January 08, 2018

Handbook of Tyranny

Handbook of Tyranny

With Handbook of Tyranny Theo Deutinger takes an unprecedented approach: He renders the cruelness of our world in graphic illustrations. All the walls and fences, all the travel bans and refugee camps, all the defensive tactics and oppressive measures—they’ve been found and traced by the author, investigated and quantified, sketched out and drawn to scale.

 Every page of this book questions the cruelties embodied in today’s laws, practices and designs. It exposes the tendencies of the new century and puts them on display like never before. The result is a shattering and stirring, unforgiving yet realistic account of our world. By bluntly showing the measures, Handbook of Tyranny gives profound insight into the relationship between political power, territoriality, and systematic cruelties.

 With this work the author offers comprehensive material for rigorous discourse and analysis. It is a persuasive tool in the hands of all pacifists—and a wake-up call to all who missed the warning cries.

TD & Lars Müller Publishers present Handbook of Tyranny

A book that questions our current world of walls and fences, police tactics, crowd control and refugee camps. 12 people were killed by a vehicle on a Christmas Market in Berlin last year. 14 people died at the Ramblas in Barcelona this summer, after a van drove into the crowd. As a result, 96 concrete blocks were recently placed throughout the city of Amsterdam, in the hope of preventing a similar attack. While this urban design interventions can be seen as local security measures, cities and countries all over the world are implementing walls, laws, controls and surveillance systems all around us: at our borders, in our streets, and even in our homes. Are these interventions bringing us more safety, or are they signaling the development of an authoritarian-like society? Architect Theo Deutinger exposes today’s oppressive urban designs in his graphic, non-fictional “Handbook of Tyranny”, thereby offering an insight into the relationship between political power, territoriality and systematic cruelties.

Borders and Territories: Identity in Place

A symposium to kick off the new ANCB programme Borders and Territories: Identity in Place with Theo Deutinger, Annett Zinsmeister, Ai Weiwei and Lukas Feireiss Borders and Territories: Identity in Place aims to examine new spatial, geopolitical and cultural possibilities related to nations and people on our globe. In this discourse, ANCB considers identity as a spatial problem caught between territorial claims and today’s global dynamics. Concepts of dividing and connecting are vital to address the question what is or makes territories that are defined (1) physicallypolitically, (2) by culture and ways of thinking and (3) by common interests such as economy. This includes the investigation of borders of different qualities – from physical divisions, “rurban” situations and political frontiers of countries and states to invisible boundaries between disciplines and social or cultural borders. We will also ask how the less quantifiable aspects of perception and heritage of place, including narrative, memory and the transit space of the border itself, might be interpreted and reflected. By crossing the “border” to various disciplines the programme aims to stimulate a discourse on the evaluation of space and its political and social dimensions.

Borders and Territories: Identity in Place_discussion

A symposium to kick off the new ANCB programme Borders and Territories: Identity in Place with Theo Deutinger, Annett Zinsmeister, Ai Weiwei and Lukas Feireiss This first event has served as an introduction to the programme. To display the full scope of the current development with regards to territories, cultural borders, identities and geopolitical corridors, protagonists from different disciplines discussed key aspects of their motivation, work and positions.