MISS READ: Berlin Art Book Festival 2019

Geschrieben am 01.05.2019
Kategorie(n): ARCH+ news, Miss Read, Book Fair, Haus der Kulturen der Welt

May 3 – 5, 2019
at Haus der Kulturen der Welt
John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10
10557 Berlin
FREE ENTRY

Founded in 2009, MISS READ is Europe’s major Art Book Festival, dedicated to community-building and creating a public meeting place for discourse around artists’ books, conceptual publications and publishing as practice. It brings together a wide selection of publishers, art periodicals and artists/authors (more than 200 exhibitors). In conjunction, the seventh Conceptual Poetics Day will explore the imaginary border between visual art and literature.

PROGRAM

Friday, May 3, 2019

17:15 The Unwanted Fish? Scandinavian Publishing today
B-B-B-Books, c.off, Hverdag Books, Lodret Vandret, Timglaset, Trema Förlag
Six short presentations by publishers, artists, authors and designers from Sweden, Denmark and Norway, will introduce the audience to this years focus on the Scaninavian countries. The presentations are followed by a Q&A.

18:15 Prist Protta
Jesper Fabricius
Jesper Fabricius will talk about the Pist Protta art magazine. Founded in 1981 as a mix between artist book and magazine.

19:00 Publishing in Architecture,
a symposion organized by ARCH+
More than just a tool of communication, publishing in architecture has always served as a space for reinventing architecture. Mark Wigley, theorist from Columbia University, New York, will highlight how architects have always embraced publishing as an alternative spatial practice.
In the following discussion each guest
– Sandra Bartoli (Architektur im Gebrauch, Berlin)
– Albert Ferré (Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal)
– Olaf Grawert (Brandlhuber+/ ETH Zürich)
– Cédric Libert (CIVA Fondation, Brussels)
– Carlo Menon und Sophie Dars (Accattone, Brussels)
– Erica Overmeer (Impresión Mexicana, Index Architecture/Index Art Book Fair, Mexico and Berlin)
will present one publication—not necessary of their own making—and discuss why it's relevant for them personally and for the discipline. In doing so, they will also discuss their own practice of publishing.
The symposium is moderated by Francisco Moura Veiga (A FORSCHUNG / CARTHA Magazine/ETH Zurich) and Anh-Linh Ngo (ARCH+, Berlin). It was devised together with Francisco Moura Veiga and Erica Overmeer and it is the third volume of the Publishing in Architecture Symposia Series. It will be held in English and attendance is free.

21:00 OPENING PARTY

 

Saturday, May 4, 2019 — Conceptual Poetics Day

12:15 How to sell a contradiction (Occulto)
Alice Cannava
A cross-discipline exploration of contradictions and paradoxes, and some of the fears and desires they unleash. Alice Cannava will playfully explore some aspects of the recently born paraconsistent logics, and the occurrence of contradictions in several fields – mathematics, visual arts, literature, and more. What is so scary about contradictions, and in which situations can they actually be helpful and appreciated?

13:00 The Last Angels of History: Notes on a Poetics of Futurity (Inpatient Press)
A reading with Coco Fitterman, Rindon Johnson, Maru Mushtrieva & Hanne Lippard moderated by Mitch Anzuoni
A poetry reading in the form of a Q&A, moderated by Inpatient’s editor.

14:00 The breakthrough tradition: anti-art and poetry by other means
Alex Hamburger
About a century ago, the art world put an end to conventional notions of originality and replication with Duchamp’s ready-mades, the mechanical drawings of Francis Picabia, and Walter Benjamin’s much-quoted essay, ‘The Work of Art in the Age of mechanical reproduction’. Since then, an entourage of artists, from Andy Warhol to Mathew Barney, has taken these ideas to new heights, resulting in very complex notions of identity, media, and culture. This has become so much a part of the mainstream discourse of the art world, that contrary reactions, based on genuineness and representation, have emerged. Culture seems to be embracing such technologies and all the complexity they involve, with the exception of writing, which is still mostly committed to the promotion of an authentic and stable identity at every level.

14:30 Tango with Cows (Ugly Duckling Presse)
Eugene Ostashevsky
A Talk about Ostashevsky’s research on the interaction between avant-garde art and poetry, right before World War I, in particular on the relationship between linguistic puns in Cubist collage and in Futurist visual poetry, using French, Italian, Russian, etc. examples, as well as his translation of the Russian Futurist chapbook Tango with Cows.

