A BOOK AS A PRISM

April 28th, 2011

ORTOMÁTICA II – PUBLISHING LAB
A books as prism

publishing workshop by Charlotte Cheetham & Pierre Vanni
27 — 29 APR. 2011 Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Madrid
Workshop coordinated by proyecto Prisma

> abookasaprism.tumblr.com pics & videos

The goal will be to think a publication (printed document) such as a prism, which means such as an element that reveals/refracts and/or disperses information. Of course we are not engineers or computer scientists, but designers. So, we’re not looking for new technological forms, but in search of new «logical» forms including a poetic approach.

In introduction to the workshop, and as textual material for the publication content, we ask you to work with the Jorge Luis Borges’novel «Libro de arena», a story of a book as infinity… How to narrate this story — and so, design it — in an original and significant way, using the clues given by Borges and the physical/logical/poetical particularities of the prism experiment?
The idea is not to think your publication as the solution of the incongruous title «a book as a prism», but to take it as a pretext to design new kinds of printed documents, new kinds of storytelling.

Download pdf with the Borges novel / Télécharger la nouvelle de Borges

Lecture ROKFOR (Urs Hofer, Rafael Koch, Gina Bucher)

April 28th, 2011

Lecture ROKFOR

The idea behind Rokfor is a generative approach to graphic design. Rokfor does not question the work of the graphic designer. In contrast, we collaborate with designers to develop the custom built output plugins.
But it is our aim to automatize repetitive tasks: The work of the graphic designer is shifted from the creation of single documents to the creation a single ruleset for the output.
We consider automatic design based on custom rules as a new approach to graphic design, including ideas as:
-Randomness and fuzzyness
-Algorithmical positioning and scaling of elements
-Developing grids which are capable of dealing with various inputs
-Implementation/Questioning of classic grid and layout systems

Urs Hofer, Rafael Koch and the editor Gina Bucher talk about the process of the project and how they apply it to concrete assignments.

May 5, 2011, 7pm
ZHdK, Zürich

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Circular Facts, Public Meeting

April 28th, 2011

Circular Facts, Public Meeting
Organised by Objectif Exhibitions (Antwerp), Casco (Utrecht) and The Showroom (London)

Small- and medium- scale art organisations play an essential catalytic and progressive role in the field of contemporary art as producers, distributors and channels of support and it is this position we often try to emphasize to our public and supporters. From this starting point, and taking the opportunity of the Circular Facts collaboration, this gathering investigates the role of these types of organisations in their local scenes, the networks of collaborations in which they affiliate themselves, and how they define their mandates in relation to artistic practices.

The purpose of the Circular Facts Public Meeting is threefold: to introduce a broader public to our specific debates, concerns and ambitions; to increase our familiarity with each other’s structures, working methods and programming priorities; and to speculate on the position of our organizations in the changing political and cultural landscape in Europe.

Speakers include Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez (Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers, Paris), Francis Mckee (CCA, Glasgow), Frederique Bergholtz (If I Can’t Dance…, Amsterdam), David Reinfurt (Dexter Sinister, New York), Mia Jankowicz (Contemporary Image Collective, Cairo), Dan Kidner (City Projects, London), Will Bradley (Kunsthalle Oslo), Giovanni Carmine (Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen) and the organizers Mai Abu ElDahab (Objectif Exhibitions, Antwerp), Binna Choi (Casco, Utrecht) and Emily Pethick (The Showroom, London).

May 6-8, 2011
Objectif Exhibitions, Antwerp

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Slavs and Tatars reading room

April 27th, 2011





Slavs and Tatars reading room

Slavs and Tatars exhibition in conjunction with the U.S. launch of book Molla Nasreddin: the magazine that would’ve, could’ve, should’ve, a legendary Azeri political satire and perhaps the most important Muslim periodical of the 20th century.

Featuring illustrations reminiscent of a Daumier of the Caucasus, Molla Nasreddin was read from Morocco to Iran; it addressed issues–gender equality, Islam’s integration of Modernity, education, Western meddling–as relevant and urgent today for a global audience, as when it was first published, in the Caucasus, a century ago. In the SI Reading Room, Slavs and Tatars will present a select archive of printed matter on the rambunctious, rowdy case study of complexity otherwise known as the Caucasus, sandwiched between the Bolshevism of Russia, revolutionary Islam of Iran and a declining Ottoman Empire.

