‘Publishing Class’ is a two year programme designed for the Dutch Art Institute MFA ArtEZ by Casco – Office for Art, Design and Theory, delving into the act of publishing in critical art practice, both as a way to make things public – forming the publicness – and as a form of dissemination beyond time and space constraints. The first year of the programme was facilitated by monthly guests and explored diverse aspects of publishing and its social and political urgency whilst exercising them through a collective monthly artistic journal ‘Spencer’s Island’, made by the students themselves.
The second phase of ‘Publishing Class’ shifts into individual publishing, as yet implementing different forms of collaboration. The “class” is divided into three groups to operate as small editorial cooperatives. Each group is guided by and works closely with artists, Mattin, Falke Pisano and Wendelien van Oldenborgh, respectively. Students from the Werkplaats Typografie will also collaborate, further developing the “art and design” relationship beyond any established manner. Three public lectures are scheduled on Thursdays: 20 Oct 2011, 12 January 2012 and 22 March 2012. These dates will also serve as “book launch” occasions. The class will conclude with its own launching event in July 2012 and travel to the coming NY Art Book Fair. ‘Publishing Class’ is curated by Binna Choi and coordinated by Yolande van der Heide.
(Langstraat 20, Arnhem)
6 July 2011, 15.30-16.30h
For their end of year presentation in the framework of ‘The Autonomy Project Summer School’ at Dutch Art Institute/MFA Artez, a group of first year students will present a short one-act play that reflects on the workshops and experimental publication project they produced throughout the year during Publishing Class, organised by Casco.
The publication series, as a collective endeavor, is a monthly artistic journal that “narrow casts” to a remote community on the east coast of Canada called ‘Spencer’s Island’, taking the unknown yet specific residents as their main readership. Through it, the students exercised and explored their own capacities in a collaborative situation that challenged familiar practices of publishing within artistic practice. The play – or performance – channels the reflections of the students into the voices of three talk show participants and an otherworldly host, to discuss some of the concerns, challenges and insights met over the course of the project.
More than being about artistic publishing, the group’s project can be read rather as an artistic claim on the very notion of publishing. The play is accompanied by the fifth and final publication in the series, which contains the performance script and “readers’ response” as a document of the students’ reflections and collective process.
The performance will be followed by a panel discussion between the students and Zachary Formwalt, Wendelien van Oldenborgh and Mounira al Solh – three artists and guest lecturers of Publishing Class – to revisit and discuss the narrative and voices performed throughout the play.
The one-act play is part of a day-long programme, from 14.00 to 24.00 which also includes:
14.00–14.30: A presentation of Space, The Final Frontier, from the project “Negotiating Equity,” project tutor Renée Ridgway, at G.A.N.G.
15.00–15.15: An opening of Reading for Writing or How to do Things with Theory, thesis supervisor Alena Alexandrova, at DAI
15.30-16.30: Publishing Class performance/panel/publication We Didn’t Know About the What, the Who or the Why. So We Decided on the Where at G.A.N.G.
16.45–17.30: A presentation of Re-reading Images, project leader Florian Göttke, at G.A.N.G.
17.30–18.00: Launch of DAI artist publications 2011, project supervisor Rebecca Sakoun, designers Werkplaats Typografie at DAI
19.00–20.00: Opening Lecture by Charles Esche and Steven ten Thije for Autonomy Summer School 2011, at G.A.N.G.
20.00–22.00: A performance of Like Now (Would Be Good) from the project “Affect/Production” curated by If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution, tutored by Phil Collins, at the parking lot opposite DAI
G.A.N.G: Langstraat 20
DAI: Kortestraat 27
The detailed programme will be announced on the DAI website.
Please join us at 12.00h at Dutch Art Institute/MFA ArtEZ!
11.00–12.30 Workshop w/ Zak Kyes and Can Altay
13.30–16.00 Workshop cont’d
16.00–18.00 Editorial Meeting and Journal Review
19.30–21.00 Public Presentation by Zak Kyes and Can Altay
Publishing can take a myriad of forms and formats which are united in the act of making public. Referring to the original Latin sense of the word ‘publicare’ (“to make public”) the activity of publishing is a hybrid of displaying and making physically available in order to create a public.
For the final workshop of the Dutch Art Institute’s “Publishing Class” artist Can Altay and graphic designer Zak Kyes invite the students to address the question of how to display and make publicly accessible their ongoing production and artistic research into publishing.
The outcome of this workshop will be to develop a discursive intervention that addresses the ideas of display and making public; combining writing, editing, designing, and the production of printed matter. Interventions could take the form of physical display systems, proposals for public distribution, or any other mode of presentation of the ‘publication-object’ that reflects upon the various processes of publication and reading, in their widest senses.
The workshop will begin with an initial briefing that addresses this question of display; a meeting in the afternoon to discuss their ideas in response to the briefing and publication; and concluding with public talks.
