Edward Bottoms – Independent Site: Experiments in Publishing At The Architectural Association

February 29th, 2012

Independent Site:
Experiments in Publishing At The Architectural Association

a lecture by Edward Bottoms
in the framework of the exhibition Zak Kyes Working With…

One of the leading architectural schools in the world, the Architectural Association, London, has an enviable legacy of over a century and a half of innovative and experimental architectural publishing.
In this lecture Edward Bottoms will examine this practice which, in its entirety, forms a contribution of major significance for the histories of architectural education and publishing in the UK. Ranging from satirical 19th Century student publications to the work of current students and staff – via highly politicised architectural propaganda of the 1930s and the explosion of ‘little’ magazines in the 1960s and 70s – this talk will reflect upon the particular set of conditions and the tradition of student initiation and participation which have fostered such production.

Edward Bottoms (London) is Archivist at the Architectural Association library. The AA Archives house a substantial collection of material on the social and intellectual history of architectural education, dating back to the AA’s origins in the 1840s. Bottoms’ work on the collections of the AA Archives has resulted in articles on the Royal Architectural Museum; Anglo-Swedish architectural exchanges in the interwar period; and student initiated magazines, journals and periodicals. His areas of research include Georgian portraiture, collecting and patronage on the early Grand Tour and nineteenth- century architectural cast museums.

February 29, 7pm
GfZK, Leipzig

Posted in Architecture, Books

Kolla! Affisch-Festival

February 29th, 2012

©Samuel Nyholm

Kolla! Affisch-Festival

Arranged by Kolla!, Iaspis & We Do Not Work Alone, The Kolla Poster Festival idea is to inspire, deepen the knowledge within graphic design and illustration. Dedicated to the poster, it will look at its phenomena from a historical and contemporary point of view, but will also focus on the future of the media.
International and local guests will give lectures, workshop, and visitors will be encouraged to interact to have access to some material to casually be creative with.

March 15, 2012
Research&Development, Stockholm

Crystal Maze III – The Crystal Mask

February 28th, 2012

Dan ‘The Automator’ Nakamura as his alterego Nathaniel Merriweather,
photo : James Dawson (2001).

Crystal Maze III – The Crystal Mask

Dispositif de monstration et de discussion dédié aux livres, à l’édition et à ce qui s’y rapporte par des prismes divers que sont par exemple la lecture, le graphisme et le cinéma, le Crystal Maze est un labyrinthe où se rencontrent des objets, des images et des voix, réunis pour l’occasion autour de la figure de l’enquêteur et de ce qu’elle évoque ou satellise.

The Crystal Mask, projection vidéo, concept et scénario : officeabc (Catherine Guiral, Brice Domingues) et Jérôme Dupeyrat ; réalisation et montage : Chloé Munich et Vincent Lalanne ; avec la participation de Xavier Bouyssou, Vincent Fortin et Laurent Sfar.

8 mars 2012, 17h
EnsAD, Paris

Posted in Art, Graphic Design

De Best Verzorgde Boeken 2011

February 28th, 2012

De Best Verzorgde Boeken 2011

Dating back to 1926, the yearly judging of the Dutch Best Verzorgde Boeken is the oldest of it’s kind in Europe.
The somewhat old-fashioned expression best verzorgd (best cared for) has never been dropped because of the fact that what the juries award in the first place, are books, not only their design. Each well-made book is a meeting between content and material, the result of a cooperation between a commissioner (mostly a publisher), a designer and the graphic industry. The role of the various participants is ever-changing.

The Best Dutch Book Designs selection of 2011 consists of thirty books, all released last year.
This selection was put together by a jury whose members are Jan de Boer (Studio Jan de Boer, Amsterdam), Frederike Huygen (design historian, Amsterdam), Fokko Tamminga (printers ANDO, The Hague) and Astrid Vorstermans (Valiz, books and cultural projects, Amsterdam). In all they judged 338 submitted books.

Posted in Art, Graphic Design

Success and Uncertainty – exhibition

February 27th, 2012

Success and Uncertainty displays twenty-one posters that were made by Sandra Kassenaar and Bart de Baets during their residency in Cairo, which happened to coincide with the outburst of the revolution in Egypt and the resignation of president Hosni Mubarak in spring 2011.

Every day over a period of three weeks, they displayed a new poster in a light-box at the entrance of a gallery in Cairo which reflected and commented on recent events. The posters are composed of politically charged discussions, interviews with locals, international comments on the revolution, symbolics of the peoples’ movement, statements and observations on daily life as well as gossip in Cairo.

The exhibition is accompanied by the launch of the publication «Success and Uncertainty — Back Up», in which Sandra Kassenaar and Bart de Baets look back on their time spent in Cairo and give context to the poster series.

