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Feminist Antifascism - Counterpublics of the Common (Paperback): Feminist Antifascism - Counterpublics of the Common (Paperback)
R438 R374 Discovery Miles 3 740 Save R64 (15%) Ships in 10 - 20 work days

In this exciting, innovative work, Polish feminist philosopher Ewa Majewska maps the creation of feminist counterpublics around the world-spaces of protest and ideas, community and common struggle, that can challenge the emergence of fascist states as well as Western democratic "public spheres" populated by atomized, individual subjects. Drawing from Eastern Europe and the Global South, Majewska describes the mass labor movement of Poland's Solidarnosc in 1980 and contemporary feminist movements across Poland and South America, arguing that it is outside of the West that we can see the most promising left futures. Majewska argues for the creation of a feminist public-a politics and a world held in common-and outlines the tactics this political goal demands, arguing for a feminist political theory that does not reproduce the same forms of domination it seeks to overcome.

Red - The History of a Color (Hardcover): Michel Pastoureau Red - The History of a Color (Hardcover)
Michel Pastoureau
R1,054 R706 Discovery Miles 7 060 Save R348 (33%) Ships in 12 - 17 work days

A beautifully illustrated visual and cultural history of the color red throughout the ages The color red has represented many things, from the life force and the divine to love, lust, and anger. Up through the Middle Ages, red held a place of privilege in the Western world. For many cultures, red was not just one color of many but rather the only color worthy enough to be used for social purposes. In some languages, the word for red was the same as the word for color. The first color developed for painting and dying, red became associated in antiquity with war, wealth, and power. In the medieval period, red held both religious significance, as the color of the blood of Christ and the fires of Hell, and secular meaning, as a symbol of love, glory, and beauty. Yet during the Protestant Reformation, red began to decline in status. Viewed as indecent and immoral and linked to luxury and the excesses of the Catholic Church, red fell out of favor. After the French Revolution, red gained new respect as the color of progressive movements and radical left-wing politics. In this beautifully illustrated book, Michel Pastoureau, the acclaimed author of Blue, Black, and Green, now masterfully navigates centuries of symbolism and complex meanings to present the fascinating and sometimes controversial history of the color red. Pastoureau illuminates red's evolution through a diverse selection of captivating images, including the cave paintings of Lascaux, the works of Renaissance masters, and the modern paintings and stained glass of Mark Rothko and Josef Albers.

Myself and My Aims - Writings on Art and Criticism (Hardcover): Kurt Schwitters Myself and My Aims - Writings on Art and Criticism (Hardcover)
Kurt Schwitters; Edited by Megan R Luke; Translated by Timothy Grundy
R956 R800 Discovery Miles 8 000 Save R156 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 work days

Kurt Schwitters was a major protagonist in the histories of modern art and literature, whose response to the contradictions of modern life rivals that of Marcel Duchamp in its importance for artists working today. His celebrated Merz pictures--collaged and assembled from the scrap materials of popular culture and the debris of the studio, such as newspaper clippings, wood, cardboard, fabric, and paint--reflect a lifelong interest in collection, fragmentation, and abstraction, techniques he also applied to language and graphic design. As the first anthology in English of the critical and theoretical writings of this influential artist, Myself and My Aims makes the case for Schwitters as one of the most creative thinkers of his generation. Including material that has never before been published, this volume presents the full range of his prolific writing on the art and attitudes of his time, joining existing translations of his children's stories, poetry, and fiction to give new readers unprecedented access to his literary imagination. With an accessible introduction by Megan R. Luke and elegant English translations by Timothy Grundy, this book will prove an exceptional resource for artists, scholars, and enthusiasts of his art.

Interaction of Color - 50th Anniversary Edition (Paperback, 50 Anniversary Ed): Josef Albers Interaction of Color - 50th Anniversary Edition (Paperback, 50 Anniversary Ed)
Josef Albers; Foreword by Nicholas Fox Weber
R370 R296 Discovery Miles 2 960 Save R74 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 work days

"One of the most important books on color ever written."-Michael Hession, Gizmodo "Interaction of Color with its illuminating visual exercises and mind-bending optical illusions, remains an indispensable blueprint to the art of seeing. . . . An essential piece of visual literacy."-Maria Popova, Brain Pickings Josef Albers's classic Interaction of Color is a masterwork in art education. Conceived as a handbook and teaching aid for artists, instructors, and students, this influential book presents Albers's singular explanation of complex color theory principles. Originally published by Yale University Press in 1963 as a limited silkscreen edition with 150 color plates, Interaction of Color first appeared in paperback in 1971, featuring ten color studies chosen by Albers, and has remained in print ever since. With over a quarter of a million copies sold in its various editions since 1963, Interaction of Color remains an essential resource on color, as pioneering today as when Albers first created it. Fifty years after Interaction's initial publication, this anniversary edition presents a significantly expanded selection of close to sixty color studies alongside Albers's original text, demonstrating such principles as color relativity, intensity, and temperature; vibrating and vanishing boundaries; and the illusion of transparency and reversed grounds. A celebration of the longevity and unique authority of Albers's contribution, this landmark edition will find new audiences in studios and classrooms around the world.

