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Workshop "Publishing as Artistic Practice"

News vom 28.01.2015

Berlin, 2 February 2015

Workshop "Publishing as Artistic Practice"

Location: Lettrétage, Mehringdamm 61, 10961 Berlin

Time: 15:30-21:00


What does it mean to publish today? In the face of a continuously changing media landscape, institutional upheavals and discursive shifts in the legal, artistic and political fields, concepts of ownership, authorship, work, accessibility and publicity are being renegotiated. The field of publishing not only stands at the intersection of these developments but is actively introducing new ruptures.

How the traditional publishing framework of processes, practices, institutions and discourses has been cast adrift will be discussed in the workshop through the examination of recent advancements of publishing concepts emerging from the experimental literature and art scene, where publishing and publicizing are often part of an encompassing artistic practice.

The author’s practice overlaps with the publisher’s practice with increasing frequency, and vice versa:Artistic activity can hardly be differentiated from publishing activity. Not uncommonly, publishing itself is considered to be an artistic project, included in the conception of the work of art or even declared the work of art.

The number and diversity of initiatives, projects and works among the artists, writers and publishers concerned with these matters show that it is time to move the question of publishing from the margin to the center of the aesthetic and academic discourse. Four artistic-literary positions of publishing will be presented in the workshop.





Kristen Mueller (artist/publisher, Berlin) & Annette Gilbert (Free University of Berlin):




Antoine Lefebvre (artist, publisher: La Bibliothèque Fantastique; Paris (FR)/New York (US)):

Publishing as an Alternative Artistic Practice



Nick Thurston (writer, artist, publisher: Information as Material; Leeds (UK)):

Publishing as Praxis. When Information Becomes Artistic Material



Eva Weinmayr (artist, co-initiator: AND Publishing, The Piracy Project; London (UK)):

One Publishes to Find Comrades* (Networks and Dissemination)



Alessandro Ludovico (artist, founder and editor of the magazine Neural, critical digital culture and media arts; Bari (IT)):

Artists’ Publications and Internet as an Agent vs. a Medium



Open Discussion


Admission free

Further Information: publishingasartisticpractice.tumblr.com



Annette Gilbert (Free University of Berlin): annette.gilbert@fu-berlin.de

Kristen Mueller (artist/publisher, Berlin): km@kristenmueller.com