15:00 Publishing Manifestos (MIT Press & Miss Read)
Michalis Pichler
»Publishing Manifestos« features 75 key texts of critical engagement with publishing from protagonists of the field. The lecture will launch the book and address: Alienation, Seriosity Dummies, A Short Walk Through a Historical Arc of Tension, and address why the Artist’s book is a Problematic Term, Materialzärtlichkeit, Paradigm Shift and Post-digital Turn, and Art Book Fairs as Public Spheres.

16:00 Negative Calligrams and Drawing Poems
Paul Stephens (Convolution Journal), Natalie Czech

16:40 Sentences (Forlaget Gestus)
Cia Rinne
this sentence is not available
this sentence is a lifetime sentence
Cia Rinne’s sentences, originally displayed in exhibitions, have been collected in this new book and joined by “I am very miserable about sentences”, a text consisting sentences by Gertrude Stein and rearranged by Cia Rinne that constitutes the book’s second part.

17:00 Unable to achieve broad recognition in my lifetime, I laboured in obscurity until my death last year
Sharon Kivland
I would propose to read from the as-yet unpublished book Unable to achieve broad recognition in my lifetime, I laboured in obscurity until my death last year, a two-year collection of phrases from exhibition press releases, with certain parts extracted and re-written in the first person. It is hilarious (I am told). I am unable to finish writing the book, so this may prompt me. I already have a collection of endorsements!

17:30 Monument to I
M.B. O’Toole
Monument to I – a reading from one of twelve constructed dialogues between Stéphane Mallarmé, and selected poets, painters, and philosophers who have responded to Mallarmé’s poem, Un coup de Dés jamais n’abolira le Hazard, (A throw of the Dice will never abolish Chance), including, Marcel Broodthaers, and Quentin Meillassoux. Originally performed while walking towards the sea, towards the horizon, the dialogues re-frame and re-articulate Un coup de Dés.

18:00 #GIVEPOETRYATRY
Karl Holmqvist
#SPOKENWORDREADINGATTHEWORLDHAUSCULTUREGARDENSBYTHEWATER…

18.30 Avid Readers 3 (Other Forms)
Jack Henry Fisher & Alan Smart
“Avid reader” is a collocation — a phrase of two or more words that accompany each other more often than would occur by chance. Avid Readers is an event to convene a group of multiple readers according to something other than chance, something like desire (the latin root of “avid”).

For this event we will produce a small bootleg edition of a compilation of short essays from the first three and a half issues of Counter-Signals, and other associated texts, and invite a set of friends and strangers in Berlin to read them aloud in the course of an hour.

 

Sunday, May 5, 2019

12:15 Zine Culture in Turkey and Heyt be! Fanzin
Deniz Beşer
Beşer will present deep insight into Turkey’s past and present fanzine scene though first-hand experience and a collaborative zine called “Heyt be! Fanzin”.
Heyt be! Fanzin is an art zine which is published since 2010 by Deniz Beşer & Sedef Karakaş. As a zine, main aim is setting up the alternative exhibition possibilities on the paper. All issues host different artists from different countries. Also, Heyt be! Fanzin organizes exhibitions, workshops and events in Turkey, as well as participating in many zine fairs, festivals, and exhibitions in Europe, in order to introduce zine culture to greater masses.

Deniz Beşer is an Istanbul and Vienna based visual artist, art coordinator and zinester who graduated from Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Ceramic and Glass Design Department (Istanbul, Turkey) and Universidad de Sevilla, Painting Department (Seville, Spain). Beşer is one of the founders of the zine collective “Heyt be! Fanzin” and pyshchedelic-punk band “Zoomk-Ru-Tu”. He is also the Coordinator of “Fanzineist – Zine Fest of Istanbul” and “Open Studio Days Istanbul”.

13:00 The Mimeograph: A 21st Publishing Practice with a 20th Century Technology
Alt Går Bra
In Minima Moralia, Theodor Adorno conferred the status of a superhero to the mimeograph: “If the invention of the printing press inaugurated the bourgeois era, the time is at hand for its repeal by the mimeograph, the only fitting, the unobtrusive means of dissemination.”

Alt Går Bra will discuss its publishing practice with an obsolete machine, interrogating the meaning of technology and labor.

