Archive for the ‘Independent Publishers – Book Launches’ Category
Friday 24 May 2013, 6-9pm
Launch of How Buildings Kill
Published by Tombstone Press
Ken Hollings Talk 7pm
How Buildings Kill is a visceral and illustrative examination of urban living and architecture through a physical interaction with print. Combining provocative writing and innovative image making, the book plays with the possibilities and limitations of print.
The physicality of space, the fabric of our constructed environments, the nostalgia of utopia, the rapid gentrification of cities, urban brutality and the Situationist Internationals are all explored in the first book from publishers Tombstone Press. How Buildings Kill is an anthology of writing featuring the Marquis De Sade, Owen Hatherley, Ian Nairn, Ken Hollings, David Dawkins and an interview with Jacqueline De Jong, alongside a collection of illustrations by Gareth Barnett.
Tombstone Press is a Hackney based publishing house committed to confronting the way we interact with the book, exploring the way we experience and construct narratives through the physicality of printed matter.
Wednesday 22 May 2013, 6.30 – 9pm
Launch of 19 PAGES
Exploring the possibilities of exhibition making, MA Fine Art students at Kingston University have collaborated on a project consisting of posters for fictional exhibitions. The only condition for each fictitious exhibition was that there must be a poster and a press release. Budgets were infinite and normal curatorial considerations were allowed to be happily ignored. The project was inspired by In Many Ways These Exhibitions Will Never Work Happen, a rolling presentation of posters for fictional exhibitions at the Hayward Gallery when it was temporarily closed for building work in 2010.
Each press release and poster will be documented and reproduced as a pile of pages, which when collated will create a small catalogue, ’19 Pages’. You are invited to compile your own copy of ’19 Pages’ at X Marks the Bokship on 22nd May 6:30 – 9pm.
Thursday 2 May 2013, 6.30– 9pm
Launch of the second serial of Project Paper
Edited by Ana Schefer and Teófilo Furtado
The second serial of Project Paper publishes an essay by Mario Moura and a side reflection on the project, defining all past choices and planning future action.
Economic recession; neo-liberalism; welfare state destruction; derelict public buildings (…) Project Paper is a project born in the milieu of a crisis, promoting an autonomous and revolutionary discourse for artistic practice.
The project takes a found object (paper) discovered in a derelict public building in Portugal to assemble a publishing project. The paper’s rehabilitation became an unavoidable symbolic action, seen as dual ‘occupation’, firstly of the paper-as-space and subsequently of the factual building-as-space.
Project Paper references libertarian philosophy by conveying the principles of self-organization, occupation, free association, cooperation and mutual-aid to encourage the political debate on the autonomy of artistic production. It proposes the collective ownership of the means of production by turning readers into active collaborators — ‘Architectural history has been dominated by publications as a site and test-ground for ideas: at some point, paper was the most radical architectural material of all’ (Critical Spatial Practice, Sternberg Press, 2011).
The first serial featuring The Anarchist Banker by Fernando Pessoa will also be available for sale.
Saturday 27 April 2013, 6 – 9pm
Launch of Nooo by Nathan Witt
Published by BLOCK CAPITALS
Permacultures Commission [SPACE] Studios
An eBook of new writing from Nathan Witt exploring the cloying existence of life as an artist today.
Nathan Witt is not a writer. He is not a man. He is not Nathan Witt. He is Alvaro de Campos, when he writes “I am nothing./ I shall always be nothing./ I can only want to be nothing./ Apart from this, I have in me all the dreams in the world.” What is nothing? It is everything when it does not speak. It is a bank-robber with his face concealed by a mask. It is a prisoner being questioned. It is a writer, a man, Nathan Witt, when we don’t have enough time to share his silence and his noise.
Nathan Witt will be working at Batroun Art Project in Lebanon from May to June where he will be learning to read and write Fushah which has been sponsored the the European Cultural Foundation and the Arts Council. Witt has been working with Delfina Foundation, British Council and Art School Palestine which was recently exhibited at Al Mahatta Gallery in Ramallah with Olivia Plender, Jeremy Hutchison, Jumana Emil Abboud, Bashar Alhroub and Bisan Abu Eiseh curated by Rebecca Heald and showing in expanded form at the ICA as part of Points of Departure in June. Nathan also writes for ThroughEurope and is in the latest edition of Universe Magazine.
Published by BLOCK CAPITALS
© Nathan Witt
Edited by: Lucy Mercer
Introduced by: Federico Campagna
Designed by: An Endless Supply
Saturday 13 April 2013, 6 – 8pm
Young, Fresh and Relevant Launch
an evening of performances and readings to celebrate the publication of:
Young, Fresh and Relevant
Edited by Chloe Stead and Rebecca Jagoe
Published by Vanity Verlag
Young, Fresh and Relevant is an open submission journal with the aim of carving a space for writing within the visual arts. Issue 3 features seventeen texts by seventeen artists, some of which have exhibited internationally and been widely published, others who are being published here for the first time.
“The whole thing was a stomach ache she’d been vaguely aware of all day. Now she felt her spine getting hard, that flexible column with its loose joints one above the other was turning into a broomstick. Her back was stiff as a poker but no more stable than a vertical paper fold.”
