April 28, 2014

Book launch: Volumes 12 and 13 of the Publication Series

Academy of Fine Arts Vienna
Cover illustrations of Volumes 12 & 13. Design by Surface.

The volumes in the series collect contributions on subjects that are the discursive focus in art theory, cultural studies, art history, and research at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, and that form the quintessence of international study and discussion in each fields. Members of the faculty of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna edit each volume, inviting highly reputed international authors to write contributions dealing with their areas of expertise. International conferences, lecture series, institute-specific research, and other wide-ranging projects serve as the points of departure for the individual volumes.

The publication series is edited by the Rectorate of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna—Eva Blimlinger, Andrea B. Braidt, and Karin Riegler.

Transcultural Modernisms
Model House Research Group (ed.)
Publication Series of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna
Vol. 12
Sternberg Press, 2013
16.5 x 22 cm, 262 pages, softcover
ISBN 978-3-95679-012-6

Authors: Fahim Amir, Zvi Efrat, Eva Egermann, Nádia Farage, Gabu Heindl, Moira Hille, Rob Imrie, Monica Juneja, Christian Kravagna, Christina Linortner, Duanfang Lu, Marion von Osten, Anoma Pieris, Vikramāditya Prakāsh, Susan Schweik, Felicity D. Scott, Chunlan Zhao

Transcultural Modernisms is based on the findings of an interdisciplinary research project with a focus on modernist architectural projects realized in the era of decolonization. It maps out the network of encounters, transnational influences, and local appropriations of an architectural modernity manifested in various ways in housing projects in India, Israel, Morocco, and China that served as exemplary standard models, and not only for Western societies. The emphasis in Transcultural Modernisms is on the exchanges and interrelations among international and local actors and concepts, a perspective in which “modernity” is not passively received, but is a concept in circulation, moving in several different directions at once, subject to constant renegotiation and reinterpretation. Modernism is not presented as a universalist and/or European project, but as marked by cultural transfers and their global localization and translation. 


Performing the Sentence: Research and Teaching in Performative Fine Arts
Carola Dertnig and Felicitas Thun-Hohenstein (eds.)
Publication Series of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna
Vol. 13
Sternberg Press, 2014
16.5 x 22 cm, 224 pages, softcover
ISBN 978-3-95679-053-9

Authors: Philip Auslander, Sabeth Buchmann, Margarit von Büren, Barbara Clausen, Carola Dertnig, Andrea Fraser, Sabine Gebhardt Fink, Simone Forti, Sabina Holzer, Amelia Jones, Carrie Lambert-Beatty, Marie-Luise Lange, Suzana Milevska, Lilo Nein, Susanne Neuburger, Yvonne Rainer, Constanze Ruhm, Dietmar Schwärzler, Stefanie Seibold, Felicitas Thun-Hohenstein, Mechtild Widrich, Martha Wilson

Performing the Sentence brings into dialogue the ways that “performative thinking” has developed in different national and institutional contexts, within different disciplines in the arts, and in experimental art schools. The anthology collects 21 essays and conversations that weave in and out of the two key areas of research and teaching within performative fine art. They bring to light the conventions involved in the production, presentation, reception, and historicization of performance art, as well as the specific cultural and political implications. The various contributions also show how these conventions are produced through or within each artwork, independent from their specific contexts, offering ways of thinking beyond their usual frames of reference. At the same time they recognize the substantial work carried out by artists, critics, and theorists who have built the meanings, references, and implications since the beginning of the “performative turn.”


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