Sophie von Olfers

  • Hamlet, mise-en-scène

    Hamlet, mise-en-scène

    EXTRA TROUBLE—Jack Smith in Frankfurt

    Sophie von Olfers and Mark von Schlegell

    The publication brings together extensive material from Hamlet, mise-en-scène presented at Portikus, along with recently restored as well as never-published stills, drawings, and writings by American filmmaker and artist Jack Smith, related to his film Hamlet in the Rented World (A Fragment) (1970–73).

    Hamlet, mise-en-scène, directed by Mark von Schlegell, was an adaptation that retold Shakespeare's most abused tragedy while channeling the ghost of Jack Smith. The two-night rendition of Hamlet was performed by members of Städelschule's Pure Fiction seminar, presented here alongside a rare selection of works by Smith, both from private collections and from the Jack Smith Archive.

    Contributors Sylvère Lotringer, Birte Löschenkohl, Sophie von Olfers, Laura Preston, Juliane Rebentisch, Mark von Schlegell, et al.

    • Paperback $27.00
  • Flaca / Tom Humphreys

    Flaca / Tom Humphreys

    Nikolaus Hirsch and Sophie von Olfers

    Emerging from the eponymous exhibition at Portikus in Frankfurt am Main, Flaca / Tom Humphreys reflects on the London exhibition space, Flaca, that Tom Humphreys organized between 2003 and 2007. Humphreys developed an exhibition that made no pretense to offer an illustrative or historically accurate representation of his activities at the time, instead turning the space into a distorted double set in the present. Humphreys is interested in questioning the activities of that time; some of the artists he invited for this exhibition, for instance, never showed at Flaca. As Christian Egger writes in the catalogue: “Exhibiting there often meant that you could look with a fresh eye at the first solo shows in London of artists you'd only just seen at Flaca, and that was all really quite exciting, as though you were experiencing a little bit of what the mobile phone you'd brought along had gone through when you first scared it by charging it with island juice, there was somehow a different energy—a flirtation with malfunction.” The catalogue compliments the energetic, engaged style embodied by both Flaca and the reflective exhibition.

    Co-published with Portikus

    Contributors Thomas Bayrle, Christian Egger, Nikolaus Hirsch, Sophie von Olfers

    • Paperback $34.00