MISS READ 2012 brings together for the fourth time the most important protagonists of artistic book publishing. With the artist book as an autonomous artistic work, artists use the linearity of the book as medium to tell visual stories, generate archives, depict collections, present research results, or even quite intentionally practice book piracy. The productive collaboration between artist, author, and designer often results in the creation of complex books that also enable a fresh perspective on the art.
September 14-16, 2012
abc art berlin contemporary, Berlin
Ernst Moiré was a mysterious Swiss photographer whose career has been obscured by silence, documentary voids, and misinformation. So much of his life is shrouded in speculation and half-truths that he sometimes seems more like a phantasm than the flesh-and-blood figure who will forever be remembered as the inadvertent inventor of the blur that bears his name.
In 2002, Cabinet magazine dispatched literary scholar and detective Lytle Shaw to Zurich to investigate the reclusive figure’s life and work. Shaw published his initial findings in Cabinet issue 7, but the puzzle of Moiré continued to vex him, and it is only now, a decade later, that the full story of his continuing investigation can finally be told.
The Moiré Effect tracks the artist from his humble Alpine beginnings as the son of a postal clerk to his fateful founding of a Zurich photography studio in the 1890s and his subsequent role in the lives of a number of curious figures—including the legendary Dutch architect Mer Awsümbildungs, the theosophist philosopher Rudolph Steiner, and several members of the old and fiercely secretive Chadwick family.
Hailed by Harry Mathews as a “complex” and “excitingly” written book bound to “delight” and “entertain,” Shaw’s thriller takes readers on a journey through the elegant salons of Swiss palazzi and the dusty bowels of ancient archives, finally ascending to a mountainous conclusion as hair-raising as it is bedevilingly oblique.
Bookshop Index, a directory of independent art bookshops around the world.
P!, a new multidisciplinary exhibition space, extends the curatorial, editorial, and publishing work of design studio Project Projects and proposes an experimental space of display in which the radical possibilities of disparate disciplines, historical periods, and modes of production rub elbows.
The inaugural exhibition, Process 01: Joy, features a unique interaction of work by Chauncey Hare, Christine Hill, and Karel Martens.
The exhibition focuses on topics that periodically appear, disappear, and reappear in and out of contemporary discourse: labor, alienation, and the love of work. Rather than attempting to tackle these themes head on, the exhibition presents three wildly disparate positions that together suggest a loose and unstable thesis. The materials on view span a range of documentary, anthropological, and performative approaches to questions of labor and, at the same time, enact self-reflexive, parallel spaces of production and “off-time.”
The space’s architectural concept, designed by Leong Leong Architecture, will premiere in this first show and evolve with each successive installation at P!.
September 16 – November 3, 2012
P!, New York
Uta Eisenreich Signals Ahead is a short production residency focusing on the language of signage in the locale. Uta Eisenreich is planning to develop a series of narrative acts that combine objects and words in a sequence designed for both play and book forms. She will be producing and recording object moments across the entire space of the gallery culminating in “A Performance in 5 Acts” and a set of material for James Langdon‘s next publication which follows on from his acclaimed BOOK in 2010.
July 13-28, 2012
Eastside Projects, Birmingham
POST is a new type of bookshop, in Tokyo, in which the handling books are to be totally replaced periodically. By featuring books in units of publisher for each period, visitors can see and feel the publisher’s unique world view which they hardly notice in conventional bookshops.
C/O Berlin Bookdays is a platform for both young and established publishing houses to present their newest publications and encourages exchange in the field of self publishing. C/O Berlin dedicates special attention to the phenomenon of self publishing and questions the history and the status quo of this still recent trend in discussions. The program includes discussions, seminars, lectures, live presentations, book signings…
C/O Berlin supports five young self publishing houses with the realisation of their projects and provides their presence at the C/O Berlin Book Days. The critic and artist Joachim Schmid curates this section.
The future of the photobook and its publishing culture, a discussion with Yannick Bouillis (Offprint Paris), Bruno Ceschel (Self Publish, Be Happy), Markus Schaden (Schaden.com), Jan Wenzel (Spector Books), & Charlotte Cotton (London/UK).
A book of photographs as a collector’s item or a work of art? Ten years ago, the two meta-volumes “The Photobook: A History” by Martin Parr and Gerry Badger came on the market and since then a new hype and new forms of publishing have emerged. Paradoxically this is happening at a time when one bookstore after another is closing and the margins for the publishing companies are sinking rapidly to only encompass a normal sales and marketing scope. At the same time, the love of photobooks is still just as strong, in fact even stronger than before. And the desire to produce has increased rather than decreased. Yet how does the future look? What roles and methods will the traditional publishers choose for their sales and marketing? What innovative models already exist? Will self-publishing hold its own? Four experts will explore these issues in a dialogue with one another.
May 25-26, 2012
C/O Berlin, Berlin
Théophile’s Papers Panorama n°10,
a big panorama, a series of talks & launches.