Zak Kyes is a Swiss-American graphic designer living in London. He is Art Director of the Architectural Association and Co-Director of Bedford Press. Kyes formed the design studio Z.A.K. in 2005. Kyes’ practice encompasses publishing, curating and site-specific projects for and with art institutions. His work engages with publications and their dissemination as sites for debate and exchange rather than documentation. His books include The Reader: Iaspis Forum on Design and Critical Practice (with Magnus Ericson et al., 2009), Exhibition Prosthetics (with Joseph Grigely, 2010) and Cosey Complex Reader (with Maria Fusco and Richard Birkett, 2010).
Can Altay is an artist living in Istanbul, Turkey. His installations of videos, mappings, books and photographs incorporate different forms of research on the urban environment. Altay studies improvised architectures in the city, as well as hidden structures of support, unauthorized systems of organization and models of co-habitation. He further investigates the production of ideas, and notions of public space through “setting a setting” a body of work where he proposes spaces and constructs for gatherings. The clashes and overlaps between function and meaning, and unpredictable reconfigurations within systems remain to be some of his main interests.
Opening: Wednesday, April 27, 6 p.m.
Terrazzo magazine (10 issues, 1988-1995) was conceived and produced by Ettore Sottsass in conjunction with Barbara Radice, Christoph Radl, Anna Wagner and Santi Caleca. It focused on architecture and design, with an accent on contemporary works, within Italy and abroad. A vast array of disciplines were touched on, including literature, poetry, history, science, philosophy, art and anthropology. Italian/English.
April 29-May 28, 2011
Fri 2-6 p.m. Sat 2-6 p.m. and by appointment +41-79-623 58 65
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w/ Axel Wieder (Pro Qm, Berlin), Benjamin Thorel (Section 7, Paris) and Luca Frei
11.00–12.30 Workshop w/ Axel Wieder (Pro Qm, Berlin), Benjamin Thorel (Section 7, Paris) and Luca Frei
13.30–16.00 Workshop cont’d
16.00–18.00 Editorial Meeting and Journal Review
19.30–21.00 Public Presentation by Axel Wieder, Benjamin Thorel and Luca Frei
For the fifth session, Axel Wieder of Pro Qm (Berlin), Benjamin Thorel of Section 7 (Paris) and Luca Frei, a Malmö and Berlin based artist joins the class with a day-long workshop looking at different approaches to community, collectivity and space in relation to the production distribution and reception of the Publishing Class’ project.
On the evening of Apr. 18, from 19.30, Axel Wieder, Benjamin Thorel and Luca Frei will give presentations on their respective practices which share a common engagement with exploring space via the distribution of books and publishing, as well as the possibilities of production emancipated from the usual demands of power, profit and public.
Axel J. Wieder, born 1971 in Stuttgart, studied art history and cultural studies in Cologne and Berlin. In 1999, he co-founded together with Katja Reichard and Jesko Fezer the bookshop Pro qm, which also serves as an experimental platform for events and presentations in art and urbanism. 2007-2010 he was the artistic director of Künstlerhaus Stuttgart and 2010 a visiting curator at Ludlow 38, Goethe-Institut New York. For the 3rd Berlin Biennale 2004, he organized a thematic section about the urban development in Berlin after the fall of the wall, together with Jesko Fezer. As a curator, he was project manager for the exhibition project “Now and ten years ago” for KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin (2004-5) and a research fellow at the Peabody-Essex-Museum in Salem, Massachusetts. He was teaching at Bauhaus University in Weimar and the Zurich University of the Arts. Since 1990 he had solo and group exhibitions with Jesko Fezer, among others at Frankfurter Kunstverein, Museum Fridericianum in Kassel, Kunstverein München and the 9th Istanbul Biennial, since 1999 with Pro qm, at Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig, Museum für Gestaltung Zürich and Kunsthaus Dresden and others. He is frequently writing on architecture and exhibitions for Texte zur Kunst, 032c, Springerin, Frieze, Arch+ and other publications.
Benjamin Thorel is an art critic and curator. He is one of the members of castillo/corrales, a collectively-run off-space established in Paris in 2007 that also hosts a bookstore, Section 7 Books, and a publishing house, Paraguay Press. He’s co-editor of the Paris-based journal May. Recent projects with castillo/corrales include the show “Breaking Point: Kathryn Bigelow’s life in art,” the retrospective exhibition “The Way it Wasn’t: Celebrating Ten Years of castillo/corrales, Paris” (currently presented at Culturgest, Porto) and a publication series entitled “The Social Life of the Book.”
Luca Frei is an artist based in Malmö and Berlin. Frei uses a range of media including installation, performance, drawing and text. His practice is concerned with the ways in which art might provide a measure of agency by creating alternative spaces designed to encourage free learning and emancipatory practices. His projects are usually developed in response to a specific context, compelling Frei to adapt his approach according to given situations. His works explore the borders between art as an autonomous aesthetic practice and as a shared public process. They often take the form of staged environments or structures that invite public participation and dialogue, while eschewing the ideological designs of grand utopian visions. Inspired by alternative pedagogical models, Frei’s works elicit an active engagement characterized by play and associative thinking, privileging a learning process based on independent reflection and experience.