Dumb Fixity: the Impossible Question (Paperback): T.C. McCormack, Martin J. Gent, Esther Leslie Dumb Fixity: the Impossible Question (Paperback)
T.C. McCormack, Martin J. Gent, Esther Leslie
R180 Discovery Miles 1 800 Ships in 12 - 17 work days
Creativity: A Very Short Introduction (Paperback): Vlad Glaveanu Creativity: A Very Short Introduction (Paperback)
Vlad Glaveanu
R127 R118 Discovery Miles 1 180 Save R9 (7%) Ships in 6 - 10 work days

Very Short Introductions: Brilliant, Sharp, Inspiring For thousands of years humanity has engaged in creative expression, allowing us to relate to other people, contribute to shared culture, build an identity, and give meaning to our existence. From the painted caves in Lascaux and the invention of the first tools to modern day advertising campaigns and inventors' labs, creativity has a long past but a short history. The word 'creativity' emerged in the English language in the 19th century and only become popular from the mid-20th century. This Very Short Introduction explores the history, theory, and practice of creativity from a psychological perspective. Vlad Glaveanu considers the nature and development of the creative process, and analyzes the reasons why we produce creative work. Offering a sociocultural reading of this phenomenon, he discusses how we can understand creative people and their creations within the social, material, and historical context that made them possible. In doing so, he demonstrates how we can address the meaning and value of creativity beyond its contribution to economic growth and personal well-being. Finally Glaveanu focuses on the future of creativity and creativity research, reflecting on technological development, the evolution of society and, ultimately, on our place in a world populated by creative beings, ideas, and encounters. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

Art and its Global Histories - A Reader (Paperback): Diana Newall Art and its Global Histories - A Reader (Paperback)
Diana Newall
R472 Discovery Miles 4 720 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

The reader Art and its global histories represents an invaluable teaching tool, offering content ranging from academic essays and excerpts, new translations, interviews with curators and artists, to art criticism. The introduction sets out the state of art history today as it undergoes the profound shift of a 'global turn'. Particular focus is given to British India, which represents a shift from the usual attention paid to Orientalism and French art in this period. The sources and debates on this topic have never before been brought together in a satisfactory way and this book will represent a particularly significant and valuable contribution for postgraduate and undergraduate art history teaching. -- .

Distant Early Warning - Marshall McLuhan and the Transformation of the Avant-Garde (Hardcover): Alex Kitnick Distant Early Warning - Marshall McLuhan and the Transformation of the Avant-Garde (Hardcover)
Alex Kitnick
R2,139 Discovery Miles 21 390 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980) is best known as a media theorist-many consider him the founder of media studies-but he was also an important theorist of art. Though a near-household name for decades due to magazine interviews and TV specials, McLuhan remains an underappreciated yet fascinating figure in art history. His connections with the art of his own time were largely unexplored, until now. In Distant Early Warning, art historian Alex Kitnick delves into these rich connections and argues both that McLuhan was influenced by art and artists and, more surprisingly, that McLuhan's work directly influenced the art and artists of his time. Kitnick builds the story of McLuhan's entanglement with artists by carefully drawing out the connections among McLuhan, his theories, and the artists themselves. The story is packed with big names: Marcel Duchamp, Niki de Saint Phalle, Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol, Nam June Paik, and others. Kitnick masterfully weaves this history with McLuhan's own words and his provocative ideas about what art is and what artists should do, revealing McLuhan's influence on the avant-garde through the confluence of art and theory. The illuminating result sheds light on new aspects of McLuhan, showing him not just as a theorist, or an influencer, but as a richly multifaceted figure who, among his many other accolades, affected multiple generations of artists and their works. The book finishes with Kitnick overlaying McLuhan's ethos onto the state of contemporary and post-internet art. This final channeling of McLuhan is a swift and beautiful analysis, with a personal touch, of art's recent transgressions and what its future may hold.

