Blueprint for Counter Education is one of the defining (but neglected) works of radical pedagogy of the Vietnam War era. Originally published in 1970 and integrated into the design of the Critical Studies curriculum at CalArts, the book was accompanied by large graphic posters that could serve as a portable learning environment for a new process-based model of education, and a bibliography and checklist that map patterns and relationships between radical thought and artistic practices—from the avant-gardes to postmodernism—with Marcuse and McLuhan serving as points of anchorage.
Accompanying this new facsimile edition of the book, posters, and slipcase is a 64-page booklet featuring a conversation with the original Blueprint authors Maurice Stein, Larry Miller, and designer Marshall Henrichs, as well as essays from Jeffrey Schnapp, Paul Cronin, and notes on the design by Adam Michaels of Project Projects.
A stunning exhibition catalogue to mark the centenary of the foundation of the Italian futurist movement, whose 1909 manifesto proclaimed "that the world’s magnificence has been enriched by a new beauty: the beauty of speed." The book contains the first-ever anthology of key nineteenth and twentieth-century statements on speed and slowness from Thomas de Quincey to F. T. Marinetti to J. G. Ballard, and it provides an innovative, synthetic, in-depth investigation into speed’s significance with respect to modern life—time-space compression; and new ideas about pleasure, selfhood, and consumption; changes in the character and pace of urban and rural life; new modes of organizing, communicating, and sharing information. The exhibition will be launched at the Canadian Center for Architecture (Montreal) in May 2009, in concomitance with the Montreal Grand Prix Formula One race. It will then travel to the Wolfsonian-FIU (Miami Beach) to reopen in February 2010 during the annual celebrations of Daytona Speed Week.
Schnapp, Jeffrey, and Matthew Tievs, ed. 2006. Crowds. Stanford University Press. Abstract
Crowds explores the key role assumed by human multitudes in modern life by means of a graphically innovative, multi-author volume in which essays, word histories, and personal testimonies are woven together into a multiperspectival and multilayered group portrait. The portrait in question includes analyses of market crowds, crowds in modern art and literature, modern assemblies as compared to their premodern and ancient counterparts, modern sports crowds, human multitudes and mass media such as photography and cinema, crowds as political actors, and the emergence of crowd-centered discourses in social sciences such as psychology, anthropology, and sociology. Contributors include Stefan Jonsson, Allen Guttmann, Susanna Elm, John Plotz, Christine Poggi, William Egginton, Haun Saussy, Joan Ramon Resina, and Charles Tilly, with testimonies by authors such as Greil Marcus, Richard Rorty, Michel Serres, Alain Schnapp, Michael Hardt, T. J. Clark, and Susan Buck-Morss. The book represents the main output of one of the Stanford Humanities Lab's prototype "Big Humanities" projects and is supported by an extensive website (http://crowds.stanford.edu) which includes virtual galleries, video capture of the November 2005 Crowds seminar, and a database of early social science readings on modern crowds.