57 Cell

January 24th, 2013

57 Cell is an alternative space. It is a publication featuring 3d modeled exhibitions that simulate inaccessible, nonexistent, or improbable environments. It is a collaborative project where artists develop environment ideas and project concepts specific to a series of works or notions of works. The exhibitions take form exclusively in publication and are not available for on-line viewing. 57 Cell is directed, curated and digitally modeled by Gregory Kalliche.

Posted in Art, Periodicals

BOOK MACHINE

January 24th, 2013


©Jonathan Monk

Book Machine – from February 20 to March 11, 2013, Centre Pompidou, Paris – is an event dedicated to the process of book production in the grandest sense. In essence, the commitment of the artist to the realization of their book or catalog is an extension of their body of work, and this results in the creation of what we call the artist’s book.

At the heart of this engagement and from the depths of the Forum at Centre Pompidou, there will be an atelier and office of production open to the public. Visitors will witness a daily array of visual artists, writers and designers creating their books. Around this production, there will also be a live feed projection of the printing process and visitors can attend various events, lectures, discussions, screenings and performances connected with the concept of the artist’s book.

Guy Debord, un art de la guerre

January 23rd, 2013


Alice Becker-Ho & Guy Debord

A la fois poète, artiste, penseur révolutionnaire, directeur de revue et cinéaste, Guy Debord (1931-1994) a livré, avec ses archives, non seulement l’histoire d’une œuvre, mais aussi celle d’aventures collectives dont il se fit souvent le stratège.
L’exposition Guy Debord, un art de la guerre, du 27 mars 2013 au 13 juillet 2013 à la BnF, Paris – communiqué de presse – racontera la théorie, les pratiques et les combattants d’une lutte ininterrompue contre la société du spectacle.
Outre les manuscrits, tracts, affiches, documents préparatoires des films, photographies, œuvres de Guy Debord et de ses compagnons de route, l’exposition présentera l’ensemble inédit de ses fiches de lecture, centre permanent de l’ œuvre et miroir d’une vie. Autant de documents qui permettront de mieux comprendre le parcours d’un auteur dont les thèses continuent de porter le fer contre nos sociétés contemporaines.

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Initiales n° 01 – Initiales G.M.

January 20th, 2013


Photo : Alaric Garnier et Martin Clamens – Ensba Lyon – 2013

Initiales, revue produite et éditée par l’Ecole nationale supérieure des beaux-arts (ENSBA) de Lyon, esquisse les contours d’une galerie de “portraits en creux” en s’organisant autour de “figures-source”, existantes ou fictives. Des figures d’artistes, philosophes, écrivains, architectes ou cinéastes dont le dénominateur commun est qu’elles ont “fait école” dans leur discipline et au-delà, dans les champs qu’elles ont investis ou traversés. L’œuvre, la pensée mais plus encore les méthodes déployées, les pistes explorées (et parfois avortées) ou les réseaux créés par cette figure de référence servent de sous-texte ou de script à chacune des livraisons.

Réunissant, à partir d’une même figure, une série de contributions centrifuges, Initiales met ainsi en jeu un usage de la source et une expérience du temps qui ne sont ni ceux de l’historien ni ceux du scientifique, mais qui sont à l’œuvre dans le travail de l’art.

Revue de recherche et de création, Initiales fait le pari qu’une école d’art est aujourd’hui l’un des lieux les plus aptes à produire et organiser des formes et des pensées nouvelles, susceptibles de venir nourrir le débat et élargir le champ de l’art et de la pensée. Conçue et produite, tant du point de vue de ses contenus que d’un point de vue graphique, par et depuis l’ENSBA, et faisant intervenir de nombreux contributeurs extérieurs, c’est une revue d’école, mais dans l’exacte mesure où l’école est un lieu de passage, de rencontre et de collaboration avec de multiples acteurs qui lui sont aussi extérieurs.

Initiales n° 01 – Initiales G.M., le premier numéro, dresse le portrait chinois du fondateur de Fluxus, George Maciunas.

Lancement de la revue le jeudi 23 janvier, 17h, à l’occasion du colloque Fluxus au Musée d’art moderne de Saint-Etienne Métropole; et le samedi 26 janvier, 17h, l’occasion du vernissage de l’exposition “INITIALES / G.M.” (GEORGE MACIUNAS) au 8 rue St Bon, Paris.

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The Shelf Journal #2 – Publishing design, cult of the shelf

January 17th, 2013

Why start a paper journal about books at a time when the internet is calling into question the average Westerner’s innate materialism, and at a time when the price of a book-as-object puts off devotees of free knowledge on the net? What is becoming of bound volumes today – that foundation of our society, those keepers of our history?
With the dematerialisation of editorial content, the practice of design within books is taking on an even more important dimension. Whether insignificant objects or works of art in their own right, books create through their different forms and stories a unique bond with those who read, consult and own them. This almost physical connection was the reason for creating The Shelf Journal.
Part place of worship and reflection for paper lovers, part experimental platform for designers, typographers and other graphic designers, The Shelf Journal explores the essence of our libraries’ charm: the limitless variations in form of this unique object.

