Notre histoire book

Notre histoire || Our History
Galerie de l'UQAM, Montreal
156 pages, 20 x 12.5 cm, 2014
Graphic design: Raymond Lanctot
In English and French
Distribution ABC Art Books Canada

A documentation of the poll that initiated Notre histoire || Our History, which ambitioned to sound the soul of Quebec on the identity issue. In addition to a foreword by Louise Dery and a project diary by Michael Blum, the book contains the answers of 86 respondents, ranging from mini-essays to sharp one-liners, to the following questions:

What is Quebec for you?
How would you explain the difference between Canada and Quebec to a foreigner?
If a museum had to preserve the history of the differences between Canada and Quebec, how would you envision it?
How do you see the relations between Canada and Quebec within two or three generations?
What common language other than English or French could we use?





DA

D.A. - A Transdisciplinary Handbook of Design Anthropology
Edited by Yana Milev
Peter Lang Publishing, 1299 pages, 23.6 x 17 x 7.1 cm, 2013
In English

With contributions by Tom Holert, Jean Baudrillard, Marc Bijl, Gregor Schneider, Boris Groys, Alexander Kluge, Armin Linke, Molly Nestbit, Chantal Mouffe, Oliver Marchart, Pierre Bourdieu, Brian Holmes, Hal Foster, Übermorgen.com, Michael Blum, Paul Virilio, Peter Weibel, Jacques Rancière, Irit Rogoff, Giorgio Agamben and many more.

“D.A.” represents a cultural science handbook of “Design Anthropology”, providing an epistemology, phenomenology and survey of the varieties of the extended concept of design. Here the design concept is placed at the centre of the nexus of meaning of cultural production that rests on the three pillars Segno, Mythus and Techne. Anthropological design research is trans- disciplinary, developing in the connexion between Visual Culture (signal, in/visibility, image/void, imagination, representation), Doing Culture (act, cooperation, relation, fabrication, exchange), Material Culture (object, artefact, thing, facing, texture), Knowledge Culture (techniques, practices, norms, beliefs, values), Narrative Culture (mythology, significance, meaning, memory, identity), Critical Culture (watching, criterion, antagonism, crisis, theory) and Aesthetic Culture (emotion, sentiment, taste, feel, sense). It is only against this background that the complex anthropological dimension of Design Culture can be understood, extending far beyond the horizon of a design science concept of design, industry-near design thinking and marketing, or a product-oriented concept of manufacture. “Design Anthropology” is the research field of the “Coming Community”, which has been founded here with a “D.A.” fraternity of more than 100 contributions, partners and friends.
Through “D.A.” Yana Milev has formulated the theoretical and curatorial foundation for an extended concept of design that she has been representing and practicing since the 1990th in the context of the arts, rendering it now as “Anthropo Design”.





         cover Ciao Ghatoul

CIAO GHATOUL
Catalogue, 16 pages, FRAC Pays de la Loire/F, 2012
Includes 'You Are A Cannon', essay by Galit Eilat in Hebrew, Arabic, English and French.



beshinui aderet, gveret akheret



BESHINUY ADERET, GVERET AKHERET (with different clothes, it's a different lady)
Perpetual calendar, 14 p., B/W, 30 x 48.5 cm, 2008  
Design by Michal Sahar and Koby Levy.
Commissioned by Beit Hatefutsot, Tel Aviv, for the exhibition NEVER LOOKED BETTER, curated by Galit Eilat and Eyal Danon.
Edition 2000 
Hebrew

Based on the Herbert and Leni Sonnenfeld collection hosted by Beit Hatefutsot, the calendar boils down the entire collection of 200.000 photographs to 13 images, offering an alternative reading of the Zionist narrative. The calendar is given out for free to museum visitors, and will hopefully infiltrate many kitchens, offices, and waiting rooms in Israel.





      
Mein Land  

MEIN LAND
96 p., B/W, 14 x 20.5 cm, 2008 
Published by Unrast Verlag, Munster/DE
Edition 1500 
German
ISBN 978-3-89771-478-6 

MOJE ZEME
Published in Czech by Faculty of Art and Design, Purkyne University, Usti nad Labem/CZ, 2008

With the implementation of drastic national and EU immigration policies, life for undocumented migrants in Europe has become a daily nightmare. Fueled by populistic discourse and translated into law, the fear of the foreigner is reaching a new currency. With yearly figures as guideline, there seems to be no other option than deport as many people as possible, regardless of their situation. 

Inspired by daily reports of deportations of 'sans-papiers', Mein Land unravels the terrifying litany of destinies crushed and lifes broken in the name of legality and democracy.