Slavs and Tatars is a faction of polemics and intimacies devoted to an area east of the former Berlin Wall and west of the Great Wall of China known as Eurasia. The collective’s work spans several media, disciplines, and a broad spectrum of cultural registers (high and low) focusing on an oft-forgotten sphere of influence between Slavs, Caucasians and Central Asians.

May 3-8, 2011
Swiss Institute [SI], New York

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Tom Darracott

April 27th, 2011

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Tom Darracott

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Édition spéciale #0: two activations of the fmra collection (Cneai)

April 27th, 2011






[sã] but et Chorwagen, two activations of the fmra collection (Cneai)

For Special Issue, Kiss Me Deadly (École nationale supérieure d’arts de Cergy) is establishing a discursive and performative framework that will strive to propose a representation of the Cneai’s (National Center of Edition and Printed Art) collection of ephemera. The KMD’s workshop will favor the ephemera of artists in the collection, including publications that accompany their works (printed invitations, exhibition journals, press releases, etc.). Such ephemera constitute modes of publication for a work, giving it an existence before, during and after its showing. Students are invited to handle modes of existence of the work. This workshop will imagine modes of circulation and performance of its publications.

30 Avril 2011, 16:30 – 18:30
Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers, Aubervilliers

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LITTÉRATURE EN FORME

April 26th, 2011


éditions Cent Pages par Philippe Millot



LITTÉRATURE EN FORME

Alors que les outils de mise en page permettent une souplesse de plus en plus marquée, le travail du graphiste dans l’édition se limite trop souvent à la couverture, particulièrement en littérature. Est-ce seulement au nom d’une « neutralité » censée ne pas parasiter le texte ? À travers quelques exemples récents et non conventionnels, où la forme donnée au texte participe pleinement de l’écriture, nous tenterons d’évaluer les résistances et le champ des possibles dans le graphisme des ouvrages littéraire. Avec Sonia Chiambretto, écrivain, Philippe Millot, graphiste.

6 mai 2011, 19h
Centre Pompidou, Paris

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Penser l’image

April 25th, 2011

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1946, 1947, 1948

April 25th, 2011

1946, 1947, 1948
Gli anni dimenticati dei più bei libri svizzeri
The missing years of the most beautiful Swiss books

Una mostra e una piattaforma di discussione sulla produzione editoriale passata e contemporanea, a cura di Corina Neuenschwander, Roland Früh, Jenny Eneqvist e Fredrik Paulsen con la collaborazione di La Rada, spazio per l’arte contemporanea

An exhibition and forum for discussion on book design from the 1940s and today. Initially thought to cover the three missing years in the history of the competition The Most Beautiful Swiss Books, 1946-1948, the exhibition now describes the micro-history of these years, in relation to book production and design. A series of talks and workshops generates new material which will be documented in the exhibition.

After a first exhibition in Zurich, we continue the format in Locarno, highlighting the book production from the Ticino, with selections by Davide Fornari, Andreas Schwab, Christoph Schifferli and Fabio Soldini.
With further contributions by Peter Bichsel, Julia Born and Klaus Born, Hans Burkhardt, Mirjam Fischer and Hans Rudolf Gabathuler, Jost Hochuli and Ursula Hochuli, François Rappo, Nicole Udry, Felix Wiedler.

The exhibition is accompanied by the following event to present some of the main book archives in the Ticino:
Sunday 8 May 14.00 – 18.00: Symposium “Dove riposani i libri? A proposito degli archivi di Monte Verita, Jan Tschichold, Harald Szeemann e Armand Schulthess” / “Where do the books rest? The archives and libraries of Monte Verita, Jan Tschichold, Harald Szeemann and Armand Schulthess”. With Roland Stieger, Andreas Schwab, Ingeborg Lüscher.

