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New Ways of Doing Nothing
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  New Ways of Doing Nothing
Edited by Vanessa Joan Müller, Cristina Ricupero, Nicolaus Schafhausen.
Texts by Giorgio Agamben, Claire Fontaine, Gilles Deleuze, Julius Gavroche, Paul Lafargue, Vanessa Joan Müller, Cristina Ricupero, Tereza Stejskalová, Enrique Vila-Matas.

Graphic design: Anna Haas.
published in September 2016
English edition
21 x 29,7 cm (softcover)
144 pages (39 color ill. & 7 b/w ill.)
ISBN: 978-3-95679-233-5
EAN: 9783956792335
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New Ways of Doing Nothing highlights artistic gestures challenging today's inclination towards productivity and growth.
“New Ways of Doing Nothing,” a group exhibition that took place at Kunsthalle Wien in 2014, devoted itself to artistic production that opposes activity and instead gives an affirmative slant to forms of doing nothing or refraining—a major influence being the titular character of Hermann Melville's Bartleby the Scriviner: A Story of Wall Street.
The book presents the displayed works and artists, but also continues the process that led to the exhibition. Included along with a conversation between the curators is a text collage of reprints and excerpts that introduces those artists and thinkers who, in the words of Bartleby, “prefer not to.”
Works by Robert Breer, Alejandro Cesarco, Etienne Chambaud, Claire Fontaine, Natalie Czech, Oskar Dawicki, Edith Dekyndt, Mathias Delplanque, Heinrich Dunst, Gardar Eide Einarsson, Marina Faust, Ryan Gander, Lasse Schmidt Hansen, Julia Hohenwarter, Karl Holmqvist, Sofia Hultén, Jiří Kovanda, Rivane Neuenschwander, Georges Perec / Bernard Queysanne, Superflex, Mario García Torres.

Published following the eponymous exhibition at Kunsthalle Wien, from June 27 to October 12, 2014.