The short-lived Japanese magazine Provoke is recognized as a major achievement in world photography of the postwar era, uniting the country´s most contentious examples of protest photography, vanguard fine art, and critical theory of the late 1960s and early 70s in only three issues overall. Provoke is accordingly treated here as a model synthesis of the complexities and overlapping uses of photography in postwar Japan. The writing and images by Provoke´s members - critic Koji Taki, poet Takahiko Okada, photographers Takuma Nakahira, Yutaka Takanashi, Daido Moriyama - were suffused with the tactics developed in some Japanese protest books which made use of innovative graphic design and provocatively ´´poor´´ materials. Recording live actions, photography in these years was also an expressive form suited to emphasize and critique the mythologies of modern life with a wide spectrum of performing artists such as Nobuyoshi Araki, Koji Enokura and Jiro Takamatsu. This catalogue accompanies the first exhibition ever to be held about the magazine and its creators and focuses on its historical context. It covers the preliminary period leading to its first and the aftermath following its last issue. Provoke takes shape as a strongly interpretative explanation of currents in Japanese art and society at a moment of historical collapse and renewal.
The mere mention of red hair conjures vivid images and provokes strong reactions. Popular stereotypes of redheaded women range from the fiery-tempered vixen and the penitent prostitute - Mary Magdalene is often portrayed in art as a redhead - to the fun-loving scatterbrain Lucille Ball. Red-haired men, meanwhile, are consistently associated with either the savage barbarian or the redheaded clown. But why? Red: A History of the Redhead is the first audiobook to chronicle red hair and redheadedness from prehistory to present day. As both intrepid cultural detective and compelling storyteller, Jacky Colliss Harvey weaves a fascinating history beginning with the moment the redheaded gene made its way out of Africa with the early human diaspora. She goes on to trace red hair in the ancient world; the intolerance manifested against it as an indicator of Jewishness across medieval Europe; red hair as the height of fashion in Renaissance England; the redheaded ´´stunner´´ in Pre-Raphaelite art and the paintings of the Impressionists; and into the modern age, from its symbolism and adoration in popular culture to ´´gingerism´´, perhaps the last unacknowledged from of discrimination. More than an audiobook for redheads, Red is both an exploration of red hair as ´´other´´ and a celebration of every aspect of its unique social and scientific heritage at a time when it has never before been so frequently in the news or played such a prominent role in our visual culture. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jacky Colliss Harvey. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hach/002118/bk_hach_002118_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Contemporary Japanese photographer Daido Moriyama (b.1938) has made a radical impact on the photographic world in both Japan and in the West. His snapshot aesthetic and no-viewfinder style have succeeded in challenging the mediums prevailing orthodoxies. Moriyama was a member of the famous PROVOKE magazine, and a lecturer and theorist, influencing the new generation of Japanese photographers. This monograph documents the development of Moriyamas photography througha chronologically presented sequence of 55 images. An introductory essay provides a fresh perspective on Moriyamas life and work. Includes iconic images as well as less well known works.
Fifteen-year-old Nina and her family are struggling to hold things together in the wake of the accidental death of her brother several years earlier. Seeking refuge in art, Nina´s mother has painted a series of nude portraits of her remaining child. As these haunting images go public, Nina is forced to deal with her burgeoning sexuality in front of a large and critical audience. With tension in the family at a breaking point, the portrait entitled Nina: Adolescence provokes a situation that will be either the engine of Nina´s destruction or the catalyst that enables her to finally surmount tragedy. In this mesmerizing first novel, Amy Hassinger captures the cruelties and passions of adolescence with eloquence, tenderness and a fearless sensuality. In Nina, she has created an unforgettable character and launched a stunning new career. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mia Barron. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/live/000072/bk_live_000072_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Irene Koronas´s Ninth Iota explains why humans want to craft something like civilization. It´s not just that the uncivil can be fearsome - it´s that they make many recoil. If you´ve already smashed those rose-colored glasses, the better to see, these poems won´t repel and may even amuse you. But those still lingering (and preferring to linger) in the dimness of the cave may look at these poems with suspicion - that wouldn´t be the poet´s fault. Koronas did her job in order to write these poems: she studied and analyzed human history, including, naturally, its myths. The result offers unique insights with erotic charge as a bonus. - Eileen R. Tabios Irene Koronas´s poems carefully splinter and refute our expectations in visceral minimalist fragments of desire, perversion, myth and magic. The carefully cleaved phrases accrue into strange moments of fascination, startling us with their re-imaginings and verbal dissections. Double axe facts and a high image rate mimic and re-invent our inner worlds and dreams. This is language to chew and digest, poetry to ponder and provoke; the language of then and now and tomorrow. Let this artist/writer be your embroid tutor while there is still time to learn. - Rupert M. Loydell With a surprising number of unknown and obscure words, Irene Koronas´s ´hurls chalky men / into the underworld // of mother repeats´ and, in poem after poem, creates an erotically charged, posthuman version of ancient Greece. Her language undercuts desire for the mimetic. - Nathan Spoon
