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.
$25.00 - In stock -
An incomplete guide for life. Each person written about is represented by a letter, and when an object turns into a subject it is marked in bold.
The form of life coaching described in this book won’t lead the reader to social recognition or financial success. If one of the two occurs after reading this text, it is a coincidence. This book aims to expose the owners of an innocent heart to reality’s true structures and to utilize them for spiritual growth so their soul and body evaporate into the abstract.
This book was written from the middle. The contents of these pages have been modified numerous times. Notes were taken, ideas were rewritten—the ones that survived bare the most essential guidelines and wisdom for life.
Copublished with Künstlerhaus, Halle für Kunst & Medien, Graz
Design by Vasilis Marmatakis
$56.00 - Out of stock
Edited by Bart van der Heide and Manuel Raeder.
This book is an overview of the exhibition program of Bart van der Heide from 2010 – 2015, which he realised as the director of Kunstverein München. This program includes exhibitions by Silke Otto-Knapp, Ian Kiaer, Tobias Madison, Keren Cytter, Cathy Wilkes, Group Affinity, Willem de Rooij, Trisha Baga, Richard Tuttle, Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, Simon Denny, Nicolas Ceccaldi, Ger van Elk, James Richards, and others. Each exhibition is presented by a corresponding booklet, containing all texts and images. These accompanying publications were designed individually for each exhibition in cooperation with Studio Manuel Raeder. The different designs play with various fonts, formats, and graphic elements. Together with these publications, a variety of coloured images of exhibition views conveys the curatorial direction as well as the identity of the Kunstverein in those years. A reflection by Bart van der Heide and all booklet texts are included in both German and English.
designed by Studio Manuel Raeder
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Edited by Keren Cytter, Nora Schultz
Contributions by Ei Arakawa, Ilan Bachl, Keren Cytter, Matthew Dipple, Genoveva Filipovic, Dan Poston and David Zuckerman, Ulla Rossek, Nora Schultz, Sam Siwe
After Jennifer Lopez graced the 2000 Grammys red carpet in that now-iconic plunging Versace number, the Internet was so overloaded with search requests that Google had no choice but to invent a new function: image search. "At the time, it was the most popular search query we had ever seen," Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt wrote. "But we had no surefire way of getting users exactly what they wanted—J.Lo wearing that dress. Google Image Search was born."
—New York Post, April 9, 2015
Terminal is an artist book conceived by Nora Schultz and Keren Cytter. Its title and logic follow Schultz’s latest performance,Terminal + at Tate Modern, London (2014), and the exhibition “I’m Honda” at Reena Spaulings Fine Art, New York (2015). Nora Schultz used Google’s image search on her own documentation to create an unexpected, ever-expanding narrative of digital associations. She then invited nine artists to contribute to this narrative. Together with the image search, Schultz’s own texts and drawings create a new tale that deals with ideas such as authorship, copyright, surveillance, and documentation. It kicks off with Ilan Bachl’s diary, continues with rippled text by Ulla Rossek, and ends with an item from the Daily Mail about a couple who share their home with a Bengal tiger.
Copublished with A.P.E (Art Projects Era)
Design by Keren Cytter
$65.00 - Out of stock
Published by Kunsthal Charlottenborg / Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
Text by Naomi Beckwith, Jacob Fabricius
The Best of Keren Cytter/The Worst of Keren Cytter is the first comprehensive publication of the video screenplays written by Keren Cytter (born 1977). Cytter has been widely heralded for her video work, which challenges conventions of narrative cinema through its pared-down style, deliberately kitschy effects, knowing manipulation of familiar genres and fractured storylines. For her exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the artist invited the exhibition's two curators, Jacob Fabricius and Naomi Beckwith, to read and categorize transcripts of the entire body of her video work. The curators then debated the merits of every screenplay, dividing them into the "best" or "worst" of Cytter's work. This two-volume publication anthologizes all of Cytter's screenplays and includes short essays by the two curators.
