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1. The Artificial Kid
Participants: Olivier Aïm, Ethan Assouline, Thalie Barnier, Nelson Beer, Mia Brion, Eve Gabriel Chabanon, Anaïs-Tohé Commaret, Teddy Coste, Chloé Delarue, Chloé Delchini, Guillaume Dénervaud, Natacha Donzé, Lazza Gio, Béatrice Guillier, Tarek Lakhrissi, Colin Larsonneur, Elise Legal, Melody Lu, Tommy Moisi, Léna Monnier, Rafael Moreno, Lamya Moussa, Elsa Prudent, Rosanna Puyol, Harilay Rabenjamina, Rubie, Julie Sas, Julia Scher, Maxime Selin, Thelia, Sandar Tun Tun, Elsa Vettier, Mawena Yehouessi, Rehana Zaman & Liverpool Black Women Filmmakers, 93s0n Publisher: Maison populaire and Tombolo Presses Language: French Size: 15 x 21 cm, 192 pages Printing: Offset Binding: Glue bound Edition: 400 Year: 2022 Price: 12€ Order here
Publication based on a series of exhibitions and events conceived by curator Elsa Vettier at the Maison Populaire de Montreuil, inspired by the story arc of Bruce Sterling's eponymous science fiction novel, questioning visibility, artificiality, control, surveillance, seduction and disappearance.
2. U, kill’d me First (Melody)
Author: David Douard Artworks: David Douard Texts: Devrim Bayar and David Douard (in collaboration with Justine Dorion) Publisher: Ness Books Language: English Size: 21 x 29,7 cm, 52 pages Printing: Offset Cover: Glossy softcover Binding: Glue bound Edition: 500 Year: 2022 Price: 10€ Order here
This publication constitutes a continuation of “Melody”, the installation created by David Douard for the 2022 edition of Sculpture Garden (Geneva), which was subsequently vandalized. This last point is at the heart of the book, which presents a graphic section bringing together reproductions of preparatory works for the piece, plates of images of the work in situ, and a discussion between the artist and the curator Devrim Bayar dealing with the status of this work during and after degradation.
Author: Nicola Godman Publisher: Ness Books Language: English Size: 17,5 x 24 cm, 64 pages Printing: Offset Cover: Hard-cover Binding: Sewn glue bound Edition: 250 Year: 2022 Price: 20€ Order here
“RUSTIQUE” is an artist book created by Nicola Godman. This book is sprung out of a residency in September 2021 at Hôtel Chevillon, a former Scandinavian artist colony in Grez-sur-Loing, France. Barbizon, the village where the painter Jean-François Millet (1814–1875) lived and died, is located 20 km away from there. The book interweaves the life and work of Millet with Godman’s photographs, drawings and personal anecdotes. “RUSTIQUE” wishes to put forward the artistic gaze towards rural life by artists who themselves are born peasants. Nicola Godman (b. 1989, Rute) is an artist working with photography, video, books and stories, currently based in Stockholm, Sweden. Having grown up on an organic dairy farm, she is researching depictions of rural life in art history and contemporary culture.
4. Le Pâtissier Pittoresque
Author: Antonin Carême, colourised by Robin Bantigny and Jérémie Rentien Lando Publisher: Jan Van Eyck Academie and Ness Books Language: French and English Size: 26,5 x 35 cm, 136 pages Printing: Risograph printing Cover: Black and green silkscreen soft-cover Binding: Hand glue bound Edition: 150 Year: 2022 Price: 50€ Order here
This book is a colourised version of the 1828 “Pâtissier Pittoresque”. First published by french pastry chef Antonin Carême, it gathers more than a hundred sugar sculptures, all served on the buffet table of Emperor Napoleon I and king Louis XVIII. Known in the cooking world for their elegant sobriety, the blueprints of these sculptures were, as of today, always published in black and white. Yet, the author refers to more than thirty of them in his introduction, instructing how the sugar paste and biscuit should be coloured to create the desired effect. Thinking himself more as an artist than as an artisan, this new colourised version is a testament to Carême’s effervescent creativity.
