ATLAS Projectos is pleased to invite you to our double book launch and reading at Anagram Books Berlin, including our most recent releases: Next Spring: An Occasional Series of Reviews – Athens, June 18, an essay by Elena Parpa, edited by Laura Preston, and Planned Obsolescence—A Retrospective, a novel by Henning Lundkvist. Both authors will be present and drinks will be available. See you next Wednesday from 8pm!
Next Spring: An Occasional Series of Reviews – Athens, June 18
Essay by Elena Parpa
Edited by Laura Preston for Atlas Projectos
Next Spring is an occasional series of art reviews published in book form. Each new issue in the series is informed by a place where a member of the editorial collective is living, with invited authors given a year to write an in-depth piece of criticism focused on an expanded form of moving image. Published in English and the language of place.
Following on from the pilot issue related to Paris, the second book in the Next Spring series focuses on one film work, April (2008/15) by Marianna Christofides. Authored by Cypriot art writer Elena Parpa, the text is a companion piece to the film that develops as another visual experience. Travelling to various locations in Southern Europe, Parpa traces the film’s spaces and revisions its critique of landscape and colonization, memory and reconnection.
Published by ATLAS Projectos in partnership with Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi
With the support of the Society of Friends of the House of Cyprus
2018 / Greek, English / Offset / 19 × 12.3 cm / 112 pages / Print-run 400 copies / ISBN 978-989-97141-9-9
Planned Obsolescence—A Retrospective
“It is true that I had accumulated a lot of cultural capital, but like so many others I had never found a way to convert it into cash”
With this first sentence of Planned Obsolescence—A Retrospective, the anonymous narrator—suspiciously similar to the book’s author—begins a rhythmical rant, a 100-plus-page long exercise in repetition, variation, and a severe lack of punctuation. In this monologue spoken by a voice who could equally be the narrator or the hordes of others in the same position, he makes up bad excuses for why his career as an artist and writer hasn’t taken off as planned; he explains why he prefers to work in a bar rather than produce new artworks; and he moans over the conversion of Europe’s picturesque cities into expensive theme parks for tourists due to low-cost flights and Airbnb. Finally, he dreams up a way to halt the extreme inflation of cultural capital and make the world a better place. Spoiler alert: it doesn’t work.
Published by ATLAS Projectos
2018 / English / Offset / 11 x 18 cm / 112 pages / Print-run 500 copies / ISBN 978-989-97141-8-2