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.
2017, English / German
Softcover, 248 pages, 23 x 16.5 cm
Published by Texte Zur Kunst / Berlin
$30.00 - Out of stock
The theme of this issue - The New New Left - is not entirely “new new,” as indeed it relates to the old anti-capitalist Left in its insistence on a theoretical analysis of capitalism and the price paid by many in such a system. But as the discourses and strategies long associated with the Left (workerism, identity politics, or the mode of the avant-gardist troll) have been adopted by anti-progressive outlets, it has become increasingly complex to locate a Left stance from which to effectively speak and act. This issue explores the affective mechanisms and media strategies – from the rise of viral content (memes) to the harvesting and right-wing politicization of emotions – that are producing our post-millennial, post-financial crisis, post-Brexit/Trump present.
Issue No. 106 / June 2017 "The New New Left“
Table Of Contents
Cultural Resources / Sabine Hark And Sighard Neckel In Conversation On Feelings Of Resentment And Revenge
Fake Left, Punch Right
Unveiling And/Or Re-Masking / Notes On The Political Dialectics Of The Opacity Of The Sign
Wrong Seeing, Odd Thinking, Strange Action
Notes Toward The Memes Of Production
The Tough Stuff / “Populism," "Political Correctness," And The Like
Face The Market On Your Own
Liberté, Egalité, Beyoncé?
Europe, 2016-17 / Selected Status Updates Of Recent Months
Become What You Fear
Ana Teixeira Pinto
Artwashing / Nrx And The Alt-Right
Obsessive, Compulsive, Disorder / Johanna Burton On Douglas Crimp’s “Before Pictures”
Probing Attitudes / Philipp Ekardt On “Putting Rehearsals To The Test” (Buchmann, Lafer, Ruhm, Eds.)
In Experimenten Seine Vernunft Aufs Spiel Setzen / Stefan Römer Über Hans-Jörg Rheinberger, „Der Kupferstecher Und Der Philosoph. Albert Flocon Trifft Gaston Bachelard“
Nachrichten Aus Der Ideologischen Antike / Georg Imdahl Über Wade Guyton Im Museum Brandhorst
Schwere Verspannungen Lösen / Eva Scharrer Über Nairy Baghramian Im S.M.A.K. In Gent
Deviant Art / Dena Yago On Danny Mcdonald At House Of Gaga, Los Angeles
Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is / Tina Schulz Über Nora Schultz Bei Isabella Bortolozzi, Berlin
Reverse Cubism Als Betrachtungsirrtum / Gunter Reski Über Pieter Schoolwerth Bei Capitain Petzel, Berlin
Mad World / Steven Warwick On Liz Craft & Pentti Monkkonen At Liszt, Berlin
Public Viewing / Moritz Scheper Über Sadie Benning In Der Kunsthalle Basel
Eye In The Sky / Ilya Lipkin On Ned Vena At Societé, Berlin
Kritische Stoffe, Shoppinglust Und Andere Ambivalenzen / Ines Kleesattel Über Ines Doujak (Und John Barker) Im Württembergischen Kunstverein
In Einem Anderem Land / Christian Kravagna Über „The Color Line“ Im Musée Du Quai Branly, Paris
Mehr Epistemischer Ungehorsam! / Susanne Witzgall Über „Postwar: Kunst Zwischen Pazifik Und Atlantik 1945–1965“ Im Haus Der Kunst, München
With Or Without / Christian Philipp Müller On Yuji Agematsu At Miguel Abreu Gallery, Nyc
Kommunikation Ist Kein Objekt / Fiona Geuß Über Ian Wilson In Den Kw Institute For Contemporary Art, Berlin
Gustav Metzger (1926–2017): Ein Nachruf Von Sabine Breitwieser
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Edited by Aileen Burns, Charlotte Day, Krist Gruijthuijsen, Johan Lundh
Texts by Max Andrews and Mariana Cánepa Luna (Latitudes), Helen Hughes, Ana Teixeira Pinto
This publication accompanies Australian multidisciplinary artist Nicholas Mangan’s survey exhibition “Limits to Growth.” The exhibition and book bring together four of Mangan’s most significant works of the past seven years, alongside a new commission. The works in the show tackle narratives from his own geographical region—Asia Pacific, in which his home country of Australia plays a colonial role—and weaves them into a bigger picture to take into account the global economy, resource extraction, and the ultimate power of the sun. Featuring an in-depth series of conversations between the artist and the Barcelona-based curatorial collective Latitudes, and essays by Ana Teixeira Pinto and Helen Hughes, this publication is richly illustrated with documentation of Mangan’s artworks and historical source material.
