Friday, April 29, 2022
18.30 Publishing as a Space for Resistance
With: Pascale Obolo (AABF/Afrikadaa), Parfait Tabapsi (Mosaïques), Nabor Jr (O Menelick 2 Ato), Mario Pissarra (ASAI), Moses März (Chimurenga), moderated by Yaiza Camps
For many independent or militant publishers from the South, publication becomes a space of resistance where one can transmit one’s thoughts and ideas, where they can be the actors and critical narrators of one’s own art history.
The publication conceived as a space of resistance is: to give the voice to those that we hear little within the biennials, fairs, shows in Africa and in the world. To live the experience of the passage from theorization to practice as a place of liberation and emancipation to a certain universalist art history. The publication becomes a political issue with the objective to exist through its own thought, which exists as an individual participating in the evolution of the planet.
20.00 Public Audience with the Rainha da Cocada Preta
Rainha da Cocada Preta is a performance art that will be presented by Renata Felinto, an afrodiasporic woman from Brazil. Rainha da Cocada Preta is a Brazilian expression to define a person who thinks that they are better than the other, defining an upper-class behaviour in relation to the other people. This is used to oppress afrodiasporic people, specially women, that want to overcome the historic and social obstacles founded in race, gender and class. In this audience the “Rainha da Cocada Preta” will grant cocadas pretas, a sweet delicacy from Brazil, made with sugar and coconut, two symbols of transatlantic trade between 16th to 19th centuries. Each cocada preta will be distributed with some words containing the thoughts of afrodiasporic women and queens all over the western world, using the word as a tool of resistance, proclaiming their identity and royalty.
Jay One (Paris) and ANTR (Leipzig)
Saturday, April 30, 2022
12.00 Pli selon pli
This talk investigates the pliability of paper and the degree to which the material substrate of Stéphane Mallarmé’s Un coup de Dés […] goes beyond a mere format to become an active form for the poem. Understanding the constraints and affordances of this material form has implications for the imagery, thematics, and argument of the poem, as well as casting the many derivative works, translations, and editions of Mallarmé’s provocative work in a new light.
13.00 Literature’s Elsewheres and the Digital
Annette Gilbert, Hannes Bajohr and Andreas Bülhoff
What is a literary work? In Literature’s Elsewheres Annette Gilbert tackles this question by deploying an extended concept of literature, examining a series of diverse radical, experimental works from the 1950s to the present that occupy the liminal zone between art and literature.
Today, all literature is digital but only some are aware of that fact. Hannes Bajohr and Andreas Bülhoff will discuss the question in which sense we can speak of digital literature and what this implies for knowledge about literature and digitality. Both are authors of genuinely digital poetry and literary scholars in personal union. Accordingly, they will both read from and talk about their works and demonstrate their digital writing and production environments from text editor to AI.
The occasion for the event is the publication of Annette Gilbert’s monographic study “Literary’s Elsewhere’s” (MIT Press), Hannes Bajohr’s collection of essays “Schreibenlassen. Texte zur Literatur im Digitalen” (August Verlag 2022), and Andreas Bülhoff’s zine collection “sync” (sync edition, 2022).
14.00 Maternal Fantasies
Magdalena Kallenberger, Maicyra Leão and Isabell Spengler (MATERNAL FANTASIES)
Performative Reading from “Re-Assembling Motherhood(s): On Radical Care and Collective Art as Feminist Practices” with and by MATERNAL FANTASIES (Onomatopee) followed Q&A.
Re-Assembling Motherhood(s): On Radical Care and Collective Art as Feminist Practices (published with onomatopee) invites the reader to learn about and from MATERNAL FANTASIES ́ feminist research and collective artistic practice on motherhood(s), care work and representation in the arts. Composed of seven interdisciplinary artists / mothers and ten children, MATERNAL FANTASIES takes the social invisibility of the maternal experience as a point of departure to produce films, images, and performances of fantastical visibility. Through personal writing exercises and collective performance scores, they align themselves with ancestral figures of feminist discourses and artmaking, in order to establish new vocabularies and narratives around the maternal for future generations. As both a handbook and an archive of feminist artmaking, this publication (re-)assembles maternal experiences, reflective essays, autobiographical writing, instructional scores, selected artworks, and a manifesto for a caring economy.
15.00 May Ayim. Radikale Dichterin, sanfte Rebellin
Jeaninne Kantara und John A. Kantara
Jeannine und John werden Werke von May Ayim aus “blues in schwarz weiss & nachtgesang” (Unrast Verlag) vorstellen. Zunächst geht es um May Ayim als Person, dann um ihre Gedichte und Texte. Beide kannten May Ayim und waren Mitbegründer*innen der Initiative Schwarzer Menschen in Deutschland, außerdem sind sie Beiträger*innen in dem Buch “May Ayim. Radikale Dichterin, sanfte Rebellin” (Unrast Verlag)
16.00 Kusina Mai
Nontsikelelo Mutiti (NME Press)
Performance lecture / listening session with live annotations. The playlist, Kusina Mai compiled by Nontsikelelo Mutiti acts as a sonic map, charting out aspects of the immigrant experience as narrated through song by Souther African musicians. Song lyrics stand in as a diary of experiences that reflect the adventure, longing and complexities of the immigrant experience.
