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7/27/2010

The Great Method, new developments, or how to use books, making them production




This is a kind of meta-advertisement. I recognize it. And it is fine like this. But it is also about books producing other, new, fresh books, or lectures or whatever. In a word: production. Bertolt Brecht's Me-ti, Book of Changes was once the main core of a theoretical and practical artist book about "method". Designed by Swiss designers Julia Born and Laurenz Brunner the book got the prize of “Le plus beaux livres suisses de l’année 2007”.
Now, our book entitled "The Great Method" from Casco Issues X continues producing interpretations and becoming a source of inspiration beyond the logic of marketable "produits devivées".
On the left there is a poster that announces a presentation of this book selected by Barbara Steiner, director of the Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig, in the framework of a series of design book presentations hosted by designer and teacher Oliver Klimpel at the Leipzig Academy of Visual Arts.
The "method" is simple and can be used and recycled. It is a good idea: someone presents a book and during a space-time he/she introduces its formal and content devices to the class room using a video-camera that registers the hands of the speaker manipulating the book back and forward. The images are broadcasted to a screen where the students can follow it at the same time that listen the speaker’s voice.
As Barbara said: the book is about re-reading Brecht-through Jameson-through Benjamin-etc. The educational use of books, in this way, it is a practical way of making theory life. I couldn’t imagine a better way of introducing references into a pedagogical context that bringing books exposing them into the light not only as recipients of
content but also as specific forms in themselves to be deciphered.

I posted earlier about this. 

This other “Great Method” was published last year by the collective Chto Delat? where I published a short article entitled “From Method to Change: Dialectics in Contemporary Art” that followed my essay “Methodologies” published in the volume above. This new “Great Method” can be seen as a continuation of the older. But, what is new, what old. There is a historicity of received ideas as there is an ecology of them. 

As Brecht himself wrote:

The old new
A disciple told Me-ti: “what you teach is not new. The same has been taught by Ka-meh and Mi en-leh and many others.” Me-ti answered: “I teach it because it is old, that is, because it could be forgotten and considered valid only for past times. Are there not many people for whom all this is completely new?
In  Me-ti: Buch der Wendungen, Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp Verlag, 1983, p. 111.

You, dear reader, can download a pdf copy of this newspaper somewhere clicking here.
It is also worthy to see the cover of the Russian version of this “Great Method” with its Cyrillic letters. 


Newspaper paper yellows so quickly. It is fine to fix it into a photograph?