by J. Drucker
by E. Rettberg
typographic: A variety of fonts are used throughout, much like avant-garde manifestos.
imagery: Photographs claiming to be "Images made by people in the addiction business" are printed throughout the book; these images appear to come from print advertisements for a variety of products--perfume, for example.
graphical: Various charts map the power dynamics of the addiction to the idea of addiction that the book claims as a central device for power in our medicalized society.
openings: The varying design of spreads simultaneously suggests the design of a medical pamphlet and the ad-filled design of a consumer magazine.
The book envisions a situation wherein the power complex of society actually gets its victims to pay for their medical punishment in a step beyond a Foucauldian discipline & punish model. Part of the book's effect is achieved by parodying the stylings of a pamphlet that a patient might use to learn more about a disease with which they are afflicted. The book tries to convince its reader that the medicalization of society--the situation wherein overconsumption of anything can be called an "addiction"--is the true malady, and the only cure comes in the back cover's adminition, above a photograph of a smarmy-looking pie salesman: "Refuse to Consume."
Action is Addiction
Critical Art Ensemble
active: United States
other: 1987-00-00 founded
edition type: editioned
horizontal: 7 inches closed
vertical: 11 inches closed
depth: .125 inches closed
binding: other stapled
bookBlock: paper white, card-stock weight
format: codex (AAT)
cover: The cover is made of a gray on the outside, white on the inside stock. The front cover depicts the title over the medical symbol of Hermes' staff.
pagination: unpaginated 15 pages