Bibliothek im August

Every year the festival artists select three books that are important to their work and their way of thinking. Over the last five years, the collection has grown with each edition and it now features almost 500 books. From 2016 to 2020, from Kyle Abraham to Arkadi Zaides, from Agamben to Zumthor, from Sylvia Nasar's “A Beautiful Mind” to Frank Reza Link’s “Between Flamenco and Charleston”, the Bibliothek im August’s collection features an exciting mix of both non-fiction and fiction. An overview of the books chosen by the festival’s artists, listed in chronological order, is available for download. 

Inventory Bibliothek im August

Book Recommendations 2020

Boris Charmatz


Esther Ferrer, “Esther Ferrer: maquetas y dibujos de instalaciones 1970-2011”


David Foster Wallace, “Everything and More: A Compact History of Infinity”


Patrick Boucheron, “Histoire mondiale de la France”


Kurt Schwitters, “Kurt Schwitters Das literarische Werk Band 1”


Faye Driscoll


Helga Christoffersen, Massimiliano Gioni (Ed.), “Carol Rama Antibodies”


Claudia Rankin, “Don't let me be lonely”


Caitlin Doughy, “From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death”


William Forsythe


Maurizio Viroli, "From Politics to Reason of State"


Alfred North Whitehead, "Science and the Modern World"


Georg Kubler, "The Shape of Time: Remarks on the History of Things"


Jean Baudrillard, "The Transparency of Evil: Essays On Extreme Phenomena"


Clara Furey


Maggie Nelson, “The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning”


Coleman Barks (Übers.), “The Essential Rumi”


Fritjof Capera, “The Tao of Physics: An Exploration of the Parallels Between Modern Physics and Eastern Mysticism”


Israel Galván & Niño de Elche


Corinne Savy, “Israel Galvan, danser le silence : Une anthropologie historique de la danse flamenco”


Georges Didi-Huberman, “Le Danseur des solitudes”


Thiago Granato


Suely Rolink, “Esferas de la Insurrección”


Brandon La Belle, “Sonic Agency - Sound and Emergent Forms of Residence”


R. Murray Schafer, “The Soundscape: Our Sonic Environment and the Tuning of the World”


Geumhyung Jeong


Deborah Jaffe, “The History of Toys”


Ben Russel, “Robots”


David Macaulay, “The Way Things Work”


Milla Koistinen


Elias Canetti, “Crowds and Power”


Alain Badiou, “In Praise of Love”


Susan Sontag, “Regarding the Pain of Others”


Jaamil Olawale Kosoko


Audre Lorde, "Zami: A New Spelling of My Name


Ashton T. Crawley, "Blackpentecostal Breath: The Aesthetics of Possibility"


Saidiya Hartman, "Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments"


Louise Lecavalier / Fou Glorieux


Serge Bouchard, “Confessions animales: Bestiaire”


Marguerite Porete, “The Mirror of Simple Souls”


Sylvain Tesson, “Sur le Chemins noirs”


Sylvain Tesson, “Dans les forêts de Sibérie”


Dana Michel


Tamara Faith Berger, “Littler Cat”


Octavia Butler, “Parable of the Sower”


Shoukei Matsumoto, “A Monk's Guide to a Clean House and Mind”


Claudia La Rocco


Ursula K. Le Guin, “Hainish Novels and Stories Vol. 1+2”


Yoko Tawada, “The Emissary”


David Sibely, “The Sibely Field Guide to Birds of Western North America”


La Veronal / Marcus Morau


André Breton, “L'Art magique”


Luis Bunuel, “My Last Sigh”


Walter Benjamin, “Surrealism, in: One-Way Street and Other Writings, S. 225­239”


Lea Moro


Anna Tsing, Heather Anne Swanson, Nils Bubandt, Elaine Gan (ed.), “Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet: Ghosts and Monsters of the Anthropocene”


Emmanuelle Grundmann, “Ozeane – Die Wunderbare Welt der Meere”


Donna Haraway, “Staying with the Trouble”