Copublished with the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane; KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin; and Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne
Design by Žiga Testen
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Animals have become the focus of much recent art, informing numerous works and projects featured at major exhibitions including dOCUMENTA (13) (2013), the 10th Shanghai Biennale (2014), and the 56th Venice Biennale (2015). Contemporary art has emerged as a privileged terrain for exploring interspecies relationships, providing the conditions for diverse disciplines and theoretical positions to engage with animal behavior and consciousness.
This interest in animal nature reflects a number of current issues. Observations of empathy among nonhumans prompt reconsiderations of the human. The nonverbal communication of animals has been compared with poetic expansion of the boundaries of language. And the freedom of animal life in the wild from capitalist subordination is seen as a potential model for reconfiguring society and our relationship to the wider environment. Artists’ engagement with animals also opens up new perspectives on the dynamics of dominance, oppression, and exclusion, with parallels in human society. Animal nature is at the heart of debates on the Anthropocene era and the ecological concerns of scientists, thinkers, and artists alike. Centered on contemporary artworks, this anthology attests to the trans-disciplinary nature of this subject, with art as one of the principal points of convergence.
Artists surveyed include
Allora & Calzadilla, Francis Alÿs, Julieta Aranda, Brandon Ballengée, Joseph Beuys, Marcel Broodthaers, Lygia Clark, Marcus Coates, Jimmie Durham, Marcel Dzama, Simone Forti, Pierre Huyghe, Natalie Jeremijenko, Joan Jonas, Eduardo Kac, Mike Kelley, Henri Michaux, Robert Morris, Henrik Olesen, Lea Porsager, Julia Reodica, Carolee Schneemann, Michael Stevenson, Rodel Tapaya, Rosemarie Trockel, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Haegue Yang, Adam Zaretsky
Giorgio Agamben, Steve Baker, Raymond Bellour, Walter Benjamin, John Berger, Jonathan Burt, Ted Chiang, Simon Critchley, Gilles Deleuze, Jacques Derrida, David Elliott, Carla Freccero, Maria Fusco, Tristan García, Félix Guattari, Donna J. Haraway, Seung-Hoon Jeong, Miwon Kwon, Chus Martinez, Brian Massumi, Thomas Nagel, Jean-Luc Nancy, Ingo Niermann, Vincent Normand, Ana Teixeira Pinto, Will Self, Jan Verwoert, Eduardo Viveiros de Castro
About the Editor
Filipa Ramos is editor-in-chief of art-agenda and a Lecturer in Experimental Film at Kingston University and Moving Image at Central Saint Martins, London. She is the author of Lost and Found: Crisis of Memory in Contemporary Art (2009).
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Edited by Nick Aikens
Texts by Nick Aikens, Karen Archey, Thomas Elsaesser, Pablo Lafuente, Sven Lütticken, David Riff, Hito Steyerl, Ana Teixeira Pinto
Hito Steyerl is rightly considered one of the most exciting artists working today who speculates on the impact of the Internet and digitization on the fabric of our everyday lives. Her films and writings offer an astute, provocative, and often funny analysis of the dizzying speed with which images and data are reconfigured, altered, and dispersed, many times over, accelerating into infinity or crashing into oblivion.
Published to accompany the artist’s survey exhibitions at the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, and the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, Too Much World gathers a series of essays and close readings of Steyerl’s films from the past ten years. Newly commissioned texts by Sven Lütticken, Karen Archey, Ana Teixeira Pinto, and Nick Aikens, alongside writings by Thomas Elsaesser, Pablo Lafuente, David Riff, and Steyerl, are spliced with over one hundred pages of color stills. This publication is a charged slideshow of the artist’s extraordinary investigations into the status, circulation, and materiality of images.
