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  • Inside the Dream Palaceby Sherill Tippins

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2013; US$ 15.95

    For a young woman from a small Texas town ? a lifelong outsider who had drifted since she was eighteen from one bohemian scene to another ? life at the legendary Chelsea was a thrilling experience. Through some fluke, Janis had been assigned one of the smaller rooms initially, but once she?d had a chance to wander the corridors and step out onto... more...

  • Shoot an Iraqiby Wafaa Bilal; Kari Lydersen

    City Lights Publishers 2013; US$ 16.95

    Award-winning Iraqi artist's life story and reflections on his highly provocative interactive art piece. more...

  • Fair Play: Art, Performance and Neoliberalismby Jen Harvie

    Palgrave Macmillan 2013; US$ 29.00

    This book asks what is the quality of participation in contemporary art and performance? Has it been damaged by cultural policies which have 'entrepreneurialized' artists, cut arts funding and cultivated corporate philanthropy? Has it been fortified by crowdfunding, pop-ups and craftsmanship? And how can it help us to understand social welfare? more...

  • Street Art, Public Cityby Alison Young

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 48.95

    What is street art? Who is the street artist? Why is street art a crime? Since the late 1990s, a distinctive cultural practice has emerged in many cities: street art, involving the placement of uncommissioned artworks in public places. Sometimes regarded as a variant of graffiti, sometimes called a new art movement, its practitioners engage... more...

  • Mobility and Fantasy in Visual Cultureby Lewis Johnson

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 140.00

    This volume offers a varied and informed series of approaches to questions of mobility?actual, social, virtual, and imaginary?as related to visual culture. Contributors address these questions in light of important contemporary issues such as migration; globalization; trans-nationality and trans-cultural difference; art, space and place; new media;... more...

  • Arts of Independenceby Alexander Moffat; Alan Riach

    Luath Press Ltd 2014; US$ 11.65

    There is only one argument for Scottish independence: the cultural argument. It was there long before North Sea oil had been discovered, and it will be here long after the oil has run out. How have perceptions of Scottish culture been shaped by its role within Britain? What would be different about culture in an Independent Scotland? Why is culture... more...

  • The Paradox of Authenticity in a Globalized Worldby Russell Cobb

    Palgrave Macmillan 2014; US$ 95.00

    Authenticity in our globalized world is a paradox. This collection examines how authenticity relates to cultural products, looking closely at how a particular "ethnic" food, or genre of popular music, or indigenous religious belief attains its aura of originality, when all traditional cultural products are invented in a certain time and place. more...

  • The History of Loot and Stolen Artby Ivan Lindsay

    Andrews UK 2014; US$ 47.99

    The author of this enthralling book aims to present a well-illustrated and documented alternative history of the Western World through graphic accounts of looting and art theft from the time of Sargon, ruler of Syria in 721 BC, to the present day. Almost all the principal players included appear on the stage of World history and many of them are known... more...

  • Versammlung und Teilhabeby Regula Valérie Burri; Kerstin Evert; Sibylle Peters; Esther Pilkington; Gesa Ziemer

    transcript 2014; US$ 28.79

    In Auseinandersetzung damit, was Demokratie heute ausmacht, gehen gesellschaftliche und künstlerische Diskurse oft Hand in Hand. Urbane Öffentlichkeiten und performative Künste verbinden sich in der Frage nach neuen Formen von Versammlung und Teilhabe: Wie treffen Kollektive Entscheidungen, wer ist an diesen beteiligt und wie entwirft sich gesellschaftliches... more...

  • Urban Hackingby Günther Friesinger; Johannes Grenzfurthner; Thomas Ballhausen

    transcript 2014; US$ 28.79

    Urban spaces became battlefields, signifiers have been invaded, new structures have been established: Netculture replaced counterculture in most parts and also focused on the everchanging environments of the modern city. Important questions have been brought up to date and reasked, taking current positions and discourses into account. The major question... more...