volume offers an in-depth exploration of Dutch media art from 1985 onwards from many different perspectives. Through early access to the Internet, state subsidies and dedicated institutions and festivals, a vivid counter-cultural environment and a cosmopolitan artistic and intellectual scene the Netherlands hold a unique position in regards to the development of media art.

    Introduced by four chapters that retrace the main events and actors (governmental institutions, festivals and other art venues, artists and curators) of media art over the past 30-plus years, the volume is divided into five parts that examine different aspects of the media art scene. The inception and subsequent developments of video and digital art, as well as their critical and institutional reception, the hacker/squatter/maker scene in all its different guises, activist stances (particularly in regards to mass media), combined with the material, cultural and infrastructural conditions that allowed the expansion of these art forms, explorations and expressions, are all thoroughly examined in generously illustrated essays, written by artists, scholars, curators and critics. Attention is also given to CD-ROM and net art, VJing, sonic arts, television, robotics and live cinema, mapping a complex and fascinating artistic geography at the borders of technology, politics and counter-cultures.

    With text contributions by Arie Altena, Karen Archey, Angela M. Bartholomew, Josephine Bosma, Martijn van Boven, Melanie Bühler, Constant Dullaart, Sandra Fauconnier, Darko Fritz, David Garcia, Sanneke Huisman, Jan Robert Leegte, Geert Lovink, Sven Lütticken, Marga van Mechelen, Sabine Niederer, Anne Nigten, Katja Novitskova, Domeniek Ruyters, Dick Rijken, Marina Turco, Lucas van der Velden, Suzanne Wallinga, Gaby Wijers.

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  • A Decade of Country Hits
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    A Decade of Country Hits

    +++Art on the Rural Frontier+++

    +++Edited by Margo Handwerker | Foreword by Richard Saxton+++

    ISBN

    978-94-90322-40-3

    Graphic designer

    Peter de Kan

    Number of pages

    544

    Book size

    17 x 23 cm

    Binding

    Bound with open spine

    1304 grms 

    English

    Release date: Spring 2014 

    For more information also see: www.richardsaxton.org www.M12studio.org

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    Art has its Billboard charts. They focus mostly on artists and exhibitions in urban centers. A Decade of Country Hits is devoted to uncharted hits thriving instead on rural aesthetics and rural knowledge. 

    This richly illustrated volume documents ten years of collective works initiated by artist Richard Saxton in rural communities around the world, from the American Midwest and Southwest to parts of Europe, Australia, and South America. Impossible to attribute to any one artistic genre, the works archived here explore a growing community of artists and researchers drawn to the rural experience in all its complexity. It resembles a sketchbook: with drawings, photographs, and from the hip accounts in the field, as well as contributions from likeminded artists, musicians, poets, and writers. 

    With contributions by:

    A Decade of Country Hits includes an international roster of contributors. 

    It contains interviews with Todd Bockley, co-director of the Center for Social Sculpture; Twink Metzler, founder of Living Room Studios; architectural historian Robert Nauman; and Wapke Feenstra, artist and co-founder of Myvillages. Featured throughout are new collaborations with Zach Boddicker, singer and songwriter for 4H Royalty; Kurt Wagner, singer and songwriter for Lambchop; and Matthew Fluharty, director of Art of the Rural. Providing context for the work are essays by artist Stuart Hyatt, founder of TEAM Records; as well as essays by critics and writers Josh Garrett-Davis, author of Ghost Dances: Proving Up on the Great Plains; Mimi Zeiger, author of New Museums: Contemporary Museum Architecture Around the World, Tiny Houses, and Micro Green; and Enrique Ramirez, whose writing has appeared in Perspecta, Thresholds, AA Files, and elsewhere.

    In addition are essays by award-winning artists Marjetica Potrc, Chris Sauter, and Fernando García-Dory, founder of A Shepherds School; as well as essays by curators, Ian Hunter, director of the LITTORAL Arts Trust; Marco Marcon, co-founder of International Art Space, and Kirsten Stoltz, programming director of the M12 Collective. The M12 Collective's recent exhibitions and commissioned works have appeared at the Kalmar Konstmuseum; the 13th International Venice Architecture Biennale; the Chicago Cultural Center, Franklin Street Works; the Wormfarm Institute; the 2011 Australian Biennial spaced: art out of place; and the 2010 Biennial of the Americas. 

    Edited by:

    A Decade of Country Hits is edited by Margo Handwerker and Richard Saxton. 

