Antidote 7 – Jean-­Marc Ballée

September 14th, 2011

Pour la septième édition d’Antidote, Guillaume Houzé a souhaité mettre en valeur le travail du graphiste Jean-­Marc Ballée à l’occasion de la publication du catalogue de la collection Ginette Moulin / Guillaume Houzé.

Ouvrage particulièrement original dans sa composition, le livre comprend douze pages de dessins en noir et blanc produits par Jean­-Marc Ballée et inspirés de l’univers des Comics. Ce dernier a sélectionné dans la collection d’art contemporain de Ginette Moulin et Guillaume Houzé un ensemble d’œuvres qu’il a envisagé d’un point de vue formel afin de les faire renaître, par le prisme du dessin, en personnages, monstres ou encore paysages. Séduit par l’association de ces œuvres soudainement animées au sein de deux histoires, Guillaume Houzé a invité Jean­-Marc Ballée à être le co-­commissaire de l’exposition pour imaginer une rencontre entre les œuvres de sa collection et les dessins de ce dernier.

Dans l’espace de la galerie, des îlots réunissant plusieurs pièces se formeront, faisant ainsi dialoguer les œuvres entre elles. Parmi celles-­ci, on pourra également découvrir les dessins de Jean-­Marc Ballée transformés à leur tour en synopsis de la mise en scène rencontrée : consultables sous la forme de grandes affiches, ils structureront l’espace et créeront un va­-et­-vient avec les œuvres exposées.

Jean-­Marc Ballée est graphiste. Il s’intéresse particulièrement aux questions de fictions et de narrations. Son parcours l’a amené à approcher différents champs de la création : de l’art contemporain (avec Adel Abdessemed, Fabrice Hyber ou Sophie Ristelhueber), au design (Petite histoire de la capsule d’habitation en images avec Alexandra Midal) et à l’architecture (avec Rem Koolhaas ou Dominique Perrault). Jean-­Marc Ballée prépare également l’adaptation du roman de Graham Masterton, Ritual, (1988) en un court­métrage tourné dans les forêts proches de Philadelphie.

6 octobre 2011 – 7 janvier 2012
La Galerie des Galeries, Paris


September 14th, 2011

Von Oben consists of cartoon’s by SANY, alias Samuel Nyholm, artist and illustrator from Lund, Sweden, former member of the design group Reala. The book is the premiere release of Bad Day Publishing, an extension of the Toronto based art magazine Bad Day.

“Von Oben (from above) is a an idiomatic expression in German that meaning to have a superior attitude to others. In the book “Von Oben”, those offenders are instantly and literally punished, by heavy objects falling on them from the sky. In a secular world, where our great God has gone for vacation, it remains no greater punishment than our own arrogance.
The book’s stereotypes are taken from an equally racist as sexist slap-stickworld, even though no longer aired publicly, thriving in our subconscious. Despite its coarseness, its components dwells in all of us. Perhaps even you, at some point, deserved a Steinway in the head?”

September 17, 2011, 2-5pm
Art Copenhagen, Frederiksberg

September 23, 2011, 7pm
Tomorrow / Yesterday, Toronto

Posted in Books, Illustration

Bad Day – Issue 11

July 27th, 2011

Bad Day – Issue 11 features graphic designer-cum-filmmaker Mike Mills on it’s cover, shot by Todd Cole and interviewed by Asher Penn. Also featured are David Shrigley, Tomi Ungerer, Tauba Auerbach, Steven Shearer, Andrew Kuo, and Martino Gamper, in addition to The Hangover by Devin Blair and the usual Joke by SANY (Samuel Nyholm).

Launch July 28, 2011, 7pm
Phaidon Store, New York City


June 14th, 2011

©Pierre Vanni

OMMU is pleased to announce the opening of a Temporary Bookshop in collaboration with NERO magazine in Rome, where over than 100 titles will be presented from our extensive catalogue of magazines, monographs, exhibition catalogues, zines and artist books.

17th – 24th June 2011
Motelsalieri, Rome

BYOB Minneapolis

June 13th, 2011

BYOB (Bring Your Own Beamer) is a series of one-night-only-exhibitions hosting artists and their projectors. The BYOB concept was initiated by Anne de Vries & Rafael Rozendaal in Berlin and has since popped up in cities around the world, both large and small.

BYOB Minneapolis is presented by Permanent Art & Design Group in collaboration with curators Travis Stearns and Josh Clancy. Local, national, and international digital artists will create a pop up projection exhibit within the Thorp Building’s vacant 12,000 sq foot warehouse space in Northeast Minneapolis. The works will overlap, juxtapose, and form a glimpse at future possibilities of representing visual information; the chaos of the internet laid before the visitor in a darkened warehouse space.