$22.00 - Out of stock
Edited by Fiona Bryson, Keren Cytter
Contributions by Karl Holmqvist, Luna Miguel, Catherine Wagner; drawings by Koo Jeong-A
The second issue in the “Poetic Series” takes its title Peacocks with Hiccups from the poetry of Berlin-based artist Karl Holmqvist, whose work is featured alongside American poet Catherine Wagner and emerging Spanish writer Luna Miguel. Artwork is provided by Koo Jeong-A, whose simple line drawings were chosen from a series titled “Dr. Vogt.” Koo Jeong-A walks personal and cultural grounds to record relationships and comical encounters within landscapes and interiors.
The “Poetic Series” brings together works of poetry and literature in combination with visual art, introducing young as well as established writers concerned with challenging the boundaries of traditional forms of narrative. Initiated by Keren Cytter and coedited with Fiona Bryson, the quarterly publications focus on three experimental writers or poets per issue—image content is supplied by one artist.
Copublished with A.P.E (Art Projects Era)
Design by Keren Cytter
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Edited by Fiona Bryson, Keren Cytter, Roger Van Voorhees
Contributions by Matthew Dickman, Roman Baembaev, Josef Strau; drawings by John Kelsey
The Atlantis Search Engine, the first edition in the Poetic Series, features a selection of poetry and prose by Matthew Dickman, Roman Baembaev, Josef Strau, and drawings produced specifically by John Kelsey based on the film The Canyons.
The Poetic Series brings together works of poetry and literature in combination with visual art, introducing young as well as established writers concerned with challenging the boundaries of traditional forms of narrative.
Initiated by Keren Cytter and co-edited by Fiona Bryson and Roger van Voorhees, the quarterly publication focuses on three experimental writers or poets per issue—image content is supplied by one artist.
Copublished with A.P.E (Art Projects Era)
Design by Keren Cytter
Hardcover (w. dust jacket), 224 pages, 9 x 14.5 cm
1st Edition of 2000,
Published by Dent De Leone / London
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Artists’ Cocktails by Ryan Gander - A compendium of artists’ cocktails
with Åbäke, Allora & Calzadilla, Spencer Anthony, Cory Arcangel, Art & Language, Jesse Ash, Mary Aurory, Fiona Banner, David Batchelor, Justin Beal, Jacqueline Bebb, Vanessa Billy, Pierre Bismuth, Martin Boyce, Pavel Büchler, Dinos Chapman, Steve Claydon, Keren Cytter, Jeremy Deller, Joseph del Pesco, Anthony Discenza, Rose Duvall, Sean Edwards, Vivi Enkyo, Aston Ernest, Winnie Ernest, Abbé Faria, Claire Fontaine, Simon Fujiwara, Michael Fullerton, Martino Gamper, Ryan Gander, Mario Garcia Torres, Tom Gidley, Liam Gillick, Matt Golden, Rodney Graham, Irwin Green, Joseph Grigely, Sigurdur Gudmundsson, Drew Heitzler, Anton Henning, Mark Hix, The Hut Project, Pierre Huyghe, Taka Izumi, Christian Jankowski, Alan Kane, Jacob Kassay, Gabriel Kuri, Tim Lee, Gabriel Lester, Benoît Maire, Raimundas Malašauskas, Kris Martin, Christian Matthiessen, Alan Michael, Haroon Mirza, Jonathan Monk, Jody Monteith, Sarah Morris, Olivier Mosset, Shahryar Nashat, John Henry Newton, Carsten Nicolai, Olaf Nicolai, Nishikawa, David Noonan, Roman Ondák, Pratchaya Phinthong, Tobias Rehberger, David Renggli, Amanda Ross-Ho, Eran Schaerf, David Shrigley, Lucy Skaer, Bob and Roberta Smith, Nedko Solakov, Haim Steinbach, Santo Sterne, Jack Strange, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Mark Titchner, Santo Tolone, Simon Turnbull, Uri Tzaig, Francis Upritchard, Yonatan Vinitsky, Carl Michael von Hausswolff, Lawrence Weiner, Terrance E. White, Bedwyr Williams, Jesse Wine, John Wood & Paul Harrison, Cerith Wyn Evans...
