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.
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The present book – the fourth and last volume in the series of KUB Arena publications – goes far beyond a documentation of KAMP KAYA’s activities. Rather it is the very first comprehensive publication on KAYA, a joint project initiated by the painter Kerstin Brätsch and the sculptor Debo Eilers in 2010, in collaboration with the then 13-year-old Kaya Serene. In addition to a comprehensive and carefully compiled catalogue raisonné, the publication documents all of KAYA’s past exhibitions and includes seminal essays by Boško Blagojević, Scott Roben, and Kerstin Stakemeier – who have all been following KAYA’s work for many years – as well as a conversation with Burmamyanmar aka Daniel Chew. Altogether the publication provides profound insights into this important and exceptional artistic collaboration. In a similar manner to the volumes that have been published to date (On Performance, Anfang Gut. Alles Gut. Actualizations of the futurist opera Victory Over the Sun (1913), and Art and Ideology Critique After 1989), this last volume in the series could also potentially become one of the key references on the topic.
Edited by Eva Birkenstock
with texts by Boško Blagojević, Scott Roben, and Kerstin Stakemeier
Graphic design: HIT Berlin
2015, English / German
Softcover, 248 pages, 23 x 16.5 cm
Published by Texte Zur Kunst / Berlin
$29.00 - Out of stock
Decades following the rise of computer aided design and the aesthetic-theoretical debates that coincided, it might seem late, at this point, to place a spotlight on photography. After all, hardly anyone defends photography’s loyalty to the analog index anymore, or mourns the medium specificities of centuries past. And yet, who can dispute that the photograph has become the primary base for establishing identity now, for cohering a social body; one that, as the substrate across which today’s human subject is drawn, stands as, in a sense,our material support? As the image’s gaze has become omnipresent, it is perhaps prime time to ask how do we now understand photo-media to operate? What information do we expect it to carry? What facts do we trust it to convey?
ISSUE NO. 99 / SEPTEMBER 2015 “PHOTOGRAPHY”
TABLE OF CONTENTS
LOST TRACES OF LIFE / A conversation about indexicality in analog and digital photography between Isabelle Graw and Benjamin Buchloh
PHOTOGRAPHY, LACAN, AND THE GENIUS OF JEFF KOONS
THE DISTRIBUTED IMAGE
LIFE IN THE SYSTEM
THE PHOTOBOOK, POST-DIGITAL
PHOTOGRAPHY AFTER PHOTOGRAPHY AFTER PHOTOGRAPHY
LECTURE ON THE EXTRA PART
BENJAMIN ASAM KELLOGG
OCULUS DEMOS MAXIMUS
FUTURE NOT PRESENT / Helmut Draxler, Susanne von Falkenhausen, Amy Sillman, and Hong Zeiss on the 56th Venice Biennale
DREAMING IN TRENDS / Michael Wang on the Louis Vuitton Foundation, Paris
NO EXPO / Amy Lien and Enzo Camacho on the Fondazione Prada, Milan
OPEN SEASON / Nikoloz Japaridze with Natasha Randall on the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow
HART SPRECHEN FÜR EINE GEMEINSAME WELT / Christian Kravagna über "Kritik der schwarzen Vernunft" von Achille Mbembe
GARY COOPER'S LIPSTICK / Thomas Beard on Boyd McDonald's "Cruising the Movies: A Sexual Guide to 'Oldies' on TV"
LIEBE ARBEIT KINO
WETRANSFER: MEDIATING THE MEDIATED SELF / Carson Chan on Britta Thie's "Translantics"
WIR SIND GAR NICHT HIER / Joy Kristin Kalu über Richard Maxwells "The Evening", The Kitchen, New York
Megan Francis Sullivan on Birgit Megerle at Galerie Emanuel Layr, Vienna / Nuit Banai on Josef Strau at Secession, Vienna / Nina Franz über Calla Henkel & Max Pitegoff in der Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi, Berlin
BLAUE FLECKEN / Alexander García Düttmann über De La Fuente Oscar De Franco im Helmhaus, Zürich
HEARTS OF CONTROL / Dan Mitchell on Gili Tal at Temnikova & Kasela, Tallinn
JEDERMANNS AUTOBIOGRAFIE / Kerstin Stakemeier über Mark Leckey im Haus der Kunst, München
MIT INDIEGOGO NACH PIONEERTOWN / Michael Kral über Pierre Bismuth in der Galerie Jan Mot, Brüssel
ALTE GEISTER / Philip Ursprung über Albert Oehlen in der Kunsthalle Zürich
DOROTHEE FISCHER (1937-2015)
Softcover, 288 pages, 23 x 16.5 cm
Published by Texte Zur Kunst / Berlin
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Going beyond discussions of post-Net production in the digital realm, this issue invites in the ghost of Friedrich Kittler to address “media” via the nexus of its fraught theoretical legacy – ’90s techno-determinism versus the biopolitical forces of capital in the social field. What if, rather than writing a social history of media, we thought through media to read our social sphere? The fallout is recombined here as a framework for engaging, and perhaps upending, contemporary relations of body, class, and power and the devices and cultural techniques by which they are bound.