The Art Instinct combines two of the most fascinating and contentious disciplines, art and evolutionary science, in a provocative new work that will revolutionize the way art itself is perceived. Aesthetic taste, argues Denis Dutton, is an evolutionary trait, and is shaped by natural selection. It´s not, as almost all contemporary art criticism and academic theory would have it, ´´socially constructed´´. The human appreciation for art is innate, and certain artistic values are universal across cultures, such as a preference for landscapes that, like the ancient savannah, feature water and distant trees. If people from Africa to Alaska prefer images that would have appealed to our hominid ancestors, what does that mean for the entire discipline of art history? Dutton argues, with forceful logic and hard evidence, that art criticism needs to be premised on an understanding of evolution, not on abstract ´´theory´´. Sure to provoke discussion in scientific circles and an uproar in the art world, The Art Instinct offers radical new insights into both the nature of art and the workings of the human mind. 1. Language: English. Narrator: P. J. Ochlan. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/009632/bk_adbl_009632_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
When Madame Lula learns she must die, she amuses herself by writing her will. In it she bequeaths not just her money and real estate but her tenants. These, lodged in her body, are znoon: a kind of demon and her slaves. Lula´s little joke: leave her znoon to her detested family. The normal work of znoon is to make trouble. After her death they leave her mansion in the capital to track down the heirs. But these znoon, highly specialized mischief-makers, like city comfort and balk at having to hunt down Lula´s provincial relatives.They scheme, and the plan they devise winds up the will and provokes an uprising against the government. The human heirs, freed from enchantment, seem feeble but reveal skills no one guessed they owned. They turn the history of this troubled world in an unexpected direction. In this third novel of his fabulist series The Enchantments, Tom La Farge considers how humans might create political change and escape the image-enthralled souls they mistake for exclusive identities. Upon the alternative North African setting of The Broken House and Maznoona - a world enchanted by the demons of false consciousness - he overlays an idea of animal souls from the beliefs of indigenous Americans: we contain several souls, who make our lives their habitat and lend us their habits, moods, and behaviors. They lead us into strange explorations, potentially perilous, potentially rewarding, unless they are restrained by imposed, often artificial oversouls.
Russia entered the 20th century in possession of nearly all of the prerequisites for an empire of historic proportions. The tsar presided over almost one-sixth of the world´s land masses extending from a culturally European West to an Asian East, with vast expanses of forest steppe and tundra reaching from Poland to the Pacific Ocean. Virtually all great empires have built and maintained advanced navies, from ancient times to the modern era of Spain, but Russia lagged behind in the modern armadas typical of world-shaping societies. Despite a membership of nearly 60,000 sailors by the turn of the 20th century, making Russia´s seagoing force the fourth largest in the world, the crews were deficient and poorly treated, drawn largely from conscripted factory workers and serfs who earned far less in wages than they would have at home. This made them particularly susceptible to anti-tsarist ideologies, and in particular, "Marxist agitators." Likewise, most among the officer class were political appointees from the land-based aristocracy, who lacked the general skill and sensitivity with which to lead men into battles they themselves had never experienced. Despite Russia´s imposing image in the world, less apparent weaknesses within the tsarist government threatened the country´s stability. The autocratic system had stood firm for several hundred years, but only in the 18th and 19th centuries was it surrounded by emerging democracies, alluring to working classes around the world. Multiple ethnicities from lands conquered in previous centuries maintained an almost provisional membership when faced with the allure of their home empires. As with the rest of the population, naval forces that had come to be persuaded of anti-tsarist arguments did not do so within a vacuum. The accumulated unrest throughout the country could provoke a more organized message within the confines of a single warship, and indeed it eventually resulted in th... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Scott Clem. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/079954/bk_acx0_079954_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Corbin Addison explores the human stories behind global labor sourcing in the international fashion industry in this thrilling, shocking and compelling tale. A beloved American corporation with an explosive secret. A disgraced former journalist looking for redemption. A corporate executive with nothing left to lose. In Dhaka, Bangladesh, a garment factory burns to the ground, claiming the lives of hundreds of workers, mostly young women. Amid the rubble a bystander captures a heart-stopping image - a teenage girl lying in the dirt, her body broken by a multi-tory fall, and over her mouth a mask of fabric bearing the label of one of America´s largest retailers, Presto Omnishops Corporation. When the photo goes viral, it fans the flames of a decades-old controversy about sweatshops, labor rights, and the ethics of globalization. A year later, in Washington, DC, Joshua Griswold, a disgraced former journalist for the Washington Post, receives an anonymous summons from a corporate whistleblower promising information about Presto. There, to Griswold´s astonishment, he meets Cameron Alexander, Presto´s longtime general counsel. Alexander, who has secrets of his own, offers Griswold confidential information about Presto´s apparel supply chain. For Griswold the challenge of exposing Presto´s willful negligence is irresistible, as is the chance, however slight, at redemption. Deploying his old journalistic skills, he builds a historic case against Presto, setting the stage for a war in the courtroom and in the media that Griswold is determined to win - both to salvage his reputation and to provoke a revolution of conscience in Presto´s boardroom that could change the course of the fashion industry across the globe. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Firdous Bamji. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/reco/009911/bk_reco_009911_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.