Visible Language is concerned with research and ideas that help define the unique role and properties of written language. A basic premise of the journal is that writing/reading form an autonomous system of language expression which must be defined and developed on its own terms. To this must be added research and ideas that help define the presentation of information within the digital arena. The shift from page to screen is comparable in its significance to the shift from manuscript to print. Developing the knowledge base and conventions for this new media will take time and challenge our ability to move beyond the book and into more fluid and relational systems of presentation.
The Reading Room is a project based in Berlin with the aim to maintain, archive and represent products of contemporary art practices evolving within printed and published formats. Through archival methodology, critical reflection and strategic methods of presentation, The Reading Room will focus on these representations of contemporary practice that both utilise and interrogate the published form as their primary medium.
In addition to the traditionally understood artist’s books, monographs or exhibition catalogues, the published format is now widely utilised as a primary site for various art practices. Often secondary when compared to the established presentation space of the gallery, the act of publishing has diversified and widened into self-contained body of artistic communication and research. The Reading Room focuses on the publication as medium and context for artistic practice, in which the artists choose deliberately and critically the publication as support, while using its materiality, edges and frame as tools for both visual and semantic expressions.
The Reading Room is based on former institutional “Reading Rooms” (such as the one of the British Museum in London), and functions as such: it will be open for public viewing, with those wanting to use it being required to make an appointment and also register beforehand their particular interested in the publications or the project. The Reading Room takes its initial presentation location from the idea of the “Salon”, gathering its printed matters under the roof of an inspiring hostess or host. The visitors and readers of the Reading Room ring the bell of a private apartment, climb up the stairs to it, and then are able to sit in a separate study room.
The ‘And Justice For All’ issue
You have been found guilty of wearing black and listening to heavy metal,
you are hereby sentenced to death by lethal injection.
The ‘And Justice For All’ issue tells the tragic tale of the West Memphis Three .
PIE #02 – TRACE
With artists such as David Maisel, Katie Paterson, Beni Bishop, Kumi Yamashita, Bjoern Franke, Tim Knowles, Cassander Eeftinck Schattenkerk, Hannes Kater and many more… ; Articles: Étienne-Jules Marey, The oldest living things in the world, Mike Tyson’s abandoned mansion, Acoustic location, Volcanoes, Suicide forest, How to disappear without a trace, Character Reading, Cymatics and many more…
ROMAN CIESLEWICZ retrospective
Over 150 key works from Roman Cieslewicz’s diverse career
The retrospective explores the life and work of one of the key figures in the history of graphic design. This landmark exhibition will be the first major retrospective of Roman Cieslewicz’s work in Britain. Working first in Warsaw and then in Paris, Cieslewicz was at the heart of artistic life in both cities. In a career that bridged the Cold War division of Europe, he brought surrealist fantasy to the staid visual culture of communist Poland and, when he arrived in Paris in 1963, a critical perspective on consumer spectacle in the West …
until August 17, 2010
Royal College of Art, London
BOOK functions as a mobile extension to Book Show & includes a facsimile reprint of Ulises Carrión’s ‘The New Art of Making Books’ as it originally appeared in the journal Kontexts; an illustrated text by James Langdon and additional works by Åbäke, Vito Acconci, Tauba Auerbach, Bedford Press, Ulises Carrión, Melissa Dubbin + Aaron S. Davidson, Daniel Eatock, Will Holder, Jeremy Jansen, Kelly Large, Fraser Muggeridge Studio, OK/RM, Simon Starling, Werkplaats Typografie
Thursday 29 July, 6.30–8pm
Eastside Projects, Birmingham
21th August – 31th October 2010
Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, St. Gallen
N+1 – Recherche et expérimentation en design graphique, numérique et sonore dans les écoles supérieures d’art et design
N+1 fait suite à l’exposition N-1. Recherche et expérimentation en design graphique, numérique et sonore dans les écoles supérieures d’art et design, qui fut présentée à la Biennale internationale design Saint-Etienne 2008. Il ne s’agit pas d’un catalogue, mais plutôt d’un complément ou d’un prolongement, qui exploiterait toutes les possibilités de l’imprimé et de l’après-coup …
New Planes Public Press (NPPP) is an open model for writers and artists to experiment with text and images in print format. As an outlet for liberal thinking, critical news and alternative formats, the broadsheet blurs boundaries, overlaps interests and explores the relationship between a generation and its press.
