The XArchive is a collection of over 100 books that were launched between 2008 – 2014 at X Marks the Bökship, a bookshop for independent publishers in London, UK. Each book launch was accompanied by a reading, performance, screening, exhibition or discussion. Publishers include And Public, Article Press, Bedford Press, LemonMelon, Precinct, Primary Information, Spector Books, True, True, True and The Everyday Press and range from art and design journals to art writing essays, poetry zines and artists’ books.
The XArchive will be housed at the Reading Room at Rupert, Vilnius between January and June 2015 where residents and visitors can use it as a resource. The aim of the travelling collection is to take a snapshot of recent independent arts publishing and distribute these ideas to new audiences and places. The XArchive has travelled to Karlsruhe and Berlin in Germany, Arnhem in Holland and Cardiff in Wales.
Publication as Practice II
A short course on concepts of artists’ publications
#6: Open Books, Volume E, Final draft
Organised by Charlotte Cheetham and Sophie Demay.
Wednesday 3 December 2014, 7pm
Event starts at 7.15pm
With a wandering by Alexandru Balgiu from ‘The New Rational Typewriting’ and contributions from Paul Bailey, Angélique Buisson, Loraine Furter, Valérian Goalec, Aurélien Mole, Museum of Museum, Ghazaal Vojdani and Eleanor Vonne Brown.
The event is based on Open Books most recent chapter, Volume E. It acts as a 3D Mock up of the chapter. A final draft before it goes to print. A live edit. A rehearsal.
Since 2010, the project Open Books has been playing with the idea of spaces: the space of the book – its representation as an object – and the book in the space – the systems of its display in exhibitions.
This event lies precisely in between these spaces, at their crossroads, margins and intervals.
A second edition of Open Books that includes volume E, is to be released in early 2015 and published by Hato Press.
Launch of THE VISUAL EVENT
An Education in Appearances
Edited by Oliver Klimpel
Spector Books 2014
with objects by Constanze Hein and Ann Richter,
a video by Jan Blessing,
a special performance by Marie Lautsch, Patrick Müller, Léon Auffenberg and Oliver Klimpel,
and the book
Is it possible to understand graphic-design as a practice beyond an object-centric approach, as a practice beyond the conception and production of well-designed and printed artefacts? Which other potentials to create a public should be considered integral to design as an activity? This book explores which graphic, spatial and temporal forms such a situational practice could take, and tests the idea of the “visual event” from various perspectives of visual culture. It compiles numerous contributions by artists, academics, designers, architects, and students of the System-Design Class at the Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig.
With contributions by Oliver Klimpel, James Hellings, Planning-To-Rock, Eva Weinmayr, Carolin Lerch, Mia Frostner and Robert Sollis (EUROPA), William Haggard, Alexander Garcia Düttmann, Friedrich Tietjen, Franciska Zólyom, and students of the System-Design Class at the Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig.