Faculty Geoff Cox edits book with 100 covers of The Communist Manifesto

collection of the Museum of Ordure

Museum of Ordure
Antipyrine, 2014

printed by Specialtrykkeriet Viborg
editing/design Geoff Cox and Mathias Kokholm
image editing Lasse Krog Møller
assistant Michael Roloff
printed by Specialtrykkeriet Viborg
supported by the Danish Arts Council
thanks to Tim Brennan, Dejan Krsic, Kunsthal Aarhus, Marx Memorial Library, London
price 30€/240dkr
© Copyfarleft / kopimi 2014
1st edition
ISBN 978-87-93108-07-3

The Communist Manifesto was first printed as a 24 page pamphlet in February 1848, in London. Since that time, it has been reproduced in countless contexts — making it not only one of the most widely read texts ever, both one that continues to be disputed for the efficacy of its call to action. It has been subject to various editions and translations, but the various covers that package the manifesto exemplify the complexity of ways it has been received, perceived, used and abused across different times and places. All publishers are presented with the paradoxical issue of how to design its cover and market such a text — to confront it both in terms of form and function, use and exchange value.

book of manifestos1.indd

This new book presents over 100 covers of The Communist Manifesto, compiled from the Museum of Ordure’s collection. The book is turned inside out to draw attention to its material form and historical conditions: the covers have fascinating stories to tell of hopes and anticipated futures – for instance, in their use of particular imagery and in the signs of wear through human use – and thereby draw attention to the excesses of capitalist production on multiple levels. What value do readers place upon the Manifesto in a situation where radical politics appears to have been reduced to commodity form, nostalgia or mere curiosity?
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The launch included a sound performance by the Curator and Acting Director of the Museum of Ordure, R Y Sirb.

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