          
Cape Town - Stockholm cover




CAPE TOWN - STOCKHOLM (ON THEMBO MJOBO) 
210 p., B/W, 16 x 22 cm, with Audio CD, 2007
Published by Mobile Art Production & Propexus, Stockholm/SE
Design Mattias Givell
Edition 1200 
English and Swedish
ISBN 978-91-87952-46-3




communism




MAKE EVERYTHING NEW. A PROJECT ON COMMUNISM.
Bookworks, London/UK & Project Arts Center, Dublin/IRL
Edited by Grant Watson, Gerrie van Noord & Gavin Everall, 2006 
ISBN 1 870699 93 9

Communism is routinely defined as defeated and its conquest the subject of regular celebration. Caught in the disappointment and negative connotations of the past, it has become all but unthinkable. Make Everything New seeks to rescue the idea of Communism from this trap. Collaborating with artists, writers and collectives, this project has commissioned and collected counter-narratives, abstract and unrealistic ideas, engaged political commentary and satirical work, that presents neither an historical or comprehensive overview nor a requiem for the past. It is a collection of partial and subjective accounts of various creative practices, an experimental platform for ideas and an attempt to see in what ways the communist imagination can be materialised as art.

Contributors include: 16Beaver, Gopal Balakrishnan, Michael Blum, AA Bronson, Maria Eichorn, Factotum, Dmitry Gutov, Wu Ming, Aleksandra Mir, Sarah Pierce/The Metropolitan Complex, CK Rajan, Raqs Media Collective, Dont Rhine, Martha Rosler, Rob Stone, Alberto Toscano, and Klaus Weber.




la derniere breve

LA DERNIERE BREVE
72 pages, B/W, 16 x 22,5 cm, 2005 
Centre d'art contemporain La synagogue de Delme/F
Revolver-Archiv für aktuelle Kunst, Frankfurt/D
Design Digital Baobab, Lyon/F
Edition 700French and English
ISBN 3-86588-190-4 (Revolver)
ISBN 2-9522123-1-7 (Synagogue de Delme)


A documentation of the project carried out in the pages
of regional daily Le Republicain Lorrain, Metz/F.



monument book

MONUMENT TO THE BIRTH OF THE 20TH CENTURY
224 pages, B/W, 15 x 18 cm, 2005 
English, German and French
        Edition 1000
        ISBN 3-86588-047-9
        Revolver-Archiv für aktuelle Kunst, Frankfurt/D
     
A project about history, memory discourse, commemoration culture, heritage management, city-branding, controversy and more. Includes contributions by (a.o.) Arahmaiani, Brett Bloom, Erhard Busek, Yves Chaudouet, Jean-Francois Chevrier, Jacques Chirac, Noam Chomsky, Kimberley Cornish, Carola Dertnig, Thomas Duschlbauer, Stephen Feinstein, Robert Fleck, Karl Iro Goldblat, Erich Haider, Daniela Hammer-Tugendhat, Frank Hartmann, Thomas Hirschhorn, Detlef Hoffmann, Nabila Irshaid, Willibald Katzinger, Susan Kelly, Pierre Leguillon, Ken Lum, Thomas Michelon, Simon Morris, Sina Najafi, Marylene Negro, Gregor Neuerer, Jenny Perlin, Olivier Poivre d’Arvor, Wolfgang Preisinger, Franz Prieler, Elsa Prochazka, Josef Puehringer, Paul Rajakovics, Gerald Raunig, Julian Samuel, Christine Schoepf, Wolfgang Schuessel, Esther Shalev-Gerz, Erich Watzl, Lawrence Weiner, Lesley Young; as well as an essay by Stella Rollig and an interview of Michael Blum by Steven Nyanga.





'400 JAAR ZONDER GRAF, DEN HEB JE LANG GEZWEGEN' (400 YEARS WITHOUT A GRAVE IS A LONG TIME TO SHUT UP)
Audio-CD and booklet 8 pages, color-B/W, 2002 
Edition 500
Audio in Dutch, booklet in English
Published by Michael Blum & Amsterdams fonds voor de kunst, Amsterdam/NL

Soundtrack and documentation of the public installation.







POTLATCH.DOC
64 pages, full color, 24 x 29 cm
1st run 2001, 2nd run 2002
Edition 2 x 1000
ISBN 2-9515349-1-4
Published by Michael Blum & Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam/NL


A visual exploration of the paradigm of loss. Free distribution in waiting-rooms worldwide, on-going. 







HOMO OECONOMICUS
48 pages, full color, 16 x 17,5 cm, 2000
Edition 1000 
English and French
ISBN 2-9515349-0-6 
Published by Michael Blum
Distributed by De Balie, Amsterdam (Netherlands & Belgium) and IDEA books, Amsterdam/NL


'An amazing journey into corporate culture'  - The Financial Times
'A moving testimony about the future  of mankind' - The New York Times
'La renovacion de la economia política  ya tiene su monumento' - El Pais
'Un livre a diffuser d'urgence dans les  ecoles et les entreprises' - Le Monde
'A beautifully illustrated glimpse of  transglobal life-style' - Vanity Fair
'Ein herrlicher Blick auf den Kapitalismus'  - Bild Zeitung
'When free-trade becomes a fairy tale'  - South China Morning Post
'Le liberalisme mis a nu. Rudement epatant !' - Le Nouvel Observateur
'Een zonderlinge reis naar de beurs'  - NRC Handelsblad
'The shareholder's Bible' - Newsweek
'The best since Marx' - Amazon.com





LA SALLE DES TEMPS PERDUS
Booklet 8 pages, B/W, 21 x 16 cm, 1997
Edition 700 
French

Published by Michael Blum & Le Grand Wazoo, Amiens/F
Part of installation