June 25, 2011, 9pm
Thorp Building, Minneapolis

Wall of Tomorrow

May 26th, 2011

Wall of Tomorrow

Le Corbusier, one of the most influential architects of the 20th century, finished the construction and interior design of the Swiss Foundation in 1933, along with Charlotte Perriand and Pierre Jeanneret. Le Corbusier dressed the walls of the building’s common area, known as the “Salon courbe”, with images related to microbiology and architecture. This “photographic mural” (10×4 meters) was seriously damaged during the German occupation and finally destroyed in 1947. The original mural only survived in one or two pictures that show how the “Salon courbe” was conceived and that summarize Le Corbusier’s radical modernist approach.

Swiss graphic designer Diego Fellay, in residence at the swiss Foundation, welcomes illustrators & photographers to recreate this forgotten mural with him. Six original posters will be produced and distributed, as well as 400 copies of each.

The exhibition Wall of Tomorrow is an experiment dealing with image and space.

June 9-19, 2011
Fondation Suisse, Paris


May 16th, 2011


Trois fois prononcé, le général convoque le particulier. Son genre est celui du redoublement (publication périodique à parution aléatoire). La multiplication bouleverse l’anodin, le remarquable se transforme dans la collection.

Général général général est un objet graphique de la famille des graphzines, des tracts, du manifeste, qui va par trois, comme les points de suspension, le rythme ternaire ou “heroes are heroes are heroes” de Manuel Joseph.
Comment faire du singulier en partant du générique? C’est en se fixant quelques contraintes (format A4, qualité d’impression noir et blanc, 36 pages et tirage reprograhique limité à 100 exemplaires) que ggg établit une loi de reproduction aussi bien qu’une règle de diffusion.

Y sont invités des artistes trop vus, mal vus, pas assez vus, que la contrainte oblige à l’inédit. L’illustrateur Guillaume Dégé, le photographe Renaud Monfourny, l’artiste post-punk Nina Childress, l’artiste graphique Julien Carreyn, le compositeur d’ondes Martenot Claude-Samuel Lévine, et enfin le designer graphique Christophe Jacquet (qui signe les six derniers numéros, produits par JBA) ont-ils un gène commun ? Et d’abord, c’est quoi le singulier de Général général général ?
Général général général met à plat le travail de ses invités, avec sa forme par défaut, exclue le texte de l’objet imprimé, le réservant à son site internet.

25 mai – 1er juin 2011
conférence 25 mai, 19 h


May 16th, 2011

AA/BF 2011 – PUBLISHERS – 1/2

May 15th, 2011

1/2 – Laure Boer, Anne-Pauline Mabire, Lucie Pindat & Chloé Thomas

Manystuff: Could you please present yourself and your activities?

1/2: We are 1/2, a group of 4 girls graphic designers/illustrators. We live in four different european cities: Berlin, Amsterdam, Vienna and Rennes. We started 1/2 in 2007 in order to keep on delopping together our personnal research besides our professional work. 1/2 is now both a blog where we share our work and a hand-made zine, self-published in a limited edition of 200. For each publication, we all produce new original work and one of us curates the whole magazine; which means she has total freedom to create a new piece of art out of the material that has been sent. In this way, the zine is not a portfolio of work but a real collaborative creation based on an appropriationist practice.

Manystuff: What do you think is the role of an independent publishing house? Do you feel having responsibilities and a duty? Is the act of publishing a kind of activism and what for? What about your environment you are part of, how do you identify it?

1/2: 1/2 is not really a publishing house now (yet). 1/2 is more an artist book project. We never thought of 1/2 as being an act of activism. But now you ask the question, maybe it has a certain form of activism in the sense that it’s a completely independent and free project that enables us to have a creation space where the rules, the values and the priorities are different from the one of our professional practices. It’s both a recreation and a resistance project, where intuition and sensualism are taking over the reason and the conceptualization…

Manystuff: Some says that “Print is dead”. What resources and new kind of artistic relationships are in contradiction with that point of view? Is the increased complicity between “curator/author/graphic designer/printer/publisher/distributor” the proof of the contrary?

Ok that’s very polemical. We don’t think that print is dead. Things are changing and every printed mean (posters, books, magazines, newspapers, all communication means…) is getting a new meaning and function. Everything is getting redefined. And it has always been so. So I would say no worries, just go on doing your stuff…

Manystuff: Could you mention one book/publication, or publishing actor, or artist, or graphic designer, or printer, or exhibition, etc… that made you work in the field of independent publishing area? What inspired you?

