Zagreb: Galerije grada Zagreba, 1969. First edition. Softcover 4to in pictorial wrappers printed in pink and black, with pages printed in black on matte and glossy stock, including two sheets on transparent vellum. 145 + 3 pp. Parallel text in Serbo-Croatian and alternating English, French, and German.
Issue no. 5–6 of the art publication bit INTERNATIONAL largely focusing on 'The Theory of Information' and 'The New Aesthetics.' Nine issues in total were published in the former Yugoslavia between 1968–1972, with this double issue no. 5–6 on the history, evolution, and theory of visual and concrete poetry in the mass-age. Edited by Vera Horvat-Pintaric with contributions divided up into chapters compiled by Max Bense, Tomaz Brejc, Zeljko Bujas, Branimir Donat, and Siegfried J. Schmidt, and designed by Ivan Picelj, a founding member of the New Tendencies movement. First chapter in Serbo-Croatian and English by Vera Horvat-Pintaric titled 'the word-image,' in which the opening line aptly reads 'destruction of the gutenberg galaxy.' Second chapter in Serbo-Croatian and French by Branimir Donat titled 'poésie concrète-cosmognie poètique de l’ère technologique.' Third chapter in Serbo-Croatian and German by Max Bense titled 'konkrete poesie.' Fourth chapter in Serbo-Croatian and French by Tomaz Brejc titled ‘la compagnie "oho" et la poésie topographique en Slovènie.' Fifth chapter in Serbo-Croatian and German by Siegfried J. Schmidt titled ‘computopoeme.’ Sixth chapter in Serbo-Croatian and English consisting of ‘news’ with a section on computer art titled ‘first croatian literary texts computer-recessed,’ and a section titled ‘t-4 / tendencies 4’ outlining news from the Gallery of Contemporary Art in Zagreb, including notes about an event titled ‘computers and visual research,’ which was an international competition with a jury composed of Umberto Eco, Karl Gerstner, Vera Horvat-Pintaric, Boris Kelemen, and Martin Krampen, where artists were asked to submit ‘achievements in the realm of computer-aided visual research.’ Elaborately illustrated throughout with contributions by Herbert Spencer, Wim Crouwel, Hansjörg Mayer, Herb Lubalin, Karl Gerstner, Markus Kutter, Lance Wyman, Leslie Mezei, Bruno Munari, Stéphane Mallarmé, Guillaume Apollinaire, Theo van Doesburg, F. T. Marinetti, Kurt Schwitters, Francis Picabia, Herbert Bayer, Chermayeff and Geismar, Franz Mon, Paul de Vree, Arigo Lora-Totino, John Furnival, Timm Ulrichs, Ladislav Novak, Claus Bremer, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Vaclav Havel, Mathias Goeritz, Augusto de Campos, Diter Rot, Jirí Valoch, Ilija Zdanevic, El Lissitzky, A. M. Cassandre, Lazlo Moholy-Nagy, Ken Cox, Alain Arias-Misson, Katué Kitasono, Reinhard Döhl, Lamberto Pignotti, Bob Cobbing, Bohumila Grögerová, Josef Hirsal, Hans Clavin, Pierre Garnier, Maurice Lemaître, Vicemo Accame, Jean-François Bory, Iztok Geister, Franci Zagoricn, and Matjaz Haniek among several others. The global village is mostly all here, although seemingly lacking the visual presence of Mary Ellen Solt, who is only mentioned in text in the second chapter, but not supported with any works from her canonical contribution to the field.
Very good with rubbing to covers, including faint indentation of a price written in pencil at upper front cover now erased, a small blue ink mark along right front cover margin, reading crease along spine, and bumps to corners. Item #970
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