About

Con­di­tion H Press is a Munich based Euro­pean pub­lish­ing house found­ed by Franz Hirschbich­ler in 2017. The endeav­or, which grew out of a close col­lab­o­ra­tion with Michael Hirschbichler’s artis­tic prac­tice Ate­lier Hirschbich­ler, focus­es on rad­i­cal art, the­o­ry, lit­er­a­ture and artists’ books pub­lished in lim­it­ed edi­tions in high qual­i­ty. The name con­di­tion H Press, loose­ly refer­ring to René Magritte’s paint­ing ‘La Con­di­tion Humaine’, express­es a crit­i­cal under­stand­ing of the book as a frame through which cer­tain per­spec­tives onto real­i­ty are con­struct­ed. The book, like all art, all writ­ing and all oth­er for­mats of rep­re­sen­ta­tion and per­cep­tion, is an ambigu­ous and dan­ger­ous medi­um: Every­thing we see hides some­thing else, and our under­stand­ing of var­i­ous aspects of the world depends on the frames, through which we relate to them. We like to envi­sion books – and art in gen­er­al – as these crit­i­cal frames and strive to nego­ti­ate their pow­er of reveal­ing as well as cov­er­ing up. The book, to us, is thus a win­dow and obsta­cle at the same time. Its lim­i­ta­tions and pos­si­bil­i­ties reflect those of the con­di­tion we all find our­selves in.