5. Gharīb Pocketbook
Editors: Andrius Arutiunian, Anne Davidian Publisher: Ness Books Language: English and Armenian Size: 10 x 13.8 cm, 256 pages Printing: Offset Cover: No cover Binding: Sewn glue bound Edition: 1000 Year: 2022 Price: Out of stock
The Gharīb Pocketbook ֊ a portable companion to the Pavilion of Armenia at the 59th Venice Biennale ֊ gathers various sources that were important for Arutiunian’s research into sonic dissent, vernacular knowledges, and forms of peripheral thinking. Disparate excerpts of stories, essays, recipes, spells in multiple languages, tones and voices all went into this book, which acts as an alternate catalogue of the Pavilion.
6. The Book of Gharīb
Texts: Andrius Arutiunian, Jason Bahbak Mohaghegh, Anna Della Subin Publisher: Ness Books Language: English and Armenian Size: 13 x 18 cm, 104 pages Printing: Offset Cover: Silver foil on fabric Binding: Hard cover, Perfect bound Edition: 300 Year: 2022 Price: Out of stock
The Book of Gharīb is a limited-edition artist book published in collaboration with the Lucerne-based Hallow Ground label. The hardcover book contains essays by Andrius Arutiunian, Jason Bahbak Mohaghegh and Anna Della Subin, together with monochrome photos connected to the notion of Gharīb.
7. Piero Heliczer: Poems & Documents
Poems: Piero Heliczer Editors: Benjamin Thorel, Sophie Vinet Translation: Rachel Valinsky Publisher: After 8 Books Language: English / French Size: 21.6 x 29.9 cm, 256 pages Printing: Offset Cover: White silkscreen, pink foil on textured paper Binding: Perfect bound Edition: 1000 Year: 2021 Price: 24€ Order here
Poet, editor, filmmaker, actor, child star in Mussolini’s Italy, founder of The Dead Language Press and of the Paris Filmmakers Cooperative, Piero Heliczer (1937–1993) was an essential yet secret agent of the 1960s and ’70s counterculture. The present volume gathers a significant number of Heliczer’s poetic works through facsimile reproduction of his contributions to more than thirty periodicals—mostly stemming from poets’ presses or universities—published between 1958 and 1979. This collection isn’t “complete”—but it makes available again poems that, in some cases, never circulated after their initial publication.
Texts and artworks: Judith Neunhäuserer, with many contributions by various authors and artists Publisher: Textem Verlag, Hamburg Language: English and German Size: 30.5 x 23 cm, 192 pages Printing: Offset (colour & bw) Cover: Black foil on textured paper Binding: Soft cover with flap, Sewn bound Edition: 300 Year: 2021 Price: 28€ Order here
TEKELI-LI in "Mountains of Madness" (1936) by H. P. Lovecraft is a scream that frightens polar explorers upon their arrival in a hidden city at the South Pole. An online bibliography listing Antarctic fictions is called the same. Taking the shape of an encyclopedia and an adventure book, "Tekeli-li" is the first catalogue of artist Judith Neunhäuserer, mapping the various elements constituting her œuvre and research. This book includes a special ephemera: a handmade recycled A4 made from the publications used during her research.
9. The Convent of Pleasure
Author: Margaret Cavendish Publisher: Ness Books Language: English Size: 10 x 15 cm, 76 pages Printing: Offset Binding: Perfect bound Edition: 200 Year: 2020 Price: 9€ Order here
The Convent of Pleasure is a play written by Margaret Cavendish in 1668. The play is a comedy about noblewomen who choose to retreat to a convent to create their own community in order to avoid the constraints and pains of marriage and men. Lady Happy, the main protagonist, ponders the question of a radical alternative to marriage: “But why may not I love a woman with the same affection I could a man?” This book is a close reproduction of the first printed edition of the play, which was supervised and edited by hand by Cavendish.
