Designed to look and feel like a chic new artsy/underground magazine, this big, floppy, glossy publication features art that mines contemporary youth subcultures–from vapid suburban party girls, to urban graffiti artists, to Goths, student athletes, losers, sluts, political activists, computer geeks, skaters and burgeoning homoeroticists. The artists featured include: Abetz / Drescher, Rita Ackermann, Joe Andoe, Marc Bijl, Anuschka Blommers & Niels Schumm, Slater Bradley, Daniele Buetti, Ian Cooper, Annelies Coste, Sue de Beer, Philip Lorca-DiCorcia, Amie Dicke, Tracey Emin, Luis Gispert, Anthony Goicolea, Janine Gordon, Matthew Greene, Lauren Greenfield, Kevin Hanley, Esther Harris, Rachel Howe, Pierre Huyghe, Laura Kikauka, Clemens Krauss, Hendrik Krawen, Liisa Lounila, Martin Maloney, Marlene McCarty, Ryan McGinley, Alex McQuilkin, Bjarne Melgaard, Alex Morrison, Joao Onofre, Lea Asja Pagenkemper, Mike Pare, Frederic Post, Bettina Pousttchi, L.A. Raven, Julika Rudelius, Collier Schorr, Kiki Seror, Ulrike Siecaup, Hannah Starkey, Tomoaki Suzuki, Alex Tennigkeit, Sue Tompkins, Gavin Turk, Iris van Dongen, Alejandro Vidal, Banks Violett. This book also contains essays by Jens Hoffman, Georg Seeslen, Niels Werber, Mercedes Bunz, Matthias Ulrich. What distinguishes the youth of today? The impulse of the young, the youthful and the forever young in our society is ever present and determining – independent of its affiliation to a generation: dynamism, flexibility, enthusiasm, but also friction and protest are just some parameters which influence our everyday life and our life together. In the exhibition, “The Youth of Today”, young artists grant us a diverse critical-analytical insight into the lives of young people. Through their selected media, the questions and problems, as well as the emotional structures describing these themes, are revealed. It is accompanying an exhibition at Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt.

Animals’ was a group exhibition that included artworks by seventeen acclaimed international contemporary artists from Europe and America from 24 Jun – 11 Sep 2004. The works in the exhibition all explore the issue of how the otherness of animals opens up new ways of thinking. Most of the works were new or previously unseen in the UK, with a number made especially for this exhibition. Artists exhibiting include Lothar Baumgarten, Berlinde de Bruyckere, Katharina Fritsch, Ellen Gallagher, John Isaacs, Marina Kappos, Mike Kelley, Oswaldo Macià, Jean-Luc Mylayne, Bruce Nauman, João Onofre, Marjetica Potr, Bojan arevi, Kiki Smith, Diana Thater, Rosemarie Trockel and Bill Viola. The works in the exhibition questioned the common ways we understand animals, and rather than objectifying or anthropomorphising them, present them as beings in their own right, often incomprehensible and mysterious. In Marina Kappos’s video, ‘Beast’, a domestic cat is shown larger than life-size in close-up from below, snarling at some unseen threat. Drawing attention to the similarities and differences between humans and animals the viewers’ everyday notions of human identity are challenged. Looking at animals in this way also encourages the viewer to acknowledge different ways of perceiving the world. Complex use of language differentiates humans from animals, and these works bring a focus to other methods of communication that have tended to be neglected.