10.30–12.30 Workshop w/ Dmitry Vilensky & Melanie Gilligan
13.30–16.00 Workshop w/ Dmitry Vilensky & Melanie Gilligan, cont’d
16.00–18.00 Editorial Meeting and Journal Review
19.30–20.30 Public Presentation by Melanie Gilligan
For the fourth session of Publishing Class, we will be joined by Dmitry Vilensky of the collective Chto Delat? and Melanie Gilligan. Both artists employ comparable but divergent aesthetic and narrative strategies in making films that deal with the problematics of capitalism. Each artist will take half the class and discuss the issues presented in their respective films by developing a discussion that takes up parts of the film-making process and publication as points of dialogue.
The evening presentation by Melanie Gilligan is open to the public and takes place where the Dutch Art Institute/MFA ArtEZ’s new home at: Kortestraat 27, 6811 EP, Arnhem.
Dmitry Vilensky (Born 1964, lives and works in St. Petersburg) is an artist, writer, and founding member of Chto Delat?/What is to be done?, a collective platform of artists, critics, philosophers and writers. Initiated in 2003, The collective acts at the intersection of political theory, art and political activism. Vilensky works mainly within a framework of interdisciplinary collective practices in film, photography, text, installation and interventions in the public sphere. He is also an editor of the Chto Delat? newspaper.
Recent solo exhibitions of Chto Delat? Include: “Between Tragedy and Farce” at SMART project space, Amsterdam, “The urgent need to struggle”, Galerie Nova, Zagreb and Institute of Contemporary Art, London, 2010; “Vectors of the Possible” Former West Research Exhibitions, BAK, Utrecht, 2010 ,”Principio Potosí”, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, 2010; 17th Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, 2010; and the 11th Istanbul Biennale, Istanbul, 2009.
Vilensky has contributed to many major conferences and author of texts published widely in art journals and catalogues.
Melanie Gilligan was born in Toronto in 1979. She currently lives in London and New York and works in a variety of media including video, performance, text, installation and music. Gilligan completed a BA (Hons) Fine Art at Central Saint Martins in 2002 and was a Fellow with the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Independent Study Programme in 2004-5. Recent exhibitions include: Transmission Gallery Glasgow (2008) as part of the Glasgow International Festival and Franco Soffiantino Gallery, Turin (2009). In 2008 Gilligan released Crisis in the Credit System, a four-part fictional mini drama about the recent financial crisis, made specifically for internet viewing and distribution, commissioned and produced by Artangel Interaction. She has recently completed a single screen film Self-capital (2009), commissioned by the Institute of Contemporary Arts London as part of the group exhibition ‘Talk Show’. In October 2009 Gilligan was the recipient of a Paul Hamlyn Award for Artists.
* Publication as public action.
OFICINA TENTATIVA E ERRO
Error and Attempt Workshop
Pedagogy, education and self-publishing
by Marco Balesteros & Sofia Gonçalves
7 participants (max.)
more info: firstname.lastname@example.org
March 5, 2011
Vera Cortês Art Agency, Lisboa
10.30–12.30 Editorial Meeting
13.30–17.00 Workshop w/ AA Bronson
19.00–20.30 Public Presentation: “My Life in Books”
For the third session, AA Bronson, a New York-based artist and member of artists collective General Idea (1969–1994) joins the class with a day-long working project with the students group of developing a prototype for a new type of fashion magazine. With this idea, AA mentioned: ‘I am concerned that while there has been an enormous explosion of new types of publishing in the visual arts world, there has been almost nothing in the fashion world that is similar.’
AA Bronson is an artist and healer based in New York City. From 1969 through 1994 AA Bronson lived and worked as one of three artists who together formed the group General Idea, dividing his time between Toronto and New York. For 25 years they published a continuous stream of more than 300 low-cost multiples and publications. From 1972 through 1989 they published the artists’ magazine FILE, and in 1974 they founded Art Metropole, a distribution center and archive for artists’ books. A retrospective of General Idea’s work is on view at the Musée d’art moderne de la ville de Paris from February 11 to April 13, 2011.
Since his partner’s deaths in 1994, AA Bronson has worked under his own name, focusing on themes of death, healing, transformation, and social justice. His solo exhibitions have included the Vienna Secession, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, and the Power Plant, Toronto.
As the director of Printed Matter from 2004 to 2010, AA Bronson greatly expanded the activities of this centre for artists’ books in New York. He founded the NY Art Book Fair in 2006. He has curated many exhibitions, especially of artists’ books and other democratic editions. His exhibition “Queer Zines” was presented at the 2008 NY Art Book Fair and traveled from there to OCA in Oslo.
AA will talk about his life in and around books, including General Idea, FILE magazine, Art Metropole, Printed Matter, inc., the NY Art Book Fair, and his own recent work.
The evening lecture is open to the public and takes place where the Dutch Art Institute/MFA ArtEZ recently found their new home: Kortestraat 27, 6811 EP, Arnhem.