Launch of dOCUMENTA (13) Notebooks 100 Notizen – 100 Gedanken / 100 Notes – 100 Thoughts
with Artistic Director
Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev

Tuesday, May 10, 2011
7 – 9pm

Book Launch

Artists Space is pleased to announce the forthcoming launch of its new venue Artists Space: Books & Talks, by hosting the launch of dOCUMENTA (13)´s 100 Notizen – 100 Gedanken / 100 Notes – 100 Thoughts.

Artists Space: Books & Talks is an additional 2,500 square foot storefront venue on Grand Street and West Broadway. This space will in future host a bookshop – with 1,000 titles exclusively selected by 100 artists, writers and critics, each suggesting 10 antiquarian or new titles – and an auditorium, allowing Artists Space to more frequently host talks, screenings and other events. This new venture will compliment Artists Space: Exhibitions, the original 7,500 square foot exhibition space on Greene and Grand Streets, located within two minutes walking distance from Artists Space: Books & Talks.

As a pre-opening event, Artists Space: Books & Talks will host the launch of dOCUMENTA (13)'s 100 Notizen – 100 Gedanken / 100 Notes – 100 Thoughts series. The first 17 notebooks will be discussed at Artists Space with some of the New York-based authors including: Susan Buck-Morss, Kenneth Goldsmith, Paul Ryan, and Michael Taussig. The evening will be moderated by Bettina Funcke, Head of Publications for dOCUMENTA (13) and Chus Martínez, Head of Department, Member of Core Agent Group. Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Artistic Director of dOCUMENTA (13), will take part in the discussion.

As a prelude to the 2012 exhibition, dOCUMENTA (13) has initiated a series of publications driven by the logic of the mind-at-work, presenting, writing, and drawing scenarios that point outside the normative bounds of academic text production. In the form of facsimiles of existing notebooks, commissioned essays, collaborations between artists and writers, and conversations, they present models of connection-making between the private and the public, between the pre-stage of intuitions, the naming of ideas and the key-chain of arguments that provide the reader with a singular insight into working methods. The series is formed through interconnections, so that the notebooks could be described as an “interregnum,” a temporary rupture in discursive intelligence; they do not direct us towards reason as such, but towards a different understanding of the role of consciousness. It is pure speculation: can one effectively transform thinking while thinking at the same time? The notebooks show us the hand trying to trace other logics, trying to travel a bit farther away from the already known in order to cover a distance between the now and the near future.

The notebooks appear in three different formats (A6, A5, B5) and range from 16 to 48 pages in length. Contributors hail from diverse fields – art, science, philosophy, psychology, anthropology, political theory, literature studies, and poetry – and include Etel Adnan, Kenneth Goldsmith, Péter György, Emily Jacir, Susan Buck-Morss, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, William Kentridge, Peter L. Galison, Erkki Kurenniemi, Lars Bang Larsen, György Lukács, Christoph Menke, Paul Ryan, Ayreen Anastas, Rene Gabri, Vandana Shiva, G.M. Tamás, Michael Taussig, Jalal Toufic, Ian Wallace, and Lawrence Weiner.
Commissioned by dOCUMENTA (13)'s Artistic Director Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev together with Chus Martínez, Head of Department, Member of Core Agent Group.
This series is edited by Bettina Funcke, Head of Publications.

The 100 Notizen – 100 Gedanken / 100 Notes – 100 Thoughts will be launched at various places and in various moments, each accompanied by a discussion on the nature and the aim of this publishing project.

You can buy individual notebooks or subscribe to the entire series of 100 notebooks at www.hatjecantz.de/documenta13.

For further information about dOCUMENTA (13), including the publications, visit www.documenta.de