At Under the Leaf art book fair in 2022, Rooftop Press presented a Superchair with a concise reference library of artists’ publications assembled for the occasion. If books are understood as gatherings of ideas, thinking and making, the Superchair provides a cozy, hospitable space to meet these ideas and make friends with them.[+]
This iteration of the library was put together during Berlin Miss Read and Malmö Artist’s Book Biennial on the preceding two weekends. Borrowing from Aby Warburg’s rule of the good neighbour, whereby books are organised on shelves in such a way that they can contribute to the meaning of others around them, the selection encourages browsing and free association as ways of intuitively wandering between the titles. Together, they approach the idea of residue taking various byproducts of industrial and societal processes of both human and non-human actors of late capitalism as raw material or as focal points of artistic investigation.
Created by the architect and designer Ken Isaacs in 1967, the Superchair is a nomadic, multipurpose living structure based on a three dimensional matrix that’s both easy and affordable to make. The chair originally sought flexible solutions to the inefficiencies of modernist, single-purpose furniture design and a break with the midcentury cultural stagnation of individualism, capitalist expansion, and unsustainable material consumption. The selection of titles in the reference library suggests a small bibliographical survey into some of these concerns, which remain largely unsolved today.