World Food Books is a book shop in Melbourne, Australia.
Founded in 2010, World Food Books is a book service dedicated to the presentation of a rotating, hand-selection of quality international art and design journals, artists’ monographs, exhibition catalogues, artists’ editions, collected writings and printed ephemera.
Presenting new titles alongside rare and out-of-print publications spanning the fields of contemporary art, modern art, cultural theory, photography, film, poetry, fiction, fashion, architecture, interior design, typography, illustration, politics and much between, World Food Books wishes to encourage active and thoughtful reading, looking, writing, publishing, and exchanging of art and design press, both contemporary and historical.
As well as our book shop, located in Melbourne's historical Nicholas Building, all of our inventory is available internationally via our online mail-order service. We also have outposts at MUMA (Monash University Museum of Art) and Westspace, both also in Melbourne.
World Food Books semi-regularly co-ordinates "Occasions", a program of exhibits and events at the bookshop and in partnership with other hosts (such as museums and art galleries) that develop out of the activities, relationships and content of the bookshop itself.
World Food Books
The Nicholas Building
Studio 19, Level 3
37 Swanston Street
FRI 12-7 PM
SAT 12-4 PM
& OPEN BY APPOINTMENT
MAIL ORDER RUNS EVERY DAY
World Food Books
PO Box 435
Theory / Essay
Architecture / Interior
Graphic Design / Typography
Fiction / Poetry
Film / Video
Sculpture / Installation
Performance / Dance / Theater
Sound / Music
Group Shows / Collections
Illustration / Graphic Art
Ceramics / Glass
Italian Radical Design / Postmodernism
"Various Works 1986 - 1999"
02 February 16 - September 10, 2016
Various works 1986 - 1999, from two houses, from the collections of John Nixon, Sue Cramer, Kerrie Poliness, Peter Haffenden and Phoebe Haffenden.
Including: Geometry of Cakes (various shelves), 1993; Poor People’s Law (black and white plate), 1993; White Absence (glasses, ruler, set square, silver spoon, silver ladel with skin photograph and wooden cubes), 1990-1996; Exploitation of the Dead (grey and red star painting, wooden painting, black spoon with red table, red plate), 1984-1990; Money and Zeros (zero tie, paintings made for friends in Australia (Sue, John, Kerrie), numbers painting), 1991-1992; Words - Slogans (various t-shirts) - “they talk about the death of art...help! someone is trying to kill me”, “my sweet little lamb”, “work is a disease - Karl Marx”; Various artist books, catalogues, monographs, videos; Poster from exhibition Insulting Anarchy; "Circular" Croatian - Australian edition; Artist book by Vlado Martek (Dostoyevsky); more.
Thanks to Mladen Stilinović and Branka Stipančić.
Curated by Nic Tammens
March 26 - April 4, 2015
B.Wurtz works from a basement studio in his home on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.
This local fact is attested to by the plastic shopping bags and newsprint circulars that appear in his work. As formal objects, they don’t make loud claims about their origins but nonetheless transmit street addresses and places of business from the bottom of this long thin island. Like plenty of artists, Wurtz is affected by what is local and what is consumed. His work is underpinned by this ethic. It often speaks from a neighborhood or reads like the contents of a hamper:
“BLACK PLUMS $1.29 lb.”
“USDA Whole Pork Shoulder Picnic 99c lb.”
“RITE AID Pharmacy, with us it’s personal.”
“H. Brickman & Sons.”
“Sweet Yams 59c lb."
Most of the work in this exhibition was made while the artist was in residence at Dieu Donne, a workshop dedicated to paper craft in Midtown. Here Wurtz fabricated assemblages with paper and objects that are relatively lightweight, with the intention that they would be easily transportable to Australia. This consideration isn’t absolute in Wurtz’s work, but was prescriptive for making the current exhibition light and cheap. Packed in two boxes, these works were sent from a USPS post office on the Lower East Side and delivered to North Melbourne by Australia Post.
Wurtz appears courtesy of Metro Pictures, New York.
Thanks to Rob Halverson, Joshua Petherick, Sari de Mallory, Matt Hinkley, Helen Johnson, Fayen d'Evie, Ask Kilmartin, Lisa Radon, Ellena Savage, Yale Union, and "Elizabeth".
December 15 - January 20, 2014
The presentation of John Nixon's archive offered a rare showcase of this extensive collection of the artist's own publications, catalogues, posters, ephemera, editions and more, from the mid 1980s onwards, alongside a selection of his artworks.