Walter Benjamin “Werke und Nachlass. Kritische Gesamtausgabe- Bd. 16: Das Kunstwerk im Zeitalter seiner technischen Reproduzierbarkeit”


Wolfgang Müller, “Valeska Gert – Ästhetik der Präsenzen”


Judith Butler, “Notes Towards a Performative Theory of Assembly”


MOUVOIR / Stephanie Thiersch


Hartmut Rosa, “Resonanz, eine Soziologie der Weltbeziehung”


Alfred Jarry, “Ubu Roi”


Georges Peres, “W, ou le souvenir de l’enfance”


Donna Haraway, “Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene. Experimental Futures”


Naïf Production / Sylvain Bouillet & Lucien Reynès


Arthur H, “Fugues”


Sally Man, “Immediate Family”


Jean-Pierre Winter, “L'Avenir du père”


Gregoire Korganow, “Péré et Fils”


Cormac McCarthy, “The Road”


Robyn Orlin / Moving Into Dance Mophatong


Adrienne Sichel, “Body Politics: Fingerprinting South African Contemporary Dance”


Sylvia  Glasser, “Tranceformations and Transformations: Ancient Rock Art and Contemporary Dance”


Ayelen Parolin


Yuval Noah Harari, “Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind”


Byung-Chul Han, “Saving Beauty”


Walter Benjamin, “The Origin of German Tragic Drama”


Jacob Wren


Amanda Lee Koe, "Delayed Rays of a Star"


Renee Gladman, "Houses of Ravicka"


Claudia La Rocco, "Petit Cadeau"


Tanz im August-Empfehlungen


Ramsay Burt, “Ungoverning Dance, Contemporary European Theatre Dance and the Commons”


Christian Keitel, Michael Volkmer, Karin Werner, “Die Corona-Gesellschaft”


Tupoka Ogette, “Exit Racism”




Tanz im August-Empfehlungen


Susanne Gaensheimer, Mario Kramer, “William Forsythe: The Fact of Matter”




Ta-Nehisi Coates, “The Water Dancer”


Susan Sontag, “Illness as Metaphor and AIDS and Its Metaphors”




Gwendolyn Pough, “Check It While I Wreck It: Black Womanhood, Hip-Hop Culture, and the Public Sphere”


Joseph G. Schloss, “Foundation: B-boys, B-girls and Hip-Hop Culture in New York”




Elaine Richardson, Aisha Durham; Rachel Raimist, Gwendolyn Pough (ed.), “Home Girls Make Some Noise: Hip Hop Feminism Anthology”


Murray Foreman, Mark Anthony Neal (ed.), “That's the Joint! The Hip-Hop Studies Reader”


Arkadi Zaides


Gurur Ertem, Sandra Noeth (Ed.), “Bodies of Evidence: Ethics, Aesthetics, and Politics of Movement”


Jason De León, “The Land of Open Graves: Living and Dying on the Migrant Trail”


T. J. Demos, “The Migrant Image: The Art and Politics of Documentary during Global Crisis”


Photo credits: Arkadi Zaides ©Joeri Thiry | Ayelen Parolin ©Floris van Cauwelaert | Boris Charmatz ©Duncan Elliott | Clara Furey ©Mathieu Verreault | Claudia La Rocco ©Gregory Lorenzutti | Dana Michel ©Richmond Lam | Faye Driscoll ©Maria Baranova | Geumhyung Jeong ©Evelyn Bencicova, Kunsthalle Basel | Israel Galvan & Niño de Elche ©Jean Louis Duzert | Jaamil Olawale Kosoko ©Erik Carter | Jacob Wren ©Jacob Wren | La Veronal ©Vanesa Gomez | Lea Moro ©Tina Ruisinger | LIGNA ©Johannes Koether | Louise Lecavalier ©Massimo Chiaradia | Milla Koistinen ©Lennart Laberenz | Naïf Production ©Milan Szypura | Robyn Orlin ©Jérôme Seydoux | Stephanie Thiersch ©Martin Rottenkolber | Thiago Granato ©Sebastian Gabsch | William Forsythe ©Dominik Mentzos