Starting a self-published project was not really connected to a special inspiration source. Nevertheless, each of us is strongly inspired by artists coming from any kind of field. They challenge us to keep on doing what we believe in. Here are a few of them: Wolfang Tillmans, René Char, Jack Kerouac, El Lissitsky, Michelangelo Antonioni, Mathilde Monier, Marguerite Duras, Hans Peter Feldmann, Cosmic Wonder Free Press, John Baldessari, Fred Frith etc.

Manystuff: Could you please introduce one of your upcoming project you are now working on?

1/2: We’re going to work on the sixth issue of 1/2 which is going to be launched in fall 2011 in Amsterdam.


January 25th, 2011


Nieves is an independent publishing house based in Zurich, Switzerland. Founded in 2001, Nieves’ focus is on publishing Artists’ Books and Zines.

OMMU presents the Nieves Library, shown for the first time in Greece. Rare and out-of-print titles,
a full archive of 120 Nieves Zines that have been released since 2004, will be exhibited and available to browse through. The 2010 Zine Box, including all Zines published in 2010 will be released on the occasion of the exhibition.

February 4th – 26th, 2011
OMMU Bookshop, Athens

Voici un dessin suisse – 1990-2010

January 18th, 2011


Voici un dessin suisse

The exhibition Voici un dessin suisse presents a cross section of Swiss draughtsmanship and contemporary art practices. Including works by over 40 artists from all parts of Switzerland who, since the 1990s, have left their mark on the art of drawing, it encourages viewers to discover the various and surprising trends of contemporary drawing which, taking the paper support as its point of departure, link up with other forms of artistic expression such as installation, animation, printing or mural art.

picture: Voici un dessin suisse, Swiss Drawings 1990—2010, catalogue

January 29 – April 25, 2011
Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau

WildBookMarket – Het Wilde Weten: open call

January 9th, 2011

WildBookMarket: open call

Artist run space Het Wilde Weten would like to invite artists and small, independent publishers to present their publications at the WildBookMarket (WBM). After a successful first edition, this year WBM will take place during Art Rotterdam in 2011. This year WBM will be focussing on the phenomenon of the monograph.

Deadline: 1 February 2011
WildBookMarket : February 12-13, 2011
Het Wilde Weten, Rotterdam

The Last Zürich Zine Sezession

November 23rd, 2010

The Last Zine Sezession will be a commemoration of the “book-fair age”;
it was great while it lasted, but we feel the end is nigh.”

With an exhibition by Harsh Patel and publishers Automatic Books, Duke Press, Edition Taube, For Further Information, Larry’s, The Kingsboro Press, The Meta Press, Westphalie, and more…

Presented by Corner College and Motto Zürich.

December 12, 2010
Perla-Mode, Zürich

JEAN JULLIEN (updates)

November 21st, 2010

Jean Jullien (updates)

Prix Fernand Baudin – candidatures 2010

November 12th, 2010

Prix Fernand Baudin – candidatures 2010
Le prix Fernand Baudin est une initiative de plusieurs graphistes-enseignants, agissant dans le milieu du livre. Il attribue à l’issue d’un concours une mention aux livres qui témoignent d’une grande qualité tant au point de vue de leur conception (éditoriale et graphique), que de leur réalisation (impression et façonnage).
Cette année, le prix ouvre ses candidatures aux illustrateurs. Tout illustrateur résidant dans les régions de Bruxelles-Capiltale ou de Wallonie peut désormais concourir comme les éditeurs, les graphistes et les imprimeurs, et avoir la possibilité d’être primé pour un livre auquel il a contribué. Les livres d’artiste sont également mis à l’honneur, puisque qu’une catégorie spécifique leur est consacrée. Date limite: 5 janvier 2011

The Fernand Baudin Prize – Applications 2010
The Fernand Baudin Prize has been initiated by several graphic artists-teachers who work in the book world. The prize consists of a special recognition that will be given to those books which demonstrate an outstanding quality both in their conception (editorial and graphic), and in their production (printing and binding).
This year, the prize is open to illustrators. Any illustrator residing in the Brussels-Capital or Wallonia regions can henceforth compete, just like publishers, graphic artists and printers, and has the possibility of receiving an award for a book to which he has contributed. Artists’ books are equally to be honoured, since a specific category has been devoted to them. Deadline: 5 January 2011

Motto Brooklyn

November 10th, 2010

Motto Brooklyn

Motto will occupy a storefront in Downtown Brooklyn as a space for presentation and discussion of contemporary publishing practices. The selection will feature a wide range of magazine, books and artists’ publications. As part of the week-long event, an ongoing series of talks, classes, and presentations will be held in the store. Each night’s schedule will be hosted by a different organization, publisher, or individual of interest.