“I have something for you, I’ll send it over. You know for four years now I have been trying to propagate shiso and it hasn’t grown. I tried everything: freezing and thawing the seeds, leaving them in the dark for a year, different temperatures and humidity… The seeds Taro sent me in February came up no problem, just in fine soil with a sheet of paper over the pot outside, no special equipment or lights. Crazy. The kitchen garden at home is now being taken over by green shiso plants with huge leaves everywhere. We have a glut, as the English call it. Fearful of it not reseeding and growing next year I’ve been stripping the leaves and producing shiso sugar syrup and shiso-infused vodka. The vodka is unbelievably good! I thought of proposing it to ABSOLUT as a new flavour. We’ll see. Anyway, I have a bottle for you! ”
Extract from: [Extracts from… ] A conversation between Ryan Gander and Masako Hosoi
Edited by Ryan Gander, Phil Mayer with editorial assistance by Holly Featherstone, Barnie Page and Anna Stoppa.
Design by Åbäke with Delphine Bourit.
Softcover, 328 pages, 17 x 24 cm
Published by Sternberg Press / Berlin
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Edited by Brigitte Oetker and Nicolaus Schafhausen
Interviews with Saâdane Afif, Thomas Bayrle, Michael Beutler, Monica Bonvicini, Mike Bouchet, Ulla von Brandenburg, Angela Bulloch, Andrea Büttner, Keren Cytter, Simon Denny, Thea Djordjadze, Ólafur Elíasson, Harun Farocki, Dani Gal, Katharina Grosse, Eberhard Havekost, Florian Hecker, Christian Jankowski, Susanne Kriemann, Antje Majewski, Olaf Metzel, Carsten Nicolai, Olaf Nicolai, Marcel Odenbach, Silke Otto-Knapp, Willem de Rooij, Cornelia Schleime, Michael Stevenson, Hito Steyerl, Haegue Yang, Tobias Zielony
The 60th Jahresring takes the form of a compilation of artist interviews and offers a snapshot of a highly active art scene that stretches from Berlin, as a new international center for art. Nicolaus Schafhausen put a series of questions to thirty-one art practitioners, less geared toward the artists’ respective praxis and more toward the conditions under which it arises.
Art’s presence in the field of new media has never been more pronounced; access to media images and Internet-based possibilities for research have significantly altered contemporary art production. The art market too has changed, gaining influence in the field of contemporary art as even art institutions take a different approach today than they did twenty years ago.
The focus in these interviews is on the respective self-positioning by the artists in an era shaped by such far-reaching changes. What emerges are temporally fixed positions within an activity that is, for the most large part, associated with precarious working conditions and the logistics of the market more than ever before. This book offers insight into this “other” dimension of an artist’s existence and registers attention economy as a central component of contemporary art production.
Design by Tobias Donat
Hardcover, 36 pages, 24 x 33 cm
Published by Sternberg Press / Berlin
$26.00 - Out of stock
Edited by Frédérique Bergholtz and Maaike Gouwenberg
Contributions by Catherine Wood, Keren Cytter, Andrew Kerton, Dafna Maimon
Published on the occasion of the performance of Show Real Drama, this monographic publication concentrates on a performance Keren Cytter developed for If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want to be Part of Your Revolution’s edition on Masquerade (2008–10). The publication focuses both on the development of this performance and on the working process within D.I.E. Now, the dance company that was established as a result of Cytter’s collaboration with the performers.
Catherine Wood contributes with an essay that situates the performance in the context of the history of international dance; Cytter presents a selection of gestures from the choreography of the performances; and performers Andrew Kerton and Dafna Maimon contribute short essays that offer insight into the different stages of the performance on tour. The True Story of John Webber and His Endless Struggle with the Table of Content was presented in an international tour that traveled to Tate Modern (2009, London), Performa (2009, New York), Hebbel am Ufer (2010, Berlin), Van Abbemuseum (2010, Eindhoven), and Tramway (2010, Glasgow).
Copublished with If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want to be Part of Your Revolution
Design by Maureen Mooren
Softcover, periodical, 280 pages (colour/b&w ill.), 230 x 165 mm
Published by Texte Zur Kunst / Berlin
$38.00 - Out of stock
The "Artistic Research" issue.