Booktrek

January 16th, 2013

Clive Phillpot has been a tireless advocate for the artist’s book for more than 40 years, both as a critic, curator and editor, and in his tenure as director at the library of The Museum of Modern Art in the late 1970s, where he built the library’s collection of artist’s books and mapped out the field with influential essays that traced its ancestry and distinguished it from seemingly similar genres such as the livre d’artiste.
As he has delineated the genre: “Artists’ books are understood to be books or booklets produced by the artist using mass-production methods, and in (theoretically) unlimited numbers, in which the artist documents or realizes art ideas or artworks.” Also collaborating with Printed Matter and Franklin Furnace, among other places dedicated to the medium of the book, Phillpot helped raise awareness of artists’ books, endowing them with the critical credentials to enter the collections of museums.

Booktrek: Selected Essays on Artists’ Books since 1972 gathers for the first time Phillpot’s essays on the definition and development of artists’ books from 1972 to the present – historical texts, manifestos, catalogue entries and essays on works by Ed Ruscha, Sol LeWitt, Dieter Roth and Richard Long. Booktrek will prove an invaluable reference for all those interested in the evolution of the artist’s book, and offers a crucial account of the genre’s ascent.

February 20, 2013, 7pm, at Whitechapel Gallery in London, Clive Phillpot will share his experience of working in the field of artists’ books – considering the politics of publishing and the state of the medium today with Antony Hudek, curator and co-founder, Occasional Papers. Upcoming also, March 1 & 15, at Whitechapel Gallery, a seminar associated with the launch of Booktrek.

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Slide Shows – 2013

January 15th, 2013

Slide Shows, presented by Fillip, is a specially commissioned project by Charlotte Cheetham. Taking the form of an ongoing series of video presentations by publishers, designers, and artists, Slide Shows offers one possible cross section of a newly emergent landscape of contemporary art publishing.

After the 2012 Slide Shows series, Slide Shows is back with new contributions by Precinct, David Horvitz, Samuel Nyholm, Xavier Antin, mono.kultur, Booklet.
Upcoming in the following weeks: Cambridge Book, Cannon Magazine, The International Typographical Union (I.T.U.), 4478zine.

The map or the territory

January 15th, 2013

The online exhibition Print Error / Publishing in the digital age proposes to highlight, in a critical, conceptual and experimental way, one of the most important contemporary phenomena: the radical transformation of print media and its impacts on transmission of information and preservation of contents.

Stéphanie Vilayphiou is a Brussels-based graphic designer, member of the collective Open Source Publishing. She is especially interested in sharing of knowledge, questioning its social accessibility and alternatives to copyright. Through commissioned and self-initiated projects she explores manipulation of text: typography, code, vocabulary, translation. She currently works, in the frame of the European research project Libre Graphics Research Unit, on the editing of a reader on the mutual relation between tools, practice and free culture in graphic design.

In The map or the territory she selected a controversial book, Michel Houellebecq’s “The map and the territory”, which became renown for its evident quotes from Wikipedia, non-acknowledged by the author nor by the publisher. She took the book’s digitized text and wrote a software filter, which looks for each sentence (or part of it) in Google Books, finding the same sequences of words in other books. Visually the book transforms then in a digital collage of quotations (whose context is maintained in the background), loosing even the last bit of originality.
Vilayphiou embodies her sharp irony within a functional mechanism, exploiting Google’s industrial collection of texts and smartly expanding the mediating properties of language through the networks.

Talks
January 15, 2013, 7pm, Jeu de Paume, Paris
February 2, 2013, transmediale, Berlin.

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Auto-Archive – Photocopy Show

January 14th, 2013

Auto-Archive – a research project by Toby Huddlestone – shifts the archive from a post-event medium, to a structure that predicts and predetermines the outcome of an event.
It is a research project comprising presentation, discussion, exhibition, publication and review engaged with artworks that seem to archive their future outcome. Through their conceptual structure, each artwork attempts to predetermine their own outcome in some way – they set the parameters necessary in order to preempt what will be archived of them, thus providing a commentary into the future.

