A Conversation on Time in Publishing
Josh Melnick, Prem Krishnamurthy, Adam Michaels
Thursday 12 July, 2012
52 Prince Street
The 8 Train by Josh Melnick, published by Art In General
In 2009, artist Josh Melnick adapted a scientific research camera to film portraits of New York City subway riders in slow motion – very slow motion – about 100 times slower than normal film speed. The result was a portrait of time attenuated, as if a moment were viewed through a high-powered microscope, revealing a degree of temporal detail inaccessible to a naked eye. These near-static video portraits were installed at Art In General through its New Commissions program under the title The 8 Train. Yet the book is not a document of the artistʼs work. Rather than prescribing meaning through documentation and analytical description, the publication takes Melnickʼs video portraits as a point of departure and aims to facilitate a multifaceted dialogue, as a counterpoint to direct, critical approaches to understanding and encapsulating works of art. In its searching essays and conversations, The 8 Train asks, how do we experience time? How are our experiences of time and consciousness related? As technology changes temporal perception, does it also change consciousness?
Edited by Angie Keefer and with contributions from Anne Barlow, Mark Beasley, Eva Diaz, Naomi Fry, Dan Hill, Prem Krishnamurthy, Ermal Lamcaj, Ohad Meromi, Walter Murch, Christopher Phillips, Sharon Salzberg, Jean-Paul Sartre, Cara Starke, Lawrence Weschler, and Gregory Zinman.
Inventory Books is a platform for the synthesis of textual and visual research on transformations in urban spaces and culture. Edited and designed by Adam Michaels at Project Projects and published by Princeton Architectural Press, the series presents rigorous content in an accessible format for a diverse public. The first two titles in the series are Street Value: Shopping, Planning, and Politics at Fulton Mall (IB01) by Rosten Woo and Meredith TenHoor with Damon Rich (with a photo essay by Gus Powell), and Above the Pavement—The Farm! Architecture & Agriculture at P.F.1 (IB02) by Dan Wood and Amale Andraos (with a Foreword by Fritz Haeg, an essay by Meredith TenHoor, and an afterword by Winy Maas).
Project Projects is a design studio focusing on print, identity, exhibition, and interactive work with clients in art and architecture. The studio was founded in 2004 by Prem Krishnamurthy and Adam Michaels; Rob Giampietro joined as a principal in 2010. Project Project’s clients include the Berkeley Art Museum, Bard College Center for Curatorial Studies, Bernard Tschumi Architects, BOZAR Brussels, Canadian Centre for Architecture, Field Operations, Guggenheim Museum, Harvard GSD, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Museo Tamayo, The Museum of Modern Art, National Museum of China, New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, Phaidon, Princeton Architectural Press, SALT (Istanbul), Steven Holl Architects, Tablet magazine, Vera List Center for Art & Politics, Whitney Museum of American Art, WORKac, and the Yale University Art Gallery.