The award winning publication “Atlas of Trans-formation” (“The Best Book design from all over the World of the year 2010” by the Stiftung Buchkunst Leipzig – Gold Medal – and “The most Beautiful Swiss Books of the year 2010” by the Swiss Federal Office of Culture – Silver Medal) displays transformation processes, above all social and political changes since the fall of the Iron Wall in Czech Republic, without mak-ing claims of completeness. The exhibited frag-mentariness in itself delivers a manifesto of openness and the need for agility in today’s poli-tical, social and historical handling. Concurrent-ly this – sort of – global guidebook of transfor-mation processes conveys permanent change, constancy and continuity on almost 800 pages.
Being art book, laboratory of cultural scientific overview and documentation report of the travelling exhibition “Monument to Transformation” at the same time the Atlas contains 233 items altogether – diagrams newly created as well as borrowed – from the list of entries put together by the editors, the editorial board and the over 100 authors of this book. These entries were supplemented by newly written texts and by a selection of previously published texts. The authors of the topically written entries knew the whole list of entries, but they did not know their content, so that they could relate to them only as concepts without specific content. The key to the editor’s choice of all the elements corresponded to the broad spectrum of motivations which characterize this publication.
The purpose of this publication is the production of difference – in fields, methodologies, politics, dynasties, races, genders, etc.; the active re-presentation of memory; and the creation of possible alternatives of the future new order. The Atlas brings together a collection of empirical, symbolic, and critical texts from many disciplines – history, political science, art criticism, theory of criticism, literature, visual poetry, and verse – as well as a number of texts which were manifestos in their time. The point of this mass fields is to create an autonomous space for reflection and the imagination so that it is possible, in the emancipatory movement from primary objectivist, and engaged thinking, to proceed to activity.
It is the english translation of the 2009 released czech edition „Atlas Transformace“, the literal outcome and continuation of the project and exhibitions Monument to Transformation, a 3-year research project on social transformation that was also presented in 2009 at the Prague City Gallery and continued travelling to several other locations in Europe. It was curated by Vit Havránek and Zbyněk Baladrán, who also are the chief editors of this monumental publication.
List of Authors:
Ayreen Anastas, Aristide Antonas, Babi Badalov, Zbyněk Baladrán, Leszek Balcerowicz, Joaquín Barriendos Rodríguez, Pavel Barša, Ricardo Basbaum, Hrach Bayadyan, Václav Bělohradský, Erick Beltrán, Hakim Bey, Homi K. Bhabha, Fedor Blaščák, Egon Bondy, Svetlana Boym, Boris Buden, Cabello/Carceller, Nerea Calvillo, David Chioni Moore, Keti Chukhrov, Ana Paula Cohen, Lásló Csaba, Juliane Debeusscher, Gilles Deleuze, Agela Detanico, Joanna Erbel, René Gabri, Mariano García, Timothy Garton Ash, Ernest Gellner, Alexander Gerner, Adéla Gjuričová, Cristián Gómez Moya, Marina Gržinić, Pierre-Félix Guattari, Joaõ Maria Gusmaõ, Boris Groys, Jiří Havel, Beatriz Herraez, Karl Holmqvist, Fang Hu, Jeong Hwan Joe, Jaime Iregui, Frederic Jameson, Ana Janevski, Srdjan Jovanović Weiss, Ilja Kabakov, Franz Kafka, Jens Kastner, Alexander Kiossev, Zdeněk Košek, Karel Kosík, Primož Krašovec, David Kulhánek, Rafael Lain, Andrej Lankov, Eileen Legaspi-Ramirez, Mikołaj Lewicki, Tomislav Z. Longinović, Karl Lydén, Artem Magun, Radim Marada, Françoise Mayer, Adam Mazur, Viktor Misiano, Rastko Močnik, Ji Yoon Moon, Vlad Morariu, Julia Moritz, Chantal Mouffe, Boris Ondreička, Anatolij Osmolovskij, Milan Otáhal, Pedro Paiva, Livia Pancu, Alexei Penzin, Georges Perec, Lia Perjovschi, Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez, Miroslav Petříček, François Piron, Tomáš Pospiszyl, Jiří Přibáň, Raqs Media Collective, Kārlis Račevskis, Teresa Riccardi, Ninotchka Rosca, Sergio Rubira, Jacques Rupnik, Keiko Sei, Marco Scotini, Milan Šimečka, Martin Škabraha, Kostis Stafilakis, Yannis Stavrakakis, Mladen Stilinović, Jiří Suk, Zdislav Šulc, Marcel Tomášek, Vassilis Vamvakas, Vangelis Vlahos, Raluca Voinea, Viktor Vorobyev, Yelena Vorobyeva, Haegue Yang, Igor Zabel, Milan Zelený, Magdalena Ziółkowska, Slavoj Žižek