Ground Sea - Photography and the Right to Be Reborn (Paperback): Hilde Van Gelder Ground Sea - Photography and the Right to Be Reborn (Paperback)
Hilde Van Gelder
R3,604 Discovery Miles 36 040 Ships in 12 - 17 work days
Magic (Paperback): Jamie Sutcliffe Magic (Paperback)
Jamie Sutcliffe
R387 R357 Discovery Miles 3 570 Save R30 (8%) Ships in 12 - 17 work days

From the hexing of presidents to a renewed interest in herbalism and atavistic forms of self-care, magic has furnished the contemporary imagination with mysterious and complex bodies of arcane thought and practice. This volume brings together writings by artists, magicians, historians, and theorists that illuminate the vibrant correspondences animating contemporary art's varied encounters with magical culture, inspiring a reconsideration of the relationship between the symbolic and the pragmatic. Dispensing with simple narratives of re-enchantment, Magic illustrates the intricate ways in which we have to some extent always been captivated by the allure of the numinous. It demonstrates how magical culture's tendencies toward secrecy, occlusion, and encryption might provide contemporary artists with strategies of remedial communality, a renewed faith in the invocational power of personal testimony, and a poetics of practice that could boldly question our political circumstances, from the crisis of climate collapse to the strictures of socially sanctioned techniques of medical and psychiatric care. Tracing its various emergences through the shadows of modernity, the circuitries of ritual media, and declarations of psychic self-defence, Magic deciphers the evolution of a 'magical-critical' thinking that productively complicates, contradicts and expands the boundaries of our increasingly weird present. Artists surveyed: Holly Pester, Katrina Palmer, Ithell Colquhoun, Anna Zett, Monica Sjoeo, Sofia Al-Maria, Jack Burnham, Jeremy Millar, Susan Hiller, Mike Kelley, Morehshin Allahyari, Center for Tactical Magic, David Steans, Porpentine, Travis Jeppesen, Linda Stupart, Caspar Heinemann, Elizabeth Mputu, Faith Wilding, David Hammons, Ana Mendieta, Henri Michaux, Kenneth Anger, Benedict Drew, Mark Leckey, Robert Morris, Jenna Sutela, Haroon Mirza, Zadie Xa, Saya Woolfalk, Ian Cheng, Tabita Rezaire, Thee Temple ov Psychick Youth, Elijah Burgher, Pierre Paulo Pasolini, Sahej Rahal Writers: Charles Fort, Victoria Nelson, Gary Lachman, Yvonne P. Chireau, Randall Styers, Isabelle Stengers, Alan Moore, Simon O' Sullivan, Lucy Lippard, Louis Chude Sokei, Patricia MacCormack, Mark Pilkington, AE, Annie Besant & C.W. Leadbeater, Michel Leiris, Aime Cesaire, Austin Osman Spare, Erik Davis, Mark Dery, Elaine Graham, Jeffrey Sconce, Giulia Smith, Esther Leslie, Alice Bucknell, Gary Zhexi Zhang, Hannah Gregory, Kristen Gallerneaux, Mahan Moalemi, Jamie Sutcliffe, Gregory Sholette, Aaron Gach, Eugene Thacker, Diane Di Prima, Allan Doyle, Aria Dean, Emily LaBarge, Lou Cornum, Joy KMT, Scott Wark, McKenzie Wark, Phil Hine, Jackie Wang, Sean Bonney

Breaking into Song: Why You Shouldn't Hate Musicals (Paperback): Adam Lenson Breaking into Song: Why You Shouldn't Hate Musicals (Paperback)
Adam Lenson
R326 R302 Discovery Miles 3 020 Save R24 (7%) Ships in 12 - 17 work days

'This book is a fascinating cri de coeur and made me question everything I think about musicals.' Alan Cumming People rarely say they hate books, or television, or films. But they often say they hate musicals. Moreover everyone seems to have a fixed idea of exactly what a musical is; what it sounds like, looks like, or is about. Why is the collision and integration of music, song and storytelling so polarising and why have we allowed a form so full of possibility to become so repetitive and restrictive? Through a series of essays 'Breaking Into Song' asks what audiences can do to stay open minded and what creatives can do to make new musicals better. Examining both sides of the divide, Adam Lenson asks how those who both love and hate musicals can further expand the possibilities of this widely misunderstood medium.

