25th Brno Biennial – Call for submissions

November 30th, 2011

25th Brno Biennial
Call for submissions

Next year, the Brno Biennial will celebrate its 50 year anniversary. It is one of the oldest and most important events in the field of visual communication worldwide.
Along with the Guest curator exhibition, several accompanying thematic exhibitions and three-day series of Biennial Talks, the core of the upcoming 25th Brno Biennial is the International Competition.
The aim of the International Competition is to exhibit a broad spectrum of contemporary graphic design and its metamorphoses across various media and forms. The competition is open to all forms of graphic design conceived in last two years.

Deadline: December 31, 2011.

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2HB: What we make with words

November 30th, 2011

©Ruth Buchanan

2HB: What we make with words,
an exhibition, a journals launch event and a book fair, all of which profile the recent proliferation in journal publishing and writing in contemporary art practice in Glasgow.

With AND Publishing, Automatic Books, Aye-Aye Books, Book works, Sue Brind & Jim Harold, Ruth Buchanan, Casco, Dancehall, Dent-de-Leone, Ditto Press, Eastside Projects, Paul Elliman, Kathryn Elkin, Hannah Ellul, Embassy, Generator Projects, GmbH, Gnommero, 2HB, Alex Impey, Marbled Reams, Mono, Mono Kultur, Kate Morrell, Motto Distribution, Mousse, Ciara Phillips, Charlotte Prodger, Pist Protta, Torpedo, Transmission, Uncle Chop Chop, Victor & Hester, Thom Walker, Rebecca Wilcox.

December 1-17, 2011
CCA, Glasgow

Céline Condorelli – School Time Composition

November 30th, 2011

The Sandberg Lecture Series #01
Céline Condorelli
School Time Composition

I have pondered a great deal on the word ‘creativity’, and I’m not inclined to use it in respect to human beings. What is usually spoken of as creativity is really a unique and unprecedented combination in the use of principles discovered by man as existing – a priori – in the universe – R. Buckminister Fuller

Céline Condorelli works with art and architecture, combining a number of approaches from developing structures for ‘supporting’ (the work of others, forms of political imaginary, existing and fictional realities), to broader enquiries into forms of commonality and discursive sites, resulting in projects merging exhibitions, writing, fiction, politics, display, public space, and whatever else feels urgent at the time.

The Sandberg series is an ongoing lecture series initiated by the new Fine Arts program of the Sandberg Institute in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut, Amsterdam. The series directly correspond with the new structure of the program, which explores the idea of “autonomy” and “making” while simultaneously addressing the social and economical roles and implications of these traditional parameters of art production. The program is structured around custom modules that investigate the realms of language, image, object and performance production and representation.

December 14, 2011, 7.30pm
Goethe-Institut, Amsterdam

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NODE (updates)

November 29th, 2011


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Fernand Baudin Prize – 2011 Applications

November 29th, 2011

Fernand Baudin Prize
2011 Applications

In this fourth edition, the Fernand Baudin Prize would like to honour again the diversity and vigour of he bookscene in Brussels and Wallonia.
As in the previous editions, the participating books are submitted to a selection by a jury of professionals from Belgium and abroad. The members of this jury judge the books by formal criteria, craftmanship and the conception and production of the books, but they also discuss innovation in the proces of publishing and distribution that can be redefined outside the line of traditional players in the bookscene.
The prize is open to all book categories and any graphic designer, publisher, printer, artist/conceptor or illustrator working or living in Brussels or Wallonia can compete with a book published in 2011 to which he/she has contributed.

Deadline: january 5, 2012

Posted in Books, Graphic Design

The Museum as Publisher

November 29th, 2011

Museum Public:
The Museum as Publisher

Recent changes in society, globalization, and the increasing significance of the media are a mix that presents the museum of the twenty-first century with new challenges. The museum’s role as a public space demands redefinition. In this context, more and more importance is being attached to communication and mediation. The impact of these developments on the museum of contemporary art is the subject of a new series of MMK talks: MUSEUM PUBLIC.

The Museum as Publisher: Increasingly, artists and museums are taking over the role of publisher and mediator of their own production. Alongside classical forms of distribution the Internet and social media are becoming ever more significant, thus defining new publics.

