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Böse Clowns

Book | 2016

26,00 €

‘Dangerous clowns are standing by the side of the road’, sang the Düsseldorf band Der Plan as early as 1979. The publication Evil Clowns explores the often disquieting figure of the clown, which has made an “uncanny” career in recent years. Today (evil) clowns appear in a wide range of contexts including (anti-)advertisement (Ronald McDonald and various spoofs), political activism (The Yes Men), TV series (Krusty in The Simpsons), horror films and Hollywood productions (Killer Klowns from Outer Space; Pennywise in Stephen King’s It; the Joker as Batman’s opponent), pop music (Der Plan, The Residents) and in contemporary art.

Title: Böse Clowns
Editors: Inke Arns, HMKV
Graphic design: labor b designbüro, Dortmund
With contributions by: Inke Arns, Mark Dery, Judith Funke, Marie Lechner
Year: 2016
Language: deutsch/englisch
Size: 16,8 x 23,5 cm / 257 pages
Publisher: Verlag Kettler, Dortmund
ISBN: 978-3-86206-541-7
Price: 26,00 € + Versand innerhalb Deutschlands / + Shipping within Germany

Artists’ contributions by Anonymous, Marion Auburtin, Blue Noses, Barbara Breitenfellner, The Cacophony Society, Kimberly Clark, Deichkind, Constant Dullaart, George Grosz, Guerrilla Girls, Insane Clown Posse, The Joker, Killer Klowns from Outer Space, Krusty der Clown, Laibach, Renzo Martens, Ronald McDonald, Der Northampton Clown, Novi kolektivizem, Pennywise, Der Plan, Pogo der Clown, Abner Preis, Pussy Riot, The Residents, Roee Rosen, Aura Rosenberg, Christoph Schlingensief, Cindy Sherman, Super A aka Evil Knievel, Jeffrey Vallance and The Yes Men.

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