Maize Books, an imprint of Michigan Publishing, has just published #exstrange: A CURATORIAL INTERVENTION ON EBAY. The book documents the #exstrange project, curated by Rebekah Modrak and Marialaura Ghidini (Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology Professor). Over 80 contemporary artists and designers created as auctions-as-artworks for the project on eBay using the elements of the auction listing as tools of production.
The book features essays and interviews by prominent cultural critic Mark Dery, journalist Rob Walker, critic Miriam La Rosa, curator Gaia Tedone, and media scholar Padma Chirumamilla.
#exstrange book launches around the world will celebrate the DIY spirit of the project in circumventing traditional art gatekeeping. The first event has already taken place in Berlin, Germany. Upcoming launches are planned for Mexico City (Mexico); Barcelona (Spain); Hong Kong; Melbourne (Australia); Providence (RI, USA); London (UK); and Calgary (Alberta, Canada). For updates about events, visit the #exstrange Facebook page.
Locally, Professor Modrak will host an event at Literati bookstore in Ann Arbor on Tuesday, October 10 at 7pm, with #exstrange participants Sophia Brueckner (Assistant Professor, Stamps School), Masimba Hwati (MFA candidate, Stamps School), Fred Feinberg (Professor, Ross School of Business), and Padma Chirumamilla (PhD candidate, School of Information) describing their contributions to the project.
REBEKAH MODRAK & CONTRIBUTORS: #EXSTRANGE
Tuesday, October 10 at 7pm
124 E Washington, Ann Arbor, MI 48104