Readers & Publishers x Printing Plant 2019

Fri 22 – Sun 24 Nov 2019
Amsterdam, Netherlands

We are delighted to be collaborating with Printing Plant for a second time this year with our project Readers & Publishers. Printing Plant is an intimate three-day art book fair for like-minded, independent publishers and interested audiences, organised by Looiersgracht 60. Last year we launched Readers & Publishers, our online directory of independent publishers from across the globe, at the Printing Plant. To mark the official launch we produced ‘Open Book #1’, a bespoke publication that placed the voices of independent publishers, writers, artists and readers at centre-stage. This year we launch Open Book #2 at the second edition of Printing Plant.

Open Book #2 considers the theme of ‘publishing cultures in art education’ and began with questions/provocations provided by artists, academics, curators and publishers working in this area, including: Janneke Adema & Kaja Marczewska  (Post-publishing programme, Coventry University), Delphine Bedel, Fito Conesa, Laura Edbrook, Sophia Y. Hao and Tracy Mackenna & Edwin Janssen. Open Book #2 features responses from independent publishers listed on Readers & Publishers with keywords such as ‘art’ ‘art and critical writing’ ‘art activism’ ‘education’ or‘artist’s books’. The independent publishers’ responses will be added to and annotated by the Printing Plant audience and other stall holders during the three-day art book fair. Open Book #2 will be exhibited at the fair, and following Printing Plant, it will also exist as a digital resource on our website.

Open Book #1 discussed the relationship between visual art and independent publishing through the themes of community, readership, and the future of independent publishing. You can read Open Book #1 here.