Talks and performances with Till Gathmann (Spector Press) & Erik Steinbrecher (Kodoji Press), Meredith Tenhoor & Common Room, Joe Milutis & Sam Frank, Public School New York, Alexander Provan & Joe Milutis (Triple Canopy).

November 10–16, 2010
200 Schermerhorn, Ground Floor
New York

Zine library of Jessica Williams

November 2nd, 2010

“This is the Zine Library of Jessica Williams
I’m not a collector per se but I have a collection
All the items cataloged here were acquired by me over the last decade
Not just zines—but also small artist books, editions, comics, etc.
I have also included a few independently published magazines but on the
whole have omitted anything with a mass-audience (this is probably arbitrary)
I also tended to scan whatever would fit easily on my scanner… “

Salon Light #7 – Pics

October 24th, 2010

Salon Light #7 – Dynasty ZINE

October 23rd, 2010


Could you please present yourself and your activities?

Dynasty has been publishing zines since 2005, in Athens, Greece.
Each issue presents the work of an individual artist, while at the same time showcasing their influences and references. Material such as photography, text and drawing from the personal archives of the artist stand alongside their work and give a more holistic view of their artistic practice. Dynasty is now printed in 100 copies.

What about the aspects of artistic independence and financial autonomy?

We believe the question is more relevant to an artists’ publication, but it is also an issue that can influence the development of other publications as well, as we are talking about independent publishing. I think that our practice, and maybe of others as well, is better described by the word “efficient“ rather than independent. We function on our own, make our own decisions, utilise them using our own resources, but on the other hand we are influenced in some way from parallel activities that give publishing a sort of “context”, such as fairs, distributors that specialize in the specific publishing activity, conferences, and exhibitions. This creates in our opinion an ideal circumstance for the creation of new publications, because while publications are freely produced, they at the same time belong somewhere, or are able to belong, and this way there is a huge motivation to not only create but also communicate in various ways, places and even different countries.
Financial autonomy for us means that we can fund our next releases!

What about the “author/graphic designer/printer/publisher/distributor complicity” in such editorial projects?

Inevitably we are all of the above! And this is how we like to do it, we are publishers, graphic designers, distributors and the whole process is more compact and monitored. This way we are overlooking all the processes and we try to build personal relationships. On the other hand, we are aware that our needs are changing, and we would like to disperse our roles to other groups as well so that we can focus on the publishing activity more than the other roles.

What about DIY/ Home Made / Tradition and technical aspect in your practice?

We are now printing on a Risograph, which works very well for us on the outcome we wish to achieve. We also like the quality a lot. We are collaborating with printers that specialize in small publications and so they take care of us.

Salon Light #7 – KAUGUMMI

October 23rd, 2010

Bartolomé Sanson

Could you please present yourself and your activities.

My name is Bartolomé Sanson and I run since 2005 an independant publishing company called KAUGUMMI. Kaugummi is mostly dedicated to artists books, zines, and records. 99% of the publications I put out are print with a regular XEROX machine, in a run of 50 to 500 copies. I live in Rennes – France.

What about the aspects of artistic independence and financial autonomy?

I published something like 90 titles in the past three years, without any help from a public or private institution. Financial autonomy is absolutely essential for a structure like mine.

What about the “author/graphic designer/printer/publisher/distributor complicity” in such editorial projects?

This relationship is totally in the center of the process. I work with the same printer in my hometown, most of the book i made are based on a “carte blanche” proposition, and everything in the publication is designed by the artist (sometimes with my help). I’m really not int the idea of having a regular collection of publications, with the same design, etc. It’s so boring and formatted… I work with a small selection of bookstore, which are really faithful and regular : Yvon Lambert in Paris, Family in Los Angeles, some japanese artbook stores, and obviously Motto !

What about DIY/ Home Made / Tradition and technical aspect in your practice?

I used to made everything at home (printing / binding), but i can’t work like this anymore… I try to go back to DIY sometimes, but most i the kaugummi publications are printed by my local printer. I just opened a silkscreen studio / store / office with some friends. I think and hope you can expect more handprint traditional kaugummi publications in a near futur…

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