Leon Munoz Santini & Andrea Garcia Flores (Gato Negro & Miau Ediciones)
An uncanny journey into the realms of non-creativity.
17.30 Wir werden auch schöne Tage sehen – Briefe aus dem Gefängnis
Anne König (Spector Books), Inga Frohn and Lena Müller
Presentation of “Wir werden auch schöne Tage sehen – Briefe aus dem Gefängnis” by Zehra Dogan (Spector Books). The book is a compilation of letters written by Kurdish artist and journalist Zehra Doğan to her Turkish friend Naz Öke during the 600 days she spent in prison between June 2017 and February 2019. The letters—written in Turkish and translated into French by Öke and Daniel Fleury (Nous aurons aussi de beaux jours: Écrits de prison, published in 2019 by Éditions des femmes – Antoinette Fouque.)—bear witness to the political arbitrariness that Doğan and her fellow prisoners were victims of. They speak of the conditions in the prisons of Diyarbakir and Tarsus, of the narrow confines of the cells, through whose tiny windows two stars shine every night, and of the women whose solidarity gives Doğan strength and whose stories she wants to record as a way of drawing the world’s attention to the fate of the many Kurdish prisoners in Turkey who have been unjustly imprisoned.
18.15 3 worte nur oder vier
Tina Merz (par(ent)esis / grafatório) and Tomma Galonska
Presentation of the publication 3 worte nur oder vier by the German artist Tomma Wember (1919-2008). The bilingual edition (German/Portuguese) was co-edited by par(ent)esis and grafatório (Brazil). It is a collection of 21 insert-words (Wort-Gefüge, as defined by the artist) – a precious find of conceptual art. The Portuguese translation was performed by the Brazilian-German artist Tina Merz in conversation with Sofia Mariutti. With a bilingual reading, Tina Merz and Tomma Galonska (daughter of the artist and herself a performer) will present the work and then report on Tomma Wember’s work and the current publication process.
12.00 Berlin (America)
Eriz Moreno (JB. Institute)
In his photographic projects, Spanish artist Eriz Moreno interweaves history and the present day, seeking to grasp the historical dimensions in landscapes shaped by humanity. Moreno’s new photo book “Berlin (America)” – published by JB. Institute – shows all 30 places in the USA with the name Berlin and takes a surprising look at the subject of the road trip.
None of these places has anywhere near the size and significance of the metropolis of Berlin, yet they are not insignificant. Moreno’s special view reveals a world of its own: He always shows a rural area in the same perspective, without people or specific objects in the foreground. He creates a connection between all these places and at the same time abolishes their direct location. Moreno thus also makes an ironic commentary on the over-hyped “real” Berlin.
13.00 Cloud Bridge
Publication Studio Paris and After Eight
This spring we are releasing with Publication Studio the book, “Cloud Bridge”, by Seyoung Yoon, that deals with Korean artists of the 2010s and discusses their approach to social and political issues, in the form of a critical/autofictional writing. Yoon is based in Berlin and an event around the book would be possible.
13.45 Decolonial Design, Discourses & Afro-diasporic paper Magazines
Chayet Chiénin and Siada Aminou (Nothing but the Wax)
The lack of visibility of African artists or the diaspora is not new, whether in museums or in the publishing world. Despite the internet boom, a new generation of Afro-descendant publishers is at the origin of a new wave of independent, paper and Afro magazines.
• How do these new magazines implement a so-called “decolonial” design to break with the Eurocentrism of the cultural sector?
• What are the new discourses produced by this new generation of publishers?
14.45 Art Worker: Doing Time
Max Haiven (VAGAGBONDS), Marc Herbst (Journal of Aesthetics and Protest), Alan W. Moore
Join Max Haiven and Marc Herbst (Journal of Aesthetics and Protest) for a short conversation, and a reading from Alan W. Moore’s new book Art Worker: Doing Time in the New York Artworld. The conversation will revolve around the cultural moment when the whole of New York City’s art and politics scene help birth hip hop, punk, and artists’ television.
Alan’s reading will highlight a bit of art world color from back in the day. The crescendo of Art Worker: Doing Time in the New York Artworld comes in Alan W. Moore’s discussion of the expansive art scene around the Collaborative Projects (Colab) group that played a key role in opening up the stiff NYC art scene in the 1980s. From 1977 and throughout the 1980s, the Colab collective engaged in provocative anti-curation in downtown DIY venues, publications and cable TV production to bridge boundaries between art and the turbulent society of Reagan’s USA.”