Auto-Archive Photocopy Show – january 25 – february 16, 2013, Time Share, London – is an exhibition comprising photocopies of works selected for the Auto-Archive project.
Using the photocopy as the exhibition medium, the works in this exhibition sit somewhere between raw research and re-appropriated artworks. Depending on artwork, the works will range from standard informational A4 prints to enlarged 1:1 artwork-size images, creating an ‘in-between exhibition’. Featuring Vito Acconci, Bas Jan Ader, Robert Barry, Dan Graham, On Kawara, John Latham, Peter Liversidge, Raimundas Malašauskas, Jonathan Monk, Gianni Motti, Bruce Nauman, PostDocument and more…

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Candide – Journal for Architectural Knowledge

January 13th, 2013


Candide is dedicated to exploring the culture of knowledge specific to architecture.
How is architectural knowledge generated, collected, presented, and passed on? Which forms of architectural knowledge can be observed? How can knowledge generated in reference to a specific task be applied to other contexts? Which experts, designers, and users, which institutions and organizations are involved? Which techniques, tools, and methods are instrumental?
Each issue of Candide is made up of five distinct sections. This framework responds to the diversity of architectural knowledge being produced, while challenging authors of all disciplines to test a variety of genres to write about and represent architecture.

4,492,040

January 5th, 2013

4,492,040 is a facsimile reprint of a series of catalogs produced by curator Lucy R. Lippard. Drawn from material originally published between 1969 and 1974, 4,492,040 includes reprints of all four of the catalogs from Lippard’s hugely important “numbers shows” — a series of exhibitions named for the populations of the cities they were held in: 557,087 (Seattle), 955,000 (Vancouver), c.7,500 (Valencia, California), and 2,972,453 (Buenos Aires). As with the originals, 4,492,040 is made up of a collection of loose notecards containing statements, documentation, and conceptual works by each artist, to be rearranged, filed, or discarded at will. This new edition is supplemented by a new afterword by Lippard.

In collaboration with Afterall Books, New Documents presents a joint launch event for 4,492,040 and From Conceptualism to Feminism: Lucy Lippard’s Numbers Shows 1969–74 at the Vancouver Art Gallery, january 8, 2013, 7pm.

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PIE #04 – FAILURE

January 4th, 2013

Failure is an intrinsic part of experimentation, creativity and inconveniently, life. It’s said if you’re not failing often then you’re not trying hard enough. The beautiful screw ups, the happy accidents, the painful flaws and the Epic Fails are celebrated.
For Pie #04 – Failure the idea of failure was taken in all its variant forms and looked for the beauty, humour and wisdom gained from these unwanted mishaps.

Metahaven: Islands in the Cloud

January 4th, 2013

Metahaven – design and research studio – has come to define a new methodology in graphic design. The studio’s speculative practice privileges the vocabulary of graphic design as a means of knowledge production, using it as a tool to analyze organizational models and power structures. Investigating political and economic design—including nation branding and logo production—in relation to statehood, currency and information networks, Metahaven places particular emphasis on transparency and visibility.

The Amsterdam-based studio produces a continuous stream of research that rarely results in finite, codified work. They publish books and essays, organize conferences and collaborate with policy makers, concurrently working on new commissions while maintaining a variety of self-initiated projects. Recent activities have included a range of research, identity and product design for WikiLeaks, as well as proposals for the identity of Sealand, a self-proclaimed sovereign nation-state located on a platform built by the British seven miles off the English coast as part of a naval defense strategy during World War II.
Materials from both projects are included in Islands in the Cloud exhibition, alongside elements relating to a new cloud hosting enterprise based in Iceland. From January 20, 2013, MoMA PS1, New York.

Posted in Graphic Design

Type Compass – Charting new routes in typography

January 4th, 2013

Type Compass – Edited and designed by Luca Bendandi, Michael Brenner, Emilio Macchia – explores the past six years of the typographic landscape through developments in type design, typographic installations and works by graphic designers and typographers whose primary mode of image is the letterform. Type Compass is conceived as a work-notebook, with sketches and notes pages to let the reader’s imagination flow along the inspiration. Inspiration that comes from some of the best and most active independent type foundries and design studios around the globe. Many works included in the book are often challenging and deemed controversial; coupled with a 2-color Pantone layout and a compact format.

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Wait, Later This Will Be Nothing: Dieter Roth Editions

January 3rd, 2013

The work of Dieter Roth (Swiss, b. Germany, 1930–1998) encompassed everything from painting and sculpture to film and video, but it is arguably through his editioned work—prints, books, and multiples—that he made his most radical contributions. These experiments include the use of organic materials in lieu of traditional mediums, including book-sausages filled with ground paper in place of meat, and multiples of plastic toys mired in melted chocolate, as well as a dazzling array of variations on printed postcards.

Wait, Later This Will Be Nothing: Dieter Roth Editions – from february 17 to June 24, 2013, MoMA, New York – focuses on Roth’s incredibly innovative and prolific period from 1960 to 1975. The centerpiece of the exhibition is an expanded presentation of Snow (1963–69), a Roth artist’s book, a trove of insightful information about the artist’s creative process and plans for other works. A selection of handmade books, miniature volumes, and the newly acquired Literaturwurst (1961–69), considered Roth’s most radical experiment with the book format, will also be on view.