Organized by John Nixon, Joshua Petherick and Matt Hinkley.
at Minerva, Sydney (curated by Joshua Petherick and Matt Hinkley)
November 15 - December 20, 2014
Lupo Borgonovo, Janet Burchill & Jennifer McCamley,
Lewis Fidock, HR Giger, Piero Gilardi, Veit Laurent Kurz,
Cinzia Ruggeri, Michael E. Smith, Lucie Stahl, Daniel Weil, Wols
“...It contained seven objects. The slender fluted bone, surely formed for flight, surely from the wing of some large bird. Three archaic circuitboards, faced with mazes of gold. A smooth white sphere of baked clay. An age-blackened fragment of lace. A fingerlength segment of what she assumed was bone from a human wrist, grayish white, inset smoothly with the silicon shaft of a small instrument that must once have ridden flush with the surface of the skin - but the thing’s face was seared and blackened.”
William Gibson, “Count Zero”, 1986
"Autumn Projects Archive"
Curated by Liza Vasiliou
March 6 - March 15, 2014
World Food Books, in conjunction with the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival 2014, presented the Autumn Projects archive, consisting of a selection of early examples in Australian fashion with a particular interest in collecting designers and labels from the period beginning in the 1980’s, who significantly influenced the discourse of Australian Fashion.
Curated by Liza Vasiliou, the exhibition provided a unique opportunity to view pieces by designers Anthea Crawford, Barbara Vandenberg, Geoff Liddell and labels CR Australia, Covers, Jag along with early experimental collage pieces by Prue Acton and Sally Browne’s ‘Fragments’ collection, suspended throughout the functioning World Food Books shop in Melbourne.
presented by CENTRE FOR STYLE
November 14, 2013
"Hey Blinky, you say chic, I say same"
H.B. Peace is a clothing collaboration between great friends Blake Barns and Hugh Egan Westland. Their pieces explore the divergences between 'character’ and ‘personality’ in garments....etc
Special Thanks to Joshua Petherick and Matt Hinkley of WFB and Gillian Mears
and a Very Special Thank you to Audrey Thomas Hayes for her shoe collaboration.
Janet Burchill & Jennifer McCamley
May 10 - June 8, 2013
The first of our occasional exhibitions in the World Food Books office/shop space in Melbourne, "Aesthetic Suicide" presented a body of new and older works together by artists Janet Burchill & Jennifer McCamley, including videos, prints, a wall work, and publications.
During shop open hours videos played every hour, on the hour.
Softcover (4 x newspapers), 16 pages each, 29 x 40 cm
Published by Mode and Mode / Melbourne
$10.00 - In stock -
The HRD / CF Newsletter is a periodical publication produced within the exhibition ‘Hi$h Risk Dressing / Critical Fashion’ at RMIT Design Hub. The exhibition centres on the local fashion organisation active in Melbourne between the years 1983-1993, the Fashion Design Council. The FDC (as they are often shortened to), founded by Robert Buckingham, Kate Durham and Robert Pearce, were a self―organised group set up to foster independent designers and artists dealing with fashion. Influenced by the post―punk scene of Northern fashion capitals, the FDC put on shows in clubs and venues, as well as organising exhibitions, and eventually setting up a shop serving as a platform for alternative fashion in Melbourne. Throughout their active period, the FDC were prolific self―publishers. Print collateral was central to their success as an organisation. Postcards, invites, catalogues, business cards and other ephemera were shared with members and the broader public, promoting their officialdom. Particularly significant was the FDC newsletter, designed by co-founder Robert Pearce, disseminating a manifesto as well as news and events with its members. The newsletters were ad hoc; informal in language and design but expressed the energy and creative spirit of both the FDC community and available technology.
Using the model of the FDC newsletter, the HRD / CF Newsletter is a take―away publication released each week of the exhibition program. Each of the issues is framed around an emerging aspect of the FDC captured in the exhibition ― the archive, the bar, the shop and the office ― with texts, interviews and contributions from local and international practitioners. The ‘HRD / CF Newsletter also includes facsimiles of print ephemera from the FDC archive, which was donated to the RMIT Design Archives in 1998 by co-founder Robert Buckingham. This new newsletter functions as a platform for disseminating ideas about the FDC then, and critical fashion now, allowing for new dialogues to emerge from the legacy of FDC.
