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Bookshop Selection: 'Art for (and within) a Citizen Scene' & 'Be Water, My Friend'

New in store! A book consisting of two interconnected volumes: Art for (and within) a Citizen Scene & Be Water, My Friend co-published by Framer Framed and Willem de Kooning Academy is now in our book store!


vol.1: Art for (and within) a Citizen Scene connects people working within South-East-Asia contexts to share their creative practices. Through speculative, open-ended conversations, the contributors explore questions such as: If we shift our attention away from artistic practices based on object production and individual success, what do other kinds of practices bring about? How to understand those practices in their materialisation and relation to their surroundings? What does collaboration mean today, and what positions do artists take in these collaborations? The book sheds light on practices in communities where collaboration is common in daily life, where art is seen not only as a self-contained profession, but also as a way of living.

vol.2: Be Water, My Friend: Non-Oppositional Criticalities of Socially Engaged Art in China looks at different forms of socially engaged artistic and cultural practices in China. These practices address a range of social issues in the country’s cities, including the unequal treatment of migrant workers and denigration of urban villages. Through anthropological fieldwork and critical analysis, the book explores how socially engaged art offers creative and critical approaches to these issues in the context of the contemporary Chinese regime. Becoming Water stresses how art practices in China have developed forms of criticality that avoid explicitly opposing political authorities.


Pages: 355
Price: € 25,-
ISBN 9789493148871
Publishers: Onomatopee & Framer Framed
Editors: Emily Shin-Jie Lee, Iris Ferrer, Julia Wilhelm, reinaart vanhoe
Producers: Framer Framed & Willem de Kooning Academy
Designer: Dinara  Vasilevskaia & Julia Wilhelm

Table of Contents

• Introduction: Art in the Context of Daily Practices – reinaart vanhoe & Emily Shin-Jie Lee
• Strolling South: Reflecting on Our Institutionalisations and Otherwise Collectivity by Elaine W. Ho & Zoénie Liwen Deng

• When We Talk About the Advancement of(art) Practice – Bunga Siagian, Ismal Muntaha (Jatiwangi Art Factory) & Dicky Senda
• DIY Ethos and Collective as an Organizational Structure – Wok the Rock & Willy Chen Wei-Lun
• We Need a Title for This Conversation, Don’t You Think? – Mayumi Hirano & Sig Pecho
• We Sell Reality? Who are “We” and What do We Mean by “Reality”? – Rieneke de Vries & Brigitta Isabella
• Workshop Report – Julia Wilhelm
• Art as Holistic Practice – Kristy Ilyas, Múz Spaans, repelsteeltje, Elena Kolesnikova, Chellysia Christen & Naomi de Wit

vol 1. Art for (and within) a Citizen Scene: A Look at Art Primarily Active in the Context of Daily Practices is a collaboration of Framer Framed and the Willem de Kooning Academy.

Available for purchase at Framer Framed.

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Book Presentation: 'Art for (and within) a Citizen Scene' & 'Be Water, My Friend'
A joyous sharing on writing, reading and book making at documenta 15, Kassel
Art for (and within) a Citizen Scene 4: Musical Hangout
Online workshops for collaborative publication design
Art for (and within) a Citizen Scene 3: Doodle Lecture
Online workshops for collaborative publication design
Art for (and within) a Citizen Scene 1 & 2: Hybrid eXperience
Online workshops for collaborative publication design


Emily Shin-Jie Lee

Public program and research

Zoénie Liwen Deng

Art writer and researcher

Elaine W. HO


Reinaart Vanhoe