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Portfolios: Michael Savona – Reinhard Schmidt – Olya Troitskaya – Michèle Champagne – Dante H Carlos

January 3rd, 2013

Michael Savona


Reinhard Schmidt


Olya Troitskaya


Michèle Champagne


Dante H Carlos

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Revue Correspondances

December 30th, 2012

Correspondances est née d’une intuition du matin. De celles qui t’éveillent et prennent de l’ampleur au fil du jour. L’idée était simple : questionner le rapport entre texte et image en faisant appel à 10 correspondants (5 auteurs, 5 illustrateurs) dont la participation, écrite ou dessinée, s’inspirerait de la contribution précédente.
Correspondances ne se veut pas être un énième recueil d’oeuvres mais d’avantage une affaire de points de vue. Correspondances est l’art de concevoir et de transmettre le fruit de ses réflexions à travers un véritable téléphone arabe sur papier où chaque correspondant s’inspire et inspire.

JUNK JET 6: HERE AND WHERE! ISSUE

December 30th, 2012

The global is but the local on world tour. On this tour the local is not preserving identity – be that cultural, political, or social, but it is (re-)inventing itself, as art, activism, or enterprise. The local even aims at becoming a global subject, without knowing what forces – be that swarm, viral, or whatever, this depends on.
The local is more or less ignorant about the www processes, but it is ready to get itself into anything – be that souvenirs, ruins­, folklorisms, vernaculars, clichés, promises, romanticisms, naturalisms, exotisms.

Junk Jet N°6 is crazy about things of local time and place, in the form of objects, images, gifs, videos, sounds, architectures, or reflecting texts. Junk Jet comes with works from your localhost­, or your local wifi kebab­ shop …

With contributions by 0100101110101101, Adam Cruces, Agathe Andre, Aids-3d, Alberto Bustamante, Alejandro Crawford, Aline Otte, Andreas Angelidakis, Angela Genusa, Angelo Plessas, Aude Debout, Aureliano Segundo, Blinking Girls, Caspar Stracke, Christine Nasz and Stefanie Hunold, Clement Valla, Cornelia and Holger Lund, Emilio Gomariz, ET AL., ETC., Francesca Gavin, Golgotha, Hugo Scibetta, Jennifer Chan, JODI, Jon Rafman, Julien Lacroix, Kareem Lotfy, Kim Asendorf, Laimonas Zakas, Louis Doulas, m-a-u-s-e-r, Metahaven, Neil McGuire, Nicholas O’Brien, Nilgün Serbest, Olia Lialina and Dragan Espenschied, Patrick Cruz, Sophia Al-Maria, Superpool, Tomas Klassnik.

Images empruntées : l’artiste comme éditeur

December 29th, 2012


Pierre Leguillon, La Promesse de l’écran — Manuel de photographie, 2011, prod. Musée de l’Élysée, Lausanne

Il existe deux mots dans la langue anglaise pour traduire le mot français “éditer”. “To Publish” concerne la diffusion de publications dans l’espace public et “To Edit”, un travail d’agencement et de traitement de contenus lié au texte et à l’image, quel qu’en soit les modes de diffusion.
Le terme français regroupe implicitement ces deux significations. Rendre les choses accessibles et traiter le contenu, voilà deux aspects qui renvoient aux pratiques de collectes et d’appropriation de l’image photographique dans l’art depuis plusieurs décennies.
À l’heure où cette appropriation est entrée dans une ère numérique et post-industrielle, cette journée d’étude sera l’occasion de s’interroger sur les principes et les enjeux fondamentaux de telles pratiques ainsi que sur leurs évolutions récentes.

Images empruntées : l’artiste comme éditeur, journée d’étude, le 24 janvier 2013, Les Abatoirs, Toulouse, avec Christine Buignet, Natacha Détré, Jérôme Dupeyrat, Céline Duval, Morad Montazami, Christophe Viart; David Coste et les étudiants de l’université Toulouse 2 et de l’ISDAT, et Pierre Leguillon. Télécharger le programme complet.

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Another Earth Catalog – Fabian Reimann

December 20th, 2012

Fabian Reimann uses the Whole Earth Catalog, first published in 1968 as a concise reference of tools for the improvement of the world and the self, as the starting point for the final issue of his own, visual-essay style Egozine “freeman’s journal”, now in its tenth year. His Another Earth Catalog, only interrupted once by a personal essay, consists of a continuous stream of images: reproductions of the Utopian visions of the late 1960s — including not only material published in the Whole Earth Catalog, but also of other visionary projects from the Cold War period and the dawn of Postmodernism. Fabian Reimann loosely maintains the five categories of the Catalog (Understanding Whole Systems, Shelter and Land Use, Industry and Craft, Communications, Community, Nomadics and Learning) and connects the visions of the late 1960s with current images that show developments which can be traced back to the fantasies of these earlier times.

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