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25 - 27 Nov. 2011

Miss Read Art Book Fair '11

Antonia Hirsch and Luis Jacob
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KW Berlin, Auguststraße 69, 10117 Berlin
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27 Nov. 2011
Antonia Hirsch's The Surplus Library on Affect & Economic Exchange

In conjuntion with the Miss Read Art Book Fair in Berlin, Art Metropole is excited to present a project by Antonia Hirsch, The Surplus Library on Affect & Economic Exchange.

The Surplus Library‘s collection consists of books relevant to the topic of affect and economic exchange.

In redefining the concept of a physical library, The Surplus Library On Affect & Economic Exchange operates on the basic assumption that its specific collection of books already exists in the material world: in the homes and private collections of countless individuals. Some of the holdings of this vast and distributed library can become known and accessible through The Surplus Library Web site. The site develops as the library’s holdings and locations are registered by users.

The site provides “portraits” of the particular books in its collection, and the homepage displays the most recent user-created book selection to all visitors. The books’ content cannot be accessed online; instead, person-to-person borrowing and lending (owing and extending credit) in the physical world is facilitated by the site, thereby defying efficiency and convenience in its coupling of the material and the virtual. The project functions as a highly idiosyncratic register of literature on its specific topic, while concurrently embodying the subject of its holdings: quasi-economic, non-monetary exchanges trading on curiosity, desire, and trust — in other words, affect.

The association of the terms “affect” and “economy” is based on the assumption that personal relationships are produced by economic activity; for example, in the process of trade and the division of labour. Conversely, affect, and in particular desire, generates economic transactions: it is the needing and wanting that demands to be satisfied by goods or immaterial values such as care, attention, or love, all of which entail multifarious forms of exchange.

During the fair, a selection of the library’s holdings will be on view at Art Metropole’s booth, and on Sunday November 27 from 1 pm to 4 pm visitors are invited to bring their own books relating to the subject of affect and economic exchange and register a new branch of the library! Your books will be scanned and registered on site to contribute to The Surplus Library‘s holdings and immediately returned to you.

25 - 27 Nov. 2011
European book launch for Commerce by Artists

Art Metropole is pleased to introduce Luis Jacob’s most recent book at it’s booth, fresh off the press, Commerce by Artists, published by Art Metropole. The book launch will occur in Berlin at the 2011 Miss Read Art Book Fair in Berlin.

Commerce affects our lives in countless ways, connecting people and products in transactions spanning the globe. Commerce by Artists documents a fascinating and sweeping range of artists’ projects produced since the 1950s by Canadian and international artists who have sought to engage, rather than merely represent, the commercial world of which they are a part. Includes contributions by over 50 artists and writers: Carole Condé & Karl Beveridge, Maria Eichhorn, Andrea Fraser, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Mary Kelly, Ben Kinmont, Yves Klein, Life of a Craphead, Lin Yilin, Keith Obadike, Martha Rosler, Reid Shier, Ron Terada, Toxic Titties, Mierle Laderman Ukeles, and many more.

Art Metropole is excited to be attending the MISS READ Art Book Fair in Berlin. Hosted at KW Berlin, the fair is in its third year and runs from November 25th through 27th.

From the Miss Read website:

For the third time Miss Read has invited international publishers and artists to show their books at KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin. As a genre of its own, the artist book reflects contemporary ways of artistic production and publishing to a great extent and also addresses issues of presentation and circulation as well as new strategies of distribution. Presenting a selection of more than 80 of the most active contributors in this field, the festival provides the opportunity to encounter and explore the contemporary scene of independent publishing.

Art Met will be presenting several projects at the fair including Antonia Hirsch’s The Surplus Library on Affect & Economic Exchange and the book launch for Luis Jacob’s new publication Commerce by Artists.

Antonia Hirsch ( is based in Vancouver and Berlin; her work has received critical attention in Canada, Europe and Asia, and her projects have been presented at institutions including Program, Berlin; the Taipei Fine Arts Museum; the Power Plant, Toronto; and the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver. Her work has been featured in solo exhibitions across Canada, among others at the Charles H. Scott Gallery and Artspeak Gallery, Vancouver; Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery; and Gallery 101, Ottawa. In 2004, she was awarded the Canada Council Studio at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris. Her work can be found in public collections such as those of the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Canada Council Art Bank and the Sackner Archive of Concrete & Visual Poetry, Miami Beach. Hirsch has written for various publications including Fillip, C magazine, and artecontexto.

Luis Jacob is a Peruvian-born Toronto-based artist and curator whose work destabilizes conventions of viewing and invites a collision of meanings. He studied semiotics and philosophy at the University of Toronto. Since his participation in documenta 12, Kassel, 2007, he has achieved an international reputation with exhibitions at venues such as: Museum der Moderne Salzburg, 2019; Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart, 2019; Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, 2018; Museion Bolzano, 2017; La Biennale de Montréal, 2016; Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York City, 2015; Taipei Biennial, 2012; Generali Foundation, Vienna, 2011; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City, 2010; Kunstverein in Hamburg, 2008; and Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, 2008.

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