Zero Gravity: A Cultural User’s Guide, 2005

A survey of Arts Catalyst's pioneering zero gravity projects carried out over the last 10 years.

Beginning with a contextual overview, the book traces the development of the projects and discusses the collaborations with Kitsou Dubois and Imperial College’s BioDynamics group, and the inauguration of the MIR (Microgravity Interdisciplinary Research) consortium which gives international artists the opportunity to carry out individual projects in zero gravity.

The book contains essays by Eduardo Kac, Marina Benjamin, Rob la Frenais, Kodwo Eshun, with an introduction by Nicola Triscott. It features projects by Kitsou Dubois, Mike Stubbs, Ansuman Biswas and Jem Finer, Andrew Kotting, Dr Antony Bull, Morag Wightman, Louise K Wilson, Flow Motion, Marcelli Antunez Roca, i-DAT, Otolith Group with Richard Couzins, Yuri Leiderman, Vadim Fishkin, Marko Peljhan, Dragan Zivadinov, Andrei and Julia Velikanov, Mikhail Ryklin, and Dr Rebecca Forth.

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Zero Gravity: A Cultural User’s Guide
ISBN 978-0-9534546-4-8
Edited by Nicola Triscott and Rob La Frenais
Published by Arts Catalyst, 2005
Colour and monochrome, 98 pages, soft back
Dimensions 250mm x 250mm
Weight 510g
£15.00

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Ice Blink: An Antarctic Essay, 2006

Travelling to Antarctica on RSS Ernest Shackleton from RAF Brize Norton, via Ascension Island and the Falklands, Simon Faithfull recorded the displaced and disorienting world he encountered every day.


After filming the view out of his cabin porthole and creating daily Palm Pilot drawings, transmitted each day to email inboxes around the world, Simon Faithful created Ice Blink: An Antarctic Essay. This is a dispatch from nowhere, exploring the Antarctic as a hole in the imagination by combining Antarctic myths and fictions, histories of colonial endeavour, lifecycles of icebergs and the real effects of global warming, with images of contested and uncharted territories.

Contributers include Le Feuvre and Lisa (ed.). Published as part of Book Works Opus Projects (Opus 6) by Book Works and Arts Catalyst.

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Ice Blink: An Antarctic Essay
ISBN 978-1-8706999-2-1
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Published by Book Works with Arts Catalyst, 2006
Designed by James Goggin
Colour and monochrome, 128 pages; soft back
Dimensions 164 x 215mm
Edition of 1,500 copies
£14.50

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A Journey Through The Great Glen, 2010

Adam Dant's marvellously magical map of the journey from Highland Institute of Contemporary Art (HICA) to Outlandia.


Adam Dant's new map is a novel and unusual method for charting several sites en-route from HICA to the Library of Outlandia, commissioned by The Arts Catalyst for the perambulatory bus tour as part of The Great Glen Artists Airshow 2010.

The bus journey followed the strike slip fault along the Caledonian Canal by way of the A852 provides travellers with Dant's particular historical and geographic perspective.
 

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A Journey Through The Great Glen
Published by Arts Catalyst, 2010
Designed by Adam Dant
£3 (inc UK postage and packing)

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Arctic Architecture: API Cahier No.1, 2010

The first publication in the Arctic Perspective Initiative series

This publication documents the Arctic Perspective Initiative (API)'s open architecture competition to design a mobile media-based work and habitation unit, capable of functioning in extreme cold, and explores the Arctic and its architecture.

Essays by Robert Kronenburg, Marilyn Walker, Carsten Krohn and Jeremie Michael McGowan, with contributions by John Ross and Stijn Verhoeff, Matthew Biederman and Marko Peljhan.
 

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Arctic Architecture: API Cahier No.1
ISBN 978-3-7757-2679-5
Edited by Andreas Müller
Published by Hatje Cantz and API partners: HMKV, Projekt Atol, C-TASC, Lorna, and Arts Catalyst, 2010
Colour and monochrome, 148 pages, hardcover, English
Dimensions 165 x 240mm
€19.80/£16.50

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Manifesto for a Republic of the Moon, 2014

A publication to accompany the Republic of the Moon exhibition at London's Bargehouse in 2014

Introductory essay and edited by curator, Rob La Frenais with contributions from the exhibiting artists - Agnes Meyer-Brandis, Leonid Tishkov, Liliane Lijn, Katie Paterson, WE COLONISED THE MOON, Joanna Griffin and additional material from Tony White, Andy Gracie, Dr Ian Crawford and from the Whole Earth Catalog.

Republic of the Moon was a touring exhibition, commissioned by Arts Catalyst with FACT. The first version of the exhibition was presented at FACT Liverpool in winter 2012. The exhibition and residency has been made possible with Grants for the Arts support from Arts Council England and Science & Technology Facilities Council. Bargehouse is owned and managed by social enterprise,Coin Street Community Builders.
 

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Manifesto for a Republic of the Moon
ISBN 978-0-9927776-0-9
Edited by Claudia Lastra
Published by Arts Catalyst, 2014 
Designed by Abake & Margherita Huntley
Monochrome, pages, softback and electronic

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Ice Lab, 2013

A publication to accompany the Ice Lab exhibition, with essays by Dr David Walton (British Antarctic Survey, and author of ‘Antarctica: Global Science from a Frozen Continent’), and Sam Jacob (co-founder of FAT architects).


The Ice Lab exhibition presented some of the most innovative and progressive examples of contemporary architecture in Antarctica. The first exhibition of its kind, it drew together projects that not only utilise cutting-edge technology and engineering, but equally considered aesthetics, sustainability and human needs in their ground-breaking designs for research stations.