May 18 – June 24, 2012
Abilene gallery, Brussels
In conjunction with the exhibition Millennium Magazines, this panel explores how and why artists create magazines. Artists, publishers, and writers talk about their publications and the collaborative nature of their work, promoting social and political ideas, employing creative editorial practices, appropriating materials, and building artist communities.
Participants include K8 Hardy of LTTR, Flint Jamison of Veneer Magazine, Kristina Lee Podesva and Jeff Khonsary of Fillip, and Anthony Smyrski of Megawords. David Senior, Bibliographer, MoMA Library, moderates.
April 9, 6pm
MoMA, New York
This exhibition is dedicated to the adventure of Contrejour, which drastically changed the French publishing landscape of the 1970s. It was an adventure carried along by the movement of a new spontaneous, nonconformist and committed kind of photography that proposed to lay the foundations of a genuine autonomous language.
The exhibition also pays homage to Contrejour’s founder, Claude Nori, himself a photographer, who for almost fifteen years and through more than 150 publications, allowed a number of – until then – unknown authors to publish books and monographs, thus contributing to the shaping of photography as art, the way we conceive it today.
In the 70s, Claude Nori was contacted by many photographers and reporters of his generation, who wanted to express themselves by showing their photographs. Driven by their energy and enthusiasm, an idea took shape for a nonconformist review, followed by a publishing house that would hand the word and images over to all those artists who’d decided to make photography a genuine philosophy of life and a new way of making art.
No critical tradition existed at the time. In this almost institutional desert, a generation of photographers searching for an identity tossed around current ideas, burned bridges with film and literature, turned their backs on traditional photo-journalism and in a spontaneous momentum produced a liberating art that was closer to people, which found, thanks to books, an original creative space and a means of mass distribution..
Contrejour rapidly became a hub and assured the dissemination of ideas and discussions centred on art photography before institutions and the photography market got themselves organised. Contrejour review, a provocative underground journal, with its vital ‘Dégrafez vos paupières’ (Unzip your eyelids) column, welcomed in its pages the writing of critics and historians.
Surrounded by a team of professionals, Claude Nori indefatigably exerted himself to assure artists maximum visibility. He organised exhibitions and events to accompany his books, and played an indisputable role of cultural agitator to impose this new, constantly evolving photography.
The exhibition recreates the particular atmosphere of this period of creativity and discovery when everything seemed allowed and possible. It situates the context of the creation of Contrejour, highlights the main publications over almost twenty years and presents the photographs of the artists that count in Contrejour’s history.
July 2 – September 23, 2012
During Les Rencontres d’Arles
Le conseil étudiant met en place un Fonds De Documentation et de Lecture à l’Erg. Le FDDDL vient d’une envie d’ouvrir, à l’intérieur de l’école, un espace dédié à la lecture et aux échanges d’idées. Un espace où l’on rendrait visible ce qui a été créé à l’Erg ces dernières années. Le FDDDL, c’est une sorte d’archive qui rassemble les productions de plusieurs générations d’étudiants et quelques ouvrages qui ont marqué leurs études et sont, pour eux, devenus des références. Le FDDDL rendrait ainsi visible (et présent) l’historique de l’école en faisant un état des lieux des travaux menés et des sujets abordés par ses étudiants. Une façon d’avoir un aperçu du projet singulier de l’Erg à l’aube de ses 40 ans.
Ouverture 16-17 mars 2012
pendant les portes-ouvertes de l’ERG
This exhibition features the publications released from 1998 onwards by Roma Publications, the publishing house founded in Amsterdam by the artist Mark Manders and the graphic designer Roger Willems. In close collaboration with artists and writers, Roma Publications has produces individual and very diverse publications in editions ranging from two to 150,000 copies. Their artists’ books, artists’ magazines as well as the graphic works they release are circulated widely, as supplements in other publications or as “give aways”.
Mark Manders and Roger Willems remain independent from institutions or commercial publishing houses and the books produced by Roma Publications are, for the most part, low-budget projects. Artistic freedom is essential to their work and enables them to realize each publication exactly as conceived by its author, without time constraints or concessions. Mark Manders, the creator of numerous installations, also conceives of the book as an object and as an exhibition space, to which he devotes himself with enthusiasm.
From this starting point, the move towards activity as a curator was a logical step. Manders and Willems therefore organized for their publishing programme to be presented in the Neues Museum Weserburg itself! A new Roma Publications title appears on the occasion of the Bremen exhibition.
March 9 – May 13, 2012
A new series of intimate two day art/photography workshops offering a unique opportunity for hands on experience of book-making, creative mentoring and intellectual engagement.
- March 24th & 25th 2012, Self Publish Your Book by Bruno Ceschel:
A two day intensive workshop conceived for people interested in publishing their own photography book.
In this weekend workshop participants will be given the necessary tools and insight to create a photographic book.
