Eleanor Wright, An Athens City Reader
Composed in the space between looking and making, An Athens City Reader draws together imagery and texts that explore subjects of civic life through the lens of two buildings designed and built by unknown structural engineer Yiannis Kontodimas: the vacant Rea Shopping Centre and an apartment building which is also his home.
Throughout 2016 Wright spent time in Athens exploring the city, the legacy of its histories and its current state of economical and political crisis. With newly commissioned texts by Tilly Fowler and Christian Jendreiko, An Athens City Reader considers the narratives we tell about the histories of civilisations and the histories of human beings in their individual and collective identities.
The text Inside the Golden Cage of the Antistructure was commissioned for this book and performed as one of Christian Jendreiko’s ongoing series of spoken word actions on 5. October at M_HKA.
The text How to begin was commissioned for this book following a number of conversations between Eleanor Wright and Tilly Fowler around public space, society and the book A Pattern Language.
Eleanor Wright An Athens City Reader
The book is perfect bound, 96 pages in luscious colour, with softcover and PVC dust jacket.
An Athens City Reader is designed by o-p-e-n-a-i-r.eu
with new texts by Tilly Fowler and Christian Jendreiko in English
Published in 2017 by Drop City, Düsseldorf
and M HKA Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerpen
in a special edition of 100
Available from Walther König bookstore, Düsseldorf
An Athens City Reader is supported by:
Arts Council of England
The Elephant Trust
€35,- plus P+P
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For SOFT REVOLUTION at Drop City, Düsseldorf artists Markus Karstieß and Christian Jendreiko use the principle of ‘tensegrity’, (conceived by Buckminster Fuller and based on the inventions of his student Kenneth Snelson), to develop an original string instrument, two metres in size.
During their performance, Karstieß and Jendreiko set this ‘force diagram in space’ this ‘helical happening’, this ‘frozen event, that is lifted directly from the vocabulary of an all-motion universe’ (Kenneth Snelson) alongside a set of real-time-actions, drawn thoughtfully from the same source and fixed in a graphic score based on original drawings by Buckminster Fuller for the Buddhist Goddess-Of-Mercy Temple in Penang and the Gliderfoil Pendulum Catamaran.
The performance could be seen as a process of a permanent, but ‘soft’ revolution, wherein the instrument becomes a tool for the performers and the performers become a tool for the instrument, and coalesced into an interacting and reciprocal centre, collectively demonstrating the innate facility of the universe for organising forces in space.
12″ Vinyl Record
Side A: Recording of Soft Revolution performance at Drop City, Newcastle
Side B: Recording of Soft Revolution performance at the site of ancient cup and ring stones at Lordenshaw, Northumberland
Co-produced with An Apparent Extent, Cologne
Katie Schwab, Breakfast Plates for Hotel Ufer
Drawing on her interest in forms of communal living and working, Katie has created a collection of plates for the breakfast room at Hotel Ufer, Düsseldorf.
The hand-made, glazed stoneware plates are available in a limited edition of 30, each unique and measuring between 24-26cm
75,- € each
Ralf Brög, Zero RPM – Collectors Edition
Original drawing on (vintage) vinyl
Double gatefold bound publication (24 pages)
Booklet with essay by Timotheus Vermeulen (dt/engl, 12 pages)
Catalogue of selected zero rpm record works & installation view (2 pages)
all housed in a custom-made metallic linen covered box
30 x 30 x 2,5 cm
Edition of 33 signed unique copies