Shop > Artists' Books


Berlin 2013/1983

Daniel Young and Christian Giroux
Artists' Books
Architecture, Photography

The artist book Berlin 2013/1983 is an attempt to answer two interrelated research questions: what does one year of new building construction in a city look like, and how does this contemporary city compare to that of a generation earlier? Berlin is an intriguing case study, not least because of the changing geo-politics altering the urban fabric of both East and West Berlin. With encyclopedic pretension, the artists attempted to document every building completed in Berlin in 2013 presented alongside buildings erected one generation (approximately thirty years) earlier.

Devised as an imaging machine to destroy other images, 2013/1983 counteracts the usual Berlin narratives in its analytical approach and presentation of its 784 building ‘pairs’. The artists began by photographing subjects at the northwest edge of the city and then traced a path that covers the entire urban area by zig zagging east and west following a boustrophedonic (as ‘the ox plows’) pattern, a process that began in February and ended in May of 2015. Rather than emphasizing a historical (centralized) or a modern (radial) urban development, the project’s radically democratic form gives the periphery of the city the same value as the centre. The iconic buildings of Berlin-Mitte are only found in the middle of the book and are lost among the sheer abundance of images of new suburban structures within this non-hierarchical inventory of architectural form, format, and function.

Inspired in part by the tradition of conceptual photography projects dedicated to architectural knowledge, 2013/1983 was conceived as a rigorous dérive and is a radical addition to the architectural discourse and published guides to buildings in Berlin. What was devised as a materialist case study in the political economy of construction of our contemporary moment – and of the just recent past – develops into a study of a local vernacular unfolding over time.

Two volumes, bilingual English and German, 1,568 pages with 1,568 images + text volume with 128 pages containing essays by Sandra Bartoli, Kenneth Haynes, Anne Huffschmid, and Anh-Linh Ngo.

Designed by Katja Gretzinger

Produced in partnership with the Art Gallery of Guelph, Ed Video
Supported by David & Yvonne Fleck, Phyllis Lambert, the Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation, and the Canada Council for the Arts

  1. berlin 2013/1983

Related Items

  1. Daniel Young and Christian Giroux: Infrastructure Canada
  2. The Mass Production of Artwork

Christian Giroux and Daniel Young in Conversation with Kim Förster
  3. Jesus Days
  4. TORONTO BERLIN 1982 - 2012
  5. Petrit Halilaj: Poisoned by Men in Need of Some Love
  6. Shaan Syed: The Andrew Project: 1000 And Something Portraits in Toronto Berlin and London, 2010-2013
  7. Zora Mann’s Magical Coloring Book
  8. Hanne Lippard: This Embodiment
  9. Steve Kado: Previas
  10. Transporter
  11. Daniel Frota and Padraig Robinson:
  12. Geoffrey Farmer: THIS ROOM IS NOT IN USE. (As of October 24th, 2013) - unframed
  13. Cortney Cassidy: Rhino
  14. Smoke Room 4
  15. Smoke Room 3
  16. Sebastian Black and Robin Cameron: __________.
  17. Ukraine (In the winter & spring of 2013-2014)
  18. Michalis Pichler: BOYS! MÄNNER!
  19. Paul Collins: [1962 / 1981 / 2002 / 2013]
  20. Erik van der Weijde: Third Reich
  21. Dani Montlleó: Doppelgänger Goldfinger
  22. Eda Ataergin, Brittany Cox, Hayley Raymond, Freya Selander, and Jenneen Shortreed: Tabs Presents: A Curated Cultural History of the Tower Automotive Building
  23. Alexander Pilis: Sao Paulo
  24. Kasper Andreasen: Off The Map
  25. Jordan Lord, Carissa Rodriguez, Lise Soskolne, and Anicka Yi: The Politics of Friendship
  26. James Langdon: A School for Design Fiction
  28. Kate Newby: Let The Other Thing In
  29. Wolf Vostell: Great Bear Pamphlet - Berlin and Phenomena
  30. Muntadas: Between the frames (the transcriptions)
  31. Christian Jankowski: Magic Circle
  32. No Cash Value
  33. Sara MacKillop: New Stationery Department
  34. Ho Tam: Poser 2
  35. Rental Bod
  36. Mary Patten: Revolution as an Eternal Dream: the Exemplary Failure of the Madame Binh Graphics Collective
  37. Giacomo Santiago Rogado: In-Between Things
  38. Chloé Griffin: Edgewise: A Picture of Cookie Mueller