15.15 (Forced) Movement
Liwaa Yazji is a Syrian filmmaker, screenwriter, playwright, and poet living in Berlin. She will be reading from her contribution to (Forced) Movement (kyklàda.press, 2021), a book exploring human migration in different times, contexts, and geographies surrounding the Aegean Sea. In her text, Liwaa Yazji examines direct responses to the mobility of the ones on the move and the sacrifices one is forced to make en route.
16.00 Sustainable and Inclusive publishing practices
Hicham Khalidi and Paul John
What might sustainable and inclusive publishing art practices be? Hicham Khalidi, director of Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht and Paul John, coordinator of the Print & Publishing Lab of the academy will dive Into this question in a conversation. By using the Riso technique as an example of sustainable publishing practice, and the community surrounding this machine, the two will seek possible avenues between short-run artist publications and larger print editions.
17.00 RISO — STQA
RISO — STQA is an ongoing series of Show & Tell sessions with riso publishers participating in the fair. It is followed by a short Q&A of all speakers with the audience.
18.15 Große Happen in der 2. und 4. Dimension
Hank Schmidt in der Beek (Edition Taube)
Sunday, May 1, 2022
12.15 Punk Suprematism: theoretical writings on punk, art, socialism, bureaucracy, and nationalism
Sezgin Boynik (rab rab)
13.00 Book launch of Accumulation: The Art, Architecture, and Media of Climate Change (e-flux architecture)
With Dehlia Hannah (Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts), Elise Misao Hunchuck (transmediale, Scapegoat Journal), Nikolaus Hirsch (CIVA Brussels, e-flux Architecture), Daniel A. Barber (University of Pennsylvania), Nick Axel (Gerrit Rietveld Academie, e-flux Architecture)
The climate is not the weather. Weather can be experienced, but to understand climate, media is necessary. To celebrate the launch of Accumulation: The Art, Architecture, and Media of Climate Change (e-flux Architecture and University of Minnesota Press, 2022), join the book’s editors, contributors, and invited guests for a series of presentations and discussions about accumulation as a figure of analysis at the various intersection of media, climate, and architecture, from insurance and oil to glaciers and moss.
14.00 Book Art Review: A New Artists’ Book Criticism
Corina Reynolds (Center for Book Arts and Book Art Review)
Artists’ book criticism in the 21st century must not only address the book as an artistic medium, but also the book’s engagement with a range of cultural histories and publishing traditions. As participation in and approaches to artists’ books and publishing have blossomed in recent years, now is a key time to develop new critical tools for assessing artists’ books and their broader impact on culture and artistic practice. What are the tools we need now and how do we create them?
Join Corina Reynolds, Co-Founder of Book Art Review (BAR) and Executive Director of Center for Book Arts (CBA) for a presentation of lessons learned through BAR’s multi-year criticism initiative and how those led to the release of the new art criticism magazine Book Art Review
15.00 Archive, AWU library and SAVVY Contemporary
With: Fatou Kiné Diouf* (AWU), Sagal Farah (SAVVY Contemporary / SAVVY.doc), Chiara Figone* (Archive / Archive Inventory / AWU), and Paz Guevara (Archive / Archive Inventory)
A conversation around, with and within libraries: Archive Inventory and SAVVY.doc.—two libraries that co-habit a common space in Berlin Wedding—and their sister library AWU in Dakar are the starting point to address the importance of libraries as spaces of transmission and world-making. These shelves are home to hundreds of texts spanning from critical theory to literature, from art magazines to political analysis, from exhibition catalogues to poetry books, holding a much needed space for epistemic disobedience and non-Eurocentric literacies and geneaologies.
15.45 Decolonizing and building Chadian literature through small projects
Djimeli Raoul (Clijec Magazine)
This paper is based on a current debate: that of the repatriation of cultural projects illicitly acquired by colonialists during African colonization. Many European countries are concerned, but France occupied 14 of the 17 countries that became independent in 1960; and its post-colonial policy has influenced Chad in many ways. We can therefore shift the debate of repatriation into another sphere, that of the decolonization of Chadian literature. It is only in the year 2000 that the first independent publisher in Chad began its activities. Before 1995, the written Chadian literature was either expatriated or unpublished. After the independence of Chad, the development of a local literary industry is inconceivable because of the successive wars that will follow. The French media will produce the first writers through projects such as RFI writing competitions, but also via publishers based in Paris. The texts produced during those years remain inaccessible on the continent. Here, we want to show how small cultural projects carried by Chadians have contributed to enrich the local literary landscape and thus, to decolonize it.