Copublished with Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, and Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane
Design by Bardhi Haliti
2015, English / German
Softcover, 264 pages, 23 x 16.5 cm
Published by Texte Zur Kunst / Berlin
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Exile and marginality, network availability, mass- versus subcultural identities, privilege, opting (versus dropping) out – these are elements this issue takes on. The fading of bohemia’s appeal is no doubt linked in part to a growing preference for the web’s promise of total-connectivity. Though could another factor be at work here too: an underlying sense that perhaps the real displacement and disenfranchisement after which romantic notions of “bohemia” were later formed may again be a very real threat?
ISSUE NO. 97 / MARCH 2015 “BOHEMIA”
ENGLISH CONTENTS include:
THE PHYSIOGNOMY OF DISENFRANCHISEMENT
“Faces of bohemia at one hundred and fifty”
THE POSSIBILITY OF LIFE AT THE SYSTEMIC EDGE
Three questions for Saskia Sassen
AT THE END OF ALTERNATIVES
An interview with Cornelia Koppetsch
FIORUCCI MADE ME NORMCORE / Five observations on art, style, and scenes today
BOHEMIA = UTOPIA?
HOTTEST NEW ALT MARRIAGE STACK SOLUTIONS / Paratext and Glossary by Ella Plevin
BASIC INSTINCT / Cyber-channels and the female pose
WHAT’S YOUR NAME, BOHEMIA?
THE DEATH OF ILLUSION / An interview with Noura Wedell
O CRONENBERG! (A SPOILER) / Mark von Schlegell on David Cronenberg’s recent movie “Maps to the Stars” and novel “Consumed”
Nick Zedd on Greer Lankton at Participant Inc, New York
Tess Edmonson on Amalia Ulman at James Fuentes, New York
Ana Teixeira Pinto on Oliver Laric at Tanya Leighton, Berlin
NOT ONLY THE HEART IS NOT A METAPHOR / Rachel Haidu on Robert Gober at the Museum of Modern Art, New York
TOTAL CONFUSION / Christian Naujoks on Cosima von Bonin at Mumok, Vienna
GLOOM / Amy Lien and Enzo Camacho on the Taipei Biennial 2014
A GLIMPSE AT THE SOCIAL LIFE OF PAINTINGS / Catherine Chevalier on Marcel Duchamp at Centre Pompidou, Paris
LEWIS BALTZ (1945–2014)
by Jeff Rian
Softcover, 136 pages (30 color ills), 12 x 18 cm
Published by Sternberg Press / Berlin
$26.00 - Out of stock
Contributions by Marie-Luise Angerer, Armen Avanessian, Federica Bueti, Paul Feigelfeld, Graham Harman, Stefan Heidenreich, Vincenzo Latronico, Lucy Mercer, Katherine Richardson, Dieter Roelstraete, Ana Teixeira Pinto, Giovanna Zapperi
For years now our lives have been shaped by a crisis impacting both our economy and our personal lives. But what is ultimately in crisis? Survival Kits offers twelve perspectives on this issue—from fields as diverse as philosophy, politics, media theory, environmental activism, feminism, post-human theory, literature, geopolitics, art, and economics.
These theoretical investigations originated with artist Deborah Ligorio’s research. The book takes its title from an eponymous series of sculptures and video interviews describing situations of emergency, vulnerability, and struggle experienced by a living or a fictional person, which propose inventive tools for adaptation or resistance. A selection from this series is featured in the publication.
Design by Studio Manuel Raeder
2012, English / German
Softcover, 132 pages (68 color and 53 b/w ill.), 18.4 x 29 cm
$29.00 - Out of stock
Texts by Gary Lachman, Ana Teixeira Pinto
The phenomenon of the year 2012 refers to eschatological beliefs predicting transformative events on December 21, 2012. By now not only spiritual seekers have the conviction that something has to change. Still, there are different interpretations of the meaning of that specific date. Beyond the lunatic fringe views regarding the end of the world, a more constructive reading of the phenomenon is found in new age circles claiming that 2012 might be the beginning of a higher consciousness in humanity, coming to the realization that, in fact, Western systems have not brought prosperity and fulfillment to everybody as once imagined.
Published on the occasion of the eponymous exhibition at the Ursula Blickle Stiftung, September 9–October 14, 2012.