Edited by Laura Gardner
Designed by Ziga Testen
Edition of 500
Contributors include: Agniezska Chabros, Annie Wu, Blake Barns/HB Peace, Christopher LG Hill, Clare Wohlnick, Jessie Kiely/Monica's Gallery, Kate Meakin, Matthew Linde, Sasha Geyer, Winnie Ha Mitford, Bryan Collins, D&K (Ricarda Bigolin and Nella Themelios), James Deutsher, Lewis Fidock, Brighid Fitzgerald, Amanda Horowitz, Chantal Kirby, Jessie Kiely and Monica’s Gallery (Spencer Lai and Jake Swinson), Christopher LG Hill, Matthew Linde, Kate Meakin, Olivia O’Donnell, Yair Oelbaum, Virginia Overell, Sean Peoples, Joshua Petherick, Jen Shear, Flannery Silva, Adele Varcoe, Alex Vivian and more.
Softcover, 24 pages, 21 x 29.7 cm
Ed. of 2000,
Published by Endless Lonely Planet / Melbourne
$0.00 - In stock -
Endless Lonely Planet 5, published on the occasion of the 4th/5th Melbourne Artist Facilitated Biennial held at Tarrawarra Museum of Art as part of TARRAWARRA BIENNIAL 2016: ENDLESS CIRCULATION (19 August - 6 November 2016) curated with Discipline. Exhibition and publication features the work of Christopher L G Hill, Nick Selenitsch, Lou Hubbard, Lewis Fidock, Endless Lonely Planet, Liam Osborne, Lisa Radford, Elizabeth Newman, Nicholas Tammens, Kate Meakin, George Egerton-Warburton, James Deutsher, Zac Segbedzi, Aurelia Guo, Rudi Williams, Alex Vivian, Lucina Lane, Lauren Burrow, Counterfeitnessfirst, Virginia Overell, Joshua Petherick, Laurel Doody, Tahi Moore, elp3 Vine, and more...
Free in the shop.
Free on request with any order (include in your order and shipping cost will be credited back)
If ordered alone, shipping charges apply.
Softcover (w. free copy of "Boulevard"), 80 pages, 19 x 27.5 cm
Published by Centre for Style / Melbourne
$10.00 - Out of stock
Centre for Style Rag: Silly Canvas
Re-edited, re-printed, re-designed, re-bound, and comes with a free copy of "Boulevard" by Centre for Style at Gertrude Contemporary (softcover, 34 pages, 14 x 20 cm) from World Food Books!
Harry Burke, Helen Hughes, Lisa Radford, Olivia Barrett, Sally Gray, Tim Gentles
Artist pages by:
Anna-Sophie Berger, H.B. Peace, Dan Arps, Dena Yago, Elisa van Joolen, Lou Hubbard
The Prologue Edition doubles as the catalogue of Silly Canvas, with images from the exhibition curated by Centre for Style at Utopian Slumps in December 2014
A Constructed World, Amalia Ulman, Anna-Sophie Berger, Bless, Body by Body, D&K, ffiXXed, H.B. Peace , Ida Ekblad and Eirik Sæther, Lucina Lane, Marlie Mul, Mikala Dwyer, Susan Cianciolo, Trevor Shimizu
Designed and printed by Clare Wohlnick and Maff.
"Boulevard" by Centre for Style at Gertrude Contemporary features the work of Ander Rennick, Brooke Ally, Bum Creek, Chloe Maratta, Christopher LG Hill, Claire Lambe, D&K, Flannery Silva, Guy Benfield, H.B. Peace, Hamish Macdonald, Jenny Watson, Jessie Kiely, Joshua Petherick, K8 Hardy, Kate Meakin, Le Service Public, Laura Fanning, Lewis Fidock, Liam Osborne, Matthew Linde, Marie Karlberg, Michael Smith, Moses Gauntlett Cheng, Nicolas Ceccaldi, Odwalla 88, Quintessa Matranga, Rafael Delacruz, Rare Candy, Richard Malone, Sylvie Zijlmans & Hewald Jongenelis, Tobias Madison, Vejas, Zoe Latta.
$22.00 - In stock -
Since 2011, Christopher L G Hill has sustained an open-ended project of twitter poetry. Through fluid yet disciplined haiku-like tweets, a multistanza poem has emerged, described on twitter.com/CLGHill as “a florid poem flailing in reflexivity”. In his artist book tink thank, Christopher L G Hill has translated poetic material crafted according to internet protocols into a form that operates in a non-virtual, printed environment. The result is not an analogue duplication; through addition, subtraction and reformatting of the original poetic content, a new work has been produced that explores the lived nature of expression, impression and introspection.
Text within and outside of an internet context has become an integral part of Christopher L G Hill’s expansive practice over the past decade, see for example:
Transparent plastic shopping bag, C90 audio cassette, autumnal leaves, loose-leaf A4 printed pages, envelope with edition, various other materials
Edition of 100,
Published by Endless Lonely Planet / Melbourne
$15.00 - In stock -
Endless Lonely Planet is a yearly periodical of print and data from Melbourne, Australia.