Guests: AA Bronson (Artist and Publisher, New York), Hu Fang (Curator and Artistic Director of Vitamin Creative Space, Guangzhou), Laura Wright (CEO of Tate Enterprises, London), Moderation: Peter Gorschlüter (Deputy Director of MMK)

November 29, 7 pm
Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt

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Sandwichsm / Sandwichsme

November 29th, 2011

Sandwichsm / Sandwichsme
Artists’ Book by Jérémie Gindre
Published by Rollo Press

Lecture & screening
December 5, 2011, 7pm
Motto, Zürich

Posted in Art, Books, Graphic Design

The Clifford Chadwick Clifford Collection

November 23rd, 2011

The Clifford Chadwick Clifford Collection
by Lytle Shaw, Published by An Endless Supply

Based on Lytle Shaw’s research for the Chadwick family, this book provides new access to the mysterious Clifford Chadwick Clifford — anthropologist, spy, furniture designer. A prolific and provocative writer, Clifford became a countercultural legend before going underground in the early 1970s amid rumours of his ties to the FBI. Now, with the discovery in Zurich of a tape Clifford made as he disappeared from society, a far more detailed picture emerges of Clifford’s complex ties to the American government, his dramatic activities across Cold War Europe and the Middle East, and his collection of espionage devices encased within sleek modernist furniture.


November 23rd, 2011

Verities is an independent biannual publication of thought, observation and reflection, giving equal focus to visual arts and literature.
Verities explores new ways-of-seeing the most ordinary and overlooked situations, revealing the arresting and irrational in the everyday. The ability to disorient and estrange through a subjects illumination makes for a potentially explosive catalyst that sits at the heart of Verities.
Each issue artists and authors explore a new theme through artworks, photography, design, fashion, essays and short stories. Finding the new in the old and celebrating the old in the new, rescuing beauty from vulgarity, and pushing social issue to the fore. Verities makes intellectual content accessible, yet is not afraid to challenge its readers.

Harpur Palate

November 23rd, 2011

Harpur Palate is a literary journal published bi-annually by the Department of English at Binghamton University in Binghamton, New York. The journal prints international English-language poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction. The most recent issue of the journal —Summer & Fall 2011— , designed by Benjamin Critton & Zak Jensen, is the first in a proposal for a series of indefinite length. The templated journal is designed only once, and changes from issue to issue via the editorial alteration of only two elements: the written content itself and the color in which that content is rendered.


November 23rd, 2011

PWR PAPER #6, a paperback book of 152 pages, collects material by cultural producers 2029, Aaron Graham, Andreas Banderas, Anonymous, Ben Schumacher, Brad Troemel, Carson Fisk-Vittori, Deterretorial Support Group, Energy:Pangea, FAUX/real, Goodiepal, Ingo Niermann, Inka Lindergård & Niclas Holmström, Jaakko Pallasvuo, Johannes Thumfart, Jon Rafman, Juliette Bonneviot, Kareem Lotfy, Katja Novitskova, Martin Kohout, Nathalie du Pasquier, Oregon Painting Society, Rachel de Joode, Sarah Hartnett, Shawn C. Smith & Travess Smalley.

Posted in Art, Periodicals

En miroir – Yann Sérandour

November 23rd, 2011

En miroir, conférence de Yann Sérandour

Dans le cadre de sa participation à l’exposition Ailleurs et autrement, Yann Sérandour présentera son travail d’artiste entre détournement, réappropriation, réactivation et en particulier, sa vision de l’histoire de l’art en tant qu’archive disponible.

29 novembre, 2011, 18h30
LiveInYourHead, Genève

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Paper Rehabilitation Project – Series 1 Detroit Blank Book

November 22nd, 2011

Paper Rehabilitation Project, Series 1
Detroit Blank Book

“The blank books in this first series of the Paper Rehabilitation Project are made of stock found at a warehouse of excess, rejected and damaged paper. Each book contains four different sheets – Rolland Enviro, Oxford White, Cougar Natural Opaque, and Royal Cotton, manufactured by Cascades, Neenah, Domtar, and Wasau paper companies. We found three different stocks for the covers – blue and gray with a linen finish, and a plum, with a sort of faux-leather finish. They were bound by Janutol Printing on Detroit’s East side…”

Lauch, December 9, 2011, 6pm
Museum or Contemporary Art, Detroit

Posted in Books, Graphic Design


November 22nd, 2011

ARTSCHOOL/UK is an amorphous community of artists, curators, designers, musicians, architects and others. It is a community that is growing through a nomadic and context specific engagement with organisations, institutions, communities, groups and individuals, around the concept of learning. ARTSCHOOL/UK is interested in exploring various forms and conditions under which learning can occur.