Table of contents:
Preface; Tom Holert, Artistic Research: Anatomy of an Ascent; Lines of Wandering / Statement by Angela Melitopoulos; Kathrin Busch, Generating Knowledge in the arts - a philosophical daydream; Project for a Masquerade (Hiroshima) - from hard graft to happy accident / Statement by Simon Starling; Seven Questions on Arts as Research / An e-mail interview with James Elkins; The Hard Way to Enlightenment / Statement by Stephan Dillemuth; Elke Bippus An Aestheticization of Artistic Research; An Office Chair down on the street, a female passerby yells at her dog, or: researching the construction between images / Statement by Maya Schweizer; Isabelle Graw, The Knowledge of Painting. / Notes on thinking images, and the person in the product; Artistic Research / Statement by Thomas Locher; O.T., 2011 / Statement by Amelie von Wulffen; Grundlagenforschung: Umfrage zur künstlerischen Forschung/ Basic Research. Survey on artistic research; "Practice-Based PhD in Art and Writing", Goldsmiths University of London; "Troubling Research. Performing Knowledge in the Arts", Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien; "European Artistic Network" (EARN); "Model House - Mapping Transcultural Modernisms", Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien; "PhD Program", Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths University of London; "PhD in Practice", Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien; "Projektbüro Friedrich von Borries"; "PhD Program", Malmö Art Academy Bildstrecke; Ulrike Müller, Rotation; Martin Conrads Klingelt's? / Über "Welt in der Hand: Zur globalen Alltagskultur des Mobiltelefons" Liebe Arbeit Kino; Sven Lütticken Boxes, Lines, Rhythms / On "The Forgotten Space" by Allan Sekula and Noël Burch KLANG KÖRPER; Holger Schulze Utopie in Klang / Über die Pophörspiele und Audioeditionen "Der Process", „Im erwachten Garten" und "BeatTheater" Short Waves: Daniela Stöppel über Phyllida Barlow im Kunstverein Nürnberg / Marie Murraciole on Guy de Cointet at Le Quartier, Centre d´art contemporain de Quimper / Ilka Becker über "Afropolis. Stadt, Medien, Kunst" im Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum, Köln / Miriam Kathrein über „Projects and Assignments" bei Saprophyt, Wien / Astrid Mania über „Trembling Bodies/ Körper in Aufruhr" in der daadgalerie, Berlin / Adam Kleinman on Christian Philipp Müller at Murray Guy, New York / Simon Baier über Sam Lewitt in der Galerie Buchholz, Berlin Besprechungen; Gestern wie heute wie morgen Astrid Wege über Ferdinand Kriwet in der Kunsthalle Düsseldorf; The Joke of Painting Alexander Alberro on David Hammons at L&M Arts, New York; Art For Life Rike Frank on Dorit Margreiter at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; Where Sensibility trumps sense Lisa Lee on Kai Althoff at Gladstone Gallery, New York; Attentäter und Klassiker Manuela Ammer über Franz Erhard Walther bei KOW Berlin; Wiedererkennung, ungesichert Stefanie Diekmann über Keren Cytter im Kunstverein München; Portrait of the Artist as Superhero Jonathan Griffin on Mike Kelley at Gagosian Gallery, Los Angeles; Mitteilungen an die Presse und für die Öffentlichkeit Manfred Hermes über Merlin Carpenter bei MD72, Berlin.....
Softcover, 352 pp, 140 x 210 mm
Published by The Institute of Social Hypocrisy / Paris
$26.00 - Out of stock
The Institute of Social Hypocrisy has invited an eclectic mix of artists, teachers, photographers, thinkers, writers and curators to provide essays, images and musings exploring the cultural influence of the internet on the way we absorb and share information.Edited by Victor Boullet, the resulting contributions reveal the disparate perspectives of the various up and downloaders. It illustrates how the internet is used and manipulated as a creative tool and as a font of information and communication at every level.Contributors include: Gilbert & George, Theodor Barth, Merlin Carpenter, Richard Parry, Keren Cytter, Guy Debord, Matias Faldbakken, Peter J. Amdam, Karl Holmqvist, Brian Kennon, Oliver Laric, David Lewis, Joe Scanlan, Edie McKay, Hans Ulrich Obrist and many more