March 3-18, 2012
San Serriffe, Amsterdam

Konst & Teknik – updates

February 26th, 2012

Konst & Teknik

Posted in Graphic Design

LGRU Co-position

February 24th, 2012

LGRU Co-position
Presentations and round-table discussion

The Libre Graphics Research Unit is a traveling lab where new ideas for creative tools are developed. Its diverse activities range from the practical to the theoretical via writing, research meetings, experimental prototyping, conferences and workshops. The Research Unit is an initiative of four European media-labs actively engaged in Free/Libre and Open Source Software and Free Culture. This cross-disciplinary project involves artists, designers and programmers and is developed in dialogue with the Libre Graphics community.

How can we re-imagine lay-out from scratch? What tools do we need to support decentralized collaboration? How can we bring together canvas editing, dynamic lay-outs, web-to-print and Print On Demand in more
interesting ways?
A conversation with designers and programmers about future Libre software for arranging texts and graphical elements. Presentation of prototypes and discussion chaired by Angela Plohman (Baltanlabs, Eindhoven). With : Ana Carvalho, Stéphanie Vilayphiou, Camille Bissuel, Antonio Roberts and many others.
This roundtable concludes the second ’Research meeting’ organised by the Libre Graphics Research Unit, a collaboration between Medialab Prado (Madrid), Worm (Rotterdam), Piksel (Bergen) and Constant.

Saturday 25 February 13:30-15:30
Halles de Schaerbeek, Brussels

Posted in Graphic Design

Into the Fold

February 24th, 2012

Posted in Books, Graphic Design

Le Style

February 23rd, 2012

Le Style
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.

Posted in Art, Books, Photography


February 23rd, 2012

Talks and exhibition

Fernand Baudin Students Publications is an event dedicated to editorial productions by students in Belgium – and connected to the international scene. This first year will be an experimental, reflexive and prospective one – engaging students, teachers and “professionals” in public discussions and round tables on the fact of making and thinking books today. It will also be a moment to think about such events and structures around publications (book fairs, book awards, book exhibitions, etc) and elaborate a proposal for the next years of Fernand Baudin Students Publications.

- to submit a publication (for every students in a superior art school in Belgium)
- to participate to the discussions on the 24th of march (for every students/teachers/actors of the publishing field…)
- to propose a presentation or a projection (projects engaging other/new relations to book making/thinking)
contact: studentspublications@gmail.com

Presentations & discussions, march 24, 2012, 3 to 6pm
Belgian student’s editorial productions exhibition, march 22-25, 2 to 7pm
KOMPLOT, Brussels

SAMIZDAT publication

February 22nd, 2012

SAMIZDAT publication is now being distributed online: samizdat-pub.tumblr.com

Born from the discussion and contributions of the participants of the workshop, the publication “Samizdat” arises as a possible manifestation of the critical practices in self-publishing and as an essay; when it reaches the typical circuits of distribution/circulation, it will enable, once again, the discourse to discussion.

“We believe that the context of a publication exists further beyond the value of the book. We support the following idea: “Perhaps it is time to study the discourses not only for their expressive value or for their formal transformations, but in the genres of its existence; the modes of circulation, of valuing, of attribution, of appropriation of the discourses vary with each culture and interchange themselves within each one (…)” (Michel Foucault in “What is an author?”). It is in the movement of distribution, in the chain of intermediaries, that the circuits and contexts are found, and above all, where the ideal reader is recognized.”

Posted in Art, Books, Graphic Design

Books, Folder, a Magazine

February 22nd, 2012

Bauhaus Dessau + Spector Books – Books, Folder, a Magazine
A conversation with Philipp Oswalt and Anne König

For a year Bauhaus Dessau has been collaborating with the Leipzig-based publisher Spector Books. An institution with a long tradition that had a decisive influence on the design and architecture of the 20th century meets a publisher that offers a carefully considered approach to the medium of the book.

Philipp Oswalt, director of the Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau, and Anne König, editor at Spector Books, will present their collaborative publication projects. Special attention will be paid to the second issue of the journal bauhaus, which focuses on the relationship between the Bauhaus institution and Israel.

In addition a portfolio of works by the Bauhaus student Kurt Kranz that was designed by Stephan Müller and Tanja Wesse will be presented as well as the publication schwarz: weiß / weiß: schwarz, a series of drawings by Kurt Kranz that Wassily Kandinsky wanted to publish in the early 1930s. Though this project never came to fruition due to the economic crisis of the time, 80 years and a few economic crises later Spector Books and Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau were finally able to complete it.

February 23, 2012, 8pm
Motto, Zürich

From Visual to Textual: Typography in/as Conceptual Art

February 22nd, 2012

Lawrence Weiner, APPLES & EGGS SALT & PEPPER

From Visual to Textual: Typography in/as Conceptual Art

This talk explores the shift from ‘looking’ to ‘reading’ in the text-based art practices of the 1960s and 70s as demonstrated in the works of Vito Acconci, Lawrence Weiner, Joseph Kosuth, Robert Smithson, Dan Graham and more. Focusing on the operation of typography and how this particular design element helps to move the works in question from a state of self-referentiality to an active engagement with the spectator, the talk will explore how the ideas of authorship and originality are challenged by situating the artworks in dynamic and interactive contexts, such as advertising and magazine publishing.

