coming out soon


Edited by
Liliana Gómez and Fabienne Liptay

Published by
Diaphanes (Series Think Art) and the University of Chicago Press

A collaboration of the documenta Institute and the Center for Arts and Cultural Theory (ZKK)
as part of the SNSF projects Exhibiting Film: Challenges of Format and Contested Amnesia and Dissonant Narratives in the Global South

1st edition, October 2024
including a signed artist edition with paper skins by Alexandra Gelis (edition of 50)
Text in English
ca. 300 pages, 25 color plates
5.51 x 8.86 inches

The climate change crisis has become part of aesthetic discourse and critical research in culture and the arts. Future-oriented, ecologically conceived possibilities for action are being explored by artists, curators, and scholars alike. eco-operations addresses these emerging aesthetic ecologies and new technologies of cooperation that both challenge and shape a sustainable future, foregrounding interruptions, ruptures, disconnections, dissonances, exclusions, and allochronism. Moving beyond the concepts of “flow” and “network” as a single, coherent (ecological or technological) system, eco-operations instead emphasizes the frictions within asynchronously running systems. The infrastructures and formats of artistic production and exhibition play a central role here, as they themselves constitute ecosystems that invite and regulate processes of sharing and exchange. Artists and activists are embedded in these ecosystems, in which they simultaneously intervene when searching for alternative ways of creating collaborative practice. Bringing together scholars, artists, writers, and curators, and working across a range of disciplines, eco-operations explores this field of tension between global and local ecologies and aims to speculate on where dissonances imply both creative potential and political challenges.

Eco-operations features contributions by Dalida María Benfield, Ursula Biemann, Lisa Blackmore, Lorena Cely, T. J. Demos, Laura Flórez, Sandra Frimmel, Alexandra Gelis, Liliana Gómez, Fabienne Liptay, Uriel Orlow, Ana María Lozano Rocha, and Dorota Sajewska.

Photos: Alexandra Gelis

Artist edition book jacket © Alexandra Gelis

Edited by
Fabienne Liptay
in conjunction with Carla Gabrí and Laura Walde

Managing Editor
Michael Birchall

Published by
Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst,
University of Zurich,
and Scheidegger & Spiess

1st edition, 2023
Text in English
320 pages, 144 color and 31 b/w illustrations
17 x 23 cm
ISBN 978-3-85881-888-1

Open Access on the publisher's website

The book’s title—Taking Measures—has a double meaning: as a reference to the practices of measurement and to the political potential of power and resistance. Throughout their history to today, film and video have served as measuring devices for scientific, economic, political and other purposes and have been employed in a variety of fields beyond art. However, in acknowledging these uses also lies the opportunity for art to test its own effectiveness in public space and to uncover potential for resistance in artistic action. In which practices of measurement, of the production of knowledge and evidence in the interest of useful research, are film and video involved? In what way can artistic practice not only make these involvements visible but challenge and test them? How can technologies of measurement in art be used politically and made operative for the public sector? How can formats themselves, as the measures of art, be exhibited? How can they be put in relation to exhibition spaces and their economies of valorization, and how can this relationship be assessed?

With essays by Erika Balsom, Burcu Dogramaci, Philipp Fleischmann, Ursula Frohne, Ute Holl, Thomas Julier, Fabienne Liptay, Jacqueline Maurer, Alexandra Navratil, Warren Neidich, Volker Pantenburg, Hannes Rickli, Dorota Sajewska, Benoît Turquety, Marijke van Warmerdam, Laura Walde, and Eyal Weizman.