- April 21st and 22nd 2012, Degenerate Art by Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin:
Entartete Kunst or Degenerate Art, the Nazi’s 1937 exhibition mocking “degenerate” Avant-Garde art became “the first traveling blockbuster show of the 20th century”, touring for two years across Germany and Austria and attracting 3 million visitors.
This workshop will take the original catalogue produced for Degenerate Art as its starting point and its raw material.
- May 19th & 20th 2012, No Dogs, No Babies, No Weddings But Print-on-demand Books by Joachim Schmid:
A two day intensive workshop conceived for people interested in new concepts of bookmaking.
Print-on-demand technology allows us to re-think what a book is, how books are being made and what they do in the world. In this weekend workshop participants will explore new concepts of bookmaking.
- June 23rd & 24th 2012, Make your own Photo-Zine by Claudio Pfeifer (PogoBooks):
A two day workshop for people interested in publishing their own Photo-Zine.
The workshop provides an overview from classic zines made on photocopy machines to high end offset printed photozines.
by Scheltens & Abbenes
published by Off Print
Still life photographers Maurice Scheltens & Liesbeth Abbenes reformulate the classical opposition between art and craftsmanship, autonomous and commissioned work, abstraction and documentation.
Operating at the edge of the signified and the visual, the book is conceived of as a subtle reinterpretation of their recent production in radical black and white. Le Style owes its title to Theo van Doesburg’s avant garde magazine De Stijl, who spoke of “concrete and not abstract painting because nothing is more concrete, more real than a line, a color, a surface.”
Off Print is the publishing activity of Offprint Paris initiator Yannick Bouillis and graphic designer Thomas Buxó.
FIGURE is a Paris-based cultural journal featuring art, design, music, architecture, nature, photography, medias, gastronomy, style, sport and art de vivre investigations.
Biannual and bilingual, each issue features 10 portraits of anonymous, emerging, famous or iconic personnalities.
Millennium Magazines, a survey of artists’ magazines published since 2000, explores the various ways in which contemporary artists utilize the magazine format as an experimental space for the presentation of works and text. Throughout the 20th century, the activities of groups and collectives were often codified first in the informal context of a magazine or journal; this exhibition, drawn from the holdings of the MoMA Library, follows the practice into the 21st century. The works on view range from community-building newspapers to image-only photography magazines to conceptual projects. Methods of design, image-making, editing, printing, and distribution are examined, and there are obvious connections to the past lineage of artists’ magazines and smaller architecture and design magazines. This brief tour of contemporary artists’ magazines provides a view into these practices and represents MoMA Library’s effort to document and collect this medium.
February 20 – May 14, 2012
MoMA, New York
An exhibition by the artists, designers, writers, who constitute the society of the Amsterdam-based Roma Publications.
With Nickel van Duijvenboden, Kees Goudzwaard, Arnoud Holleman, Rob Johannesma, Jan Kempenaers, Irene Kopelman, Mark Manders, Batia Suter, and Roger Willems.
February 11 – April 7, 2012
Modernism 101 is specialized in rare and out-of-print art, architecture, design books and periodicals. The site features an extensive collection of images and provides very detailed informations. A great resource.
Do You Read Me?,
une exposition de 60 ouvrages du Département Communication visuelle réalisés à l’ECAL dans le cadre du cours «Edition Magazine» donné par Pierre Fantys et François Rappo.
Le magazine est un agrégat, texte et image, un hybride. Composant de l’espace public, relai communautaire de lecteurs. Paradoxalement, concurrencé par les nouveaux médias, mais dynamisé par la liberté des nouvelles technologies, le format magazine s’est fait plus hybride et polymorphe encore, plus réticulaire et viral, brouillant les limites entre diffusion restreinte et large, entre fanzine et projet éditorial, entre «statement» privé et stratégie professionnelle.
C’est cette ambiguïté et cette dynamique qui parcourent les projets éditoriaux menés transversalement dans le Département Communication visuelle de l’ECAL, lors de ces 10 années: plus de 200 projets, parmi lesquels 60 ont été sélectionnés pour la présente exposition. Des magazines dans lesquels les étudiants des filières de Design graphique, Photographie et Media & interaction design auront occupé toutes les fonctions (photographe, rédacteur, graphiste) et défini la totalité des contenus. Dépassant ainsi le cadre d’un projet académique, le magazine s’est imposé comme un véritable prototype de média, anticipant un projet professionnel dans lequel se sont inscrits avec succès nombre d’étudiants de la filière, en tant que directeur artistique, éditeur, photographe, graphiste, dessinateur de caractères, coursier à vélo, sur la scène éditoriale internationale. Ainsi des titres tels que Sang Bleu, Novembre, Dorade, recevant une large reconnaissance, ont été modélisés, tout ou partie, dans le cadre expérimental offert par les cours de l’ECAL.
Scénographie conçue par les étudiants du Master en Design HES-SO (Master Art direction et Master Design de produit) suite à un workshop dirigé à l’ECAL par Michael Marriott et Jonathan Hares.
2-17 février, 29 février – 2 mars, 2012