Publishing as an Artistic Toolbox: 1989–2017

Curator Luca Lo Pinto

What is the role of art publishing today? How have artists adapted modes of publishing as a tool for their practice? How has the notion of artists’ publishing activity changed, given the ever-increasing amount of fairs and an ever-evolving number of book-related collections in contemporary art museums? Publishing has developed a favorite site and medium for aesthetic and artistic experimentation. It has also become an alternative space for promoting unrestricted individual or collective discourse. The multi-part exhibition project Publishing as an Artistic Toolbox: 1989–2017 explores the potentials of publishing – in the form of books, magazines, journals, artistic interventions, websites – as a particular medium and context both to circulate information, knowledge – and to produce art.

Instead of looking at the already historicized and analyzed period of the 1960s and 1970s, the exhibition will highlight how a recent generation of artists use publishing as a productive tool for their practice. The focus lies on the period from 1989 until 2017, taking 1989 as symbolic date to underline the shift from analogue to digital. On a political level, 1989 with the fall of the Berlin wall marks a significant date. On a social level, it is an important year as it indicates the invention of the World Wide Web.

The project, like a toolbox itself, is composed of different parts, sections, and components. Publishing as an Artistic Toolbox: 1989–2017 opens up and unfolds through different propositions, partly by material exhibits on display, partly through the presentation of time-based events, as well as through an offsite project.

Exhibition and Graphic Design: Rio Grande and Dallas
Curator: Luca Lo Pinto

A number of artists for whom publishing plays an important role to their practice have been invited to submit three books that have influenced their view or attitude towards publishing. Each selection is accompanied by a short statement on their choice.
Participants: Cory Arcangel, Tauba Auerbach, Julie Ault, Darren Bader, Martin Beck, Maurizio Cattelan, Mariana Castillo Deball, Alejandro Cesárco, Paul Chan, Claude Closky, Michael Dean, Jason Dodge, Nathalie Du Pasquier, Peter Friedl, Ryan Gander, Dora Garcia, Liam Gillick, Nicolás Guagnini, Karl Holmqvist, Emily Jacir, Brian Kennon, Ben Kinmont, Pierre Leguillon, Jochen Lempert, Jonathan Monk, Olaf Nicolai, Sophie Nys, Michalis Pichler, Florian Pumhösl, Max Renkel, Michael Riedel, Willem de Rooij, Yann Sérandour, Josh Smith, Heimo Zobernig

Participants: 299 792 458 M/S (David Lieske, Robert Kulisek), ACME (Joshua Decter, John Miller), Album (Eline Mugaas, Elise Storsveen), A.N.Y.P. (Minimal club); Ahali (Can Altay), ARTFAN (Linda Bilda, Ariane Müller), Ave (Kirsten Borchert, Anya Triestram), BLACK PAGES (Christoph Meier, Ute Müller, Nick Oberthaler), Cahier d’images (Céline Duval, Hans Peter Feldmann), Charley (Maurizio Cattelan, Massimiliano Gioni, Ali Subotnik), Chto Delat? (Chto Delat), Club Donny (Samira Ben Laloua, Frank Bruggeman, Ernst van der Hoeven), Crip Magazine (Eva Egermann), DANK (Christoph Bannat, Hans Christian Dany, Thaddäus Hüppi, Gunter Reski, Andreas Siekmann), DIS Magazine (Lauren Boyle, Solomon Chase, Marco Roso, David Toro), Dot Dot Dot (Stuart Bailey, Peter Bilak, David Reinfurt), E Il Topo (Gabriele Di Matteo, Piero Gatto, Franco Silvestro, Vedova Mazzei), East of Borneo (Stacey Allan, Thomas Lawson), Ecocore (Alessandro Bava), Eine (Alex Ruthner), FAT (Josephine Meckseper), ffwd_mag (Invernomuto), FILE Megazine (General Idea), F.R. David (Will Holder), Free Internet (AIDS-3D), Grasso (Giuseppe Gabellone, Diego Perrone), HERESIES (Heresies Collective), Heyt be! (Deniz Beşer, Sedef Karakaş, Barış Sinsi), Index (Peter Halley), Item (Ricardo Basbaum, Eduardo Coimbra, Raul Mourão), Ixiptla (Mariana Castillo Deball), K48 (Scott Hug), K Hole (Greg Fong, Sean Monahan, Chris Sherron, Emily Segal, Dena Yago), Le Dictateur (Federico Pepe), Living & Loving (Aleksandra Mir, Polly Staple), Maayan (Roy Arad, Joshua Simon), Made In USA (Bernadette Corporation), Matt Magazine (Gürsoy Doğtaş), M/E/A/N/I/N/G (Mira Schor, Susan Bee), Memoria de la Postguerra (Tania Bruguera), NEID (Heiko Wichmann, Claudia Reinhardt, Ina Wudtke), Ohio (Hans Peter Feldmann, Uschi Huber, Jörg Paul Janka, Stefan Schneider), Ohne Ohne (Anna Sophie Berger, Katarina Šoškić, Gerhard Jordan), oVER (Rikrit Tiravanija), Pages (Babak Afrassiabi, Nasrin Tabatabai), Pazmaker (Adriana Lara), Permanent Food (Maurizio Cattelan, Paola Manfrin), Pétunia (Valerie Chartrain, Lili Reynaud Deward, Dorothée Dupuis), Point d’ironie (Christian Boltanski, Hans Ulrich Obrist), Provence (Tobias Kaspar, Hannes Loichinger), Randy Magazine (A.K. Burns, Sophie Mörner), Real Life Magazine (Thomas Lawson, Susan Morgan), regina (Regina Möller), Roses Tatouées (Giasco Bertoli), Schism (Janet Janet), Sex (Asher Penn), Skulpi (Roman Schramm, Paul Sochacki), Starship (Gerry Bibby, Nikola Dietrich, Martin Ebner,Ariane Müller, Henrik Olesen), Subway (Erik van der Weijde), Tellus (Claudia Gould, Joseph Nechvatal, Carol Parkinson), The Critical Ass (Anke Dyes, Niklas Lichti), The O-G (Amy Sillman), THE THING (Jonn Herschend, Will Rogan), Toilet Paper (Maurizio Cattelan, Pierpaolo Ferrari), Triple Canopy, Trouble (Boris Achour, Claire Jacquet, François Piron, Emilie Renard), Useless (Conrad Ventur), Veneer Magazine (Aaron Flint Jamison), WhiteWalls (Buzz Spector), Zeitschrift (Christian Egger, Christian Kosmas Mayer, Yves Mettler, Magda Tothova, Ruth Weismann, Alexander Wolff), zingmagazine (Devon Dikeou)