7 May – 21 May
Opening: Saturday 7 May, 18.00
La Rada, Locarno

Ramaya Tegegne – TITLE

April 24th, 2011



Ramaya Tegegne – TITLE

“Dans une compilation historique de titres d’œuvres d’art, TITLE met en jeu ce qui, graphiquement, les unit à leurs titres. Il s’inscrit dans une recherche englobant tout à la fois les dimensions sémantiques, linguistiques, conceptuelles et visuelles du sujet. La presque totalité des mouvements artistiques a remis en question ou reconsidéré la fonction et l’usage du titre. Ce mini-système textuel, essentiel et souvent discret, est le premier pas vers la compréhension et à la signification d’une œuvre. Entre les mots et les choses, Ramaya Tegegne parvient ainsi à retracer le chemin du sens. Le livre regroupe également une compilation de textes, interviews, anecdotes ou citations en rapport avec chaque œuvre choisie.” (HEAD)

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WAWAWORKSHOP: FUTURA – 5e JOUR

April 23rd, 2011

WAWAWORKSHOP: FUTURA
Fin du WaWaWorkshop sur le thème de la Futura.
Introduit par la conférence de Michel Wlassikoff,
ponctué par les présentations de Samuel Bonnet,
Pascal Richon, Pierre Vanni & Côme de Bouchony.
À suivre sur le tumblr et le flickr: les projets des participants.
Très prochainement: la publication du WaWaworkshop: Futura par
Vincent de Hoÿm & Bernard Baissait.

exposition Futura

April 22nd, 2011

FUTURA

Des croquis préparatoires aux interprétations contemporaines, de son emploi par les Nouveaux Typographes des années 1920 jusqu’à l’usage-culte qu’en font des artistes tels que Edward Ruscha ou Barbara Kruger, l’histoire du Futura s’apparente à une saga.
Comme le note Etienne Robial, paraphrasant Kurt Schwitters : « On peut considérer à la lecture et à la vue de cette histoire que, dans certaines conditions, une police de caractères est une œuvre d’art. » Où en est-on aujourd’hui avec ce monument, un des plus célèbres caractères typographiques du XXe siècle ? L’exposition contribue à y répondre largement, mettant en valeur chaque parcelle du présent par un éclairage approprié en provenance du passé.
On peut donc découvrir le Futura imaginé par son créateur, Paul Renner, dès 1924, et le Futura de nos jours présent dans de multiples versions numériques ou redessiné pour l’identité de grandes entreprises et institutions. On peut apprécier la manière dont il est associé au Mouvement moderne dans les années 1930 et comment il contribue aux recherches graphiques les plus novatrices au début du XXIe siècle.

6 mai – 23 juillet 2011
Galerie Anatome, Paris

Florence Loewy / Forde

April 22nd, 2011





Forde, Genève, invite la libraire parisienne Florence Loewy à présenter en parallèle du programme d’expositions une sélection d’ouvrages rares, livres d’artistes, multiples, documents sonores, catalogues de référence épuisés et éditions des années soixante à nos jours. Constituée autour de figures telles que Martin Kippenberger, Dieter Roth, Group Material, General Idea, Rodney Graham, Sol Lewitt, Hans-Peter Feldmann ou Marcel Broodthaers, la sélection du fonds de la librairie Florence Loewy sera disponible du 26 avril au 23 juillet 2011.

Bureau Mirko Borsche – new webpage

April 22nd, 2011

Bureau Mirko Borsche

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Again, A Time Machine, Part Two

April 21st, 2011





Again, A Time Machine
A Book Works touring exhibition in five parts

Artists are playing with words again — raiding the archive, bringing the dead back to life, making the living look dead. Quicker than the ever-elusive present, they are forging a practice through words, images, books, and ephemera, that begins to anticipate the past, forecast possible histories and re-visit alternative futures.

Again, A Time Machine is a fluid tour, reinventing itself as work moves from venue to venue. Based on new commissions and archival presentations, it will generate ephemera, performance and printed material, in response to a theme that plays with and inverts notions of time, archive, distribution and received pasts and perfect futures.

Elements of the new commissions for Eastside Projects reappear at Motto, Berlin: part two of A Poster Project by Jonathan Monk; anticipating the present, Slavs and Tatars newspaper 79.89.09.; and the publication of All the Stories by Dora García. New commissions take the form of a night of spoken word performance, co-hosted with Book Works, Sternberg Press and Archive Books, alongside a Book Works archive that integrates the street and the bookshop, via an exhibition of printed material.