Pilot Issue: This Thing Called Progress.
Featuring: Plastic Language, Record Store War, Marcus UV Race, Spike Jonze, Dan Arps, Punx Poetry, Your Fanzine’s Keeper, Why Is It Contemporary Art?, Misha Hollenbach, Heavy Metal Minimalism
The Type Cruiser / Ebay Auction is spearheaded by Simone Vollenweider & Anna Sartorius.
Within the last month they designed a new typeface which is available on Ebay till July 29th.
Part of the concept is that the font is meant to undergo changes throughout the auction: With each new tenderer a new special character will be introduced into the existing font such as a comma, question mark etc. Designers – that are not part of project yet – are encouraged to contribute to the exciting pool of characters by designing such a special character. The design of each new character is not subject to the existing typeface and is free of any rules or limitations.
The designers who are participating: Angelo Benedetto, Anna Lena von Helldorf, Anthony Burrill, Carolin Kurz, Daniel Gaffner, Daniel Peter, Dino dos Santos, Fanette Mellier, Jennie Winhall and Kathe Burn, Kerstin Finger, Hudson-Powell , Markus Dreßen, Martin Aleith (Pfandfinderei Berlin), Martin Sperling, Mathis Pfäffli, Node Berlin Oslo , Oliver Klimpel, Radim Pesko, René Siegfried, Silke Klinnert, Stephan Fiedler, Stephan Müller (Lineto), Thomas Ulrik Madsen, Yoann Betrandy, Mind Design & students of the Academy of Visual Arts in Leipzig.
A reconstruction, by David Bennewith, of a printed sheet of Ken Garland and Robert Chapman’s game Connect, designed by Ken Garland and Associates for the James Galt Toy Company in 1969. Including an interview with Ken Garland conducted in 2006 in which Garland referred to an interesting detail regarding the design of the game:
“Now, I want to tell you something that a lot of people don’t know. The clue to this game is the template from which all these tiles are cut. When the game came out a lot of companies started to make copies, there was an Italian company, somebody in the United States, Japan – they never seemed to get it quite right. [...] If they’d sat down long enough with the original and assembled it – worked out how it would have been layed up to be printed and cut – it wouldn’t have needed too much ingenuity to figure this out.”
The response to this detail inspired the reconstruction of a printed sheet of Connect – and the beginnings of this publication – as an action that would illustrate an important part of the designing process; one that is linked to a knowing use and attitude towards materials available to the designer.
The interview touches on social and philosophical aspects that ‘Connect’ [and games in general] might promote and is intended to work in conversation with the reconstruction. Supporting images, scanned from original pieces of the game, are included to clarify certain key points made in the interview.
This publication hopes to build on a continued interest in a notion of ‘designing as writing’, that is defined as: using form and technical processes [connected to the designing and printing processes] as implicit to the understanding of the publication; form and production join content as equal voices within the presentation of the outcome.
the seventh issue of de Appel’s “F.R.David” is dealing with “the compression of letter-writing as cybernetic translation – vs. redundant delivery of intention – from one form to another, ‘With Love,”.
Including contributions from Alison Knowles, Tine Melzer, Esperanza Rosales and others…
“An Attempt to Evolve, XXIV: Berkeley the circling dog”
Two dogs sit in a room, furnished by a nurturing hand (cut flowers, floral curtains, labelled storage pots). Actually, one of them doesn’t sit, nor lie on the plainly up holstered chaise-longue. His ears hang down, as do the corners of his mouth and the brow above the eyes that stare desperately into an unseen space. His head is propped up by the wide back of the chaise-longue, which also ensures that he won’t see – only hear the questions from behind his right shoulder, of – the other dog with the pointed ears, sitting: wide-eyed, upright and smiling in a straight backed chair; he supports a pad on his right leg (crossed over left), and pen, in hand, to take down the response to “And if you ever did catch your tail, are you sure it would make you happy?”
