Publishing and Self-Publishing in Contemporary Art

Scope and potential of publishing

15.01.2013 19:00

Panel discussion in the context of the exhibition Cittadellarte. Sharing Transformation with:
Matteo Lucchetti and Judith Wielander (Visible)
Reinhard Braun (Camera Austria)
Marc Fischer (Temporary Services)
Brian Kuan Wood (e-flux journal)

Moderated by: Katrin Bucher Trantow
In English

What does it mean to facilitate art by publishing? 
What forms of artistic participation can be initiated in journals or books? 
And what does the digital revolution mean for the book, for art criticism and for the practice of self-design?



Using various examples such as the magazine and artists’ edition of Camera Austria, or the extremely successful print-on-demand art magazine e-flux, the possibilities of publishing on and with art are discussed. Innovative artistic practices are presented here and debated, which are based on publishing issues and stand out from the conventional categories of the art system.
Visible (where art leaves its own field and becomes visible as something else) is a research project that connects and gives support to socially engaged artistic practices from different cultural backgrounds. In collaboration with the curators, the collective publishes a part of the exhibition catalogue Cittadellarte. Sharing Transformation, taking as a starting point this podium discussion on the theme of Publishing and Self-Publishing in Contemporary Art. 


Matteo Lucchetti and Judith Wielander are founding members ofVisible, a research project that connects and gives support to socially engaged artistic practices from different cultural backgrounds. In 2011 they initiated an award devoted to art works in the social sphere that lead to involvement and interaction with particular urban or rural communities – it was awarded to the initiators of the performance festival Helena Producciones.
Judith Wielander is a curator and publisher. She curated and co-curated exhibitions such as Contemporary Myths - Wael Shawky; Place Beyond Borders; Turning-point, Literature-Writing the Transformation; and Michelangelo Pistoletto & Cittadellarte at MUHKA, Antwerp, as well as community based art projects and conferences. She has been a member of the artistic direction of the Turin Biennial Big Social Game and part of the curatorial team for Evento II, Urban Art Biennial of Bordeaux. 
Matteo Lucchetti is an independent curator and critic. His curatorial projects include: Enacting Populism (AIR and Extra City, Antwerp, Kadist Foundation, Paris, 2011-2012); and Practicing Memory – in a time of an all-encompassing present (Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto, Biella, 2010; DEPO, Istanbul, 2012).


Reinhard Braun is a writer and curator living in Graz, Austria. Since 2011, he has been director of the journal Camera Austria International and exhibition director of Camera Austria, Graz. Braun frequently contributes to exhibition catalogues and has published numerous works on the subject of the theory of photography and media. He is a lecturer in the field of contemporary art and photography and from 2007–2010 he was curator for visual arts at steirischer herbst festival in Graz. Since 1980 Camera Austria International magazine has been fostering debate on the role of photography as situated between art and mass medium, between aesthetics and social practice, between discourse and the documentary, politics and imagery. In the Edition Camera Austria, books on important topics are published on a regular basis, on occasion in cooperation with prominent artists.


Marc Fischer is member of the long-running Illinois-based group Temporary Services. Since 1998, Temporary Services has produced over 75 publications and organized or participated in dozens of exhibitions, projects, and events. Temporary Services' projects include Prisoners' Inventions (a collaboration with an incarcerated artist named Angelo that resulted in a book and a full-size recreation of Angelo's cell that was created from blueprints sent through the mail) and The Library Project, where the group surreptitiously added 100 artist books into the holdings of the main Chicago library branch. Fischer is also a co-founder of Mess Hall, an experimental cultural center in Chicago's Rogers Park neighborhood. Most recently, Fischer launched the new participatory initiative Public Collectors.


Brian Kuan Wood is a writer based in New York. He is an editor and founding member of e-flux journal that started in 2008 as an online publication on art and critical theory. During the first three years, the journal published 36 issues containing more than 250 essays by writers such as Hito Steyerl, Martha Rosler, Liam Gillick, Boris Groys, Franco Berardi (Bifo), Jalal Toufic, Slavoj Žižek, Diedrich Diederichsen, Raqs Media Collective and numerous other contributors. The journal is read by more than 20,000 readers from all parts of the world, and many of the essays have been translated and republished in several languages. He has published widely in other publications such as Domus and Paletten, recently he edited Selected Maria Lind Writing, published by Sternberg Press. 


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