THE KIPPENBERGER CHALLENGE































BOOKSHOP CHALLENGERS NEWS
James Langdon
17 Oct. 2019 – 17 Oct. 2020

1
Peak Picture Pixel Pile
28 × 21 × 0.2cm, 128g, 28 pages
edition of 300
978-1-7340943-0-5

A book of photographs that look like their own histograms. Offset printed on high gloss paper. Published by and available from Inga, 1740 W. 18th St., Chicago, USA. www.i-n-g-a.com.

2
Revue Faire #16, A reproduction: what El Lissitzky wants
29.7 × 21 × 0.2cm, 104g, 20 pages
edition of 500
979-10-95991-15-1

Comparisons of printed reproductions of the proud black and red printed cover of the book 'Die Kunstismen' (1925), made by Russian artist and designer El Lissitzky. Published between 1967 and 2017, these images treat the material characteristics of the original book's colour in different ways, appealing to contradictory notions of fidelity. Offset printed, text in English and French, with a fold-out poster. Published by Empire and available from Revue Faire, www.revue-faire.eu.

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Materialien zu Ausstellungsdesign und Szenografie #6, Every Object Has Needs
29.7 × 21 × 0.4cm, 172g, 56 pages
Edition of 400
ISSN: 2511-1035

Prompted by the 2014 exhibition and publication 'Foreign Exchange (or the stories you wouldn't tell a stranger)', curated by Clémentine Deliss and Yvette Mutumba at the Weltkulturen Museum, Frankfurt, this issue of MAS analyses aesthetic tropes in the photography of African artefacts in Western museums. The visual research presented here was produced during a seminar at HfG Karlsruhe in 2018. A group of 10 participants analysed 10,189 images, contained in a collection of 56 books of ethnographica, published between the 1960s — when full-colour printing became common in museum publishing — and the 2010s. Graphic design by Severin Geissler and Cécile Kobel. Offset printed, text in English. Published by HfG Karlsruhe.

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Gravity All Around (Rotated)
21.6 × 15.2 × 0.6cm, 200g, 52 pages
Edition size: 400
ISBN: 978-39-06213-30-9

An unauthorised but admiring reissue of the 1963 educational book for children, 'Gravity All Around' by Tillie S. Pine and Joseph Levine. In this new version each element of content has been individually rotated so that gravity goes not *down* the graphic space of the page, but *inward*, into the binding and the three-dimensional space of the book-object. Offset printed, original two-colour separations carefully recreated. Published by and available from Rollo Press, www.rollo.press