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[BKARTS] New Artists' Book: Schablone Berlin



SCHABLONE BERLIN   
by Caroline Koebel and Kyle Schlesinger

Schablone Berlin is an artists¹ book as well as a book of documentation
presenting stencil graffiti from the streets of Germany¹s most international
metropolis. The book consists of over 100 color photographs showing not only
the graffiti, but also its placement within the confines of urban space. The
40-page introduction examines the political, semiotic and performative
aspects of stencils as a political/populist form of writing with reference
to histories of art, media and urban anthropology. The Post-Face was written
by anthropologist and translator Dennis Tedlock.

"This art and text project by Caroline Koebel and Kyle Schlesinger is a
loving drift through the streets of Berlin to examine and to be inspired by
its raw, lively, lustful, sometimes esoteric stencil culture. Exquisitely
photographed, this work plays in the in betweens of poetics and politics,
the trivial and the insightful, the amusing and the disturbing, the
immediate and the aloof. One way or another, this book will seduce you."
?Critical Art Ensemble
 
 ³Contemporary trackers on the trail of an esoteric species, Koebel and
Schlesinger have captured a gallery of transitory signs from the surface of
Berlin's walls. The very sign of urbanism, these swiftly made images depend
on a community of knowing readers to recognize their codes, nod, and signal
back across the space of time and geography. The city is the site, scene, of
a whole system of traces and communications. The marks show their
ephemerality and questionable legality in the very stealth mode of their
production. Stencilled, spray painted, rapidly produced, they haunt the
walls with their fading imagery, semaphore signals in a common but
still-specialized system, introducing their alternative image-speak into the
regulated zones of public discourse. A beautiful collection, thoughtfully
framed by its introduction.²     ?Johanna Drucker
 
$16.95 Available from:

Small Press Distribution
1341 Seventh Street
Berkeley, CA 94710-1409
http://www.spdbooks.org/

Chax Press         
101 W. Sixth Street, no. 6
Tucson, AZ 85701-1000
http://www.chax.org/

Cuneiform Press
769 Richmond Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14222
www.cuneiformpress.com/

Discounts available to the trade?just ask!
ISBN: 0-925904-52-X $16.95

Bios : An interdisciplinary artist, Caroline Koebel utilizes video, film,
and installation for their distinct attributes as modes of storytelling and
for the enactment of subjectivities at odds with commercial culture. Kyle
Schlesinger is a poet, scholar and typographer currently investigating the
history and ontology of book burning.


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