einBuch.haus – Miss Read


einBuch.haus is a project gallery based in Berlin. The central exhibition ethos is to showcase a book in the form of an exhibition (in German: “Ein Buch in Form einer Ausstellung”) thereby transferring the form of a book into three-dimensional spaces.

The exhibition programme features international artists and designers whose work responds to the medium of artists’ books. Starting from the content and material production of a book, einBuch.haus collaborates with the artists to develop the exhibition into various media and
presentations. With an interdisciplinary approach, the programme highlights and enhances both the visual and tactile aspects of the reading experience.

Since 2022, einBuch.haus has also been operating as a publishing house and publishing exhibitions in book format.
Things that Rhyme
Micah Lexier, Things that Rhyme, einBuch.haus, 2024 © Micah Lexier

"Things That Rhyme" is inspired by a found object - an old children's game in which various disparate objects are combined simply because they rhyme. A house is paired with a mouse, a spoon and the moon. This arbitrary system of combining objects will be the starting point for a three-part project (exhibition, book work and newspaper intervention) that plays with the interplay of language, education and organisational systems.

Anna Gestering, Tidings, 2023 © Anna Gestering

The book TIDINGS is a playful exploration of the concept of information overload. The form of the analog book challenges the viewer to actively deal with this flood. The reference to the tides in the title suggests a specific structure and rhythm. It is less about translating this rhythm into an exact graphic representation than about the symbolic alternation of high and low tide, mass and emptiness and the search for order in a seemingly endless expanse that can be both attractive and overwhelming in its unmanageability.

Katharina Kamph, Timaios, einBuch.haus, 2024 © Katharina Kamph

Katharina Kamph's Timaios serves as a direct reference to Plato, who provides the first description of the Platonic solids in the creation myth Timaios. The protagonists Timaios, Socrates, Kritias and Hermokrates philosophise about the origin of the world. In his lecture on natural philosophy, Timaios explains why the cosmos is shaped by two factors: reason and necessity. Since God must have created the cosmos optimally, the nature of the world is made up of four fundamental elements, whose ultimate symmetry and thus beauty imperatively explain their existence.
Paul Schatz, a german mathematician, artist, and inventor, discovered in 1929 that the dodecahedron can be subdivided into two star bodies and a cube-belt, more specifically into movable inverted bodies or kaleidocycles. Kamph's Timaios is shaped in the form of a kaleidocycle and filled with several tetrahedrons. Plato's question about the origin of the World is brought into the context of an artistic object conceived by Paul Schatz added with tetrahedrons, that can be turned around forever and ever.

How to Book in Berlin
Editor: Jae Kyung Kim & Anna Schanowski, How to Book in Berlin, einBuch.haus, 2024 © Editor: Jae Kyung Kim & Anna Schanowski

'How to Book in Berlin (einBuch.haus, second edition: 2024)' serve as comprehensive guides to bookmaking and publishing, offering insights we wished we had when we were starting out. They include information on research methods, funding strategies, production techniques and distribution approaches, all underpinned by the perspectives and advice of experienced publishers.

With generous contributions by Vanessa Adler (Argobooks), Franziska Brandt & Moritz Grünke (Gloria Glitzer & We Make It), Ipek Burçak (Well Gedacht Publishing), Andreas Bülhoff (sync.ed), Jonas von Lenthe (Wirklichkeit Books), Anja Lutz (The Green Box), Johanna Maierski (Colorama), Thomas Monses (Melo Melo Print), Rada Nastai (bruise studio), Michalis Pichler (MISS READ), Nina Prader (Lady Liberty Press), Malte Spindler (Lucky Punch Press), Claudia de la Torre (backbonebooks), Martijn in ‘t Veld (Happy Potato Press)

Architecture is Frozen Music #
Laure Catugier, Architecture is Frozen Music #, einBuch.haus, 2023 © Laure Catugier

For over ten years, Catugier has been creating analogies between music and modern architecture under the project "Architecture Is Frozen Music", gathering photographs taken during residencies around the world (Middle East, Asia, Eastern Europe). In 2020, she produced a digital book for Editions Naima that is accompanied by variations of book-objects, offering through their form games of perception. "Architecture Is Frozen Music#" evokes the idea of a score, a musical notation where the lines indicate the pitch of the sound. The structure of the book is freely inspired by the book “Lines: A Brief History” (Routledge, 2016) in which anthropologist Tim Ingold develops the idea that “a study of men and things is a study of the lines of which they are made”.

For her 3rd publication in collaboration with the einBuch.haus gallery (Berlin), Catugier focuses on her latest residencies in Estonia (2022) and Bolivia (in progress). This edition features a two-axis hand-binding, allowing the 16 different sized pages to overlap. By superimposing and crossing lines, the possible variations of collages are multiplied.