16.30 Mabiki: Publishing in African languages for African empowerment
Selina Adedeji Mortoni (Éditions Mabiki)
Mabiki is a publisher with two beating hearts: one in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the other in Wavre, a small town in Belgium. Mabiki specialises in fiction and non-fiction by Congolese writers, in particular those writing in Congolese languages. The other focus is that of schoolbooks in Congolese languages, or with a bilingual text featuring French and a Congolese language. The Democratic Republic of Congo is a huge country, and its current population is about to hit 95 million. The median age is 17 years old. With an official language left over from colonial times – French, four national languages plus 200+ local languages, Congo needs to be multilingual and creative to flourish and take charge of its future. Mabiki’s mission is to provide the fast-growing youth of the Democratic Republic of Congo with books allying their cultural background with innovation and ultimately to propose a model of cultural empowerment for Africa in general.
17.15 Texturing Space – Towards an Exponential Cartography (Adocs Publishing)
With: Christoph Brunner (Leuphana University Luneburg), Lindsey Drudry (Freie Universität Berlin), Knut Ebeling (weißensee – kunsthochschule berlin), Marius Förster (Designer)
Round-Table Discussion on Texturing Space in Translocal Art- and Design-Research
Texture is a minor concept in the fields of art, philosophy, and design. Many writings and artistic/design works explore the texture of something, but in itself texture receives less attention. In this roundtable we discuss Texturing Space – Towards an Exponential Cartography. The book sheds light on role of texture in experimental practices across different urban spaces in Hong Kong and Zurich, inquiring the challenges and potentials of translocal and collaborative research-creation projects.
18.00 Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos & Àsìkò
Oyindamola Fayeke (director of CCA Lagos)
Presentation of CCA Lagos, their archive and its mission, as well as an introduction to the project Àsìkò.
12.15 Performative book and e-book presentation: Anke Becker: Economic Words (EECLECTIC)
With: Anke Becker, Lucy Powell, Alex Booth, Janine Sack (EECLECTIC), Oliver Gemballa (adocs)
Performative book and e-book presentation: Anke Becker: Economis Words. Visual poetry read by two voices. The whole e-book consisting of 299 pieces in 20 minutes. With a short introduction by artists Anke Becker with her publishers Oliver Gemballa (adocs) and Janine Sack (EECLECTIC)
13.00 1PX/4KM Live satellite show
Handshake will present his last published book 1PX/4KM through a performance that involves connecting live to an “obsolete” meteorological satellite with a homemade antenna. An image of the earth from space will be recorded as Missread is happening, a collective selfie of the fair with a kilometric scale.
1PX/4KM is the result of researching a series of apparently obsolete meteorological instruments, which circle the earth on a daily basis.Through a homemade antenna and several field trips, Jaime Sebastián explores the possibilities of reproduction of these instruments, trying to answer several questions along the way.
14.00 Where do we get our practices from ?
How can we strive to make books that call the reader to action in their daily life, inspired by artists, shared games or the city itself ? Hands-on book exploration, collaborative editorial process and mini collage jam.
15.00 OTRAS RAYAS – ANDERE LINIEN
Christian Díaz Orejarena (Golden Press)
Christian Diaz Orejarena thematisiert die sogenannten »Lengerke Wege« im Nordosten Kolumbiens, die von einem deutschen Unternehmer im 19. Jahrhundert angelegt wurden. Dort stößt er auf Heldengeschichten über skrupellose Kaufleute, Mythen und Geschichten rund um Ausbeutung und Größenwahn und wirtschaftliche Mechanismen, die sich bis heute fortsetzen. Auf verschlungenen Pfaden, Wegen und Gedanken folgen wir der Familiengeschichte des Autors, treffen auf aufklärerische Karnevalsmasken, den zum Leben erwachten Walking Man aus München und indigene Widerständler:innen.
16.00 Circulation and distribution of books (round table)
With: Nadine Siegert (Goethe Institute / iwalewabooks), Parfait Tabapsi (Mosaïques), Siddhartha Lokanandi (Hopscotch), Louise Umutoni (Huza Press), Pascale Obolo (African Art Book Fair / Afrikadaa)
The aim of this round table is to find a sinergy of actions in order to help ideas and books from the south to circulate worldwide. Panelists will then share their experiences and proposals to address this question and the tools to make it possible. Organized by Parfait Tabapsi (Mosaïques) in collaboration with Nadine Siegert (Goethe Institute Nigeria / iwalewabooks).
17.00 PrivtePrint’s art book publishing practice in context
Ilija Prokopiev and Marija Hristova (PrivatePrint)
17.45 Archives in Action, Publishing as Protest
Erica Overmeer (O Book Publisher) & Alan Smart (Other Forms)
A conversation on the intersections of print media and publishing as forms, and modes of political practice – framed as protest, action or activism, and demonstration