6 May – 2 June 2011
Motto Berlin / Chert, Berlin



Looking at Music 3.0

April 20th, 2011



Kraftwerk. Trans-Europe Express (American version). 1977. Kling Klang Records – Run-DMC. Raising Hell. 1986 – Dara Birnbaum, Pop-Pop Video, 1980 – Spike Jonze, Sabotage, 1994, Music by Beastie Boys



Looking at Music 3.0, the third in a series of exhibitions, exploring the influence of music on contemporary art practices, focuses on New York in the 1980s and 1990s and the birth of “remix culture.” Highlighting a unique range of activity within the city during those decades, the exhibition addresses the birth of hip hop; new articulations of feminism as seen in video chain letters, zines, and raucous art and music performances; the continued artistic development of music videos; and the rise of the digital domain, where sound and image acquired a curious parity as sampled bits of electronic information, raising the curtain on new creative possibilities.
Approximately 70 works from a wide range of artists and musicians are on view, including works by the Beastie Boys, Kathleen Hanna and Le Tigre, Keith Haring, Miranda July, Christian Marclay, Steven Parrino, and Run-DMC. (press release)

Until May 30, 2011
The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Learn to Read Art: A History of Printed Matter

April 20th, 2011

Learn to Read Art: A History of Printed Matter

The exhibition, curated by Max Schumann, Associate Director, and AA Bronson, presents a survey of the publishing output of Printed Matter, Inc. over the last 35 years.

Learn to Read Art brings together hundreds of publications, editions, and ephemera tracing the history of Printed Matter as an alternative space established in response to the growing phenomenon of contemporary artists’ book production. In the context of widespread experimentation in the 1960s and 70s – a general challenging of traditional art forms and media – many artists looked to the book both as a formal device rich in possibilities, as well as for its social and political potency.

This exhibition assembles a broad sampling of Printed Matter’s artists’ books and special editions, as well as various ephemera produced over the years in support of its programs—print catalogs, posters, flyers, postcards—to convey how Printed Matter exists as much more than just a bookstore. The main legacy of Printed Matter is the tens of thousands of artists’ books and publications that have been circulating around the world over the past four decades. Learn to Read Art offers a distillation of a broad and diverse community and body of work, ultimately committed to experimental and accessible artistic practices. (pictures)

Until June 17, 2011
Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, Oregon

Terrazzo (1988-1995)

April 20th, 2011

Terrazzo (1988-1995)

Terrazzo magazine (10 issues, 1988-1995) was conceived and produced by Ettore Sottsass in conjunction with Barbara Radice, Christoph Radl, Anna Wagner and Santi Caleca. It focused on architecture and design, with an accent on contemporary works, within Italy and abroad. A vast array of disciplines were touched on, including literature, poetry, history, science, philosophy, art and anthropology.

In mostra sono esposti i primi dieci numeri (senza i tre numeri monografici che presentano una diversa veste grafica e immagini della redazione al lavoro).

April 29-May 28, 2011
New Jerseyy, Basel

Poster Tribune Issue 1 launch

April 19th, 2011

Poster Tribune is a bi-anual newspaper devoted to posters. It contains 12 pages of illustrated articles and 3 posters (65 cm x 96 cm). Posters are equally artistic creations, communication tools and witnesses to social, commercial and artistic trends from specific periods. Poster Tribune examines such posters and breathes new life into these short-lived street exhibitions. Through these articles, Poster Tribune promotes the international and Swiss contemporary graphic scene, and reports on the poster’s history and latest news.

Lauch April 26, 2011, 6pm
Forde, Geneva

Pretty—Ugly catalogue

April 19th, 2011

Pretty—Ugly catalogue: 90 pages, interviews with OK-RM and We Have Photoshop, a text by Ken Hollings, each of the donated “pretty ugly” works, and workshop outcomes from Central Saint Martins’ MA Communication Design students.

Pretty-Ugly is a series of events organised by the second year students of MA Communication Design at Central Saint Martins in April 2011.
The title Pretty-Ugly is a casual phrase imbued with a range of subtexts: aesthetics and anti-aesthetics, desire and repulsion, interest and disinterest, surface and essence, polish and sincerity. In a sentence: we are interested in exploring a “naïve” aesthetic as it is created by very aware, professional designers…

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