BookPlayList selected by Peter Funch
In the times of uncertainty, confusion and when “Truth isn’t truth” I have selected a stack of books that could be Adam Curtis (British documentary film-maker) imaginary coffee table books. Books that touches displacement, temporarities and Urban development.
Ville de Calais
In the vicinity of the French harbour city of Calais, a parallel world has existed for more than ten years. Here, refugees from Africa and the Middle East await their chance to cross the Strait of Dover and reach the United Kingdom. Since 2005 photographer Henk Wildschut has followed the increasing stream of migrants whose journeys end in limbo outside Calais where temporary cities are created by the “invisible” people.
In Bunker Archeology, urbanist Paul Virilio focuses on the ominous yet strangely compelling German bunkers that lie abandoned along the coast of France. These ghostly reminders of destruction and oppression prompted Virilio to consider the nature of war and existence, in relation to both World War II and contemporary times and leave an ominous reminder as to the destruction and violence of some of Europe's darkest years.
Handbook of Tyranny
Factual storytelling: graphic illustrations portrays the new tyranny of the 21st century. Theo Deutinger draws the ways we kill, harm, and exclude through day-to-day implementation of laws and regulations around the globe. It is done with clarity and somehow also with beauty.
Fait: Books on Books No.3
In October of 1991 it was the end of the first Gulf War. French artist Sophie Ristelhueber photographed the battle-scarred landscape of Kuwait and did the book, Fait, which in French means "fact" or "what was done," remains one of our least known but most powerful statements about the aftermath of war. She says herself “For me that work is not about information and it’s not about that war. It’s only a work about scars.”
Such powerful work makes you wonder why she.
43-35 10th street
Shea’s 43-35 10th Street looks at first glance looks very aestetic and superficial but taken the time and diving into the juxdaposed narratives of recent real estate development in LIC, NYC, modernist icon Brasilia and the arid Searles Valley in the American West you start understanding the comments of neoliberalism, urban planning and connections that start to deciphere.
The Mechanism is a dystopian series of black-and-white photographs that form a sci-fi story about modern existence in place between office life and surveillance state.
Tools of disobedience
Have you ever considered the power of creativity in the lives of prisoners? In her photobook Tools of Disobedience, Swiss photographer Melanie Veuillet (b. 1989) explores this question by looking at the objects produced through the creativity of prisoners who are under surveillance and in confined spaces. It also touches the subjects between survival, needs and desire.
Jahresring 64, What is different?
“my two-year investigation into the post-truth era”
“In light of all this, I wanted to investigate [by interviewing scientists, politicians, journalists, and social workers] why the backfire effect is having more impact today than it did ten, twenty, or forty years ago. What has changed? What is different? This latter phrase became the title of the book.” — Wolfgang Tillmans, in The Guardian*
This artist's book is based on Cyprien Gaillard's "Geographical Analogies," a collection of 900 Polaroids, carefully and rigorously arranged in a total of 100 showcases, telling many stories about landscapes, monuments, modernist buildings, and architectonic utopias, and just as many stories about decay, destruction, and devastation.
This book will remain the work that will stay while the polaroids will be disintegrating medium that will disappear beyond recall.
Rein Wolfs calls it “A world atlas against disappearance”.