The 216-page publication concludes the 2011 exhibition cycle 'Amikejo', which included exhibitions by Pennacchio Argentato; Iratxe Jaio & Klaas van Gorkum; Uqbar (Irene Kopelman & Mariana Castillo Deball and Fermín Jiménez Landa & Lee Welch at the Laboratorio 987, the project space of the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León (MUSAC).
The volume includes texts on each exhibition by the exhibition curators Latitudes, reprinted texts by Giorgio Agamben ('Notes on Gesture', 1996) and Georges Perec (excerpts from "Species of Spaces and Other Pieces Gesture", 1974), installation views, biographies of the participating artists, as well as specially-commissioned essays by scientists and academics:
(Professor of Modern European Philosophy and Director of the Centre for
Research in Modern European Philosophy at Kingston University London)
text "‘Fragments of the future’: Notes on project space" centres on the idea of ‘project space’
as a peculiar one insofar as it characterizes a type of space wholly by
its appropriateness for a particular kind of temporalization: the
temporalization of the project. What is the distinctive spatialization
corresponding to this? And how is it affected by the specifically
artistic coding of a project?;
Ryszard Żelichowski (Professor and Director for Scientific Research at the Institute of Political Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences) text "Neutral Moresnet and Amikejo – The Forgotten Children of the Congress of Vienna" offers an overview of how Neutral Moresnet (the state 'renamed' Amikejo in 1908) came into existence;
(Former Professor of Leisure Studies at Tilburg University and
currently faculty member of the Tilburg Sustainability Center and
Visiting Professor of the Chinese Academy of Sciences) text "Free time. The rise and fall of a social project"
traces western society’s relation to work and time, from Seneca the
Younger, through the rise of the factory and Frederick Winslow Taylor's
'The Principles of Scientific Management' (1911), to today's blurring of
labour and leisure;
(Research scientist at NCB Naturalis, an endowed chair for Insect
Biodiversity at the University of Groningen and an Associate Professor
at Leiden University) text "On Mirror Images in Nature: How Identical Forms Can Be Completely Different"
reflects on Uqbar's exhibition centered on chirality: on how in
asymmetric animals and plants, sometimes both mirror-image forms exist
side by side, but sometimes only one exists, the other being