The Contemporary Condition - There Is No Now. An Archaeology of Contemporaneity
Sternberg Press 2017 ISBN 9783956793516 Acqn 27987
Pb 12x19cm 104pp £7.25

Drawing together discourses on contemporaneity and new materialisms, this book examines a
material conception of temporality that makes it possible to develop a critique of the philosophical
discourse on presence. Claiming that “there is no now,” Ebeling develops an archaeology of
contemporaneity according to which the traces of the contemporary can only be secured through
visual or material operations, not historical ones.

The Promise Of Total Automation
Sternberg Press 2017 ISBN 9783956793578 Acqn 27969
Pb 13x18cm 186pp 161ills 135col £10.75

The exhibition “The Promise of Total Automation” investigated our relationship to a world of
machines, technological objects, and electronic devices. The prospect of a fully automated
future—while acutely reshaping the notions of work, production, and value creation—also feeds
emancipatory scenarios ultimately leading to the end of labour. Total automation is upon us but
its liberating promise is yet to be claimed.

This book surveys the literature on that story. It tracks its fabric, layers, and mediations, and
unfolds a bibliography and chronology of automation and of its promises.

Annika Bender - Death of an Art Critic
Sternberg Press 2017 ISBN 9783956793479 Acqn 27985
Pb 12x18cm 96pp £7.95

“The idea behind Donnerstag was to insist on the difference between good art and bad art. I am
aware of how anachronistic that sounds and how quickly it evokes the image of an old critic-
pontiff wagging his authoritarian pointer finger. But even that image is founded in a
misunderstanding: the caricaturesque exaggeration of the critic’s voice as dictatorial. But it’s
really nothing more than that very voice. And it pronounces a judgment that is not juridical, but
ideally worth nothing more than the argument at its core. It’s far more authoritarian and
antidemocratic to deny a public voice the act of judgment and concede to a postheroically styled
art writer nothing more than the task of pointing at something. […] Whoever just leaves it at that
has also parted ways with any hope of open rivalry between arguments.” —Annika Bender

This book is an adaptation of Annika Bender’s lecture “Jump! You Fuckers!” which was presented
at Kunsthalle Bern in the context of a series on overproduction and ambivalence in contemporary
art. Annika Bender was one of the pseudonyms of artists Dominic Osterried and Steffen Zillig,
who wrote the blog Donnerstag (now discontinued) under her name. To make the criticism she
proposed possible, and make public its conditions and inherent contradictions—as well as
articulate the reasons for her disappearance—it proved necessary to confer Bender to the

ars viva 2018 - Anna-Sophie Berger, Oscar Enberg, Zac Langdon-Pole
Sternberg Press 2017 ISBN 9783956793547 Acqn 27998
Pb 21x28cm 128pp 35col ills £21.25

Edited by Kulturkreis der deutschen Wirtschaft im BDI e. V.
Texts by Simon Baier, Gü rsoy Doğtaş, Gregory Kan, Laura McLean-Ferris, Hans Ulrich Obrist

Since 1953, the Kulturkreis der deutschen Wirtschaft im BDI e. V. has awarded the ars viva Prize
to young artists living in Germany. This year, it goes to Anna-Sophie Berger (*1989), Oscar
Enberg (*1988), and Zac Langdon-Pole (*1988). The prize includes two exhibitions at renowned
art institutions in Germany and Belgium, the ars viva catalogue, and an artist residency on Fogo
Island (Canada).