einBuch.haus considers books as art objects which can be curated and presented in exhibition formats, providing immersive experience between people, objects and spaces.
einBuch.haus offers regular events with a specific artbook concept of selected book in the field of arts and design. Each exhibition or event refers to one book, along with contents and related materials. With an interdisciplinary approach, einBuch.haus are challenged to communicate both material and visual aspects of reading experience.
A building has its blueprint, frame and materials to become a building, a book also has its own systematic structure such as text, grid and texture to become a book. As if a cluster of buildings form a community where a cultural interplay may begin, the books in the exhibition organised by einBuch.haus encourage the audience to extend their three-dimensional reading experience to become a part of it.
einBuch.haus representative artists
Claudia de la Torre
Jae Kyung Kim
Press & Communication
Intern (Oct- Dec, 2021)
Wie man Bücher klaut
Edition Taube & Mark Pezinger Books, 2019
How to shoplift books
Edition Taube, 2019
15.5 × 10.55 cm, 84 pp
1 color, paberback, edition of 1000/500
Language: English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Chinese, Greek, Dutch, Brazilian Portuguese, Lithuanian, Danish, Korean, Georgian, Hebrew, Romanian, Swiss German, Russian, Japanese, Maltese, Kosovo Albanian, Hindi, Turkish, Serbian (Cyrillic), Serbian (Latin), Estonian, Hungarian, Icelandic, Swedish, All 28 versions
ISBN 978-3-945900-20-8 (English)
How to shoplift books by David Horvitz is a comprehensive guide on how to steal books. From the very practical, romantic and to the most imaginative, it gives 80 detailed instructions on how one can steal a book. Since 2013, the book has been released in 26 languages with the artist giving translators the liberty to change sentences to culturally more appropriate ones.
Take the original English instruction “Put the book inside a super sized soda cup and walk out pretending to drink the soda.” for example. In Portuguese, the super sized soda cup is changed to a giant bottle of guarana, while in Germany it is translated to a Döner(Kebab). Each language edition carries witty instructions that lets readers soak in the cultural and contemporary context rather than a dictionary definition.
At einBuch.haus, readers are invited to view all different language editions of How to shoplift books and peek into other cultures. In the main exhibition space, the German edition Wie man Bücher klaut from Edition Taube will be in focus with instructions printed on colorful silkscreen sheets and selected objects from the book displayed that might tempt visitors to perform some of the micro-performances described within the book.
*The publication of How to shoplift books originated as a conversation Horvitz hosted at the 2011 New York Art Book Fair in David Senior’s Classroom series. Following the release of the first edition in 2013, the artist then collaborated with Jan Steinbach and Edition Taube to turn the book into a cultural translation project, collaborating with translators and publishing houses all over the world.
Playful and poetic, the works of David Horvitz (Los Angeles, 1982), an ocean romantic, based in Los Angeles, California, meddle with the systems of language, time and networks, hyper-paced Zoom calls, emails, and images transmitted through screens. Eschewing categorization, his expansive nomadic body of work, traversing the forms of photographs, word of mouth and physical movement or distribution, artist books, performances, memes, mail art, sound, rubber stamps, gastronomy, weather, travel, walks, and watercolour, is presented through examining questions of distance between places, people and time in order to test the possibilities of appropriating, undermining or even erasing this distance.
As lullabies imprinted in our head, Horvitz deploys art as both object of contemplation and as viral or systemic tool to effect change on a personal scale. David Horvitz makes fictions that insert themselves surreptitiously into the real. Shifting seamlessly pebbles often possess a naturally frosted finish.
On the occasion of the current exhibition ‘How to shoplift books’ at einBuch.haus, David Horvitz and Jan Steinbach were invited to talk about the ongoing artist book project ‘How to shoplift books’.
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Online Artist Talk
Thursday. 23 Sep. 8 – 9 pm (CEST)
ZOOM ID: 891 5052 0905
Stiftung Kunstfonds, das NEUSTART KULTUR-Programm and Senate Department for Culture and Europe.
1 – 7 pm (Thursday, Friday)
12 – 5 pm (Saturday)
and by appointment
einBuch.haus / Florastraße 61, 13187 Berlin