    Margo Handwerker is a Critical Studies Lecturer in the Department of Architecture & Urban Design at the University of California, Los Angeles. She has co-curated exhibitions at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the NAiM/Bureau Europa. Her writing has appeared in the Journal of Architectural Education, Art Lies: A Contemporary Art Quarterly, Abitare, Volume, and Pidgin Magazine; as well as in exhibition catalogues for Everything Loose Will Landspaced: art out of place, and Nobody's Property: Art, Land, Space, 2000–2010

    Richard Saxton is a visual artist and educator currently living in Colorado, where he is an Associate Professor in the Department of Art & Art History at the University of Colorado Boulder. He is the founder and creative director of the M12 Collective, an interdisciplinary group that creates and supports experiential projects exploring the value of rural communities and their surrounding landscapes.  

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  • A E I OU
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    A E I OU

    +++Articles, Essays, Interviews and Out-takes by Tony Fretton+++

    +++Tony Fretton+++

    ISBN

    978-94-90322-70-0

    Graphic designer

    Studio Joost Grootens, Joost Grootens, Dimitri Jeannottat

    Number of pages

    160

    Book size

    13.5 x 21 cm

    Binding

    Softcover

    English

    Date of release: February 2018

    This publication is supported by the Creative Industries Fund NL. 

    For more information: www.tonyfretton.com/  

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    A E I OU Articles, Essays, Interviews and Out-takes. The name itself says something of the nature of Tony Fretton's collected writing.

    As an architect he has said 'Words, the most collective form of communication, thread their way through the projects, in explanations to clients and constructors, and as my means, along with drawings, of explaining the projects to my collaborators, to myself and to the wider world.'

    As Professor of Architectural Design-Interiors at TU Delft, he wrote:  'Interior design accommodates peoples physical and emotional comfort and rituals of use directly in the material of buildings, and offers freedom, directness and social meaning to architecture'. 

    Between these two professional poles lies a series of articles on other architects, essays on the historical currents in architecture, interviews in which Fretton lays out the developing bases of his practices, and out-takes: ideas and phrase retrieved from early drafts and unpublished writing.   

    Tony Fretton is a principal of Tony Fretton Architects with James McKinney, David Owen and Guy Derwent. Buildings designed and realised by the practice include the Lisson Gallery London, Red House Chelsea, Fuglsang Kunstmuseum in Denmark, which was shortlisted for the Stirling Prize, the new British Embassy in Warsaw, Solid 11, a multi-purpose building in Amsterdam, and most recently two apartment towers in Antwerp Harbour and the City Hall in Deinze Belgium.

    Tony Fretton was Chair of Architectural Design-Interiors at the Technical University of Delft in the Netherlands 1999-2013. He was visiting professor at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard in 2005-2006, at ETH Zurich in 2011-2012 and Oslo School of Architecture in 2015-16. In Autumn 2016 he will be visiting professor at the University of Navarre in Spain. Currently he is Master of Diploma Unit 2 at the Cass School London and visiting professor at the University of East London. Tony Fretton is a trustee of Docomo London. Project models and drawings of Tony Fretton Architects are in the Drawing Matter Trust collection. Buildings and their Territories a monograph on the work of the practice was published by Birkhäuser 2013.

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  • A Fair Share of Utopia
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    A Fair Share of Utopia

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    +++Nest – space for contemporary art+++

    ISBN

    978-94-92852-34-2

    Graphic designer

    Michiel Niesen | ZetProducties (book design), Soft Turbo (cover design)

    Number of pages

    96

    Book size

    15.6 x 22 cm

    Binding

    Softcover

    Date of Release: July 1, 2021

    English

    Edited by Manon Braat, Heske ten Cate, JLC Coburn, Eleonoor Jap Sam and Clara Ronsdorf. 

    Editors Dutch publication: Manon Braat, Heske ten Cate, Lieneke Hulshof and Maurits de Bruijn. 

    Translations: JLC Coburn, Manon Braat and Urgent Vertalen.

    This publication was made possible through the support of BankGiro Loterij Fonds, Mondriaan Fund, Gemeente Den Haag and Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds.

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    ‘If you would die today and reincarnate one generation later, in what world would you want to be born, regardless of where or who you are?’ This is the question posed to eleven writers and ten visual artists of A Fair Share of Utopia to create new work from.

    Can you put your own interests aside and really fight for a better world in the interest of future generations, or is it easier if you imagine yourself to be part of that unknown future? In her essay ”What if We’re All Coming Back?” in The New York Times of October 2018, human rights lawyer Michelle Alexander tries to imagine the world you would end up in if you were to reincarnate at a random place and under random circumstances.

