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Do It: The Compendium

Co-published by Independent Curators International (ICI) and D.A.P. 2013. Softcover. 448 pages. Images: Black-and-white illustrations throughout (all digital). ISBN: 978-1-938922-01-5. OUT OF PRINT

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 Elisabeth Presa.

do it began in Paris in 1993 with a discussion between the artists Christian Boltanski and Bertrand Lavier, and curator Hans Ulrich Obrist, who was experimenting with how exhibition formats could be made more flexible and open-ended. The conversation developed into the question of whether a show could be made from “scores” or written instructions by artists, inspired by movements such as fluxus, and which could be openly interpreted every time they were presented. To begin Obrist invited thirteen artists to send instructions, which were then translated into 9 different languages and circulated internationally as a book.

do it: the compendium includes essays contextualizing do it, a collection of artists’ instructions from past editions, and new artists’ instructions commissioned specifically for this book and 20th anniversary exhibition. The most comprehensive do it publication to date, this book shares instructions from 250 artists, 84 of which are newly published.

Do It: The Compendium is out of print.

Inside Do it

Miller, John

Finding One's Place (2002)

Hatoum, Mona

How to Turn Your Ordinary Kitchen Utensils Into Modern Electrical Appliances (1996) (extract from Surviving in the 90's by Mona Hatoum)

Cantor, Mircea

Untitled (2004)

Inside Do it

  • Miller, John

    Finding One's Place (2002)

    Hatoum, Mona

    How to Turn Your Ordinary Kitchen Utensils Into Modern Electrical Appliances (1996) (extract from Surviving in the 90's by Mona Hatoum)

    Cantor, Mircea

    Untitled (2004)

PRESS

PRESS

  • “DIY Art: Just do it,” in The Economist July 3, 2013

    “Summer Reading” in Cultured July 1, 2013

    “do it” in Dwell Magazine June 18, 2013

    ” ‘do it’ again” in ARTnews June 1, 2013

  • “In Pictures” | Hans Ulrich Obrist: “do it, the compendium” from AnOther Magazine May 14, 2013

    “Hans Ulrich Obrist Tun Sie Es!” in Das Magazin May 12, 2013

    “Launch of ‘Do It: The Compendium’”...in my Art Guides May 10, 2013


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