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Pizza is God

Verlag Kettler
16 × 22.5 cm
368 pp
Arts Writing, Food, Criticism

Whether pizza is served as high-end cuisine or a poor man’s food, this global product transcends the boundaries of culture and social class. The circular piece of dough has long become an established superfood. It is so much more than just something we eat. Aside from culinary considerations, the preparation, consumption and ubiquity of pizza involves at least as many social aspects. These must be taken into account in order to understand the entirety of this phenomenon. For instance, in sociology the “pizza effect” refers to reciprocal processes of reception and exchange and thus to the constant transformation of cultures. Only recently did the UNESCO in Paris allow Italy to formally register the preparation of pizza as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity. That’s iconic!

The collection “Pizza is God” accompanies the eponymous international group exhibition. Situating a cultural phenomenon in the world of contemporary art, the exhibition will be staged by NRW-Forum Düsseldorf in 2018. This feast for the eyes, which combines painting, photography, net art, as well as video and performance, is complemented in the book by texts and essays written by renowned experts from the fields of food history, culture and science.

Edited by Ella Tetrault, Konstanze Schütze, Alain Bieber, Paul Barsch.

Contributors include • Scott Wiener • Chelsea Gohd • Rachel K. Laudan • Ella Tetrault • Penny Rafferty • Georgia Peck • Joanna Carsten • Christopher Preston Thompson • Zachary Nowak • Regan Hofmann • Hilary Galbreaith • Carol Helstosky • Sylvie Sanchez • Konstanze Schütze • Gila Kolb • Nora Sternfeld • Chloe Lum • Marie Nipper • Mikkel Carl • Reena Spaulings • Martin Kippenberger • John Baldessari • Torben Ribe • Claude Viallat • Daniel Van Straalen • John Bock • Uffe Isolotto & Sixten Starck • Jonas Lund • Jennifer Chan • Marco Bruzzone • Lars Bent Petersen • Simon M. Benedict • Simon Dybbroe Møller • Spencer Sweeney • Tom Friedman • Cory Archangel • R. Crumb • Darren Bader • Chris Bradley • Katherine Bernhardt • Paul Barsch • Sebastian Schmieg • Torben Ribe • Thomas Judisch • PIZZAG8 by PCNC_BAY x BLUNT x SKENSVED • Fred Rapid • a.achat • PPKK • Julia Mintzer & Charles Oglivie • Olia Lialina • Dragan Espenscheid • Manuel Buerger • Milano Sfigati Ovunque • Jon Rafman • The Story of HAYY • Ho Hai Tran • Chloe Cahill • Marlborough Contemporary • Klara Kayser • Katja Cheraneva • Alma Alloro • Anthony Antonellis • Rachael Archibald • Kim Asendorf & Ole Fach • Dineo Seshee Bopape • Matteo Ceretto Castigliano • Debora Delmar • Jack Fisher • Luc Fuller • Shiyu Gao • Jason Hirata • Tilman Hornig & Anselm Ruderisch • Sascha Hundorff • Simona Lamparelli • Lorna Mills • Yorgos Sapountzis • Sydney Shen • Santiago Taccetti • Porschismus • The Circle and the Square • and many others.

Designed by Thomas Artur Spallek.

Softcover, perfect-bound, colour.


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