nybf 2012

March 3rd, 2013

during the 1960s and 1970s, the socialist regime of yugoslavia built a number of monuments around kosovo honoring certain key events of world war II. most of these monuments have been abandoned — dismissed as having no cultural value by most in contemporary kosovo. the kosovo of today is a fiercely pro-american state that also has ambitions of joining the european union, but it is also home to a population that is barred from traveling to most places on earth without a visa. this country’s popular national narrative began in 1999, when the war ended. consequently, the monuments that followed have honored the likes of kosovo liberation army fighters and former american president bill clinton. in every corner of daily life foreign symbolism is ever present: a kosovo flag is seldom found without those of the united states, european union or albania.

this booklet is produced on the occassion of: werkplaats typografie buchmesse / new york art book fair 2012 / moma ps1 / new york

locations of monuments: mitrovica, brezovica, prizren, peja, prishtina, gjilan
pages: 20
design: bardhi haliti
printer: stencilkelder, amsterdam
first edition: 200
september 2012

the new age — no modern times

March 3rd, 2013

been looking for this 7 inch record for some time now, and finally got my hands on it. i can’t recall exactly how i came across this band, but it’s been a few years now that i have been looking for it. the new age is a band from kassel, germany and this record is put out by iron curtain records in 1980. the record contains the catalogue number “ICR 001″ which gives the indication that this was the first release of iron curtain label. it contains two songs “electric girl” and a remake of the famous zager and evans song “in the year 2525″. this seems to be the only vinyl released by the new age, other releases include a few live tapes and a soundtrack for a film.

what i found quite intriguing about the iron curtain was how the label was created. it was an initiative that came out of students from a video class in the kassel art academy at the end of the 70s as a production and a publishing platform. this meant they also published quite a few art and music fanzines during that time. this production and publishing platform had a station, which was an old abandoned industrial building in kassel. it’s also interesting how the music in some ways also reflects the political attitudes of that time in germany, a constant tension between the east and the west, two different cultural fields prevailing at that time. it’s also important to note the logo of the label made out of a barbered wire, with punk aesthetics.

currently reading

March 3rd, 2013

s. bag

March 24th, 2012

art basel statements / chert berlin

February 22nd, 2012

books books books!

February 22nd, 2012

my reading list for the next couple of months

and new zines!

new records acquired

February 21st, 2012

Berlin

February 21st, 2012

S.U. 2011

December 15th, 2011

Phone pics on a projector screen

December 15th, 2011

Amsterdam (Oct. 8—15)

November 2nd, 2011

veneramustafa f/w

October 23rd, 2011

Home

September 3rd, 2011

Novartis

September 1st, 2011

Book Proposal for Novartis Campus a few years ago while working at 2×4

Petrit Halilaj — Kostërrc (CH)

September 1st, 2011

This is a small catalogue I designed for CHERT Berlin and Bonner Kunstverein in Berlin for the exhibition of Petrit Halilaj — Kostërrc (CH) at Art Basel.