2014, English / French
Softcover, 232 pages (b&w ill.), 240 x 175 mm
Published by May Revue / Paris
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MAY #13 features:
καταστροφή: the end and the beginning
Man of the Anthropocene (as portrayed in the movie "Gravity")
What is "political" in the Anthropocene? A conversation between STEPHANIE WAKEFIELD and ANTEK WALCZAK
DIY or DIE: a pastoral Selfie
Mirror, mirror on the wall ... STEWART UOO at Buchholz Gallery, Berlin
Garden graft. On the exhibition "Your portrait": a retrospective on TETSUMI KUDO at the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
Kiss me, kiss me, love my body covers
True Romance. Camille Blatrix at Balice Hertling, Paris
The affect impersonal. Anne Imhof at Deborah Schamoni gallery, Munich
Dorothy Iannone This timeless sweetness at the Migros Museum für Gegenwartkunst, Zürich
"Species of notes." On the book Dubuffet typographer Pierre Leguillon
Exposure Charles James: beyond fashion at the MET, New York
About MAY Revue:
Conceived as a collective space in which to develop thoughts and confront positions on artistic production, May magazine examines, quaterly, contemporary art practice and theory in direct engagement with the issues, contexts and strategies that construct these two fields. An approach that could be summed up as critique at work – or as critique actively performed in text and art forms alike.
Featuring essays, interviews, art works and reviews by artists, writers and diverse practitioners of the arts, the magazine also intends to address the economy of the production of knowledge – the starting point of this reflection being the space of indistinction between information and advertisement typical of our time. This implies a dialogue with forms of critique produced in other fields.
Softcover, 396 pages, (65 b/w ill.), 14 x 21 cm
Published by Sternberg Press / Berlin
$28.00 - Out of stock
Contributions by Pierre Bal-Blanc, Bassam El Baroni, Claire Bishop, Beatrice von Bismarck, Sabine Breitwieser, Barbara Clausen, Maeve Connolly, Rike Frank, Adrian Heathfield, Inka Meißner, Benjamin Meyer-Krahmer, Maria Muhle, Philippe Parreno, Jörn Schafaff, Bennett Simpson, Kerstin Stakemeier, Thomas Weski, et al.
Processuality and performativity, and more recently dramaturgy and choreography, are terms often used in analyses of exhibitions and other curatorial formats. These attributions reflect the changes curatorial practice has undergone over the past twenty years in the wider context of cultural and economic globalization and the related notions of acceleration, action orientation, and mobility. In this light, the exhibition manifests itself as a transdisciplinary and transcultural set of spatiotemporal relations, which is time-based by its very nature. Focusing on time instead of the typically predominant category of space, this publication—the second volume in the Cultures of the Curatorial series—takes up the key aesthetic, social, political, and economic issues of the early twenty-first century running through the field and framed by the axes of exhibiting and the temporal.
Copublished with Kulturen des Kuratorischen, Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst Leipzig
Design by Surface
Softcover, 416 pages, 23.5 x 16.5 cm
Published by Walther König / Köln
$45.00 - Out of stock
The third volume in the series of KUB Arena publications gathers introductory texts, essays, and interviews on the thematic relationship between "Art and the Critique of Ideology After 1989." The volume comprised purely of text aims to achieve both an autonomous contribution to ideological research as well as to sensitize readers to differing practices of critiques of ideology in the field of contemporary art. Using the "ideologicaltheoretical turn" of the 1960s as its point of departure, the first part of the book, under the title "Genealogical Constellations" develops a historicalsystematic approach to historical and current critiques of ideology. The second part focusing on "Temporal Diagnoses" addresses the conjunction of specific ideological-theoretical inquiries with current developments in the field of art today.
