Wednesday, 23 November 2011


5 Pamphlets, 5 Thoughts

14. Alejandro Jodorowsky: Drawings for the filming of Dune

22: Suely Rolnik: Archive Mania

18: Mario Bellatin: The Hundred Thousand Books of Bellatin

26. Mario Garcia Torres: A Few Questions Regarding the Hesitance between Bringing a Bottle of Wine or a Bouquet of Flowers (on Alighiero Boetti's One Hotel in Kabul)

24: Mariana Castillo Deball & Roy Wagner: Coyote Anthropology: A Conversation in Words and Drawings

On my last visit to Koenig Bookshop in Charing Cross Road, in London,  I bought 5 of the Documenta 13 pamphlets (I actually bought 6 including a fantastic small Lawrence Wienner one). The truth, is I wish I could have bought more, but at prices between 5 and 8 pounds each I will go broke if I buy them all, and then won't have money to buy my easy jet flight to go to Kassel in the Summer. So to start, I bought the ones printed by my friends (except Jodorowsky who unfortunately I don't know) as an act of support to the publishing of their thinking.

Press Release from the saturated with information and complicated to navigate (I couldn't even find opening dates!) Documenta 13 web page below:
(and what's with this calling of the Documenta curators Agents, and Member of Core Group, Head of Department, etc. since Maria Lind calling Sputniks her resident artists and curators at Kunstverein Munich, we  hadn't heard such original naming within the profession...)


100 Notes – 100 Thoughts

As a prelude to the 2012 exhibition, dOCUMENTA (13) and Hatje Cantz are publishing a series of notebooks, 100 Notes – 100 Thoughts, that is comprised of facsimiles of existing notebooks, commissioned essays, collaborations, and conversations.

A note is a trace, a word, a drawing that all of a sudden becomes part of thinking, and is transformed into an idea. This publication project follows that path, presenting the mind in a prologue state, in a pre-public arena. A space for intimacy and not yet of criticism, dOCUMENTA (13) is publishing the unpublishable, the voice—and the reader is our alibi and ally. Note taking encompasses witnessing, drawing, writing, and diagrammatic thinking; it is speculative, manifests a preliminary moment, a passage, and acts as a memory aid. 

With contributions by authors from a range of disciplines, such as art, science, philosophy and psychology, anthropology, economic- and political theory, language- and literature studies, as well as poetry, 100 Notes – 100 Thoughts constitutes a space of dOCUMENTA (13) to explore how thinking emerges and lies at the heart of re-imagining the world. In its cumulative nature, this publication project is a continuous articulation of the emphasis of dOCUMENTA (13) on the propositional, underlining the flexible mental moves to generate space for the possible. Thoughts, unlike statements, are always variations: this is the spirit in which these notebooks are proposed.

The notebooks, designed by Leftloft, will be published from March 2011 on in three different formats, 16 to 48 pages, in English and German.

Commissioned by dOCUMENTA (13)’s Artistic Director Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev together with Agent, Member of Core Group, and Head of Department Chus Martínez, this series is edited by Head of Publications, Bettina Funcke.

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