ELP3 features: "a c90 tape from Porpoise Torture, an edition work and poem from Virginia Overell, a vine channel from Fictitious Sighs and Bunyip Trax, including at least 52 artists throughout the coming year, a selection of poetry from Internetemotions, a seasonal treat from Christopher L G Hill, a calender of contributors birthdays from Discipline, a poem by George Egerton-Warburton, an edition work by David Homewood, artist pages from James Deutsher, Kain Picken, Matthew Benjamin, and Dan Arps, an excerpt from a possible novella by Fayen d'Evie, two beautiful text works from Alex Vivian, a posy of poems from Adelle Mills, cover art as always by the illustrious Joshua Petherick"
Self published by Christopher LG Hill and contributors, each copy of Endless Lonely Planet issue III comes with all collateral bound together in a transparent plastic shopping bag.
Limited to 100 copies.
Contributors to this issue in full and counting: Adelle Mills, Alex Vivian, Christopher L G Hill, Dan Arps, David Homewood, Disciple, Fayen K X d'Evie. George Egerton-Warburton, Giles Fielke, Molly Dyson, Julian Schwarmer, Aurelia Guo, Jessica Yu, Trevelyan Clay, Anastsia Klose, Eva Birch, Clare Wöhlnick, Alice Jamerson, Jarved Costa, Tim Cøstẽr, Hamish M Macdonald, Holly Childs, Kate Meakin, Lipstick Larry, Simon Zoric, Brennen Oliver, Jessica van Hecke, Ruth O'Leary, Maffew Linde, Kain Picken, James Deutsher, Joshua Petherick, Matthew Benjamin, Porpoise Torture, Virginia Overell, Endless Lonely Planet III vine channel, Matthew P Hopkins, Kieran Hegarty, Air Max '97, and more to come.....
Softcover, 214 pages, 14.8 x 21 cm
Edition of 1000,
Published by Many Many / Melbourne
$20.00 - In stock -
Published, designed and edited by Melbourne's MANY MANY (Stephanie Poole and Rachel Elliot-Jones), HOUSE WEAR is a study in nomadic behaviour and human design constructs.
Issue two contains: walking villages concrete terrain handheld breadcessory banana lounge makeshift forms mobility aids foraging vibration of colour eBay porta-room b(r)e(a)droom spray-foam shelter thing to shape hammock fruit bag endurance.
Contributors: Adam Wood, Aleksandra Nedeljkovic, Amanda Maxwell, Antuong Nguyen, Ben Davis, Ben Richards, Carson Fisk-Vittori, Christopher LG Hill, Courtney Reagor, Eugenia Lim, FAUX/real, ffiXXed, Jess Brent, Joe Hamilton, Laila, MANY MANY, Moon Wheel, N55, Nic Dowse, Nicholas Gardner, PAGEANT, Rachel de Joode, Rachel Elliot-Jones, Roland Tings, Sari de Mallory, Schuhtutehemd, Sibling, SO-IL, Stephanie Poole, tin&ed, Travess Smalley, Virginia Overell.
Produced in an edition of 1000.
Compact Disc (CDr, 59:00 min)
Published by Bunyip Trax / Melbourne
$10.00 - In stock -
New compact disc from Melbourne label Bunyip Trax. Nine new tracks landing on one hour from VDO (the duet of Moffarfarrah/Mouving - Christopher LG Hill/Joshua Petherick). A soundtrack of desolate, improvised ambient/new-age wastelands, punctuated by thickets of claustrophobic world noise and tear-sodden environmental exorcisms.
Tracks: Antithesis, Myer, Outside Your Party, Still Looking, Inland, Bounty, Drive-By Lock-In, Reserve and The Pool Wall.
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LP (w. white-sleeve, printed paste-on, catalogue insert)
Edition of 100,
Published by Bunyip Trax / Melbourne
$15.00 - Out of stock
The first-ever and long-lost Bunyip Trax catalogue release (BTX0001). Never before issued, until now, seven years later.
As hearsay has it, this album (the only recording known of the anonymous Galactic Locksmith) was recorded in a house in Glen Waverley, Victoria, over the course of one weekend in 2006. This singular session of improvised music captures a gloriously wide range of territories and atmospheres - from meandering, haunting analog synth-scapes, to wild acid-folk/space free-forms, to touches of musique concrète, library, even disco (on the anomalous "Like a Duck to Kinky Water"). The music of KAROT seems to have little in common with anything happening in Melbourne in the mid-2000s, outside the undeniable connection to the sounds of the artists on the Bunyip Trax catalogue that developed after and around this time. KAROT more closely possesses the irreverence and elan of experimental European artists from the 1960s/70's such as Bernard Vitet, Polé, MEV, Franco Battiato, Agitation Free, Amon Düül, Ghedalia Tazartes, or even Basil Kirchin.