The history of artists’ interventions in magazines and newspapers is vast and historically articulated. Within it examples cohabitate with different features and assumptions: some artists prefer to realize “camouflaged” interventions; others have produced true stand-alone works; still others have focused on the medium itself; finally, some have used the pages as a kind of exhibition space. In collaboration with Christoph Schifferli
Participants: Fareed Armaly, Thomas Bayrle & Andreas Zybach, Alighiero Boetti, Maurizio Cattelan, Clegg & Guttmann, Tacita Dean, Hans Peter Feldmann, Fischli/Weiss, Liam Gillick, Group Material, Nicolás Guagnini, Jens Haaning, Sanja Iveković, Thomas Locher, Annette Messanger, Christian Philipp Müller, Olaf Nicolai, Michael Riedel, Jeroen de Rijke & Willem de Rooij, Dieter Roth, The Yes Men, Piotr Uklański, Luca Vitone, Christopher Williams, Heimo Zobernig

A retrospective of the French artist Philippe Thomas (1951–1995) and of readymades belong to everyone® presenting an exhaustive selection of his publications and writings. readymades belong to everyone® was an agency he created in 1987 as a conduit by which collectors became authors of the artworks they acquired.

The bookshop curated by Gregorio Magnani and Motto Books presents a selection of artist’s books published between the late 1980’s and the present. Together these publications offer a privileged overview of the unexpected flourishing of the book as artistic and creative medium. At the same time the bookstore highlights the wide international network of artists and small independent publishers whose collaborations and shared interests are the motors for the artist’s book renaissance.

The exhibition In Between in the former studio of Franz West—and later of Tamuna Sirbiladze—explores the idea of a library both as medium and portrait of a persona. A number of artists are invited to choose a book from the personal library of Franz West and to realize an intervention in the form of an insert that will be placed within the chosen book.
Participants: Anna Sophie Berger, Hugo Canoilas, Plamen Dejanoff, Heinrich Dunst, Judith Eisler, Gelitin, Florian Graf, David Jourdan, Christian Kosmas Mayer, Christoph Meier, Ute Müller, Sarah Ortmeyer, Sarah Pichlkostner, Francis Ruyter, Julie Ryan, Luca Trevisani
Dates and tours: Thu 9/11, 23/11, 7/12, 21/12, 18/1, 25/1, 6 pm
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A research-based presentation in collaboration with Filipa Ramos focusing on projects that oscillate between print and digital, employ experimental formats, and blur distinctions between art press, curatorial experiments, and other publishing enterprises.
Participants: Fiktion, La Bibliothèque Fantastique, Public Fiction, Seth Price, The Serving Library, Triple Canopy, UbuWeb

An archive of the most significant post-digital publishing projects conceived and developed by Silvio Lorusso. The aim of P—DPA ( is to collect, organize, and keep trace of experiences in the fields of art and design that explore the relationships between publishing and digital technology.

Solo presentations by graphic designers Åbäke, Manuel Raeder, and Boy Vereecken discussing their practice and showing examples of their most significant projects.

A roundtable with Jonathan Monk, Christophe Boutin, Christophe Daviet, and Michèle Didier to explore the relationship between an artist and a publisher, and the numerous processes of production that go behind the making of books.

A roundtable with Afterall, Archive, Mousse, NERO, and OEI focusing on magazines which started to publish books. The panel aims to address the reasons behind this choice, to discuss the different functions of a book in contrast to a magazine, and their individual agendas.

Åbäke, Afterall, Archive, BLACK PAGES, Christophe Boutin, Bernhard Cella, Christophe Daviet, Michèle Didier, Jason Dodge, Émeline Jaret, Moritz Küng, Gregorio Magnani, Jonathan Monk, Mousse, NERO, OEI, David Platzker, Manuel Raeder, Filipa Ramos, Andreas Reiter Raabe, Christoph Schifferli, Starship, Boy Vereecken, Zeitschrift

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