Designer, editor and writer Will Holder presentations:
BYOB (Bring Your Own Beamer),
a one evening event where several artists will show a work of choice with their own beamer.
With aids-3d, Alexandra Domanovic, Andreas Angelidakis, Andrew Keaton, Angelo Plessas, Anne de Vries, Billy Rennekamp, Constant Dullaart, Dafna Maimon, Emile Zile, Hayley Silverman, Helga Wretman, Jaime Whipple, Juliette Bonneviot, Kari Altmann, Katja Novitskova, Kinga Kzilynska, Lindsay Lawson, Mike Ruiz, Oliver Laric, Rafaël Rozendaal, Timur Siqin, Voin de Voin, Wojciech Kosma.
July 20th, 2010, 9pm
Bureau Friederich Projectstudio, Berlin
“I can talk about how the object functions in different pieces, what it is connected to, or what it brings together. But it doesn’t have a real autonomous consistency. It exists because it functions, within language, within art, within ideas, because of to what it can be ascribed or because what can be done to it and expressed, somehow.”
Considering the museum itself to be an object rendered in time, The Archaeology of Autonomy aims to juxtapose the static nature of the museum model with performances and temporary interventions made by the artist and designers who challenge the notion of autonomy, emphasizing the object always in relation to an extrinsic context ascribed to it that is continuously shifting, resulting in an alchemy of meaning and perception in its material consistency…
The Portable John Latham presents a selection of documents from the personal archive of the late British artist John Latham (+ informations here), presently maintained in his last home and studio in Peckham, South London. Through reproductions of letters, invitation cards, exhibition reviews, performance scripts and images, the publication retraces Latham’s pioneering practice over six decades, from the late 1940s to his death in 2006.
Edited and introduced by Antony Hudek and Athanasios Velios, published by Occasional Papers in association with Whitechapel Gallery(on the occasion of John Latham: Anarchive), the book also includes an interview by Charles Harrison from 1968 and a glossary section.
Launch Thursday 15 July 2010, 6pm
Whitechapel Gallery, London
Arc Magazine is the art and design publication designed and produced by current postgraduate students at the Royal College of Art.
Issue 14, designed by Mark El-khatib, includes interviews with artist Richard Wentworth and graphic designer Cornel Windlin, Goshka Macuga in the RCA magazine archives, articles from Marina Warner on animation, Lucy Soutter on Lawrence Weiner, Superniche on architecture and the 2012 Olympic Games, Michael Crowe, Department 21, Julijonas Urbonas and special artist projects from åbäke and Nina Beier and Marie Lund.
ARC #14 release party
Thursday 15 July, 7pm
Frank’s Cafe & Campari Bar, London
Department 21 has been a temporary, physical space established by students as an experiment in interdisciplinary practice throughout January and February 2010 at the Royal College of Art.
For seven weeks, students from all departments had the opportunity to inhabit Department 21 and to take advantage of a truly multi-disciplinary creative hub. Here the students created a new kind of conceptual and social learning environment. Whilst continuing to develop independent projects, students shared thoughts in cross-disciplinary crits, brought in tutors for open tutorials, led and participated in workshops, invited outside lecturers, joined informal events and explored how their practice can evolve in an open and discursive environment.
Department 21 – The book
This compilation of texts and visual works gives an imaginative account of Department 21 and is complementary to the web site.
The wide range of texts comprise hard facts, essays, reflections, conversations and poems. The visual works include illustrations, photographs, graphs and graphics.
Vorstellungen von Büchern (Ideas of books) is a series of lectures hosted by Magazin, a recently launched project space and public collection dedicated to artist’s publications, initiated by Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof in Hamburg.
As the first installment in this series of lectures, former Fine Art researchers Theo Cowley and Simon Hempel are invited to talk about their book projects Compositions de rhétorique de M. don Arlequin and Plants and soil – The visual development of a structure.
Wednesday, 14 Juli 2010, 7 pm
Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof, Hamburg