Playing to the Gallery - Helping Contemporary Art in its Struggle to Be Understood (Paperback): Grayson Perry Playing to the Gallery - Helping Contemporary Art in its Struggle to Be Understood (Paperback)
Grayson Perry 1
R190 R152 Discovery Miles 1 520 Save R38 (20%) Ships in 1 work day

'I have never read such a stimulating short guide to art' Lynn Barber, Sunday Times Now Grayson Perry is a fully paid-up member of the art establishment, he wants to show that any of us can appreciate art (after all, there is a reason he's called this book Playing to the Gallery and not 'Sucking up to an Academic Elite'). Based on his hugely popular BBC Radio 4 Reith Lectures and full of pictures, this funny, personal journey through the art world answers the basic questions that might occur to us in an art gallery but seem too embarrassing to ask.

Capitalism and the Limits of Desire (Paperback): John Roberts Capitalism and the Limits of Desire (Paperback)
John Roberts
R550 Discovery Miles 5 500 Ships in 10 - 20 work days

Addressing Spinoza's perennial question: "why do the masses fight for their servitude as if it was salvation?", Capitalism and the Limits of Desire examines the ways in which self-love as the care of the self has become intertwined with self-love as the pursuit of pleasure. With ongoing austerity and misery for so many, why does capitalism seem to be so insurmountable, so impossible to move beyond? John Roberts offers a compelling response: it is because we love the love of self that capitalism enables, even though it brings anxiety and self-scrutiny. Capitalism in the form of commodities, and, more importantly, the online platforms through which we express ourselves, has become so much of who we are, of how we define self-love as self-pleasure that it is difficult to imagine ourselves outside of it. Roberts contends that disentangling ourselves from this collapsing of self into capitalism is possible and that understanding the insidious nature of capitalist thinking even when it comes to our deepest pleasures is the starting point. Using early and late Marx, Lacan's distinction between pleasure and desire and the recent debate on perfectionism (Hurka) as his guides, Roberts lays out a way for individuals to move forward and forge a link between self and desire outside the oppressive demands of platform capitalism.

Character Design Quarterly 14 (Paperback): Publishing 3DTotal Character Design Quarterly 14 (Paperback)
Publishing 3DTotal
R341 R270 Discovery Miles 2 700 Save R71 (21%) Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Character Design Quarterly (CDQ) is a lively, creative magazine bringing inspiration, expert insights, and leading techniques from professional illustrators, artists, and character art enthusiasts worldwide. Each issue provides detailed tutorials on creating diverse characters, enabling you to explore the processes and decision making that go into creating amazing characters. Learn new ways to develop your own ideas, and discover from the artists what it is like to work for prolific animation studios such as Disney, Warner Bros., and DreamWorks. Issue 14 is adorned by an enchanting cover by Rafael Mayani, and is jam-packed with playful content. It features the humorous development of a group of elderly horror characters by Dom Murphy, nostalgic designs from Glenn Thomas, and artwork from Maite Franchi, Design Lad, Mohammad Marz, and many others.

Everyone is Creative (Paperback): Michael Atavar Everyone is Creative (Paperback)
Michael Atavar
R316 Discovery Miles 3 160 Ships in 12 - 17 work days
No Room to Move - Radical Art And The Regenerate City (Paperback): Josephine Berry Slater, Anthony Iles No Room to Move - Radical Art And The Regenerate City (Paperback)
Josephine Berry Slater, Anthony Iles
R416 Discovery Miles 4 160 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

As the Creative City model for urban regeneration founders, Anthony Iles and Josephine Berry Slater take stock of an era of highly instrumentalised public art making. Focusing on artists and consultants who have engaged critically with the exclusionary politics of urban regeneration, their analysis locates such practice within a schematic history of urban development's neoliberal mode. Breaking down into a report and collection of interviews, this investigation consistently focuses on the possibility and forms of critical public art within a regime that fetishises 'creativity'. How, they ask, is critical art shaped by its interaction with this aspect of biopolitical governance? Featuring projects and interviews with Alberto Duman, Freee, Nils Norman, Laura Oldfield Ford and Roman Vasseur.

