Formats
Anthologies
110
Audio
294
Catalogues
344
Clothing
25
Editions
30
Ephemera
55
Literary
39
Monographs
154
Posters
257
Video
40
Zines
135

Shop > Artists' Books

#11459

Memoirs of the Twentieth Century

Price
$17.00
Date
2014
Format
Artists' Books
Description

Written in 1733, Memoirs of the Twentieth Century is widely regarded to contain the earliest known conception of time-travel and, in particular, the first cognitive leap that would allow for a historicized image of the present as seen from the point of view of a distant future. Intriguingly, it is the text itself which is claimed to have traveled back in time and Madden has used this conceit to satirize his own period – tracing out its bureaucratic absurdities into a strange yet pointed vision of the late 20th century: a world politically fraught, overwhelmed with corruption and struggling to reconcile religious faith with scientific discovery.

The mysterious publishing history of the book imparts a certain weight to its claims. Printed anonymously in an edition of 1000, all but 10 copies were immediately destroyed for unknown reasons. It would only be printed once more in 1972 and until now Memoirs… has been extremely scarce – resulting in disappointingly little scholarship. This new edition includes Liam Gillick’s Prevision. Should the Future Help the Past first published in 1999, the very year when Memoirs… leaves off. Gillick explores the socio-political implications inherent in strategic attitudes towards the future with a critical eye to the ‘scenario planning’ of late capitalism. It provides a prescient framework for reconsidering Madden’s text now, just over ten years on since its fictive origination and apocalyptic conclusion.

  1. Memoirs of the Twentieth Century
 

Related Items

  1. Ahmad Makia: Bibi Salme
  2. David Robbins: Concrete Comedy: An Alternative History of Twentieth-Century Comedy
  3. Tony Oursler: The Influence Machine
  4. Ulrike Grosswarth: Ulrike Grossarth: Fabrics from Lublin
  5. Celine Condorelli and Uriel Orlow: Terrain vague. Persistent images
  6. Mark von Schlegell: Ickles, Etc.
  7. Ian Hamilton Finlay, Douglas Gordon, and Ross Sinclair: Northern Grammar
  8. Subject Matter of the Artist: Writings by Robert Goodnough, 1950-1965
  9. Joan Jonas: In the Shadow a Shadow
  10. Art or Sound
  11. Joachim Koester: Message from Andrée
  12. Tom of Finland
  13. Gustave Morin: Clean Sails
  14. Out
  15. Autogestion, or Henri Lefebvre in New Belgrade
  16. Hyung-Min Yoon: Black Book
  17. Cathy Busby: Sorry (Second Edition)
  18. Klaus Staeck: Pornografie (new edition)
  19. LIBERTIES OF THE SAVOY by Ruth Ewan
  20. Ari Marcopoulos: The Pope’s Secrets
  21. Graham Parker: Fair Use (Notes From Spam)
  22. Keith Haring: Manhattan Penis Drawings for Ken Hicks
  23. Waldemar Cordeiro and Franz Mon: Waldemar Cordeiro & Franz Mon
  24. Henrik Schrat: Wild Things are Going to Happen

Dialogues with Dan Graham on Art, Architecture, & Shopping Malls
  25. Sami Benhadj, Tarik Hayward, and Guy Meldem: Made of Concrete
  26. Anri Sala: Ravel Unravel
  27. Peter MacCallum: Documentary Projects 2005 - 2015
  28. Danielle LaFrance: Friendly + Fire
  29. Provence Issue O
  30. Samuel Nyholm: Von Oben
  31. Jon Beacham: The Brother in Elysium - Artwork and Publications 2008-2013
  32. Robert Smithson in Texas