The record sleeve sheds little light on the LP aside from a quote of the late 19th century writer Robert W. Chambers and a listing of 'instruments' ("Arps Korgs Rolands Apples Wasp Kettle Bongos Whiskey Over Ice Various Bells Fender Electric Bass Acoustic Guitar Lachlan Custom Electric Guitar Swany Whistle Various Drums Voices FX Yamaha Ibanez Stoker Cowbell Hand-Claps Water Shakers & A House").
The LP comes housed in a white card sleeve with bootleg-style paste-on cover artwork (some in blue ink, printed in The Netherlands, the others xeroxed in black), recently inserted with a catalogue sheet that reproduces (rather illegibly) all Bunyip Trax releases to date (inc. cassettes and compact discs from VDO, Gugg, Mouving, Moffarfarrah, Paeces, Urchyn, Saint John's Ambience, Porpoise Torture, and others) and a download link to the "expanded, uncut version" of this very album, which originally almost ran into double-LP duration.
Pressed and printed in 2006 yet never issued until now (late 2013), seven years later, and here only in it's original edition of 100 copies, this LP has somewhat become a mythological creature of the Australian experimental underground, and is available exclusively until sold out from World Food Books.
Edition of 100,
Published by Bunyip Trax / Melbourne
$10.00 - In stock -
Back in stock - new cassette for 2013 from underground label Bunyip Trax!
Somewhat of a compilation tape, "REBEL SORTS" is personality split four ways between the artists Moffarfarrah, Mouving, Asujoh Sunag and Urchyn (as a collaborative track), and VDO (as a side long mixtape). This tape spans 90 mins of dark, compressed/ravaged urban dystopic landscape programming, concrete pastoral lamentations, screwed cybertropic rhythms, and synthetic choral deliverance.
Limited to 100 copies!
$40.00 - In stock -
“When we separate music from life we get art.” John Cage
This catalogue presents the exhibition which was part of the 2008 Melbourne International Arts Festival, 21:100:100 featured 100 works by 100 sound artists produced in the 21st Century. This exhibition was the first significant survey to explore and chronicle the extraordinary developments that have occurred in contemporary sound art in the 21st century.
Curated by Alexie Glass, Emily Cormack, Marco Fusinato, Oren Ambarchi
Collaborators: Fabio Ongarato, Jared Davis, Kristy Edmunds
Today, Sound Art and Experimental Music enjoy an infrastructure all of their own, with journals, labels, music festivals and websites devoted to its critical and creative discussion. This ambitious concept was developed with the premise that the foundations of both sound art and contemporary art share a similar spirit of enquiry and experimentation, and whilst the discussion of their relationship is a lively one, this exhibition proved the first to present such a breadth of sound work to Australian audiences within a gallery context.
21:100:100 was developed by Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces in collaboration with internationally acclaimed Australian artists Oren Ambarchi and Marco Fusinato. It included work made in the preceding eight years chronicling new directions and innovations in sound art. These works were played on 100 headphones suspended within the gallery, creating a space for the visitor to pick their way through sound art’s many and varied aural and conceptual evolutions.
As co-curator Alexie Glass has stated “Melbourne has always enjoyed an incredibly lively sound art community and has been a central site in the investigation and presentation of sound art in a music festival context. 21:100:100 provides a truly unique and crucial opportunity to fully engage with sound art, and to trace it’s varied thematic threads, and innovative stylistic developments. It is the first exhibition of its kind and is one of the most important sound art exhibitions in Australian history.”
The exhibition spanned a range of threads and styles within the art form, featuring work by a diverse selection of the worlds leading practitioners with artists including: ¾ Had Been Eliminated [Italy] Lucas Abela [Australia] Oren Ambarchi [Australia] Natasha Anderson [Australia] Thomas Brinkmann Philip Brophy [Australia] Brothers Of The Occult Sisterhood [Australia] Neil Campbell [UK] Eugene Carchesio [Australia] Andrew Chalk [UK] Chicks On Speed [Europe] Rod Cooper [Australia] Corrupted [Japan] Martin Creed (Owada) [UK] Alvin Curran Dead C [New Zealand] Jim Denley [Australia] The Donkey's Ta