10. Song of Songs
Texts and artworks: Kevin Desbouis Publisher: Palais de Tokyo, Ness Books Language: English / French Size: 10 pages + additional random content Printing: Riso, Laser, Offset Binding: Eyelets, Wax seal Edition: 100 (Silver Edition) / 10 (Mizutamashi Edition) Year: 2020 Price: 15€ (Silver Edition) Order here Price: 70€ (Mizutamashi Edition) Order here
An artist edition conceived as an ensemble of sculptures. Edited in 182 + 8 copies divided in 6 different collections (Silver, Public, Devotion, Scarecrow, Mizutamashi, Boys), Song of Songs is a work that started at the occasion of the exhibition Anticorps at the Palais de Tokyo in fall 2020. Since this period, the work is sold and dealt in various fashion by 6 different persons. Espace Ness is selling the Silver edition (100 copies) and few copies from the Mizutamashi series. Each copy contains a 10 pages elegy, as some additional random elements inserted by the artist. Each copy is unique, hand-crafted, punched, wax sealed
11. La Paresse
Texts and artworks: Salomé Burstein, Margot Delalande, Charles Dubois, Julie Héneault, Paul Heintz, Claire Peressotti, Nolwenn Salaün, Benoît Vidal Publisher: Résidence la Verrerie Language: French Size: 18.5 x 26 cm, 128 pages Printing: Offset Cover: Pantone Black 3U Binding: Soft cover, Perfect bound Edition: 150 Year: 2020 Price: 15€ Order here
La Paresse gathers the researches and creations of the artists in residency during the third edition of La Verrerie. The body of the book is constituted by texts gathered and written by the artists, and the back part by images documenting the works and activities during this month of group research around the notions of boredom, resistance, revolution and laziness as a form of activism.
12. Enlevés à Bougie
Publisher: Ness Books Language: French Size: 15.2 x 22.9 cm, 170 pages Printing: Digital Cover: Silver silkscreen jacket on black laminated cover Binding: Perfect bound Edition: 40 Year: 2020 Price: 12€ Order here
Enlevés à Bougie is a visual archive compiling documents from the kidnapping of a French state employee during the War of Independence, in 1960, Bougie, Algeria.
13. La Magie
Texts and artworks: Margot Delalande, Kazuki Fujita, Maud Gourdon, Camille Lamy, Jean Lesca, Marion Molle, Aurélien Potier Publisher: Résidence la Verrerie Language: French Size: 18.5 x 26 cm, 68 pages Printing: Offset Cover: Pantone and lamination Binding: Perfect bound Edition: 150 Year: 2020 Price: 12€ Order here
La Magie gathers the researches and creations of the artists in residency during the second edition of La Verrerie. The body of the book is constituted by texts written by the artists and the back part by images documenting the works and activities during this month of group research around the fields of believes, language, translation, transformation and magic.
14. Computers at Work
Author: Sophie Rentien Lando Publisher: Ness Books Language: English Size: 8 x 12 cm, 140 pages Printing: Black laser Cover: Black laser Binding: Perfect bound Edition: 60 Year: 2019 Price: 9€ Order here
Computers at Work presents an overview of the role women played in the building and shaping of the computing field from the 18th century to the present day. It aims to articulate in what way women’s systematic erasure from history has transformed computing from being perceived as “women’s work” to an industry that is largely hostile to them.
15. Vagabondi Efficaci
Author: Costanza Candeloro Publisher: Prospect Miranda Language: English Size: 12.5 x 18 cm, 180 pages Printing: Black offset Cover: Plastic cover, silkscreen Binding: Sewn bound Edition: 250 Year: 2019 Price: 25€ Order here
The words collected in the book form a constellation of texts in which the theme of walking becomes a mode of being, a poetic disposition, to redefine one’s relationship with space-time. With words by Kathy E. Ferguson, Emily Dickinson, Sylvia Plath, Carlo Ginzburg, Fernand Deligny, John Ruskin, Susan Leigh Star & Geoffrey C. Bowke, Usrula K. Le Guin, Arthur Rimbaud, Jack Eliott Cardno, Costanza Candeloro, Axelle Stiefel, Giulia Essyad, Gianmaria Andreetta, Arnaud Wohlhauser.