14:00 Art & Agriculture
a symposion with Jonathan Monk, Heike Bluemner, Francesco Buonerba, Hanna Hildebrand & Christian Philipp Müller organized and moderated by Cornelia Lauf
This panel explores the way artists, curators, journalists, food historians, and agricultural producers see the interface between art and agriculture. Culinary innovation, aesthetic and design innovation, chemical exploration, new trends in farming, and product invention, are all areas where art is having a significant and interesting effect. Art can be highly beneficial to agriculture and food for the table, just as exposure to an agricultural life has profound consequences for art. Whether speaking about art and the environment, farm subsidies, innovations in culinary preparation, new food types, or designing for agriculture, our panelists will present the frontier of an exciting and urgently necessary field of collaboration. 

15:00 Self publishing and self empowerment/unionizing and representation
Ann-Kristin Stølan (Pamflett) and Benjamin Hickethier (& so Walter) & Zines and art books in Norway, and the Norwegian Riso Association
The Norwegian Riso Association (NRA), Pamflett, &soWalter and the Bergen Art Book Fair on the societal role of artists and designers through the lens of artist books and small press publishing.
On the background of a growing popularity of small publications, often self-initiated and published by artists/designers/authors without publishers, we ask: “What does does the act of publishing mean? What does it mean to be a publisher? Which opportunities is an artist afforded by creating an edition of a work that is then disseminated?”
We will also show some nice images of beautiful Norwegian landscape.

16:00 Die Verzerrung, die Wiedergabe im Print
Performance by Sergej Vutuc
Composition as the examination. The sound of objects, reproduction and repetition. The circe of the system and the being. A collection from contemporary processes. Object, space and stage. The noise. The exit. The carrier of print.

16:30 Sharks, Death, Surfers: An Illustrated Companion (Sternberg Press)
Melissa McCarthy
McCarthy presents an illustrated talk on how the shark directs humans to be better readers and viewers. Considering works ranging from the book cover art of different print editions of Jaws, through the corpus of marine biology research, she puts forward sharks as creatures that have a particular way of seeing, reading, and certainly consuming texts. In film too, sharks offer us a new speed and mode of viewing, useful for considering some seminal 1960s cinematic works. Biologically and conceptually, the roving shark, with its constant lens, is the perfect model for the writer.

17.00 Just as I meant shimmer literally I mean grammar literally
Tabea Nixdorff and Monique Ulrich
Reading-Performance by Tabea Nixdorff and Monique Ulrich on the occasion of the new publication of Tabea Nixdorff: Fehler lesen, Spector Books, 2019
Fehler lesen. Korrektur als Textproduktion
is an essay on textual errors and a personal quest to find them. Misprints demonstrate the vulnerability of a text.
We catch a glimpse of the pre- and post-production phases, work that is to a large extent invisible. Thus, the juxtapositions of words that are printed and those that are intended (errata) reveal far more than a simple genealogy of wrong vs. right: they document vestiges of the work done in the shadows, the wrestling with language. Displacements, reconstructions, and lacunae become visible. In her essay Tabea Nixdorff tracks the social, linguistic, media, and poetic dimensions produced by correction and textual criticism. Who does the correcting and what traces does this mostly invisible work leave behind? What shifts in meaning do mistakes trigger? To what extent does the medium play a part in authoring the text?
Tabea Nixdorff and Monique Ulrich collaborate as artists, they both studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Leipzig. Monique Ulrich is also editor of the publication Fehler lesen.

17.40 P!DF: A User’s Manual
Prem Krishnamurthy
P!DF is several things in parallel: an ever-expanding monograph of projects and proposals; an applied manual for design, curating, and collective work; a partial memoir of one person’s path of learning; and a speculative manifesto for potential futures of creative practice. Now in version 5.0.1, P!DF contains 1001 pages of texts, talks, teachings, and tools by noted exhibition maker and designer Prem Krishnamurthy in an experimental yet accessible format.
For its Berlin premiere, Krishnamurthy presents a peripatetic performance-lecture around P!DF. This multi-modal tour unpacks the book’s structure, stories, and subjects, as well as its open-ended model of authorship and publishing.
Presented by Books People Places and O-R-G.

18.20 homecomings 1, 2, 3, etc. (Archive Books)
Cassandra Edlefsen Lasch, Annabelle von Girsewald, Chiara Figone
What is lost and what is found in the process of returning home? homecomings revisits, through varying means of translation, spatial and conceptual loci of homecoming within artistic practice. The exhibition and symposium series, from which this publication stems, draws its principle inspiration from the architectural and linguistic returns and repetitions punctuating artist Hreinn Friðfinnsson’s House Project (1974–) and author Georges Perec’s Espèces d’espaces (Species of Spaces, 1974).
 

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