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CCA’s new publications of its Singles Collection

CCA’s new publications of its Singles Collection

The Canadian Center for Architecture (CCA) recently launched two new books for their series Singles: Stefano Graziani’s Documents from Gordon Matta-Clark’s personal library and Robert Kett’s Prospects Beyond Futures: Counterculture White Meets Red Power. This last one is the result of Kett’s participation in the CCA Emerging Curator program, which aims to take the institution’s curatorial work into unexplored territories.

Kett, an anthropologist and curator based in California, pointed to the need to study the confluence of new media practices and the influence of Indigenous culture in the design work of the American counterculture: looking back at this moment, he suggested, would open new perspectives on contemporary debates concerning cultural appropriation and design methodology. By offering the CCA the chance to explore these questions, the project also identified important gaps in its collection and programming regarding the presence of Indigenous voices.

The last two publication of the Singles series of the CCA: Stefano Graziani and Robert J. Kett:
Photo: NESS

Robert Kett, Prospects Beyond Futures: Counterculture White Meets Red Power (CCA, 2020) ,
pages 16-17 © CCA

Robert Kett, Prospects Beyond Futures: Counterculture White Meets Red Power (CCA, 2020),
pages 2-3 and pages 52-53 © CCA

The book on Gordon Matta-Clark is a recount of Stefano Graziani’s experience while finding the architect’s personal library while exploring the CCA Collection. The library consists of seventy publications that cover a wide range of subjects from architecture and art history to alchemy, communications, cultural studies, literature, philosophy, and psychology. In the first volume of the CCA Singles series, Graziani selects thirty titles that convey Matta-Clark’s universe.

Stefano Graziani, Documents from Gordon Matta-Clark’s personal library (CCA, 2020), pages 8-9. © CCA

Stefano Graziani, Documents from Gordon Matta-Clark’s personal library (CCA, 2020), pages 4-5. © CCA

CCA Singles are short printed one-offs that present one voice, one object, or one event. Ranging from raw source material to edited topical reflections, they propose intimate contact with ideas generated or collected at the CCA. You can find these books and more at their online bookstore.

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CREDITS:
Robert J. Kett
Prospects Beyond Futures: Counterculture White Meets Red Power CCA, 2020
Design by NORM, Zurich
15.4 x 23.1 cm, 64 pages
16 CAD

Stefano Graziani
Documents from Gordon Matta-Clark’s personal library CCA, 2020
Design by NORM, Zurich
20 x 30 cm, 32 pages
16 CAD

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