Softcover, 260 pages (17 b/w ills.), 13.5 x 20.4 cm
Published by Sternberg Press / Berlin
$29.00 - Out of stock
Edited by Karen van den Berg, Ursula Pasero
Texts by Karen van den Berg, Pascal Gielen, Ursula Pasero, John Roberts, Stephan Schmidt-Wulffen, Kerstin Stakemeier, Hergen Wöbken and Friederike Landau, Ulf Wuggenig and Steffen Rudolph, Merav Yerushalmy; interviews with Hans Haacke, Pablo Helguera, Caroline Jones, Oliver Ressler, Christoph Schäfer, Gregory Sholette, Apolonija Šušteršič
Much evidence suggests that a fundamental reordering of artistic production and a transformation of the art field are about to take place. Heated debates have been sparked over new forms of work, public subsidies, and the expanding impact of the creative industries. Independent education programs, self-organized urban planning, artistic practices in the outer field of scientific research, and similar initiatives have unfolded over the last few years. This publication addresses this wide field, focusing on theoretical reflections and exemplary insights into alternative artistic working models. The anthology assembles expert studies and artists’ interviews, in order to reflect on new forms of practices that have been established beyond the exhibition-gallery nexus and hegemonic market activity. These strategies in particular are investigated concerning their selfimages, organizational structures, networks, and economies—and the potential for usurpation.
Design by Leaky Studio
2013, English / German
Softcover, 240 pages
Published by Walther König / Köln
$44.00 - Out of stock
Utopie beginnt im Kleinen / Utopia starts small
Catalogue publication to accompany the 12th Fellbach Triennial of Small Scale Sculpture 2013, featuring the work of Armando Andrade Tudela, Leonor Antunes, Ei Arakawa & Nikolas Gambaroff, Anna Artaker, Vojin Bakic´, Neïl Beloufa, Bless, Arno Brandlhuber, Teresa Burga, Luis Camnitzer, Nina Canell, Lygia Clark, Nathan Coley, Thea Djordjadze, Maria Eichhorn, Michaela Eichwald, Felix Ensslin & Studierende, Geoffrey Farmer, Yona Friedman, Meschac Gaba, Carlos Garaicoa, Isa Genzken, Konstantin Grcic, Günter Haese, Diango Hernández, Judith Hopf, Iman Issa, Christian Jankowski & Studierende, Rachel Khedoori, Bodys Isek Kingelez, Jakob Kolding, Moshekwa Langa, Manuela Leinhoß, Anita Leisz, Anna Maria Maiolino, Victor Man, Cildo Meireles, Michaela Melián, Michele Di Menna, Charlotte Moth, Timo Nasseri, Manfred Pernice, Pratchaya Phinthong, Falke Pisano, Erwin Piscator, Rita Ponce de León, Vjenceslav Richter, Yorgos Sapountzis, Jochen Schmith, Nora Schultz, Eckhard Schulze-Fielitz, Yutaka Sone, Ettore Sottsass, Pascale, Marthine Tayou, Joëlle Tuerlinckx, Danh Võ and Haegue Yang.
With contributions by Yilmaz Dziewior, Angelika Nollert, Dieter Roelstraete, Thomas Schölderle, Kerstin Stakemeier, et al.
Edited by Kulturamt der Stadt Fellbach, Angelika Nollert, Yilmaz Dziewior
240 pages with numerous colour illustrations
Beyond the bounds of the visual arts, this accompanying publication also examines approaches from architecture, theatre and design by means of examples. Alongside historical positions, the focus is placed in particular on contemporary, young artists, whose works has frequently been created in situations of radical change in Eastern Europe, Latin America and Asia. As well as texts on the exhibiting artists, the accompanying catalogue includes four academic essays that deal with the sociopolitical meaning of utopia through its historical development, the thematization and development of utopian models in art as well as the aesthetics of the small.