On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of do it, Hans Ulrich Obrist has collaborated with Independent Curators International (ICI) on its newest iteration, do it: the compendium (ICI and DAP, May 2013). The new publication will present the history of this landmark project and give new potential to its future.
Adrian Piper asks audiences to hum a tune in order to enter a room. Ben Kinmont wants us to “invite a stranger into [our] home for breakfast.” Alexandre Singh teaches us how to turn wine into soda. Yoko Ono encourages us to keep wishing. And Mircea Cantor demands we “burn this book. ASAP,” but John Armleder says to do “None of the above.”
Along with a selection of instructions by 250 artists, 84 of which are newly published for the 20th anniversary, do it: the compendium will also include essays contextualizing do it; a new interview with Obrist; and documentation from past iterations, including exhibition images, texts, and interviews.
Obrist, Hans Ulrich, do it: the compendium, Independent Curators International (ICI), New York and Distributed Art Publishers, May 2013, 448 pages. ISBN: 978-1-938922-01-5. $35.00.
Foreword and acknowledgement by Kate Fowle and Frances Wu Giarratano; Introduction by Hans Ulrich Obrist; Essays by Bruce Altshuler, Hu Fang, Virginia Perez-Ratton, and Elizabeth Presa.