Initiated by the British Council and curated by Arts Catalyst, the exhibition and publication features four international projects: Halley VI, UK (Hugh Brougton Architects) Princess Elizabeth, Belgium (International Polar Foundation), Bharati, India (bof architekten/IMS), Jang Bogo, South Korea (Space Group), and the Iceberg Living Station (MAP Architects) – a speculative design for a future research station to be entirely made from compacted snow.
 

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Ice Lab
ISBN 978-0-86355-717-0
Edited by Sandra Ross
Published by The British Council, 2013
Designed by OK-RM
Colour and monochrome, 64 pages, softback and electronic

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Primate Cinema: Apes as Family, 2012

Primate Cinema: Apes as Family, published to coincide with Rachel Mayeri's installation at Edinburgh College of Art and The Making of Primate Cinema screenings at Edinburgh Zoo.


Primate Cinema: Apes as Family features essays by Matthew Fuller and Rob La Frenais and is fully illustrated throughout.

In Primate Cinema: Apes as Family, the artist imagines a primate social drama in a contemporary urban context and shows this to a chimpanzee audience. Her two-screen video installation juxtaposes the drama enacted by humans in the guise of apes (of a young female city ape befriending a group of outsiders) with mesmerising footage of the reactions of its ape audience at Edinburgh Zoo.

Research over 2010-11 took place in different spaces in Los Angeles and Edinburgh, with much filming in the Budongo Trail at Edinburgh Zoo. In the final work, we are never sure whether we are seeing a lab, zoo, wildlife park, rumpus room or post-apocalyptic landscape inhabited by half chimp/half humans. Mayeri’s intriguing and amusing story-and-response structure contains darker undercurrents in its contemplation of the lives of our captive close relatives.

To make Primate Cinema: Apes as Family artist Rachel Mayeri collaborated with comparative psychologist Dr Sarah-Jane Vick, testing different styles and genres of film to gauge chimps’ responses and discussing issues around cognition and communication in research primates. 
 

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Primate Cinema: Apes as Family
ISBN 0-9534546-8-1
Edited by Claudia Lastra
Published by Arts Catalyst, 2012
Designed by Mark Carney
Colour and monochrome, pages, softback and electronic
£2 + P&P

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Gravity: The Eternal Countdown, 2007

A calendar documenting the construction and dismantling of the Gravity, a monumental ephemeral sculpture by the artist Aleksandra Mir.


The calendar documents the construction and dismantling of the spectacular rocket Gravity, a monumental ephemeral sculpture. The project was a new commission by Art Catalyst, supported by the Arts Council of England and the Henry Moore Foundation, and built for the show 'Space Soon' at the Camden Roundhouse, London in 2006.

The calendar features a history of space disasters and mistakes by Ken Hollings, with photography by Gillean Dickie, Marcus Leith and Andrew Dunkley.

The project was commissioned by Arts Catalyst.
 

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Gravity: The Eternal Countdown
ISBN 978-0-9534546-5-5
Edited by
Published by Arts Catalyst, 2007
Designed by Nick Stone
Full colour, 24 pages
Dimensions 11,69 x 16,54"
Limited Edition

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Malamp: The Occurrence of Deformities in Amphibians, 2010

Malamp: The Occurrence of Deformities in Amphibians brings together Brandon Ballengée’s UK research with findings from his global amphibian studies, including texts on his practice from arts, science and ecological perspectives, including a keynote essay by the renowned art critic and curator Lucy R. Lippard.


Brandon Ballengée’s artistic practice is immersed in the study of biodiversity, ecological change and global species decline. In particular, Ballengée works on declining and abnormal development of amphibians as a way of visualising localised environmental degradation. His practice incorporates primary biological research and ecological surveys, working with members of the community and scientists, culminating in art works, exhibitions and published scientific research.

This monograph brings together research, commissioned by Arts Catalyst and Yorkshire Sculpture Park, into deformities in English amphibians with findings from his global studies on amphibian decline. The book includes texts on Ballengée’s practice from arts, science and ecological perspectives, including a keynote essay by the renowned art critic and curator Lucy R Lippard.

Additional contributors include Clare Lilley, Head Curator at Yorkshire Sculpture Park; Nicola Triscott, Director of Arts Catalyst; Dr Stanley K Sessions, Professor of Biology, Hartwick College and Dr Kerry Kriger, Director of Save the Frogs. The publication is richly illustrated with extraordinary photographs, Ballengée’s drawings and other artworks.

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Malamp: The Occurrence of Deformities in Amphibians
ISBN 978-0-9534546-7-9
Edited by Nicola Triscott and Miranda Pope
Published by Arts Catalyst and Yorkshire Sculpture Park, 2010
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Colour, 72 pages, softback
Dimensions 300mm x 230mm
£15.95

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Arctic Geopolitics & Autonomy, 2010

The second publication in the Arctic Perspective Initiative series

Arctic Geopolitics and Autonomy is edited by Dr Michael Bravo, senior lecturer at the Scott Polar Research Institute, and Nicola Triscott, director of Arts Catalyst.  The book explores the interplay of visual culture, technology and indigenous activism in the North, and highlights the cultural, environmental and geopolitical significance of the Arctic and its indigenous people.

The book features essays by Michael Bravo, Nicola Triscott, Katarina Soukup, Lassi Heininen and David Turnbull, and is richly illustrated with colour and black and white images and photographs.

Arctic Geopolitics & Autonomy is the second publication of the Arctic Perspective Initiative (API), a project led by artists Marko Peljhan and Matthew Biederman, that aims to empower local citizens of the North via open and free technologies.
 

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Arctic Geopolitics and Autonomy
Edited by Dr Michael Bravo and Nicola Triscott
Published by Hatje Cantz, 2010
Full colour, 128 pages, soft back, English
Dimensions 16.5 x 24cm
€19.80 (approx £17.00)

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