The Swiss Issue re-visited: FGA#38

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FGA#20, the Swiss Issue—a field study on art & market, was made in 2008, the year of the financial crisis. It appeared in a domestic and an export version and was co-published with edition fink and episode publishers. 10 years later in 2018 we were back in Switzerland, living and working in the guest studio of the city of Zürich on top of the F+F academy, revisiting some of the people, topics, and places. The result of almost a year of work is our new issue FGA#38, What Live Could Be? This International Edition is supported by Stadt Zürich Kultur and published with edition fink.

FGA#38, What Life Could Be? (International Edition) is made in the context of Kunst: Szene Zürich, and was presented at Cabaret Voltaire and the art book fair Volumes in November 2018. Time goes fast—and slow at the same time. In the past ten years some glaciers have changed more than some people have. The bank secret changed, the banknotes changed, opening hours of the supermarket changed, leisure and working hours shifted, artists initiatives turned into institutes, museums into event halls, schools into educational multiplexes, factories into Kunsthalles and cheap studios, cheap studios into high-end apartments, and office space—well, into pretty much everything. How is everyone doing nowadays? What is aging? What are the long lines in and through time? Are new institutes made of bits of old ones? What can we learn from long-standing artist/curator-run and institutional structures? What about the many COOPS and Genossenschaften for living and working (for artists), one of the main subjects that we have looked at for this issue? That is why we also call FGA#38 the COOP Issue.

FGA starts from a local situation, in this case, Zürich (our temporary home base for almost 6 months), Geneva, and other places in Switzerland, a microcosm where larger general issues play out in specific ways that we think are also very urgent for the rest of the (art) world.

Robert Hamelijnck & Nienke Terpsma

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Image- and Text contributions by:
Stefan Burger, Delphine Chapuis Schmitz, Hayat Erdogan, Tine Milz und Julia Reichert, Anne-Laure Franchette, Patrizia Mazzei und Andreas Marti, Haus am Gern, Michael Hiltbrunner, Marco Jacomella and Michele D’Ariano Simionato, Marta Margnetti and Giacomo Galletti, Pietro Mattioli, Jan van Oordt, Elodie Pong, Arthur de Pury, Boris Siemaszko and Melina Wilson, Curdin Tones, Micha Zweifel

Dokuments, fragments and quotes by:
Søren Berner, Stefan Burger, CIRA, Ernst Gisel, Terrence Mc Kenna, Otto Mueller, Serge Stauffer

Artists and editors: Robert Hamelijnck & Nienke Terpsma
360 pages, 72 img., 52 in colour, 17 facsimiles
19 x 13 cm, paperback
Design: Nienke Terpsma, Rotterdam
Publisher: edition fink. Zürich 2018
ISBN 978-3-03746-232-4
ISSN 1874-0227
CHF 24.00 / EUR 19.95 / USD 25.00