A Needle Walks into a Haystack – The Book
Co-edited by Mai Abu ElDahab, Anthony Huberman and Camille Pageard. Published by Koenig Books and Liverpool Biennial
144 pages / 30 b/w drawings / Softcover with printed edges
This book is published on the occasion of Liverpool Biennial 2014. Bringing together a wide range of contributions, it is edited by Mai Abu ElDahab and Anthony Huberman, the co-curators of the Biennial Exhibition A Needle Walks into a Haystack, with Camille Pageard, whom they invited to be co-editor.
A Needle Walks into a Haystack reflects on how notions of intimacy, delinquency, and inefficiency inform and permeate many contemporary art practices today. This publication is not intended as a catalogue or documentation, but as another ‘site’ of the exhibition, locating a similar spirit in the work of cultural critics, novelists, philosophers, poets and others who work with the written word. The contributors were asked to respond to and extend specific texts, references or ideas that informed the process of conceiving the exhibition itself.
The publication consists of new texts by the curators and by Keren Cytter (IL), Angie Keefer (US), Hassan Khan (EG), Karl Larsson (SE), Eileen Myles (US), Lisa Robertson (CA) and Matthew Stadler (US), along with existing texts by David Antin (US), George Szirtes (HU) Edward Said (1935–2003, US), with drawings by Abraham Cruzvillegas (MX).
The book extends the exhibition to the written word, locating a similar spirit in the work of cultural critics, novelists, philosophers, poets, and others. A Needle Walks into a Haystack is published by Koenig Books and Liverpool Biennial and designed by Sara De Bondt and Mark El-khatib.