Share – Medientechnologie und Kulturvermittlung

Christoph Merian Verlag, 2018

Since the revelations of the American whistle blower Edward Snowden and the scandal surrounding the sharing of Facebook data, awareness of the power of media technologies has increased. Since its foundation in 2011, HeK has been a pioneer in the field of mediating media art and cultures. In Share - Medientechnologie und Kulturvermittlung Sabine Himmelsbach and Shusha Niederberger bring together contributions discussing the challenges of digital art and cultural mediation. In addition to a comprehensive insight into the mediation activities of HeK, the book offers theoretical, conceptual and historical insights into the field of research and sheds light on current developments from an international perspective.

This book is in German.

Price: 20 CHF (plus shipping costs)

Eco-Visionaires: Art, Architecture and New Media After the Anthropocene

Hatje Cantz, 2018
Pedro Gadahno (Ed.)

Eco-Visionaries presents contemporary positions in art and architecture seeking answers to current environmental problems that transcend mainstream notions of sustainability. This comprehensive volume is a companion to the collaborative 2018 exhibition endeavoured by four participating European museums; Museu de Arte, Arquitetura e Tecnologia, Lisbon, Portugal, Bildmuseet, Umea, Sweden, LABoral Centro de Arte y Creacion Industrial, Gijon, Spain and HeK. Each show maintains a different focus and curatorial approach and for each, artists investigate alternative visions regarding humankind’s place on earth through video and sound works, paintings and installations. While the series of exhibitions presents the works of artists and architects who offer critical reflections on pressing contemporary issues, the book unites research, essays, as well as a survey of the artworks. Besides the historical antecedents of current ecological thinking in the fields of art and design, this catalogue also promotes current approaches that represent alternative visions for future uses of energy, resources, and the environment.

Price: 30 CHF (plus shipping costs)

How to Play Eddo Stern

Link Editions & HeK, 2017

Part game manual, part catalogue, part archive, How to Play Eddo Stern revolves around a body of 17 works made by Stern along the last two decades which, although developed with different media, can be understood as “games”. The book collects the massive amount of small bits and pieces that make up the folders of Stern’s game projects: 3D models, texture maps and atlases, backdrops, animation frame sequences, code snippets, circuit diagrams, as well as emails, design documents, meeting notes, and installation diagrams. Most of the visual digital artifacts such as the models and textures when processed through the game software or built into an analog game become coherent visual forms, but in their unassembled, out-of-context form these fragments and artifacts maintain visual beauty and poetic truth.

Featuring an essay by Matteo Bittanti, the book has been edited by Domenico Quaranta, designed by Fabio Paris, and co-published by the Link Art Center, Brescia and HeK.

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Price: 40 CHF (plus shipping costs)

Die ungerahmte Welt / The Unframed World

HeK (Haus der elektronischen Künste Basel)
Sabine Himmelsbach (Hg.)

The latest virtual-reality technologies are asserting themselves currently in the domain of the fine arts and facilitating an immersion in artificial worlds. Virtual reality is used not only to explore aes-thetic potential, but also as a critical medium for reflecting on the existential state of today’s life-world. The works presented in this publication deal with multifaceted themes, such as physical per-ception and physical laws, societal structures as well as architecture and poetry.

The essays present the works from different research perspectives, thus enabling a broad overview of current trends in a media art based on virtual reality technologies.

Price: 25 CHF (plus shipping costs)

Liminal Laws

HeK (House of Electronic Arts Basel)
Mu Artspace

This book coincides with the exhibition 'Liminal Laws' by Addie Wagenknecht. On view at MU Artspace from April 22 till June 19, 2016 and at HeK (House of Electronic Arts Basel) from September 15 till November 13. 2016. With texts by Domenico Quaranta, Claire Evans, Regine Debatty en Gabriella Coleman. Including images of the exhibition at MU and other works by Addie Wagenknecht.

Price: 21 CHF (plus shipping costs)

My Boyfriend Came Back From The War
online since 1996

HeK (House of Electronic Arts Basel)
Merz Akademie Stuttgart
Olia Lialina, Sabine Himmelsbach (Hg.)
Christoph Merian Verlag, Basel

The trailblazing Net.Art work My Boyfriend Came Back from the War (in short MBCBFTW) by Russian artist Olia Lialina is celebrating its twentieth anniversary. The numerous appropriations and remixes of that work which have emerged over the past twenty years testify to its historical relevance as an interactive narrative on the Internet and as a work of Net art.
The publication presents both the original and 13 other versions by artists such as Jodi, Gragan Espenschied, Entropy8Zuper, Ignacio Nieto and Guthrie Lonergan, and so bridges twenty years of artistic praxis on the Internet. It also contains numerous illustrations and texts by Michael Connor, Roman Leibov, Joanne McNeil and Bruce Sterling.

Price: 29 CHF (plus shipping costs)

Poetics and Politics of Data
Ambivalenz des Lebens in der Datengesellschaft

HeK (House of Electronic Arts Basel)
Sabine Himmelsbach, Claudia Mareis (Hg.)
Christoph Merian Verlag, Basel

'Poetics and Politics of Data' reflects life in a world increasingly controlled by data and presents artistic positions that aim to make continuous streams of data visible – whether using Internet-based installations or graphic data visualizations. The participating artists question the relevance and place of the individual in a technologically connected society in which every day, each of us generates a nearly incomprehensible amount of data: Our every move on the Internet leaves behind a digital trace. In critical essays, Orit Halpern, Sabine Himmelsbach, Lev Manovich, Claudia Mareis, Ramón Reichert and Roberto Simanowski explore the phenomena of ‹Big Data› and ‹Data Mining› and pose critical questions about the ambivalence of life in a «datified» world.

Price: 29 CHF (plus shipping costs)

digital art conservation
Preservation of Digital Art: Theory and Practice

Bernhard Serexhe (Hg.)

Are you born digital? That will be a crucial question in the future, when we are obliged to conserve the art of our era and to make it accessible to the public. The publication digital art conservation documents the results of a research project launched by the ZKM (Center for Art and Media Technology, Karslruhe, Germany) in 2010, in order to advance international discourse on the the conservation of digital art. As well as case studies, it contains articles by major media theorists, restorers, programmers and artists, such as Edmond Couchot, Alain Depocas, Johannes Gfeller, Sabine Himmelsbach, Anne Laforet, Aymeric Mansoux, Antoni Muntadas, Jussi Parikka, Bernhard Serexhe and Siegfried Zielinski.

Price: 40 CHF (plus shipping costs)