Author(s)/Editor(s): Bernhard Cella
Publisher: Salon für Kunstbuch
Dimensions: 130 × 190cm
No-ISBN, the first comprehensive guide to this phenomenon, catalogues these extraordinary books, featuring 1,800 print publications currently circulating without an ISBN. New texts from diverse corners of this alternative art book world contextualize the books presented in this volume in a history of alternative media and discuss the contemporary boom in micro- and fanzine fairs that give these titles a marketplace.
Essays and manifestoes from current artists outline the personal and political stakes of forgoing the standard practices of publishing. As Lisa Rosenblatt asks in her essay in this volume: “ISBN or NO-ISBN?—What ’tis nobler?”
From the table of contents:
… more real than art The art of collecting * NO-ISBN * No return to analogue * Printed space as a legacy of conceptual art * Archival strategies * The downfall of the Gutenberg galaxy * Do you like Mexico? * Tackling Tactility * Surviving on books * Post-digital publishing * Gezilla vs. ISIStanbul * UbuWeb wants to be free * NO-ISBN as a political strategy * The new art of making books * Balcony manifesto