Beyond Cold War — Collectors Edition

print-run 59 + 2 copies, numbered & signed, including inkjet print 240 x  200 mm

Softcover book in silkscreened slipcase
220 x 280 mm, 116 pages, offset printed, thread stitching
Texts by Andreas Montag and Fabian Knierim
English translations by Michael Wetzel
Design by Sven Lindhorst-Emme

The collectors edition of Beyond Cold War comes as the originally softcover book in a silkscreen printed and handmade slipcase. Each copy is numbered and signed and includes one of 59 varying inkjet prints (240 x  200 mm).

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Excerpt from the essay «Borderline values» by Andreas Montag

“[…] It was with more mistrust than hate that they confronted one another, spied on one another and listened in on the world of the other. Armed to the teeth with their weaponry, hoarding missiles and nuclear warheads in secret depots while fancifully elaborating upon the minimum amounts of time that a troop of soldiers would have to hold out inside their armoured box until the defenders had built up their front and brought the charging enemy to a halt. It would, of course, be the enemies (who else?) who would advance as aggressors — not those flying their own flag. According to place of residence, self-understanding and propagandistic wind direction, it was ‘the Ruskies’ or ‘American imperialism’ – the eternal adversary.

The latter still continued to manifest itself in the form of the ‘Bonn Ultras’ during the 1970s — a charming term, which has unfortunately gone entirely out of style and which, for members of later generations, might sound more like the hard-core fans of a Rhineland football club. Nonetheless, what was really at stake was class struggle, on the one side, and the defence of Western civilisation, on the other — that is, higher matters for which we were to slaughter one another, if necessary. What sounds like a childish and stupid game of cowboys and Indians was to be universally taken seriously. And it was taken seriously. How much money and how much imagination did it devour? And how many people did it warp and turn evil … […]”