No New Kind of Duck

Would I Know How to Say What I Do?

Edited and with an Introduction by Jan Verwoert

No New Kind of Duck

Edited and with an Introduction by Jan Verwoert

Distributed for Diaphanes

384 pages | 90 color plates | 5 1/4 x 7 1/2
Cloth $30.00 ISBN: 9783037349465 Published March 2017
What do we learn by making art? What do we discover by discussing our art with other people? These are the questions at the heart of No New Kind of Duck, which documents an exchange between Jan Verwoert and artists, critics, and other researchers at the Graduate School at the Berlin University of the Arts, including artists Alex Martinis Roe, Jeremiah Day, Azin Feizabadi, Lizza May David, and Ralf Baecker and composers Nuria Núñez Hierro and Björn Erlach.

Creating art and coining the terms to explain and define one’s artistic practice, the contributors find, are two closely related yet distinct practices. The book begins with an introduction by Verwoert that discusses the politics of art as a form of knowledge production. Verwoert’s introduction is followed by contributions that turn the focus on the stakes of an art practice today. The book also presents a careful selection of art, in which each piece is presented without accompanying explanations or justification, highlighting the possibilities for artists to coin their own terms to describe the concerns of their practice. Beautifully designed by artist Nienke Terpsma, the book will be an equally welcome companion for established or aspiring artists.
 
Contents
 
Why Duck?
 
Would I know how to say what I do?
By Jan Verwoert
Lizza May David
Paintings, plants and questions for Ulysses Ferreras
Azin Feizabadi
Stills from prologue to Uchronia, act 1, automatic writings by Farkhondeh Shahroudi
 
Jour Fixe: Life-work
Conversation between the artists, 03.03.2016
Bjoern Erlach
Occidental Mimesis, essay
Nuria Núñez Hierro
Bestiarium, plot, creatures and glimpses of the score
Ralph Baecker
Interface I (square art), Random-Access Memory (round art)
 
Jour Fixe: Open forms change realities
Conversation between the artists 21.04.2016
Jeremiah Day
The chair remains empty/But the place is set
Alex Martinis Roe
Archive pages: Our Future Network, propositions for feminist collective practice
 
Salon: Urgency and agency
Conversation on stage at Grüner Salon Volksbühne, Berlin, 09.05.2016
 
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