Where Gaga Meets Ranciere: 15 Years of Onomatopee
December 2020 / May 2021

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SixtyEight Art Institute and the institute's publisher Really Simple Syndication Press (RSS Press) once again open our doors to an editorial group. For this edition, we invited the Dutch publisher Onomatopee, known for their experimental exhibitions and award-winning publications, to introduce a select series of publications that reflect a 15-year period of editorial and artistic research interests. These publications and editions were be available for purchase at SixtyEight's premises on Gothersgade throughout the period.

Onomatopee Projects, founded in 2006 and directed by Freek Lomme since, is a curatorial and editorially led public gallery and publisher that is best known for their self-initiated and transdisciplinary projects.

Inspired by a DIY attitude and a hunger for progressive critical inquiry, Onomatopee Projects has been mediating a visual sanctuary for popular culture, societally focused research methodologies, cultural theory and experimental artistic practice for the past 15 years. By taking the social, cultural and geographical hub of Eindhoven as a starting point, they explore globally relevant topics of varying sizes and specialisms. Working on an exhibition and publication basis, Onomatopee strives to produce thought-provoking experiences and provide cultural nourishment for all. Through their city, arts and design programmes they curate exhibitions, interventions and public gatherings in Eindhoven and beyond throughout the year.

Specially profiled books:

Art, Engagement and Economy: Art, Engagement, Economy: the Working Practice of Caroline Woolard proposes a politics of transparent production in the arts, whereby heated negotiations and mundane budgets are presented alongside documentation of finished gallery installations.

Readers follow the behind-the-scenes work that is required to produce interdisciplinary art projects, from a commission at MoMA to a self-organized, international barter network with over 20,000 participants. With contextual analysis of the political economy of the arts, from the financial crisis of 2008 to the COVID pandemic of 2020, this book suggests that artists can bring studio-based sculptural techniques to an approach to art-making that emphasizes interdisciplinary collaboration and dialogue.

The Trouble with Value: The Trouble with Value discusses the symbolic and economic value that a work of art holds, being a product of its maker’s labour. The dynamic compilation of theoretical texts, essays and artistic contributions provides insight into current notions of value and value systems, and considers everything from the role of language to the circulation of art, and how it’s aided by the infrastructure of institutions.

The Impossibility of Silence: THE IMPOSSIBILITY OF SILENCE is a book for artists, designers and photographers interested in approaching writing about their vocation and culture. Drawing upon decades of experience as a writer, designer, artist and teacher, Ian Lynam offers up a plethora of inspirational and concrete approaches to writing about creative fields.