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August 23 2013

László Moholy-Nagy, _Painting, Photography, Film_ (1925/1969) sur Monoskop

László Moholy-Nagy, Painting, Photography, Film (1925/1969) sur #Monoskop

An English translation of the original 1925 Moholy-Nagy book presents his innovative photograms, the creative X-rays, super-wide-angle fisheye pictures, double prints, collages, montages, and the Bauhaus artist’s thoughts on the interrelationship of type, audio, and visual perception.

From the book: “The layout of the pages designed by Moholy-Nagy in 1927–bold sans-serif captions surrounded by lots of white space; compositions composed of arrows, dots, photographs, and heavy ruled lines — is much more like a movie storyboard or a musical score. It conveys a suggestion of imploding optical and retinal phenomena, much like driving down the Los Angeles Freeway at 70 mph or jolting through Philadelphia on the Metroliner.. This edition is a translation and facsimile of the second German edition of Malerei, Fotographie, Film published in 1927 by the Bauhaus Press; and it serves as a valuable reminder of the graphic design pioneered at the Bauhaus by Moholy-Nagy and Herbert Bayer..”

“Gropius had invited the twenty-eight-year-old Hungarian phenom onto the Bauhaus faculty in 1923, and Malerei Fotografie Film is Moholy-Nagy’s first attempt to lay out his entire theory and program for photography, and ultimately, for the transformation of human vision.. The book’s bold typography and design enacted Moholy’s concept of ‘typofoto,’ involving the integration of type and images, which was further elaborated in his two later theoretical works, Von Material zu Architektur and Vision in Motion..” (Randell Roth)

Includes phhotography by #Alfred_Steiglitz, #Albert_Renger-Pazsch, #László_Moholy-Nagy, #Man_Ray, #Lucia_Moholy, #Hannah_Hoch and others. [#pdf]

#livre #photographie #photogrammes #radiographies #histoire #typo #art #collages

August 20 2013

Andrey Smirnov, _Sound in Z : Experiments in Sound and Electronic Music in Early 20th-century…

Andrey Smirnov, Sound in Z: Experiments in Sound and Electronic Music in Early 20th-century Russia (2013) sur #Monoskop

Sound in Z supplies the astounding and long-lost chapter in the early story of electronic music: the Soviet experiment, a chapter that runs from 1917 to the late 1930s. Its heroes are Arseny Avraamov, inventor of Graphic Sound (drawing directly onto magnetic tape) and a 48-note scale; Alexei Gastev, who coined the term “bio-mechanics”; Leon Theremin, inventor of the world’s first electronic instrument, the Theremin; and others whose dreams for electronic sound were cut short by Stalin’s regime. Drawing on materials from numerous Moscow archives, this book reconstructs Avraamov’s Symphony of Sirens, an open-air performance for factory whistles, foghorns and artillery fire first staged in 1922, explores Graphic Sound and recounts Theremin’s extraordinary career-compiling the first full account of Russian electronic music. [#pdf]

#Russie #musique_électronique #livre #histoire #musique_expérimentale

July 23 2013

Clément Chéroux, _Fautographie. Petite histoire de l'erreur photographique_ (2003), sur Monoskop

Clément Chéroux, Fautographie. Petite histoire de l’erreur photographique (2003), sur #Monoskop

Si le terme de Fautographie semble remonter à Man Ray, la pratique, elle, sous ses multiples formes, est bien plus ancienne — aussi ancienne que la photographie elle-même. Ratures et ratages, bonnes ou mauvaises surprises, détournements, lapsus et pataquès ont jalonné son histoire, fécondé des avant-gardes, inspiré les concepts les plus sérieux ou les expériences les plus fantaisistes, suscité des débats esthétiques épineux mais passionnants. Car l’accident photographique est aussi délicat à saisir qu’à éviter ou à provoquer (sauf à considérer, avec Ben, qu’« il n’y a pas de photos ratées », ou au contraire qu’elles le sont toutes). À la fois avec sérieux, précision et légèreté, avec une érudition qui puise aussi volontiers dans l’#histoire des images que dans la technique des manuels d’amateurs ou les théories de la modernité, Clément Chéroux propose une visite guidée, cohérente, réjouissante et abondamment illustrée de cette petite mais inépuisable maison des #erreurs. Chacun, Jourdain qui s’ignore et fait de la photo ratée sans le savoir, pour sûr, s’y sentira un peu chez soi… [#pdf]