16. Modigliani, deux pierres retrouvées
Author: Christophe Lemaitre Publisher: Tombolo Presses Language: French Size: 13.6 x 18 cm, 96 pages Printing: Black offset, 1 PMS Cover: Flaps, rich black offset, lamination Binding: Sewn bound Edition: 350 Year: 2019 Price: 19€ Order here
Local legend has it that in 1909, painter and sculptor Amedeo Modigliani threw several sculptures into the canal of his hometown in Livorno, Italy. In 1984, on what would have been the artist’s 100th birthday, an underwater search was organized and proved to be successful. Deux pierres retrouvées d’Amedeo Modigliani is a reading and reinterpretation of Due pietre ritrovate di Amedeo Modigliani, a catalog published in 1984. The story reveals how the elegant Italian publication, quickly banned for sale, became the uchronia of an event that never actually took place.
17. A Long List Of Safe Words (A.L.L.O.S.W)
Author: Kevin Desbouis Publisher: Tombolo Presses Language: French Size: 13 x 18 cm, 120 pages Printing: Offset Cover: HUV print Binding: Inverted Swiss binding Edition: 350 Year: 2019 Price: 12€ Order here
A Long List Of Safe Words is the first book by artist and author Kevin Desbouis. It is a compilation of texts, poems and stories, some of which have appeared in various exhibitions, as well as in a more personal fashion during the past few years. Its title is borrowed from an internet page dedicated to BDSM practices. These practices often feature a safe word, meant to be used by one of the participants to call action to an end, or to modify the act, allowing them to withdraw from the submissive situation they find themselves in.
18. De l’Ennui au Spectacle
Author: Salomé Burstein Publisher: Ness Books Language: French Size: 10.5 x 14.85 cm, 144 pages Printing: Laser Cover: Black laser Binding: Wire-O Edition: 20 Year: 2019 Price: Out of stock
De l’Ennui au Spectacle is the result of a three-year research conducted by Salomé Burstein in the context of her Master’s thesis at EHESS (École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales) in Paris. At the crossroads of philosophy, social sciences and visual studies, it addresses the subject of boredom in regard to capitalism and entertainment culture and within an analysis of attention and spectatorship.
Texts and artworks: Adel Cersaque, Constance Sorel, Kevin Desbouis, Laurent Isnard, Margot Delalande, The Fine Art Collection Publisher: Résidence la Verrerie Language: French Size: 18.5 x 26 cm, 86 pages Printing: Risography Cover: Laser printing Binding: Perfect bound Edition: 100 Year: 2019 Price: Out of stock
L'Amour gathers the researches and creations of the artists in residency during the first edition of La Verrerie. The body of the book is constituted by texts written by the artists and the back part by images documenting the works and activities during this month of group research around the fields of care, romanticism, transmission, sexuality and love.
20. The Great Blueness
Author: Arnold Lobel Artworks: Louise Moins Publisher: Ness Books Language: French and English Size: 35.5 x 50 cm, 8 pages Printing: Digital print Binding: Loose Edition: 50 Reprint: 50 Year: 2018 Price: 6€ Order here
Newspaper produced on the occasion of the exhibition "The Great Blueness" by artist and ceramist Louise Moins at l'espace Ness (December 2018). The title of the show was borrowed from the eponymous tale written in 1968 by American author Arnold Lobel which the artist used as a starting point for the creation of her works and republished in the form of a bilingual newspaper. The edition displays work in progress compositions made by the artist as part of her process for making the mural installations.
21. For An Investigation of Fictional Futurities
Author: Nelson Beer Publisher: Ness Books Language: English Size: 21 x 29.7 cm, 200 pages Printing: Risography Cover: Sticker on coated board Binding: Spiral bound, loose ticket insert Edition: 60 Year: 2018 Price: 20€ Order here
This publication is the result of a one-year research project focusing on the structures and speculative narratives that emerged from the Jungle camp in Calais, developed by researcher and artist Nelson Beer at the Center for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths, University of London.
