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Martin Beck
About The Relative Size Of Things In The Universe

In his video work of the same title, Martin Beck presents the assembly and disassembly of the seminal 1948 Struc-Tube exhibition system by the American designer George Nelson. This record of ‘the artist in social communication’ also includes essays by Emily Pethick, Bill Horrigan, and Martin Beck that contextualise the work within contemporary artistic practice and elaborate on aspects of sovereignty and control in modern exhibition history.

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Casco Issues XII: Generous Structures
Binna Choi, Axel Wieder (Eds.)

Binna Choi, Axel Wieder (Eds.)

Zayne Armstrong, Ei Arakawa, Bob Black, Augusto Boal, Ruth Buchanan, Binna Choi, common room, Paul Elliman, ifau & Jesko Fezer, Zachary Formwalt, Beatrice Gibson with Will Holder and John Tilbury, Kleines postfordistisches Drama, Mattin, Hwayeon Nam, Merijn Oudenampsen, Nam June Paik, Anne Querrien, David Reinfurt, Margit Rosen, Katerina Šedá, Axel Wieder

Casco Issues is a magazine published by Casco – Office for Art, Design and Theory, which explores recurring issues that emerge from Casco’s program. The twelfth edition of Casco IssuesGenerous Structures, is a playful enquiry into “playfulness” as a value in critical cultural practice. It positions alternative notions of playing against the grain of neoliberal ideologies of “lifelong learning” and “work as play.”

By taking the idea of playing and the metaphor of the game as a starting point, the publication addresses what might be called a “ludic turn”—the impact of the notion of play and gaming methods in various research fields and cultural work. Most prominent in the Internet industries and interactive media landscapes, but also in theoretical reflections, historical research, and the work of artists and designers, we are experiencing an interest in play as an educational tool or model for participation. However, with the conscious exception of the game per se, the publication attempts to trace its current impact and critical capacity, and explores various notions as well as concrete modes of play including activities such as learning, sharing, and group work, in relation to space, art, and design. It is driven from a methodological interest in the structure of playing, in its dialectics of rules and possibilities, planning and non-planning, collectivity and individuality. A game, in this sense, is not only characterized by its rules—or, on the contrary, by the liberty of the playing individuals—but is rather a construction of conscious interaction, application and transgression.

Co-published with Casco – Office for Art, Design and Theory
Design by Julia Born and Laurenz Brunner, with Sam de Groot

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Ruth Buchanan
Lying Freely

Lying Freely is the 4th and final part of the itinerant project by artist Ruth Buchanan. Here the 3 previous stages of the project meet within and are also confronted by the space of the book. The book was made in close collaboration with designer David Bennewith and developed accumulatively as each stage of the project was ‘completed’. Over the course of 2 years Buchanan investigated questions surrounding the tension between private need and public appearance, individual agency and collectively received legacy, producing a series of works that each dealt with particular constellations of figure, location and format. The 3 stages consisted of a guided tour, theatre piece and installation. The book behaves on the one hands as a schematic or script for the body of work, drawing boundaries – and on the other hand it proposes a method, an approach, that suggests constant repetition and following, constant reconfiguration. The book becomes an experiment in sharing material, sharing space; absorbing and reflecting its own conditions and the conditions under which it becomes public.

Design and editing by David Bennewith and Ruth Buchanan
Texts by Ruth Buchanan and Marina Vishmidt
Typesetting by Colophon

Co-published by Jan van Eyck Academie and Casco Office for Art, Design and Theory.

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