    Her essay is at basis of the exhibition. Out of this thought experiment, to imagine a fundamentally different, sustainable and more humane organization of society, the artists and writers speculate about an unknown future of which they themselves are part. The national and international writers and artists reflect on current global issues from different backgrounds and perspectives, and in doing so, present completely individual voices.

    Now the publication is translated into English and includes a newly contributed epilogue by the renowned author Jean Kwok and looks at the essays. How do we read them now a year after they were written and a time so different than in the midst of the pandemic? At the same time, she tries to formulate her own answer to Alexander’s question. From her Chinese Buddhist background, which ensured that she was raised with a belief in a multitude of gods and goddesses, and from her experience as a migrant who made her home on another continent twice in her life, Kwok’s utopia is a place of radical equality, of humans and all non-human life.

    With essays by: Michelle Alexander, René ten Bos, Dean Bowen, Sander Donkers, Clarice Gargard, Jean Kwok, Sisonke Msimang, Rashid Novaire, Vamba Sherif, Jan van de Venis and Louwrien Wijers.

    Artist contributions from: Brook Andrew, Raul Balai, Ghana ThinkTank & AiRich, Claudia Martínez Garay, Femke Herregraven, Nástio Mosquito, Simphiwe Ndzube, Marianne Nicolson and Müge Yilmaz.

     www.nestruimte.nl
    This book was first published in Dutch (Wat Niet Is Maar Kan Zijn, uitgeverij Jurgen Maas) accompanying the exhibition A Fair Share of Utopia curated by Manon Braat, that took place at Nest, The Hague and CBK Zuidoost, Amsterdam in 2020. www.cbkzuidoost.nl 


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  • A Photographic Portrait of a Landscape
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    A Photographic Portrait of a Landscape

    +++New Dimensions in Landscape Philosophy+++

    +++Pietsie Feenstra, Wapke Feenstra, myvillages.org+++

    ISBN

    978-94-90322-37-3

    Graphic designer

    Mind Design - Niels Schrader

    Number of pages

    272

    Book size

    15,5 x 22 cm

    Binding

    Paperback

    Date of Release: November 2012

    English

    In 2010 Jap Sam Books and Myvillages formed an editorial alliance to produce a new series of books.  This is the second publication in this series of books.

    Translation NL-EN Kathleen van Overzee-McMillian

    The research for this publication was supported by Fryslan 2018 and Villagers of Wjelsryp.

    This publication was made possible by the Mondriaan Fund and the Netherlands Architecture Fund.

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    The term 'landscape' lends itself to countless associations and expectations: there is no single, clear-cut definition of landscape. That's what makes landscape such a good starting point for philosophical questions about the dynamics of cultural centres, the views of institutions and the evolution of culture in a natural environment. 

    Who actually owned the land? Who created the landscape? Who determined the cultural rhythm? Who laid claim to the soil?  This book unravels these questions and more.

    A Photographic Portrait of a Landscape is a micro study that explores cultural centres and land ownership. The expansion of the European Union has been accompanied by a growing interest in national identity, which uses landscape as a projection screen for envisaged expectations. The theories of Ton Lemaire (Filosofie van het landschap,1970) and the post-colonial approach to culture of Homi K. Bhabha (The Location of Culture, 1994) are our guides on a journey through a landscape in the north of the Netherlands. 

    Pietsie Feenstra's (Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris III) essay on cultural history takes us on a filmic journey through a terp landscape in the Dutch province of Friesland, interpreting and uncovering its secrets by sifting through photographic images and delving into archives.  She was inspired by an album of photos from 1978 that show the Frisian village of Wjelsryp.

    The visual essay by Wapke Feenstra (myvillages.org) is a collation of recent landscape photos, photos taken by local residents, poetry, information about the land, and a grass herbarium. The landscape is presented from the perspective of the local dweller. 

    In the book eight poems by Beart Oosterhaven included, translated in to English by Geart fan der Mear.

    About the authors
    Pietsie Feenstra lectures in the Cinéma et Audiovisuel, Arts et Média Department at the Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris III, where she gained her PhD in 2001. She is part of the Théâtres de la Mémoire research group at the Sorbonne and specialises in the relationship between visual culture and historical writings in changing political contexts. Her latest publications include Miradas sobre pasado y presente en el cine español (1990-2005), Hub. Hermans (ed.), Rodopi, 2008; Mémoire du cinéma espagnol 1975-2007, (ed.) CinémAction, 2009; New Mythological Figures in Spanish Cinema. Dissident Bodies under Franco, Amsterdam University Press, 2011. 

