Published by Dia Art Foundation. Foreword by Jessica Morgan. Text by Sharon Beder, Franco “Bifo” Berardi, Manuel Cirauqui, et al.
Puerto Rican Light (Cueva Vientos), a new Dia Art Foundation commission by Jennifer Allora & Guillermo Calzadilla, is situated in a natural limestone cave system near the southern coast of Puerto Rico. This long-term site-specific work integrates the journey to the site as part of the viewer’s engagement. The companion publication eschews the traditional catalogue in favor of gathering contemporary scholarship on the issues surrounding the project. It pairs photographs of the journey to and from the site with newly commissioned texts, acting as both artist’s book and scholarly compilation. Political theorist Franco “Bifo” Berardi, novelist Juan López Bauzá, philosopher Timothy Morton, architectural historian Spyros Papapetros and anthropologist Michael Taussig contribute, among others.
Published by Verlag für moderne Kunst. Edited by Martin Hentschel, Raimar Stange. Text by Carsten Ruhl, Sylvia Martin, Raimar Stange.
Jennifer Allora (born 1974) and Guillermo Calzadilla (born 1971) bring various media to bear upon a range of territories for which they evolve their own concrete political correlations. This publication documents the video works “A Man Screaming Is Not a Dancing Bear” (2008), on post-Katrina New Orleans, and “How To Appear Invisible” (2009) on the collapse of the Palast der Republik in Berlin.
This impeccably designed artist's book presents a selection of images collected by Puerto Rican artists Allora & Calzadilla over the course of a decade. A parallel component to the duo's practice, the collection is presented as a succession of intuitively arranged pairings that offers insight into their thinking and methodology. & Etcetera reveals a contradictory but revelatory and absorbing system of interests and motivations.
Puerto Rico-based American and Cuban-born Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla are known for their playful, socially-involved, sound-based installations, videos and performances. This well-designed volume presents recent works that investigate how power, militarism and war are encoded into sound.
Published by Walther König, Köln. Edited by Julienne Lorz. Text by Slavoj Zizek.
The official anthem of the European Union, heard at numerous political, cultural and public sporting events, is the “Ode to Joy” melody from the last movement of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, "a true 'empty signifier' that can stand for anything," begins noted theorist Slavoj Zizek in his essay for this well-designed artist's book in which the American and Cuban Conceptual artist collaborators Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla present their reflections on this ubiquitous masterwork. Modified classical instruments, scribbled musical notations, Nazi concerts, historical Turkish musical groups, the pope, Communist propaganda and other archival images are used to great effect.