Personally, I'm Most Interested in the Shapes and Colours (Paperback): Ludovik Vermeersch Personally, I'm Most Interested in the Shapes and Colours (Paperback)
Ludovik Vermeersch
R664 Discovery Miles 6 640 Ships in 12 - 17 work days
Medium Design - Knowing How to Work on the World (Hardcover): Keller Easterling Medium Design - Knowing How to Work on the World (Hardcover)
Keller Easterling
R393 R337 Discovery Miles 3 370 Save R56 (14%) Ships in 10 - 20 work days

Everyone is a designer. But while many practitioners may be looking for solutions or ideological certainties, Easterling argues that solutions are mistakes and ideologies are unreliable markers. Instead, Medium Design speaks to anyone looking for alternative approaches to the world's unresponsive or intractable dilemmas-from climate cataclysm to inequality to concentrations of authoritarian power. Such an approach joins many disciplines in considering not only separate objects, ideas and events but also the space between them. In case studies dealing with everything from automation and migration to explosive urban growth and atmospheric changes, Medium Design looks not to new innovations but rather to sophisticated relationships between emergent and incumbent technologies. It does not try to eliminate problems but put them together into productive combinations. And it offers forms of activism for modulating power and temperament in organization of all kinds

Work the Room - A Handbook of Performance Strategies (Paperback): Work the Room - A Handbook of Performance Strategies (Paperback)
R405 Discovery Miles 4 050 Ships in 12 - 17 work days
Art and Death - A Collection of Prose and Poetry (Paperback, Illustrated ed): Marcus Reichert Art and Death - A Collection of Prose and Poetry (Paperback, Illustrated ed)
Marcus Reichert
R267 Discovery Miles 2 670 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

A collection of observation and personal reminiscence on the precarious subject of death, written in language that is academic, poetic and sometimes, revealingly, both.

The Lure of the Biographical - On the (Self-) Representation of Artists (Paperback): Sandra Kisters The Lure of the Biographical - On the (Self-) Representation of Artists (Paperback)
Sandra Kisters
R812 Discovery Miles 8 120 Ships in 12 - 17 work days
Theatre of the Oppressed (Paperback, 4th edition): Augusto Boal Theatre of the Oppressed (Paperback, 4th edition)
Augusto Boal
R450 R388 Discovery Miles 3 880 Save R62 (14%) Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Augusto Boal saw theatre as a mirror to the world, one that we can reach into to change our reality. This book, The Theatre of the Oppressed, is the foundation to 'Forum Theatre', a popular radical form practised across the world. Boal's techniques allowed the people to reclaim theatre, providing forums through which they could imagine and enact social and political change. Rejecting the Aristotelian ethic, which he believed allowed the State to remain unchallenged, he broke down the wall between actors and audience, the two sides coming together, the audience becoming the 'spect-actors'. Written in 1973, while in exile from the Brazilian government after the military coup-d'etat, this is a work of subversion and liberation, which shows that only the oppressed are able to free themselves.

Cabinet 64: The Nose (Paperback): Sina Najafi Cabinet 64: The Nose (Paperback)
Sina Najafi
R207 Discovery Miles 2 070 Ships in 12 - 17 work days
Our Aesthetic Categories - Zany, Cute, Interesting (Paperback): Sianne Ngai Our Aesthetic Categories - Zany, Cute, Interesting (Paperback)
Sianne Ngai
R515 Discovery Miles 5 150 Ships in 10 - 20 work days

The zany, the cute, and the interesting saturate postmodern culture. They dominate the look of its art and commodities as well as our discourse about the ambivalent feelings these objects often inspire. In this radiant study, Sianne Ngai offers a theory of the aesthetic categories that most people use to process the hypercommodified, mass-mediated, performance-driven world of late capitalism, treating them with the same seriousness philosophers have reserved for analysis of the beautiful and the sublime. Ngai explores how each of these aesthetic categories expresses conflicting feelings that connect to the ways in which postmodern subjects work, exchange, and consume. As a style of performing that takes the form of affective labor, the zany is bound up with production and engages our playfulness and our sense of desperation. The interesting is tied to the circulation of discourse and inspires interest but also boredom. The cute's involvement with consumption brings out feelings of tenderness and aggression simultaneously. At the deepest level, Ngai argues, these equivocal categories are about our complex relationship to performing, information, and commodities. Through readings of Adorno, Schlegel, and Nietzsche alongside cultural artifacts ranging from Bob Perelman's poetry to Ed Ruscha's photography books to the situation comedy of Lucille Ball, Ngai shows how these everyday aesthetic categories also provide traction to classic problems in aesthetic theory. The zany, cute, and interesting are not postmodernity's only meaningful aesthetic categories, Ngai argues, but the ones best suited for grasping the radical transformation of aesthetic experience and discourse under its conditions.

Stones, Clouds, Miles - A Richard Long Reader (Paperback): Clarrie Wallis Stones, Clouds, Miles - A Richard Long Reader (Paperback)
Clarrie Wallis
R551 R477 Discovery Miles 4 770 Save R74 (13%) Ships in 12 - 17 work days
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