    Wapke Feenstra is an artist who derives her inspiration by tapping into local knowledge. Her projects include Former Farmland (Ars Electronica, Linz 2008 and Oldenburg 2009), which explores how memories on a two-dimensional photographic screen can redefine and question the sites that we encounter. Her Moving Landscape project, which ran from 2009 till 2011 in Genk (Belgium) and the surroundings, was a visual roam through land use and primary industries. Feenstra intervenes in an existing visual experiential ecology, in an existing landscape (usually rural, but not always) in order to coax the locals and visitors into providing new or current readings of that landscape. 

    myvillages.org
    Myvillages.org - In 2003 Kathrin Böhm (London, UK), Wapke Feenstra (Rotterdam, NL) and Antje Schiffers (Berlin, GER) founded myvillages.org, an artists' initiative that explores the rural environment as a place for and of cultural production. Under the umbrella of myvillages.org, they run long-term and collaborative projects such as the Bibliobox and the International Village Shop. Working in different constellations, they organise multidisciplinary rural conventions, sell goods in one-hour-village-shops, publish books, screen films and mount exhibitions. Lately, they filled a year-long larder with food, drinks and knowledge to host guests in Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin (2011).

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  • A Schelde Riverscape
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    A Schelde Riverscape

    +++Vlassenbroek __________ Broekkant+++

    +++Wapke Feenstra (Myvillages), Ronald Van de Sompel+++

    ISBN

    978-94-90322-55-7

    Graphic designer

    Montse Hernandez i Sala

    Number of pages

    208

    Book size

    21 x 27

    Binding

    Softcover

    Dutch-English

    Translators: N/E Kathleen van Overzee-McMillian, E/N Peter Groeninck

    781 grms 

    Date of Release: October 2015

    This book is part of Tekenen in Vlassenbroek (2014-15), an art project by Wapke Feenstra (Myvillages), commissioned by the Vlaams Bouwmeester and Waterwegen & Zeekanaal in association with the Municipality of Dendermonde.

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    Landscapes are elusive. They defy every attempt to commit them to paper. Rising sea levels and the inevitable heavy rainfall make Flanders a very dangerous place during spring tide. Government agencies and engineering firms work hard to keep the water in check. The River Schelde gets more space, dikes are moved… in a constantly shifting panorama.Time to picture the scene. Everyone is drawing; artists, civil engineers, landscape architects… even fishers are taking notes.

    This book features a series of drawings that portray the landscape between Vlassenbroek and Broekkant – made by workers, artists, and visitors, from nearby and far afield. Enthusiasts who seized the challenge, because en plein air is the tradition here. In the last century painters and sketch artists loved to try their hand at representing the river or they ventured into the polder. The tradition had faded but it was revived as a slow and last-minute attempt to capture the fleeting landscape.

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  • A Short History of Dutch Video Art
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    A Short History of Dutch Video Art

    +++Una breve historia del video arte holandes+++

    +++Sebastian Lopez+++

    ISBN

    978-90-5973-031-1 [episode]

    Graphic designer

    Sander Boon

    Number of pages

    224

    Book size

    23,5 x 17,5

    Binding

    Paperback

    English / Spanish
     

    This publication has been made possible thanks to generous contributions from the Mondriaan Foundation and Mama Cash, Amsterdam.                

    Awarded 'Best Dutch Book Design 2005'

    special offer: now only € 12.50 (incl. 9% btw) instead of € 27,50

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    A Short History of Dutch Video Art is a compilation of the fundamental contributions of artists from diverse cultural backgrounds involved in the developments of Dutch video art.

    This publication gives an account of works produced during the last 30 years by 30 artists living and working in the Netherlands. It includes work, among others, from Marina Abramovic & Ulay, Nasrin Tabatabai, Madelon Hooykaas & Elsa Stansfield, Yael Davids, Alicia Frames, Barbara Bloom, Daniel Brun, Tiong Ang, Babak Afrassiabi, Jeffrey Shaw, Debra Solomon and Lawrence Wiener.

    The publication catalogues the exhibition A Short History of Dutch Video Art, which was curated by Sebastián López and organized by the Gate Foundation in Amsterdam, and has already been shown in 7 museums around the world. With its 224 pages, this publication is bilingual (English and Spanish) and contains 340 colour illustrations and descriptions of the works as well as comprehensive videographies, thereby providing the most complete overview of the artist's achievements.

    This publication also includes an essay by Sebastián López, reflecting on Dutch artistic and cultural dynamics around the new medium of video introduced in the 1970s.

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