Of particular interest will be those text-works that were typeset and reproduced through printing, as opposed to those which were painted stencilled or handwritten, allowing for a discussion around the engagement of these works within the active processes of editing and publishing.

Ruth Blacksell is the Programme Director of the MA in Book Design, Department of Typography & Graphic Communication at Reading University. She has worked as a graphic designer since 1994, mainly on print and exhibition materials for museums and art galleries and is currently working towards a PhD, researching the use of typography and the document in Conceptual Art practices of the 1960s and 70s.

February 29, 2012, 6:30 pm
Institute of Contemporary Arts, London

Posted in Art, Books, Graphic Design


February 21st, 2012


Join UC Berkeley PhD candidate Erica Levin for a screening and discussion of the revolutionary potential of image and text in short silent ciné-tracts produced in the wake of May 1968 by filmmakers such as Jean-Luc Godard, Chris Marker, and Alain Resnais.

Part of Excursus II, by East of Borneo, with an installation that considers ways in which information from the past can be organized and disseminated in order to be given a renewed sense of relevance to contemporary practice and politics.
Excursus is an initiative at the ICA in which artists, designers, publishers, and other cultural producers whose work engages the archive and publication are invited to create a platform for more intimate programming, alongside an online residency at excursus.icaphila.org.

February 22, 2012, 6.30pm
Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia

Posted in Art


February 20th, 2012

FAHRENHEIT 39 – second edition
Italian art book fair, curated by Emilio Macchia.
Exhibitions, talks, performances, concerts, presentations.

Fahrenheit 39 is a project focused on those fields of the art that use the book as a media. The self-produced publications, which are often limited editions and hard to find, give birth to new points of view on publishing, which reflects a will of re-think the book as an object and its production. Looking at this phenomenon, Fahrenheit 39 tries to make up our mind on the current Italian condition, inviting the public to explore and reflect on those publications.

February 24-26, 2012
NINAPì art gallery, Ravenna

Posted in Art, Books, Graphic Design


February 20th, 2012

TLTRPreß (TooLongToReadPress) is a rather unpredictable small and shady publishing house run by Martin Kohout.

“In case of Linear Manual, designed by Rasmus Svensson, I rather speak about being a host to the publication, as it’s organized upon a structure of a conference meeting (with a morning session, lunch break etc.) where I approached the contributors explaining my goals and asking for material. While with Doubting No.4 (the only ever released issue) I already knew the content or was in touch with the author during its fabrication. Linear Manual rotates around themes of sticks, tools, power, fetish and surface. Doubting is more about the contemporary conditions of work, gaps for life, doubt etc. Both combine theoretical, epic and aesthetic contributions.” Martin Kohout

Launch February 23, 2012, 7pm
Motto, Berlin

Posted in Art, Books

Close Encounters – Making Books in Collaborations

February 16th, 2012

Close Encounters – Making Books in Collaborations,

an exhibition on collaborations in editorial and book design, curated by the students of visual communication of SUPSI Scuola universitaria professionale della Svizzera italiana, in Lugano, with Davide Fornari, Corina Neuenschwander and Roland Früh.

The 15 students became curators and explored innovative ideas of how to communicate a book and its form and features, its design, history and actuality in an exhibition context. How can we experience books without being able to handle them when they are protected by glass? What are the most important features of a book? A selection of pages, the material, the production, the layout, the narrative? And how can these be best communicated to the visitors?
The result is the graphic design exhibition ‘Close Encounters – Making books in collaborations’, presenting a selection of books that represent extraordinary interdisciplinary collaborations – by artists, designers, writers, musicians, chefs etc. The exhibition is collaboratively curated by all students, and highlights individual interpretations of what characterises contemporary tendencies in book design.

Friday 17, 2012, 16:30
SUPSI, Lugano

Posted in Books, Graphic Design

The Electric Information Age Book

February 16th, 2012

The Electric Information Age Book
McLuhan/Agel/Fiore and the Experimental Paperback
by Jeffrey Schnapp & Adam Michaels

The Electric Information Age Book explores the nine-year window of mass-market publishing in the sixties and seventies when formerly backstage players—designers, graphic artists, editors—stepped into the spotlight to produce a series of exceptional books. Aimed squarely at the young media-savvy consumers of the “Electronic Information Age,” these small, inexpensive paperbacks aimed to bring the ideas of contemporary thinkers like Marshall McLuhan, R. Buckminster Fuller, Herman Kahn, and Carl Sagan to the masses. Graphic designers such as Quentin Fiore (The Medium is the Massage, 1967) employed a variety of radical techniques—verbal visual collages and other typographic pyrotechnics—that were as important to the content as the text. The Electric Information Age Book is the first book-length history of this brief yet highly influential publishing phenomenon.

Posted in Art, Books, Graphic Design

FIGURE – give your support

February 14th, 2012

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.

Give your support!

Millennium Magazines

February 14th, 2012

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

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