22. AP0KRYFERNA — NATTB0K
Author: Alexander Sand Publisher: Ness Books Language: Swedish Size: 18 x 11 cm, 170 pages Printing: Risography Cover: Illustrations by Paul Bernhard Binding: Perfect bound Edition: 70 Year: 2018 Price: 18€ Order here
AP0KRYFERNA – NATTB0K is a collection of poems written between 2014 and 2018 by artist Alexander Sand. The book consists of two parts AP0KRYFERNA and NATTB0K, put together as one publication. The book is accompanied by a bookmark with the url for its translation.
23. Vice Versa
Author: Lisa Ben Publisher: Ness Books Language: English Size: 20x25.8 cm, 140 pages Printing: Laser Binding: Hand glue bound First re-edition: 20 Second edition: 20 Original year: 1945 Republishing year: 2017 Price: 20€ Order here
Vice Versa is the first known lesbian magazine in the world. Lisa Ben wrote, edited, printed and distributed the magazine for nine months in Los Angeles in the late 1940s. This publication gathers the nine issues she has published.
24. The Paint by Number Museum
Authors: Stephen Knott and Michel de Certeau Language: English Size: 21 x 29.7 cm, 12 pages Printing: Risography Binding: Loose bound Edition: 200 Year: 2016 Price: 4€ Order here
This reader was published at the occasion of The Paint by Number Museum, a project conceived in collaboration with Francois Girard-Meunier in the context of the 27th edition of the Brno Biennial’s OFF Program. The Paint by Number Museum was an installation which is the result of an investigation and speculations within this field. Its intention is also to stress the possibility of subversive painting by numbers practices. It is a negotiation between “authentic” objects of documentation and fictional artifacts.
25. Deborah Bowmann catalogue
Language: English Size: 21 x 28,5 cm, 104 pages Printing: Riso bichromie Cover: Silkscreen on linoleum Binding: Spiral bound Edition: 40, reprint of 30 Year: 2015, reprint 2019 Price: 25€ Order here
Catalogue retracing the artists' run space, launched at the occasion of the Sandberg Instittut Graduation Show.
26. Collection Hoorn
Author: Mahony Texts: Irene de Craen Language: English Size: 12 x 16.5 cm, 128 pages Printing: Offset color print Cover: Pantone and lamination Binding: Sewn bound Edition: 250 Year: 2016 Price: Out of stock
In the summer of 2015 artist collective Mahony resided at Hotel Maria Kapel (HMK) in Hoorn, the Netherlands in order to research the town’s celebrations of ‘400 years Cape Horn’. The research focused on the creation of identity in relation to history and its representation, and how these are reflected in current discussions in the Netherlands, especially concerning Dutch colonial history. Collection Hoorn is an account of that research in the form of a list of objects found on the shores of Hoorn.
Author: Physical Culture Text contributions: Paul Bernhard, Raoul Audouin, Jérémie Rentien Lando and Robin Bantigny Language: English Size: 13.5 x 20.5 cm, 128 pages Printing: Offset print Cover: Silkscreen Binding: Sewn bound Edition: 250 Year: 2016 Price: 15€ Order here
Finissage was edited from and after a residency of the collective Physical Culture at De Tetterode, Amsterdam and functions as the third and last event. Its first part compiles excerpts of found and written texts. The image part documents the wall-to-wall carpet presented during the first event (1. The opening, 17th Dec 2015) and a re-enactment of the series of exercises performed during the second event (2. The reception, 31st Dec 2015).
28. Naïve Gossip Theory
Author: Gianmaria Andreetta Language: English Size: 13 x 18 cm, 80 pages Printing: Riso and offset, with laser inserts Cover: Silkscreen Binding: Perfect bound Edition: 80 Year: 2016 Price: Out of stock
Naïve Gossip Theory is an essay by Gianmaria Andreetta as part of the Critical Studies program, Sandberg Instituut.
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