#photographie #livre

July 18 2013

Ultra-red, _Five Protocols for Organized Listening_ (2012) sur Monoskop

Ultra-red, Five Protocols for Organized Listening (2012) sur #Monoskop

This workbook contains five categories of protocols for collectively performed listening procedures composed and studied by the international sound art collective, Ultra-red. Scanning the workbook readers will notice that the categories are not equivalent in status. For example, the category of fieldwork protocols marks a phase in a politically committed sound inquiry; what Ultra-red has termed, militant sound investigation. While fieldwork occurs as part of an overall strategy, sound walks and listening sessions can prove as generative in the early phases of collective reflection as when a group moves from refection to critical analysis. [#pdf]

#Ultra-red, donc, c’est un collectif qui utilise le son pour #militer

Ils ont la fâcheuse habitude d’utiliser des sites fort peu recommandables pour diffuser certains de leurs travaux (facebook, myspace), mais le bon goût de mettre leurs archives sonores sur le site Public Record, qui se définit de la manière suivante

sound political art, and the sound of our politics

In an increasingly conservative climate within electronic music and the audio arts, Public Record remains committed to releasing projects that do more than make political claims or represent political ideas. Like the Ultra-red organization itself, Public Record provides a space for exchange between artists and audiences of art directly engaging the political.

The German art critic Walter Benjamin once rebuked the Surrealists, demanding that artists who assume the mantle of revolutionaries would do better engaging actual political struggles than promoting their individual artistic careers. Benjamin challenges artists to pursue sustained and committed relationships with social movements.

Conversely, simply listening to political movements poses its own inadequacies. Convention and territorialism inflict many political organizers producing tendencies that result in stagnation. Leadership too often becomes a claim to power rather than a participatory process.

On trouve notamment sur Public Record leurs enquêtes collectives sur la guerre contre les pauvres (souvent un peu trop abstrait ou, paradoxalement, arty à mes oreilles : on pourrait attendre autre chose sur le sujet, mais il faut dire que la contrainte formelle d’une minute encourage l’abstraction)

Ultra-red asks fifteen artists and activists to come up with a one-minute audio recording in response to the question: What is the sound of the war on the poor? The results range from field recordings, re-appropriated sounds, mini-symphonies and spoken rants.

Par exemple, dans l’enquête n°1 : Adern X (Pistoia)

#audio #art #politique #écoute_collective

July 17 2013

Partha Mitter, _The Triumph of Modernism : India's Artists and the Avant-Garde, 1922—1947_ (2007)…

Partha Mitter, The Triumph of Modernism : India’s Artists and the Avant-Garde, 1922—1947 (2007) sur #Monoskop : si comme moi tu n’y connais pas grand chose en #art indien du XXe siècle, cela devrait faire une excellente initiatiion, avec #images et #histoire

This richly illustrated book explores the contested history of art and nationalism in the tumultuous last decades of British rule in India. Western avant-garde art inspired a powerful weapon of resistance among India’s artists in their struggle against colonial repression, and it is this complex interplay of Western modernism and Indian nationalism that is the core of this book.

The Triumph of Modernism takes the surprisingly unremarked Bauhaus exhibition in Calcutta in 1922 as marking the arrival of European modernism in India. In four broad sections Partha Mitter examines the decline of ‘oriental art’ and the rise of naturalism as well as that of modernism in the 1920s, and the relationship between primitivism and modernism in Indian art: with Mahatma Gandhi inspiring the Indian elite to discover the peasant, the people of the soil became portrayed by artists as ‘noble savages’. A distinct feminine voice also evolved through the rise of female artists. Finally, the author probes the ambivalent relationship between Indian nationalism and imperial patronage of the arts.

With a fascinating array of art works, few of which have either been seen or published in the West, The Triumph of Modernism throws much light on a previously neglected strand of modern art and introduces the work of artists who are little known in Europe or America. A book that challenges the dominance of Western modernism, it will be illuminating not just to students and scholars of modernism and Indian art, but to a wide international audience that admires India’s culture and history. [#pdf]

#Inde #livre

July 01 2013

Comme d'habitude, une mine de mises en ligne intéressantes sur Monoskop : *Guy_Debord : “Cette…

Comme d'habitude, une mine de mises en ligne intéressantes sur #Monoskop :

#Guy_Debord : “Cette mauvaise réputation…” (1993)

La critique des critiques. Ce plaidoyer pro domo est destiné à ‘rétablir la vérité complète sur beaucoup de circonstances peu connues' de la conduite de l'auteur, circonstances qui ‘sont pourtant aussi très rarement citées'. Guy Debord recopie, ‘redresse' et commente les ‘propos des médiatiques', durant les années 1988 à 1992. On peut, avec J. Savigneau, souligner l'absence totale d'humour et qualifier de ‘décourageante' la lecture de ce florilège de critiques peu crédibles.