An ongoing interest into translation and bilingualism has lead the editors to accept entries in both the German and English language and subsequently to the inclusion of three German language texts two of which are available in English for the first time translated by Jen Calleja.
With readings/performances by:
Copies of YFR will be available on the night for the special launch price of £5 and a selection of German Schnapps will be served.
210/ Unit 3 Cambridge Heath Road
London E2 9NQ
Friday 15 March 2013, 6 – 9pm
Launch of Triggered Sound published by Palaver Press
TRIGGERED SOUND is Palaver Press’ first print publication, having originally been established in 2011 to publish sound works. This book is a collection of commissioned photographs taken by sound artists, documenting the various objects in our world that playback pre-recorded sounds at the push of a button or the winding of a gear. Alarms, toys, tape players, megaphones, subway speakers, automated messaging systems, samplers, etc. The objects of triggered sound are photographed in environments both familiar and foreign, domestic and subterranean, calling to mind the ways in which we interact with them in our daily lives either by choice or by chance. These visual portraits reflect an intriguing range of silent moments despite the contrasting function of these objects to provide timed passages of recorded audio.
ARTISTS Taylor Deupree, Jill DuBoff, Marihiko Hara, Marla Hlady, Yan Jun, Gregg Kowalsky, Caro Miklaef & Stephan Mathieu, Jeremy O’Sullivan, Aki Onda, Émilie Payeur & Pierre Paré-Blais, Nicola Ratti, Sawako, Nicholas Szczepanik, Benjamin Tomasi, Rie Yoshihara.
Text by Jeremy Young
Editing/layout by Catherine Métayer
Palaver Press 2013
150 copies, hand-numbered
Digitally printed on FSC-certified paper with a special letterpress cover. Books are hand-bound with 100% recycled hemp twine in Japanese three-hole binding technique.
Friday 8 March 2013, 8pm
Launch of Works That Work Magazine
Peter Bil’ak will present WordsThat Work magazine, and ideas behind it.
Works That Work is a new international design magazine that looks beyond mere portfolios, a magazine dedicated to inspiration and observation, to conditions and contexts, a kind of National Geographic of design. Interested in the manifestations of unexpected creativity. Perceptive, lucid, patient. Practical, positive, detached from artists’ egos, searching the globe to bring you just works that work.
Published by Typotheque and edited by Peter Biľak
X Marks the Bökship is a distribution hub for Works That Work Works That Work intend to bypass traditional distribution networks which typically take the largest part of the cover price, as well as control where the publication will be sold and at what price. Instead they want to make their readers partners in this enterprise.
Read more about Social Distribution:
Saturday 9 March 2013, 6 – 9pm
Launch of artist monograph by Ludovica Gioscia
Ludovica Gioscia’s monographic catalogue is an overview of the artists’ practice over the last ten years. Gioscia has developed an installation and sculptural practice based on paper – some of it custom screen printed other collected- and has realised a special hand printed edition for the launch.
Also present at the event some examples of her Debrock sculptures, made by crushing magazines and publications into geological formations.
The book includes essays by Eric Shiner, Michele Robecchi, Alberto Duman, Pablo León de la Barra and Maria Alicata.
220 x 315mm
224 pages offset printed
Special Launch price £15
20 special editon books with screen printed covers £50
Published by Edizioni Olivares
Edizioni Olivares was founded in 1986 in Milan by Federica Olivares and has a very diversified editorial production, spanning from cinema to video and television broadcast productions to new cultural happenings.
Temporary Services Talk
Thursday 21 February 2013, 7 – 9pm
Talk at 7.30pm
Temporary Services will be talking about their publishing history and the current terrain for artist book publishing after the financial meltdown of 2008.
Temporary Services is Brett Bloom, Marc Fischer and Salem Collo-Julin. We are based in Copenhagen, Chicago and Philadelphia. We have produced exhibitions, events, projects, and publications since 1998. We have created nearly 100 booklets, books, and newspapers and have used their distribution, online and offline, to build community, be accountable for our ideas, and to advocate for democratic, accessible forms of art making and production. We do not participate in the art market and book making has done a great deal to help us bypass the traditional power structures of access to audiences and control of economies.
In 2008 we started our own publishing imprint and online store called Half Letter Press – named for the size of our publications. HLP gives increased focus to our publishing efforts. It also creates a small economic engine and independent infrastructure for us to continue to support the work of others, publish when we want to, and to make more substantial publications. It is also a way for us to insist on other, more egalitarian ways of doing business in relation to art.
We will talk about our publishing history and the current terrain for artist book publishing after the financial meltdown of 2008 that we all seem to STILL be navigating. Copies of our recent books will be available, including “Mobile Phenomena” by Temporary Services, “Revolution as an Eternal Dream: the Exemplary Failure of the Madame Binh Graphics Collective” by Mary Patten, and “Audible Dwelling” by the Danish group Learning Site.
This event is co-organized with Anagram Books who distribute Temporary Services. firstname.lastname@example.org
Temporary Services have a new exhibition; Public & Mobile Phenomena at the Architectural Association School of Architecture, London, February 22 – March 23, 2013.