Åbäke – A talk about talk

November 22nd, 2011


Åbäke – Seriously Forks
A talk about talk
November, 28, 2011, 7pm
CalArts Graphic Design, Valencia, CA

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Molla Nasreddin: Embrace Your Antithesis

November 19th, 2011

Molla Nasreddin: Embrace Your Antithesis
Slavs and Tatars, conférence

Slavs et Tatars est un ensemble de polémiques et d’intimités, une faction qui se consacre à une aire géographique à l’Est de l’ancien Mur de Berlin et à l’Ouest du grand Mur de Chine, aussi dénommée Eurasie. Le travail du collectif s’étend sur différents medias, diverses disciplines et un large spectre de registres culturels, pour faire le point sur une sphère d’influence souvent oubliée, entre Slaves, Caucasiens et habitants d’Asie centrale.

23 novembre, 2011, 19h
Maison Suger, Paris

Posted in Art, Books

Swiss Photobooks from 1927 to the Present

November 17th, 2011

Swiss Photobooks from 1927 to the Present

Since the late 1920s – when it became possible to print photographs in high quality – the book has repeatedly proved itself to be an ideal platform for the presentation of photographic works. Books have not only contributed to the dissemination and transmission of photography but also facilitated the integration of the individual image into a meaningful context or sequence.

The exhibition is based on an extensive research project in which hundreds, in part long-forgotten photobooks were brought together and critically examined. The selection of works resulting from this process forms the backbone of this new history of Swiss photography, which is also being published as a book.
The publication presents the individual works with extensive picture spreads and texts by 23 authors – a chronological reference work that also traces the process that has seen the photograph change from a document into a means of subjective and artistic expression.

With the help of seven thematic areas – homeland, portraiture, mountain photography, the world of work, aerial photography, contemporary history, travel – this exhibition aims at a kind of typology of the Swiss photobook which draws attention to the potential interplay between book and photograph, while also revealing the extent to which modes of expression have altered over the course of time. Concise excerpts from these books exhibited on the walls highlight the basic principle of each photobook – a photograph positioned on a double page still remains an integral part of a larger sequence. The concept, design and reception of photobooks are examined more closely in display cases. A large wall installation is devoted to photobook covers. The photobook is also presented as an object in film form: “reading” illustrated photography books is not just an intellectual but also a sensual act.

Unitl February 19, 2012
Fotostiftung Schweiz, Zürich

Walter Mittelholzer, Alpenflug, Orell Füssli, Zurich/Leipzig 1928
Eduard Spelterini, Über den Wolken, Brunner & Co. A.G., Zurich 1928

Posted in Books, Photography

The Café Society

November 17th, 2011

The Café Society works on the topic of on-screen reading/writing.
“We create frameworks – rulesets – based on how reading, writing and organisation of textual information could work differently. As our reading habits change, so must our writing habits and the way we communicate, and ultimately the way we think. Authoring is becoming curating, and the expression of the in-between gains importance over content.”

Lines is the latest project from the Café Society, solidifying an abstract idea in the shape of a functional piece of software, serving as the foundation for further discussion and development. Lines is a reaction on the forms and frames in which we usually write.

Theory Tuesdays sessions I, november 22, 2011, 8pm, Corner College, Zürich
Theory Tuesdays sessions II, november 29, 2011, 8pm, Corner College, Zürich
Go Where Your Heart excursion 8, january 21, 2012, 2pm, The Woods, Zürich

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November 16th, 2011

Hot Gun! is a journal of contemporary poetry and criticism.

Posted in Art, Periodicals

Graphic Design Situations / Publishing on the Road

November 14th, 2011

©Grégory Ambos, Zak Group

Graphic Design Situations / Publishing on the Road

The purpose of this “Tour de France in 4 acts for 1 publication” project is to map a territory: the scope of the practices and thinking that constitute graphic design in France today.

It aims not to define graphic design and/or designers, but to outline the specific features of the profession and to gain a sense of graphic design from the inside. This publication will be an active tool that fosters discussion between graphic-design stakeholders, in order to create a mesh of knowledge and references.

Our thinking will be structured by four themes and a series of public round-table panel events in four French towns, at which graphic designers, researchers, critics and theorists will address four themes: the difficulty of deciding on a definition of graphic design; reaching beyond the divide between cultural and commercial commissions; the question of research into graphic design; the new territories of graphic design.

The book will thus explore these four themes through a range of textual material: original writings, panellists’ contributions, and historical texts that are now hard to access; the latter will be available for download before each event. The book will be published in French after the last event, in March 2012.

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