Beyond Objecthood; The Exhibition as a Critical Form since 1968

By James Voorhies

The rise of the exhibition as critical form and artistic medium, from Robert Smithson’s antimodernist non-sites in 1968 to today’s institutional gravitation toward the participatory.
SBN: 9780262035521288 pp. | 6.5 in x 9.375 in73 color illus., 15 b&w illus.

Architecture in Effect

by Sten Gromark, Jennifer Mack, Roemer van Toorn

Architecture in Effect presents research on the co-constitution of architecture and the social by addressing concrete problems and forwarding explorative theories and methodologies.

The socially oriented perspective of Volume #1, Rethinking the Social, is complemented by discussions of architectural and transdisciplinary theories and methodologies in Volume #2, After Effects. Together these twin volumes reflect on topics such as the utopian idea of a welfare state, the role of intersubjective and non-human points of view, and the impact of historical and current images on the making of realities. The task of these books is to present a wide range of research topics that combine historical, material, and critical research approaches that respond to our current crises and challenges. Ultimately, this enables new modes of knowledge production within architecture to be advanced in its relation to societal transformation.

Volume 1: Rethinking the Social in Architecture: Making Effects

Volume 2: After Effects: Theories and Methodologies in Architectural Research

vol 1: Sten Gromark, Jennifer Mack, Roemer van Toorn
vol 2: Hélène Frichot, Gunnar Sandin, Bettina Schwalm

Size: 16,5 x 24 cm/ 6.50 x 9.50 in.
Slipcased, comprising two volumes
Pages: 464 + 480
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Softcover
Publication date: September 2018
Published By: Actar Publishers
ISBN: English 978-1-940291-99-4

The Social (Re)Production of Architecture; Politics, Value and Actions in Contemporary Practice

By Doina Petrescu, Kim Trogel

The Social (Re)Production of Architecture brings the debates of the ‘right to the city’ into today’s context of ecological, economic and social crises. Building on the 1970s’ discussions about the ‘production of space’, which French sociologist Henri Lefebvre considered a civic right, the authors question who has the right to make space, and explore the kinds of relations that are produced in the process. In the emerging post-capitalist era, this book addresses urgent social and ecological imperatives for change and opens up questions around architecture’s engagement with new forms of organization and practice. The book asks what (new) kinds of ‘social’ can architecture (re)produce, and what kinds of politics, values and actions are needed.

The book features 24 interdisciplinary essays written by leading theorists and practitioners including social thinkers, economic theorists, architects, educators, urban curators, feminists, artists and activists from different generations and global contexts. The essays discuss the diverse, global locations with work taking different and specific forms in these different contexts.

A cutting-edge, critical text which rethinks both practice and theory in the light of recent crises, making it key reading for students, academics and practitioners.

ISBN 9781138859494
Published June 8, 2017 by Routledge
384 Pages – 128 B/W Illustrations

Selected Projects, 1995–2012

Edited by Peio Aguirre
With texts by Peio Aguirre, Jane Rendell, Apolonija Šušteršič, and a contribution by Dan Graham

Published on the occasion of her project at MUSAC Museo de Arte Contemporáneo in León (January–June 2013), this publication offers the first comprehensive survey on the work of Slovenian artist/architect Apolonija Šušteršič. Through a selection of projects spanning from 1995 to 2012, this monograph shows the methodologies and strategies of an artist whose practice touches on different aesthetical and political tendencies such as Conceptual art, Contextualism, institutional critique, and relational aesthetics. As an architect and artist, her work engages processes from both fields as well as applied design and other social sciences. Šušteršič’s project can be described as putting into practice a “politics in space.” A “transdisciplinary,” collaborative approach as such, it is absolutely indispensable when analyzing contexts as variegated as urban life, art museums, and other institutions and social spaces. Apolonija Šušteršič’s artistic research combines theory and practice to pursue a method of reflection in which a momentary situation of critique leads to activate constructive alternatives and spaces for hope.

Design by Maite Zabaleta

2013, English/Spanish
20 x 27 cm, 152 pages, 161 color ill., softcover
ISBN 978-3-943365-54-2

Apolonija Šušteršič – Community Research Office

The book presents the reader with important extracts of the Community Research Office  project, including a generous selection of pictures, and the most interesting of the texts and conversations. It represents the final part of the project which was focusing on questions concerning the role of the artists, art spaces and urban development in East London just few years before the Olympics.

In collaboration with:

Liutauras Psibilskis, curator

IBID Projects / London, gallery

Anders Kreuger, editor

åbäke, graphic designers

Publication: Community Research Office IBID Projects, Apolonija Šušteršič (Revolver, 2004) ISBN 3-86588-021-5