Publisher Gallimard, 1993
ISBN 2070407004
111 pages [#pdf]

#Jean_Epstein : Écrits sur le cinéma, 1921-1953, tome 1-2 (1974–75)

Foreword by Henri Langlois
Introduction by Pierre Leprohon
Publisher Seghers, Paris, 1974–75
436 and 352 pages
via Reyovak [pdf tome 1] [pdf tome 2]

#Michel_Foucault : The Archaeology of Knowledge (1969-) [FR, ES, IT, EN, PT, AR, SR, TR, CZ, RU]

“The Archaeology of Knowledge (L'archéologie du savoir) is a methodological treatise promoting what the French philosopher Michel Foucault calls “archaeology” or the “archaeological method”, an analytical method he implicitly used in his previous works Madness and Civilization, The Birth of the Clinic, and The Order of Things. It is Foucault's only explicitly methodological work.

The premise of the book is that systems of thought and knowledge (“epistemes” or “discursive formations”) are governed by rules (beyond those of grammar and logic) which operate in the consciousness of individual subjects and define a system of conceptual possibilities that determines the boundaries of thought in a given domain and period.” (from Wikipedia)

French edition
Publisher Editions Gallimard, 1969
275 pages [pdf de l'édition française]

#Thomas_Pynchon : Gravity's Rainbow (1973-) [EN, IT, HU]

A few months after the Germans' secret V-2 rocket bombs begin falling on London, British Intelligence discovers that a map of the city pinpointing the sexual conquests of one Lieutenant Tyrone Slothrop, U.S. Army, corresponds identically to a map showing V-2 impact sites. The implications of this discovery launch Slothrop on a wildly comic extravaganza.

“Gravity's Rainbow is Pynchon's most celebrated novel. An intricate and allusive fiction that combines and elaborates on many of the themes of his earlier work, including preterition, paranoia, racism, colonialism, conspiracy, synchronicity, and entropy, the novel has spawned a wealth of commentary and critical material, including reader's guides, books and scholarly articles, online concordances and discussions, and art works. Its artistic value is often compared to that of James Joyce's Ulysses. Some scholars have hailed it as the greatest American post-WW2 novel, and it has similarly been described as ‘literally an anthology of postmodernist themes and devices'.” (from Wikipedia) [#epub de l'édition anglaise]

#littérature #philosophie #cinéma #essai #livre

« Anthology of Slovak Electroacoustic Music » 1966-1991 (2-CD) and 1989-1994

« Anthology of Slovak Electroacoustic Music » 1966-1991 (2-CD) and 1989-1994

Toutes les plages sont en écoute et téléchargement (#ogg) sur la page.

Publisher: Centre for Electroacoustic and Computer Music, Bratislava, 1992 (CD 1, 2) and 1994 (CD 3).

Project, dramaturgy and supervision: Juraj Ďuriš and Andrej Zmeček.
Notes: Milan Adamčiak.

CD 1
1. Jozef Malovec – Orthogenesis
2. Peter Kolman – E 15
3. Miro Bázlik – Simple Electronic Symphony
4. Ivan Parík – Music To Vernisage II
5. Roman Berger – Epitaph For Nicolaus Copernicus
CD 2
1. Magdalena Długosz – At the Roots
2. Jozef Malovec – Theorem
3. Juraj Ďuriš – Dreams
4. Lothar Voigtlaender – Meditations sur le temps
5. Viťazoslav Kubička – ...And Even A Rock Would Cry
6. Martin Burlas – The Cross And The Circle
7. Tadeáš Salva – Harmonics
CD 3
1. Peter Zagar – Music From the Studio
2. Marek Piaček – Flauto dolce '91
3. Juraj Ďuriš – Portrait
4. Miro Bázlik – Epoche II
5. Robert Rudolf – Scar
6. Viťazoslav Kubička – The Way
7. Roman Berger – Transgessus I

#anthologie #musique #musique_électroacoustique #audio #Slovaquie #Monoskop

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